Thursday, July 29, 2021

Close Up of Some Arbor Garden Plantings

 I spent a good deal of time and effort last fall dividing and rearranging many of my perennials to achieve larger swaths of color.  I am liking the way everything is blooming right now.


'Red Fan Fare' daylilies.  I bought a  couple of these many ago ( maybe 20? at Kmart).  They have been the most prolific bloomer of any of the daylilies I've purchased.


I like the red daylilies with brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia), which is just beginning to flower.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Limelight Hydrangea

I recently moved 3 other Limelight hydrangeas to the opposite side of this one  that just began blooming. 



I moved them all during the past three weeks and they all had tiny buds.  All three look like they have survived and will bloom despite my risky action.  I would not recommend doing as I did.  It's not a good idea to move established shrubs in high 80 degree weather either. Smart gardeners would not temp fate.  I kept mine well watered. They wilted quite a bit...especially the one I moved last week.  It is just now starting to look like it will survive.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Red Geranium Wall Planter with Red Border Dahlias below

 I have saved this container of red geraniums in my basement for the past five years.  It started blooming last week and it did not disappoint!


It is loaded with blooms.  Last fall I decided that I should underplant my garage container with something that would carry on the lovely red color.  I decided to order some Red Carpet Border Dahlias from Brecks.  They are very short --less than 20 inches tall.  I planted the tubers and crossed my fingers that the red would somewhat match.


The Red Carpet Border Dahlias have begun to bloom:


Yahoo!  I think they are a near perfect match.  I have planted more of them under the window to the left of this.  They have buds, but have not yet bloomed.  I ordered 5 from Breck's and they all came up. They are combined with pink Park Princess spider dahlias.  Can't wait to see it all come together!    I will show that combo when it blooms.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Beginning to Enjoy the Deck

 I have my deck containers planted with mostly dahlias, calla lilies and canna lilies.  The calla lilies bloom first and now the dahlias are beginning.  So far only a few have bloomed, but it is enough for me to enjoy sitting out here.


My first dahlia to bloom was American Sunset (purchased from #Brecks).  I love this one!


Here it is today July 25, 2021:


Boom Boom Red was next.  I am disappointed that this one is NOT the bright red the Breck's site said it would be.  It is burgundy.  I already have enough ball dahlias in burgundy.  But Boom Boom Red is still a gorgeous one.  Only one of the two tubers I planted came up.


Here is the container this one is growing in:



The spider dahlia on top is called China Town.  
This is another new one I purchased from Brecks.   Both of these tubers came up and I am happy with this purchase.

Here is a close up of China Town:


I am eagerly awaiting the first bloom of the other dahlias I have planted.  I did purchase a beauty called 'Dutch Carnival'.  


Unfortunately this one never came up.  Soooooooooo disappointed! 



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Ninebark Diabolo with Goatsbeard is a Favorite Planting Combo in my Garden

 The Ninebark flowers are turning into their beautiful red seed heads.  I love this with the feathery plumes of Goatsbeard.




I replanted this small section in the fall of 2020 and am quite happy with its first year blooms.


It has been raining here for 5 days straight.  We needed the rain, but I need some nicer weather so I can get back to working in the garden.  I was on a roll removing one to two wheelbarrow loads of weeds, etc. every day.  I don't want to lose my gardening ambition just when my old muscles were getting conditioned!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Ninebark Diabolo in Full Bloom, Zesting Lemons New Iris

 I love the blooms on this mature Ninebark.  If memory serves me right, this guy is about 8 years old and has never been cut back.  I find that I like Ninebark best when its limbs are allowed to grow and fall  gracefully in its natural form.


This is how it looks from my computer room window:


We are still waiting for a good rain to end a very early drought. Hence, the nearly dormant grass.



I was thrilled to see this gorgeous bloom on a new iris, Zesting Lemons. I purchased this from Breck's in 2019. It was part of a group package of 6 iris.  Unfortunately 4 of the 6 died off before I ever got to see the bloom.  I waited two seasons before contacting Breck's for a refund  as I know iris often do not bloom the first year.  I just emailed them today, so will see if they send a refund or  replacements for the 4 that croaked .  They have always been very good about standing behind their product.


Love, love this Blue Oat Grass with the blue orbs (bowling balls) and the Speedwell Sunny Border Blue ( which is actually purple).  I have never understood whey companies insist on telling us their flower is blue when it is purple.  Maybe they think we are all color blind.





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