Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September Goings On In My Pocono Mountain Garden 2018

Hard to believe it's September already. Some of flowers are starting to wind down ... and others are still going strong!
My Lauren's Grape Poppies have all gone to seed now, but they were so beautiful when they were in bloom.
My tall Garden Phlox had finished blooming, but a few weeks ago I cut them back, and now I'm getting a second flush of flowers!
My tall climbing Nasturtiums like the sun, but they look so much brighter when the temperatures are cooler. The Bees and Hummingbirds love them!
The Petunias in the window boxes are still blooming their heads off! I must have cut them back 3-4 times during the Summer.
A pot of annual Dianthus has looked great from late Spring right through Summer. I have cut them back quite a few times, too.
I love my late season blooming Morning Glories! Grandpa Ott's are especially pretty!
The last, and my favorite of all ... evening blooming Moonflowers ... which are temperamental to say the least.  They are very late bloomers ...  mid to late September here in the Poconos. This photo, though, was taken this past mid-July. Extremely early for Moonflowers here. If I remember correctly, I believe we had a mini heat wave for quite a few days around that time and I had about 3 blooms.  Then the plant sulked for quite awhile after. I am happy to say though ... 
she produced more buds, and hopefully, will flower again later this month.

Happy Gardening To All

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Surprises In My Rainy Pocono Mountain Garden In July 2018

Rain, rain, go away.  Come back ...  in late August ... when things are usually bone dry. Right now my gardens are somewhat waterlogged and the slugs are having a field day! Bleh!  I am handling the situation as creatively as I can  ... and I'm kind of surprised by some of the results. 
In my front garden, my tall garden Phlox are, surprisingly, doing very well. Not much slug damage, considering. Before the deluge, I had been putting out recycled cat food cans filled with beer and successfully drowning the buggers. When the rains came, the beer trick no longer worked. So, I switched to granular slug bait. Works just fine. Been using it in all my gardens.
Flower pots can be a different story. With my herb pot (Lemon Balm, Rosemary & Basil) when the rains came I began noticing slug damage. So, I sprinkled granular slug bait on the soil surface and moved the pot close to my sliding glass door off my back deck. Now being under an overhang, the pot no longer gets drenched. Although the plants are not getting the bright, dry sunshine they would like, the sun will shine again. That's when I will move them back to the sunny side of the back deck.  Summer is far from over!
I also moved my pot of Mexican Sunflowers over there, too. No flowers yet, but they are late bloomers. I don't normally have flowers til the end of August, but they are so worth waiting for!
Slowly climbing up a trellis on my back deck is also a combo of Grandpa Ott Morning Glories & Moonflowers. Since the pair take their sweet time, I started them indoors in May and planted them out in June. Although they really don't get going til late August, they usually never fail to bloom their pretty little heads off! Just hope we have a lot of sun and heat return in the next few weeks to make them happy!  Oh, almost forgot ...
with my flower pots that can't be moved, or really can't be covered with an empty pot or whatever, I improvised and covered the base of the plants with loosely packed plastic bags from the supermarket. Sort of a "raincoat" for the plants. Surprisingly, it really does help.

 On a different, but another really positive note, sometimes plants will behave in ways you wouldn't expect.
On my front deck, I also have a trellis planted with Moonflowers, but with them, I planted Heavenly blue Morning Glories instead of Grandpa Ott's. I had started them both indoors as well. In the last week, I have had two Moonflowers bloom already. I was initially surprised when I saw them forming buds so early in the season. Must have been the mini heat spell  of about 4 days we had in June. Anyway, the first one bloomed about 2 in the afternoon on a cloudy, dreary, misty day.  The second, bloomed a few days later. The Heavenly Blues haven't even started forming buds, yet. Go figure. They will ... eventually. What can I say? I am thankful for small miracles.

