This year's flowers mainly have to grow in the ground. Zinnias, marigolds and nasturtium are doing well. I have 3 sprouts from the 6 seeds of hyacinth beans that I stole from someone else's plant last fall. None of the black eyed susan vine seeds sprouted and it has been 3 weeks. I don't have much hope for them. Those are in pots.
Met up with sis yesterday and she gifted me this Bougainvillea, Thai Delight. It's stunning and huge. I read that it's actually a sprawling bush and hardy in zone 9-11. I'm wondering if I could overwinter it, or take cuttings and propagate a new one. Ideas?
binnylou, I've been reading about it, apparently it can be overwintered indoors with minimal moisture and lots of sunlight. It's best to trim it back some, it's actually a hardy bush in warmer climates. It has thorns! Lots of them. The "blooms" are paper thin. And it is a woody plant. I might try propagating one in the hydroponic thing this winter.
I've been really good this year. The only plant I've bought is a Geranium. Now come fall I will be buying more bulbs. I cleaned out a patch in the garden of some overgrown stuff and thought that it would be a perfect spot for Tulips and Daffodils in the spring.
Blue Angel has gotten even bigger than the last picture! I coaxed Princess to sit there for size comparison. Of course it didn't hurt to have some fresh peas from the garden. She does sit and stay pretty well though. She is 60 lbs. and can't see over this monster!
Hubby took a tumble in to my flower garden yesterday. He was stepping up to enter through the barn door, some how missed the step. On his way to being horizontal, he took down the clematis trellis, wiped out the bloomin’ Rue, squashed the Russian Sage, and mangled a tomato cage that supported a dahlia. Thank goodness he missed the delphiniums!
He says he’s fine, incurred no injuries. All metal supports can be restored to good as new, I gave the dahlia a drink, told her that she’ll be fine. The clematis trellis was picked up and reinstalled. Some pollination may have happened during the event. The sage said “that was fun...let’s do it again”. As for the Rue, I was looking for a sheltered spot to plant the one remaining Castor Bean plant. Move over, Rue. You’re getting a new neighbor.
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