Summer Heat Is Upon Us

Just in the last few weeks, summer in the shape of heat has arrived. It really isn't a great time to plant once it's hot. So hopefully you have your gardens planted before the heat becomes too intense for the roots to establish.



This is the first bloom of the season for the wild morning glory I must have hauled over from the rent house last year in a pot of something else. Its leaves are a mottled gray and green.


My cone flowers are doing well that I planted last year. I just love this color. I have another cone flower that is white. 

It was planted over by the seating area and didn't get as much sun, so the other day I moved it over here to the area where I have this one. It is far behind the orange one in size.





Does anyone know what this pink flower is? I've forgotten. Reminds me a bit of scabiosa. But I don't think that's what it is.



What's growing in your garden right now? Is everything beginning to bloom, or are your flowers just now budding out?

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  1. Your patio is so pretty, so serene. I do like the pink coneflowers. My garden is doing great, but I am afraid the grasshoppers are going to get it. I planted blue morning glories on the west fence of my vegetable garden, along with lilies, marigolds, lamium, and zinnias. The morning glories are just starting to vine, I hope to see them blooming, not just eaten by grasshoppers. One of the lilies I planted is almost 6 foot tall, and is blooming with the prettiest purple lilies. It was sure a surprise. I have had it for about 5 years, and moved it three times. It has gotten way taller this time. Must be the right soil.

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    1. Wow, a lily six feet tall! I've never heard of that.

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    2. Last year the big lily was about 4 foot tall, and it didn't bloom. I moved it this year, pretty late, it was about 2 1/2 feet tall then, it kept growing and it now blooming. It really was a surprise.

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    4. I've seen some pretty miraculous results simply by moving the plant to a different location.

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  2. It's hot here, too...well, humid more than hot. Our blooming season has had a slow start. My daylilies are just starting to bud, morning glory has just poked out of the ground. I am still waiting on everything else. It was a cold, cold winter. I think some of my flowers are still sleeping! Hopefully, the heat wakes them up!

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    1. You'll be up to where mine are in about a month I bet.

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  3. my red and white geraniums are doing great.. they are in front in a decorative welcome planter..
    squash tomatoes and cucumbers have lots of blooms and I've picked 8 cucs already.
    lost my marigolds and begonias:( just too hot here and hose watering isn't like rain- which we've had almost none of... grrrr front plants and schrubs will have to wait till early fall to be planter..
    your garden looks great and I'm jealous of all the shade you have:)

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    1. Yeah, water is far different from rain to those plants.

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  4. No flowers for me this year. I moved some houseplanet out on the patio and they are thriving. I enjoy looking at the photos of your garden. xo Laura

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    1. At least your house plants will be lush in the fall.

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  5. The flower is Bee Balm or Monarda...I love it...My Daylilies are blooming, as is most all of my summer stuff. It is glorious!!!!

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    1. I know the bloom looks like that. But the ones I've had were tall. This plant is very compact and small.

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    2. I looked online and there are comoact varieties of bee balm though I was also unfamiliar with them. Yours is lovely no matter the species!

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    3. Well, then maybe it is. The flower sure does resemble bee balm.

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    4. Yes, they now have dwarf types!

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    5. Yes, your plant is Monarda (bee balm) and comes in a taller variety that gets 3' tall and a shorter in 12 to 18" tall.

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  6. Very humid here too. My daises are blooming now and a few of my hostas are flowering. Your garden is lovely.

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    1. My daisies are hit and miss. They don't seem to like the heat.

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    1. I have to enjoy it now. It won't look like this in a month!

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  8. Love it. Your garden is beautiful. I am jealous. I love the cone flower. I have always loved them. Yours are beautiful. There are some planted on the property. They planted them late last year. Even now they don't look as pretty as yours. I wonder if they aren't getting enough sun. The are under an awning trellace type thing by the new fire pit. I walked over last week for photos but they were barely blooming. I'll have to try again. Thanks for sharing your lovely flowers. Have a good week.

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    1. I just moved the other cone flower I have, which is white. It wasn't getting enough sun and is not even half the size of my orange one.

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  9. Kathy is correct, the flower is Bee Balm. Your's is a beautiful color.I have red Bee Balm which is just now blooming outside my kitchen window. It attract's a ton of hummingbird's.I didn't plant much, but with all the rain my perennial garden's are flourishing. I have the purple and white Coneflower but your salmon colored one is BEAUTIFUL . Have a great day, TT

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    1. I had never seen a cone flower this color when I found it last year. Just HAD to have it!

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    2. I am in love with it, too! Orange flowers are soooo appealing.

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  10. Your flowers are beautiful! I did a google search and your pink flowers look like a flamingo plant or a waratah, which is a native of Australia.

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    1. I'll have to look up photos of those. I don't think it is bee balm, though the flowers look a lot like them.

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  12. Is that plant wild bergamont(sp?) I thought it might be a flamingo plant at first but I think it is a bit "frothier" than the flamingo plant. Your pictures are all great, Brenda. xo Diana

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  13. Another vote for Bee Balm...

