Other containers-- to the right there is another canna which sent out its first bloom, this one is yellow with speckles. These cannas are also hardy here (zone 7b). At the end of the growing season, I simply cut the talks stalks down to the soil level, turn the container upside down. Then the following spring I just turn the pots side up and resume water and fertilizer, viola. Early summer they cheerfully reward the gardener with beauty.
Duranta charming blue blooms. Small, but not very very small. I'll return this evening with more tiny little darling blossoms. Such as 'Jewels of Opra' and others. Got to run for now. Have a good day in the garden everyone.
I love the Jewel's of Opar, but be careful here in the south.. I have them everywhere, and I mean everywhere, lol.. I love them because the were a gift plant from my grandmother over 35 years ago..I love your containers, they are beautiful..
I loved looking in on all your projects. A women after my own heart. Up north my garden buddies always came over to see what new project I was into...LOL
So your ws didn't seem to go as good as you thought??? I some last year and had over a 100 jugs, and oh my goodness, the plants were growing up out of the jugs before I could get them all transplanted...
Don't know if down here it is worth trying, but I might...
what is a Lakwa? can't find anything on google, I've never heard of this (which really isn't a surprise as since moving south I'm finding a lot of plants that I never heard of before...LOL). What does it taste like?
Jan, it's a fruit that is widely used in the Orient for cooking as well as medicinal. It definitely requires an acquired taste in order to fully appreciate the flavor. For a full flavor, I purchase the plump fruits from the Oriental market. What's I grow at home is purely ornamental. Try DG's pf. they have this vine on file. :))
I'm more than enjoying them, seeing has how I have nothing to enjoy. I did try to bring some of my clems but I'm afraid to say I think I will be seeing them pass on. The heat is too much for them. It is such a slow painful death of them to me... which is why I didn't bring them all (I had 38 of them).
I'm living my summer of gardening through your beautiful garden. So don't be shy with any pics...
Oh lily it wasn't a happy one, which I hate to share here. I'll pm ya.
Keep up the pictures they are so wonderful, your pictures are so good that I sometimes think I could almost smell them, not so much as scent but just plants, at least I use to, but I've had no smell for the last 3 years so I try to remember how plants smelled, especially good composted horse manure, I really use to love the smell of a barn. I had the best nose every for smelling things, now nothing. That's what sinuse polyps disease will do to ya.
I'm really taking full advantage of everyones beautiful flower beds and gardens this summer.
I so love that grass as well, I used it in containers all the time up north, now I found some here and I have 4 good size plants waiting for the horse manure before I plant them out in the yard here. They were an annual up north, so I'm hoping to see them around all the time where I'm at here.
Love your color combo... Queen's tears is a monster size plant...wow.
Jan, I read that the purple fountain grass is hardy to about 20F. degrees. The last few years it dipped down below 10F. down here, so I've to replace them each year. But it's worth it. To keep it attractive all summer. I selectively deadhead some of the faded blooms that become lighter and lost its purplish. They seem to look best that way. Alamanda 'Jubilee' are those mauve blooms. Then the Thungergia is the one with blue blooms. The La-kwa vine is trailing up that pot as well.
I love me grasses...LOL I think that is why I've gone crazy over bamboo now that I can really have access to a lot of varieties. I'm getting two new ones tomorrow... I can hardly wait. I'll post some pictures of them when I get them home.
Going tonight to pick up 250 lbs of horse do do...
Larkie, you've dmail. FYI, queen's tears bromeliad will wither after the plant produces flowers. Like some of our exotic tropicals i.e. the 'Voodoo Lily' I'm fond of it but the tuber withers once it spends energy to produce flower.
It's a fun vine, Jan. The flowers while develope, they look like lipsticks coming out from a tube.
Here I've brugmansia 'Tropical Sunset' first blooms. Although some of these brugs. can be hardy in our climate here. I have some in containers, with lots of TLC they blooms much earlier in the season for me. Those planted on the ground in my neighborhood aren't making flower buds yet.
brugs will something that so many folks had up north which is the part of why I never had any, plus the fact that they could kill one of my dogs should they decide they wanted to sample it. So I never grew them, they are amazing, but one plant that never called me to take ownership of...
Hummm, I typed a response to Jan. Then it disappeared ... Jan, I understand your concern about brugs. I'm not sure it's a myth or fact. But, a healthy respect for nature is a must and caution is taken to protect our beloved furbabies. Love those colorful glads. Jo Ann.
thanks for taking the time to do that, no hurry as right now nothing being shipped would last... so I will be interested after september, should be ok by then to ship, especially since it most likely would be 2 day.
Their business is like a hole in the wall. That's small. I hope they're still around. But I'll keep you posted. It only gives me a chance to look at their lush looking plants lol. I need to quit for I don't need any more lol.
We don't! Just kidding, Arline, we tried to raise chicken wire mesh around the trees that we "think" that are vulnerable. Usually we failed thus far for they are capable of chewing two feet above ground-- as if the critters know how to climb up tree. DH thinks he needs to stay up all night and hunt for them critters. lol
Have a good day at work Jan. The idea maybe amusing, but in reality it's never going to happen. lol We call the day off with the roosters anymore. Gone are those days that we can stay up well into the wee hours...
Jan, yesterday I went and look for that little nursery that I purchased this vine years ago ... sadly, the strip of the shopping center has changed beyond my recognition. There is now a Zazby and numerous others stores that weren't there before. So I stopped by HomeDepot and asked one of the nice ladies that waited on me there, she recalled the name of the store "Sun Shine" was closed over a year ago.
One of my fav. containers over the years. A 'bonsai' wana-be. lol Actually it's a dwarf Crepe Myrtle "plant in a pot". If the condition is just right. The draping shape of the plant will be smothered with flowers soon as the summer winding down.
Thank you, Kim! You're the best. I love that container!
A DG friend sent me two Crape Myrtles a few years ago and I potted them up and now the smallest one is blooming while the other grows taller. Now, hoping that my little one will grow prostrate, I'll be sure to keep it potted.
No, I can't either. Arlene, look up Creoles CM, see if you find them online. I just came back in from watering the garden. One of the baskets is marked "Creole Crepe Myrtle" from Hazelwood nursery in Pell City Al. :) I've two pink and a lavender of these dwarf kind.
The dainty flower is Chinese Houses. The caladium is White Queen.
In real life and realy success with seed starting they are 2-3 feet tall and sturdy and loaded with blooms.
I am not going to try this again. Seed starting no matter where,in the house or outside,is just not for me.
I really like seeing others' container combos. Here is an urn at the corner of my house. It was tulips this spring and now has brug mansia ("Charles Grimaldi") in the center (still small - I started it from a twig this spring), lantana (white and "Confetti") and green and bronze ("Georgia Brown") sweet potato.
LeawoodGardener, that's a very well put together container planting. I remember having seen some of your posting on the spring garden that were out of this world- beauty. Welcome to the thread. And thank you for sharing your joy of gardening. Charles G. brug is going to be a show-case when it comes into blooms! I see that full sun condition is agreable with brugs in your setting. Well done!
Second flush of blooms on this commonly known as 'Million Bells'. After the first wave of blooms. I sheared them back to 1/3 and gave them a weak balanced fertilizer. Viola, the second wave of blooms soon appeared.
Lily, is that a lake in front of your house or you live in the Golf. My son used to live in Mobile, and they where able to grow things that I can't here in Augusta. Now they live in NC outerbanks , just like you ,have a creek in front of they house. I keep telling my DIL to plant some nice flowers on the bank, but they just have grass, what a waist of space.I like your flowers, first time this year I did not grow Mexican Sunflower, I miss that red color, always reminds me of Hungarian paprika, since I am a Hungarian I always try to plant something I remember from home. I have in the container some puple Angelonia with orange zinnia and some white bacopa. It is very prity but it has been some hard Summer to keep everything alive in this heat. Etelka
Quoting: ...always reminds me of Hungarian paprika, since I am a Hungarian...
I can totally relate. I especially favor 'tropicals' since that was my first love, I gathered. :)) One major thing with the love of these flowers. They require lot of care, plus they're not winter hardy. I've to haul them inside comes end of the growing season.
Mexican flowers, I've just discovered them this season. Butterflies and hummingbirds just adore those flowers. I'm glad I've found them.
I'm looking seriously at North Carolina. Very seriously. I've been there several times and the people, climate and surroundings are lovely. Not to mention taxes and housing costs. I go there every year and I' going to make a couple of trips next year to scout it out.
