July 5, 2011

4th of July

Happy birthday America! Those of you with red, white and blue blog posts inspired me to look through my yard to find trios of patriotic colors.

Turks Cap
For red, I've got turk's cap

Dallas Red Lantana
and Dallas Red lantana

For white, annual pentas

garlic chives

mint blooms

and Natchez crepe myrtle. This is my neighbor's tree. It's my favorite garden feature that I lucked into. It's a substantial part of the view when we're relaxing on the couch or the patio. The tree's shape is great, the leaves are a rich green and the bark is eye catching. The blooms are a bonus.

For blue, I've got dwarf blue plumbago in the front yard. This picture makes the blue look washed out and more like the pastel blue on the other blue plumbago plant, the rambling shrub the people grow as an annual. (Common names, they're a disaster). Maybe it's the harsh lighting or maybe I'm unfairly comparing this blue to my next two plants...

black and blue salvia

and my newest addition, the truest blue I have: blue pea vine.

Happy 235th America! Here's to many more.


  1. Happy 4th! Hope yours was great!

  2. Hi Abbey, I left a comment for you on my blog about some of the resources I use...hope they're helpful! Let me know what you think.

  3. Bet your yard is looking fantastic after last night's rain! :)