I love it poured over vanilla ice cream (healthy...huh?) or straight up but my brother in law adds it to his Coca Cola.
This is the time of year where I walk around and evaluate which flowers and plants were winners and which ones were losers.
Zinnias.....I was pleased with the ease of planting seeds and the germination rate. The plant stems were sturdier than when in the past I had bought plants and transplanted them. Also a big difference between $2.99 for a packet of seeds and $6.99 for a pack of 6 plants. I'll plant the tall green Envy variety again but I am going to look for a medium height, larger bloom Zinnia instead of the shorter, small Zinnia that I used. Zinnias are age appropriate for the house and because they have been around for a long time, there are plenty of varieties to chose from in the see catalog.
Monarda (bee balm).......I divided a dark pink Monarda that was growing in the back yard and it survived but I divided it too late in the spring and it suffered because of it. I'll continue to add to my Monarda collection because the bees love them, they are very colorful, and once established they are hardy.
Tulips.....I planted 100 tulip bulbs around the bee hive area. Tulips are a hit and miss thing for me. They always look great the first year and the after that....not so much. The bulbs were a freebie so it was worth giving it another try.
Roses......I'll continue to buy just Knock Out and Carpet Roses. They are the only roses that do well when we have a severe winter. I do not have time to wrap and protect the more delicate roses and both of these roses are own root roses so if the top dies back because of a harsh winter the plant will just regrow. My climbing roses took a beating after two severe winters. I had to cut them back quite hard for the second year in a row. Blooms were sparse and several plants died. I will not be replacing them.
Today felt more like fall/winter and looking at these flowers already has me yearning for spring.
Tomorrow I'll tell you how R almost ended up in the hospital on Tuesday. It's always something.