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Can't believe that summer is almost over. Happy August everyone. Please post your August flowers and other garden treasures here. Below are some blossoms from my Meyers lemon tree. There was a flush of blooms in the spring, then sporadic ones since then.
Along with lemons that are ready for the picking. If you look closely, you can see that the snails, slugs, or some other critters have make been eating the skin. I normally can find a few lemons almost year round.
Oh soils, seems with summer waining some of the best blooms are gone, but here we still have quite a few. I cant beleive I got a little asperagus from the bed I just mowed off that had all looked to have gone to seed!
And my rudbeckias.. oh my, stunning and still going strong as we head into our heat and dry time of the year.
And of course, many of my daylilies are still going great guns!
August is the last month of winter for us down under...
still getting frosts but some really bright sunny days make it nice.
Daffs won't be far away, the Tazetta narcissus are blooming, those that I left or missed in my clean up of their over crowded bed.
my hellebore is lasting well, I took this pic 'blind' so am pleased it is in focus.
My hellebore is a little shy & hanging it's head - I wasn't about to lie on the frosty ground to get a pic so just pointed the camera up & hoped for the best.
Yardqueen, I just adore those bluebells, I wish I could grow them on my pprairie! I cant beleive we got asperagus now! Usually its too late!
Dalfyre, oh,my, daffs, my other heart throb. It will be April before I see them here again!. That Iris is gorgeous. GIMME!!!
Ihave not tried hellebores... Dont think they would survive my floods or the soil.
I would love to do caladiums, but will have to do them in pots!
As for the daylilies, I have some that go until October and some will even rebloom. I have started to mow some of the beds to add woodchips to them and clean them up. Next year we are going after the grass in these beds, I cannot take it any more. Between the grass and the raspberries.. UGH! They make a mess of the beds.
I have some water plants now that I will be adding to the Whats in your bog thread at this link.. you can see them there later today, well, that is if I get to them. I have a busy day ahead!
Thanks for the new August thread Dianne. Lovely lemons, It must smell great it your garden!
Yardequeen your garden is still packed with colour and looks beautiful. Love the Bouganvillia, Thanks!
Dalfyre, nice to see your spring flowers are starting, what pretty Hellebore colour.
Blossom, that Asparagus looks delicious, enjoy your dinner!
Thank you! They do take a lot of water and feeding. I don't feed mine as much as I should (once a week!). They need to be wawtched for pests (mostly spider mites) But they do good for me. I have 75 in pots and at least that many more in the ground. A lot of the ones in the ground are small. I am going to dig them up this fall and either pot them or get rid of them. I do not intend to keep them in the ground anymore.
who would a thunk a geranium was a water hog...?
always associated them with dry gardens.
MMM - sparrow grass & hollandaise sauce, yum!
we don't have Velveeta here in NZ.
I know kind of what it is through nice internet friends telling me about it.
Years ago went to a book sale with my ex & he bought a Velveeta cookbook...
little did he realise it was totally useless without the Velveeta!
That was one book I didn't mind leaving behind when I moved on.
Ya, that geranium always looked kind of rough until we got a buch of rain this year and it's been constantly watered. It's never looked better!
It didn't know there was a velveeta cookbook, I have to say I don't like it that much but it's good on pasta or with an egg.
I've never had cheese from a spray can...is it like whipping cream in a can...except it's cheese???
Thanks for the compliment on the marigold! I know I already said this but I got the seeds for the dollarstore! For 50cents! I've found my dollar store seeds grew better then some of the seeds I bought from T&M!
LOL! 50c! Good deal!! I got dime size marigolds! Guess I ought to shoot them and post them here!
Yaaaeh SW, I think its called like Cheese Whiz or some derned thing like that! Its a yellow cheese, also comes as a spread and is soft. You just mix it in the asparrowgus and heat in the micronuker for a few minutes and whaLAH!
my Hubby likes Nutella on toast for breakfast - I love chocolate but just can't get my head round having it on bread.
I think I would rather have my chocolate & hazelnut in a slab not a spread.
cheers - Dalfyre
We've got an empty jar here, Katie likes it! Nutella is a smooth chocolate and hazelnut spread.
Now that she has her braces on she can't eat hard chocolate.
Those spray cheeses are plastic junk food I think... yuk!
