There is the beauty of seasonal changes in the air. Autumn is near, autumn is here. So it's time to celebrate harvest time, as well as bidding farewell to the growing season that will come to an end for the year-- soon. I'll share some of the garden-make-over tasks on this new thread. Please everyone join in and share your gardening joy, as well as tribulations.
Thanks Donna, if you like brugs. You need to be on the look out and find yourself a MEM (Miss Emily Mckinzie) brug. It's like one of our threads on brugs by one of our DG's member who has already mentioned. MEM is THE one to have if we can only have one. She's has been putting out blooms all summer for me. Here comes the next wave of blooms. Tomorrow, these will be a show, I'll post more pix of the garden then. Have a good evening everyone.
There is no brug more beautiful than the one you sent me a couple of years ago. It jumped out of the pot. Unfortunately I was on a business trip and hubbie did not bring it in from the cold, and it perished. It brought me such joy. Perhaps in the spring I can purchase one from you. It was LOVELY! Looking at your pictures, I just miss it more!
Donna, it has been so long I don't remember whether I sent you cutting or an actual rooted brug? As you know the ease of rooting those brugs. Next time I send you one, please take cutting at the end of the growing season, just in case something happen the the original plant itself. I saw the cannas behind those blooms too. Did I not send you any plumerias? I thought I did.
I wish I could answer intelligently. I'm the one who didn't recognize it as a plant because it appeared to be a stick. Which I thought was some dead thing. So I tossed it. And you so graciously replaced it. I can be such a dummy!
Oh, wait a minute - the plumerias were the ones I mistook for sticks. If I recall the other two (cannas as well) took off like gangbusters but he plumeria just laughed at me. You sent them in the spring, I believe.
Awww, sorry for the misunderstanding. We all do it at one time or another. You're such a talented gardener to be able to grow brugs and canna in your temperate climate. And look at other outstanding accomplishment you've contributed in the gardening world! I could learn so much from you, Donna. It was my fault that I assumed you knew what plumerias and its culture was like. A bad assumption on my part. So, on all fairness; we both were at fault. I'll try better at communicating next time, if you'll allow me.
Lily_love ~ Your project is looking wonderful! You've inspired me to go up to the attic and pull out some fall decorations. Since Saturday is the first day of October PLUS our high temps are supposed to reach only 62 degrees it should be a perfect day to decorate. Thanks for the encouragement :-)
Decolores from Hillsborough, NC. Welcome to the thread, and thank you. I'm glad you've found a little ummm to get moving forward. lol I'm glad you're taking initiative to welcoming Fall. After all it's beautiful a season. So get busy. And don't forget to take some pix and share with others here on DG.
Donna, it's very kind of you to say. No compensation is needed, yet. lol Just kidding.
On the way home yesterday, I saw these white pumpkins being displayed ... I envision those in my little Fall decoration this year. So here I tried 'em out. Oh J. B. my gardener helper likes it too, I think.
I added more pumpkins to the postcaps that were washed off by the weather over the years in which DH hasn't had time to replace. I'll add more pix. in the near future of any more revision to the containers garden. Enjoy.
Thanks my friend. The view is beautiful yes, but believe me it has its own down side. For instance flood and tornado town. The pooches they're all 'designer pooches'. lol. But, they're loving and best gardener helpers that they'd come.
As I've mentioned before, the wind and storm could wipe out my garden unexpected. I returned home this evening and found the wind was gushing and the water choppy. Viola, plan B! Here goes. Sorry the photo was perhaps over exposed, thus the deep blue color of the sky reflection on the water surface.
Let's me try that view one more time. As one can see, the main theme is autumn. Chresanthemums and pumpkins. Others were quick color that compliments the setting for a short duration e.g. the Salvia Leucantha. I'll share more pics. of the Mums when they're in full bloom at a later day.
Thanks Donna, remember those magnificient Plumeria trees from the Islands? They were real trees and not 'sticks' that we try to grow here in the US. As we're getting ready for autumn. I tried some potting plants that I can take indoor, this is my first attempt on this 'ugandense' Clero. in hope that the blooms will last through the dreary winter days.
Speaking of the dreary days of winter. Our over night temp. was 39F, and there is snow in some part of the States. I'm so glad that 1st frost for the year isn't imminent here--yet. Otherwise, we'll have scramble to move all these indoor. So here's some beauty that lingers for the duration. MEM brug. Some of the trumpets were really affected by the sudden temp. drop and high wind.
We are going up to the upper 70's again. Bizarre! An icy spring, a summer loaded with 90 plus days, and now bliss. Nice and cool in the morning for running, then nice and warm. It's weird, because the trees are changing color but the air is warm.
Donna, the weather down South does fluctuate wildly. It's said that "If you don't like our climate, give it a couple of days, it'll change". And that hold true. Many a time we really don't know how to dress appropriately. For the day started out "chilly" then the noon time ... well it all changes, you can't peel out your garments enough to keep cool or comfortable. Today, though, was a beautiful, almost perfect day. Sunny and mild. Clear sky.
Well...Kim... always a pleasure to vew your plantings.. and arrangments... keep up the plumeria fight.. you've found your stride wth them... to have them flowering so... had mine dormant last winter.. and they have been so slow to forget it.. usually I have them in the house growng.. and they do much better.. and flower earlier.. this year we're still awaitng them...
all the best...
Thank you, Gordon. How's thing going up State NY otherwise? Jim and I visited Huntsville Botanical Garden couple of weekends past. We talked about you...it was all good. When you come home to visit mother, be sure to give us a holler. Love to meet up and have lunch or coffee together or something.
A birding viewing nook I thought I'd share at a nature center that I visited today. I'm hoping that everyone is having a good weekend? Will return this evening sometime to share more pix of the garden after dinner.
