The Fourth of July marks the birth of American Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Usually the general public celebrates with loud fireworks and mass picnics in public parks. Many of these events have been cancelled due to Covid concerns. My greyhounds are blissfully happy (with no idea why) about no booming fireworks.
The holiday is on Saturday this week. My vase is celebrating the holiday in patriotic colors reflecting the heat in the garden with red and orange flowers. The vase is from the UK – a teapot in Blue Willow. There is even a Firecracker Plant in the vase (Russelia equisetiformis)
I have been gardening in the mornings, the end of June signals the end of tolerable weather outdoors. July and August are listed as our worst weather months despite Hurricane season peaking September 10. After over 20 inches of rain the first couple of weeks of June, the spigot got turned off and I have plants frying in the heat. Slightly windy and 90 degrees Fahrenheit will burn many plants. Surprisingly, I need to water some very tough Bromeliads later this afternoon ( and check on the irrigation)
The weeping red flowers are Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis); red spikes Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); red and yellow daisies – Gallardia (Gallardia pulchella); the orange flower, Mexican Bush Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera); grey foliage is from Licorice Plant (Helichrysum petiolare) – I can’t smell the Licorice…and a leftover Guzmania Bromeliad from last week.
Happy Gardening to all and Happy Fourth to those who celebrate it.
Thank you to Cathy at http://www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com for hosting this weekly event. To see more vases follow the link.