Your hibiscus looks a lot like what I call my rose of sharon only mine is double. Lovely as well that you still have daisies!
I thank you for the nutell information, not sure I am much for a chocolate spread.
My hibiscus are huge and they have those long stamins, I think you got a rose of sharon there although I think the names are interchangeable. I googled "rose of sharon hibiscus" and a flower just like yours showed up on the results.
Blossom, I like your Marigolds! And I have the same choco-mint! Mmm Mmm, it smells so good! Except mines planted with something called 'Zulu Warrior'...a blue daisy! Hopefully it makes seeds :D
Terri, I like your dasies although I'm not sure I'm quite ready to see goldenrod blooming!
Your Rose of Sharon is nice too and is ahead of mine! It's also known as Hibiscus syriacus. I'm guessing the one Candee has is probably Hibiscus moscheutos :)
I'm going to have to try Nutella now...I'll go visit my friend and ask for a sandwhich!
BB you shouldn't have any problem. My chocolatemint started to spread way beyond its desirability. I should have met you before I pulled it all out and got rid of it, you would have been in choco heaven!
Steven, let me know what you think of the Nutella, somehow a choc. nutty sandwich about turns my stomach!
Thanks Steven, I don't seem to have many dasies this year, don't know where they went?!!
I have chocolate cosmos perennial, it's at my Mums!! I bought it when I was there but forgot to bring it home with me.
It smells like choclate and the flowers are chocolate coloured too.
Nuttella is nice as a topping on fairy cakes or used as a filling in a sponge cake it's lovely!
Thanks Terri! That's the first fireworks bloom! Next year I want to grow a bunch of them either in the raised bed we're going to build or in a container. Apparently they come in a bunch of different colours!
Ya, those look like cup cakes, but fairy cakes sounds pretty good too! BTW, your fairy cakes make mine look awful!
Your roses look really good too! All my roses are small flowered and I hope to get some like yours with bigger blooms!
Aussies have something called fairy bread eaten at all good kiddies parties - and a few grown ups are known to indulge as well ;)
It is white bread, crusts removed, buttered & sprinkled with hundreds & thousands.
I always thought it was horrible...
they used to have it at birthday parties in NZ as well - but not PC to serve it now.
I have fond memories of our version of fairy cakes.
A delicate sponge cup cake, top cut off to make wings set into the topping of fresh jam & cream.
These are also called butterfly cakes in some places.
Lovin that dahlia Steven, will have to keep and eye out for one of those.
lol dalfyre, I was going to ask why grownups would not like a sandwich covered with hundred and thousands (of dollars) lol, I was about to ask for a sandwich lol!
I never heard of the chelone either BB, do you have a pic of the whole plant, must go look it up.
Trade ya for the teenagers.. I could boot them out of the house.. what ever is messing with my pics stopping them fom getting to the PC is really irritating me. I am gonna have to crab at the phone company again. It has been over 8 hours since I took them and they have not arrived., Grrrrrrrrrr. I know dial up is slow, but this is ridiculous.
well it had to be done but I am sad...
my Lace bark has gone.
I had it chopped down, better now before it got any bigger.
I loved that tree, it was just an all round winner - foliage, form & stunning flowers with a honey scent.
And it was either self sown or some plonker planted it it the most inappropriate spot.
Hard up against the fence where it would have eventually crowded my neighbours house & it was already shedding leaves into their guttering.
I do have a seedling from it - & if I can nurture it along will plant it in a better spot so I can once more enjoy it's loveliness.
Thanks Haighr, I have been very pleased with the 4 oclocks! It is the first time I grew them, but remember a neighbor that had them and as a kid, we would wait for them to open and close! Mine are going to seed right now. They are in a huge pot, but I suspect I will have many volunteers next season to dig and moove! I never dreamed they would make for such a nice container pot. I planted them in a pot as a fluck and decidded they looked good there and shure nuff! Im pleased!
Dalfyre, too bad about your big tree, but maybe the baby will do just as good in a better spot!
dalfyre, that fairybread looks delicious!!! I seem to like sweet things like that that gross other people out :) I have some "hundreds and thousands" that starshaped...I always just called them sprinkles. I'm going to go make some fairy bread once the kitchen is empty...I'm not going to let anyone catch me putting butter and sprinkles on bread!
