Thursday, September 23, 2010

Garden Thursday

IZA:  Welcome to this weeks Garden Tour! 
 

I got some new flowers bloomin and some old ones doin better.

First, I got these Autumn Joy sedums.  They are strange plants.  The flower buds appear in June but stay green until Fall.  Then they slowly bloom an change from green ta pink ta brick red!
We are gonna plant more of them next year.  They are about 3 feets tall an wide, dont spread around, and are green an healthy all summer long.  The individual flower stems flop a bit, so these are in 2 feet cages.

I am pleased to show off the asters.  They are a really nice pink color an they'll stay covered with flowers until the frost gets them.  So they will be in bloom about 6 weeks!

You may be surprised ta see these goldenrods growin here.  Dont worry, they dont make Beins sneeze.  Its the nasty little ragweed plant what does that.  But they grow in the same places an bloom (tiny little no-see-em flowers) at the same time, so Beins see the goldenrods an blame them!  These are just startin ta bloom.  Next week, they should look like clouds of gold...

And here are the wave petunias.  I know I been showin them all summer, but thats so ya could see how they spread an have lots of flowers.  They got about 2 feets wide.  They've done better before (well not THESE exact ones - they're annuals) but it has been a dry hot summer this year...

Take a look at this poor petunia, fer example.  It was almost dead but managed ta send up one little shoot again.  Thats a shame cuz the striped ones are our favorites!

Now, ya gotta sneak up on this one real careful or it will fly away.  Dont worry, its not a bee.  Its a hummingbird moth!  It can hover just like a hummingbird.  But like all moths, it came from a caterpiller.  Do ya know what the caterpiller is called?
Its the dreaded tomato hornworm!  Thats right, the evil big caterpiller that loves ta eat all the leafs offa tomater plant turns inta this friendly little fellow!

Well, thats all I got ta show today.  As usual, there is niptinis and snacks up on the deck (which bein in the shade now is very nice onna hot afternoon like this!

11 comments:

Brian said...

Wow, those pictures were pawsome!!! I can't remember who I told but I am co-hosting a blog hop today, please hop by and pawticipate!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a great garden you have to play in!

Derby, Ducky said...

Mum says to tell TBT to pinch back the sedums in early summer. That keeps them more compact so the don't flop. We have seen the hummer moth too. Mum has a picture somewhere of it, but didn't know what it was.

The Island Cats said...

Your garden still looks so nice!! Funny about that hummingbird moth...we got them around here too. The first time mom saw it, she thought it was a baby hummingbird. But she knew it didn't look right. So she took a picture of it and then researched it on the computer and found out it was a hummingbird moth!!

Cory said...

Jonesie thinks it's so cool that you are featuring the Sedum Autumn Joy this week too! We only have one of them and we should get more.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

I think my Human should study your garden and see if she can figure out how not to kill everything she tries to grow.
We can only have inside plants, and we do have ONE that she hasn't murdered yet. Still, I would like more greenery to snack on.
Do you eat the pretty flowers Iza?

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Mmmm, I bet hummingbird moths are tasty!

Maggie May said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and celebrating Maggie May Day with me!
♥ Maggie May

Katnip Lounge said...

OH! The asters are lovely! We didn't know that tomato hornworms became hummingbird moths, that is very interesting. We would like to catch and eat one of those moths...when we come over maybe TBT could shine a light and attract a few for us!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Your garden is still pretty as it moves toward fall. Mom hasn't got petunias for a couple years. With her Thumb of Death she just bought a big planter of geraniums this year. But next year she is thinkin' about petunias again. They might be pretty by the guinea pigs' graves.

AFSS said...

Your Autumn Joy sedums is so purrty. We are going to have to see about getting some for our garden. Thanks for telling us about the asters. Mommy got some purple ones and we are thrilled to know they will keep blooming until we has a frost.