As promised earlier this year, here is the rest of my blooming garden.
A couple of years ago, I 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!)
When 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.
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.
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 final 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.