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My itsy bitsy garden on my deck - Joelle's misc
July 5th, 2014
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My itsy bitsy garden on my deck
This post is for my mom, who has been wanting to see photos of my flowers, but anyone else is welcome to look (or laugh) as well.

This first shot is looking down from the window of my highest bedroom (currently the "cat room"). Shado can be seen in the enclosure, though he doesn't stay out long in the mornings when there's no sun on my deck.

Here is a shot of my trellis area. The red ribbon is to attract the attention of passing hummingbirds to my new feeder. Since my theme for this year is blue, white, and cream, there isn't a lot of loud color to catch their eyes. The flowerpots attached to the trellis contain lobelia in blue and white (they look more purple in my photos than they really are, though the color varies with the light as well). There's a well-behaved petunia in the center flowerpot, while down below are two 'Baby Duck' petunias that are trying to take over EVERYTHING. The tall flowers are bachelor's buttons, while the Reiger Begonias I got are hard to see and not happy either (my deck really isn't suited to any begonias, much as I love them, because I just get hot afternoon sunlight). The flax is not currently blooming and hard to make out, and in the little center pot is the hyssop I got as a reference for writing 'To Serve Unseen' and thankfully did not drown and is making a full recovery.

Behind all that are the unhappy, waterlogged morning glories which are gamely struggling their way up the trellis twine and at least still alive.

Here is a shot looking along the pots and planters at the front of my deck. My Salvia patens 'OceanaTM Blue' Gentian Sage is not blooming a lot right now, unfortunately. The dark purple flowers are 'Kew Blue' Salpiglossis, which weren't quite the color I imagined, so they break my 'theme' a little bit, but I can't resist Salpiglossis because they remind me of avarii wings. The white flowers visible beyond the geranium are wave petunias, and a little dephinium and 'Yellow Chiffon' Superbells (Calibrachoa) is also visible. The lantana were a stronger yellow than I wanted, but I have lantana addiction issues, so I never want a garden without them. They have not been enjoying the record rainfalls and are a little stunted, but at least they've started blooming again.

Now for some close-ups. I have an incurable addiction to blue flowers, in case anyone can't tell...

Here's a closer shot of my center flowerpot, which has a vinca vine that stayed alive over the winter despite my complete disregard (facing the other way so not visible here). A better view of the cute 'Yellow Chiffon' Superbells/Million Bells/Calibrachoa, and finally a good day for photographing my Blue Spiderwort that I bought via mail from California, since the flowers always open after I leave for work, and wilt before I get home. The way the flowers are arranged and 'take turns' blows me away, but that will have to await another post.

And a close-up of the spiderwort flowers.

Here's a close shot of one of my flowerpots with lobelia.

Here's a shot of my 'Jack Frost' Brunnera I bought at High Hand Nursery in California and took back home stashed in my luggage. I have a barricade up to shelter it from almost all sunlight, since it's a shade plant. Perhaps because I got it in California, the heat on my deck in the afternoons does not seem to phase it. I'm hoping it will survive the winter so I can enjoy the lovely forget-me-not blue flowers it has in the late spring.

And here's a shot of my 'Blue Butterfly' Delphiniums, which I got last year and kept alive over the winter in my garage. The new ones I purchased this year haven't started blooming yet.

And here is my wonderful evolvulus 'Blue My Mind' (it's also called a 'dwarf morning glory' but NOT as closely related as the dwarf morning glory in the same genus as the morning glories that my mom bought in Mendocino.) I barely kept this guy alive over the winter in my guest bedroom, and it is fascinating how the color of the flowers changes--if it's indoors and starved for sunlight, or drowning in rain like it did recently, the flowers are a watery lilac-blue, until it stops blooming. Then when the sun's back it's happy and blue again, however much that may seem an oxymoron. ;)

I'll have to get better photos of my Gentian Sage/Salvia patens 'OceanaTM Blue' when it's blooming again. What I also love about that plant is how wonderful it smells when I touch it.

And God willing, I may actually have morning glory flowers this year, should the rain let up for a while...

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Date:July 6th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
I like the view the second photo provides the best as the satellite dish blends in better, then again it could be the red ribbon that constantly grabs my attention that makes it less noticeable. I like this frontal view of the trellis arrangement - I guess it would be too cruel to hang the red ribbon and feeder from Shado's run.

I like the two distinct different purples of the Salpiglossis (dislike their name though could you change it for me) they seem to go quite well with the other blues to me

The Delphiniums and spiderwort flowers are also pleasing to look at and at least the Delphiniums were named well - so just work on the other two badly named ones OK.
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Date:July 7th, 2014 12:54 am (UTC)
I'm going to get rid of that ribbon soon, it's done its job.

The most used common name for Salpiglossis is 'Painted Tongue,' which I don't like all that much, though it still beats the houseplant Sanseveria, aka Mother-in-law's Tongue!

I don't know why spiderworts have that name, as they don't resemble spiders at all to me. I can rather see the resemblance with spider plants and their little dangling baby plants, but not spiderwort. I should call them Tradescantia instead, but I have a hard time remembering that.
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Date:July 7th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
No thanks to the painted tongue - I rename them Violalattae - nods to self

Tradescantia is a better name

Well she did say she was getting rid of the ribbon soon - I'm sure she won't mind if I hang it and the feeder over here
Date:July 9th, 2014 05:01 am (UTC)
I miss this post until you mentioned it Thank you
so much for the photos and descriptions.

The garden looks lovely and I love all the blue
flowers. Just wonderful! I really like the
Spidewort flowers. I do not think I have see those before.

The lobelia and delphiniusm are doing great. Glad to see the Jack Frost is doing so good.
I sure enjoyed seeing all your flowers.
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Date:July 9th, 2014 11:07 am (UTC)
Spiderwort is a native flower (though I don't know about out west), but the ones in Minnesota are light purple. They're closely related to the Wandering Jew plants used as houseplants or ground covers.

My other delphiniums opened yesterday (Tuesday) and they look great! Especially after the heavy downpour Monday I was afraid things would be more beaten up.

Thanks for looking! I'm glad everything is doing pretty well except the morning glories.
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