The Patio Early September


I have a few blooms on the patio, but not many. They are few and far between now. Burned up in this heat. Though I have watered them sometimes twice per day.

A few daisies or petunias here, a couple of roses there. Oh, and my hyacinth bean vine is getting a few blooms.


Above, if you look closely, you can see my concrete mand that is virtually covered up by all the leaves, which are abundant. Unlike my poor flowers.

I love rocks, and I brought some with me when I moved here from Texas. 

Who moves rocks? Me. I'm very partial to my rocks.

 
Early last month the purple petunias were quite lush. No more. I have perhaps three blooming at this moment. 

They did put on quite a show, those petunias.

 
I have moved the steel gazing balls around the patio to fill in where plants are dying.

Have I ever told you about the gazing balls I bought back in Texas before I realized there were steel gazing balls? Oh my, I can't even remember how many I broke!

I really don't know why on earth companies even make those fragile gazing balls. They don't fare outside in gardens very well.

They practically break when you look at them, they're so thin.



 
The volunteer morning glories have a few blooms. They're very hardy. 

I can plant morning glory seeds till the cows come home. Nothing happens. 

I don't know why I bother. I don't much anymore. I just have no luck with the seeds.

 
The yellow rose blooms in fits and starts. 

It will stop blooming entirely. Then I'll see the rosebuds forming again. Maybe that's just what they do. I hadn't had roses in awhile and I've forgotten.


The lemon grass is still edging skyward. Hard to believe it started out as a small plant. It's close to four feet now. 

Container plants just don't grow like plants you put in the ground. Although I feel like I've had very good luck with mine.

I just wonder how high that lemon grass might be had I planted it in the dirt?


And those silly squirrels, they continue driving Charlie crazy. I can hear them chattering outside. He perks up his ears and listens to them. They try to annoy him, and they succeed.

I might get a few mums to cheer up my patio. Not when it's still so hot though.

How are your gardens doing right now?


26 comments

  1. Hi Brenda, I move rocks too! We moved from Nova Scotia to Ontario a dozen years ago and I snuck in a few rocks here and there. Military moves have all sorts of regulations, one of them at that time was no rocks.
    We haven't had the heat you have had so the gardens are still looking pretty good. Hope it cools down for you soon so you can enjoy some Mums on your patio!
    Robin

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  2. I love your patio Brenda, I just hope I can make mine next year as beautiful and varied. All I brought with me from my last house was a young fur tree! It is 2 years old, it was a freebie from a nursery where I used to buy plants. I couldn't bear to leave it, it is now about 2 feet tall, heaven knows what I will do with it when it outgrows pots! Today I am quite excited because I am going to Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary. You may have heard of the famous Esther Wonder Pig who was thought to be a mini pig but turned out to be a full grown 500lb+ pig and so her owners had to move to a larger property and turned it into a sanctuary for displaced and abused farm animals. Luckily now we have moved it is only about a 30 minute drive. I think I will need to take some good waterproof boots as it looks as if its going to be a wet day!

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    1. I've never heard of that. Sounds interesting though

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  3. We still have some flowers but the roses aren't doing as well. Of course deer munching on the rose bushes doesn't help. I'll add some colorful mums soon. The temps have fallen a bit and I can start to feel a bit of Fall in the air! I'm ready I think.

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  4. Years ago my late father-in-law was talking about a little rock wall he had built. "It's hard to find good rocks," he said. "If you find them, hold on to them." We thought that was so silly because rocks seemed to be everywhere. But not GOOD rocks, we came to find out. Not all rocks are created equal. We made the mistake of leaving some favorite rocks behind a couple of moves ago and it's taking time to come up with some more good ones. We have just a few flowers here and there right now. The butterfly bushes are making another little burst of blooms which is pretty. Thanks for the lovely photos.

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    1. I've always had a think for rocks. I agree with what he said!

