I am really loving this Celosia 'Intenz'. Eagerly waiting for the canna lilies and yellow calla lilies that are also in the 1/2 whiskey barrel to bloom.
This year I combined yellow calla lilies with marigolds and I am enjoying that combo as well.
The container next to the steps has orange Butterfly Weed. It's a perennial that I've had in that same pot for the past 4 years. Each fall I just cut it down and store the pot in my unheated garage. It should be blooming soon.
Where does the time go???
I can't tell you how many times I have returned to this old blog to help me figure out something I wanted to know but could not remember. I decided to make a few posts of my garden this year just so I have them for my own benefit.
I am really enjoying this combination of Ninebark and Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus). Goatsbeard is the one with the feathery plumes of creamy ivory. I planted three of them in 2014. The blooms are not what I expected, but I have grown to really love them in front of the Ninebark. They come back larger every year and require almost no maintenance.
My Ninebark planted by the road has gotten so large that I had to remove all the other shrubs and allow it to take the stage:
Spring in the garden was spectacular this year with a gazillion purple, pink and yellow iris. Unfortunately I only took this one picture.
My Royal Purple smoketree is over a decade old and finally supplying gorgeous reddish-purple height.
This year I planted something new to me - this Celosia Dragon's Breath - in a container planting. I love the bright red color and am waiting for the Tropicanna leaves to do their job to fill out the planting so it doesn't look so lopsided.
I can hardly believe that summer 2015 is gone....I did not even get to enjoy the deck ... not once did I put out the rugs, quilts, or pillows to spend a relaxing weekend at home...
I went out at 9am this morning and took this picture of the two whiskey barrel planters full of yellow daisy-like dahlias and yellow calla lilies. The callas have finished blooming, but you can still see the huge white spotted leaves.
Here are the same planters two hours later;
Everything has been dug out and placed on the back lawn to dry:
It always amazes me that those HUGE calla leaves came from one of those small croms with the white roots!
I left the other two whiskey barrels planted because the Tropicanna Golds are just beginning to throw up their bright orange flowers and I can enjoy them inside from my family room windows.
I like the spotted calla leaves with the striped canna foliage.
One of the new dahlias that I bought from Breck's has put out its first flower:
It's called 'American Dawn'. I am less than happy with this one. It's almost the end of September and I have had only one flower which is full of bug holes...but at least it bloomed. Maybe I will see a better performance with more of a purple center next year.
I am hoping to get at least 3 more weeks from my garage urns and under-the-window garden of pink dahlias.
The Sedum Autumn Joy really brings this garden to life.
SAJ is such a carefree perennial...once planted it takes almost no work.. never needs watering...just a bit of weeding...nothing more...gotta love that!
Last night I made ham and scalloped potatoes for dinner. I took the time to caramelize the onions prior to baking and left the skins on the potatoes, then poured the roux atop:
and baked until the taters were tender and the top was browned:
YUM! The perfect side dish to a brown sugar/mustard-glazed ham.
This is the second time I have planted coleus 'Henna' in my urns flanking my garage. I love this coleus with the bright red leaf underside. I would plant it every year, but I can't always find it in my small town.
Here is the other urn where the top of the leaves is more prominent than the underside:
I like the sawtooth edges of 'Henna's' leaves.
I am still giddy over the Japanese Bottle Brush shrub blooms (even though they look nothing like the "fuzzy caterpillar" pic Breck's showed). I also had no idea the plant would be this tall as their description says up to 3 feet high) and mine is well over 6 ft.
Following are some pictures from the Breck's order I received this spring. I am linking to the order url should any of you want to order your own. BTW, I get nothing, zero, zip, nada to talk about Breck's. About 50% of the time I am not happy with them, so they certainly would not be paying me to post about their product. I am just linking as a convenience to my readers.
I had planted them all across the front edge of my small dahlia garden under the living room window.
I am so sad that I don't have a sea of blue under the pink 'Park Princess' dahlias as I had planned. Yikes, I just looked at my order form and realized that I paid $14.99 each for the dwarf sea hollies! Since only one survived, it cost me $79.95 for one plant. I better write to Breck's and request a refund. Breck's has a great refund policy. If something is not right, they refund or replace the item. That is why I continue to order their products.
I am loving the bold paintbrush splashes of dark red/purple in this dahlia called 'Tropical'
The yellow color at the petal base looks like the sun is shining through. I am totally happy with this purchase. I planted two of these, but so far I have only seen one that has bloomed. I am not sure if the other died or if it's just a late bloomer.
I planted it in a container so I could give it special attention.
This is what came up:
I paid $19.99 for this!!! I almost tossed it in the compost pile. The only positive thing I can say about it is that it did, indeed, come up white.
I hid the pot behind some other containers on the deck and kept it watered. It surprised me by putting out many new leaves. Here it is today:
So it's alive and much bigger, but it's a totally blah hosta once the leaves fill with chlorophyll. I knew it would only be white as it emerged and then it was supposed to have white streaked leaves. I guess there is a bit of white streaking, but, honestly, I would not waste the money to buy this hosta. I won't ask for a refund, because it did survive and I knew that it would only have white leaves as it emerged. If it survives the winter, I think I will be much happier next spring.
I still have one dahlia that I received from Breck's that I have not yet seen a bloom. It's called American Dawn. I can't remember which container I planted it in, but if it blooms, I will show you the pictures.
This post is getting way too long and taking me way too long to create so I will end it now. I hope you are enjoying your late summer garden!
In the spring of 2013 I purchased a Japanese Bottlebrush plant from Breck's.
I have never had this plant and had no idea what to expect. Breck's description said it would be 30" to 36" high and would have red flowers.
Since I had dug out a new roadside garden which had a lot of empty space, I decided to plant it there in front of a Ninebark shrub.
This is the new roadside space in 2013 just before I planted a Ninebark shrub and two Golden Cypress shrubs and the Japanese Bottlebrush. The Bottlebrush came up in 2013, but did nothing.
This is the same garden in 2014. I added some dahlias to fill in the space and some of J's favorite annuals -- marigolds.
I was quite happy with this garden in 2014. The Japanese Bottlebrush was still alive and I expected to see flowers soon. You can see the Japanese Bottlebrush in the center of the marigolds--still very tiny, but alive. After waiting all summer to see flowers, I was pretty discouraged when no flower emerged.
In the spring of 2015, I saw some green leaves emerge and noted that it survived another brutal Michigan winter.
I had pretty much forgotten about it, until a few weeks ago when I noticed how tall it was --
already over 2 ft. tall.
Today I was thrilled to see that the dozens of little green nubs on the ends of the branches had sprouted into tiny little flowers
The plant is way taller than I expected and the flowers are not the "red" color that I thought they would be...I am happy about that because the purple color they are blends nicely with the Ninebark.
Perhaps they will turn more red as they mature......I hope not because I like them the way they are now. It seems that the old saying..........the first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap is right on with this plant!
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.