Blooming Too

gardening - blooms revisited

As promised earlier this year, here is the rest of my blooming garden.

A couple of years ago, Igardening-orange trumpet vine2 found several trumpet vine plants for half-price. So I bought eight plants total because I wanted them to take over my fence. I know what some of you are thinking about this aggressive growing vine, but I love the smell and the continuous summer blooms this vine gives out. I was willing to risk growing this beauty even if it took out my fence. At least I would have beautiful orange flowers. Ha! It is super hardy. It even stays alive when you forget to water it. (Don’t try this at home kids!)

 

gardening-honey suckleCWWhen I thought I was growing trumpet vine, I discovered I had bought a mismarked plant when buying the trumpet vine. Low and behold, it was honey suckle. It’s been really hot this summer and until recently, we’ve had little to no rain. So even with watering, it hasn’t bloomed nearly as well as it did last year and has threatened me several times to go belly-up. It’s a very beautiful vine and smells so good. It also attracts butterflies and bees. Each fall, I pile the base with mulch to keep moisture in and protect it from freezing.

 

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This pretty peachy-orange blooming bearded iris popped up after my beautiful purple iris’ bloomed. It showed up out of the blue which is always a surprise. My iris’ are my one of my favorite plants and are living up to their reputation as being a perennial.

 

 

 

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One year, I bought six knock-out rose bushes at the worst time of the year, the middle of winter. However, they have surprised me. They have all lived in spite of our crazy weather of extreme heat and freezing cold weather. They have petite blooms just like this one. They require a lot of water compared to the rest of my landscape so I piled straw around them to hold in the moisture and watering them at their base keeps the leaves from turning yellow. This made a huge difference especially since we’ve had very little rain this summer. Pruning rose bushes also encourages new growth so make sure to dead-head the old blooms to ensure a full summer of beautiful blooms.

 

 

 

Now for my fingardening-pecan treeCWal surprise! I planted a pecan seed over a year ago and I have nurtured this little plant with everything in me. I have since learned that pecan seeds and plants are very fragile. I tried to replant it into a larger pot with the intention of not having to repot it for a few years. However, the seed fell apart and the plant didn’t make it. I’m blessed that my mom has pecan seeds sprouting all over her yard and flower beds. She saved me a seed plant and it is growing like crazy. I’m not about to replant my new plant until it is more mature.

 

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Gardening

gardening-spring full bloom

Gardening has been something that I have loved as far back as I can remember. I love to be outside. I love to see new life sprouting from their unique places – ground, trees, flowers, etc. I could go on and on about all that I have learned and plan to learn. I’ll start with what I have planted so far and what we are in the process of planting. I’m so excited!

The USDA has divided the United States into gardening zones. We live in what is considered zone 6 according to the plant hardiness zone map. We experience all four seasons – spring, summer, fall, and winter. We also have what is considered extreme weather conditions. In the winter, we can drop down to single digit temperatures and during the warmer months, we can have temperatures hovering around 100 degrees. In addition to extreme temperatures, we also have a constant wind. I like a 20-30 mile an hour breeze because it helps cool you off in the summer but it’s bitter cold in the winter. So finding plants and flowers that will withstand these crazy conditions is very challenging but some how we’ve managed to find a few.

 

gardening-fruitless bradford pear tree blooms2

Twelve years ago we planted five fruitless bradford pear trees. We had one die because of unwanted carpenter ants. The four we have now are enormous and shade most of our yard with these beautiful flowers in the spring and bud out with full leaves within a few weeks of blooming. They grow between 30-50 feet and are hardy in zones 5-9. Their real name is Pyrus Calleryana. We’ve only had one problem with them and it really wasn’t their fault. A few years a go, we had baseball size hail and the leaves were half gone after the storm. It took about two years for them to completely recover. These are definitely one of my favorites in my yard.

 

 

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Next we have a ground cover called creeping plox. It’s real name is Phlox Subalata. It comes in several different colors and we planted the purple. It has tiny spikes when you touch it and is a taproot. It blooms only in the spring and is semi-evergreen in the winter. It is a great animal deterrent. I planted it about four years ago, but it has taken about three years to establish itself. I hardly have to water it because it is drought tolerant. We are currently in the process of relocating it to a new flowerbed. More on the new flowerbed later. I’ve never had a problem with it and it is very low maintenance.

 

 

 

gardening-redtip photinia shrub blooms3

On a whim, we planted these beauties called Redtip Photinia Shrub. The new leaves are red while the older leaves are green. The interesting thing is they are rated for zone 7-9. Half of the shrubs are slightly shaded and they are growing faster than the shrubs in full sun. However, they are all looking really good. We even have a few blooms. The hedge lines the back of our house and pops against our light colored brick. They need to be soaked about once a week. I love the color!

 

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I get excited when I see worms in my soil. For worms to survive, the soil must be full of nutrients. Worms also aerate the soil keeping it loose so the roots of the plants can easily grow. This picture is one out of my garden. I probably dug up over 50 worms while digging in the dirt.

 

 

 

gardening-lilac bloom2

 

When we moved to our house fourteen years ago, this lilac bush was covered in big purple blooms. It was beautiful! Today it still blooms like this every spring. They love the warm dry climate. After they bloom in the spring, it becomes a pretty bush. Sometimes in the fall, if the weather is just right, the lilac bush will produce a few more blooms.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more blooms!