Welcome to my garden in the summer time. We came from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1241986/
It has been a pleasant spring in the garden, our container gardening is transitioning from a mild spring into a warmer months. I'm pleased you're here to enjoy the garden along with me. Everyone is welcome.
#1 Container in the shade.
#2 Container grown in the sun.
What is the red/white flower in your sun shot?
Here's a shot of my window boxes in the front yard. Went with pink & white this year for the front yard and lavender with dark purple & burgundy for the back yard.
We got hit with hail yesterday so the barrels look a bit ruff
Hi Joanna, welcome to the thread. I like those combos from your front yard. I can't see the purple & burgundy well from the photos. The big flower in my sun shot is a Pipevine. Here is the vine from DG's pf. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/56130/
Mexican petunia. These make gallion of seeds thus could be very trouble some in our mild climate. I pick the seedpods when they're young to eliminate future invasive problem. These come in two attractive hues, one is pink, the other is deep blue.
Every year, I try to bring back a little bit of what were ... in the garden the preceeding year. I don't usually succeed, for time changes, so does the garden. For instance, I most enjoyed these Gloriosa lilies bloom this time every summer. This spring I tried to dublicate the same condition...or at least the same location for the vines to repeat their performance. Little did I noticed that although, the same location but other plants in the area were taking up all the sunshine here in this spot. As a result; the tubers refused to break dormancy. As of last month, I noticed a 'puny' sprout of Gloriosa. Not until then I realized I wasn't going to have these glorious blooms for this year as I did in years past.
So I de-clutter the pots, rid off the shading plants and moved the Lilies container into a full sun position. As of now, I've new sprouting -- but not as they were last year. Here is a pix of the lilies last June. (the large pink flower is Lotus blossom).
Happy 4th everyone! Hope the weather will be nice there in NY for the parade Arlene. 1) The same 'Lipstick' plant or vine when it's fully open. Its currious calyx holding the red bud looks just like our lipsticks...but lipsticks resemblance ceases when it opens up. lol It's tropical in nature.
2) Angel trumpet blooms enjoy the cool breeze of the early morning hours. Our temp. is said to be in the 98F. max today.
1. Morning air is cool and nice; the peaceful bee is still snoozing on Lotus blossom before the busy day ahead.
2. Porterweed and friend.
3. Plumeria blooms.
4. 'Friendship plant' putting out new inflo. in the middle of summer. Kind of unusual, normally these will send out flowers during the winter/early spring or cool autumn, but summer? This is the first for me.
I've morning likes it too Arlene. This little Blue bird is whispering; it's a beautiful day! Hoping you'll have a good day in the garden. Or just simply enjoy the view from indoor for it's going to be another hot day out there.
Various flowers in a bowl display. Following pix are the pics. from which these flowers originated. 1.) Blue Sky vine, 2.)'Cherry Jubilee' Mandavella. 3.) 'Dwarf Pink Singapore' plumeria, and finally the dark pink NOID plumera.
Thanks to both Arlene and Jo Anne, the Queen really shines this morning! Jo Ann here is pf for Queen Emma. The container culture is very easily cared for. I've several bulbs in this group. Should they decide to bloom all at once one of these days, they would be spectacular! BTW, did I mention of the fragrant? It's such a delight!
I saw the turtle Lily, I saw it before and could swear I posted afterwards, but don't see my post.
Love how beautiful the flowers are looking. The Queen Emma is just amazing. What a nice plant to have in the garden.
Springcolor, love those colorful containers.
My wonderful Aunt Phurby passed away this past month, she was 93 and lived a full life at home until her last days. She was a gardener and my mentor. I'm happy to have some items that were in her garden now in mine to carry on her love of gardening.
I found a few old galvanized metal watering cans around her garden, although they have a few rusty hole in the bottom they make nice for nice garden decor.
A very heavy cement birdbath, she has had this for as long as I can remember.
A nice strawberry pot, was very neglected but it does have some succulents still in it, with some love and tender care it ought to come back nicely.
Some more succulents, one she gave me years ago, the other I found hidden in some bushes in her garden.
She painted this vintage metal ash bucket a pretty pink, looks nice on my yellow chair I found at a garage sale for two bucks.
