I'm also joining Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie's Blog so definitely pop in there also.
I often wonder if my neighbors have ever considered calling the funny farm to come pick up a new patient. When I'm out in my yard working in the gardens, I find myself talking to the bees (Oh, I'm so sorry I got in your way! I needed to deadhead this plant. Please don't leave! I'll be done in a minute), to my arch enemy the Japanese Beetles (Get the $#@!$#@ out of my yard and stop eating my babies!) right before I stomp them to pieces, to the spiders (OK, I'll let you live out here but just stay out of my house and don't kill the bees), to the tomato worms as I back away quivering with the heebie jeebies (OMG, you have to be the grossest things out here) and especially to my plants (Hi Sweetie! You look so pretty today! Do you want some water? You do? OK - I'll get some for you right now).
I will also run my hands through the Lavendar and Monarda and then put my hands to my face and inhale deeply. Or run to my hubby and make him smell them. The neighbors must look over in sympathy, shaking their heads. Poor woman. And her poor husband!
I finally realized how insane I must look from the outside last night as I was deadheading at the back of the yard. Horseflies the size of airplanes were dive bombing me so I finally put down my shears and bucket and began frantically waving my arms in the air and smacking myself in the head repeatedly, attempting to kill them (Horseflies: 5, Me: 0). I looked up after the third or fourth smack to see my teenage daughter on our deck laughing hysterically while pointing me out to her friend. Great....
What crazy things do you when you're gardening? When I dead head, I'll see a flower that's almost completely gone by but not quite. Do I clip it off, knowing full well that by the next day it will be completely dead? No, of course not. I leave it there because in my twisted little mind I think that the one little bloom must be saved for as long as possible.
I also feel like I've lost a family member when I clip off a new bud by mistake while deadheading and apologize profusely to the poor decapitated little bud. It's crazy, and so am I, but at least I'm happy!
And we're off. I think we'll start with delphiniums just because they are so spectactular. Here are Delphinium Chinensis, beautiful little delphs. They only grow to about 18 inches so they're great for the front of the border and the foliage is ferny and pretty. Delphinium Magic Fountains, Rose Campion and Shasta Daisy Snow Lady in the background:
These are my favorite delphs: Delphinium Millenium Mix. They aren't as big as Pacific Giants, but taller than Magic Fountains and richer blues. They do need to be staked though; Magic Fountains don't:
Delphinium Millenium Mix in the back, Delphinium Magic Fountains in the front. Magic Fountains bloom a week or two before Milleniums. My Magic Fountains are winding down and Millenium is taking over for them. Chinensis blooms several weeks earlier than Magic Fountains and bloom for most of the summer: