New Stuff in the Garden

I know I haven’t been posting much this summer. It has been a busy summer. My mom’s health hasn’t been that good, and also I finally got my little patio put it. I’ll take pictures of that later. I’m also going to get some real gates (I’ve had cattle gates for YEARS!) My good contractor Jay has been doing all this for me.

Here are some new things in the garden. I have reverted to putting things in pots again. Here’s a trio of pots.

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And here is the big plant a few weeks later:

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Here are some more potted plants:

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This begonia sits atop an oak stump. I haven’t had much luck here, but the begonia is doing great!

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Outside the fence I always look for plants that are deer resistant. I found this plant. And then I saw on Lori’s blog that she had a similar one and called it bee balm. Sure enough, I checked the label, and mine was bee balm too!

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Only one of my hydrangeas bloomed this year. I’m going to have to investigate and see if there’s a specific fertilizer that I need to put on them.

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My daisies are always pretty, but they are in the shade too much, and eventually they just fall over.

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The day lilies put on a good show this year. I’d like to get some more of them.

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And I had lots of oriental lilies all around my yard:

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One day I went to my local nursery looking for a few plants. They just didn’t have anything I wanted. So I stopped at Lowe’s (which I usually avoid) and they had some really pretty plants that were in good condition. I got two geraniums, and planted them in front of the blue salvia.

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And I got a really pretty heuchera. Once again, my garden is getting more and more shady, so I am turning this little bed into a shade bed.

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Here is something very interesting to me. I had a “Raspberry Dazzle” verbena from last summer. Because we had a mostly mild winter, it stayed alive. So I was super excited to see it bloom again. But it just sat there for the longest time. Just this week I went out and it was covered with blooms! Sometimes it pays to be patient in the garden.

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I just finished doing this. It was a big job. I’ve had ivy growing below this lace leaf Japanese maple almost as long as I had it. But this maple is fairly short, and I decided that the ivy detracted from it. So I spent several days pulling the ivy out. I am planning on getting some of my favorite corsican mint to plant underneath it.

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And to end, here’s a little chicken report. Did I already tell you that I got 8 baby chicks? What a mess! But finally they were old enough to move out to the big chicken house. All the literature warns that older hens can be quite hard on the baby chicks. So for a couple of weeks, they stayed in the big chicken house in their rabbit cage. And finally I took their rabbit cage out. They just didn’t know what to do with themselves! And they still haven’t gone outside. I’m not going to try to make them go out until they are ready. I don’t want any chicken massacres on my hands!

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5 thoughts on “New Stuff in the Garden

  1. Being patient, and putting plants in the right spot are keys for us. Trial and a lot of error over here, LOL. I love how the predominant colors in your garden are shades of pinks. 🙂

    Your chickens are so cute and boy are they sticking together!

  2. My hydrangeas didn’t bloom as much this year either – maybe they all went on strike? 🙂 Yay for baby chickens!! Hope your mom is feeling better.

  3. I think hydrangea like coffee grounds, look it up, but I am fairly sure.

    Sorry about your mom.

    I truly missed the garden pictures and chicken reports.

    There was a podcast on Sidehustle where someone had a business renting chickens. 6 mins at a time for people who wanted to try it. I think you get two chickens, coop and food.

  4. Being patient is so hard! I loves me some bee balm. The hummingbirds love it, as do the sphinx moths. Not to mention the bumblebees

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