Archive for August 2007

August gladiolus   Leave a comment

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Glads are my favorite flower, this year I planted a lot more than I’ve ever planted before, and I think it would have been perfect, except I had a problem with thrips.  Next year I have to remember to soak the bulbs in Lysol before I plant them.  I bought the corms from Brent and Becky’s and I really love the colors.  They sell them by color, so you can get just what you want.

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Posted August 29, 2007 by cindyeo in garden, gladiolus

Time to start thinking about bulbs   Leave a comment

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It’s time to start thinking about ordering spring bulbs (which you plant in the fall).  I love alliums because they bloom, in my garden in Massachusetts, in May.  This is the time when most of the other spring bulbs have finished, and it’s just before most of the perennials start, so they fill a lull.  I’ve got a huge list of bulbs to order, I just have to pare it down to something I can afford.

Posted August 27, 2007 by cindyeo in bulbs, garden

Leaf Size   Leave a comment

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One thing I’ve just recently started paying attention to in my garden is leaf size.  I realized last summer that I had too many plants with fussy leaves.  So I tried to add some large leaved plants this spring.  I bought a canna lily, which is growing, but I didn’t get a flower and the leaves aren’t as big as I thought they’d be.  This is a picture I took earlier this summer at the NY Botanical Garden.  I’ve got to research this, burdock, and I might try it next year.  I think it was in their herb garden.

Posted August 22, 2007 by cindyeo in burdock, garden, leaf

Daylilies   1 comment

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This is my favorite daylily, hyperion.  It’s a very old variety, I love the pale yellow color, and it is lightly fragrant.  You have to walk up to it and smell it, it won’t just waft by you, but it is a soft color and I love the scent.

Posted August 19, 2007 by cindyeo in daylily, garden

Great color combination   Leave a comment

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I love this combination.  It’s not mine, I took this picture at a restaurant.  Great eye!

Posted August 15, 2007 by cindyeo in color combination, garden, petunia, verbena, windowbox

Eden Rose   Leave a comment

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Is this not a beautiful rose?  It’s a climber called Eden.  I just bought 2 of them to climb up each side of my arbor.  It’s a cream which opens to pale pink, very double.  The fragrance is very light.  I love them.

Posted August 13, 2007 by cindyeo in garden, rose

Hot summer color   Leave a comment

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I love the hot, bright colors in July and August.  I think pastels are pretty in spring, but when the weather gets hot you need some vibrant color in the garden.  This picture shows some orange profusion zinnias, which I grew from seed, very easy to do, and some purple wave petunias, also grown from seed.  Even though the color is magenta, you have to buy the purple wave.  To get purple petunias, you have to buy the blue wave.  Then in the background I did buy some yellow celosia plants to fill in a hole, and I bought a “Proven Winner” blue lobelia because I saw on a gardening show that they have perfected the lobelia so it doesn’t die out in the summer.  And they were right, this one is still going strong in mid-August.  It did stop blooming, so I sheared it off, and about a week and a half later it was blue again.  The little black eyed susan flowers are called creeping zinnia, they self seed every year, although you need to transplant about 3 of them together to get a bushy effect.

Posted August 12, 2007 by cindyeo in color combination, garden, lobelia, petunia, zinnia