Monday, November 15, 2010

November Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Every month, on the 15th, garden bloggers take pictures of whats blooming in their garden. Its called the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Here are pictures from my garden.

Turk's Cap

Purple Wandering Jew


Agastache 'Heatwave'

Coral Nymph Salvia

Indigo Spires Salvia

Autumn Sage (salvia)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Flowers

Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are one of my most dependable perennials. They mainly bloom in spring, then rest for summer, then put on a few blooms in fall. This picture is one of my fall blooms. I started growing purple coneflowers about 2 years ago. My friend Kiki gave me some of her coneflowers when she divided them. Now I have plenty of coneflowers! I'm going to divide mine and give some to my aunt Kathy for Thanksgiving.

Here is a picture of my mums. They have more flowers on them than the last time I posted about them. I really like the color (deep red/maroon). The color is a bit washed out from the sunlight.

This is a picture of a seed head on my Gaillardia.

I love my Agastache 'Heatwave'. It has tons of flowers and the bees love it. I posted about this plant a few months ago, when I bought it from Lowe's. Its done well since then. I have two other kinds of Agastache (Ava and Acapulco Salmon/Pink). I bought those from High Country Gardens, a mail order nursery. They are growing well, but a little too small to photograph now. If you want to attract hummingbirds, plant Agastache!

This is my Turks Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii). This plant started as a cutting from LSU and I've been growing it for a few years. It has unusual flowers....they hang down towards the ground! This is a good plant for light shade and hummingbirds like this plant.

I'll close with a picture of my dog Max. Whenever I'm out in the garden, he follows me around and tries to eat bees. Of course, the bees are too fast and he never eats them. Every now and then a bee will sting him on the nose, but he doesn't learn to leave the bees alone.

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Plants

Today I went to our local plant nursery (Louisiana Nursery) and picked up a handful of clearance plants. I saw plenty of nice pansies and snapdragons, but didn't get any. I don't care too much for annuals; I usually only buy perennials.

This is a pretty red Gaillardia or Blanket Flower, as some people call it.

David wanted to buy a hibiscus and we were surprised to see all tropicals 80% off! The nursery had tons of double hibiscus but didn't have many single hibiscus left. Finally, we found a pretty yellow hibiscus and were able to buy it for a couple dollars. I plan on repotting it in a big pot and leave it in the greenhouse until next spring.

These plants are Giant Cigar plants (Cuphea melvillea). One is for me and one is for David's mom. I gave her a Giant Cigar plant two years ago for Mother's Day and now I think she needs a new plant. I planted my plant in full sun and hopefully it will take off and bloom for the hummingbirds next spring.

This is a plant I've been wanting for a while. Its a tall growing dianthus. I think the tag said it was an Amazon Neon Cherry dianthus. The butterflies love this plant! Since they are blooming now, the nursery had tons of these. I picked one that had not bloomed yet so I can enjoy the flowers at my house.

Here is another plant I love: Shasta Daisy 'Alaska'. This is a reliable perennial that can be divided and shared with friends. It loves full sun.

Dave loves the shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) and it was on clearance for $1.00! It looks sickly so I'm hoping a little fertilizer will help it out!