Sunday, August 23, 2015

Japanese Bottlebrush Finally Blooms!

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!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Santa Claus Dahlia

This is the second time I have purchased this dahlia from Breck's.  The first purchase (about 5 years ago)  resulted in tubers never came up.  Breck's refunded my money.

Early this year I ordered "Santa Claus" again.  I am so glad I gave it a second try!

Such a lovely color!  Doesn't it make you think of Christmas?
 I wish I had it blooming in December, so I could use it for a Christmas centerpiece!

Do any of you grow this dahlia?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

It's a Beautiful Saturday on the Deck

Do you have one of these floor lamps?
I had two of them.  One of them broke and I threw it away.  Last year I turned the other one into a planter for my deck.

I am really enjoying the height it adds to my deck arrangements. 

The calla lilies in my whiskey barrels are HUGE this year.
J gets all of the credit as he has been taking care of all the gardens this year.  They seem to love all of the attention he gives them.
I have never seen my calla lilies this huge!

Has your garden been better than usual this year?  It seems everyone I talk to  thinks this has been a great year for gardens.
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