Six on Saturday – Summer into Fall

Our six week drought ended with a week of rain. We were lucky because we didn’t get flooding like some other areas nearby. The parched soil drank in the water, and all the plants perked up. The grass could be seen getting greener by the hour.

1. The things blooming now in my garden remind me that fall is just around the corner. Colorful crepe myrtles adorn my yard and neighborhood. Mine are white, a deep pink and a smaller purple. I bought the white and purple, but the pink were plants that someone had put out for the trash. So I snagged them. I really love the exfoliating bark. The old bark reminds of the black snake skins I used to find in our barn back in Harford County on the Western shore.

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2. A friend gave me a small cutting of a Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) that came from her father’s garden. I didn’t realize Rose of Sharon was in the Hibiscus family. This plant is tucked back in a shaded corner of the garden and would like more sun, but it’s where there was an available spot. The flowers are lovely. In my Google search several places noted that these could be used as container plants. I might try that and get this beauty into the sun.

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3. I am seeing some Japanese beetles, so I put a little dishwashing detergent in some water and flicked them into it to drown. The only reason I can think that this SunPatiens is looking so sick is that one day — when it was so hot — I poured the detergent water on that end of the window box. Won’t do that again! All the other plants look fine. What I really need to do is go to the garden center where I bought the bedding plants and see if I can replace the sick one.

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4. The hyacinth bean vines are just beginning to flower. The seeds were saved from plants a friend gave me. She passed away two years ago, but is remembered in my garden. The hose was put away later, but I forgot to go out for another photo. It seems there are always spots in my garden that make everyone know a real person, with a real life, lives here. I was inside making tomato sauce from tomatoes grown in my bed at the Community Garden.

I just realized looking at this photo that I have a replacement for the sick SunPatien mentioned in #3. It’s in a pot at the lower left of this picture. I now remember I had a couple left over from the flat I bought.

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5. The Limelight hydrangea has started to flower. And the Arabella clematis, which has been blooming since spring, is now weaving its way through to the other side of the lattice.

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6.  Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a milkweed native and mine are now setting seed pods. I haven’t seen any Monarch caterpillars, however. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed as their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Google tells me that Monarch butterfly populations have dropped more than 90% in the last twenty years because of a loss of host plants, so growing milkweed plants is very important for future of monarchs. I’m trying to do my bit. These plants don’t mind some drought once established, so I will plant some of the seeds when they are ready. I wouldn’t mind having a whole bed of these. They would be a nice complement in front of the yellow rudbeckia.

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That’s my six on Saturday, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

 

17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Summer into Fall

  1. Thanks, Mala, for the nice memory of my father’s Rose of Sharon!  Sad and happy at the same time.  He lives on….

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  2. Your hibiscus syriacus looks like one of mine: the same color!
    I think they would be better in the ground and I don’t know how they could grow in containers …? or small subjects…
    On other topics, I also liked the bark of the crepe myrtle and the hyacinth bean arch: gorgeous!

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    • The arches are plastic electrical pipe slipped over rebar that I pounded a couple of feet into the ground. I used 16′ lengths which gave me a nice tall arch that was quite wide.

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  3. Your Hibiscus Syriacus is lovely. I have two here, but they are white..without leaves just now, though. They are tough. I love crepe myrtle too: they are also tough. The clematis growing through the hydrangea is a nice thing to have happen.

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    • The hibiscus has several colors of flowers on the same bush. I photographed the purple one which I liked best. I have another small plant I am going to put in a pot and see how it does in the sun.

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  4. Is there such a thing as a ‘six week drought’? If so, we get several consecutively between April and September or October. We get no rain during that time. I really like rain, but I do not think I would like it every six or weeks or so through summer.

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  5. I’m liking everything everyone else is liking – the bark, the beans (next year, maybe?), the arch, the clematis in the hydrangea, o & the butterfly weed, too! How I miss that. I’m surprised, tho, that dish soap water would make your plants sick – the proportions maybe? I use it for both aphids & as grey water during this drought. I suppose the brand used makes a difference as well.

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    • I couldn’t think what else it would be except the dish soap. And it is only a few drops in about a cup or so of water. At any rate, I had an extra plant that I plucked out of another pot and replaced it yesterday.

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