Organized confusion around the mailbox
Black-Eyed Susan vine is loaded with buds
Morning Glory with Black-Eyed Susan Vine
Part of the garden expansion. Instead of buying new flowers this season I used what I already have. The empty soil was bothering me. Next year I may be sorry. We are calling this the Shell Garden. We have seashells from the girls beach trips throughout this garden.
Dianthus--this color is great with the Potato Vine "Blackie".
Both of the Jacobinas have benefited from constant deadheading.
Okay, pruning Monarda. When this plant got leggy and the blooms started to fade and flop, I pruned it 1/4 to 1/2 and viola! it's blooming again.
Torenia, Amaranthus, New Guinea Impatien, Caladiums, Hosta....well you get the picture.
Look Patsy! I did put Coral Reef and Jewel Leaf Sedum in the strawberry planter, thanks for the idea.
I have fell in love with this color Zinnia.
The sweet Candycane Zinnia isn't bad either.
Habanero Peppers have returned for the third year in this same container.
Same for these Rooster Spur Peppers.
Now for pruning Clematis. Spring Blooming Clematis--flower on last years growth. Prune as soon as they finish blooming and they will have the whole season to put on new growth and set buds for the next year. Left unpruned new growth is confined to the tops or ends-that's where your blooms will be.
Summer and Fall Bloomers--flower on current seasons growth. They do not have to be pruned, but flowering will eventually diminish. Pruning should be done while dormant or just waking out of dormancy. If you have a Clematis that you want to remain long, prune just to a healthy leaf bud.
Repeat Bloomers--If Spring is the big show, prune after flowers fade. You will lose some late season bloom but gain next Spring. DO NOT prune repeat bloomers as severely as Spring or Summer and Fall Bloomers. Treat more like deadheading or thinning out.
Even the most experienced gardeners get a little "Pruning Shy" when it comes to pruning Clematis. I have never pruned mine although I know it's more beneficial for the vine. Do you have any tips for pruning your vines?