The cordalyine/Sedona/Kale container when planted around the 1st of June:
The Sedona coleus really took over, smothering out the blue salvia and the orange Gazania. The Purple Heart survived, though I wish it had grown a bit larger. I would love to see it sticking out from the coleus.
Nonetheless, I really like this container. I have kept the Sedona coleus flowers cut off all summer, but now that the end is near, I am letting them bloom.
Here is one of the garage urns when I planted them (that arrow is showing the where the Tropicanna is). Do you remember that I said many of you would be surprised to see these urns in August?
The big striped leaves are what became of that little sprout in the first picture.
I nestled a pot of dahlias in the container where the black dahlia didn't grow.
Here is the big cobalt blue container that I was so gaga over when I planted it.
Unfortunately the big Tropicanna 'Gold' in the back (which you can't see in the pic above) did not get very big. So that was a huge disappointment. The entire color scheme was based on those striped leaves.
Luckily I happen to have a big pot of Tropicanna 'Gold' to show you what I had planned.
Aren't the leaves beautiful? You can see that this container is about to flower. As with all the Tropicannas, the flowers are an orange shade. Anyway......
If I put this container behind the cobalt blue container, you get a good idea of what I wanted this planting to look like.
I also expected more out of the yellow daises--taller and wider. There is some blue salvia in there, but it did not do well either.
What I did NOT expect was that the gorgeous yellow/green filler plant I chose ( Duranta erecta Golden Dewdrop 'Gold Edge' ) would end up producing these 2-inch needle spikes! I kid you not -- these things are sharper than my quilting needles! Ouch!!! As lovely as the foliage is, I won't be using Duranta erecta Golden Dewdrop 'Gold Edge' again.
All in all, I am not all that gaga over this container.
Remember this sorry sight of the deck rail container with yellowed nasturtiums last week after it had no water for 4 days?
I cut the yellow off and in just a bit over a week's time it looks fairly decent.
Are nasturtiums known for yellowing of leaves? It does seem that I have a lot of them on all of the nasturtiums I grew from seed this year. I am forever picking off yellow leaves.
I hope you will all visit Jean today to see what everyone has for Blooming Tuesday and Tracie at Cottage Flora Thursday.