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Monday In Bloom

07-30-2017 GW13 (35)It was a pretty decent evening, not too hot or muggy.  Even the mosquitos, while bad, weren’t as terrible as last week. 


07-30-2017 GW13 (32)It feels like it’s been a rough week though, garden-wise.  Things have been so dry here after all the flooding a couple weeks ago.  And despite my attempts at watering, several of my perennials are dead or dying.  I didn’t even bother to take pictures of them this week, even for documenting purposes.  Even the lilies are fading fast, it seems.  I know that’s fairly typical, at this point in the season.  It’s still a bit depressing, though. 

I know that in a couple weeks, after the hottest spells have (hopefully) passed, many plants will gain their “second wind” and pull out a second bloom.  And I’m also thinking the lilies will definitely have to be divided this year.  Probably the daisies, too.  In fact, probably most of what’s left in the perennial patch will have to be divided.  I suppose the things that need to be divided can fill in the empty spots from the plants that have died.  I certainly have my work cut out for me come Autumn!

On a brighter note, the snapdragons have been blooming, and the coleus are thriving.  The yellow daisies are blooming again after some deadheading a few weeks ago.

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Yay for snappies!  Bright, happy spots in the midst of gardening season!
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I keep meaning to switch this pot with the one in the other corner of the side patch but I still haven’t gotten around to it.  This week for sure!!  The verbena and sweet alyssum are fading, but still retain some of their earlier glory.
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Right side of the urn …
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Left side of the urn!  I took a picture from this angle to show how much that sweet potato vine has grown.  It swoops down and trails around the pot like a veil, it’s so stunning!  This is exactly what I hoped it would do all those times I planted it in one of the hanging pots in the front patch, but it never did.  I realize now, that was too sunny for this plant, as it clearly prefers much more shade than I realized.  Next year, assuming the garden center has them again, I am going to put one in a side patch raised pot, with just a spike plant for accent. 
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Yellow daisies!
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Fortunately, this licorice plant isn’t terribly decimated from the recent butterfly caterpillar invasion, certainly not as bad as the one in the other hanging pot.  And the asparagus fern and purple heart plant still are looking pretty decent. 
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That’s how my garden is surviving this week, how’s yours doing?

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9 thoughts on “Monday In Bloom

  1. Your garden it still welcoming and colorful. What’s the plant with the deep green heart-shaped leaves and greenish-white stalky blooms? It always puzzled me why the flowers on the coleus plants are all the same, even though their leaves are so dramatically different. My favorite photo this time is the Flickr shot with the orange and yellow pansies. That orange just glows!

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    1. I still can’t get over how much it tickles me that you check out the Flickr images. 🙂 Thank you!

      The plant you mention, with the heart shaped leaves, is called salvia. I think red is the most common color, but I sometimes can find them in the purple and cream colors you see. They don’t really have a smell, but I do like their look. I seem to be drawn to the spiky kinds of flowers.

      That is weird about the coleus flowers! You’d think the blooms would be different. I guess, when you think about it though, the only differences are the colors on the leaves – similar to the way for example the petals on a pansy can be different colors yet all pansy blooms have the same shape and pattern. 🙂

      Oh those orange pansies! They remind me of the California poppies that were so common when I was growing up. 😀


  2. It’s hard when the weather won’t cooperate. It’s been very dry here, but not too hot. Until this week – it’s supposed to get quite hot towards Wednesday. I am NOT looking forward to it.

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    1. Around here, it has struck me as so bizarre the whole time I’ve lived here – there are people here who actually say, “Oh I can’t wait until it gets nice and hot!” They claim they feel that way because of the cold Winters, but I still kind of suspect they might be Venusians in disguise. 😉

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  3. What a beautiful yard you have. 🙂

    Some of the plants in our backyard seem to be meh, but others have decided to give up the ghost. Even in the midst of several days of rain, they dried up and left me. I have a lantana in a pot, a lantana in the circle (a bricked in circle holding the lamp that the wrens nested in), as well as lantanas directly in the ground. The one in the pot and the circle are ones I transplanted from the yard. The one is the circle is dead, along with everything else in that circle, and the one in the pot is okay, as are the ones directly in the ground. Most everything is drying out back there, in spite of (or maybe TO spite) the rain. I’ve just about giving up on trying to grow anything here.

    You are doing a wonderful job with your flowers and I love those up on the stands like topiaries. So pretty. 🙂

    Have a blessed day.

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    1. Isn’t it sad when plants die? I’ve lost a lavender and a pincushion, several pansies, and a couple snapdragons. It always makes me feel like such a failure when I lose a plant. I know intellectually that’s silly, but it just crushes my gardener’s heart.

      You are so sweet. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words.

      I’m so sorry about your lantanas. 😦 I hope the ones in the ground come back! Maybe the soil in that spot you mention needs a burst of fertilizer? Sometimes mixing in some manure or compost and an aerator like Perlite can make a world of difference. 🙂 ❤

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      1. Yes, it is very sad when plants die. I’ve lost antique roses to the drought here years ago. Oh how I loved those roses. We need to remember that we aren’t failures when this happens. Sometimes things just aren’t meant to be for whatever reason.

        You’re welcome and thank you for your kind words, too.

        Funny thing with those lantanas…all of them have sprung back, even those that the coroner would have declared dead. None have flowered again, but they greened back up and filled out with more leaves, so maybe they will be okay. Who knows what all this rain is doing to them, though. Thanks for your suggestions for soil amendments.

        Have a blessed day. 🙂 ❤

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