Happy Wednesday! Grab a cuppa and join me for a stroll around the Potting Shed to see what’s in bloom and buzzing with bees!
This is where I spend my mornings. . . watering, weeding and deadheading.
I’ve always loved the heart-shaped foliage of caladiums.
I used a combination of red and green to fill the window box on the shady front porch of the shed.
A garden hose wreath provides some gardening fun and whimsy on the Potting Shed door! This 3.0 version of my garden hose wreath has a watering can, gloves, rake head with garden tools and bow. This is a quick and easy project for your shed door, fence, gate, or nook on the porch where you want to plant some garden charm! You can find version 1 with blooming wellies, here, and version 2, here.
A Richard Smith & Co. seed catalog cover decorates the watering can on the wreath and is a perennial favorite. You can see it at a table, here, blooming with veggies and flowers.
If you’re looking for a plant that attracts pollinators, self-sows and that tolerates the heat, plant Verbena Lollipop! It grows in zones 6 – 10 and prefers full sun in well-drained soil. We’re in hardiness zone 7b, in our area of North Carolina. A USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. You can look up your hardiness zone by zipcode, here.
I’ve seen several Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies stopping to enjoy the lollipop buffet and nectar. . .
And it’s also a favorite of the bees.
Earth Angel Rose is a fragrant old-fashioned rose and with blooms varying in color from white to soft pink.
The first flush of blooms arrived in early May and it takes several bloom cycles to produce peony-shaped flowers.
Clematis ‘Bernadine’ is a rebloomer variety, flowering in late spring or early summer and then again in August. Ours has been blooming since the end of April.
I love the contrast of the lavender-blue petals with the magenta stamens. It’s happy with 4 – 6 hours of sun, although ours probably gets closer to 8 hours. It’s hardy in zones 4 – 9 and is bee and butterfly friendly!
This is its second year in this pot and it climbed to the top of this 4 foot trellis.
Lamb’s Ear is a bee favorite! The small pinkish / purple blooms on the flower spikes are swarming with bees by early June. Lamb’s Ear is easy to grow with minimal care and tolerates extreme heat and drought-like conditions. Grow in full sun to partial shade in well drained soil. Water is the enemy as it leads to crown rot if there is too much rain or moisture on the leaves.
Here’s a little view from the front of the Potting Shed . . .
The shrubs beyond the birdhouse on the left of the photo are Limelight Hydrangeas which bloom around the end of June.
If you’re looking for an easy to grow, low maintenance shrub in your garden that will provide you with both beautiful cut and dried flowers, plant a Limelight Hydrangea or 5! If you need more convincing, read: How To Grow Limelight Hydrangeas.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas are in bloom! I’m hoping summer won’t seem endless. Mother Nature has been so volatile and extreme with the flooding and tornadoes in parts of the country while we’ve had record-breaking heat with 90+ degree temps no rain for over three weeks. I’ve been starting every day lugging the hose around. Hopefully that will change this week with some much needed rain in the forecast.
Bee balm is blooming and attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds . . .
This is a male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. A fun and colorful distinction in identifying males vs. females: Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have the colorful blue and orange accents on the wing which the males don’t have. (see the photo of the swallowtail on the verbena at the top of the post which is a female)
Lola is our nature girl. 🐾 She loves sitting in the shade, watching the bees, birds and butterflies.
If you missed it, you can see the window boxes in bloom and find some floral inspiration from my Monday Morning Blooms friends, here.
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