Our “Hot Lip” Sage blooms, again.
This is the second season for this perennial in our front yard.
Six weeks after I worked on Part II of the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden, everything flourishes. All my sages were, are and will be in bloom. The bee balm looks like fireworks, and the gaura became a small bush. Our garden fairies are very impressed, what I made out of their home so far. Now it’s so warm, they even leave the door open. 🧚♀️
Five weeks ago, I planted a couple of bee balm plants in our Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden. And this morning, we’ve got rewarded with a beautiful blossom. On the other plant, I saw a few more buds, which should begin to bloom soon. This is so exciting. After trying to grow bee balm for a few years, we have success this year.
Yesterday evening, I worked on Part II of the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden in the frontyard. But first I went to the nursery and got some Salvia “Hot Lips”, Agastache “Tutti Frutti”, Bee Balm “Peter’s Purple, “Dallas” Lantana, and a “Black Knight” Butterfly Bush. Since the Butterfly bush can get up to 10 feet tall, it will go on one corner of the house. I haven’t decided yet, if I plant it on the southeast or the southwest corner.
I had to hurry up to get the next part done, because it supposed to rain with some thunderstorms coming in our direction today. Kevin got a different mulch this time. And first I wasn’t so happy about it. But now, I kinda like it. When it is settled, I can put some more on top of the other mulch to make it look even. I’m not too concerned. Once the plants are grown, nobody will notice the difference anyway.
Due to the nice weather, I sat on the front porch and watched some insects buzzing and fluttering around our Spring blooms. I’ve noticed a Common Gray Hairstreak fluttered and sat down on our pink sage (Salvia nemorosa). Since I take my camera almost everywhere, all I had to do is sit there and wait patiently for the butterfly to open its wings. Several photos later, a honeybee came for a visit in the flower garden. Mr. BuzzBuzz was so busy collecting nectar, it took me a little bit to get some good photos.
Last year in May, I started building a sanctuary for hummingbirds and butterflies. It got warmer, and I was rethinking my plan, if I really wanted to build it that bulky in my backyard. Earlier this year, a lady showed me some photos how her husband is building her a butterfly garden in her front yard. I really liked his idea. And that gave me my own idea, how I want to build my hummingbird/butterfly garden in the front yard. I also looked up, what kind of native flowers would be good for our garden.
The front yard gets sun all day. In Summer, we have long stretches of no rainfall. So, the best flowers are natives which can handle the Texas droughts very well. Salvia, Verbena, Mint, Hyssop and Milkweed attract hummingbirds and butterflies. And for the bees it is paradise.
The first part was to put a water fountain in the corner by the entrance. I had the water fountain sitting in my backyard for the last three years. It would make a nice accent in the hummingbird/butterfly garden. And when those little birds and insects are thirsty, they will have a place to quench their thirst. After I cleaned out the corner, I put down the cinder blocks from the back yard. In the front, I put those stones, which make nice circles. And I put a cinder block in the center to have a solid base the fountain, later. Once the stones were in place, I filled everything in with soil.
The following morning, I cleaned up the fountain and sat it on the center cinder block. Kevin installed the pump and got the extension cord plugged in. We filled the fountain with water and turned it on. Ta-ta! The fountain works like a charm. I planted some Blue Mealy Sage, Catnip, Bluebonnet and Pineapple Sage. Sara helped me sowing Morning Glory seeds, before I put the trellis up. But first I filled in the space between the house foundation and the cinder blocks with some mulch. I wanted to leave some space, in case the fountain begins to leak or the soil gets too wet. I don’t want mold on the house wall, due to no air flow. But there is a good layer of mulch to avoid weed growth in that narrow space behind the fountain.
On Sunday, I got mulch around the lowest cinder blocks to cover them up. I planted Scarlet Sage at that level. After I was done mulching, I sat the fairy houses around the fountain. Katelynn and Sara want the fairies to live in our front yard, again. “We definitely need to welcome our garden fairies back”, Sara insisted. Okay, said, done! 😉
For the next couple of days will be thunder storms in the forecast. This is a good way to test, how everything will hold up. And what will need improvement. Once it tries up again, I have to pull more grass and weeds to plant more native flowers. It will be a big front yard project. The first step is done. And the rest will follow. 🙂 I’m excited!