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Do not plant zinnias right beside the basil. They look freaking the same.

Zinnia, you are not an herb.

Zinnia, you are not an herb.

Below is a shot of the garden on Friday, 6/2/09. I’m future-posting this to Sunday, so as we speak I may be in the garden doing something to it. The magic of teh internets! Every single tomato plant, including the ones I started from seed, has tomatoes on it except the 2 smallest ones in pots in the driveway (planted very late) and the large one in the pot in the driveway whose blossoms keep falling off probably because of the ants. It looks like I’m going to have a shit-ton of roma tomatoes this year – I had no idea they were about as profilic as cherries. Not a bad thing, though! I like romas – not too gooey. Also please note the *freaking adorable* windchime I got from JoAnne’s Fabrics a couple weeks ago at 60% off. It has little buckets and watering cans!! My mom actually got the same one as a gift this spring. They have another one with little shovels and cultivators, too. I’ll def be trying to hit the store up again (they usually go to 75% off before everything is gone) and might have to get one of those. Last year I got 2 of those shepherd’s hooks you see and the trellises the tomatoes on the back right are growing on for crazy crazy cheap.

veggie garden 6/2/09

veggie garden 6/2/09

My black-eyed susan is now blooming. So pretty – a nice big leafy plant that is also covered in blooms for a lot of the summer. Can’t ask for much more than that. It’s the state flower of Maryland, so you see lots of random and wild varieties growing on the side of the road.

susan with shadows

susan with shadows

petal embrace

petal embrace

the weekend's to-do list

the weekend's to-do list

I happen to have a problem. A helenium problem. I purchased 2 heleniums for this season. Two sunshine heleniums which came way early from Springhill, and one mardi gras helenium from Bluestone Perennials. The mardi gras has been blooming for quite some time and is really pretty. Lovely blooms that make great cut flowers, and the plant is the perfect height, coming in just above the stella d’oro daylilies in front of it to nicely fill in the section of garden closest to the house. Rudbeckia cherry brandy is planted beside it and it looks great. In the same area opposite those (nearer to the steps) I planted the sunshine helenium. They are finally getting buds on them. And holy effing Jesus they’re HUGE.

Can you find the giant ass helenium??

Can you find the giant ass helenium??

(Sorry for darkish pics – I always do this stuff after work when everything is shady!) The one closest to the step isn’t too bad, but the other one is GIANT! I planted that stuff back there to help make it pretty until the teensy euonymous gets bigger. Only it looks more like a crazy weed than a pretty plant right now. I had no idea it go that tall! What to do, what to do? I am planning on ordering that big giant group of coneflowers I mentioned in the last post, so if I plant those around the asiatic lilies, perhaps I can move these 2 giant heleniums over there, too? Only is it OK to do it now, or will I have to wait until next season? I’m kind of dying to move them now since they look so awful. I’d have to replace them with something. I have a smallish black-eyed susan that is a bit hidden from view on the other side of the steps that I could move to the more visible spot.

Rudbeckia "cherry brandy"

Rudbeckia "cherry brandy"

I also may order some more cherry brandy because I really, really like them (that may wait until the fall or next year, though). I really like these. (Wait, did I already say that?) The flowers range in size from about an inch across to about 3 inches, and the color ranges from maroon and pink to maroon and dark red. Very pretty and they also have a lot of flowers in them, which is nice. The rudbeckia cappucino is also pretty and the flowers are much larger (larger than the palm of my hand), but there are less on them per plant. They also last a week or more as cut flowers and would probably be great dried, as well.

Rudbeckia "cappucino"

Rudbeckia "cappucino"

The cappucino is  more of an orange and brown combo, whic is fine. Melds well with the gaillardia “Arizona sun” and the daylilies, etc. I tend to like oranges, yellows, and reds in my garden. Brighter primary colors are my thang (though I keep ending up with a lot of pink plants, too – how does that happen?). Between all my rudbeckias and the gerber daisies, I’m trying to keep some cut flowers in the house all summer – it’s really very nice. I’ve been taking them to work to cheer up my cube, too. Few things are more beautiful and perfect than a perfect red gerber daisy, imho. I’ll have to have a photo session with one of mine soon 🙂

So – what should I do with the sunshine heleniums? Think it’s ok to move them this weekend? We actually have guests coming later this month (not staying here, but I’m sure they’ll visit), so I want everything to look *pretty*!

mardi gras helenium - I really need to cut a few of these to enjoy now that its taken off.

mardi gras helenium - I really need to cut a few of these to enjoy now that it has more blooms.

anyone have a guess at what this mystery heirloom tomato may be?

anyone have a guess at what this mystery heirloom tomato may be?

First of all, if you haven’t done so yet, enter my contest!!

OK, now that that’s out of the way…Happy Bloom Day! I missed the last bloom day because I was in Hawaii (!!!), so lots of fun updates. Today I bought some coreopsis (moonbeam, limerock ruby, and a variageated 2-tone one I forget the name of). I used 2 to fill in some spots where I planted the carnations a bit far apart and to cover up the fading carnation blooms (foliage is nice all year). Hopefully this pairing will work out. The third one went in a pot that will soon be featured in the “my fave pots” series.

I also moved a few herbs that had been potted into the place where I pulled the bolted lettuce, and finally pulled the pansies in the front beside the steps – replaced them with some orange gazanias and dusty miller (we’ll see if I like it). So here’s the list, more or less…

Blooming:

  • asiatic lilies
  • easter lilies (about damn time!)
  • coreopsis
  • stella d’oro daylilies
  • fragrant returns daylilies
  • happy returns daylilies
  • harlequin flower (but I have yet to see one in full bloom – do they bloom and fade all in one day??)
  • mardi gras helenium
  • arizona sun gaillardia
  • all the annuals, or course
  • spirea
  • huecheras
  • spiderwort (sweet kate and standard)
  • the mystery pink rose
  • a few dianthus still

About to bloom:

  • hostas
  • white, pink, and red coneflower
  • rudbeckia – black eyed susan, cappucino, cherry brandy
  • sunshine helenium
  • frans hals and mystery dayliles

Has baby veggies:

  • cayenne peppers
  • banana peppers
  • roma tomatoes
  • big boy tomatoes
  • 100 super sweet cherry tomatoes
  • mystery heirloom tomato #1
  • royal burgundy bush beans

Has flowers but no real veggies yet: (all the rest)

  • jalapeno peppers
  • 5 other mystery heirlooms
caught this butterfly all polleny. know what kind he is? blue - I see a lot of them.

caught this butterfly all polleny. know what kind he is? blue - I see a lot of them.

stupid squirrel broke off my first coneflower bloom and didn't even have the decency to eat it!

stupid squirrel broke off my first coneflower bloom and didn't even have the decency to eat it!

the veggie garden a couple days ago

the veggie garden a couple days ago

terra cotta million bells - i like the oddly patterned ones

terra cotta million bells - i like the oddly patterned ones

fuzzy rudbeckia cherry brandy bud

fuzzy rudbeckia cherry brandy bud

the pansies' last hurrah - they got replaced today

the pansies' last hurrah - they got replaced today

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