Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Welcome to my Jungle

It's been raining for days, and then the sun will come out, the wind will pick up and then the rain will resume. It is doing great things in the garden, but at the same time the flowers are getting heavier than their stems and falling down in a mess.  I shot these pictures before that happened. My larkspur are over four feet tall and I'll have to cut some for a bouquet, a very tall bouquet.

The superbells are in a hanging pot with nasturtiums and sweet potato vine and I thought I should have a second hanging pot to compliment it. I found that a reduced for clearance pot of tiny zinnias cost less and was less work, so that was my solution. Lots of plants are bargain priced here now. And who can plant them, it is so wet!

I was just telling Dave that I finally feel I have a modicum of control over the front beds. Half the plants I had last year remain, and that is smarter than it sounds. I transplanted many to pots, and other places in the yard, and that made room for the rest to get big, and still allowed me to get in there and weed. Not that many weeds, so far, thanks to Preen.
The astilbe are in bloom, and the pink really makes a show against the green and white. However, lots of young hosta are overwhelmed by the flourishing bleeding hearts and celandine poppies. I must do something and me thinks the hosta need to go. No problem, I have lots of shady places to put them, even in flower pots where they can stay all winter and come back next year with no trouble. Love the South!

Earlier this Spring I did fill some pots with the overflow and unbeknownst to me, there were flower seeds in the soil with the transplants. I find I have a Kassandra heuchera and coneflower duo. There's also another heuchera in the same pot, an Autumn Bride, which gets huge. So we'll see who wins out there.

A few years ago I 'invested' in big plastic buckets, thinking they would be good yarn storage, until the yarn outgrew all of them. Then they became planting pots for which they are well suited, now that drainage holes have been punched in the bottoms. I found a set of three sale heucherellas, along with some red heucheras and put them together with hosta transplants for a nice expensive looking combo. Similar pots at the nursery were $39, while mine cost less than $10 for everything, including soil. Love that!
There are some petunias in the empty spaces to prevent me from refilling them with more perennials. I know I shouldn't since the five hydrangeas will take that space up in a few seasons and I won't have to do a think but admire them. At least that's the plan for now.

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  1. Anonymous11:44 AM

    The yellow rose looks like it could be the inspiration for a fabulous quilt...

  2. Glorious colours.

  3. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Going to go cut me some three foot larkspur....thanks for the idea!

  4. Judy Morningstar9:29 PM

    Your jungle is stunning. Hope you are taking the time to sit outside and enjoy (as soon as it stops raining!). Thank you for sharing!

  5. Looks lovely at your place!!

  6. Gorgeous! And I'm loving the idea of the big buckets for planting... must find some soon!

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