Donna, I hope that I didn't mislead you to believe that these beauties I've shown in this thread are "outdoor". These are just a "small" portion of the "portable tropical garden" in my collection. I watch for the first frost date, and try to get them all situated in my basement every year. The basement is equip with bells and whistles to keep them flourish over the winter. Then every spring, I watch for last date of frost. Out go all the tropical back to the out side.
I love the bells and whistles. I've never had more than brugs and cannas (and where did those come from?!!). But I now have a few indoor plants, like an abutilon, a ficus erecta, and mimosa plant. I want more!
Tropicals surrender a brightness that not many others (plants) can compete. Here is crotons under the evening sun rays. Yes, Donna, it's like eye-candies. But like Jan has suggested, it takes lot of hard work for our climate. Unless we're on the Keys (west) or Hawaii or some some other tropical Islands.
I actually see crotons quite often here. Indoors, of course. But they are amazingly available. The only things that compete are lilies. I'm in the process of removing lilies from pots to store in my mini fridge till spring. These are all in pots, and the pots also have roses. Not as glorious as your beauties, but that's the price we northerners pay!
Now, when comes to liliums, Donna. Those are hardy here in our climate. If we can control critters that love to munch on them. We should have good success around zone 7-8 on ward. It's you that inspired me with growing lilies. Some fantastic specimens.
Thanks Donna, our feeling of one another is that of a mutual admiration. Gardening is a joy that is it lasting, never is a quick fix. :)) This early morning I caught a glimpse of one of my plumerias displaying a coloring which I haven't noticed before. The remainder of the day I was away. I'll check again tomorrow and see how these turn out.
'Kona Hybryd #26' shows a big influent of yellow to their petals, never have I seen this before.
You do that too? Go out and examine a plant in the morning and then examine it several times to get a better sense of its metamorphosis? I put some plants on my patio to make it easier to see the changes. I think it's wonderful.
Not sure, what I've here (until the pix is enlarged) Ours on the other hand is winding down. Most tropicals are winding down. Mealybugs did a number on my Mandevilla this summer. I can't use chemical so I had to forego my plants to rid off the majority of the mealybug. It's hard to combat bugs in the garden when you're organic-gardening.
Wow. How impressive. I try to keep the chemicals to a minimum, but I cannot go totally organic. There is something in my nature that says, 'if it's a problem, treat it.'
Yes, the brugmansia is 'Charles Grimaldi' - it's a fast-growing, dependable variety that I've had for several years. I take cuttings each fall for the next year's plants. They are about a foot tall when I put them out. In the cool weather, their scent fills the garden in the evening and morning, as I water.
I can understand that. After all, we wanted to protect our pride plants. I'm with you. I love Charles G. (pardon the mispell of its name earlier). The yellow bud posted above must be something else, and not Charles.
This flower, Mexican hydrangea (Cleo. bungie) is very fragrant. (this isn't in a container -- they spread agressively).
The yellow angel trumpet bud I posted turns out white this morning. That complete my wishes, I had yellow, then pink, now white brugs that bloom this year. Those in container did well. Those planted directly in garden not so much due to bad weather.
I have a friend who had two huge ones. They were taken outside when in it warms here (which takes forever) and then pulled in when it gets cold. Last year I was given an offset in a pot, and I was thrilled. It was a little tough finding a spot for it, since it tended to burn in some locations, but I found one and it quickly grew to about three feet tall.
I'm glad I took such good care of it, because my friends missed the "winter window" and their big ones died. Since I had their offspring, I happily handed it back to be grown and propagated in the future. I'm really looking forward to having another.
Yes, I agree about the joy. I find myself corresponding with people all over about it. The ability to create and live with such beauty! And speaking of beauty, 'Blue Butterfly" almost looks like a sweet pea.
We are preparing to bring plants in here. My roses and perennials are still outside, but some of my more tender plants have been brought in. I try to look at the bright side. They are closer, and easier to see (and obsess over!)
Autumn's signs has begun to show down South. Some of the deciduous trees begun to shed their leaves prematurely due to the year's intermittent drought. Temp. although still hot and humid--during the days -- as usual, but the welcoming cool air at night is a gentle reminder that the growing season is soon to end... for the year.
Just as the weather cool down, that triggers brugs. to send out more blooms in the garden. Beside the pink, yellow and white. An apricot, or peachy color brug was a pleasant surprise found in the garden this morning.