And your Lacebark is beautiful!
Blossom, love you four-o-clocks! After frost you can lift the roots like dahlias and store them for the winter. That way you get much bigger plants faster next year!
Candee, thank-you! I got the seed for the dahlia from Thompson and Morgan. They're really easy to grow!
Here's my four-o-clock grown from dollar store seed!
LOL! Aint no way am I lifting them 4clocks! But that is a thought! I am going to have tons of seed and volunteers I am sure. The derned things will be like fairy sprinkles in the garden!! LOL! I think I am just gonna have to fnd a permanant spot so those clocks can go tic toc!
Haighr...I tried dahlias from seed... took a long time to get good size tubers to lift... least 2 years. The first year they were teeny!
SW, I will have to take a pic of that 4clock again for you tomorra! They are in a huge pot and I may have put only about a dozen seeds in it and it is monsterous! Maybe I could just try to store them in that pot for the winter and see if they grow back... I am very pleased with them coming from seed and this being their first year. I think though they are a bienail? LOL! (SP!)
What a pleasant surprise gift for your pup dalfyre, bet he needs that this time of year in your neck of the woods.
Steven, I would have thought even longer for a seed to become a tuber and produce so I am pleasantly surprised.
Awwwww! that would cheer anyone up! SO pretty in pink!
Here you go too. You and SW have to share this!
The multicolored plant in the center is the 4clock. It is about 4 foot tall! It has some dusty miller in the pot with it too. The two pots in front of it have petunias and gomphrena in them. The hanging baskets above the 4clock are chocolate mint in one and the varigated ginger in the other.
The wheel is a wheelbarrow and you can see a touch of alyssum in it.
The other baskets that are white have more petunias and lobelia.
To the left and behind the last white haning pot is the tomato patch. Above it you will see a green hanging basket and that is a cherry tomato in it as do the baskets that are to the right by what looks like its under an umbrella. At the base of the umbrella are some of my green peppers in pots.
To the left of the petunias in red pots are some daylilystarts in black pots. I think there is a hosta peaking out to the right of the pic!
Well behind all this is a sitting area and more flowers!
Welcome to our little "viranda"! Have (_)? and relax! Or as terri and the geek are know to say... chillax!
Candee, I started the dahlia seeds back in feb/march but I didn't repot them or anything so they were pretty small and runty when I took them outside. The 'fireworks' ones are just starting to bloom, but I think they would flower much earlier if had had grown them on properly when they were young. The other dahlias I started are the 'bishops children' and they have almost black foliage and have been in bloom for a couple weeks now. They have very vivid coloured blooms. I would recommend them, they grow quite fast!
Blossom, very nice garden! I love your 4-o-clocks! Hows your chcoclate mint? I made tea out of it the other day and it was delicious! 3 sprigs to a mug of boiling water! YUM!
dalfyre, cute doggy sweater! I've always wanted to knit. It would be so useful!
Hi haighr, guess we cross posted here! LOL! Morning! Sunny again.. man where is the rain????
Those seed dahlias I tried lasted 2 seasons on me. Partially because I got lazy that second season and said no more lifting...now I am back on a container kick and next year want a ton of glads!! LOL! I go in binges!
This cute pinky is a baby sun rose. Been my favorite newb for the summer this year! Its a sedum and a tremendous performer here for me. I have about 10 hanging baskets full! I am gonna have to try wintering some someplace in the garden and going to also try taking a basket or two indoors The livingroom will love it!! LOL!
GUESS WHAT?? I have my first ever Calla Lily bloom coming in the garden!!!!!! It's not quite open yet but as soon as my camera charges I'll get a pic! You will all laugh when you see all the stuff around it to fend off the vole! It's going to be pink :D
Blossom, I like your sunrose, you can bring it inside for the winter. I left it out last year(in a pot) but a couple reseeded in the patio cracks next to the house so I've got a couple more this year and I'm going to bring them in. They really do bloom like mad!
Somebody clue me in please. Why is this thread hiding in the cut flower and floral design forum? Most of what you are showing and talking about has nothing to do with cut flowers. I love a thread like this, but would not normally find it because I don't usually come to this forum. There are just soo many forums now.
