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Patio Garden Update

Summer is in full swing in Oklahoma. Which means hot and humid. 

So here's what is going on in the patio gardens...

No peppers yet. The birds seem to beat me to the strawberries, but the tomatoes are doing well and being harvested.

This flower is blooming. But I can't for the life of me remember what it is called. A daisy of some variety?

Cone flowers like the heat.

This poor little plant I found nearly dead on the clearance rack at Lowes a month or so ago. It's doing great now. (Yeah, forgot what it's called!)

Salvia and golden pennies on the far left. The golden pennies probably need trimming. Sedum autumn joy on the right.

The two water gardens are doing great. You can't see the fountain bubbling in the top photo, but you can see the other water garden below. Both are, as you know, in galvanized tubs.

So what's going on in your garden? Do you have a garden in the ground, or container gardens like me? I love container gardens. No weeds to pull!
Brenda Pruitt
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  1. Beautiful garden Brenda!! 🌻🌻

  2. BEautiful! I have both, in ground and in pots. I have a hard time keeping the pots watered though in this hot Alabama summer heat. The pink flower looks like vinca. (or possibly mandevilla if it is a vine.)
    :) gwingal

  3. You do amazing gardening in such a small space, Brenda. Everything looks lush and healthy! xo Diana

  4. The flower you said you did not know what it is looks like Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia to me. Love your little patio garden. I have one going on my back deck too and I want to switch my fountain to a galvanized tub rather than the half whiskey barrel it is in. The wood is beginning to deteriorate and dropping little flakes of wood into the water which then starts to plug the pump. I have a large tub perfect for the job I just need to take the time to switch it over.

  5. Everything looks fabulous. The heat has everything in our yard stressed to the max. Par for this time of year.

  6. I love your patio garden.. to me the perfect size and it's so lush and nice. Love all the water features and the interesting bits of art.. nicely done!

  7. It has been very hot and humid here in Northern Ohio and we have not had any measurable rain since I can remember. My plants are all droopy in spite of my husband's valiant attempts to keep them watered. We live just inside of town and all the neighboring corn fields are very dry, too. We took a ride last night and the corn is drooping and not very high. We need about a week of steady rain to catch up! We did have a thunderstorm warning the other night - and we got about 2 minutes of hard rain. Did not make a difference. My weeds, however, are higher than ever and it is too stinking hot (and the ground is too hard) to pull them.

  8. My gardening is now confined to my houseplants, but I do get a lot of pleasure from them. Your garden looks beautiful. xo Laura

  9. I have a few flowers...and they are looking great. your photographs are so pretty. sheila

  10. Your garden is lovely, as usual! The mystery flowers appear to be a gallardia and a vinca.

  11. Your patio garden looks great especially considering that it's pretty hot now. We got a little sprinkling of rain today. :)

  12. I have got tomatoes and peppers in my raised container beds, and they are just starting to produce. I have most all my perennials in the ground, and a bunch of annuals in containers. My daylilies are almost done, except for several that are reblooming. I have a lot of perennials blooming now, like Shasta Daisy, Phlox, Monarda, Rudbeckia, and cone flowers. That redish daisy looks a little like Galardia.
    Your plants look great, as always!

  13. So pretty, as always! I love the galvanized water gardens.... I love to sit and hear water outside. It's so soothing! I've been away for a while, but it was good to stop by for a visit. So glad to hear that you are doing well. :)

    Hugs from Stringtown Home!
    ((I've moved to .com, by the way. Someone hijacked my .net. So frustrating!)


  14. Looks like your garden is doing well. Our garden is growing too. We've been enjoying our tomatoes, squash, and okra. Our crepe myrtles are blooming. We still desperately need rain though. Lots of dry grass and dead flowers. My hydrangeas look quite sad. I love your container gardens. I'm sure there easy to maintain.

  15. Very pretty, Brenda! I love coneflowers, but most of ours didn't make it through last winter. The hanging baskets are flowering well now here! Have a lovely weekend!

  16. Everything looks beautiful! Is your Lowe's plant a Periwinkle?

  17. Lots of happy plants and blooms there, Brenda! :)

  18. Maybe that is a vinca vine plant.

  19. I admire you garden so much. It has just been too hot here and again I didn't get much planted. We have some flowers and that makes me happy!

  20. Your plants and garden are beautiful. Very hot and humid in Nashville - I have had to move some of my pots around to get them out of the sun so they will not fry. My sedum, portulaca, coneflowers and daisies are doing the best cause they love the heat. I have lots of containers of annuals on porch and deck. My flower beds contain the perennials.

  21. Your gardens look beautiful...too bad the birds ate your strawberries...

  22. I always enjoy your photos of your patio and plants and flowers. Love the water feature, and the little extras that add so much. One of my favorites is the wagon with the different colored globes. What a neat idea, they are so pretty. And the angel cage doll,next to it. Love it!!!

  23. Your patio garden is beautiful Brenda. Lots of flowers and none of the exhausting weeding...sounds good to me! You take such lovely photos of it all too.
    Helen xox


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