Monday, June 21, 2010

Cutting back Lemon Balm, Misc. Pots for Blooming Tuesday

It's time for Bloomin' Tuesday, hosted by Jean.  The lnk to her blog is in the sidebar.  First, I want to show how the lemon balm was threatening to take over the vegetable garden, and making entering it a bit difficult.  That's Spooky Dianthus in the tub.


I got the lemon balm cut back, and it will bush out again in a few weeks.  That's mint in the red tub, with sweet pea blooms leaning into it. 


Butter and eggs and nasturiums are in the tub next to the mint, with more nasturtiums, strawflowers, and sweet potato vines in the double tub.


K.J., our grandson picked out this yellow blooming flower I can't think of the name of, when he went with me to get some plants, and he and I planted this pot together.  The little bench thing is the one I took from the curb when someone in the neighborhood had it out for garbage collection.  These are across the driveway from the other pots. That's a verbena next to the yellow blooms.


These pots are just outside the back door.  I hope to have a nice harvest of sweet potatoes to eat.  I like to grow herbs just outside the door as well as in the herb garden.


This is taken to the north, on the same sidewalk as the previous pots.


This is back south.  I really like that blue star shaped flower.  I'll try to find the tag in the morning.  I've never seen it before that I know of.


I see these pots out the kitchen window.  The big bushy plant in the back of the left pot is salvia, 'Black and Blue'.


I didn't get a good photo of the lantana.  The bushy small white blooms of the euphorbia, 'Diamond Frost' have been part of my garden the last few years.  I sure enjoy them.  I like the summer long blooms of vincas, too.  Heidi is not allowed on the furniture in the house, but she has laid claim to this glider, which sometimes bugs me, because if we get on it, she thinks she has to join us.  Sometimes there's not room.


Here are some shade plants in the sheltered part of the deck.  I had just planted the angel wing begonia on the left.  Look, the holiday cactus, 'Naomi' is blooming!


The oxalis looked like it may not survive when we put them out after spending winter in the house, but are filling out nicely, and blooming.


I have an orange begonia like this, too, that I didn't get a good photo of.


The pots of lavender that barely survived in the egress window well, are all blooming.  The 'Jacob Kline' monarda is blooming, too.


I got some more flowers at the farmer's market to put in some bare spots.  K.J. helped me "plant" them.


Here's a closer view of them.  They were made from can lids.  What a fun way to reuse things!  When I showed our son, I said that in the past, I would not have used fake flowers like I did.  He said that silk flowers are artificial.  These are obviously decorations.  That's a good point.  It  made me fell better anyway.  They were priced reasonably, so I got 5 of them.


We got over 2.5 inches of rain over the last few days.  It was nice to see the sun today.  Happy first (or second by the time Tuesday gets here) day of spring!

22 comments:

  1. What a lovely garden. Enjoyed seeing each individual plants and still wondering how beautiful they look (lol)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. All of your plants are doing so well! Is Lemon Balm edible? What does it taste like?

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  3. Your Lemon Balm is huge! Miss Hiedi looks very handsome sitting in her glider! With a face like that how could you refuse? I love all your wash tub planters--especially that double one. The flowers made from cans look really cute. It always amazes me how creative people can be. I like your little garden helper K.J. That's the best!

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  4. Hello,
    I love your pots, so many and different.
    Good-looking dog.
    Very beautiful garden, and so many flowers.

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  5. Great selection and imagination of containers. Amazing! Claudia http://gardeningnaturallywithclaudia.blogspot.com

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  6. I love your eclectic assortment of containers, they really add a nice bit of whimsy to your garden. :)

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  7. Heidi looks like a queen on her glider. beautiful flowers you have and what a cute little grand son. we are expecting our first grandchild in july. i can't wait.

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  8. First off, let me say your grandson is a real cutie. I think he looks so serious in the photo where he is mowing the lawn! I bet he is a big helper.

    I too, love all of the containers you used for your plantings. Your flowers and wonderful. We have only lived in our house for about a year, so my garden is just getting started. I have planted a lot of perennials, so I expect next year will be great!

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  9. Heidi looks right at home on your shady deck, doesn't she? I enjoyed seeing this part of your garden, with all the different containers. Those little flowers made of the metal lids are really cute too. What a great way to recycle.

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  10. I don't think I've ever grown lemon balm. I'll bet is smells good.

    I love all your ideas for planters. The coal shuttle is great. I need to find one to use.
    Marnie

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  11. How cute is your little grandson, Ican't wait for mine to be big enough to wield a watering can (he's only 3 months now I'll have a while to wait!)

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  12. I just love your creative use of different containers...fantastic way to recycle and they all look so adorable. Your garden is just lovely...oh and please don't ever put that lemon balm in the ground...in fact..if it even flowers it could be trouble..I love lemon balm..and put one little plant in about 2 years ago..will the wind grabbed the seeds and BAM..I'm pulling up tons of seedlings even in the gravel driveway....I keep saying I'm going to yank it all out..alas I've not yet done it..gluten for punishement I guess..lol Thanks for sharing..

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  13. Love all the old pots and washtubs you use for planting. You must spend a lot of time watering them all. Great combinations in them. Jean

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  14. You must spend all your time in your yard.....It Is Beautiful...
    your little Grandson is a cutiepie....he is realy growing too.
    Prayers, Bo

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  15. Just stoppin by from bloomin' tuesday and I must say you have the most creative container gardens I have ever seen. Very inspiring and everything looks great. Happy Gardening.

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  16. Thank you so much for the lemon balm tea recipe! I think I'll try to grow it next year. We have spearmint growing, so we will definitely try that mint tea!

    When we received the Raspberry plant from Gurney's it was about a foot and a half tall. It was literally just a stick, and we planted it and it started growing leaves right away. Frankly, we did not think we would get fruit at all this year, but we see there are 3 more raspberries growing!

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  17. Love all your fun containers!

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  18. I loved seeing all of your blooms around your patio and in all of the containers! That's the next thing on my list is to start filling containers (because I'm running out of garden space!!).

    Happy Gardening~

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  19. I loved seeing all of your blooms around your patio and in all of the containers! That's the next thing on my list is to start filling containers (because I'm running out of garden space!!).

    Happy Gardening~

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  20. You have such a beautiful garden. I just love all your different pots ... so perfect!

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  21. Hi Kristen,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Do you have a blog or website? There was no link on your name for me to go there.

    Thanks to the others who left comments, too. I think I made it to all of your blogs to return the visit.

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