Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day Lilies and Hydrangeas

My Day Lilies finally started blooming.

I only have a couple of varieties 

"Sunday Gloves"


I had this fear that someone would walk off the side of the half wall that borders this patio area so I planted the Holmstrup Arborvitae (Slow grower- Avg. 5 to 7 ft. tall x 2 to 3 ft. wide) and some flowers in-between to hopefully help that from happening.

It keeps people from walking through there so that makes me feel safer.  

 The ferns have made their way around and fill in behind and on the sides of the hydrangeas.

 I'm always tickled to see the Hydrangeas start to bloom.  These Endless Summer Hydrangeas never disappoint!  I cut mine down quite a ways each fall because of the snow load that ends up on them- and they don't seem to mind.  A lot of people said theirs didn't bloom this year- this happened to mine in 2012 when we had a freak warm up in March to the 70's. After a week of that the plants had started growing and then it gold cold and we had several frosts.  It seemed to ruin the chances of any flowers that year.  One person at the garden center told me it may help to go ahead and cut them down if you experience that kind of scenario and the plant may just bloom for you.  Endless Summer hydrangeas bloom and both new and old growth so you can't really loose for trying!


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Before and After Planters

I was browsing through pictures and realized how some of these planters had changed so I thought I'd post some before and afters!  Of course we're not done with summer but it's always fun to see how things have changed.

The Sweet Potato Vine is aggressive and causing the Geraniums to fight for their light and space. I usually use Vinca Vines but thought I'd try the Sweet Potato Vine this year.  The birds have been pulling out fiber from the coco liners for nesting.  I never realized they were doing that until I saw one on the planters by the house.

I had these under the eves of the house but moved them out early in July. These begonias are designed to take the sun and they seem to be doing better than they had been before in the partially shaded area.  

I already showed this last week but it shows the difference between the before and after

The Browallia has taken forever to start blooming.  The Sweet Potato Vine is filling in heavily here too.

The Supertunias always do well.  They've dwarfed the spike in the center.

This hanging basket looked better a couple of weeks ago with more flowers.  It seems to go in waves of blooms and then backs off a bit.  I've read that some plants don't like rubbing elbows with certain other plants.  Perhaps they don't like the geraniums!

These are my favorite.  The Gartenmeister Fuchsia have really grown nicely and the hummingbirds love them.  I was worried I'd have to stake them but so far they are doing fine. They are supposed to be able to tolerate the heat better than other Fuchsias although our summer has been mild so I can't say for sure. 

My rusty buckets of impatiens have grown a lot.  These are the same impatiens as are around the fountain area.

I am happy with how well these have come along.  Love the color combo.  I haven't seen a lot of butterflies this year but they do love the Lantana

The Begonia has spread out and the Diamond Frost has filled in nicely.  There are some Caladiums in there but you can hardly see them.  See the violas popping out?  I've let them get leggy but they wouldn't show up much otherwise..  

The foxtail ferns have gotten a bit larger- they seem to fit in here nicely.  I cut a few pieces for an arrangement and they really last a long time.

 These "Sunpatiens" have been doing well.  They show signs of stress easily and definitely like to be kept watered.   I think they are heavy feeders too and need more fertilizing.

My first succulent garden attempt.  They are growing well and looking better than they did when I started. These only get the morning sun.  I read that they shouldn't be put in too sunny of a location.  I just wonder if I could give them more. 

The Violas are doing great.  I've had some trouble with chipmunks planting sunflowers seeds in them and also digging the plants causing some to die off but generally they are doing well.  We've had a mild summer so they haven't gotten to that point where they stop blooming. I just realized their coloring is different- probably because they're getting a lot of sun.   Perhaps I'll move them over to a more shaded area and see if that changes them.

This planted has gone wild!  The center has a white Supertunia but it's all but disappeared in the middle of these petunias.  I think I'm going to dig it out and give it it's own pot and let the petunias fill in.  

Well this has gotten long- there are a few more pots but I will stop here!


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dusty Miller and Asiatic Lilies

Last post I made mention about this planter that the Dusty Miller had taken over.

Well they started out so trim and cute!

I should have known better than to plant so many of these- I forgot just how large Dusty Miller can get.

The Dusty miller branches out and got much taller and the Geraniums had all but disappeared!

So I snipped and snipped and snipped away at the Dusty Miller to give the Geraniums a chance to show up again.  I have a feeling I will be snipping for the rest of the summer to keep this under control!

I snipped it a bit again after I took this picture.  I think this will work out much better now.

The lilies have been blooming all around here.  I do enjoy how easy they are to grow and that they are low maintenance.
These are out front on the island
These are Tiny Bee, Dwarf Asiatic Lily

 Tiny Sensation, Asiatic Lilies

All of these bright yellow and orange ones are by the driveway.  

Part of my "pink" garden area near the deck
Tiny Spider, Asiatic Lily

These are the prettiest soft pink- love their coloring. 
These may be called Tiny Athlete- Asiatic Lily

 I always have my cell phone with me to snap a picture.  

I'm not positive but I think these are
Tiny Pearl, Asiatic Lily

These used to be by the garden path, I moved them thinking they were the orange ones.  A vole had killed off most of the lilies and I thought all the whites were gone.  The next year I got a surprise! They're pretty tall and look good next to the ornamental grass so I am happy with them here.

One more white one appeared in this area where I thought they were gone and these orange ones were supposed to be yellow (according to the Lowe's tag) but they all bloomed orange.  I'm thinking I'll finally move these orange ones to a new location.  I want something softer here so maybe they'll join the island out front!  

 It's been raining a lot and now the temp has dropped.  Today is expected to top out at 60.   I'm not complaining though especially when I hear that in the south their dealing with triple digit temps!

Good bye for now! 

I'm joining
Fishtail Cottage for
Garden Party #11


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