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  14. I have followed your lead and put a few more plants in pots for my deck. A few ferns etc. Our weather has been dry and unseasonably hot. Not used to that type of weather, but have been working in the yard and cleaning up the winter and spring messes.

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    1. My ferns did great in East TX. Ferns like a lot of water and shade.

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  15. One of my daisies is about to bloom! It was a clearance plant and I'm so happy it's doing well. I got a late start so only have a few plants but I'm happy I have those this year!!
    hugs
    Linda

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    1. Since childhood, daisies have always been my favorite.

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  16. I agree with the ladies who say Bee Balm..one of my favorites here in red and purple..my hostas are sending up their flower stems getting ready to bloom..I have petunias, sweet william, geranium, clematis, marigold, rose campion, spiderwort, coral bells,sedum, hens and chicks and other succulents and anything else I may have forgotten..Your garden is always gorgeous Brenda..I hope you are getting to sit out a bit to enjoy it..I just love that newer color of coneflower that you have..Coneflower is something that I've been wanting to add for a while..

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    1. I don't have hen and chicks this year. For some reason they don't grow well for me.

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  17. I am trying to get a container garden started...the wind has been blowing so much here, I have to water almost every day. I was wondering how coneflowers did in containers...I see yours are doing fine. The large containers are kind of pricy so I haven't bought many yet....
    All your flowers are lovely.

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    1. I sent you a detailed email. Arrange a place where the wind can't get to them.

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    2. You are correct, that containers are expensive. I look for them at garage sales. I got 2 huge, 2 med and 2 small at a garage sale a couple years ago, for $2.00! They were that material that is sort of like styrofoam. Good Luck finding some!

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  18. The best part of container gardening is being able to move the plants when they are not happy. I've already had to move a few from the heat and it's only June. Oh boy. I see a lot of plant moving in my future.

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    1. You're right, and not having to weed or amend the soil.

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  19. I think it's bee balm. Your garden looks lovely! My plants are all starting to take off. Funny how the heat does that to them.

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    1. We got so much rain early on that it was like an explosion of growth. Now they're sagging a bit from the heat.

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  20. I live on the west coast of Canada in British Columbia, just above Washington state. We had a very mild winter, with a mild spring, which means it did not rain continually as usual, and now it is mid June and it has been in the high 70's for a few weeks now. They say it will be 104 F on Thursday...we don't have humidity tho'. The roses are in bloom, the clematis is done, and the vegetable garden and the baskets are all growing...as long as you remember to water each day, sometimes two times a day.

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    1. My clematis isn't blooming any longer. It's been over 100 in the shade for weeks. Before that we had lots of rain. Just have to keep an eye on the plants during the day. And not let them get too heat stressed. Especially in containers.

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  21. I love your cone flowers. Everything else is so pretty, too. I have knockout roses, day lillies, hostas, and a large assortment of pots that are suffering through our terrible heat this week (100 today without the heat index). It's very humid, too. I water early in the day so my plants will be prepared for the day ahead.
    Stay cool!

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    1. You reminded me. I've got to get out and water before it gets too hot!

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  22. Brenda,

    You have really turned your patio area into a garden oasis...I would be sitting out there all day---granted the weather was in the 70's or low 80's. Sorry you're having the heat. Our weather has been up and down. Terrible storms, lot's of rain and humidity, just the wonkiest spring and early summer I've ever experienced here in Illinois.

    I'd really love to find some of those pink coneflowers you have. I think I have yellow ones at the lake but who knows, I haven't been there since March. I can imagine that al of my flower beds look like crap. What can I do?

    Hang in there with the heat. We had a good day here today but tomorrow---who knows?

    Jane x

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    1. The cone flowers may have shown up pink on your monitor. But they are actually a peachy orange. Never seen any like them. I got them at a nursery here called Southwood. I've learned that it's really cheaper in the long run to go there (or a favorite nursery) and get unusual plants and pay a little bit more, than go to Lowes or somewhere and just get run of the mill plants. If I want run of the mill plants, I can find them anywhere. But sometimes I want the unusual, like those.

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  23. The best flower show in my small container garden is a trailing vinca wth white, pale pink & red blooms. I had a Mexican heather return and it is beginning to thrive in the Texas heat! Trying blue salvia and silver ponysfoot together this year in my big silver urn & loving it!

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    1. Not sure what silver ponysfoot is. Is it a succulent?

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  24. Long time reader first time to
    Comment.Brenda,have you checked into USDA home programs? They have rentals in nearly every rural community and are VERY affordable.they have a great subsidized purchase program as well. Qualifying is not unattainable even after some credit issues.

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    1. No, I haven't heard of it. But I'll sure check it out. Thanks for the tip!

