I think this time is the best time to plan for the next gardening season. While I can still see my fading flowers, both annuals and perennials.
One of my plans for next year includes a redo of shade garden I have. Finally the hydrangea is doing better which means I may need to move some hostas around, as well as this little green basket that I fill with bicopa and impatiens. It's one of the few gardens I can see from my living room window and it needs a little sprucing up next year.
Now is also a good time to count and figure how many impatiens I planted... decide how many seeds I need to buy for next year. My white impatiens did very well this year, they went from this....
to this... on the east side of the house.
And this cute little zinnia... I forget the name... (maybe cherry swizzle?) but it wasn't quite what I expected. I grew it with my cutting zinnias in my veg garden but it was so low growing and bushy that it isn't a good cut flower. Next year I may still plant these seeds but I will put them in pots instead... or the garden along the coop since they aren't a good cutting flower.
And this spring I decided to get another Limelight Hydrangea for one of the front flower beds. They do well in full sun and my original one is so beautiful that I wanted to balance it out with a second.
It'll take a bit to catch up to the other... but that's ok. I even like the colors as it fades from bright, lime green to a faded pastel like beige and rose pink.
Last year I planted these double calibrochia or million bells in my window boxes... I'm glad I decided to use them again this year. They've done fantastic from May all the way through to September. I'm happy I made note of it last year in my garden journal so that I remembered to have it return to the garden this year.
Another addition this year was that I chose to add more sunflowers in my cutting garden.... almost a whole row of them... all shapes... sizes...
and of course, colors! This is my first year of growing these reddish variety. They will definitely make the list for next year as well.
For the biggest surprise? Well it was the Wave Petunias that I grew from seed. They had a bit of a slow start but wow, once they got going they took off like wild fire. I planted three varieties... a pink, a white with a pale purple center and a plain lavender.
They all did well and I will be sure to plant them again next year... just a bit earlier than the end of March. They are a pelleted seed and take quite a while to germinate. Believe it or not but this is just three of my Wave seedlings!
So in my usual daydreaming fashion and before the gardening year is over... I've already started plotting, planning....
and dreaming of next year.
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