Words and Herbs.
It was a lovely morning, slightly overcast and cooler. The garden was enjoying it.
In the South Border, Eremophila hygrophana is adding some blue behind the lavender flowers of Catharanthus roseus. The Eremophila usually has some blooms open, but today's flush is a little heavier.
Lavendula stoechas "Madrid" is also looking good, as is Melocactus azureus, at the lower right corner of the photo above.
Now for an addition to the border. Remember the blank spot visible in every Tuesday View? I am beginning to fill it.
This was the bonus iris that came with my Stout Gardens order: "Carry Me Home" is apparently a pale lavender Tall Bearded Iris. From the pictures it seemed perfect for the South Border's soft blue/purple/pink hues.
And at the very front, again between the two miniature roses, I intend to transplant a small Salvia that was injudiciously added at the back of the border last spring. Since purchasing it (label said simply "Salvia"), I've pretty well decided it is from the "Summer Jewel" series and will stay quite small. It seems a little fragile in comparison with the native southwest species I am growing, and week after week I've expected it to finally collapse. But it always springs back with a little water, and this has been a murderous summer for new plantings. Since it has survived this long, I intend to see if I can shift it to the front, where it will be a good companion for the miniature roses and help complete the structure of the border.