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Friday, July 16, 2010

Fertilizer Friday --

Drop by http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ to see who flaunting plants today.

I should have taken a larger photo of this area. I love the narrow leaf yellow profusion Zinnias under and around the dark foliage of the Loropetulam.

String of Bananas

New to me this year a cutting of Turk's Cap from Ms. Doris three doors down. It is also known as sleeping Hibiscus, the flower never opens. Need to take some more cuttings of this.


Last year I had 13 Hypoestes phyllostachya -Polka Dot Plant-Pink Blush or Freckle Face Plant in this area, looks like I missed removing a few.

I cannot for the life of me get this area to photograph well. The white really is stunning.

Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory is loaded with blooms but the foliage is just depressing.

Abelmoschus manihot, Ornamental Okra mallow family has put on a show all summer.
Ganzania has been one frustrating plant for me. BUT here is proof that I did get it to germinate from seed, grow and bloom.

That's my contribution this week.

The physical therapist released me yesterday from elbow and scar therapy. Did you know that you have to massage around the scar to keep the scar tissue from adhering to the tendons and muscles which make movement even harder? I improved my range of motion by 20 degrees in a week. I only have 25 more to go! I return to the surgeon in Aug. maybe I can take off the wrist brace then and begin wrist therapy.


Today I am Thankful for the 6/10 of rain we received yesterday. We had one heck of a lightning show...apparently there were some house fires last night because of it.


tina said...

I love your edging flowers so much. What a nice design feature in your garden.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The gerbers are beautiful. Never seen a string of bananas before. Fun. I continue to love your white imaptiens along the bricks. Have you tried all times of day to photograph them?

Massage that scar tissue. It is important. My husband had surgery to repair his broken hand and needed to do that to get all the range back in his fingers. We bought a little battery operated massager to help. He'd run it while watching tv and stuff. Glad you're progressing.

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

The borders look really good! I wonder if it's spider mites on your morning glory foliage. The flowers look really good though.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I planted a small all white garden this year too and mine is difficult to photograph well.

I had to quit growing morning glories because of the foliage. What a shame.

Love the zinnias.

Becca's Dirt said...

Hopefully you will have full range of movement soon. Those certainly is a beautiful display of white impatiens. Love your gerberas too. I hope mine bloom again this year.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Love that ganzania! Very pretty.
I am glad that therapy is going well. And no, I did not know that massage trick.

Alea said...

The sleeping hibiscus is fascinating! I lvoe discovering interesting new plants. Your edging looks great to me, so I cannot begin to imagine how much prettier it is in person!

Marydon said...

Such good news on your arm, Darla! Yup! That scar tissue is a nuisance to deal with, too.

Your flowers are just breathtakingly beautiful. Had not seen the sleeping hibiscus, interesting plant.

Have a beautiful weekend, my friend.
TTFN ~ Marydon

imac said...

Nice showing of flowers Darla, also so pleased you are doing well, im sure you will be 100% fit pretty soon.

cherry said...

Oh Miss Darla everything looks so pretty! We are being washed out with way to much rain...If it wasn't for my perennials I would have nothing at all..
So glad you are doing well.

hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Tootsie said...

I love the flaunt today girl...and that you are getting better! I sometimes look at your gardens, and it is strange to me...because everything you have planted in your beds is stuff that ONLY will grow inside my house /greenhouse!
It just looks so odd to me!!! BEAUTIFUL...but odd.
funny how when we are used to something how different places seem out of place? I bet you seeing my houseplants in their pots makes you laugh, because you have them growing all over like wildflowers!
love your flaunt sister...hope you keep up the good work and are back to your usual blogging/ gardening self in no time!

bakingbarb said...

I love your morning glory, I cannot get them to grow for me her. Never seen the ornamental okra before, very pretty (translate:need).

Pam's English Garden said...

I love the ornamental ochra, and wish it would grow in my garden! Thank you for the lovely comment on my GBBD post. I Enjoyed visiting your blog. Pam

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Darla. I knew those white impatiens were going to make such a beautiful border for you in the new bed. It looks so pretty. Your Morning Glory is pretty too. Seems like the bugs have been extra hungry this summer around here too.
I am glad you are doing well with the therapy on your arm.
Have a great weekend and stay cool.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I enjoy the variety of flowers you have.A visit to your blog is like a walk through the garden.Thanks.Glad to hear that your arm is improving.

George said...

Congratulations on the progress you have made with your arm.
String of Bananas is new to me -- it's very interesting and definitely looks like little bananas.
I'm very impressed with your Ganzania.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Debbie said...

Darla, Yout flowers are oh so pretty, I love those gerbers, I grew them one year and was so impressed and then I forgot to buy any. I might try them from seed, are they hard to grow, do you know? Photographing white always seems to be a bit of a problem as the pictures never look as good as the plant. Thanks for sharing.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That row of impatiens is so pretty! I love the Morning Glory flowers, they always seem to glow.
Glad your elbow is healing up and improving!

Maureen said...

Everything looks beautiful. Very interesting about the sleeping hibiscus - I've never heard of it.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I might take a look at slugs. But everything looks nice. Don't use poison insect spray as you will end up killing the beneficial insects as well. Nature provides flowers, for the most part, with the ability to survive insect damage, so it should be of little to no concern. Learn to plant things that insects don't like. That is the first lesson pro gardeners learn.

Beth said...

Darla, I love the ornamental okra. The polka dot plant is a houseplant up our way, but it sure looks nice in your border. The gerberas are so colorful and fringy! Beautiful gazanias-I tried them once and something (? deer or rabbits) kept eating the blooms. Glad you are doing better. Take care.
Blessings, Beth

Beth said...

Darla, Would you object if I use that little kitty pic (read your journal...) on my sidebar too? Is that from icanhascheezburger.com? They have such fun things!

perennialgardener said...

Your blooms are so pretty. My Gerber Daisies didn't do well this year and I lost one that has been in my garden for 5 years. :( That Okra always catches my eye every time you post a pic. Love it!

Martha (MM) said...

Just popping in to check in on you. Love your header this week and sure hope all is well with the family. I miss playing along with the Headbangers :-(

Your gardens are looking gorgeous as always. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Jenni said...

Hi Darla, your Ganzania is incredible, wow, what a beautiful bloom! Pretty pics this week! :)

Dani said...

So glad to hear that you're healing well!

Grace Peterson said...

Wow Darla, I'm impressed with your Gazania from seed. Such a gorgeous flower too. The Gerberas are gorgeous. Your garden looks great!

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