While I am here, I'll ask a cut flower question. Is there a trick to cutting Echinaceas for the vase? Some seem to wilt right away, even though I put them in water immediately.
I can't answer for the rest of the group, but I am thinking that this thread was started a few years ago as an open-end catch all thread for people to showcase what is going on in their gardens, and not limited to cut flowers only. I also noticed that there are similar threads on currently blooming plants in the cottage garden forum, the California garden forum, etc.
I did start a thread last year concentrating on flowers that do double as cut flowers. I started the first in May, followed by a fall and winter series, and then starting anew for 2009.
The first thread is: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/847523/
I don't recall having any problems with echinaceas as cut flowers. I cut some yellow ones for a July arrangement, and I think they lasted almost a week. Maybe certain varieties are not as suitable as others?
The neat thing is that there are people posting from lots of different places, including Australia and New Zealand, and our winter is their summer and vice versa.
Echoes, I think we post here becasue we also cut and/or arrange flowers too! Least as that is why I do it here! Plus the group here is nice and friendly and we like to share things both out of the vase and in the garden! We get a little silly too! So welcome aboard!
Yep, we almost need to mname it the international cut flwoers group thread or some wild thing like that!
I dont have any trouble cutting purple cone flowers and just sticking them in a vase. Usually they hold pretty good. Occassionally they do wilt but perk up pretty good after being in the vase. Mine are a pretty stiff stemmed cone though.
there is a similar thread in the Aussie forum too, I guess we double up a bit - it is fun to share what is growing on the other side of the world.
We are just heading in to spring...
but it has been very damp this week - my daffs will be here any day now :)
Hi Brenda! Theres many different sorts of threads here on this forum, some are 'Yard to Vase' and theres another on 'Leaf Manipulation' so this one was started to show off our gardens and plants that we get our cut flower material from.
Welcome echos. Can't help you with the echinacea question other than to tell you that I have a number of different ones and some of them do well when cut and others wilt w/n a day.
You should check out some of our other threads here and please show us some of your arrangements. I occasionally post a theme arrangement and we all attempt to arrange accordingly. Would love to have you join in the fun and adventure of arranging and chat.
I dont know about lasting long in the arrangements for cut flowers, but they sure did well for me in the pots. The flowers kept coming. I tidied my pot up and it looks too like it has new growth now. I am wondering if it will go dormant and whnen a good time to divide it would be.
My cleomes are doing well. I need to harvest pods off them.
Nice calla Blossom! Yours does look similar to mine, but mines just a noid with no name. It was a discard at a local greenhouse last year because it made no blooms so I picked it up for around 5$!
In the fall I just dig up the bulbs and let them dry then put them in a paper bag with some paper shavings for the winter.
Candee, I've never cut a calla before but I've heard you can insert a wire into the hollow stem so you can bend and curve it.
Terri, Beautiful blooms! I love the amaranthus! I've always wanted to try it...maybe next year. Your sweet peas are really nice too...they make mine look like weeds!
Thanks Blossom, the Sweet peas were slow to get going, but now they need cutting almost everyday!
Beautiful Cleomes, pretty leaves too. I might try growing those next year. Do they last well in a vase and are the stems sturdy?
Thanks Steven, It's the first time I've grown Amaranthus, I'm surprised how big it is. I don't know what to make with it now ..LOL!
Lavender and cornflowers still going!
In a book I have on cut flowers the guy put some amaranthus in a tall cylindrical basket(the vase was hidden inside) with some large palm leaves and I think some bird of paradise and some other flowers as well. It looked really good and exotic!
Terri, you can hang the amaranthus upsidedown to dry it! It will pook a lot of seeds! Do you dry your lavender? You can hang it upsidedown too. It makes great tied bunches for a country kitchen hanging on a peg hanger! I wish I could dry it and use it in sachets for putting in sweater drawers! Lovely aroma that herb!
Cleomes have a terrible smell. I dont think you would want them in a vase! EEEE-yuk! pe-U!! But they sure are lovely in the garden! Lovely to look at!
For a buck more, SW, I got a noid calla with a name and a bunch of bloomers!! Never tried them cut.LOL! Whats a noid??? LOL!
This is Dominic. Sorry about the blurr... its a pic of last yearas pic since I missed the bloomers this time around.. oops!
