Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~Eartha Kitt

Its been pretty hot lately so needless to say I haven't been out working in the yard. The flowers seem to be doing okay. Right now it feels like I'm kinda trial and error with the flowers. Like I'm really hating that I got plain impatiens instead of trying to find the double impatiens seeds. I am also regretting starting a lot of annuals instead of focusing on perennials. But what can you do? besides store it away and remember it next year.

These are the impatiens that I wish I would have done as double impatiens.

This is the Balsam I started from seed (direct sow!!) and they are doing remarkably well. Even the heat and humidity they keep on trucking without even wilting!

Okay so this a complete mystery. I planted morning glory's along the entire length of the trellis and only one side decided to germinate. ??? idk.

I have NO IDEA what happened with this rose?? Its so... pathetic.

This is the Blue Girl rose I had ordered from... Gurneys??? or Michigan Bulb?? I don't remember. Either way its not doing very good. I mean the entire rose garden seems to be suffering, but this one is REALLY REALLY BAD! Any ideas as to what's wrong??

This is the direct sow cut flower garden. I have been working to weed it and thin the seedlings out, but as you can see I am only half done. : ) I am waiting on some rain to make the job a little easier.

Yay! My little Limelight hydrangea bloomed. But I do have to get some kind of hoop to hold those heavy blooms up.

Just a pretty little Dahlia. Such a happy little flower : )

Well look at that! My little clearance Hibiscus tree is leafing out! YAY!

These are the little Daisy tree with some Alyssum threw in. (not the best combination : ( )
Behind it is the Mock orange that is growing so FAST!

So thats pretty much all thats going on here.
Hope everyone has a great day and Happy Gardening!


Dirt Princess said...

My roses are looking sad as well, I am pretty sure it is the heat. It is so darn hot outside. I am hoping for rain Thursday- Sunday. That would be a blessing. The ground will probably seep steam when it does rain. It would take a good 2 full days of rain to catch up. Lets hope we get it

CiNdEe said...

Do you have deer? They could be eating the roses. If not do you fertilize? I use systemic on mine and that keeps the bugs off as well as fertilizes but I also hit them with the KGro every other week too! I found that the KGro is almost half the price of Miracle Gro and that saves me money(-: It works just as well(-: Other then that the heat can be a factor although it can't be as hot as it is here...lol(-:
On to the seeds. What can I say OMG I had a terrible year with those! They are not doing well and a lot are seedlings I have no idea where they came from! Not what was labeled! I had two huge packs not even germinate! Grrrr.
I love the Daisy/Alysssum combo. I love to combo my pots too(-: Yay for the clearance Hibiscus. You have a real green thumb for sure!
CiNdEeS' GaRdEn

AnnF said...

I'd get a bag of composted manure and top dress the rose - when the bloom is done trim back so the canes are the same height. Also look for jap. beetles - they love roses.

Jesikarena said...

DP- I know! I do hope we get some more rain soon! Everything looks so much better when it rains. Plus it loosens up the weeds!

Cinde- I did not notice that when I was slacking from fertilizing they seemed to get eaten alot more.But I am going to look into that kgro! I have to do something!

AnnF- That sounds like a really good idea! I think they would probably benefit alot from some Manure! And I do think we have been having ALOT of Jap beetles!

Thank you all for your very valuable advice!

Susie said...

Oh that Dahlia is so pretty. It definitely has a happy face. Sorry I don't know what to tell you about the rose. It does look sad.

aidensmom said...

Hey girl. Try just watering the roses as the sun goes down. It should help it perk up a little. I have two knock out roses, one pink and one yellow. They are doing wonderful and they are even in pots. They bloom very quickly too. Try a trick my mom does and put baking soda or flower on them at night. She also uses 7dust every so often and cuts the soon to be dead ones off. Hers grow like weeds. If I can get anymore info on them from her I'll let you know.

lynn'sgarden said...

Hi Jessica, you're not alone with the rose problem...the blooms are pretty but the leaves on my plants are NOT! Wish I could send you the rain we've had...5 days straight..so alot of plants are getting root rot and mouldy! Help train the morning glories to go left on your trellis to fill out the empty side, but twine them counter-clockwise, as that's their habit.

Jesikarena said...

Susie- Thank you! I do love that dahlia : )

Aidensmom- I think I may try that with the baking soda.

Lynns garden- Oh that sounds horrible! I know that too much rain is just as bad if not worse than not enough! Thanks for the info on the morning glorys, I had no idea.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I've had roses do that before. I'm not much of a rose expert though, hopefully it'll come back for you.
Everything else sure looks good, love the Limelight and the dahlia!

Jesikarena said...

catherine- Thank you!

Tatiana said...

I love the Dahlia too. Sorry to hear about your roses, but almost all my veggies are in trouble, so I'm going to blame the crazy weather for all of it. :)

Darla said...

Your roses look better than mine! Fertilize those impatiens and water them like crazy, they are beautiful but will become more so. Your morning glory vine will probably be everywhere next year.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

About your roses... check online to see what the specific light and heat requirements are for those individuals varieties. There are some roses that are "cool climate roses" that really prefer the shade when it heats up. And then there are those that really want lots of sun and not a lot of water.

You may want to put some pots of tomato plants around each one and see if they perk up. Companion planting solves most of my issues and this year my roses are very very happy with having tomatoes as companions.


pj said...

I have a friend in North Carolina and we compare flower notes. Her blooms start so much earlier than mine here in Iowa.

My flowers are a little pathetic this year. I started petunias indoors in March and they are just starting to bloom in the garden. If I could only find them through the weeds... The summer is getting away from me.