Well May is typically the beginning of "harvest" season down here in South Louisiana. I picked my first cherry tomatoes and banana peppers this morning.
My gardenias have started to bloom as well. I can always tell because when I walk by them I can smell their sweet scent. There is nothing quite like it. They typically are in bloom for Mother's Day but with our cool spring everything is a bit behind this year.
Here are a few photos of my flowers from springtime. While some of these are still in bloom, I have pulled the annuals to make way for the summer annuals.
My red Amaryllis were gorgeous this year. All of these came from my Mother's collection when she passed away two years ago.
My red & white Amaryllis were also quite pretty this year.
These pink begonias have been in full bloom since March of 2012! Yep, they made it through the winter and bloomed the entire time. It happens sometimes when we get a mild winter.
This is my new flowerbed. I removed a tree from this area in February and now I have a sunny bed in my backyard again. The birds love my birdbath. You would think with a large pond in my backyard they wouldn't use the birdbath but they do.
My flowering tobacco (Nicotiana). It is just starting to make a show as the weather heats up. Hummingbirds love it.
My pass-along pink climbing rose (name unknown but very common down here) put on quite a show this spring. I am sure removing that tree helped it quite a bit. Unfortunately my neighbor replaced his fence (which this rose was leaning on) a few weeks ago and I had to cut it to the ground at that time. Thankfully it is a very fast grower and will be this large again next year.
Finally my Mom's triple Amaryllis. Her pride and joy. It is a beautiful plant and multiplies readily so I have more than one already.
As you all know I love to garden. It is my main hobby and this year my garden has done wonderfully. A nice cool spring made the plants not "melt" so fast and I was able to put in more plants and actually enjoy the outdoors for awhile before the oppressive heat sets in.
We got into the 90's in the last week so that is the end of the mild days. It is HEAT, HEAT and more HEAT with even more HUMIDITY from now on until mid-September when we'll finally get out of the 90's again. The plants we put in for summer have to really take these conditions so they are always heat tolerant and while we get plenty of rain down here (avg. 60 inches per year) it doesn't always come when we want it to, so drought tolerance helps too.
Hope you enjoy the photos and for those up north (Pat that's you) your garden will be beautiful soon enough as summer comes along.