Thanks for welcoming me to this forum. It seems funny, after all the years I've been on DG, I don't think anyone ever did that for me before. Of course it took me a few years to venture out of the Canadian Gardening forum.
I pick a vase full of flowers about every week to take to my mother, and sometimes if I get around to it, for myself too. I am outside for so much of the time, I don't see much of the inside. I will try to remember to take a photo next time. I start most of my annuals from seed, and a lot of my perennials too. There is always something to cut in my beds and I keep some sort of cutting garden too.
Thanks for the response on the Echinaceas. I will just put a few extras in the vase and what stays wilted can be removed.
I held my breath for almost 30 minutes the other day when a hail storm passed through. Some Hostas don't look good, but still lots out there that seems none the worse.
Oh man, that is a lovely balloon flower! So sorry about your hail. We are finally getting rain here. Most of my hostas are done blooming although I do have a late bloomer jsut sending up staulks now.. Will have to shoot it for you!
This is Frans Hall. I love this daylily! It crosses well on many of the other ones I have and produces some neato bicolors!
Do show us more of your blooms echo! Keep them coming!
Hey terri... Looks like the Canadians are out numbering the Londoners 2 to one!! LOL!
Do also visit our other furums here. Things can get a tad silly now and again, but just join in the cyber fun and well, think of it as whose line is it anyways.. you get more kicks of laughter that way too!
Well, I am off to the cafe de desperados.. I need to prepare terri a dish of peppers. See you there if you dare!! All are welcome to join us in a rousing round of conversation, acting and fun! And share a cuppa! (_)?
You can share your table arrangements or tidbits of culinary or whatever there or elsewhere on this forum.
After I hit the cafe, I will be back on my knees weeding!
Hi dalfyre, lovely to see your daffs! I don't have any but don't tell Daff nee!! lol.
I have been drying stuff upside down Blossom ... it may come in handy one day!!
I'll give the Cleomes a miss then, Thanks! I can admire yours from here without the pong..lol!
Pretty Frans Hall, very exotic.
Hi echoes, you came back Yay!! Lovely balloon flower, such a striking colour, Thanks for sharing! Thats another flower I don't have. Looking forward to seeing more of your garden and arrangements too!! sounds like we hit the jackpot with you, Thanks for finding us here! Hope your weather improves and you can enjoy the rest of the summer.
Steven, Here's my effort with the Amaranthus, palm leaf and my exotics are Hollyhocks and crocosmia.. lol!
And here is of course a daylily called Pardon Me! (Im cheating.. it bloomed in July, but I did not get to post the pic in that thread I got too busy!, so pleeez Pardon Me!...especially if I do more Julys here?!) Most of them also bloom in August too!)
Hey good to see you here echos. That blue in that bellflower is stunning - can't wait to see your arrangements. What is your favorite flower for arranging, if you have one.
Terri that is absolutely fab, how do you do it? I really need to start twirling more!
I musta lost my scent BB cause I had a cleome in an arrangement the other day, even took it in the cafe and nobody noticed a stink? The bloom lasted about a week. I don't cut them much for arrangements because they are not often notices as the blooms are so few and far between and I always harvest the seed and don't think the seedpods mature when picked unless they are really close to being dry and by then the flower is finished.
Hi Echos! Nice to see you back :) Thats a nice balloon flower you have there, I used to have some of the dwarf ones. What are your favorite blooms to use for cut flowers?
Terri, I like your amaranthus! It has a similar effect to the one in my book but much less expensive as the other one has heliconias and...I forget! hahahahaha. Please drop it off in the Cafe before you go on your holiday. And maybe while you're away you could find a new hostess as Candee gave me the go-ahead to fire Madame today. Her attitude was out of control.
Dalfrye, Your Daff looks really nice with the mist on it. My Daffs over here won't be back for a while :(
Blossom, I'm just on my way over to your Cafe. I guess it's time the Flowerpot had some competition. You can ever hire on Madame W as I just gave her the sack. Noid is just a short form for a plant with no name. It means 'no identification'. How long do you hang your blooms to dry? I'm thinking about drying some of my celosias...this one is almost half the size of my hand!
blooms to dry... blooms to dry... ummmm.. depends on thebloom! Just hang them to when they are dry!
theres a link on Botanicals cut and dry here.. will bring it up for you ...
