First sunflower bloom, Velvet Queen. Zinnias are starting to bloom, along with peach daylilies and asiatic lilies. About time for the garden phlox. Yesterday I noticed the wind on Tuesday night had snapped 2 large stalks off a hibiscus. But that's all the damage we had.
Love in the Mist is blooming thanks to the seeds Mumsey,provided a few years ago. They come back nicely every year. Shasta Daisies, a yellow Asiatic Lily and of course the Borage that reseeds itself everywhere. The bees love it so I leave plenty for them.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 14, 2022 15:29:39 GMT -5
Those Mexican sunflowers are blooming more now, but not as much as the zinnias. I probably should trim them, to make them bush out, but I hate trimming away flower buds! Something weird happened a couple of days ago, while I was snipping some okra in the morning (when that area is shaded) - a ruby throated hummingbird came up to feed on one of those, about a foot from my face, went to another one, then it was gone! I have been watching to see if it has been there since, but it hasn't, and I hadn't seen them in my garden before, either. A Mexican Sunflower, with a bumblebee flying away, that didn't want it's picture taken. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
What's a good remedy or preventative for the rust issue?
Hollyhock rust is specific to hollyhocks and the mallow family. I switched to resistant varieties and had better results. The following article, besides giving control methods, also lists some of the resistant varieties.
I have my first Hibiscus buds. I bought this plant last year and put it in the ground in the fall right up next to the house and covered it up real good with leaves and pine needles and it came back in the spring. It's pretty tall, taller than it was when I planted it that's for sure. Can't wait to see the flowers.
Liatris is finally blooming, the garden phlox seem slow but are showing promise! Speedwell is done, so cut the tops off, they will bloom a little more now, but not as much as initially. Cut the tops off the Sedum, apparently they won't fall over as much when they bloom if you do this in July. We'll see. Brown eyed Susans are blooming as well as some Sunflowers. Those things are 7 ft tall. I planted Teddy Bear sunflowers too, but apparently none grew. The seed was pretty old.