May 2015 Random Garden Pix


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I ended up combining garden #2 with garden #1 recently, which created a random mess of potted plants all over the place. I've also acquired a lot of new plants through the plant swap and from my recent stint as a seasonal employee in the garden center of that big box home improvement place. (No need to advertise...)

I've added a lot more edibles this year and I've been focusing on hummingbird and butterfly plants, though I've picked up a few rose bushes as well. Really excited for the Persian shield and Arabian Jasmine, and I'm experimenting with a "hardy kiwi" vine. It's always a new adventure in the garden.

This is a bromeliad (type unknown) someone gave me, which I have just moved into the shade where it seems to be doing better.

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Got these alstromera off the clearance rack at the big box. Didn't expect them to flower again, had planned on shearing the tops and saving the bulbs for next year.

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Have another one that's about to bloom - waiting to see what the flower color is.

Can't believe these are still going. Have two other colors as well. The pansies have just about had it though.

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Got these on the clearance last year. I'm very happy with how they've come back.

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Just stuck these bulbs a few days ago. Can't believe they are already sprouting! Will have to transplant them sooner than I thought. Like ASAP!

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Have another batch of bulbs as well. Got a few bags at the dollar store and forgot about them. I'm hoping I'm not too late to see flowers with the summer heat on the horizon.

This plumbago was also a discounted plant. It was a little beat up when it arrived from the grower so it got marked down. I've decided I want more of these as they do very well here and produce lots of blooms.

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That's it for now -- I could be here all day trying to share individual picks. I'll add more later, and hopefully soon they'll be organized enough to create an actual showcase.
 
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I'm jealous of your plumbago, I bought a few last year and they didn't do very well for me. I think they are beautiful. I will be curious how your kiwi grows, I love them.
 

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Nice one Chanell:)

I grew a Kiwi outside in the UK, it only produced small fruit though, might do a bit better where you are :)
 
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All looks excellent Chanell! (y) I'm looking forward to seeing you Persian Shield, I'm a sucker for interesting foliage :) Looks like you certainly did well from the various plant swaps etc!
 
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All very interesting but it's the plumbago I really want. You're doing a great job bringing these back to life. TLC is obviously very effective.
 
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I love that these plants are mostly "rescues" and sale buys.

I'm jealous of those of you who can grow year around, or close to it. On the other hand, I loathe hot, humid weather and love winter and having four distinct seasons. If I could afford a heated greenhouse however...
 
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Everything looks so wonderful, and I am sure they will be all bloomed soon with amazing beautiful flowers. I would love to live in mild temperature all year round just to watch things grow :)
 

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I like your assortment of plants. It is still cool here at night, I hae not started with any plants yet. I did set out a few plants to let them get hardy during the cool nights. I think we have another week for these cool nights, I look forward to the warmer weather so I can start more plants.
 
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All your plants are absolutely lovely, ChanellG!:) The pansies look adorable, I also like your beautiful plumbago.
How are your miniature roses doing?:)
 
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Amazing!!!! You got a pretty neat collection right there :) By the way, why did you combine garden #1 and #2? Did something happen? Your plants are looking great, would love to see all of them :love: Best of luck with your new plants! I hope they thrive, just like the others.
 
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I'm jealous of your plumbago, I bought a few last year and they didn't do very well for me. I think they are beautiful. I will be curious how your kiwi grows, I love them.

I love that they are so "easy care." The kiwi is alive, but doesn't seem to be growing. The one I gave my mother is enormous! She's been giving hers Miracle Grow...

Nice one Chanell:)

I grew a Kiwi outside in the UK, it only produced small fruit though, might do a bit better where you are :)

I hope so, @zigs, it would be very nice to grow and harvest some fruit! The Meyer lemon has a few decent lemons and I have two small fruit on the blue passion vine and it's about to bloom again. Can't wait to taste them!

All looks excellent Chanell! (y) I'm looking forward to seeing you Persian Shield, I'm a sucker for interesting foliage :) Looks like you certainly did well from the various plant swaps etc!

Thanks, @Becky! It's taking a beating in the heat; I moved it to a more shady spot and I'm trying to figure out what plants to combine with it when I transplant it to a large planter.
 
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A nice assortment of plants there Chanell! (y) What is the plant with the yellow flower, third pic from bottom please?

Thanks! It's a dwarf coreopsis.

All very interesting but it's the plumbago I really want. You're doing a great job bringing these back to life. TLC is obviously very effective.

The poor things are holding their own in the heat. I was thinking to divide them in September, but maybe I'll just leave them as they are. I acquired a small white a few days ago in a 4" pot.

A great variety there and more to come I guess. Waiting. :)

LOL, it's an obsession! I recently acquired a mojito elephant ear, moses in a boat, little ruby alternanthera, a different coreopsis, scaevola, stefanotis...

I love that these plants are mostly "rescues" and sale buys.

I'm jealous of those of you who can grow year around, or close to it. On the other hand, I loathe hot, humid weather and love winter and having four distinct seasons. If I could afford a heated greenhouse however...

I may be getting a new greenhouse, finally. I would rather be hot than cold, but lately it's been heatstroke hot.
 
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Everything looks so wonderful, and I am sure they will be all bloomed soon with amazing beautiful flowers. I would love to live in mild temperature all year round just to watch things grow :)

I've been looking specifically for cold hardy perennials. I have blue butterfly pincushion, coneflower, salvia...

I like your assortment of plants. It is still cool here at night, I hae not started with any plants yet. I did set out a few plants to let them get hardy during the cool nights. I think we have another week for these cool nights, I look forward to the warmer weather so I can start more plants.

I wish it was cool here at night! Can't wait for fall and drier air! I love the long growing season, but with the new job and less time for gardening, I meed more easy care plants. I also have to figure out how to create some shade in my yard.

Looks good, looks like you are having fun gardening.

Thanks! I haven't spent as much time at it and I really have to get things back on track. As soon as things cool down a bit I'm going to redesign everything.
 
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All your plants are absolutely lovely, ChanellG!:) The pansies look adorable, I also like your beautiful plumbago.
How are your miniature roses doing?:)

Thanks, @claudine! The miniature roses are great! They are blooming all over the place. I gave everything some Osmecote recently and it seems to have helped.

Amazing!!!! You got a pretty neat collection right there :) By the way, why did you combine garden #1 and #2? Did something happen? Your plants are looking great, would love to see all of them :love: Best of luck with your new plants! I hope they thrive, just like the others.

Yes, the person I created garden #2 for moved to an apartment building with no space for plants. The edible plants have just about tanked; I'm back to focusing on herbs and flowers. Real excited about the fruit that's still living, and last year's tomato is still going too!
 
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You might want to think about adding a Swamp hibiscus to your garden for the hummers and butterflies, There also called swamp mallow ,Texas star hibiscus, I've had more butterflies and hummers this year after my red one bloomed.
 
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Thanks, @claudine! The miniature roses are great! They are blooming all over the place. I gave everything some Osmecote recently and it seems to have helped.



Yes, the person I created garden #2 for moved to an apartment building with no space for plants. The edible plants have just about tanked; I'm back to focusing on herbs and flowers. Real excited about the fruit that's still living, and last year's tomato is still going too!

That is great, ChannelG :) I think I'll do the same and focus mostly on herbs and just a couple edibles next year, I can't wait to share all those pictures with you all :)
 

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