I’ve been waiting all summer for this to bloom! It’s a Black Berry Lily ( Belamcanda chinensis) and I grew it from seed two years ago and today it finally bloomed!
As you may have already guessed from the many pictures of deer in previous posts, my new house is in the middle of deer country.
So… knowing how deer treat flower gardens as their own personal buffet, I’ve been researching plants that are supposed to be “Deer Resistant” for my new perennial bed in the front yard.
So far they’ve sampled only a few plants on the list (a Centaurea montana and the Cardinal vine –
Ipomoea), but have left them alone since.
Anyway, I also love my flower pots and usually line my porch steps and any other convenient place that begs for a spot of color. So I decided, after the deer ate my ivy gerainum off the porch last summer, to apply the Deer Resistant gardening to my flower pots as well.
Here’s what I’ve come up with:
Alyssum, dwarf snapdragon, sweet william, and corkscrew grass (Juncus) in a 20″ ceramic bowl. (oh, in case you’re wondering, I don’t use chemical fertilizers- I mix my own soil of peat, compost and a bit of organic dry fertilizer. The plants love it!). The Juncus isn’t on the resistant plant list but I thought it looked cool and I’m depending on the “undesirable” plant to protect it (fingers crossed!)
|Annabell Hydrangea ~ Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’|
Summer’s in full swing now and so is the garden…
So here’s a few more blooms for you to enjoy.
|Marigolds (Tagetes sp.)|
|False Sunflower, Heliopsis|
|Spider Web Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideu) go here for post with this plant|
|Munstead Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)|
|Blanket Flower, Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’|
|Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum ~ pre-bloom|
Mint family (Lamiaceae)
See more rows here at Pats!