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  1. Your garden pots are looking really good. I don’t know how well hydrangeas do in pots, but they do very well in the ground here in IL. They need mostly sun and a lot of water. As for your Lamb’s Ear, it doesn’t like to be wet. Soggy roots will kill it. I planted Bee Balm in my butterfly garden about 5 years ago and it comes back every year ~ and spreads like crazy!

  2. Flower gardens and pots doing great here in Wi…sitting on the screen porch watching the orioles eat jelly and a Robin just came to get some too…lilacs smell so good and lily of the valley…clematis getting blooms on it…have a dish pan of petunias on a old chair…my Dads old ladder with a black eyed susan vine in a pot on the top…a barrel of colorful begonias.. his old work boots with moss roses in them…geraniums out front…plus lots of rustic goo gaps that I love…bleeding hearts in bloom too…humming birds enjoying it all…as our we..glad everybody is enjoying their flowers…sure makes a person feel better💕

  3. I love your garden and have bee balm in mine but, it is coming up very slowly. I love in Oklahoma zone 74801.

  4. Heading to the plant nurseries this Friday with a friend, we make a yearly trip and outing of it and have so much fun! I usually have a short list of plants to buy and end up not buying most of them but others entirely different, but my basics are white and red geraniums with white and red petunias for the front porch planters that flank my front door. I am really bad at remembering the names of plants. Last year I bought what I think is a species of bee balm and it survived the winter and is back. I also bought a plant whose name I can’t remember. It has small leaves that are green with a white border and a sort of fuschia color leaves too. That also survived the winter. I bought a lot of different colored dianthus last year and they have all returned. I also bought three coral bells last year and five different kinds of hostas for my shady areas, and they have all come back. I have a volunteer columbine that took root 2 seasons ago in one of my front garden beds and this year it started springing up at the end of February! It is now at least 2 feet tall and its flowers are a sort of pale reddish color and yellow. Nothing seems to phase it! I have three peony shrubs that are setting buds. I have a large white lilac bush whose flowers haven’t opened yet. The mini Japanese lilac I bought last year survived the winter and a munching by a giant rabbit who I have finally managed, for now at least, to ban from my back yard. I ordered 2 foot tall black metal fencing to surround it so the rabbit won’t be able to get at it if he manages to dig his way back into my yard. I have one hydrangea and when it sets flowers they last for 3 months. The plant tends to bloom a little later in the season well into autumn. It also blooms on old wood so I wait until I see buds on the bare branches to clean it up. We had an early spring this year with abnormally warm weather and everything came up earlier than usual. The day lilies are already about 17 inches tall. My irises have set flowers and are getting ready to open. It looks like it will be a prolific flower season.

  5. Beautiful garden! I live in South GA zone 8B and we have lots of hydrangeas here. There are several varieties and many types within each variety. I have Big Leaf Penny Mac hydrangeas in containers that bloom in spring and Panicle Limelight hydrangeas that bloom in summer. Panicle hydrangeas take full sun but Big Leaf varieties need some shade. Yours appears to be a Big Leaf hydrangea and needs partial shade. Hydrangeas also need to stay watered. You can cut flowers and prune them back after flowering if you like – just don’t prune Big Leaf varieties in late summer or fall as they bloom on “old wood” and set their spring blooms in late summer/fall. The Panicle varieties bloom on “new” wood” so you can prune them in fall/winter/early spring. Other than that they are easy and quite hearty https://96in.com/

  6. Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns says:

    Brenda, your garden looks beautiful. I am sure that it is nice to look out the window and see all of the beautiful colors and textures.
    I have one hydrangea and I discovered this year that I should not have been cutting it back, it blooms on old wood and this year after many years I have blooms!
    Have a wonderful week and enjoy all of your neighbors.
    P.S. I love lambs ear, the fuzzy leaves are beautiful.

  7. I wish I had your green thumb, Brenda. Your garden is beautiful, s always.

  8. Beautiful garden! I live in South GA zone 8B and we have lots of hydrangeas here. There are several varieties and many types within each variety. I have Big Leaf Penny Mac hydrangeas in containers that bloom in spring and Panicle Limelight hydrangeas that bloom in summer. Panicle hydrangeas take full sun but Big Leaf varieties need some shade. Yours appears to be a Big Leaf hydrangea and needs partial shade. Hydrangeas also need to stay watered. You can cut flowers and prune them back after flowering if you like – just don’t prune Big Leaf varieties in late summer or fall as they bloom on “old wood” and set their spring blooms in late summer/fall. The Panicle varieties bloom on “new” wood” so you can prune them in fall/winter/early spring. Other than that they are easy and quite hearty!

  9. Very pretty! I love purple in my flowers too.. and have never had much luck with hydrangeas! Now that I live in a cooler and wetter climate, I’m going to try it again, as I know they grow profusely along the coast here in Oregon. Marilyn

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