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    bwatcher
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    I have way more flowers this year than I have ever had before. My big flower bed is now minus the huge maple tree. I was curious what would grow if it got sunlight. It’s now a bed full of pink! coneflowers and phlox. Amazing what a little sunlight will do for a flower bed.

    I had fun with the pots this year. My potatoes and amaryllis bulbs are behind that white cart I got from the nursing home.

    I never planted any of these red poppies, they just come up on their own.

    My red maple used to be down by the round corner, so hopefully next year I will have even more flowers in that area. The only thing I planted in this flower bed this year is a balloon flower down by the corner. I figure if it could make it through the winter in a plastic pot, it deserved a place in my flower bed.

     


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    growingranny_va_z7
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    OH MY!! You have some gorgeous flowers there! Amazing what a difference it makes when they get more sun and they aren’t competing with tree roots for water and nourishment.


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    Sandy K.
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    Beautiful beds Mary B be very proud of them and yes your right its amazing what so sun light can do for the garden . So glad you got the tree down and out of that garden .

    Sandyk


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Your sun garden is beautiful, Mary!  Your pots are looking great as well.  I love the color combination of the plants by your side deck.  Is that Monarda and Golden Glow?  How do you keep your hollyhocks looking so nice?  I have one bug that eats the leaves and another that eats the flowers.  Thanks for the pics.  Charlene


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    MDgreenery
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    Oh my goodness, where do I begin. You have such pretty flowers, bwatcher. I’m curious as to what or how many of those plants you had blooming/growing when the Maple tree was there?

    On your 3rd picture down, can you tell us what the bluish/purple plant is blooming in the center of what looks like your porch? Your Hollyhocks are absolutely dreamy looking. And you have poppy growing w/o any effort…I’m so envious.

     


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    bwatcher
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    Charlene, The ones on the south side of the house are getting eaten up. The leaves look like lace.

    I think my earwig count is getting out of hand. I haven’t made any effort to get rid of them this year. Last year I went out with a flashlight with a plastic 4 cup measuring cup with a handle. I put a cup of cold water with dish soap in it. I would get 100s every night. One night I lost count at 1,000. There were at least 5 on each coneflower head. I used to use hot water and that would kill them, but when the water got to cool it wouldn’t kill them anymore. I would have to come back inside to get more hot water. I would dump the measuring up of dead earwigs on the cement and the robins would eat them the next morning. They won’t eat the ones with the dish soap.

    I don’t spray any flowers as I have had hummingbirds, many butterflies, and the hummingbird moths in my flower beds.

    Miracle Grow for blooming plants is some great stuff. I know that’s why my colors are so vibrant. I fed it to all of these in-ground plants this spring and again about a month ago. The potted plants just got another dose this past week.

    The ones in the bag hanging on the center of the deck rail are a purple/lavender variegated petunia.

    The pots hanging off the top of the deck rail are (Left) Mexican Heather with the same petunias as the bag below them, (R) is a Mermaid Blue Lisianthus with a vinca that gets little lavender flowers.


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    bwatcher
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    Charlene, the red is the Monarda but the yellow I don’t remember what it is. I got it in Decorah at the Lady Bug Greenhouse years ago. I’ll have to get a picture and post it.


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    Gayle
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    Wow, they are beautiful.  All of them.

    As my Mimosa gets bigger & bigger in the back yard I have less & less sun there & I didn’t have a lot to start with because of the surrounding woods.  Some of the plants are starting to suffer but tree is too big ( and too pretty) to take out & plants also too big to move.  Besides not really enough sunny places to  move them to so they will just have to ADAPT.  LOL


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    iris43
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    Beautiful, beautiful gardens!  I love them all…the poppies, the purple coneflowers, the mixed garden and your hanging pots.  The hollyhocks are definitely dreamy as MDGreenery stated.  Your property looks great!

    I have a big problem with earwigs too.  They are not only ugly but a real nuisance, too.


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    SunshineNY6
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    Mary they are all beautiful. I had a big tree taken down this year. Next year I’m hoping to see a difference.


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    Stelios
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    Wow….what a great display of pretty plants.  Everything looks so lush and green.  Looks like you put a lot of work into your garden.


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    bwatcher
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    The flower beds are all perennials. I deadhead the plants that need it when the time comes. I have a Miracle Gro feeder for my garden hose. I pulled some weeds this summer that I’ve never had before. I think it’s because the tree is gone now and these seeds needed hot sun to germinate. When I have new seed from my plants I just give them a fling with my hand and that’s how I plant. If I want some seed moved to a different spot I just take it to where I want it. That’s how I got the hollyhocks out in front of the house. The coneflowers and phlox seed themselves. I will have to bring some of the poppy seeds from the east side of the house over to the south side and give them a fling. I also noticed that none of  my pink or yellow foxglove came up this year. I’ll have to get some more seeds out and do some seeding yet this summer. I also saw that my allium out front didn’t come back and neither did most of my tulips and hyacinth. These are all bulb items. My daffodils put up leaves but I didn’t get any flowers. With the nasty winter and spring I’m surprised I even had plants.


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    flowerpowerz5
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    Your gardens look beautiful also. I love all the phlox.


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    takyslaky
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    Wow.  They are gorgeous bwatcher.  Isn’t it great that we can keep adding year after year and voila look what transpires?  Beauty in our yards.  Good job on those gardens.



    tealbirdIA_Z4
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    Thanks for sharing these pix today! alma


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