It’s a soggy Bloom Day here in Oklahoma. I can’t believe I just wrote those words. The last three years have been nothing but drought, but this year is a whole different animal. I hear from my friends in Seattle that they want their cool rainy season back. I promise we’ll only use it a little while. From the forecast, I think this will be the last of the rain for several weeks.
How about some containers for Bloom Day? Helen Weis from Unique by Design told me to take pictures because I rarely do. I guess I always see my containers in a state of flux, and I am never very pleased with them except at their beginnings and their finale. When Helen visited last week, she also gave me a few pruning tips for containers. Basically, you must prune some things to give other stuff sunlight to grow. Why didn’t I think of that?
For the containers, I did everything in shades of red, hot pink, silver and blue this summer. I’m also growing three blueberry plants in containers with flowers too. I’m trying a raspberry. It’s not too happy so far. The hanging basket above wasn’t either when I returned from San Francisco. My drip irrigation system for the pots went on strike while I was gone. So, I lost a few plants and clipped back others. Bill and I fixed the system, and I went sale shopping. I added a few things here and there where stuff died. It will take the season to catch up, but that’s okay.
That’s the thing about gardening. Grasshoppers munch your dahlias. Your lilies aren’t as big this year as last. The expensive daylilies rot where they’re planted while the cheap ones bloom forever. Life happens. You can’t get too wrapped up in this plant or that. Unless you paid a ton of money for a tree or shrub, remember that plants are pretty much disposable–especially if they’re annuals or short-lived perennials like Gaillardias. It took me years to get this so I understand if you’re not with me.
Plants are living things, and sometimes, no matter what you do, they die.
It’s okay. Really. Just look to another part of the landscape and enjoy it while you rehab the affected area.
There are years I’m grateful anything blooms. This summer, so far, has been quite wonderful and nothing like the last two years. Plants are so robust they are muscling each other out of the way.
Daylilies are having wonderful rebloom, and some of the reds are just now starting to really get going. My reds tend to be on the late side. I wish the daylily club could have visited last week when all of the daylilies were blooming themselves silly. Daylilies are wonderful plants for the south. I wouldn’t grow them in a cool climate because they would have trouble opening, but in my hot one, they outperform a lot of other plants. They are also quite happy with grasses, perennials, trees and shrubs, native or not. My garden is a mix of what works here. It’s not like anyone else’s garden, and yours shouldn’t be either. Ignore fashion. Grow what you like.
I like perennial hibiscus. Life is too short for drudgery. Have fun.
How could you not like Hemerocallis ‘North Wind Dancer?’ It truly dances in the wind, and the little green frogs love the protection of daylily blooms. I find them every morning resting there.
Here is my attempt at better plant symmetry. I must confess symmetry often eludes me, but I try. This path is getting better. I love the arbors painted green and the chairs painted purple. I am no longer afraid of color, and I am glad.
I’ll leave you with a shot of Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky which has never been very pink. However, it is lovely where it sits, and I don’t care about the color. It took years to get established because it was a small trial plant.
Now that I finally got my bloom day post up and running, I want to thank Carol from May Dreams Gardens for continuing this wonderful exercise the 15th of each month. It’s fun to see plants in others’ gardens and wonderful to see year-to-year what’s blooming in mine. Happy Bloom Day!