in Chel’s garden : March, 2015

from the garden

a view of the end of the lanai…

Because the sun is direct and the weather is warm, the garden is very, very happy.

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white petunias

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bromeliad

The plants love the direct, hot sun and the ocassional rain. For some reason a good spring shower makes the plants happier than hose water. It’s like they haven’t been watered in 400 years, even though they get a good soaking every other day from the hose.  But after a spring rain? It’s something else. Of course, *too* much rain – that weird green fungus on top of the soil, which is definitely not good.

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chester, hoping for catnip

Chester also likes being out there. I have a lot of catnip growing so he loves that.

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chester, helping out

He also likes to hang out while I’m gardening, as long as the hose isn’t on. Then he runs away like crazy.

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white geraniums

The geranium seeds that I planted in fall have finally grown into full-sized plants and are blooming. The interesting thing is that I forgot which seeds I put in which planters (I’m so bad about using plant markers…) so every day I sort of run out there to see which geranium blossomed and what color it is.

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red geranium

I know red geraniums are, like, Gardening 101, but this is the first time I’ve gotten a red geranium from seed to seedling and then actually grow and bloom.

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coleus

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coleus

The coleus seedlings turned into plants and they are beautiful- I love the colors. The local nurseries carry coleus, but it’s always the same three varieties so this year I just ordered a bunch of seed varieties and hoped they would be as nice as the catalog photos. I really do love coleus… something about them. I just need to remember to keep them trimmed because when they get tall, they get like stalks with leaves only on the tops.

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succulents

Succulents in the shade. I kept them in the shade all winter and they seem to love it. I don’t understand that, but I think the cooler air might be drier, so they are less moist and that makes them happier than being in the bright sun but being damp all the time. It’s very humid here…

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petunia

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more petunias…

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even more petunias (love these blotched flowers…)

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petunias, again

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a lot of petunias

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purple petunia

Of course, there are the petunias…

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passiflora

I just placed a few orders with Park, Burpbee, and Garden Harvest for a few new seeds. I got some teddy sunflowers for the summer and some odds and ends flower seeds- more petunia, of course.

I also ordered two different varieties of tomato seeds (Salsa and Juliet), since the tomato plants we got from Home Depot last fall barely produce and the tomatoes are not particularly good.

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hibiscus

I also ordered a few live plants, which I rarely do anymore. I rarely buy plants at all, to be honest. Anyway, I’m going to give a hydrangea another try, this time in the shade. I also got an Appleblossom Geranium, which I had a few years ago and LOVED LOVED LOVED but it got over-wet during the following summer and perished- now I know to bring them under the roofline as soon as the weather changes. I also got a Lantana (Peach Bandana, I think?) and something else which I can’t remember so I guess it will be a surprise when I get the box.

I’m excited for them to arrive, but as soon as they do I ned to get on my game and get them repotted and in their spots. So I need to get ready for that.

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double petunia (orchid mist)

Thank you for checking out my little garden 🙂

 

Comments 2

  1. Misti wrote:

    I missed seeing your garden! The passiflora always make me happy to see. 🙂

    Posted 22 Mar 2015 at 10:33 pm
  2. chel wrote:

    aww, thanks! 🙂 The BIG Passiflora – the one that grew all over the “ceiling” of the lanai, is starting to get ready to bloom. I’m pretty psyched.

    Posted 24 Mar 2015 at 9:53 am

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