Sunday, June 17, 2012

Around The Garden

It has really been hot here with no rain so watering every day is a must.  Some of the container plants are showing stress as are some of the larger perennials and hydrangeas.

Endless Summer has never looked like this before!  It could be the mild winter, my experiment this year, very little low nitrogen fertilizer and no pruning whatsoever.

Hydrangea Starlight Let's Dance
This is a smaller hydrangea two to three feet, suffered some frostbite this spring but looks pretty good.

Astilbe Bridal Veil

Astilbe Chinesis Visions

Foxglove Grandiflora
This is a perennial foxglove not a biennial.

Hosta Patriot

Hosta Paul's Glory

Reseeds everywhere but very easy to pull out and blooms until frost.

Persicaria Polymorpha
The supports are invisible and so far the plant seems pretty stable, but we have not had a big storm at this point.

Miscanthus Udine
The supports are invisible, really has helped keep it from flopping onto the pathway.

Daylily Arnie's Choice
Mid-Season but blooming early this year

Daylily Eileen Clymer

Daylily Lullaby Baby
Early and very small

I transplanted most of these to another location and this one unexpectedly remained.  It survived, the others didn't, they don't like to be moved!

Nepeta Six Hills Giant
Very wispy and anything but upright, am training it to cover the window wells on the south side.

Home Run Red
One of my 4" pots last year just about full grown this year, one of the differences between this and Knockout is the vibrancy of the red color.  These were sent to me by Proven Winners Choice.

As Allan Armitage said if he had one coneflower to choose it would be Kim's Knee High!  This is Kim's Knee High Red, beautiful deep magenta color a much stronger specimen than Pow Wow.

Mango is a strong Meadowbrite much more stable than Art's Pride Meadowbrite.

One of the first lilies to bloom and very striking

Rozanne Geranium

There is so much to see when you walk around the garden!


garden girl said...

Hope you got lots of rain last night, Eileen. We got almost 2 inches in our south suburb. It was much needed, and everything looks so much happier in the garden this morning.

In spite of the lack of rain, your garden looks beautiful. Seems to be a great year for hydrangeas - kind of puzzling considering the lack of rain.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

We did get some rain last night but not nearly as much as in the South suburbs. We got under one inch and I hear some far south got ten inches.


Lona said...

Your garden is looking beautiful. The hydrangea is just gorgeous. This has been a good year for them compared to last year even with some burnt leaves. I hope you are getting some rain. We got a good shower this morning but need more.
Your Knee High Echincaea is so pretty. I am so disappointed in Pow Wow Wildberry. I love the yellow one too. Forgot the name already. Sure my memory is sharp. LOL!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

In spite of your drought everything is beautiful. I am charmed by the cone flower. I haven't seen one like yours. xo Jenny

Beth said...

Hi Eileen, Your coneflowers are gorgeous! Really, truly stunning: your Endless Summer! I love when they have different colors on a single shrub.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl I have some buds on my hydrangea "Quick Fire" but I am waiting on the rest of them such as Lets Dance Starlight .. my yellow day lilies are opening .. lots of buds etc .. but I think you have more heat and stress going on where you are than we are .. rain was supposed to drop by today but not so far so I will be out with the hose too .. this is the part of gardening I don't like so much !LOL
PS and tying vines up is another job I could do without ? LOL

Zoey said...

Beautiful as always, EIleen.

Those Endless Summer's are stunning! How old are they?

I have Forever and Ever and they do nothing. I think they are 3 or 4 years old and they only get a foot or two tall and, if they get two flowers, I am lucky.

Jennifer said...

Hi Eileen, You have so much in flower! The Endless Summer hydrangea that you opened with is simply stunning! Though we had a mild winter here too, mine died to the ground. The dry spring seems to have stunted its growth as well. Perhaps, like you, I should favour mine with more water and a low nitrogen fertilizer.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful yard to see, as always.
You sure have the magic touch!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

The Endless Summer is great this year but my smaller ones got some frostbite.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jenny,

The conflowers have really filled out this year and so far just little bites out of them. I have no idea what is after them.


Tracy said...

Hi Eileen - Everything looks great! I love the Knee High Echinacaea and the cordylis. The hydrangeas are beautiful too - can't believe the number of blooms in the first picture and I just love lace cap hydrangeas. Tracy

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beth,

The Endless Summer is really unusual this year with several shades of pink and blue on each bush.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joy,

One grouping of Starlight is blooming pink and the other grouping is blooming blue, same fertilizer.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

My Endless Summer Hydrangeas are about four years old. They have never had more than a half dozen big blooms and this year they have a ton but somewhat smaller blooms.