Early summer garden offerings

A few offerings of early summer beauty in the garden. Beaked yucca (Y. rostrata ‘Sapphire Skies’) as seen from our deck — I enjoy this topside view of the spiky stunner.

The galvanized pie-plate planters I filled with succulent cuttings in March have filled out beautifully. Here’s one that I especially like, with a barbed-wire heart from an old wreath adding a Texas touch.

The orange hooked spines and starry white spines of a mammillaria cactus glisten with raindrops after a recent shower.

‘Painted Fingernail’ bromeliad in bloom, its dainty purple flowers rising from a basin of rainwater held in the center leaves. (I sprinkle the water with mosquito dunk crumbles to prevent mosquitoes from breeding here.)

And in the garden of my friend Cat at The Whimsical Gardener: a druid-like St. Francis cupping in his hands a stone heart nestled in blue glass.

A garden offering

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12 Responses

  1. Kris P says:

    Using broken bits of mosquito dunks in the bromeliads is a great idea – and one I’m going to copy!

  2. Beautiful, love that frilly topped yucca. Here you are getting rain in June. This is one of the odd Junes we have had in recent years. Not a drop of rain here yet. Soon hopefully.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I hope you get some rain soon, Lisa. I’ve had a surprising amount of rain this May and June so far. Not all parts of Austin have been so lucky — it’s been pretty localized. —Pam

  3. Mark and Gaz says:

    Lovely photos Pam, and that Yucca is extra gorgeous!

  4. Lovely little vignettes of your garden. I am curious how the mosquito dunk bits do in your bromeliad. I wonder if it affects the plant at all? I always enjoy all your pops of blue…so soothing and cool! Time to batten down the hatches the onslaught of the death star is upon us!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      It doesn’t bother the plant at all, Laurin. Mosquito Dunks are harmless to plants, fish, and pets. I’ve used them in my pond too. And yes, here comes the Death Star! —Pam

  5. Early summer would usually seem quite different than Austin here in Ohio, but we are already hot and dry. I’m not usually begging for rain in June.

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