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Purple Annuals

October 9th, 2018

When it comes to flower colors, purple and lime green are my favorites. This spring, I purchased a lovely purple alyssum and this other lovely purple flower (I’m blanking on the name of it right now).

Both of these beauties have been blooming profusely since mid-June, well worth the few dollars each I paid for them. The only thing I’m not super pleased with is that believe neither produce any kind of nectar or pollen for the pollinators. Typically alyssum does, but it seems this variety may not. While I do enjoy them, I may look for something next summer that will not only look beautiful, but also produce food for the local pollinators.

Have you tried any new annuals this year? Have you discovered any new favorites?

Still Hanging On

November 6th, 2010

After the cold weather and the frosts we’ve been having lately (it was snowing last night when we went to bed), there’s not much left in the garden. I’m pleasantly suprised by the nicotiana that self-seeded in my front flowerbed. It’s still going strong despite the cold.

I thought it was a tender plant, but I guess it’s not as tender as I thought. The pollinators are truly happy that it’s still blooming as well since not much else is.

My mom had some red lettuce this summer that survived some really hot weather without bolting. I always enjoy it when a plant thrives when you don’t think it will or when it withstands things you don’t think it will.

Do you have anything that has surprised you this year in your climate despite heat or cold?

Here’s what I woke up to on Saturday morning:

I Must Do This Again Next Year

October 9th, 2010

Remember how I dressed up the garage window with my collection of flowerpots filled with a variety of begonias? They did really well all summer, I only had to water them once a week or so, even with all the hot weather. I’m thinking I may need to move the shelf a little lower as the plants got a little taller than expected. The one on the end got too big for it’s pot and flopped over.

I’ll definitely be doing this again next summer since I loved it so much and it was quite easy to take care of. I’ll be trying some smaller begonias or moving the shelf down.

Do you have any annuals you use each year in your garden? Anything you do from year to year to dress up your garden or home?

There’s Still Some Color

November 25th, 2009

There’s still a little color left in the garden. We’re having unseasonably warm weather this November, after an very cold September ruined most of my fall crops. I still have a few things blooming in the gardens, providing some much needed color.
I have a few black-eyed susan’s blooming in one area of the garden (actually they’re growing out of the driveway).
My hanging baskets are hanging on, still providing some bloom and some food for bees. I keep watching them, if I see bees and small pollinators I leave them.
The bacopa is also blooming well and the bees are still enjoying it as well.
I have a few nicotianas that are still blooming as well.

Do you still have anything blooming if you live in a cold area? If you live in a more temperate climate, what blooms for you this time of year?

Cleaning up the Garden

October 14th, 2009

Yesterday I spent some time in the afternoon cleaning up around the garden. I don’t do a ton of cleaning in the fall, I like to leave the seed heads for the birds. I have some zinnias up front that were very big and in spot that I wanted to plant some perennials.
Since I did not deadhead them this summer they were mostly spent with only a few fresh blossoms on a few of the plants. I cut those blossoms and pulled the rest of the plants. The flowers will be lovely on my kitchen windowsill for the next couple days.
This time of year I’m always clinging to the remainder of summer not wanting winter to arrive. I do love winter when it finally comes, but I find myself reluctant to let go the lushness of the summer with it’s colorful flowers and the warmth of the sun.

What will you miss most about summer?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.