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Technically this covers the last week of June too, but who's counting...

Back in May, I bought a catnip plant. It was subsquently transplanted into a 10" pot and left alone for a few months. This was by the end of June, and after having multiple cuttings taken from it, as well as being rubbed against several times and munched on by Aries. It had quadrupled in size.

This is that same plant as of today. It is now in a 12" pot and it has doubled in size again. Yeah.

The driveway was regraded and recycled asphalt was put down. This neccesitated repairs to the strawberry bed and the iris bed on the side, as those bricks are not mortered together (yet). The front bed along the front of the driveway also has several cracks were the small bulldozer hit it. *sigh* When I pull the irises from it, to replace the dirt, I'll have to see about potentially repairing it.

I had to thoroughly wet the driveway down while watering the front gardens before I could go smooth out the ridges and such left from the tires. Once it all compacts down, it'll be a lot smoother and weeds won't grow in it, so that's a bonus, I guess. Although, they did leave about a foot wide stretch along the strawberry bed that's bare gravel and dirt. Hrm.

GrandAunt Rosie's daylily bloomed this year. I had transplanted it from the top of the hill where it'd been somewhat neglected, into a pot over the winter, then into the raised bed where the rosemary used to be. I think it's happier there, although, it's about to be moved again, across the sidewalk, to where the Cranberry Ice German Bearded Irises are, as well as the rest of the Daylilies. The irises will be moved.

Speaking of daylilies, the lemon yellow, brick red and Black Prince daylilies are going nuts finally. The lemon yellow is putting on quite the show. Close ups to follow.

Lemon yellow- I don't remember the actual name, so I just call them by color.

Brick red- same with this one.

Black Prince. Yet, I remember the name of this one. Heh.

Still on the subject of daylilies, last Thursday, we had family in town and were getting together for breakfast that morning. Except, Mark had to work, so it was just me meeting up with the rest of the family. Since I had time to kill and needed a few things from Lowes (mosquito dunks for the bird baths), I killed time there. They had a table set up in the outdoor greenhouse area for 'Distressed Plants/Reduced Plants'.

That table was evil. I didn't go there to buy plants, yet, I left with 3. Hey, 13.00 plants for 5.00 each? Yes, please!

It's funny, all they were was severely rootbound and just needed to be either repotted (something Lowes doesn't do, obviously) or planted (which is generally what you do with plants, yes? }:P). Anyway, got them home and in the ground, after breakfast, and now, nearly a week later, they look as happy as can be.

New daylily, called 'Enchantment'. I needed more mauves and pinks in my garden as early spring tends to reveal that I have a lot of purples, blues, reds,wwhites and a smattering of yellow. That tend continues through the summer, incidentaly. Of the two daylilies I picked up, only this one had any blooms left as yet unopened.

And Custard Candy, which should have some lovely cream and deep mauve blooms for me next year. Both filled in gaps in the front garden, one behind the existing daylilies, the other on the side. I think they'll blend in nicely.

The third plant I picked up was this lovely Russian Sage in full bloom. If I had the space already prepared, I'd have gotten the others that were there as well. This one was to replace the one I got in Michigan 2 years ago that didn't do so hot over the winter and has been struggling ever since. It also filled in a gap in the side raised bed nicely.

And finally, the butterfly bush is starting to bloom. Cutting it back severely last fall, after the second hard frost, has done wonders for it, as it's covered in buds. The butterflies and other insects will be happy.

Pretty much everything is growing and happy this year. So I guess that long, extra cold winter was good for something!

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Date: 2014-07-16 11:54 pm (UTC)
gairid: Van Gogh painting (Art - Van Gogh - Wheatfield)
From: [personal profile] gairid
Hello! I hope you don't mind a fellow enthusiast barging in on your lovely post!

I love that Candy Custard daylily--really pretty. In fact, I like daylilies period. Tough and reliable, they're workhorses and I appreciate that. Keep an eye on that catnip---I have that growing all over the place now!

Tip on the buddleia--it's recommended to prune them down in the early spring they begin to sprout leaves. They bloom on new growth, so you'll get nice, big flowers and a tidier plant. If you prune in the fall, they sometimes don't make it through the winter (though that varies depending on which planting zone you're in). I prune mine to about 15 inches since it grows behind a crowd of daylilies and I like it to grow a little taller (the variety I have usually puts out 5 to 6' of growth after they've been pruned to 15".) Lavender should also be pruned in the early spring as opposed to fall - pruned back to about 1/3 of the plant (this is after the plant is established ---2 years or so) and the foliage will be lush, and you should have more flowers.

Ah, the the distressed plant table--how I love it! a little tlc and they are no longer distressed--what could be better than that?

(25 years in the nursery biz and now that I'm away from it, I feel a constant urge to talk gardening!)
Edited Date: 2014-07-17 12:09 am (UTC)

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Date: 2014-07-17 02:29 am (UTC)
via_ostiense: Eun Chan eating, yellow background (Default)
From: [personal profile] via_ostiense
Love the colors on your flowers! That Black Prince is stunning!

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Date: 2014-07-18 11:40 pm (UTC)
red_trillium: cartoon cat that says "I love cats but can't eat a whole one" (Default)
From: [personal profile] red_trillium
You have a beautiful area with some lovely lilies & other plants. Thank you for sharing the picts with us. I think the mark-down tables at a garden center can be a good place to pick up plants. I have taken some home that are quite rescue-able, and have seen others that had been on the table way too long & no amount of TLC would have revived the brown, dried sticks & should have been pulled off.

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Date: 2014-07-19 12:22 am (UTC)
gchick: Small furry animal wearing a tin-foil hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] gchick
ahahahaha yes. The dying-plant dollar rack and I are old friends.


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