Archive | June, 2013

petunias

29 Jun

petunias 2013This window garden of petunias was the inspiration for beginning my garden journal in April 2012.  At that time I was surprised to see petunias blooming (and so vigorously) for the second year .   Petunias are supposed to be annuals and, therefore, live only one year.  They all looked dead last winter, so this year I decided to go for a different color combination — large purple flowers with the smaller starlet variety in orange.  A couple of the old stems still looked a little green in the center, so I left them alone to see what would happen.  When the plant on the left actually began growing again, I found a small pink variety with green edging on the petals to balance it out.

lilies 034If you look closely, you’ll see that one of last year’s pinks is beginning to flower at that end, too.  I might end up with a gaudy window garden, but I can’t wait to see what it looks like when all the flowers are fully in bloom.

This is what they looked like last summer.

This is what they looked like last summer

They looked totally dead last winter.

They looked totally dead last winter.

more asiatic lilies

29 Jun

liliesFollowing their usual pattern, the red/orange lilies opened first (see post of June 19) followed by the white and the yellow.lilies 024

The orange and white lilies are fairly small; stems are only about 18″ tall.  The yellow, on the other hand, grows nearly 4′ tall and has to be staked to keep it upright.lilies 026

rose of sharon – althea

27 Jun

althea 003Rose of Sharon has begun to bloom and will continue through the rest of the season.  These flowers need hot weather to encourage blossoms, and we’ve certainly had that lately.  I have purple and white varieties and occasionally get some that are sort of salmon colored, obviously the result of cross pollination.  So far, only the single-petal varieties have flowers but the double-petalled bush has lots of buds and will no doubt come into bloom soon.

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purple loosestrife

27 Jun

althea 004Unlike most loosestrife, which spreads — sometimes out of control — this variety was developed to form clumps, making it a lot easier to manage in the garden.althea 006

purple leafed loosestrife

23 Jun

gooseneck 004I wanted to get a shot of this plant in bloom.  The individual flowers aren’t much but in mass are very cheery.  They’ve been pretty well beaten down by yesterday’s heavy rains and it’s rainy and overcast again today, but hopefully this will give you the idea.  (The little wooden bear with the big attitude was acquired on a trip out West.  The purple flowers in the foreground are spiderwort, which have been blooming for some time.)    The leaves of the  loosestrife have lost most of their purple color (see photo below taken earlier this year) and after the flowers have finished blooming will be cut back to encourage new, purple leaves to form.  Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t, depending on how hot/mild the weather is.garden tour 017

‘gooseneck’ loosestrife – lythrum

22 Jun

gooseneckThis reliable perennial spreads rapidly — too rapidly some say — to form an impressive drift of flowers.  This started as a single plant just a few years ago and I’ve had to pull out and discard flowers each year to limit the size of the clump.  The flowers open from the base to the tip, bending over as they go;  soon I’ll have a virtual gaggle of loosestrife.

coreopsis “moonbeam”

20 Jun

hostas 015This coreopsis has nearly doubled in size from last year.  It’s a very resilient plant that will bloom through excessive heat, drought or just about any adverse conditions.  As long as it gets sun every day and a little water now and then, it will continue blooming for the rest of the summer but the ‘ferny’ leaves of the ‘moonbeam’ variety would be pretty even without flowers.