Strawberry Pot

Strawberry pots can sometimes be hard to fill, but the Automatic Garden had a solution.  Wishbone Flowers (Torenia fournieri) had germinated all over from last year’s plants.  I transplanted all the free plants into the strawberry pot and was rewarded with a beautiful display.  Best of all, my patio cracks will be full of plants for next year.


Pot O’ Volunteers

The black pot had been sitting in a bed in the front yard for several years.  Its purpose was to hold the Golden Dewdrop Duranta (the tallest plant).  Over time some, volunteers decided the large pot would be a great place to grow. White Penta and Abelmoschus Moschatus seeds dropped in. Even the Passion Flower is attracted to the pot.  Luckily for them, I love volunteers and the plants have a happy place to grow.

Another volunteer that I am thrilled with is the Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri).  Its tiny seed is able to lie low all winter and germinate when the temperature rises.  Its nickname is Summer Pansy, as it is too hot to have real pansies here in the summer.

Shortly after photographing the pot full of volunteers, I came across another Abelmoschus volunteer growing in the cobble rocks.  It was quickly moved to a bed.  Volunteers are a great way to keep the garden full.


A Gardener’s Obsession

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Obsession is a word that can be applied to gardening.  How many times does a gardener head outside to do a few quick chores and finishes hours later? That was the plan. Finish three quick tasks. First off was to photograph the Butterfly Weed seeds ripening outside the kitchen window.

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Next, the potted plants had their daily watering.

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Lastly, the porch needed a quick sweep to get the newly hatched Shrimp Bugs cleaned up.  The chores were done in no time.  As part of my daily habit, it was time to take a stroll through the gardens.

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It is never that simple. A big branch had to be removed from on top of the Azaleas.

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While the branch was being moved, I noticed the Sword Ferns had left their boundary.  The ferns needed to be pulled and there was many more than pictured.

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Heading to the backyard, I could see the Rain Lilies were ready to be deadheaded.

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Walking up the driveway to admire the gingers, I was pleased to see new sprouts coming up.  They needed to be protected from the rabbits, which led to getting supplies from the highest garage shelf and cutting netting and stakes to the right length.

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While working on the Gingers, I found one that had left the bed.  Naturally, it had to be potted up, so I searched for an empty pot and soil for that job.

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The hanging upside-down pot caught my attention when I hit my head on it working in the Ginger garden.  It was empty and needed to be filled.  I found some Torenia seedlings and potted them.

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And I just couldn’t walk away from the Wax Myrtle runners that were coming up in the Ginger bed.  They had to be cut.

About 3 hours later I finished. And oh yeah, I then decided to photograph everything to make a post.  Add another half hour.


Fall Bloomers

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Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius).  This bright bloomer started right at the beginning of fall to the delight of the bees.  As its name implies, it likes a moist area.  It grows up to 6 feet tall and is a prolific reseeder.

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This Pam’s Pink Turks Cap desperately needed a trimming, but thankfully it was too hot to do the job and now it is loaded with flowers and buds.

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White Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes candida) pop up every year around this time and each year there are more of them.  They are in the amaryllis  family and can be separated and moved to new beds or shared with gardening friends.  Wild ones grow around this area and they have a scent.

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This Blue Salvia, the name has been lost, is always a reliable bloomer just when the butterflies and hummingbirds stop by on their journeys south.

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This Red Salvia is just super, blooming in the spring and fall.  It takes a break during summer.

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Coleus Flowers are not very exciting, but the bees sure do like them.  All of the Coleus were started by cuttings.  It is just about time to start some for the winter.  They do well in a sunny window and can be returned to the outdoors when the weather warms up.

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Torenias (Torenia fournieri) has many names.  Wishbone because of its stamens form a wishbone shape.  It is also called Clown Flower, Summer pansy (we grow pansies in the winter here) and Bluewing.  What ever you call it, it is a great little plant that takes partial shade and reseeds in the Automatic Garden.