Oh! Hydrangeas…how I love thee!!

I never met a hydrangea I did not like. Hydrangeas amaze me . I love that they are bold and beautiful.  I am so happy that  in Tulsa, Oklahoma that we can grow them.  Every year I add a different variety to our garden.

Here are ours in the back yard just starting to start their performance.

It seems they can not decide which  color they want to be.

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hydrangeas15And only 10 days later they still can’t make up their mind – same hydrangea plant as in the photo above. Now the pinks are turning lavender and then to blue.

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My favorite is the blue and I love to cut them for indoor arrangements.

I love them in our kitchen

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On our island

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In our living room

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On our dining room buffet

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Greeting you in our foyer

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or on a side table

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Seriously! Are they not incredible?? Do you love them as much as I do?

 

Wild and Crazy Saturday Night

I guess we’re getting old! Our big Saturday night plans were to  go to another herb and plant festival.  And you know how we love to buy plants!! We try to buy those plants that we have never seen or used before. We also enjoy talking to the vendors because they share their knowledge and love for the plants. Other than the rosemary we bought the other plants we had never tried. After our plant purchases, we stopped for a light dinner and spent the evening planting. Wild and Crazy Saturday Night!!!

I had to do my research on these plants and here is what I found.

Bunnytail Grass – we had never seen this plant before but I am quite jazzed about it.  It is said to be a sought-after grass, producing the familiar “bunny tails” that are so beloved by flower arrangers. Plants are reliable and uniform – perfect for pots or informal borders. Height is 8″ and is a perennial. (information and photo from sutton.com)
I wish we had got more!!

Red Veined Sorrel – we were told to plant this where the sun could back light it to show off the red veins of the plant. Also, this herb is good in salads and soups as it has a lemon flavor.

Blackfoot Daisy – A low, round, bushy plant with flower heads of 8-10 broad white rays surrounding a small yellow central disk. Plains blackfoot or blackfoot daisy is a low, bushy, mounded perennial, 6-12 in. tall and twice as wide. It is covered with narrow leaves and 1 in. wide, white, daisy-like flowers.  These honey-scented flower heads are solitary and terminal on slender stalks. At first glance, Blackfoot Daisy appears to be the twin of White Zinnia , but flower heads of the latter species have 4-6 broad white rays and a narrow base of several overlapping scales. Both may be found in the same habitat, but the range of White Zinnia does not extend as far south as Blackfoot Daisy. (Information taken from: wildflower.org)

Pink Bee Balm – this little plant looks like nothing right now so I am anxious for it to grow and bloom because the “blossoms look awesome” – ha a little rhyme!! This plant is also a pollinator which is pretty dang important in a garden.!

African Blue Basil –  is a shrubby type basil plant which can get up to 4 feet high and across. It has lovely pink flowers and a deep musky clove flavor. The leaves are green on top, purple underneath. More ornamental than culinary, this plant has a great scent, is easy to grow and the flowers are just gorgeous! A very nicely scented plant that will draw bumble bees to the garden. (information taken from www.tastefulgarden.com)

Pear Tomatoes – never planted this variety. It will be fun to experiment.

I got up this morning  with coffee cup in hand to check on all the plants – I was secretly hoping they had doubled in size!! I must be an impatient gardener!!

Enjoy your Sunday!! Come back and visit soon.

Debra

Local Herb & Plant Festivals

I love to go to outdoor plant festivals and attended two of them this weekend. The best thing about these festivals is that you are able to buy plants you that you will not find at the nurseries. Last year I bought mostly perennials  and although you pay more for them compared to the annuals they have now paid for themselves this year. You only have to plant once and hey come back every year. It works well for me! But there are still annuals you must have.

Orange Geraniums

Love Sweet Peas!

Fendler’s Aster – I am going to give these a try.

The leaves look almost like asparagus fern and the flower like a wispy daisy.

I bought a lot of succulents last year and loved them.  Trying new ones that I have not seen  in nurseries.

Tomato & Squash Plants already with blossoms

 I love these African baskets. They are so thick and sturdy. I  really would love to own one. I think it would be so much fun to carry to all the Farmers Market that start next week.

Aren’t the colors wonderful? Love that lime green one.

Great for storage also

I did not buy pregnant onions – but aren’t they interesting?

Look at all the different mints…………..makes me want to make a mojito!!

We have had a very stormy weekend here in Oklahoma.  Tornados in many areas of our state.  But during the day it was perfect weather other than the wind. Our storm arrived about 6 am with lots of lighting, thunder and pouring rain. Thunder freaks our dogs out and  they jump in our bed and shake. Big babies!! But now I must wait for the ground to dry out a bit before I put my new plants in the ground!! Can’t wait to see their grand production of flowers this summer!

