Hi there, everyone! I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. Before summer yields to fall, I thought I'd show you some zinnias and other flowers that are growing in our garden.
Last year, they held our pepper plants, but this year I decided to plant zinnias in them. And they have made me smile every time I enter the garden.
Some of them were planted in the ground in the bed where Rusty, the scarecrow stands. Most of those are the kind that grow into a small mound while the ones planted in the pots are taller.
In the two pots in the bed, I transplanted 2 starts of black-eyed-Susan vine that came up in another part of the garden. I just love how they've climbed the fence behind the pots.
In this photo, it looks like Rusty is guarding the zinnias, don't you think?
I love the variety of colors.
They are such happy flowers. Well, at least they make me happy!
And the pollinators love them, as well. Which is, of course, one of the reasons why we purposefully include flowers in our vegetable garden.
So every few days this summer, I found myself cutting a fresh supply of them to sit on the window sills in our kitchen.
I don't think I've shown you the 2 bleeding heart vines that we planted under 2 of the wooden obelisks that Leo built. It is not the same as the bleeding heart flower. This is a subtropical evergreen vine that should grow back from the roots next spring. They are fast growers and have almost covered the 2 obelisks this year. (The middle obelisk had a cherry tomato vine growing on it, but it has already been removed.)
The vine produces pretty red and purple flowers from time to time.
On the other side of the garden in the new flower bed that we created where the compost bin was originally located. The white climbing rose has grown tremendously over the summer and has given me lots of blooms. You can see how it has flourished since we planted it by looking back at the post: Changes in the Garden.
The new white Henryi clematis vines that we planted this year have done well, too. They have bloomed all summer long.
For the past several weeks, Leo has been preparing the garden for fall planting. This is the area where many of the tomatoes were planted during the summer. In the hot August heat, Leo pulled up the tomato cages and the plants, removed the landscaping fabric and irrigation lines, and then fertilized this area.
Here he is cleaning out a raised bed.
Sometimes gardening is not enjoyable. On days like that, you've got to keep the big picture in mind.
Luckily, we have our freestanding deck in the garden where we can get a little relief from the heat. And do you see what's covering the fence behind it? Those are white morning glories that I planted from seed after we built the deck in the spring. I thought they'd never start blooming, but they finally did in late July.
I think they are just beautiful, and I love the contrast between the white flowers and the green leaves.
They definitely created the "wall of white flowers" that I was envisioning when I planted the seeds.
When Leo and Lucy need a break, it provides a pretty spot.
Today we labored in the garden and planted 48 broccoli plants and 48 collard plants and ran the drip lines to them. Planting cool season plants is how we start fall around here at the Crossroads.