It's Fertilizer Friday! Yippee the weekend is almost here! Please join me and our host Tootsie over at Tootsie Time and enjoy all the wonderful blooms and lush greenary.
I gave my clematis a bit more fertilizer and I've been spraying it with Safer Fungicide. It seems to be recovering from whatever fungus it had. It dropped a ton of leaves, but is holding its own. I don't think it's as serious as wilt so I'm keeping my fingers crossed since it's still budding.
This lemon-lime colored dead nettle is one of my all time favorites in the shade garden. It doesn't produce much in the way of flowers except these little delicate purple buds, but I love the impact of the color in the dark shaded areas.
My iris is still blooming. Here are two different kinds. I wish I knew what variety they are but I don't since I inherited them.
Here's another unknown flower. It does well in part shade and its leaves reminds me of phlox but its flowers look more like bachelor buttons. If anyone knows what this is please tell me.
A pretty purple-pink spray of garden plhox.
Hardy geranium is so lovely in my cottage garden. Nothing seems to bother it and it blooms almost until frost. Love this plant!
I only have 3 roses and all of them are a problem for me. They are not disease or pest resistant, and I don't know the species since I inherited them. I have to really struggle to keep them going but one of the plants produces the most beautiful yellow blooms. I spray with all kinds of things and rose slugs just seem to get to it every year before I do. BT and spinosad works for the rose slugs but it's usually too late by then and the foliage is a mess. Inspite of everything I still have these lovely bursts of color, which makes me reluctant to pull it up.
I went out in the rain yesterday and staked up the peonies. It's not my best staking job but everything is up off the ground. Yeah!!! This plant is over 4 feet high and 4 1/2 feet wide. I'll get some more wide shots hopefully this weekend when the sun is out and more is in bloom.
Here are close ups of several different peonies I have around the garden beds.