Once again, it's Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday! I am having such a hard time getting used to the fact it's September already. Where did the summer go?
Since Thursday was very humid with on and off rain showers, I spent all day cleaning and going through closets in our bedroom, thinning out my wardrobe and packing clothes off for donating. I wish I had the same energy and enthusiasm for housecleaning as I do for gardening. I'd much rather dig in the dirt outside and can cheerfully work for hours and hours in the garden. I'm physically tired at the end of a hard gardening day, but I'm mentally worn out when it comes to organizing in the house. My husband is a packrat, and where do I go with all this stuff??? I found myself staring out the window at the flowers way too often and had to drag myself back to the cleaning. (I know, how childish of me, but dang, I wanted to be outside!)
I finally did escape for a bit before supper, so here we go with what its still blooming around here:
By the garage, we have left to right: Cosmos 'Sonata', Salvia 'Victoria', Zinnia 'Angustofolia', 'Profusion Cherry' and 'Zahara' (which was supposed to be a white zinnia with a hot pink center--only a few of the flowers were as flashy as the seed packet portrayed, most of them are white with a small amount of hot pink stripe, but they were good performers.
These petunias, Avalanche series, and the coleus and unknown geraniums are doing much better in a pot perched on my plant stand. The geranium was overwintered for several years now, and despite the entire planter being hit by high wind and breaking off all of the tall plants, the new foliage and flowers look very fresh. I guess I should have heeded the advice to prune, prune, and prune some more that I've read on so many knowledgeable garden websites. It does work!
I know I'm guilty of posting way too many pictures (and of reruns of the same flowers!) but these Wave petunias and later blooming 'Indian Summer' Rudbeckia are finally filling out.
In case you wonder why we call it the Pachyberm....last fall when we had the geothermal furnace installed and we had the entire west side of our yard torn up, we had our excavator friend make us as tall a 'hill' as he could with the leftover topsoil. When he got done, we were kinda sorta wondering if we'd made the right decision, it really looked like we buried an elephant in the yard...so for awhile we called it the Elephant Burial Mound...but that's too much of a mouthful, so then I decided that since it was a berm and it looked like a pachyderm's burial site we could shorten it to 'Pachyberm'.......get it? Ok, it's lame, but we have all of the gardens named for some odd reason.
I had one fellow gardener tell me, "If I never see another petunia for the rest of my life, I will be very happy." I was shocked! What would I do without my trailing petunias? (She is a Perennial-Only gardener, bless her heart, with a stupendously gorgeous garden, but I bet she doesn't have much color in the garden now in September.)Don't get me wrong, I love my perennials too, but I can't do without the annuals.
Swan River Daisy; only the blue germinated for me this year, not the white.
A little closer--the round thing in the upper left is the stone house' we fully intend to finish one of these years, I know, what's the hold up? There's more fun things to do......shhhhhhhhhh.....I didn't say that out loud, ok?
Ok, late again and I still have to throw the bedroom back together (no, I didn't get done with the room; I wish I had, though.) Sure is more fun blogging!
I hope I didn't annoy anyone too much, I know I got carried away with petunias and rocks again this post..... ;-)
Now head on over to Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday and see what everyone has to show off this week, just click on the logo!