1 It's always exciting when a big delivery of plants arrives at the farm. These plants came from our friends at Annie's Annuals & Perennials in Richmond, California. http://anniesannuals.com/
2 My head gardener, Ryan, sorted and labeled all of the plants, so I could quickly decide where they would be planted - most went into the cutting garden.
3 Everything looked very healthy. Annie's grows all their plants on-site year round, and sends them via two-day transit, so they arrive at their destinations in good condition.
4 This was the cutting garden earlier this spring. Ryan and Wilmer spent a lot of time and care placing and planting every specimen.
5 I wanted the plants to be mixed, so every bed would be interesting and colorful. This garden is relatively new. It used to be the vegetable garden until mole crickets forced us to move it. Those critters don't bother the flowers, so we made the right decision. The flowers have been thriving ever since.
6 Commonly known as hollyhock, this Alcea rosea 'Halo Lavender' has delicate five-inch blooms in pink-lavender with a splash of yellow in the center. It starts blooming in the summer and continues through the season until the first frost.
7 'Halo Lavender' is loved by hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The plant can stretch up to seven-feet tall, so consider staking to give it a little support as it grows.
8 Alcea rosea 'Halo Cream' is another popular hollyhock.
The icy yellow of its petals work nicely paired with the pinks and purple-blues. These plants can reach five to eight-feet tall and up to about four feet across.
9 Even as this bloom begins to fade, it is still beautiful. Papaver 'Lauren's Grape' shows off four to five inch single poppy flowers in a rich shade of ruby-purple. The plant can grow up to three to five feet tall.
10 Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise' is a pretty maroon-centered rose pink variety of hollyhock. These plants are not fussy, but they do best in rich, loamy soil and full sun.
11 The purple hollyhock, Alcea rosea 'Halo Purple', is rust resistant and can grow up to seven feet tall bearing numerous five inch blooms. This hollyhock is very hardy and can easily continue flowering until the first frost.
12 Scabiosa ochroleuca is in the honeysuckle family of flowering plants. Some also know members of this genus as pincushion flowers. This one is drought and deer resistant, and easily attracts bees and butterflies. Plant it where there is good drainage and full sun.
13 Antirrhinum majus 'Chantilly Peach' is a popular snapdragon variety. This grows up to two to three feet tall, and is long blooming. The blushed-apricot with a hint of pink flaring trumpets add a nice contrast to any garden.
14 'Chantilly Peach' is also mildew and rust resistant. If you prefer, plant them in a container - just be sure it is at least five gallons or bigger.
15 Delphinium belladonna 'Bellamosum' are easy to grow and to maintain. These plants continue to bloom, even until fall. They are mildew resistant and since they only grow two to three feet, there is no need for staking.
16 Delphinium elatum 'Royal Aspirations' are among the most showy delphiniums grown. This reliable perennial, multi-spiking, extra large flowered delphinium can grown up to six feet tall and four feet across. Plant in loamy soil and offer it lots of sun, and this plant will thrive.
17 Mimulus 'Pamela' is a beautiful plant with one and a half inch wide blooms in cream-sickle orange and white. It does well in well-drained locations in sun and part-shade.
18 Anchusa azurea 'Alkanet'. This plant will develop royal blue "forget-me-not" flowers, which will display for months on sturdy branch stems.
19 This is Campanula persicifolia 'Telham Beauty' - This hardy plant will bear flowers that are nearly three-inches wide. These bellflowers bloom until end of summer with its dense cup of slender mid green leaves. It can be divided after a year or two, so keep this in mind.
20 Digitalis hybrida 'Polkadot Pippa' is a hybrid perennial that blooms from spring to December. Multi-upright stems that go to three-feet tall carry two-inch wide-mouthed blooms apricot and pink with spots of primrose yellow inside. Good, loamy soil is best, and side dress with compost.
21 Butterflies and bees love the Trachelium caeruleum 'Hamer Pandora'. These plants have large, lush four-inch umbels and love part-shade and loamy soil.
22 'Hamer Pandora' is also known commonly as throatwort. This Mediterranean perennial bears large, dense flowers with tiny pins and has a very light scent.
23 Papaver 'Pink Heirloom' has attractive pink blooms with bright green centers. Plant them in good soil, water and full sun and they will bring you lots of joy the rest of the season.
24 Papaver 'Pink Heirloom' only grow 30-inches tall, but if planting more than one, give it a bit of room - at least one foot away from each other.
25 This is a Papaver 'Sugar Plum' with its pretty purple color an frilly, fringed semi-double lilac flower. Poppies like rich soil, sunny locations and to be planted in the cool season, which is fall through early spring.