Happy Gardening to all!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In The Poconos ... A Walk In The Woods In Early June

Springtime in the Poconos can be very different from year to year. Cool and rainy seems to be the norm these past few years. Since my gardens aren't really showing any color right now, my hubby and I had recently decided to take a walk on one of the nature trails at nearby Tobyhanna State Park to enjoy the view of the lake.
The lake was calm with barely a ripple across the water. The trees were fresh and green, and the air was warm and a bit muggy. We headed down the trail at a leisurely pace as the sun began to peek through the clouds. Parts of the trail were still muddy from the rain earlier in the morning. Sidestepping the puddles, I ventured closer to the shoreline hoping I might spot a frog or two. 
No frogs, but I spotted this small, star-shaped wildflower.  I quickly pulled out my pocket camera. What is is? Don't know. Cute, don't you think?
As we walked along, I quickly spotted the red berries on this ground cover.  No clue what it is. CLICK!
Further down the path I noticed this pretty little flower. Swamp Buttercup ... maybe? Of course I couldn't resist and SNAPPED another pic. 

This low-growing flowering shrub (no idea what it is) caught my eye a little farther down the trail.  SNAP!
Then we came upon these. They look like a forest of mini pine trees! CLICK!
99% sure these are wild blueberry bushes! SNAP!
Fleabane ... at least I'm pretty sure that's what this is. CLICK.

Pine cones ... absolutely certain. SNAP!
No idea. Interesting and pretty though. CLICK!

A Dandelion Puff ... go on and make a wish!


Monday, April 23, 2018

What's Going On In My Pocono Garden In Late April

The snow is gone ... finally.  We've had 3 beautiful days of 60 degrees, but some rain is coming for the next 4-5 days. It could just as easily have been more snow. Thankfully, Mother Nature has had a change of heart.  Anyway, let me show you what's happening.
Bleeding Hearts are like beloved, old friends. When I start to see their little red heads poking up through the soil, they always make me smile. It amazes me how a tiny clump of leaves can transform into a 3 foot tall, beautiful green-leafed plant with lovely arching sprays of heart-shaped pink flowers.
This is the 4th year for my Walker's Low Catmint. This past Winter into Spring, my plants were covered with snow for just about all of March into April. Didn't faze them in the least. I pulled aside the dead leaves and trimmed off the dead growth left from last Winter to reveal the new growth of fuzzy green leaves. I have three nice sized clumps that just get bigger every year. Come Summer, I sometimes stop and just watch the bumble bees as they spend hours flitting from one tall purple flower to another.
This tiny little clump of small fan-shaped leaves is a Siberian Iris. Last Fall, I dug up a crowded tangle of Siberian Irises that just didn't seem happy where they were in my yard. The soil was very dry and compacted and the area didn't get much sun. I separated the irises and replanted them in a moister, sunnier spot. I didn't know if they would make it, but I hoped for the best. Well, they made it through this very bad winter. Tenacious little things.
I have another bunch of red heads, only these are Peonies. I have 4 bushes and they love our cold, Pocono winters.  They get larger every year. I wish the flowers lasted longer than they do.
Can you figure out what these are?  No? Well, I know I wouldn't have had a clue either. They are a mix of tall purple and white Alliums.  They were ... taller. Either the deer or the squirrels got to them. I still can't make up my mind who to blame. At first, I thought it was the deer, but recently began having second thoughts. The flowers came up last year and weren't touched at all. This year though we've had more squirrels around than in the last 5 years. Guess I will just leave them where they are, and when the leaves dry and shrivel up, I'll dig the bulbs up and replant them into my front garden which is fenced. 
This is my fenced garden in the front of the house. The green you can see are Daffodils and Alliums. I also have 2 Peony bushes, 4 Astilbes, 3 clumps of Tall Garden Phlox,  and Poppies (that reseed) and bloom in this garden. At the moment, they are barely visible.  Things will be looking quite different by the time June rolls around.  Hurry up June!

Happy Gardening to all!

Friday, April 6, 2018

It's Coming ... It's Coming ... Spring In The Poconos

It's April. I want birds tweeting ... flowers budding or blooming  ... the groundhogs coming out of hibernation. Heck! I wouldn't even mind seeing a bear knocking over a garbage pail! Oh ... you didn't know we have bears in the Poconos? Anyway, I want ...
this too
Mr. or Mrs. Groundhog
some of these
the Bobbin' Robin
these would be nice
and these
for the hummers to come back
I did say bears, didn't I? Hee Hee