Back home, I've more brugmansias in blooms. Currently there are pink, orange, and white brugs that are making their debut. Brugs in my neighbors' gardens too are showing their peak at present (those that are planted in the ground).
Remember 'Amy' brug.? This is one of my own seedlings that I crossed myself in years past. A very delicately looking pink blossom. Here she goes again. The trumpet will soon open. After the first few first blooms. This next one is looking really promising.
Gordon, If I remembered it right. You've sent me a cutting for a white double brugs. In which I didn't do well with it. I cannot find it in my jungle of brugs. any longer. Thanks for thinking about me. My pink and coral double blooming ones didn't bloom this year, either.
Oh..Kim... they should all be flowering... I get upset with mine when they aren't blooming all the time ...
that's just a personal problem though... I know they aren't all as good at bloomng as say Georgia Peach.. or Emerald Frost
I think you're right Gordon. Some's performance is better than others, for instance 'Miss Emily Mckenzie' too has bloomed an extended long time--like your Georgia Peach or Emerald Frost. While 'Charles Gimaldi' and others didn't do too well this year. That said, environmental influences has alot to do with their ability to shine in the garden...
yes... everyone has their druthers.. [ preferences ] .. some tweeking of the local microclime can sometimes help alot... with overbearng weather.. there's not alot of options available... with containers you can juggle a bunch of the factors around.. in the ground there's fewer optons..
Tornados trump most options... glad you escaped them.. I've a few more... different double whtes you can try if you wish..
Well stated, my friend. I can fully appreciate the meaning of mother nature's wrath. Gordon, thanks for your offer. I'd love to see some double blooming, but if I acquire any more exotic plants. It would be spilling over to the brims -- so to speak. Many thanks.
Simple but I love them. Mahogany Whirlybird nasturtiums that I stuck in my tomato pots. I started them very late this year - I thought too late for bloom. I harvest the seeds as they dry, so these seeds were probably first planted 10 years ago.
Those are very pretty, Donna. Thanks for the idea. I've tried some seeds but failed then when I first started gardening. With your idea. I may try them again in the near future. The above flowers I posted and have forgotten what it was. It's known by the common name as 'Chinese Rain Bell'. ( Assam Indigo).
Actually I just changed the above because they are Whirlybirds, not gleams. I could never grow gleams - I tried for years, and maybe you are having the same problems. I bought tons of gleams from select Seeds (a wonderful company) and they didn't work. I wonder why. Whirlybirds are recommended (certainly by me) much shorter, compact, and they have the advantage of flowers that rise above the leaves, rather than getting lost in them. And there was little maintenance. So I used to put them in the ground in highly visible spots that I didn't want to tend to. Here is an in ground shot from a few years back. They start like this.
Those turned out so very nice. Shade, shade and I've more shade because I so love our trees. So growing some of the colorful annuals only feasible when I grow them in containers anymore. One of the reason why I created my 'portable tropical garden' to the backyard.
By the way, Lily, how do you control spider mites. The beautiful brug you gave me was incredibly resistant, but I acquired a smaller one that I could not rid of an infestation - not with water, acephate or insecticidal soap. Was it because yours was much bigger? What's your secret?
Spider mites are one of the toughest pests to rid off. I've no secret but what I've experienced simply = the pests are more of an indoor nuisant. Once they're outdoor. Mother nature seems to have taken cared of their existence or eliminated them one. I only have had problem with spider mites when they are indoor in the greenhouse where the warm environment, top off with stagnant air, and limited circulation. That is when the mites multiply at a rapid pace and became out of control. I hope that helps Donna?
I overwintered yours in my library - a cool room. It got a few of the little guys but they were easy to handle. But the other one was in my living room next to the patio. I was actually spraying it daily with water. I guess that once they gat a real foothold it's just difficult.
Many beauties have a problem. Roses and japanese beetles - yech!
Yes, Roses and jb. Amy Lou this morning. The plant is rather small. I'll try to find a spot in the garden to plant one of these and find out whether she'll tough it through some tough winter down here.
Hah, Donna, thanks for the compliments. But you should have seen the hard work that wasn't pictured here. DH and I are working on expanding the shade garden in the back, everything is really earthy. lol.
Call me strange, but I don't find it satisfying if I don't put in the work. Sometimes it really hurts afterwards, but it's the work of your hands. I truly understand why people have everything installed - I just can't do it. I have been teased on various occasions for "caressing every leaf" but I love getting involved with my plants. When I grow it, install it, and find out what it REALLY wants, I get great satisfaction. Of course, I'm also the person peoples' cats fall in love with me because I drop whatever I'm doing to get down on my knees to give them rubs.
I've just come to accept that when it comes to my garden, I'm anal.
Another view of the pink brug 'Amy' with the weather cooling down somewhat, and having kept this plant in dappled shade. The flowers lasted nearly a week at a time. Another fringe benefit to grow brugs. in containers. You can move them around to keep the blooms last longer for our enjoyment.
Well folks, a killing frost is expected day after tomorrow. Most of my tropical containers are safely tucked indoor. Once last time before these are taking out of their temporary container homes, and plant into the ground before 'Ole Man winter arrival.
Well Lily your dock still looks great even with all the brugs put away for the season. I had some catching up to do on the photos...so pretty...all of them. Stay warm...and don't send that frost down here...lol.
Thanks sunkissed, chances are there will be continuous blooms in the makeshift greenhouse over the winter. And, I'll try my best to stay warm and hope that frost won't visit us as often as it did last year. lol
Last year we got our first freeze on Dec. first...really stunk...usually it is not until the end of Dec. closer to Christmas, or January. It is 46° this morning, that is plenty cold enough, much more of this and my peppers will stop blooming. But rest of week should be back to normal.
Love the white Brug. I just have to get some of those in my garden.