A View of My Garden in a Mirror 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

It must be 4 o'clock somewhere!

4 o'clocks, what an unsual plant. The flowers only open after 4pm or on cloudy days.  I have never seen this plant in a nursery so when I saw the seed packet I decided to give it a try. I started too many seeds of course taking into account my usual ratio of survivors. But these plants were easy to start from seed! I am pleasantly surprised. And it isn't just the flowers, they have nice foliage too. 

Pink 4 o'clocks, they came from the same packet of seeds as the orange and hot pink.

It must be only 3:55 and they are just waking up.

Watch them open! It must be the bewitching hour.

Look at that luscious foliage. Pretty good for an annual.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Plants

Amaranth "Love Lies Bleeding". It is just so unusual and makes you look twice. The dreadlock blooms are really heavy and definitely need staking. If that was my hair I would need something to help me prop up my head too!

Coreopsis "Ruby Frost". The color is so great and really pops. I just hope it proves to be Frost tolerant!

Strawflower. I love that it grows as a "dried flower". No work hanging it and making sure it doesn't get broken. It blooms and there ya go, a dried flower! How cool is that?

Monday, August 2, 2010

After pictures of my Garden

We made lemons out of lemonade when this tree had to be cut down because of disease. It now has an old man face, a bird house and a trellis. That growth coming out of his forehead is a bird feeder holder. We take the bird feeder in during the summer and put it out in the winter when the birds need it most.

This is my bottle obelisk. I have sweet peas and purple green beans growing up the tower. The Tropicanna on the left looks like it's competing for attention!

 I used to have a few shrubs and then I filled this area in with annuals every spring. I finally decided it was too much work and too expensive. So this year I have filled it to the brim with perenials and just a few annuals. They are packed in pretty tight so the next few years should be interesting.

The edge of our deck where I'm attempting to grow some beans, an artichoke and a cucumber plant. It is verrrrrrry slow going this year.