Now I can walk around my garden and always see her treasures...and hold a place in my heart for her always. ☺
May I echo Arlene's statement above? Sherri, you're so blessed to have had shared some wonderful time and inherited your aunt Phurby's love of gardening... thank you, for sharing a little bit of you among us.
I am so impressed with everyone's efforts. All your choices of plant combinations are so interesting and pretty, I cannot single anyone out! You are all so creative, and I hope you get to over-wintre at least some of them.
No matter how long we do this, we always have so much to learn from one another. I love recycling ideas.
I raise my Tersa sphinx on my Pentas. They do grow reliably here. Luckily our local nurseries stock them in abundant. Thanks kiseta for the added photo.
Other container blooms in the garden; Nelly Moser clematis, Blue sky vine bloom among pink Alamanda blossoms. The 3rd pix there is a Penta rejuvinated itself after last brood of Tersa sphinx successfully pupated. Within the pic. are Gloriosa lilium in blooms.
The pentas do grow quite large. It's a great late summer/early fall plant here.
Love your photos, Kim. Nelly always looks good and your blue sky vine with your alamanda is lovely. Isn't it amazing how fast plants can recover? Gloriosa lilies are so exotic looking. Many years I miss the blooms here because, once the lilies are done, I seldom visit that garden. I should move them!
Arlene, I'm so glad you were there offering me support. I was really stressed out there for the duration. Now that I am back, and learned new skills. I feel or so much better. Thanks again for your support. Marcia, the Gloriosa lilium are vine-like in growing habit. For me it's growing to roughly 4-5 feet stretch. But ask Jmorth, his must grow to be about 7-8 feet tall! He's magic in the soil ya know? LOL
We can only try to help one another when a computer crises arises, Kim. It's maddening to the max and reminds me of Gibbs on NCIS when time was exceedingly short to eliminate a threat the computer posed so he shot it and then shot a lot more of them. That's what I feel like doing but I don't have a gun. Maybe that works best or who know what could happen! LOL
Jmorth (Jack) does have the most spectacular Gloriosa lilies. I'll try to find a link for Marcia. They are breathtaking.
Well hate to inform you all but here in Central FL we still have to protect the succulents and tropicals. You have to move even further down south than where I am to avoid that. Every year I promise to stop potting tropicals that can't take freezes and yet every year we lug more into the Florida room...when will I learn?
Hope Lily is okay...not liking the floods I see on TV.
I've enjoyed reading through this thread and am inspired to dig up more plants and pot them up for better blooming.
I've been doing some of that to save some after the drought we've had for two years now.
Yes, I hope Kim (and her lovely plants ) are safe from the hurricane damage.
Enjoying all the beautiful photos and lovely blooms... Kristi
Marcia, we mostly have dipping into freezing from Dec. through Feb. That is the normal...but here the plants have to go back out, because it can be 29° one day and back up to 80's the next or they cook in the FL room. So we cover and uncover a lot, but some precious tropicals in their huge pots are lugged in and out. Some years it is a longer cold season and more lugging in and out...but it is all part of gardening.
I actually live in a very hard zone. North or South FL plants grow here but the heat and cold can make perennials an annual very often.
Kim is fine, she was far enough away from the storm to escape any damage or flooding. Thank goodness.
Sunkissed, I start all the caladiums indoors. When it starts to get warm during the day, I take them out to play, and they flourish. Before the nights warm up, they have to come in. By early May there were days when they went for a drive in my car because it was still too cold for them. I lost a coleus nurtured over the winter with a sweet potato vine when it dipped into the 40s this spring. The sweet potato is still going strong.
I am certain there is nothing funnier than a chubby old lady running around to put her plants in a protected area. The first photo is preparation for Hurricane Irene last August as they were being herded up on my porch. The plants in the car had to come out before they cooked! I could really use a sun porch.
This year I know it will be a thrill as the containers have gotten even larger. The second photo also has a tomato in it (thus the netting). I'm just not worried that containers that size will blow around during a storm. The third is just a "holding" box for just rooted plants, but they seem to love it. Fourth is a begonia that is bloomin' happy and fifth is Gingerland. I did not know I'd like her as much till she was born!
What I love about containers is their portability and versatility: the ability to control light and other conditions; the ability to pull it out when it is no longer attractive; and the ability to make a quick gift to a friend or potential friend.
