Everything came up except the pansies, although only a few straggly chives came up, but oh well. I replaced the pansies with a flower I'd never seen before called purslane. I picked the purslane up at Walmart on a whim, and it's a short-but-rangy plant with very bright flowers.
The leaves and stems are almost rubbery, so I'm guessing it comes from arid places and handles heat and drought well. Considering the heat index here is supposed to be over 100 today and for the next 4 days, I'm glad to have something that will survive!
Here's how big my lavender is getting:
And look at my lemon basil! I used some of it for the first time the other night, with some fish I baked for supper.
Here's that center pot with lantana and calibrachoas. This is before it got hot last week -- I'm so glad I took pictures when I did, because this may well have been the most glorious the calibrachoas will get. They've gotten pretty bedraggled the last few days, and I'm sure the continual heat will not improve them. But the lantana is going strong still!
My dad unexpectedly gave me a really nice camera last month, and I tried out some of the fun features on it for the first time the other day. Like this one, which lets you turn everything black-and-white except for one color:
Not sure how it happened, it being a new camera and all, but my picture size got switched to square for a while, until I noticed and switched it back. That's why a bunch of these are square, not rectangular. I named my new camera Diego because I was reading The Mark of Zorro when my dad gave the camera to me. It's black, Zorro wears a lot of black, and I really love the name Diego, so it fit nicely. But don't worry, I'm not abandoning Francis! I still love my pocket-sized red camera too, and use it more still, to tell the truth. Diego gets used when I have time to play and experiment a little, or want to take super-good photos. But Francis is perfect to grab and take along to a museum or playground, or just snap a quick shot of the kids being cute.
Anyway, one more shot of the whole container garden from a different angle:
Some of the nasturtiums have started flowering since I took these, and I just saw my first marigold opening yesterday, all of which add more color and variety.
And, because I was playing with Diego's zoom lens (okay, that sounded wrong), here's a shot I took of one of our little bunny visitors:
We see these almost every day throughout the spring and summer. This is one of the adults, but on Sunday we saw a teensy baby hop out from under our deck and nibble some clover oh-so-close to our house. It was so small I could have held it in one hand -- just adorable! I've read that bunnies like to roll in lavender, so if I can get mine going really well, I'll find somewhere in the yard to plant it so I can share it with them. And then we'll have lavender-scented wild rabbits! What's not to love?