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  25. Oh Brenda, your patio is so beautiful. Mine is not doing to good this year. My flowers and the few shrubs I have are not growing or looking very good. Some of my flowers are so "stringy and ugly." I am about to pull them out. It is hot right now, and they are in sun most of the day, so that may be the problem. It is hard to grow beautiful flower gardens in my part of Utah. The soil in the west desert is not good at all. It takes a lot of work to finally produce beautiful plants. I keep trying. You do such an amazing job. You have the "touch". I hope you are feeling better. I so enjoy reading your blog. I don't always comment. You have so many that I know mine just gets lost in the mass. But, I want you to know I do enjoy the things you post. Have a wonderful evening. Karie

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    1. Karie, I always enjoy hearing from you! A tip: if your plants are stringy, cut them way back. The energy and nutrients are going to the ends. You want the plant to get thicker and look more rounded out I'm sure. Cut it back, keep an eye on it. I think you will see some results. (I hope!) Folks, when any plant I have looks stringy, I just start snipping. What's to lose?

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  26. Gorgeous plants... You know, with this Texas heat, I'm having to water, water, water! We are either flooding or scorched. But, things are still holding on. I planted a patch of zinnias the other day. Of course, they're happy - even with the heat. I love zinnias - so easy. My tomatoes are struggling, but they're still alive. My marigolds are doing well. I've got them potted with my tomatoes (to attract pollinators). I've moved my lavender, geraniums, petunias, and sweet potato planters under a tree for a bit of shade. Every night I spend about an hour, making my rounds... But, it is so worth it! I love to be in the garden.

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    1. I don't care if a plant says full sun. In TX, that means pretty much part sun. For you get scorchers. I planted zinnia seeds and they didn't come up. I just don't have much luck with seeds. My marigolds have pretty much bit the dust. Some things will spring back up when it gets a bit cooler. Here it seems to be cold or hot and not much in between.

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    2. Oh, and great idea to put plants together to attract pollinators. Insects don't much like marigolds either, an added bonus.

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  27. Your coneflowers have such a vibrant color...mine are not blooming yet but I am quite sure they are much paler.

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    1. I really haven't had much luck with cone flowers until I got these last spring.

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    2. Oh, wanted to add: Got these at the nursery. They tend to be stronger and have a better root system.

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  29. My hostas are blooming, and the ferns we hung on the front porch are doing great. I had never been able to keep ferns looking good, but found out they dry out so quickly, they need water every day. We water them every day when the evening gets a liittle cooler. My other plants are on the screened porch, and are doing well. I have pots of creeping jenny that I had to bring into the sun room. They are so young, the heat was about to get them. My sheflera didn't like the porch either, so it is also in the sunroom. I have a huge philodendron out there that is amazing. I'll post photos soon. Love all your containers, and the colors! The only color I did this year is purple petunias, and another plant that I forget the name of. Your garden is so welcoming!!

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    1. Ferns have to have some shade (unless it's a Kimberly) and quite a bit of water. When I had them in TX, sometimes I'd take them into the bathtub and let the shower run on them for awhile. If they're in plastic and the plant is big and the pot not so big, you may need to water twice per day. Or put it into a bigger pot. Hanging plants always seem to dry out faster to me.

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  30. Ho Hum...there is nothing blooming in my garden. The roses were beautiful before we got all that rain and wind in May. The storms practically stripped every leaf off of them. Of course, the Asiatic Lilies have bloomed and are now done for the year. Still waiting on the Canna Lilies to bloom but I've almost given up. I think they are water logged. I did see the Rose of Sharon bush had a few blooms but other than those, there is not a flower anywhere, just a whole lot of green! Looks like a jungle! I'll take it because I've only seen brown, dry grass, for the past four years!

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    1. Yep, a jungle is better than brown dead stuff! My cannas aren't very big yet. About two feet. And not as many came up. They usually have to get to about 5-6 feet before they bloom.

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  31. It's so hot here, I want to shoot myself. 100 degrees.... YUCK. The humidity will start when the monsoons come. That'll be fun (obviously sarcasm).

    Your flowers look beautiful, Brenda. I have some more flowers popping up in my ground cover since the tour, but I'm waiting to take pictures until they're everywhere.

    xo

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  32. Hey Brenda, to put the Bee Balm (Monarda) to rest, pinch off a leaf and if it has a hint of smell of mint , it's definitely Bee Balm. I've grown that variety before, it like's more sun, that's why you have so much green foliage. I took Horticulture in college, had my own floral shop and have cut and dried it to use in bouquet's. It's a sun/shade plant, my red one's are three foot tall. The pink one's I've been picking in the wild for a wedding I'm doing this weekend are shorter if they're in the direct sun. Pinch a leaf and let me know what it smell's like .... TT

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  33. I love your little Monarda, mine is a gorgeous shade of cerise, but it's much taller. But each year I add another variety so the little hummingbirds can have their pick of heights.

    Your garden is very lovely, lush and colorful...all your hard work is paying off.

    Jen

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  34. I love your little Monarda, mine is a gorgeous shade of cerise, but it's much taller. But each year I add another variety so the little hummingbirds can have their pick of heights.

    Your garden is very lovely, lush and colorful...all your hard work is paying off.

    Jen

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  35. Hi Brenda, your flowers are so beautiful! I know the summer heat in Texas has started and I am giving my garden some extra attention now to keep it thriving! I love all your beautiful posts and pictures, so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

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