You have to really look to find red flowers here at May Dreams Gardens.
In fact, as far as I know or can recall, there are no red flowering plants of any kinds amongst the perennials, trees, and shrubs.
Most years, as a matter of fact, I don’t even get red flowers for the containers.
But I did buy this dwarf canna the other day, figuring it would be red-flowering, even though it had no bloom or tag when I bought it. I thought it might help attract hummingbirds.
But look what I planted around it.
Those are pink, purple and rosy colored verbena. Now, those are flower colors!
Near my new hummingbird feeder, I also gave in and planted this Pentas ‘Butterfly Red’.
This is a lot of red flowers for me, more than I usually plant. (I know that’s just two so far, but wait, there are more.)
I do like things that are red when they are in the vegetable garden.
I’ve picked about five dozen strawberries between yesterday and today out of my little 4′ x 8′ patch and there are more ripening daily.
I hope by mid-July I’ll also see some red tomatoes in the vegetable garden, instead of just seeing red when the rabbits eat something they shouldn’t or that neighbor’s cat does his business in one of my raised beds.
The only other red flowers I have are these impatiens.
I’m almost, but obviously not quite, embarrassed to show these, since I just planted them rather hastily this evening, trying to get the last of my plants potted up, and they look a bit rough. But we all know they’ll fill in nicely.
How did I end up with red impations, you ask? For some reason, I got a packet of Tutu Impatiens from Pinetree Garden Seeds with my one of my seed orders. I don’t remember ordering them, but I could have. The packet said it was a mix of rose, peach, and red flowers, but I sowed the seeds anyway, taking my chances that I’d end up with rose and peach colored flowers.
I ended up with all red flowers.
I decided to dedicate them to one of my fellow garden bloggers who couldn’t believe I avoid red flowers in my garden. In response to one of my comments on Digging about how I avoid red flowers, Pam, the author of Digging, left me a comment and I quote, “You avoid red?! Can it be so? Red is one of my favorites in the garden (and elsewhere). But I’m fond of purple and yellow too.”
So, Pam, this isn’t exactly one of your famous stock tank planters, it’s just an old metal wash tub, with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, planted with some of the only red flowers at May Dreams Gardens. I thought of you when I planted it up. I hope you like it.
Does anyone else have a particular flower color that they avoid in their garden? Don’t tell me I’m the only one who does this!