Six on Saturday – Hats and Hounds

It is Saturday again. I am having a blogging fest this week, participating in Cathy’s A Week in Flowers ( and today Jon’s Six on Saturday ( Follow either link to view the garden fun.

I am also gardening like mad as the reason for the winter popularity of South Florida becomes clear. Skies are crystal blue, the temperature is in the 70s (F) and low humidity. Gardening involves a lot of hanging around outside with my greyhounds, Zepp and Fiona. That is the hound part. Here is the hat part.

Meet the shrub Chinese Hat (Holmskioldia sanguinea). This is a very tough native of the lower Himalayas that does very well in my garden. They flower in winter and are great attractors of butterflies and hummingbirds. Here is a branch view:

The vegetable bag garden is starting to produce actual vegetables! I ate green beans and my first radish this week. The first cherry tomato of the season is getting ripe.

This is my first foray into Sunflowers, a dwarf variety I am looking forward to greeting soon, and cutting!

And here are my garden hounds, Fiona and Zepp. Not wearing Chinese Hats.

That is all the news from my garden. Happy Gardening!