Sunday, November 3, 2013

beautiful fall day, perfect for digging in the dirt

Planted some new plants today!

Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun' 
Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'
Baby Lace Hydrangea
Virginia Sweetspire 'Henry's Garnet'

Managed to clear out some plants I'm not in love with, mostly Creeping Jenny, which has been great as a weed suppressant while I could not garden as much as I like, but its time for her to hit the road. Picked up some amazing end of season deals on Dianthus (unknown species, so aggravating, how hard is it to do a real plant tag and not "dianthus spp.") and some Blue Salvia farinacea for 30 cents per quart sized pot! I picked up 9 salvias and 3 dianthus.  And even better, I got 5 Blanket flowers and one Soldiago 'Fireworks' for free from the trash! I was surprised they allowed me to take them home, but they did, and I plopped them in the ground by my Natchez Crepe Myrtle, which has this gorgeous yellow and orange foliage to match the bloom colors, I think it could be really beautiful next fall! 

Beautiful fall colors. These windows I got off Craigslist a while back and have been meaning to hang up somewhere. 

Gladiolus 'Halloweenie' from Plant Delights. It really DOES bloom reliably at Halloween for us. Someday I want to move it to the front yard. The picture doesn't do the glorious gaudy colors justice. It looks like a Halloween window cling, just super vivid orange and yellow tones. 

Just posting a picture of the new violas and snapdragons I picked up, so that later I can appreciate how much they have grown. Oh! I forgot that I picked up those snapdragons at 30 cents a quart and 20 cents for a six pack. Hooray for plant discounts!! In the back you can see the zinnias still blooming away, couldn't bring myself to pull them, the bees are appreciative they are still there. 


  1. Was just over at Pam`s Digging and saw your interest in firebush. Mine came back strong from roots after a winter die back . Give it a try. Like your blog !

    1. Hi Randy, thanks for visiting! I'm motivated to try it, you're right, why not? Hopefully I'll find one in the spring around here.

  2. Fall deals are the best! The combo with the crepe myrtle is going to look great next year!

    I looked at the link you gave me and it's very close but I don't think it's the same mum (semi double vs single). Beautiful mum though!

  3. I've never heard of a gladiolus blooming at Halloween. I love that color!

    1. here are some better pictures of it that really capture the color's vividness.