Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I also planted 31 seedlings in their very own bed inside the new garden. They got a topsoil, manure and compost mix topped with some mulch. So far they are looking very pleased.
Here is a picture of one of the seedlings.
Here are just a few new blooms in the gardens.
H. 'Custard Candy'
H. 'Grape Ice'
Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue'
H. ' Rosy Returns'
H. 'Stella De Oro'
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
H. Lavender Blue Baby is blooming today. It's my very first bloom on Lavender Blue Baby. It is an Early to Mid season bloomer yet I still think it won't be quite this early next year. It had a head start in the south.
Nikko Blue Hydrangea Bloom
I just love Hydrangeas.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Having a husband who's roots are in the south, I have gotten to experience some foods that we just don't eat here in New York. Okra being one of them. I had my first taste of Okra when I visited Texas several years ago. It was sliced, breaded, deep fried and delicious.
I have tried to grow Okra before with success but not as far as seeing it bloom or reaping the benefits of the delicious okra. Just keeping the plant alive through the summer.
This year, I started the plants inside and had two surviving seedlings. One of the two had a bud and it's starting to bloom today. I had no idea how beautiful an Okra bloom was. I actually thought the bud was the start of an Okra. Turns out it wasn't.
So I googled 'Clemson Spinless Okra' and discovered that it is part of the Mallow family and is closely related to the Hibiscus plant. No wonder this bloom is starting to look so pretty. It is even recommended as a back border plant for this reason. Back Border because it can reach about 6 feet tall.
Here a picture of the Okra bloom beginning to open.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Clematis Catmint 'walkers low'
Thumbergia - Black eyed susan vine
In saying that, I checked on this daylily again when it was shaded at the end of the day. The colors looked more true to the BBE that I knew and loved. Here is a picture taken at about 5:30 pm.