Today is bright and sunny outside. It’s been raining a lot. So I’m hoping the sun will perk the plants on the patio back up.
Fast Spreading Sedum:
See that sedum in the top galvanized container below?
I went around the patio where this sedum was just growing freely on the patches of dirt along the fence and pulled so of it up. They have very shallow roots and even grow along the concrete and out from under pots.
Then I filled the galvanized container with what I pulled up and sprinkled a bit of soil on top, and now you see how it’s growing.
Then I bought a couple of different kinds of sedum and put them in the long brown containers up higher. And added more of the sedum I had from the dirt.
Once you get sedum and it starts spreading around, you don’t really need to buy more. It’s a prolific and robust grower.
Need To Replant In The Driftwood:
The harsh winter killed the sedum in the driftwood, so I’ll have to put some back in there.
I bought the brown rectangular containers last year from Amazon.com and made the mistake of putting petunias in them. The containers were down closer to my settee then. So I thought they’d be okay.
But the containers just weren’t deep enough to keep the petunias going in our heat. They fried. So sedum it is. And if sedum doesn’t grow in them, I’m done with these containers.
The hostas are growing in leaps and bounds. Pansies and Johnny Jump Ups are growing underneath.
Since the hostas are giving them a bit of shade, maybe they will grow a bit longer. Pansies and Johnny Jump Ups are cool weather plants.
The English Ivy I planted in spots along the fence a few years ago is growing like crazy now.
When I walked around this morning I saw that it’s now encroaching on the blue bed and I will have to trim it back.
I will have iris flowers quite soon. In the next couple of days if we have enough sun.
The yarrow is forming blooms. I recall last year someone said they consider yarrow to be a weed and they pull it out.
But I’m very fond of the yellow flowers it forms. And since it’s contained, I’m not worried about it spreading.
If you look closely you’ll see little bits of sedum growing in the same pot, and it will probably take over before the yarrow does.
I originally, a few weeks ago, thought the above plant was a daisy. But it’s a salvia.
And I’m glad because I didn’t purchase salvia this year and the air critters (butterflies and bees and hummingbirds) love salvia.
A male cardinal serenaded me the whole time I was taking photos this morning. I guess he lost track of his female partner and is calling her home.
Here is the patio from another angle.
Vines Are Growing Quickly:
I see buds on the mandevilla, so it will be flowering soon. It’s tendrils are reaching out and winding around everything within reach.
And the galvanized pot next to it has plenty of morning glories I can spread around the yard once I thin them.
Look how thick that Lamb’s Ear already is. I’ll probably have to divide it before long.
The purple verbena is starting to flower and form vines in the green pot.
The Blue Fountain:
I so enjoy listening to the fountain while I’m outside. The new pump I put on it last week seems to be better than the one that came with it. The water coming out is a bit louder than it was before.
And here are token photos of the babies. I need to clean Charlie’s eyes, I see. But he fights me like the devil when I do.
And Ivy is busy bird watching. She didn’t turn when I called her name. Her eyes are on those birds in the bushes just outside the window.