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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Selections # 204



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have photos of my garden yet again, because there are a couple of new things.

white agapanthus. I like how this glows in the moonlight.
 
these are the bluebell bulbs I dug out of the sodden pot, you can see there are many more than the original 10. I hope they grow again next season. I have them stored in a brown paper bag now.

these are the newbies; dwarf French marigolds in my favourite colours

I bought a six-pack,

and planted them in two groups of three. If I let them self-seed the groups will become large clumps eventually; instead I will collect the seed and start them in seed raising trays and plant them where I want them, then maybe let them self seed for a few years. 

the bigger marigolds are growing well, no dead heads yet to be collecting seed from.

my pelargonium-in-a-pot has more blooms than last year

I love these, I must get some in different colours. I had cuttings of a dark red, but they got buried in the mulch and vanished.

I like the way the colour appears lighter or darker at different times of the day.

the leaves are  browning off too often and I suspect it is potbound. 
In the autumn I'll plant it out in the garden.

the stocks aren't flowering as profusely as I hoped, possibly I have over watered, stocks don't like wet feet. I'll collect the seed when it forms, and hope they grow. They are from a store bought packet of seeds and second generation seeds often don't grow.








 


12 comments:

  1. Look at you go with all your beautiful blooms while my plants
    are buried beneath a foot of snow. Best wishes to you and your garden.

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  2. How nice to still have colour in your garden.

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  3. It is looking lovely - and weedfree. I am soooo impressed. And should get out and do rather a lot of weeding in my garden.

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  4. I love agapanthus - got some blue ones, but all soundly asleep at the moment.Very cold here tonight - minus 10 in Scotland and feels like it here as well. Not gardening weather at all.

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  5. My white agapanthus are bloomin' well bloomin' at present, too.

    Have a great week ahead, River...we're receiving some beautiful rain up this way at present...I'm loving it! :)

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  6. Pelargoniums are very good value and grow so easily.

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  7. Lovely!
    I agree about the white agapanthus magical glow in the moonlight.

    Like your metal garden kitty too :)

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  8. I have been intending to grow agapanthus and now you have inspired me.....perhaps next year. Love the colours of the marigolds (my favourite colour is yellow) and you do amazingly well to grow so many things in a restricted area.
    The pelargoniums are beautiful and it has made me realise mine have all disappeared. I had several large bushes. I find that happens....you have plants and then you don't and wonder why. One that never disappears in our garden is lavender as they pop up everywhere, even in the cracks between the bricks in the driveway.
    Thanks for sharing your pretty garden with us.

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  9. Manzanita; but just imagine your excitement when the snow melts and things get blooming again.

    Delores; there will be colour forevermore. I plan on planting a few winter flowering things in amongst the others.

    Elephant's Child; there weren't any weeds ledt once those grasses got pulled out and the new mulch is smothering those that try to come through. I've pulled out a few too.

    fishducky; thank you.

    Molly; the blue ones are so common here. I prefer the white and there is a new miniature variety which has very dark flowers.

    Lee; we had that rain last week. Lovely isn't it? I like white agapanthus in the moonlight.

    Andrew; since writing this the pelargonium has gone downhill quite a lot, so I went out to get a few cuttings before it kicked the bucket altogether and discovered part of the problem. More than a few caterpillars and millions of aphids. I still suspect it is potbound, so I took about a dozen cuttings and tomorrow I will knock it out of its pot, trim off a couple of centimetres all around the rootball then put it back in with some new potting mix. That should get it growing again until I plant it out in the autumn.

    Vicki; the metal garden kitty is Rosie and there is a matching puppy called Roscoe.

    Mimsie; there are several dwarf and miniature varieties available now too, so you don't have to settle for the larger blue or white. check with your nursery. I thought about putting in lavender, still haven't decided either way, maybe a newer dwarf variety.

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  10. Heyy, cool! I hope your bulbs grow as well. Your flowers are very vibrant. It's cold here! :)

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  11. Happy Elf Christine; I do like vibrant colours in a garden, mixed in with a few paler shades. The bulbs won't get planted until April, so that's going to be a waiting game.

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