The last two weeks have brought us temperatures in the high 80's and low 90's. This week has been a little warmer. .but, as always. .I am amazed at the flower rally that goes on in the late summer garden. .
anyone up for a little garden tour??
This Mexican sunflower was the ONLY seedling out of the whole packet sowed in the memory garden. When I read that germination takes up to 3 weeks, I was already pretty sure that I would NEVER be able to keep a constant moisture to it until they germintated. I was right. .but amazingly. .this one sprouted. .and grew. .and is now one of the most vivid orange colors I have seen. .there is almost a blue undertone to it, and I am TOTALLY in love. .It is supposed to be a good self seeder. .so fingers are crossed!
I have never had good luck with moon flowers. .EVER!
But my good friend Gardener on Sherlock Street shared some seeds with me. .and I tried them for the last time. I kept the spots in the memory garden FAITHFULLY moist. .and nothing!! Until. .one day I noticed a little sprout. .and then 2 little sprouts. .and even a new little sprout just a month ago in a different spot. They must be slow. .but when they DO come alive. .they are stunning.
This purple sedum was a new purchase this year for the little raised rock bed. It is blooming. .The yellow arborivite bit the dust. .not sure if it was too dry or too moist. .It is an arid plant, but I watered him well to make sure he got established. .He didn't!! You win some, and you lose some! The coleus behind it is doing well. .my best experience with coleus ever!
The salvia that GonSS shared with me is STILL blooming it's head off. .with no help from me. I haven't deadheaded or babied it at all. .my kind of plant!
On a sad note, the three small crabapple trees I planted in the spring are all dead. They have looked great all summer. After I got back from vacation I noticed the trunks having a dark color, not the normal red that they were. I googled it and felt it was probably an incurable fungus. .and they were all dead within the week. Sniff, sniff!!
On a happier note though, my maple tree that was showing damage from the mole, is now putting out lots of new green growth. .Score!!
Hard to believe that this is the last major weekend of summer. .
Hoping you all have a safe and blessed Labor Day Weekend!
See ya next week. .