Friday, June 15, 2012

Few Blooms This June

There aren't too many blooms in my garden this June. The azalea flowers are long gone, but the hydrangeas are at their peak. I've had some difficulties with my hydrangeas in the past, so this year my strategy is to leave them alone--no extra watering, no amendments to make the soil more acidic, nothing.


This is what the Endless Summer looked like in June 2011--tragic!!



endless summer many colors may 2012
I guess my strategy to let them be has paid off. Maybe the amendments I added last year were stored up because for the first time, my Endless Summer hydrangea has more colors than just pink. This year it produced blue and purple as well. I love it! I love blue hydrangeas, and especially love the purple ones that have popped up here and there.

brestenburg 5-26-12
The Brestenburg has always been blue and is blooming more profusely now. Unfortunately it looks like the other Endless Summer, which is in a pot, is suffering from that same fungus as last year.


squash blossoms
The only other blooms are the squash blossoms. Some of my tomatoes have flowers, but not as many as I'd like!

Unfortunately, that's it for blooms this June. I've had squirrel problems. They ate my alysuums, had knocked the heads of my marigold, and I've had to start my sunflowers three times because they dug up the seeds. I hope to have some other flowers to show for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day next month.

Stop by May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming in other gardens.

15 comments:

  1. Lovely hydrangeas. Enjoy those delish looking squash and blossoms ( love them stuffed with goat cheese and herbs)

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    1. Oh that sounds yummy! Will have to try that with the squash blossoms.

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  2. Angela, Karin at Southern Meadows wrote about how pH affects the colors of hydrangeas in her Bloom Day post. You might want to check it out.

    Your squash blossoms are beautiful. It's fun to see the little squashes forming.

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    1. Hey Theta! For the past 2-3 years I've been adding stuff to the soil to change the pH and get blue blooms, and nothing happened. They always came out pink. This year, I added nothing, and I got blue blooms. Huh.

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  3. Your hydrangea looks beautiful! I think you're doing the right thing - even if that is nothing! (How wonderful - sounds like an easy plan!) And I just love squash blooms - they are so big, colorful, and full of promise.

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    1. It would be nice if the whole garden were like that sometimes--just do what I want without my having to do the work!

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  4. Yes, I'd say your Hydrangea strategy is working! Wow! They look great this year. I love it when they have multi-colored blooms! Mine are coming along, too, but they're not at peak yet. I've been having more critter trouble this year, too. :( I wonder if that means we're in for a harsh winter? Beautiful post!

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    1. Thanks! I've never had multi-colored blooms before, I'm really enjoing them!

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  5. My Endless Summer is still putting on leaves and no flowers...very slow due to cold April. Yours is stunning. I cannot wait to see blossoms on my zuke too...I am amazed at this zuke variety and look at your little zuke already.

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    1. Donna, thanks! I hope your endless summer flowers soon. We did have a weird winter, maybe that's affecting it?

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  6. I love the full blooms and colors on your hydrangea plants. And you have a promising zucchini plant there too!

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I've harvested about a pound of squash so far, but am anxiously waiting for more.

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  7. I had to pull my hydrangea so I'm really loving yours! So beautiful! I sent you an email. :o)

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  8. The hydrangeas are lovely and one of my favorites. I have never grown an endless summer type but will keep your lessons in mind if I get one. I have one hydrange that always does well in a pot. It is called Pinky Winky and can take some sun too. I am also trying to get an Oakleaf one started. Great job with the squash, looks so healthy. Can't wait to see the edibles.

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