Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Speaking as one invasive plant to another, you've gone a bit too far

Things have gotten a little out of control
The four o'clocks are exuberant and doing fine.

I've got scarlet now

and yellow coming, as well as hot pink

The clematis is meandering about a bit

It's turned out to be a rather disappointing plant

The morning glories are choking the honeysuckle. Yes, that is what I said.

Time to get chopping

Ta da! Calla lily revealed, trellis cleared off

The goldflame honeysuckle is now free to climb the trellis. I left the one four o'clock in the pot - I don't know if it will bloom or not

I can see the blossoms now!

 Now, the morning glories by my other window, well....
Are the leaves supposed to be bigger than my hand?

Is this actually morning glory or something else? I'm not sure

Cleared out

Weeded a bit, but the groundcover is really hard to eradicate

What is this stuff anyways?

It's a perennial, pops up the minute it possibly can in the spring

These are white and smell sweet but turn brown in about a week

Zinnias, I don't understand what you want

Two days of heavy rain, then more watering and you're STILL drooping?

I don't understand dahlias. They've had plenty of water. Are they supposed to droop like that?

I don't think so. Too much water? Not enough water? Some of the plant was damaged by the storm. I dunno.

What is the raspberry DOING? Should it be growing like that?

Finally put in more dirt and planted nasturtiums and decided that was as good as it was getting.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Aftermath of the storm

I don't know that there was much rain, but there was certainly a lot of wind last night. The aftermath...

I simply couldn't understand why all my four o'clocks were hot pink. Last year they were all different colors. Also, they seem a lot....bushier.

Oh. It's not multiple plants. It's 3. With GIANT stems. Hmmm. Must have used different seeds this year or something.

Yes, it's humid

I crammed all the pots together to try and protect them from the wind. I felt a little like Aunt Em, racing outside in the crazy wind and splatting rain to try and save my pots!

Alas, the tomato pot went over twice and we lost a lot of tomatoes. But something is already nibbling on them, so they are not wasted.

I finally braced the pots with the chairs someone left there. They made it through the storm!

Last year we had a windstorm and all my zinnias snapped off. Tomato cages to the rescue! Not a single flower broke, despite the heavy wind!

Although, of course, they are all dry again even though it rained last night. Sheesh.

Blossoms on my coral honeysuckle!

My calla lily is blooming!

Something is eating my morning glories. I don't know what. It doesn't look like Japanese beetles, slugs maybe? 

Hmm. Very odd.

Anyways, there are some blossoms on the morning glories

The cape daisies are a little annoyed at how I keep shifting them around, but they're still blooming vigorously.

I wish I could get my camera to show the really rich peach coloring of this nasturtium

It's makes me want to eat peach pie

Some hidden red blossoms

aaaaand, something is eating these nasturtiums. Slugs? I thought I'd eradicated most of them with Sluggo but maybe not.

The pansies are a bit droopy. Maybe I need to cut them back more.

This mix is doing nicely though.

I planted the parsley for my neighbors but they don't seem interested after all. There's some mold in the bottom of the pot - or possibly a fungus growth.

the basil is determined to die. fine, die then. Sigh.

My other calla - need to knock a hole in the bottom of the pot so it doesn't get waterlogged.

I think my rose has a bud? Or a weird-shaped growth.
Is a raspberry plant supposed to look like that? I think beetles are still eating it, although I can't find them.

Still can't get quite the exact color of this dahlia or its fluffiness.