I am waiting for pics of my hostas, I hollered nicely at the phone company and they are working on my issues... seems to be a low antenna and high crops...the corn is taller than the antenna blocking the signal...and here I thought all along it was aliens!!! The signal bounces of each ear before it reaches my cumputer!! OY! Talk about a noid!!!! LOL!
That would really make a nice border wallpaper BB, I could use some of that, I know just the spot in the cafe in the powder room. Do you know where I mean?
I ducked and am not sure who was behind me and took the hit, after I ducked I just headed home for a bit as it was getting too late for me to play.
Marv-o-lus SW simply marv-o-lus!. I am waning on "beautiful" pics as most of my stuff is going to seed. So Im kind of in the frame of photos of after the bloom!
So sorry about the "snow" its a thing we got growing around here and every time it blooms someone gets smaaacked!
My Endless Summer has faded. I was only lucky to get one bloom on that hydrangea, but I got even luckier getting a new bush started so I am pretty excited on that. I struck some more cuttings and am hoping to have about 4 or 5 new additional starts too.
Dalffyre, I am in awwww! I love daffs and have bunches as you may know too! Its the one thing that gets me through the winter just thinking about those bloomers for sure!
close up of the flowers...
I only noticed this plant two years ago - have been here 10 in November!
I tried to limb it up to make a tree of it - bad idea!
It looks better now since I trimmed & let it grow bushy...
this is the most blooms it has ever had.
I will restrict pruning to keeping it nicely shaped & hopefully will have an attractive shrub.
yesterday i weeded around my poppies, they were looking promising for flowers soon...
we had a real downpour over night & howling wind & when I opened the blinds I spotted a flash of orange.
In the space of a couple of hours the flower has fully opened, I should have run out to take pics sooner but didn't realise it would change so quickly.
I got the seed for these poppies from some growing in a pot at work.
Now I just have to hope my Flanders poppy seeds germinated too!
I have opium poppies that need to be removed
I like them but so do the druggies.
I'd rather weed them out than have idiots stealing them.
Shame because they are doubles, self sown, until I knew what they were we just called them the giant mutant poppies.
I have yet to have any luck growing any kind of poppies.
I know what you mean about the druggies. SOME people will do anything. They been known to try to plant certain plants on someone else soz they dont get blamed for growing things too. I guess some people will do anything in desperation too to support a bad habit. Medicinal can be one thing, but go through the proper chanels, dont abuse it. The abusers try to grow it in some one elses farm fields and places and like the farmers dont want it there either..
We get that kind around here abusing it. All we can do is report it to the cops and irradicate the "wildweed" if when we find it and so they know that stupid is going around.
Shame those big OPM poppies are misused by some. They make glorious florals
I did see the Miss Bruggie thread... I don't know about the SW thread. I quit posting on the brug forum because mine are rather plain compared to most that are posted there. I post here because everyone here posts whatever they have. I like that because you don't have to worry if your pics are good enough, of if your flowers are too common...
I dont beleive I have been on the brug forum threads. Well, it does not look like I will be doing them anyway, due to I do not have any huge containers. They sure are lovely and your photos are beauitiful.
Those really are nice! I only have one really big nice pot and my 4clocks are in it. They got huge too!
I like doing containers...but most are in like nursery cans. A few years back I got really lucky and a friend of mine was cleaningout her wholesale GH and I acquired a pile of hanging baskets! Hence the tomatoes this year!
One day I am gonna have to go visit her again.
Do you have to stake the brugs? I had to tie my 4clocks to where they were standing to a fence in a corner. Heck, I had to stake my peppers too! They got so thick and luch and top heavy!
Great looking poppy dalfyre, bet you are going to find new posies every day from here out with the weather getting better your way, right?
yardqueen, that is a huge brug. I had no idea how large they get until I saw how Steven's had grown in a year. I love to see them, but not hardy here and I just don't have the space to take anything else in over winter so I'll settle for enjoying yours if you please!
I do sometimes have to stake them. Especially if they grew crooked in the greenhouse. I have to straighten them out. Last year some were too tall and had to bend at the ceiling. and that was when they weren't in a pot!
I will just keep posting them so you can enjoy! They should really go to town when it cools off! I'm glad you enjoy them!
