Welcome, it's been over 100ºF / 39ºC here the last couple of days. I was driving in a non-airconditioned car and visualized sitting in a sauna, soaking up the heat. Today I am linking with-
Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Stewart M.
Today's Flowers hosted by Denise
Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen
I'd Rather B' Birdin' hosted by Hootin' Anni
I Heart Macro hosted by Laura
Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher
I've been adding some Euphorbias to my garden because of their tolerance for drought and their toxicity which protects them from rabbits and voles. Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow', variegated plus with variegated yellow bracts, the flowers are the tiny red structures in the center-
Euphorbia polychroma, Cushion Spurge, a rather skimpy option from the nursery but hopefully it will fill in to make a nice cushiony plant, the yellow bracts will someday look like flowers-
I grew some creeping Thyme from seed 2 years ago, one seedling really took off and made a nice carpet-
The Thyme has spread to 18" / 500cm by 15" / 450cm. It has tiny fragrant leaves and surprised me recently with some tiny flowers-
I do have to pick a few weeds out of the Thyme every few months, but now that it is a dense carpet it is very hard for weeds to get a foothold. I'm wondering how far it will spread and whether I have the nerve to remove some little plugs to make more starts.
Other plants I started from seed last fall are starting to bloom, Scabiosa columbaria 'Blue Note', a cute little plant with dainty rounded foliage, and something unusual among perennials I start from seed, ground-hugging instead of tall, lanky and floppy, perhaps my most exciting new seedling-
But not what I would call blue! The nursery industry is tireless in it's efforts to find blue where it does not exist, as though the color Magenta or purple is somehow inferior, though a very common flower color.
A Mourning Dove graced my deck and path with its cute coos, apparently thirsty in this heat-
Blue Moon from last night
I'm getting lots of beans and squash out in the vegetable garden, and some lettuce, here is a "weed", bear in mind that the definition of a weed is an unwanted plant, so it is not a weed in my garden, Purslane. I was reading that it has more Omega 3 fatty acids than any other plant in the Solar System. Impressive. Plus a lot of other good nutrients. I'm also going to try cooking it with greens.
What wild plants do you find useful in your garden? Hannah
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