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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This has definitely been the year of hot, humid, 'drought - like' conditions here in my little corner of Canada. Trees all around our city have been losing leaves for several weeks now, grass has had that awful dried out yellow colour from the lack of water, and the gardens.... well to say that many of them look unloved would not be wrong.

We have lost a number of our beautiful perennials that we have planted in our gardens over the 12 years that we have lived here. Weeds have outnumbered the desired plants all summer long. Even with hand watering the baskets and planters on the deck, we have still lost some plants there too.

So, to make myself feel a better about how horrible I think our place looks this year, I have taken a few photos of those plants / bushes that have thumbed their noses at the lack of rain, and done well in spite of that, and in spite of the lazy human who is supposed to water them when Mother Nature does not! emoticon

This is our new Hibiscus. I have never seen one with a two - toned flower before, so willingly brought it home when it leaped onto my cart at the garden center.

Planter boxes of dark Purple and hot Pink Wave Petunias


Black with White Wave Petunias

We planted 3 different colours in the same pot: pink with white, pink with pink, and pink with black.

Butterfly Bush
(none of the other, different coloured ones were blooming when I took these pictures)

A new perennial to go into the garden

Close - up of the same plant

Red Dipladenia - A Climbing Vine

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    Hi Kathy,

    I LOVED your flower photos...your hibiscus is amazing the 2 tone colouring is spectacular...we spent countless hours watering this year to keep things looking healthy...I must say I have some fuschia geranium pots that are unbelievably still full of blooms...I keep saying each year at the garden center that I will buy drought tolerant plants...particularly this year...but always seem to get as much enjoyment from the regulars needing a drink...even my potato vines look full & awesome in their planters this year!!!
    I've also had black & white petunia baskets...they are great since our house is grey in colour. Yours look very healthy...Butterfly bush plants are beautiful...they remind me of bunches of grapes...(always can think of a food assimilation....hehe) I had some rose of sharon that really attracted the hummingbirds this year even more than sugar water....

    Congrats to you & the garden...I know what hard work it is!!! emoticon
    3139 days ago
    What a beautiful garden you have. Now I am jealous. I love Petunias, but I only bought one plant this year because we get so hot here, and Petunias just suffer so with our heat. Not only are your Petunias looking good, but black. I have never seen black Petunias. Care to send me some seeds? hehe
    I like the two toned flowers as well. The Hibiscus looks real nice. I have a climbing vine like yous (Mandevilla), but a darker red. One of my fav. plants. Thanks for the pics!
    3142 days ago
    These are beautiful, but you know, you will have to water them as well, right? emoticon hehe
    Isn't it something how such beautiful plants can just jump into your buggy when you visit the garden center??? Happens to me a lot, too!!!
    Beautiful photos and thanks so much for a look at your new purchases for around the house and yard!!!

    3147 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    Wow - your flowers look great and I LOVE the black ones! My flowers are just about all dead, and it didn't help that I am the most irresponsible flower waterer in the world. Thanks so much
    Kathy for sharing these lovely pics with us!
    3150 days ago
    wow just beautiful

    loved the black and then white wave petunias

    looking good to me


    ps also loved the pink/black fushia
    3150 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/28/2012 4:21:26 PM
    Well Kathy the flowers all look nice to me. I know how hard you usually work to make every thing in your yard look emoticon it has not only been a dry summer but a very hot one too.

    I think even us humans shunk and dried up a little.

    Thanks for sharing I loved seeing the plants and flowers.

    Hugs Mary
    3150 days ago
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    What a pleasure to see your garden plants, Kathy. Great colours and combos... emoticon
    3150 days ago
  • LIN1111
    Beautiful...Thanks for sharing... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3150 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    They are all beautiful, but I, also, have never seen black! Have a wonderful week!
    3150 days ago
    Pretty! I have a black thumb and my yard always looks awful. Apparently though, hibiscus can survive even me, because I have a row of them along my back fence and they are threatening to take over the entire yard!
    3150 days ago
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    Black?! Never seen Black fuschia or petunias!! Gorgeous! I want those! But, alas no matter what I do, petunias do not like me-my green thumb is black!! I just about kill everything! So, I have given up--only buy the hardiest of perennial's or evergreens! Florida is rough on plants for some reason. Too intense sun, heat I guess. I would rather spend time doing something else anymore! But, I still yearn for one of those award winning gorgeous, flawless gardens you see in magazines! Sigh! Yours look really great! And a two tone hibiscus-Canada has some nice choices of colors!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3151 days ago
    beautiful...... i have hibiscus like that in my yard only mine are dinner plate ones and are huge have them in burgundy and they were popping like popcorn out back this year..... butterfly bushes we have 23 of them and had about 30 to 40 butterflies in the yard the other day ... painted ladies, red admirals, monarchs, black swallowtails and yellow swallowtails....
    I enjoyed looking at your flowers and sorry to hear about some you have lost, I know it really makes my dad when all my flowers are in bloom... you should get some double knockout roses they do awesome in drought conditions! emoticon
    3151 days ago
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