Showing posts with label #sweet alyssum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #sweet alyssum. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Flowers That Keep Hanging On In Late September In The Poconos

It's late September, and I've gotten into my Fall gardening mode.  I've been dividing and moving some of my established perennials around ... planted brand new ones ... and bought some new daffodil and tulip bulbs to tuck into spots here and there. I've weeded most of my garden beds and even dressed them with a fresh layer of compost to enrich the soil for next Spring's growing season. What I'm having real difficulty with is pulling up my annuals.  Oh, there are some scraggly flowers, long past their prime, that I have no problem pulling up and tossing in the compost pile. It's the ones that are still pretty and perky that make me wait another day ... and another day ... and another day ...
Sweet Alyssum ... it's almost prettier now than it was all Summer. The colors seems more vibrant, and when a gentle breeze blows ... their sweet scent is just intoxicating.
                        The lovely flowers of Lemon Mint still draw plenty of bees each day. 
The bees love Cleome, too. They are still going strong. Now I'm just waiting for the seed pods to start turning brown.
I grow Marigolds in flowerpots. I gave up on planting them in the ground since the slugs totally destroy them. At least this way I can enjoy them until the first hard frost.
Colorful Snapdragons actually prefer the cooler temperatures of Fall. I'll wait a bit longer on these.
I grow Black-Eyed Susan Vine every year, also in pots. They really don't start blooming until late August here in the Pocono Mountains, but the flowers are so pretty. 
Zinnias are also another late bloomer. The leaves show quite a bit of mildew by this time, but the flowers just keep coming.
This is the last of my "hanger ons", and my favorite. I've had this pink mini rose bush growing in a large pot for the last 3 years now. It always amazes me that she's still strutting her stuff in late September. But soon the days will become even shorter, and when the temperatures regularly begin to dip below 50 degrees, that's when I'll  gently prune her back and bring her into the garage to spend the winter. It's sort of like say "goodbye" to a good friend, but at least I know I'll look forward to seeing that friend again in the Springtime.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Pocono Mountain Garden In Late July

July didn't start out with fireworks in the garden department.  Cool and rainy weather got things off to a very slow start, but the end of the month is going out with a bang!
The yarrow is blooming its head off! I have both a red and pink variety.
Annual candytuft, a dwarf variety, is really pretty this year. Most of the flowers are purplish, but the white ones fade to a soft pink.
Columbine is still hanging in there. Only a few flowers left, but they are tough.
Jackmanii Clematis is starting to bloom, but kind of sparse with flowers. It took a long time to get going this year.
Catmint is blooming. At least I think it's catmint.  I planted it 2 years ago and nothing came up last year. This year it came up and took off.  The leaves smell like catnip, but they are slightly larger and the flowers are different than my catnip. If any of you can confirm this is catmint, let me know.
Now this is definitely catnip. I planted the seeds in a pot this spring just for my cat, Patch. I have to semi-barricade it to keep him from tearing it apart. He does nip at the leaves that peek out of the cage. I plan on harvesting it later in the season so Patch will have his favorite treat all winter.
Oh, this is Patch chilling under the front porch. 
This year I direct sowed sweet alyssum in a few of my garden beds. Such a pretty little plant. This variety is a pinky/purple color.
Yellow day lilies still blooming.
Climbing nasturtiums are sporting flowers.
Annual poppies are completely pooped out now.
Cleome, also called Spider Flower, blooming in a large pot. Have some planted in a garden bed, but they are just starting to set flowers.
Gaillardia, also known as Blanket flowers are bursting with color.
Petite french marigolds really filled the window boxes with color this year.

I planted dwarf snapdragons under my yarrow down in my mailbox garden. They are doing great in a very sunny, dry spot. I have to water them everyday though to keep them perky!

Well,  hope you enjoyed the garden tour!