Archive for the ‘Vines’ Category
These are my favorite container plantings at the moment. I have two large pots that still need to be spruced up for the summer. Procrastination is my name, lol. The upper left plant is a purplish black variety of Sweet Potato Vine. Sorry that didn’t have a cultivar name on the tag. I picked up two of these at Lowe’s in May for the green ceramic pots I have on my Shed. In the photo below this is my Pink Obedient Plant growing in the red washtub container. No blooms yet, but it won’t be long now. When the blooms fade I cut this perennial back and add Pansies in September to keep it looking great through late spring. The other hanging containers I have on the shed are a faux terra cotta (plastic) that have variegated Vinca major growing in them. They overwinter in these pots no problem, but I really need to cut some of the roots back and add more soil soon. My last but not least favorite container has to be the Ornamental Oregano ‘Kent’s Beauty’ that I have planted in this decorative terra cotta pot. Last fall I put it in the garage for the winter. It resprouted this spring no problem once the temps warmed up a bit. Can’t wait to see the pretty purplish pink bracts in the next month. It also has teeny tiny purple blooms that are not as showy. What are some of your favorite containers in your garden this season?
Since I missed GBBD again for the second month in a row, I thought I would share some of the current blooms in my fall garden. I’m seeing sort or a pattern with the shades of purple & pink. Of course I threw in a brilliant orange Cosmos that appears to be a double form. This is thanks to the seed that my generous blogging buddy Tina shared with me last year. I’m hoping that it scatters itself about happily throughout the garden. Doesn’t it look great in contrast to the deep burgundy stems of the Purple Fountain Grass? I’m also curious about the true identity of my Solidago which I thought was the cultivar ‘Fireworks’. But after seeing Janet & Les’s plants I know that is not what I have in my garden. Guess I got another mislabeled plant and this one was mailordered years ago. Oh well. I’m tickled with the reddish stems of the Gaura, makes a nice contrast to the pink blooms. This is the second flush of the season and I’m in love with this perennial. The Hyacinth Bean vine is not only putting out fabulous flowers but these pods too. It took a bit for it to get to this stage but now it is a blooming machine. This is the first lonely bloom of the Aster ‘Bluebird’ but it shows promise with all the buds yet to open. Same goes for the Toadlily which has tripled in size from last season. All the rain we got last month gave it a gigantic boost this season. Of course there is lots more blooming in my September garden but these are the latest & greatest of the moment.
Can anyone out there in garden blogging land help me identify this please? This mystery vine is coming through my fence from the neighbor’s garden. It doesn’t appear to be poison ivy and that has been a nuisance in the past don’t get me wrong. I’ve been a bit leary about touching it nonetheless. Next time I see my neighbor I’ll mention it to him. I don’t want to bother him since one of my wandering vines has creeped into his garden too.
‘Sweet Autumn’ Clematis or Clematis terniflora has jumped into the overgrown Nandinas and is blooming it’s heart out right now. He hasn’t complained or whacked it back this summer yet.
Last year I had such a hard time finding seed for fall planting that I decided I better pick my seeds up now while the stock was plentiful. And they are actually marking everything down 60-70% in the stores so they can get rid of it. Here are some of the things I plan on sowing late summer for a autumn harvest. I got ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ Lettuce, a blend of Looseleaf Lettuces, ‘Cherry Belle’ Radishes, Mesculin Spicy Mix, and ‘Baby’s Leaf’ Spinach.
I couldn’t resist these two interesting colors of Nasturiums either. The colors remind me of Peaches and Chocolate…yum! I’m thinking of putting these in some hanging containers and I better do that soon.
Now for the seedlings portion of this post. Ta Da! My purple Hyacinth Bean has quickly sprouted under the new trellises that I mounted last week in the New Garden. All that rain this weekend must of kicked these annual climbers into gear. Hope they quickly wind their way up the supports.