Ditto Marcia. Containers also add a little "tropical touch" to my garden in late summer and early Fall in my climate when most hardy perennials were winding down for the season. Hey Kristi, welcome to the thread. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the photos. Thanks Sherri for the well wishes.
1. 'Lolipops" lilium bloom this time of year. It's in a container. The first for me. :)
2 & 3 Various gingers' blooms (tender perennials).
4. Duranta's (Honey Dew Drops) another tender perennial that needs overwintered indoor).
5. Bush Morning Glory, another tropical bloomer.
The Wrens have been gone for a few weeks,not many Hummers lately and Robins long gone. Squirrels are storing black walnuts from neighbors and I can hear Nuthatches and Chickadees in the evergreens.
They always remind me of quiet winter walks.Guess its coming.
Yes, Fall is officially here. Cool temp. in the air, hummingbirds are migrating South, they pass by here in number. Saw many hummingbirds at neighbor's feeder earlier today. Quiet walk to enjoy this beautiful time of year. Yes!
The flush of flowers are pushing through their final blooms for the growing season. First two pics. are those of Thunbergia grandiflora, the last two are MEM brug, then 'Eternity' brug. And last one is a lamb-ear turning red as it's in full sun. :)
Good morning Kristi. The succulent plant is a cool plant. Remember the 'Mother of thousands' plant? This one is similiar. However, not as prolific. The "mother" plant produces "babies" on each mature terminal tips of the leave. A local gardening friend gave me one of these "babies" leaflet several years ago. Now I've ton of them to share. They're tender perennial; I've to dig them up and bring them indoor. The pot, it's heavy and durable, so I'm going to leave it out.
Speaking of succulent; the last pic. in this serie is of our 'Starfish' Geez, I've got to remember to de-buds those flowers to rid of the larvae that's being deposited there by the flies! Middle pic. is of the Nightblooming Ceurus 'Queen of the Night" and the first; an unlikely 'Bonsai' I'm making. I just transferred the ficus into a driftwood hollow. It's temporarily situated on the pot that I had planted it this past year.
Kim ~ I like that driftwood planter. It will be very attractive when settled in.
I made a mistake of planting a bromeliad in a piece of firewood that was hollow in the center. Now that it is time to move indoors, I find the roots are embedded in the wood and it can't be removed. Nothing to do but move the whole thing into the greenhouse.
Hope you don't mind but I'll post a photo of it here. The second photo is from the other side. It is a bit lopsided but the bromeliad doesn't seem to mind. So you see, I like your driftwood idea. Very nice. Kristi
Mind? I'm delighted that you're sharing your gardening joy with me and others. Yes, the short coming of using woods that it will eventually degrade, though driftwood may last longer I surmised? I've a piece of driftwood that I purchased coming home from Fla. vacation eon ago, and that piece has stayed with me over the years, it has been too long, I'm unable to recall its age! It has been that long.
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the idea. So you now see where I got the driftwood idea...from a memory of a distance vacation that I took when my children were little. :) Oh, by the way. I sparked the thought of planting that ficus into the wood hollow because I saw one of the branches that was injured. There at the injured site it formed an aerial root. Yes root! So I thought to myself, if the roots will over time intertwine the driftwood that it's mounted on. I'd have a pretty neat conversational piece in the garden. What say you? ^_^
#1. The driftwood before I worked the tree into the hollow.
#2. The ficus in its pot prior to transplant.
#3 The driftwood in a different angle.
#4. Another 'bonsai' made in early spring with a cotoneaster.
Good Morning! It is a beautiful piece of driftwood.
Kim ~ my first thought was that it may be bad for your plant due to any residual salt from the driftwood but it sounds like you have weathered it outdoors for years before planting so shouldn't be an issue.
I think it is amazing that your ficus air rooted that easily. I will be interested in seeing how your driftwood planting progresses. I am sure the driftwood will endure. I know my piece of firewood will deteriorate but that will be all right as the Black Chantinii will also die after it blooms so should work out about right.
Okay here is an update on the ficus driftwood container.
#1 I am air-layering the injured branch into a new plant. I first applied moist spagnum moss around the site ...
#2 I dressed up the driftwood container with same moist spagnum moss.
#3 & #4 The airlayer site is wrapped up in plastic strips.
#5 Happy Fall grouping.