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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Flower Garden: June


Welcome to the June garden.
Caladiums grown from bulbs and an asparagus fern liven up
 an old plastic planter I painted green.


Begonias were added to this planter of caladiums.


Petunias are my favorite annual. 
When they get "leggy" simply cut them back and they will bloom once again. 
They take our heat very well.



Bee Balm is blooming in the middle of the flower garden. 
It is invasive as are many of my perennials.
Bee Balm attracts hummingbirds and butterflies so I do not mind it's spreading.
I like my perennials cosy together.
 Wink.


The Nikko Blue Hydrangeas that I propagated desperately need to be moved to a shady spot. 
It is now too late to do that. 
I will move them in the fall.

The flower garden went from part shade to full afternoon sun 
with the loss of our 30 year dogwood tree in the ice storm. 

Gardens are about patience, change, life, and loss.


happy gardening
Olive


36 comments:

  1. LOVE,LOVE your caladiums and asparagus fern. The green and white ones always look so fresh and cool. I should try Bee Balm again. I tried it many years ago and it got mildew. Maybe there's mildew resistant kind now. Thanks for the garden inspiration.

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  2. I love your plant choices. I am not sure if I can grow hydrangeas here in Texas. Maybe on the back porch in pots?

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  3. Olive, Your garden is looking wonderful. Love all the potted plants too. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful month so far. xoxo,Susie

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  4. I love the Caladiums Olive and especially the green and mostly white ones that you have shown. For us though they are indoor houseplants, they would not survive the winter out of doors here. I always think of them as angels wings.

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  5. Such lovely garden photos! I LOVE gardens, but it's not my calling. I so admire your talent. Hope your plants do okay with the sun!

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  6. I'm dealing with the same kind of change in light and shade, as that big limb we lost on the maple provided a lot of shade! I'm watching to see what thrives and what might have to be moved. Lovely plants, Olive!

    xo
    Claudia

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  7. So envious of your behaving hydrangea acting like a proper hydrangea unlike mine. Save me some bee balm if you are giving any away. Scout has destroyed a perennial bed searching for lizards. We had to cut out more damaged trees yesterday -when will it end?

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  8. Your flowers are so pretty. I have planted several Caladiums and white petunias also this year.

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  9. Oh, I fully agree with your assessment about gardens at the end of your post. Yours are really lovely.
    Brenda

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  10. My Grandmother gave me some of her caladiums that have a pink tint in them. I don't think I've ever had any Bee Balm. I love the deep purple color.

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  11. Everything is beautiful. Your garden sure is filling in. Pinning!!

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  12. Beautiful Olive!! We lost a white birch last year...it was my favorite tree:(

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  13. Lovely photos . . . Lovely gardens . . . I like my perennials and annuals mixed up, almost holding tight to one another. I figure if they get way to close to one another I can split them up and introduce them to another spot . . . Reminds. Me, I need to snap some pictures of my garden work today.

    I liked the 'wink' . . .

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  14. Bee balm and hydrangeas. What could be lovelier. xo Laura

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  15. I sure hate that you lost your dogwood tree. Are you going to try to plant another one? Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. They are so showy and beautiful and make nice arrangements for inside, fresh or dried. Enjoy your week my friend! Hugs!

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  16. Your plants are always so pretty and healthy looking. I have some petunias on my back deck. Guess I need to cut them back soon since they're starting to get leggy. I always fear doing that. I feel like I'm butchering it! But, I will take your advice. Aren't perennials the best?!

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  17. Your garden is looking really pretty! The only thing that has bloomed in my garden were the iris. Every thing is late this year but it is all green and growing nicely.

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  18. Your last sentence really touched me. We lost a huge oak in our front yard a few years ago, thankfully it fell away from the house. I missed the tree, hated all the sun blinding me through the windows and having to see the neighbor's home across the street!

    The bee balm looks interesting...I'll remember what you've said about it being invasive. And I didn't know that about cutting back petunias. Thanks for the advice!

    XO,
    Jane

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  19. Olive - your plants all look so good! Love the combination of caladiums, fern and begonias. Really pretty? Our hydrangea is not blooming yet - it is big and green but not blooming yet. Something to look forward to.

    Judy

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  20. Olive- My goodness- what a gorgeous garden you have. What a change in growing conditions when you lose a tree...or when one grows and shades a previously sunny area. Gardening is forever changing, isn't it? xo Diana

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  21. Your garden is gorgeous! Love the bee balm. I need to pick one of those up. I have the perfect place for it to take off on its own.

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  22. What delightful photos Olive! Your garden looks so inviting....
    Love your last sentence too :-)

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  23. So beautiful Olive......yes, gardens are a parable about our lives, aren't they..so much to learn there...
    Love, Mona

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  24. Gorgeous garden!

    Mine irises are blooming everywhere!
    www.myclevelandmom.com

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  25. oh man, i totally agree about the patience and change. it seems like many staples did not make it through our winter. we have been pretty lucky, and i have to say that after 7 years i finally think my front flower beds are thriving and need no more intervention or tweaking from me. just pruning and dead heading, which is fine. yay!

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  26. Your garden looks lovely! I had bee balm at our old house at one time ~ a red one that I had planted with Shasta daisies at the front of our house. It made for a striking planting to have the red and white together en masse. I love the purple one.

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  27. Great idea to paint the pot! Looks great. Yes, what you said about the garden. Always evolving, an ongoing process.

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  28. Your plants all look so healthy and beautiful. I've had the worst luck with hydrangeas. Don't know if it's our soil or the light (lack of? too much?) or what. I really need to add Bee Balm to my butterfly garden. It's so beautiful!

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  29. My bee balm seems to of died out..guess I need to replant. Love the whites and greens together. Thinking of adding more whites to my hosta bed.

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  30. I love caladium - such fascinating leaves. I get the invasive bee balm thing - I just pull what I don't want.

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  31. Your garden is looking beautiful, Olive. I like the planter with the soothing greens and then the wonderful colours elsewhere. I hope your hydrangeas don't mind all that sun.

    Karen

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