Gardening

The Patio Garden: May 24, 2021

We’ve had a lot of rain as we typically do this time of year. And it’s been fairly cool. So the patio garden just keeps getting more lush and pretty.

I know it will be getting much hotter soon so I’m enjoying the weather and my patio.

Containers Full Of Color:

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Right now the pansies and Johnny Jump Ups are still blooming dozens of colorful flowers. I’ve been pinching them back as they get leggy.

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Vines:

I have a lot of Mandevilla vine blooms that are about ready to open. And as you can see, the morning glories in the other containers are also growing rapidly.

The vines are reaching and grabbing onto every surface they can.

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The various sedums are sporting pretty little yellow flowers. They are kind of shaped like stars.

These plants are plentiful in my garden and all you need to do to spread them around is grab up a clump and layer it somewhere else.

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Allium Pot:

The allium plant is just about to fit the width of the container it is in. There aren’t any orb-shaped blooms forming yet.

I love that the flowers are round and different from all the other flowers in my patio garden.

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I’ve already been cutting back the lemon balm that you see in front of the driftwood and over in the blue raised bed.

The ornamental grass over to the left side is growing fast. You can see more sedum with yellow flowers just beyond it in another container.

The galvanized garden area is full to overflowing.

The Front Of The Patio Garden:

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All the pots in the middle here are filled with various blooms. Verbena, daisies, pansies and Johnny-Jump-Ups.

I’m cutting them back every few days now.

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The yellow and purple Johnny Jump Ups pushing out from under the canopy of the hostas, reaching toward the light.

Insects are already chewing holes in my big clump of Lamb’s Ear. As well as many other plant leaves.

Zinnia Seedlings:

Other small plants you see that are about an inch tall are zinnias I planted from seed and have been thinning out.

After thinning I carefully carry the seedlings and transplant them elsewhere in the patio garden.

The two geraniums with red flowers are really getting big. I’m glad I got them this year, as I haven’t had geraniums in several years.

In between you can see the lacier-edged leaves of the citronella plant. The citronella leaves hang over into the birdbath water. I hope it keeps the mosquitoes at bay.

All the petunias are blooming and I’ve been cutting them back as well. Otherwise they get leggy and won’t be as pretty.

Just take the snippers and snip them back and they will reward you with even more beautiful blooms.

Note: I stayed in all weekend and was very cognizant of how much room I have in this apartment. Thus I don’t know if I can go that much smaller in another apartment.

After PT today I plan to drive by another 55+ apartment community to see about it. I definitely don’t make these decisions lightly.

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20 Comments

  1. Moving is a royal pain…but very necessary at times. I miss our last location in ways, but we had to find a place hubby could manage better…which costs a royal fortune. Your patio is so pretty…just love the large blue container and the colors you have in that one especially!! Citronella does seem to help with mosquitoes…we kept a plant on both sides of the door at the last place we lived out in the country where we had lots of mosquitoes.

  2. Your garden is so beautiful.
    Love seeing what is new .
    Just the perfect size to take care of.

  3. BRENDA: I don’t know if this works or not, but was told by landscaper at the County court house that coffee grounds run bugs away from plants….

  4. A gorgeous display as always. I always enlarge the photoS, and move them around to closely examine every plant😍 I’m wondering about your ginko tree…, and what’s in the corner by your wagon.
    I also have been admiring your metal Angel every time I see it, so….today I found a 25″ one on Amazon and ordered it. You inspired me once again! My last one , which I broke last year, was a gift from my grandson over 20 years ago. It was plaster, so since I’ve gotten less agile I decided a metal one would be better.
    I see myself in you Brenda. No matter how much pain it causes you are still drawn to do it because you love it so much. I get it, but whenever I read your grooming news I know the price you pay.
    I will be thinking of you as you make the best decision for your living arrangements. As much as we all care no-one can know all the facts to be considered, only you, and perhaps your family.

  5. I’ve been thinking of you moving, or not moving, since you posted. I believe it would be difficult to leave your patio, and your privacy behind. I know you would (?) take some of the plants with you? If so, it would again be difficult to decide what goes and what stays. And your decor on the fence. Would that stay behind? I know many would say that things are just that, things, but many may have a special meaning to you also. There is so much to look at and Love. I do love your patio, VERY much, and also how you have decorated your apartment. I do not envy making a choice like this. But then, I am much older, and change would be very hard for me. I wish you only peace with the choices you make, and the best of luck to you, whatever you do. Hugs from Wet, Wet, Wisconsin

    1. Dear Brenda, your patio is so beautiful. Thanks for posting an update. I’m struggling at our new house with an awesome raised bed, deer proof garden. I have a massive slug infestation which I have never delete with in all my years of gardening. They love beer so using beer traps. Thank goodness they are only eating the pepper plants not the tomatoes. It’s still frustrating. Henry, grandson, is coming over tomorrow so think I’ll have him help plant more peppers, tomatoes and zinnia seeds. Blessings to you.

  6. Do you know how many sq ft you have in your apt? If you could figure it out it might help when you consider another place. Your patio flowers are gorgeous.

  7. Brenda, it would be difficult for me to leave that beautiful garden behind. I would need to have gardening space at another apartment. I know it’s a difficult decision concerning the possibility of your moving. I remember my grandmother’s advice….if you have doubts, dont.

  8. You’re patio garden is so beautiful. I feel like I have walked through a garden after viewing all of your wonderful pictures. So relaxing and inviting.
    Wondering if you would have a similar space for all of your plants if you moved. Especially the privacy of a fenced in courtyard.
    Thanks for the detailed photos of your flower garden.

  9. Your patio garden looks beautiful! I am so glad that you are still considering the 55+ community!