In the early August garden, the annuals and tall perennial phlox and Black Eyed Susan's steal the show. By now, all the annuals have gotten enough warmth and sunshine to be at full peak.
I've always loved ferns, and I can grow them great outside, but inside they always die on me. And I've tried all the suggestions: misting the leaves several times a day, putting a humidifier on, putting them in the bathroom, putting a tray of water underneath them, yada, yada, yada. Nothing works. They always die. Last year I bought three hanging ferns and they did great outside. Then I brought them inside for the winter. They looked fairly well until after Thanksgiving, then they slowly started to die. By March, there were almost no fronds left. When it was finally warm enough to put them outside, one of them looked completely dead so I tossed it. But the other two had at least two fronds left, so I cut all the bad icky stuff off, replanted them into moss covered baskets, and hung them up outside hoping for the best. For awhile, I was going to toss them. They were quite embarrassing looking as they were hanging on my north porch where all the visitors enter. I thought of buying new shade baskets and moving them to the back of the house where no would see them. But, I never got around to it. And it was a good thing I didn't, because a month or so later they grew into this:
If you follow me on Instagram you may recognize this picture. I captured this cute little bee on my hollyhock.
post. So since the impatiens finally bloomed, I snapped a picture. The other flowers are what is left over of the spring pansies, and a vine I just dug up from my garden and put in the planter.
I started the season with marigolds and petunias planted in front of the salvias, but the slugs ate all the marigolds and the deer ate all the petunias. So back to the nursery I went and I bought some yellow strawflower and to my surprise….no one ate it and it did quite well. Next year I will skip the marigolds and just buy the strawflower.
The same ivy you saw in the planter in the picture above, is planted in front of the strawflower. There are also a few purple petunias growing back that the deer haven't gotten to…yet.
This is a wildflower that grows so tall it's hard to photograph. It grows over seven feet tall, and I had to zoom my lens and raise up my arms to get a picture.
I did get one close up of one of it's pretty blooms.
And now for my back porch. Last week I showed you my front entry porch and my side porch, where most of my visitors enter. This week I am showing you my back porch. No one sees this porch, unless they come over to the house to visit.
We never sit on this porch, but we do take the fire pit you see in the picture, and put it on our brick patio that's in front of this porch, and sit around that a few summer nights.
Have a great day! Amy
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