Today I am giving you the status of my garden 6/7/23.
I’ve just been out watering my plants with the sprayer. It doesn’t give them a deep drink, but it keeps the sun from drying out and weakening the plants.
Especially those just trying to establish a good root system.
The Purslane plant is spreading pretty fast, as this annual typically does. Above is a bloom that looks like it’s kissing the rusty blue rooster.
The zinnia seeds have germinated. As well as the bee garden seeds in both pots, if I can keep the squirrels from disrupting the seedlings.
The last seeds I planted were moon vine, and they haven’t germinated yet.
Almost everything I’ve planted seems to be in overdrive right now. The annuals as well as the perennials are growing upward and spreading.
The Monarda bee balm, speedwell, and tick seed that I ordered from Great Garden Plants are doing well. The other two, Lily Of The Valley and allium, aren’t doing much yet.
I have to keep telling myself that I ordered the perennials online and they came at a time when it was still pretty cold outside.
The allium I had at the other apartment spread quickly. But it was a gallon pot from Southwood and their plants in that size are usually quite healthy.
When I was at Southwood the last three times, I asked about the Lamb’s ear plant. I had this plant at my last apartment and it was abundant and beautiful.
But every time I seem to miss out. Last year I checked. And I’ve checked each time they tell me they might get a shipment in this year. But I guess I’ll just have to try again next year.
I haven’t been able to find it at any other nursery.
This is what the allium plant at my old apartment looked like just before blooming its round lavender blooms.
All the pots are filling out nicely. Just a week ago that wasn’t the case. But I’m sure you know that a lot can happen in a garden in a week’s time.
The ants are really bad this year. My cinnamon line trick is worthless when they are this prevalent.
The speedwell plant in this container has begun to bloom. But the other one had not when I checked it yesterday.
The Coneflower Plant:
The coneflower plant has put out more buds. I’m loving the cotton candy pink shade of the flowers.
The bud unfolds much like my Shasta daisy plant does. In fact, you can see the Shasta daisy plant just below the coneflower plant in the photo below.
I love how they open just a tiny bit at a time, as though each day you are getting a preview performance at the cinema.
This is the one plant, aside from the Shasta daisy, that I have had no success in getting through the winter here in a container.
I may have to plant them in the ground, which would give them a better chance.
The coneflower plant, or Echinacea, attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. The daisy-like blooms keep pollinators flying by all season long.
So this is one of many perennial plants that you may want to plant in your garden.