Friday, July 12, 2013

Think Pink

Fair warning, if you detest the color pink and if petunias make you queasy, this is not the post for you. I know everyone has their preferences and petunias are considered very pedestrian in the horticultural world, but hey, would it interest you if I told you these are Supertunias?  Bubblegum, to be exact.  Oh, I haven't swayed you to the Pink Side yet?  Ok, I tried.  If you really feel all that strongly about it, I don't blame you for clicking on out of here as fast as you can.  Go, be free!

There, now that the petunia haters are gone, I can talk smack about them.   Don't you just hate their smug t-shirts, 'Friends Don't Let Friends Plant Annuals'.  Aw, they don't know what they're missing.

OH, and I should add another warning your step on this garden tour, I didn't pick up the hoses, watering cans, shovels and pots completely yet, ok? So be careful.  This can be a dangerous environment.

Petunias in the River Bed
It's late, as in after 1:00 AM again, so I'm going to toss pictures in just the way they came out of the camera, in no particular order.  I took them earlier this evening, just before sunset, so here goes.

Yes, I planted Supertunia Vista Bubblegum again this year, I just couldn't resist.   For the first time, I'm trying them planted right in the ground, too.  The River Bed will be a frothy pink sight to see eventually.  I hope.  Barring hail, out of control lawnmowers or a rampant herd of Holsteins traipsing through.

The River Bed is kinda slow this year, but I have high hopes.
Petunias in the driveway light shades
Somehow or other I have the Bubblegums mixed in with some of my Wave seed petunias.

Do you remember my Valentine's Day gift from Carl?  He made me this planter out of scrap stainless steel and I plunked a pot in the middle and planted pink morning glories and cardinal climber, along with a sunset runner bean on every rib.  Things are just starting to climb, so we'll see what happens when the petunias meet the climbers.  This could be quite interesting.
Petunias in the driveway
Petunias and clematis
Petunias by the road.

From a distance........ok, so I have a problem.
The greenhouse is still standing (no we didn't take it down yet)  and Ernie is kinda wedged in next to it.  But he's still here, though feeling neglected, poor guy.
On the plant stand in the hosta bed

Pots in the Formal Garden....and boy do I have a lot of weeding to do.
And by the garage
And the back door

Ok, that does it for the Think Pink Tour. 

Oh, before you go, did you notice the other stuff blooming in the garden?

The hostas are looking pretty good considering the drought we had last summer.... oh what the heck, this is a long post, let's run through the hosta beds, too.

I did get through weeding the following areas this year:  The River Bed, Formal Garden, Pachyberm, Front Garden and the Pump Bed.  I am halfway through the Woodland Bed/Hosta Garden but haven't started on the Quarry itself (shame, shame) or the hills surrounding the Quarry.

 I didn't weed Thursday night and I feel guilty.  We have some blog friends, Beth and Ron, coming all the way from Iowa this weekend to see the garden and we have a lot of work to do to get it ready.  I ended up mowing lawn at Mom's and here instead of weeding.  We had lawn mower woes, but that's another post, ha. 

Yep, this is where I will start weeding tomorrow morning, bright and early.  If you care to join me, I'd be ever so grateful, many hands make light work and all that.  I'll supply the gloves and the kneeling pads.  And a floppy straw hat.

And the beverage of your choice.

 Petunias on the Rocks, anyone?

(Hey, I made it through a post without falling down.)


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Love that Bubblegum Petunia, Bordeaux is great also. Karen, your containers all look in such great shape.


Alison said...

Oh, I love petunias, and other annuals too. I sowed a bunch of Nasturtiums in my front garden this year, and they are so bright and cheerful and colorful, I love looking at them. I didn't realize you started all of your petunias from cuttings, I thought you did them from seed every year. I have only two different ones in my pots this year, one is the one on my masthead for my blog and the other is the Laura Bush petunia, which I started from seed.

I hope you post about the Valentine's Day present when it is farther along. Your garden looks beautiful, and it's not even at its peak yet.

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Everything looks gorgeous and I love your petunias. I really like the continuous color you get from them all summer long. It is a refreshing burst of color. Hope you have a great weekend.


Sue said...

Love your pink petunias! Wow!!
Everything looks fantastic. Happy Summer!

Karen said...

Eileen, thank you, I take this as high praise for your container gardens are always the peak of perfection. I will have to look into Bordeaux.

Thank you Alison, I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes annuals. I have a bunch of nasturtiums here, too. I started a bunch of cuttings from the petunias I had that had grown large this spring and needed pinching back. I've never heard of the Laura Bush petunia; time to put it on the list for next year. The Valentine's Urn is really not sited where I'd like it, but I can't move it now with the vines growing up it. We'll see how it looks later in the year.

Hi Sandy, yes, what would we do without our annuals? Life would be so dull. I hope you have a great weekend, too!

Hi Sue, Thank you, too! Summer is going by so fast, isn't it? Have a happy weekend.

Lana said...

Pink is a color that makes the heart sing -- so sad it gets discriminated against! Lol --- everything looks GORGEOUS and you always inspire me to get out and garden! I love you ability to coordinate different shades and colors to create a piece of living art in your yard!!


Shirley said...

While I love perennials, trees and shrubs; I've never shunned annuals. I love them in containers and/or for a splash of colour.

Did you do the glass for the hanging lantern?

Your garden is so gorgeous! I didn't notice any obstacles, only beauty. I absolutely love the hosta garden. I'm glad you included it.

Good to see you again. Have a wonderful weekend. If I lived closer, I'd take you up on the offer to spend time together weeding!

Pam's English Garden said...

Your petunias look wonderful again this year! I haven't stopped by for a while so I'm glad you gave a tour of other bloomers in your garden. Everything looks wonderful. I wont leave it so long next time. P.x

Chad B said...

I never think to plant pink flowers in my own yard but your post only served to shine a light on how wrong I have been to neglect it. Your whole garden looks like Eden to me.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow Your property and gardens are looking so beautiful Karen. I love the pink petunias there as they really pop with consistency against all the greenery. It is hard to imagine the amount of snow that was on the landscape not so long ago. You certainly do a wonderful job and work so hard to keep it beautiful! Thanks for visiting my humble garden and yard. :) Hugs, Pam

gwenniesgarden said...

your garden looks absolutely stunning !!!!