Thursday, July 13, 2017

As It Heats Up

My zinnia seedlings out front. Wish there were more and some sunflowers.

On the porch.

The only thing I don't like about balloon flowers is the frequent deadheading and the white milky substance that makes my finger sticky when cutting them. If I had patience the many seeds heads would possibly give me plenty of seeds to plant but I'd rather have blooms. Leaving the seed heads after blooming might stop more blooms from developing. They'll bloom all summer till almost frost but will be cut to the ground before then.

Bees are drawn to my tiny Veronica and the balloon flowers.

Lots of plants died this summer including 2 lambs ears that were beautiful when I planted them. They did well for weeks but started rotting probably due to a rainy spring. They're hard to kill but they died. On another day when it isn't almost 100 degrees, I'll prune off the dead leaves level with the ground but not remove the root. Maybe signs of life will emerge again. If not, I have seeds and will start some instead of paying for plants again that die. There is one left in the flower bed that I grew from seed several years ago.

Sweet potato vine is always a show off.

In the yard.

Tomatoes have blooms but no fruit yet.

Chives and lots of  seedling weeds.

Swiss Chard

Maybe some blooms from the canna by fall.


Friday, June 30, 2017

The End of June

Don't laugh. That's my one beet and carrot harvest after 4 months. Sad isn't it! The containers were big enough and they were started from seed 4 months ago. Was it too little sun or old seed. Probably both because I planted one pack of each and this is what germinated. Yes I'll try again. I like multi colored carrots especially the red ones. This would have been a nice variety. Sorry for any duplicate pictures. For some reason blogger didn't allow me to delete them

More tops than roots. No I don't want carrot pesto. I'm not a fan of pesto. Maybe next time.

Lets see what else is going on in the yard. No tomatoes yet. That seems late to me, and the tomatoes are growing taller than stated on the package. They're supposed to be patio tomatoes.

Imagine a worm doing all that to a broccoli. I pulled it, broccoli season is over and it didn't form heads. Not a good season for spring veggies.

Pretty hot pepper plants and lilies but no peppers yet.

A few handfuls of blackberries again this year.

The canna give tome came up.  Had to plant something where the arborvitae died. I stuck them all in late so they didn't die. Next spring I'll separate them and put them in the ground with 2 others already planted.

Going to plant this hosta.

Narcissus were here in the spring. I dug them up. I bet 2-3 blooms every year. I'll see if they return separated and planted in another spot. They've been there since I lived in this house planted by previous owners. The bulbs were small for having been there for years. When I'm in the yard to barbeque next week, I'll transplant them. for now they're laying on the top of the ground. I also notice that they were planted real deep. Maybe too deep.

What happened to the pink and white impatiens I planted in here for color?

They've been sitting here for weeks. Going to plant them today.

Another month gone and fall approaching.