This hot pink rose unexpectedly bloomed in my garden this year. I expected it to take a bit more time establishing itself, as it was placed near some tough competition. I picked the fragrant, hot-pink bloom to dry the petals so that I can try drinking rose petal tea!
Can you spot the yarrow leaf in the background?
My poor, confused Christmas cactus bloomed in summer! Here are more of its beautiful, hot pink-red flowers!
I came across these two ladybugs on one of my white yarrow plants. Lady bugs are excellent because they eat the bugs that eat my garden plants.
I repotted a broken-off segment of my christmas cactus early in the spring. This must have confused it somehow, because it bloomed in the summer!
The flowers are this hot pink-red color. They don’t have much fragrance, but are certainly beautiful to look at!
Each flower lasts a few days before dropping off. There were a large number of flower buds on this house plant.
This weed is spread by birds and has a very sturdy root. I can’t seem to get rid of it. Unfortunately, it’s poisonous to eat.
Still, it’s such a vibrant, beautiful green color.
Valerian, an herb mentioned by the ancient Greeks, is generally grown for the root part, but the Victorians knew that it smells amazing and used the flowers in their perfumes. These little, white flowers fill the entire garden with their fragrance! I know they’re blooming just by stepping out the back door. If you are in the US, make sure you clip them before the seeds form to prevent them spreading where you don’t want them, as they’re not a native plant.
This lovely rose has survived the benign neglect my flowers receive, and has rewarded me with lowly, repeat blooms.
These roses will fall off rather than produce a rose hip, and while a self-dead-heading rose is really cool, I’ve taken the blooms at their peak to harvest their petals and dry them for tea.
I love perennial walking onions. Mine are purple. I traded for some a while back, then planted a couple of the ping pong-sized onion-lets, and cultivated them. It took a few years, but it paid off! I can harvest the tiny onion-lets for seasoning meals. They’ll be ready soon!
This beautiful yellow iris flower has grown in the garden since I came here. It grows next to the yarrow.
The mint was sluggish this spring. I was fearing that I wouldn’t have enough for tea this year. Boy, was I wrong! There will be enough to drink, and maybe some to flavor shortbread, too.