Month: July 2007

Second wave of strawberries

Our “everbearing” strawberries are now producing their second wave of berries! Just in time as the raspberries have finished their production for the year. It’s nice to have these waves of sweet harvest first from strawberries, then cherries, then raspberries, then the strawberries again. It makes for some good ice cream eating! I also like […]

Need help with one Hibiscus shrub

I have this small row of five Hibiscus syriacus shrubs, and one of them has been growing funny the past two years. It doesn’t grow much, and its leaves and flowers are unusually small. It looks a little pale compared to its neighbors, too. Here are some photos: See how short it is compared to […]

Fourth of July color

I’m really enjoying these Ruby Meidiland roses — they seem brighter and heavier blooming this year than they’ve ever been. Maybe it’s the lingering effects of the horse manure I fed them two years ago? Anyway, aren’t they a perfect Fourth of July rose? This photo was taken on the Fourth of July, and they […]

Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea)

My purple and white coneflowers are blooming very well now. They’ve been going for a few weeks and are probably peaking now. The white ones were started last year from seeds gathered from a plant I raised a few years ago from seeds off my mother-in-law’s plant. I think it’s ‘White Swan’ but I can’t […]

My shade garden

My hostas are blooming right now, and the groundcover, Lamium maculatum, still has scattered blooms, but not as well as when it first bloomed in May. I’m quite happy to see my Rocky Mountain Maple doing so well, too. This was grown from seed in 2006 and it’s just leaping in height this year!

Autumn Blaze Maples

I’ve had a little trouble with my ‘Autumn Blaze’ maples. The one on the left above had chlorosis pretty bad last year, and it even lost most of its leaves in August only to grow back young leaves in September that got killed by fall frosts while still tender. I worried that it might not […]