When did I say "not in a pot" BB, not sure what post you mean. I do know I don't have room to take in any more pots for winter.
I've never seen a loofa before, can't wait to see the blooms, will be a thing for me.
I do sometimes have to stake them. Especially if they grew crooked in the greenhouse. I have to straighten them out. Last year some were too tall and had to bend at the ceiling. and that was when they weren't in a pot!
When I said they were not in a pot, I meant they were cut down even with the ground and put in tubs in the greenhouse to reroot all winter.That is why I have so many now. Each year we have been cutting them down and rooting the large cutting (The whole plant) and they also come back from the root in the ground. So each year they double... whether I want them to or not! LOL But I am not going to do that this year. That is why I have put all of my nice ones in pots and also why I have been giving them away to anyone who comes to my house that will take them! I still have well over 150 and I have given away at least 50. I have over 75 in pots and at least that many still in the ground. The ones in the ground will either be dug up and potted, disposed of, or wrapped in bubble wrap. This will be my first year to try that, but some have been doing it with sucess and some without sucess. I really would like to reduce my brug collection to about 50 which is still alot of brugs. But over 150 is ridiculous unless you are a hybridizer or something!
If you only had a few you could winter them over in tubs like I did and plant them in the ground in the spring. It takes a lot less room to winter them over as cuttings in a tub than each one in a large pot.
I guess I should explain why I don't want to put them in the ground any more, since I am telling ya'll that is what you can do...
When you have over 75 or so in the ground it takes up a lot of space that you could put other things in, especilly if they are the same cultivars you have in pots also. It gets to being too much of the same thing. Which is why I suggested that if you only have a few you can do that. And anyway, in ya'lls zone they wouldn't come back from the root so you wouldn't be doubling them every year!
Yardqueen, you are as bad as I am with daylilies!! LOL! I have the room, but!
Yaknow, every year for the last 20 years I have acquired some 50 newbs...and that is like each year. Then I go bonkers doing the divides and I keep saying I should stop.
Its a hobby gone mad. This year I am doing seed for new hybrids... I acquired sevearl thousands of seed pods from my "guru"! Not all are going to sprout, but it will be interesting to see totally new never before seen daylily flowes! She has over 2400 registered hybrids. All my pods from her are openpollinated ones and who knows what they will do! Then I got tons from our beds.
I really like the brugs, but am hedging on them due to the winterover part of it in my zone and hence lack of storage.
If you deadhead that sppirea it will keep blooming.
I am the same way about day lilies as you are abiut brugs. They are beautiful, but I don't want to get started with them. Oh I have a few, but what I mean is trying to get more that I think are pretty because I know it would get way out of hand! I would just keep collecting them and DH is really tired of making new beds!
this violet needs no encouragement, I may have to be a bit ruthless with it - even baking sunshine only slows it a little.
I planted it all over the place once I found the first clump - it is a pretty colour.
Had no idea how vigorous it would prove to be.
They are gorgeous dalfyre! I love the daffs and the yellow violets. OUr violets here are purple, or white with speckles or white with a purple eye. Some of the wild varieties are yellow. But they dont look like yours!
Here is a pretty white wildflower that grows in our prairie, dont know its name, but you can see how sparce the vegitation is and how poor the soil. Its amazing that we have some beauty here.
Hi all! Beautiful photos! Sorry I haven't been around...I've been working afternoons and trying to adjust to the lopsided schedual. There's not much new in my garden right now, I cut a bunch of celosias earlier to dry for a friend who really liked them. I like you yellow cosmo look alike Blossom! Maybe it's some sort of coreopsis? An I like the colour of your violets Dalfyre, they're different then the usual solid purple and white ones over here.
Thanks for posting your brugs Yardqueen, they're lovely! Mine are all un-named ones but I've gotten some pretty flowers off of them. A NOID I picked up last year made is just finishing up a couple blooms it made and they turned a peach orange colour with a cream throat! I was so surprised because they weren't that colour in the spring!
Thanks for the tips on the brugs, but I am not sure if I did that tub idea that our growing season is long enough to get them to bloom?
BB that looks like Joe Pye Weed, I have some in a kinda light purple and it is great in arrangements.
dalfyre, so neat to see daffs blooming when here we are getting to the end of our season.
Steven, did you get a part time job?