Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Iris, the Rainbow Flower

From gifted photographer and ever-dependable commentor Ozark Hillbilly:

I love irises. To me they are insanely beautiful.

The one in the top photo was already here when we bought the place. The rest are types I bought at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Iris show and sale back in 2015. I hope they do another, I’d like to get my hands on a few more rare beauties even if I have to take out a 2nd mortgage to pay for them.

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My favorite tomato-plant vendor has posted her offerings for next year. I’m considering putting in a severely downscaled order right now, while the memory of this year’s disheartening crop failure is fresh in my mind. But that means I’ll have to stay off *all* the tomato mail-order sites come February, and I’m not sure I have the strength of will to resist…

What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?








Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Happy Flowers

From laudably determined commentor Watergirl:

I didn’t get to garden much this year because of my broken ankle, but at least I had some happy flowers to look at through the windows and from the porch.

The windflowers were my happy surprise this spring. I had planted the windflower bulbs last fall, not knowing for sure what they would look like. They really popped, and they are such happy flowers — I am planting more this year.

This was the best year ever for my hydrangeas. Not sure if that’s because we got a lot of rain early or if they finally came into their own after being in place for several years, but either way, I’ll take it! For all those weeks I was stuck inside with my broken ankle. I cold at least look out the french doors and see some happy flowers on the side of my house.

It was also a great year for my mandevilla. I overwinter it every year, but this year I put it on the opposite side of the house so I could see it every time I looked out the window. (see ankle, broken) You can’t quite tell from the photo, but the flowers start out the palest of pale pinks, and then turn white with the yellow centers once they open fully. Pale, pale pink flowers are some of my favorites.


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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Redesigning

Looks like we have *finally* come to the end of this hellish summer, so I might actually be able to do some much-needed work in my sad neglected yard. Of course, not all gardeners are as wimpy. Here are some photos that have been waiting in the queue for some six weeks, from commentor Susie:

Here are some of my latest garden projects. This is for Lapassionara.

At the top is a barrel planter that used to be under a tree in my front yard. I managed to get it on its side and roll it to the back yard, where I put it on its side and use it for impatiens. I should have fed them more, but earlier in the summer they were full of blooms.

The top photo is about a third of the day lily bed, before I got around to digging it up. Underneath it is a photo of the bed this morning, after I completed the digging. This is deceiving, as when I go back tomorrow and dig around in that dirt, I will find, no doubt, day Lilly roots and corms lurking in the soil.

I plan to use this for sun-loving perennials, as it is just about the only bed I have that gets enough sun for consistent blooms.


These are my favorite shrubs, oak leaf hydrangeas. I planted these three last summer, and there are two doing great, one getting better, but not yet great.

The photo underneath shows some more oakleafs, these given to me by a friend. Mature oak leaf hydrangeas will put out progeny along their roots, and these are easily dug up and potted, then replanted in a suitable site.

The nice story about these is that my friend got her oakleafs from my hydrangeas that were growing in my yard in my former home in South Carolina, so these are grandchildren of my original three oakleafs. I love getting free plants, and giving free plants away.

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What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?








Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Winter Prep


Update from indefatigable gardener / commentor Opiejeanne:

This is the garden shed project so far.

[Here’s the original post, from back in May.]

You can see we haven’t quite figured out how to put the ceiling up. Some of the items like the paint tubes and brushes will have to be brought in for the winter because freezing is not recommended.

The purple chair was a garage sale find; $5.

The blue dresser/desk/secretary was $35 at an architectural salvage place in Seattle. They don’t usually have much furniture. I painted it after finding out that it used to have a nice mahogany veneer that must have gotten wet and the “repair” job was not good. They filled the areas with spackle and didn’t bother to sand it down before painting it black with a drab green interior.


The floor needs to be swept and the rug shaken out; the little rug was damaged by our cats so the shed got it.

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What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?








Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Cumberland Plateau


 
From dogged (I lost his original message) commentor HinTN:

Here up next to the Cumberland Plateau in southern middle Tennessee, we are blessed to live between two creeks. The deer are blessed as well, and their population is so out of control that they now make so bold as to come into the yard and munch everything in the garden. Zinnias and Mexican Sunflowers are about the only thing for which they (knocks on wood) don’t have a major taste.

Top pic is the flower garden approaching full bloom.

My zinnias and Mexican sunflowers. This one even has a butterfly in it.

I generally favor red zinnias but this year I took a flyer on yellow and I’m sold. They’ll be in the repertoire for the foreseeable future.

It’s definitely a country house when the “middle” is growed up in grass. This crape myrtle and four o’clock bed greet the newly arriving as they approach the house. The zinnias and kinetic sculpture are to the photographer’s right and the is immediately to the left up the drive.

Here’s a look from the front porch. The zinnia garden is just behind the internet dish. (My goodness is that service slow but it beat the dial-up we had for years. No Comcast out here and certainly no fiber like they’ve got in gig city.)

That’s the plateau rising up across the way. The big green bushy stuff at the end of the ramp is blue sage for hummingbirds on the left and lantana for butterflies on the right. It doesn’t really bloom until the cherry drops its leaves and allows it the full sun it needs to bloom.

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What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?








Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Point of Stillness

From inspired gardener & commentor Gelfling 545:

I took this photo at 6 am Monday when I looked out to see if the rain had started. This old boy had run out of the house the night before and this is where I found him, meditating on the transcendent…and fish.

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What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

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BJ jackal readership capture — Happy note for everyone touched by the news that Adam Serwer’s cat Butters had gone missing:

Funny how you can get emotional about a companion animal you’ve never met and almost certainly never will meet…



Sunday Morning Garden Chat: End-of-Summer Bounty

From commentor Heartland Liberal:

[Top photo] Varieties of tomatoes, grape and cherry, romas, heirlooms, with yellow habanero peppers and two read Carolina Reapers, which I can attest are weapons of mass destruction grade hot. Scrambled eggs with onion, peppers, and cheese, with a pile of the grape and cheery tomatoes, is a highlight this time of year, as are bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches. For the latter, we have discovered that adding half an avocado makes a really great sandwich.


Monarch butterfly.


Two male Goldfinches.


Multi-headed sunflower. This picture was taken a couple weeks ago, right now it is even larger with twice as many heads.


The flower garden, primarily zinnias and sunflowers. Attracts hordes of butterflies, hummingbirds, and goldfinches. Watching from the deck has been constant pleasure for almost two months. In foreground is water scarecrow, motion activated to spray and scare of deer. Three more surround the vegetable garden. The deer flee. The raccoons laugh.


Four pumpkin varieties. Started harvesting this week, some vines starting to die, and I wanted to get them before the insects start destroying them. The largest is the Musque de Provence variety, also called the Cinderella Pumpkin. For scale, you can see about half of the 12″ handle of a hammer I put in the wheelbarrow to return to the garage. The other varieties are heirlooms, I bought several different seed varieties to try. A couple of the varieties appear not to have produced, but I have at least four or five more of the Musque de Provence which are still green and growing.


This year the raccoons started ravaging the large tomatoes on the night before I would have started picking them vine ripe. So I started harvesting while still green, and ripening indoors. As a result, we have had several rounds of fried green tomatoes. I have become really good at whipping up fried green tomatoes and breaded southern style fried okra with cornmeal and buttermilk and egg for the dredging. We came originally from Alabama, alas, without a banjo on our knees, but with a life long appreciation for fried okra. Even cold leftovers, it is like candy.

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I think this is the last batch of garden pics I’ve got on file. If you sent me pics and they’ve yet to be front-paged, please email me (annelaurie dot bj at gmail dot com) with a reminder. If you’ve been meaning to get around to sending pics, this would be a great time!

What’s going on in your garden(s) this week?