Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rethinking Coleas

Alabama Sunset' is a popular and durable sun-tolerant coleus.

This coleus is on my friends back deck. She knows – because I just had to tell her — that coleus should be pinched back. I admit this trailing plant is very pretty and continuously blooming. Most long time gardeners would have rushed to this plant and made 2 dozen cuttings imediately.

Pinch Plants for Better Growth

It just occurred to me when I saw this plant, that we don’t have to follow the rules or even an experienced gardeners advice.

Relax. Be happy. It is OK to NOT follow the rules all the time. You don’t Have To pinch plants. If you don’t, this is what will happen.↑ (see above photo) That’s OK too.


GBBD June 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and Vegetable Garden Report

This is named Watermelon Charm. What a great name for this watermelon colored annual from Proven Winners..












These sweet Superbells survived the winter and are blooming again this summer.

They are Calibrachoas, named Sweet Tart and Grape Punch.






Pepperbox Poppy grown from seed. Renee’s Garden has several varieties of poppies.

Echinacea or Coneflower, Little Annie. Perennials aren’t at their best till they are fimly rooted and call your place their home. I had little hope for Little Annie last year. Now she’s a garden show off.

Calendula in several golden shades is blooming everywhere in the garden, all planted from seed.

Our Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hostess with the mostest is Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Vegetable garden report. 6/15/12

Cucumbers, tomatoes and beans are blooming away. We’ve picked beans a couple of times already. I’m ready to harvest loads zucchini, as you can see on by my Pinterest Courgette board. Can’t wait to try that refrigerator zucchini pickle recipe.

I pulled up all the lettuce because it was so bitter.The chard is beautiful this summer. Who knows if we will have eggplants, the plants are being eaten up by bugs.

I lifted the garlic this week and it is curing in the shade. There are still onions, shallots and leeks in the garden. I thought I planted too many onions, but not so, we eat more green onions when they are handy and plentiful. The alliums and potatoes are busy growing underground.

We ate our first successful harvest of carrots last night in a cold pasta salad. There are a couple of celery plants, several kinds of basil, 6 or 8 pepper plants just blooming and a few setting fruit.

We will see how long we can stretch the garlic harvest.

A First Look At Supertunia® Watermelon Charm

Supertunia hanging baskets

Does not need deadheading. Can take the full sun. What could be better?

Supertunia® Watermelon Charm Petunia hybrid

Normally, I wait until the end of the gardening season to report on Proven Winners trial plants. That is still the plan. But, I couldn’t wait to tell you about a new arrival.

The name is a perfect match. Every time I look at this flower, I think of the name. This Supertunia® is exactly the shade of pink/red that tells you its name is watermelon.

Watermelon Charm is just beginning to tumble over the edges of this hanging basket.

Like other Supertunias,® I expect this plant to be heat tolerant. I’m sure the bright pink blooms will attract butterflies and hummers.

You may remember another Supertunia® standout, Pretty Much Picasso®  from an earlier post.

Pretty Much Picasso

Rain Gauges

This is my favorite rain gauge. I’ve tried a lot of them, but this is a keeper.

They start out as shiny copper and age to what the marketing guys call a patina.

I like it so much, that when these were on sale (they still are), I bought another one. I can see this gauge across the street in my garden. And the other one goes in the back where I can see it as I have coffee and water my deck flowers in the morning.

I like that this gauge has a bit of science and history. It works on Archimedes displacement theory

Gardeners love rain gauges so we can talk about the weather with some accuracy. If we don’t get that  guide post amount of 1″ of rain every week, we know how much to water.

I only have them close so you can see how they age. The one on the left is new.

These gauges read different amounts because I added water to one, just to show you how they work. After this blog post, the shiny one is going to the back yard.

I don’t work for Gardener’s Supply. I just like this raingauge. Its durable, easy to read and attractive.

In fact, a substantial portion of my income goes to them annually  and sadly does not com from them to me.

Bring it in, in the winter time and it will last for years.

By then, you will have figured out how to replace the inside piece youself

Get it here:
Gardener’s Supply
Floating Rain Gauge
Item # 39-047

Actually Gardeners Supply, you should hire me to do your Pinterest accout. I have so much of your stuff I could post daily until fall.

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