Thanks for visiting. Hope you all are having a great weekend.

Debra

Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers! Picking the Perfect Plants for Pots

The nurseries here in Oklahoma are filling up by the day. I am so excited! I can spend hours visiting nurseries and picking out the perfect plants to plant. Or I can just go to a nursery and buy nothing. Something about plant nurseries just turn me on! I especially love the impact that pots make to the overall visual interest of landscapes.

Have you heard of the expression “Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers“? It is the way to plant  pots that produce the “wow” factor.  The “thriller” is your tallest plant in the pot, the “filler” is the plant is what takes up the horizontal movement of the pot and the “spiller” is self explanatory……….it falls over the edge of the  pot. Using the method is very pleasing to the eye!!

The pampas grass is the “thriller”, the coleus is the “filler” and the sweet potato vine is the “spiller”. This would be an easy pot to duplicate. Also, what is pleasing to the arrangement is the color choices as they all are in contrast with each other which makes more of an impact.

Oh!! I love this arrangement. Petunias, sweet potato vine and money wort.  That urn is not bad either!!

 I love to see caladiums anywhere – especially in this urn they are special with the angel wing begonias.

 

 

This is a beautiful urn with pampas grass, purple lantana, and sweet potato vine with its lime green contrasting color.

 

 Source: Pinterest

 Source: Houzz

 Source: Houzz

Source: Houzz

Oh me! How I love Angel Trumpets. If you have never had one, you need to! We had some in Houston that were in the ground and they became enomrous! The come in white, pale pink and yellow. As the name implies the flower is a long trumpet. I have not had one in my yard for 2 years now – think I will get one for here in Tulsa and put it in a pot because sadly it will not winter here.

 Yellows and purples are great for landscaping. Anything opposite on the color wheel has a big impact in the garden

 

 source: Provenwinner.com

 source: Proven Winner

I hope these photos have got you excited.  Your pampas grass and cannas look to be great thrillers. The petunias, coleus and impatients your fillers. While either your money wort or sweet potato vine your spiller. Sweet potato vine can be pinched off and can be easily rooted in water. Also, one thing to consider when buying your plants for container they need to have similar water needs.

Loving Fall!

I love everything about fall! It is the most therapeutic season there is for me, especially after our hot summer with almost 33 days in a row of over 100! We had days where it reached 114 degree here in Tulsa, Oklahoma! It was grossly hot. Our water bill would make my eyeballs pop when I would open the envelope – and then their was the electrical bill! But that all is in the past – now we focus on fall and all it’s glory.  

Now that we have more reasonable temperatures our plants are coming back alive. My lavender plants finally bloomed and they are gorgeous and the smell is breathtaking! The hydrangeas got out of their droopy stage. Oh are they not beautiful???

Our Rose of Sharon Tree  finally shows her glory. I love their bloom and look at those precious little buds.

 

This is our Blue Butterfly Bush – and it’s name says it all! Butterflies feast on it all day! I was lucky enough to capture this beautiful blue and black butterfly. This plant or shrub will die back in the winter and come back in the spring – but in late summer it starts showing off big time with its lavender plumes of color.

Our May Night Salvias even decided to bloom again in the cooler temps. The yellow flowers are Gailardias – I was not able to plant them when we lived in Houston but here in Tulsa I am going to give them a try. They are a perennial plant which  I try to plant most of the time. They cost you more when you buy them but they pay you back year after year!!

Not everything is blue in our garden – even our angel wing begonias stressed during the heat but came back alive with the cooler temps.

This is Autumn Joy Sedum which I have planted in a pot – it totally dies back in the winter – comes back during the summer but its flower appears late summer. Right now all sorts of creatures are enjoying the smorgasbord of delight!! It is worth planting this sedum just to watch all the visitors it gets during the day.

The leaves from our Japanese maple are the most gorgeous red!

and when they fall in the green fescue lawn with leaves from other trees it is a beautiful arrangement of fall!!

or when it finally rains and their beautiful red color is such an accent on our wet deck.

Of course I love the pansies, mums and oh my gosh – the pumkins!! Are they not wonderful? Isn’t it a shame we can only display them just a little over 2 months??

I wish I could say these next pictures were part of our Fall display at our  house ………….but it is at the Bellagio in Vegas!! Over the top but I love all of it!! But it hard to capture good pictures because of all the people who are also enjoying their gardens. Every season is an incredible display at the Bellagio.