Monday In Bloom

I couldn’t get a screenshot of the temperature as I was on the phone with my friend when I went out to take pictures, but it was in the low-mid 70s, and the humidity was decent.  It was a bright, sunny day and not uncomfortable to be out.  We haven’t gotten as much rain this week as last, so things have been a bit on the dry side.  I’ll probably be out there Monday morning watering away. 

Overall, things are still looking pretty good.  The landscapers shaved a bit too close with the weed whacker so the grass edge around my little fence is all dead.  It’s actually a little trench that was originally landscaped in, and sometimes I think I’d like to fill it with smooth rocks or something. 

Do you notice what’s missing?
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Still looking bright and lush!
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In case you didn’t know, coleus is mostly a shade plant.  My little garden patches face East, South East.  So we get some morning sun, and in the afternoon the front section gets some, but everything else is pretty much in the shade by then.  So, clearly the coleus have been a good choice, and they really seem to love this corner, which also happens to be the shadiest.
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Every time I see this pot, I think of a wedding gown.
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These mums are finally blooming.  They are indeed more of a rusty color and not the burgundy I was hoping for.  Oh well, at least it’s a pretty plant.  09-18-2016 GW20 (18)

For Ryan, at Stormbound Treehouse, this is what I was talking about last week when I said this plant matched the marigolds better than it matches the coleus.  Smile20160915_144643

Speaking of coleus (again!), can you believe how huge this thing is?! 
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The potato vine has lots of flower buds on it.  I’ve never seen it have so many!  I’m thinking it likes the shade more than the full sun I’ve been giving it each year when I buy it.  It’s vine-y, so I hung it, and the little tag thingy said it liked sun, but I’m thinking it only likes partial sun at best. 
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In case you didn’t notice what was missing in the first picture, here it is!  The hanging pot of sweet alyssum is no longer hanging.  The hanger rope broke when I was watering a couple days ago, just like its neighbor pot of potato vine did a few weeks ago.  So I guess I’m going to have to find a better hanging solution for these pots, or give up on the idea of hanging pots all together.  Yeah, I don’t like that last idea either!
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Still some lilies left on the plant!
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The lavender seems to be doing great.  I can’t recall how big they got last year (and seriously Vanessa, why do you take the pictures then?)  Okay just went to look back at last year’s pics, and the lavender, one of them anyway, did pretty well.  It made it through Winter but died in early Spring.  It was almost as big as this one, but that was in Week 28.  So, for all intents and purposes, this one seems to be doing better.  *fingerscrossed*
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Annnnd Autumn is fast approaching.  Thursday, at 9:21 AM CDT! 
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More snaps, yay!
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I simply adore this combination of the silvery Dusty Miller with the purple Sweet Alyssum.  It seems every pot that has one, also has the other.  While I was on the phone with my friend I just started snapping all of them.  I guess you could call it … Study in Silver and Sweet.  Open-mouthed smile

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So grows my garden this week!  How’s yours doing?  Are you getting ready for Autumn?

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