Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dream Time At Gatsbys Gardens

I have been taking a little break during the holiday season and am glad to be back with something that has to do with gardening.  It has been unusually cold and snowy in the Chicago area which curtails my outdoor photography.

Even my containers are buried under ice and snow!  I do think each year about the intelligence of putting together winter containers only to have them buried in snow for most of the winter season.  They are costly and might be just as attractive with some greens or a small boxwood in each one.

I am dreaming about my garden of 2014 and looking back at some newer introductions and great performing older introductions.

Begonia Santa Cruz (plugs from Harris Seeds) were great most of the summer in full sun.  They are a more delicate angel wing variety which I will try again this summer.

The front containers kept up with the summer heat, large Dragon Wing Begonias in red with Algerian Ivy, Pale Yellow Chiffon Superbells with Pineapple Coleus.

Petunia Petchoa
I ordered plugs last year from Park Seed and my only complaint is that they faded with full sun.  You might see them this year in the nurseries and would be worth a try in the lighter colors, supposedly holds up better in heat than petunias and calibrachoa (it's parents).
Sunpatiens were great this year and will do well in sun or part shade.  This variety is not affected by the dreaded mildew.
I loved the variegated leaf variety of Sunpatiens on the north side of the house.  They are a little pricey but maybe with more use the price will come down.  This is the type of plant that is worth growing from seed indoors if it can be found in the seed catalogs.
Magellan Coral Zinnia was grown from seed started indoors, great bloomers with very large flowers, other colors available  This variety is much showier than Profusion Zinnia.
Uproar Zinnia is taller than Magellan, large flowers and looked great growing behind Coral Magellan.
Uproar and Magellan Zinnias
Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to start from seed, germinates very quickly so don't start too soon indoors.
Mascotte Beans
I received the seeds for this new bean introduction in mid-summer from Harris Seed Company.  I planted them on the edge of my raised bed veggie garden and they produced two crops of beans before the end of the summer.  This is a great variety for small places, or as an edging.

This was a German radish from Renee's Seeds, crunchy and a little zip to it.

The lettuces were mostly from Renee's Seeds with a very special dark red one which you can barely see towards the back.

The purple grafted heirloom tomato from Harris Seed Company arrived as a plug and was a winner, odd looking but delicious.



Balisha said...

Well, look who's back. I've missed your colorful posts. Your gardens looked so pretty this past year. Looking forward..as you...to the next growing season.
So happy to see you...

Bernie H said...

Lovely to see your posts once more. It was great to see all those wonderful performers in your garden last year. I particularly love the variegated Sunpatiens, and all those beautiful Zinnias. Your containers are always fabulous.

Jennifer said...

Happy new year Eileen! Your containers and veggies are such an inspiration on this cold, miserable day. I don't get any catalogues and must copy down the name of some of the ones in your header. Hopefully some of them deliver into Canada.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Balisha,

It is good to be back thinking about the garden.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie,

I hear you are suffering through some nasty heat. I hope your garden pulls through this.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jennifer,

Happy New Year to you also! I hope you can get some of these catalogs, have not received very many yet.


Beth said...

What cheerful color! Hope it gets warmer for you soon. I look forward to seeing your garden full of blooms again soon.


Isn't it fun to dream about this coming spring and summer? I can't wait. I see you've got some great plants.

Bernie H said...

Eileen, up here in the tropical north we're not suffering the heatwave conditions that are affecting most of the southern half of the country. We're actually having quite a reasonable summer. Just the usual heat and humidity. I really feel for those down south. They're doing it tough.

theblooominggarden.wordpress.com said...

What lovely Zinnias! It's years since I grew any Zinnias I suppose because once I get to Z in the catalogue I've spent too much.But you have inspired me this year I must have Zinnias.I love green ones because I love all green flowers.

Karen said...

Eileen, I will definitely look up the petunias and begonias you have showcased here. Your containers must win awards, you have an absolutely fantastic talent for color and texture coordination.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl .. you have the most beautiful containers and gardens! I want to be as great a gardener as you are girl : )
I understand about the winter containers .. I actually didn't do one this year because I was so overwhelmed with renos.
Now the last thing is to tear out the downstairs shower and have it replaced with a NON-leaking great looking one .. by the end of February we hope to be through it.
Hopefully I will have a little sanity left and I can actually get my gardens in order ! haha