Friday, July 16, 2010

Around The Garden

I can't believe another week has gone by in the garden.  I have been playing around with the technical aspects of my blog because it was taking me so much time to post, moving photos around, etc.  Since I am not in close proximity to anyone who blogs, or even knows what a blog is, I took off on my own to figure this out.  Even my husband who is a computer person from way back said, "I don't know what you are talking about."

I want to show you a plant that I was turned onto by Larry from Conrad Art Glass and Garden.  It is Marble Arch Salvia,, very delicate, but looks lovely behind other plantings.  I started this from seed the hard way - husband threw out multiple 48" grow lights.  I am going to have to purchase a small freestanding grow light set up for next year.  We just don't have room for my 1,000 seedlings anymore.
Marble Arch Salvia

Nutcracker Suite Daylily is a very heavily scaped daylily, a delicious color and very strong, a highlight in the garden. 

Chicago Apache is also a very strong scaped daylily, a deeper color than Chicago Rosy, not as full flowered, but a striking addition to the mid season garden.

Chicago Apache Daylily
David Phlox

Franz Schubert and Laura Phlox

Dahlia Mystic Beauty
Campanula Alba
Beefmaster Tomato In Dura Cage
Burpee Pepper Mariachi

Dahlias and Nasturtiums in the Veggie Garden With Imagination Verbena

The dahlias have done much better in the vegetable garden than in the hayracks and containers.

This is my new cucumber trellis.  When I first received it from Gardeners Supply, I thought no way was I going to be able to use this in my very small garden.  Well, it turned out that I can use it but not both sections.  It is very large with metal supports under the grid.  I think it will work to keep the cucumbers off the ground and over the chives and green onions.


Bernie said...

Hope you've worked out how to get your blog the way you want ... I had to learn it all myself too ... lots of trial and error!

The Salvia is so gorgeous ... as are the Phlox! Your vegies are doing so well ... and those Dahlias sure do look as if they're very happy in that position.

I'm impressed by the number of seedlings you have on the go ... I wouldn't have any space for that many. That's an amazing job to take on.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Bernie, I think I am learning but making lots of mistakes.

Those large amounts of seedlings were in my previous homes. I do not have room for them in my present home. In fact, I thought I would never start seeds again, therefore, the lights were put out for the trash man.

However, I do think I have room for a small tiered light table, just for plants I can't find locally.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything looks very healthy! I like your cuke trellis hope it works out well for you!

Darla said...

First, your header photo is just over the top gorgeous. Lovely flowers today and I adore the Phlox.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Darla for your nice comments. Don't we wish those big clematis would bloom all summer?


Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

I like that salvia and the phlox looks great! So does everything else by the way!

joey said...

Lovely, Eileen. My phlox is just beginning to bloom. It was shocking to see my garden after being gone for almost 2 weeks. I missed a few favorites but happy I hired someone to keep and eye on things, deadhead, and water containers.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Marble Arch is beautiful.

I've been thinking about grow lights too, just don't know where to put them.

Love your daylilies. My Chicago Apache still has a few blooms, thought it was done for the season but found a few more this morning.

Becca's Dirt said...

Gorgeous Phlox especially David Phlox. Lovely dahlia. Love that salvia too. Don't know how you do 1000 seedlings. This new blogger is a lot to get used to. Things aren't where you think they are or so it seems.

Kinetic Fountains said...

Wow- great camera work. The colors really pop right out at you.

Sylvana said...

I like the trellis. I will have to try that next year, if I can keep all my Cucurbitaceae straight. I could see placing this either on the north end of my garden, or the west/east end so that the underside would still get light.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, welcome Back! I can not go away for more than a couple of days without having someone come in to water. This is really a full time job taking care of plants!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Marnie, I don't start many plants from seed anymore and I think I could get by with a three tiered plant light set on wheels, maybe about 24" long. I have seen them in grow catalogs, but I can't remember the name of the companies. Some research coming up!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Becca, I really do like David, very strong and will rebloom if deadheaded. I haven't done tons of seedlings in many years because I have not had the room to set up four sets of shop lights. I am going to look for a very small version that I can wheel around.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Kinetic Fountains for your nice comments.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Sylvana, you will love an arbor or pergola. It adds such intrest to a garden.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Lynn, I do hope this cuke trellis works as it allows me to grow a favorite in my very small veggie garden.


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Eileen. What a lovely Salvia. I just love your Laura and Franz Achubert phlox together. The colors go so well together.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I think your blog looks great! I noticed it yesterday. If you haven't tried blogger in draft yet I've noticed it being a lot easier to load pictures and change their sizes. If you go to the bottom of the "dashboard" you can get onto blogger in draft there.
The lighting on your flowers is just so pretty! The colors really pop out. I'm becoming hooked on Daylilies now and that 'Chicago Apache' is such a pretty color. It looks like my Phlox will start blooming soon, I've got 'David' coming up everywhere.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Catherine, but I am not sure I know what I am doing! I think I am in Blogger in Draft, but I am having a difficult time framing the photos etc. Sometimes they are framed and sometimes the writing goes into the frame rather than below in the colored area.

I did buy a polarizing lens for my camera so that I can take pictures during the day not just early morning and evening.


LC said...

Hi Eileen... I see your salvias are doing great... I didn't get around to starting new and the majority of self seeded ones are blue with an occasional white. The heat and humidity are fast bringing the lily season to a close. I also have discovered vole trails very near my large orienpets and am quite concerned . I bought a live trap for voles but have yet to capture any... I figured with the trap that I'd at least know that I caught one! Larry

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Wow, what lovely phlox you've got. I've never seen such a dark blue on a phlox (blue paradise phlox). The salvia looks great too.
Kind regards from Switzerland

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for visiting Alex,

Blue Paradise was introduced I believe in 1990 in a garden design by Piet Oudolf. It changes color during the day depending upon the sun.