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  5. YOUR YELLOW ROSE IS BEAUTIFUL, DOES IT HAVE A GOOD SCENT ? I LOVE ROSES, BUT THEY MUST BE FRAGRANT TO FIND A HOME IN MY FLOWERBEDS. I HAVE ONE BEAUTIFUL, VERY FRAGRANT PINK ONE THAT THE FORMER RESIDENT PLANTED WHEN SHE MOVED IN HERE IN 1979. I CALL IT THE ALMA ROSE IN HER HONOR.
    YES, I TOO AM PARTIAL TO ROCKS. I HAVE 3 PIECES OF PETRIFIED WOOD THAT I HAVE HAULED WITH ME FROM TEXAS, THEN OKLAHOMA AND NOW HERE IN KANSAS.THEY ADD SHAPE AND TEXTURE TO THE BEDS, I HAVE A BIG PIECE OF BLACK, PINK AND WHITE GRANITE FROM SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS ALSO.
    YOUR PATIO IS STILL LOVELY, I ENJOY SEEING THE CHANGES.

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    1. Unfortunately it doesn't have much of a scent. I didn't think to ask about that when I bought it.

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  6. I am still watering as my container garden it still flourishing and I am still getting tomatoes. Your summer was much hotter than mine. It has cooled down here and I am looking forward to a sunny week in the 70s. Perfect weather. xo Laura

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    1. My tomato plant is still producing. I love those tomatoes!

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  7. We've been having so much heat I think my one rose bush is fried. I don't do well with roses. My sedum autumn joy that I learned about from you is beautiful. It's supposed to cool down a little. It gets very scary this time of year with heat and fires.

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    1. My sedum autumn joy is so big it's now tipping over.

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  8. Love your patio container gardens - thanks so much for sharing, Brenda :> Have moved rocks, too NJ ----> Kentucky ----> Virginia ahhh, my rocks have a sweet story on why they've moved along with me !

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    1. I just could not bear to leave some of them behind.

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  9. I have a pale yellow rose bush just like that! It is about 4 years old now and does the same..it has been putting out roses in fits and starts all through the summer.

    Weather here has been confusing in August ( No complaints though! :) Two cool spells in August had a June-blooming daylily blooming again :)

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    1. Hope we have some cooler weather soon. I'm sick of HOT!

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  10. Do you soak your morning glory seeds to soften them and nick their seed coats before planting them? That's what I do. I have mixed luck with them. Some years I have luxuriant vines, and other years not so much.

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  11. Your patio looks so pretty with the flowers, Brenda. Love your sweet little visitor.

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    1. Those silly squirrels! They are good for a laugh.

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  12. I knew you were a gal after my own heart! I love my rocks, too, and when I think about selling my house and moving I think about taking them all with me! My flower beds will look odd without the rocks to edge them, but I don't care. Some of those rocks, in fact, the majority of them, came from my dad's farm so they have meaning for me that no one else would appreciate. But what if I move to some place where I only have a small stoop or just a balcony (yuk)?? Anyway, let's hear it for ROCKS!

    My petunias are looking pretty pooped, too. I should probably tear them out and replace them with mums but I can't quite let them go yet. I have been collecting the seeds from them and hopefully will start some the first of the new year. Some of the ones I had planted in Spring of 2016 came up voluntarily this year having dropped their seeds before I dug them out.

    The picture you've posted in this post of the yellow rose is so gorgeous. I have been trying to grow roses for several years and I don't have much success. Something eats the leaves and I can't figure out exactly what it is. I get only one or two roses from each bush per year. I love them so much and so it's very disappointing. I do keep them watered but I think maybe I need to feed them more. Any advice is welcome!

    Happy Labor Day, Brenda. Don't "labor" too much!

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    1. I sure wish I could have brought more rocks with me.

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  13. Your plants look so lush and pretty. Happy Monday, Brenda :)

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  14. I bought some mums last week to replace some of the pansies that had seen better days. The yellow mums look so happy when I glance outside my window, like a spot of sunshine!

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