|Hydrangea m. 'Endless Summer' in late June|
|Hydrangea m. 'Endless Summer' with Hydrangea p. 'Vanilla Strawberry' in mid-September|
By early September, the stems I'd cut back in April had produced new blooming stems that began to treat me to a series of blooms that's still going on today. In the next two photos you can see the progress of the blooms in a two week period. Things have slowed down quite a bit as the days shorten and cool off, but 'Endless Summer' is putting on quite an impressive fall display. Perhaps not impressive by east or west coast standards, but I'm not complaining.
|Hydrangea m. 'Endless Summer' with Hydrangea p. 'Pinky Winky' in the foreground on October 1.|
|Hydrangea m. 'Endless Summer' with Hydrangea p. 'Pinky Winky' in the foreground on October 15.|
|A week's harvest from one grafted 'Pineapple' tomato.|
|Succulents have small root systems and|
loathe damp soil.
Damp soil is an ideal environment for fungus gnats and other bothersome creatures that harass your cacti and succulents. And if the plants have yet to grow into their pot as is the case with the group in the terracotta pot at left?
Since it's my pot I'm talking about, I'm shuddering to think what might become of these little guys with their equally little root systems knocking about in this large pot. If they aren't allowed to dry out somewhat before I bring them inside, I'll have to put them on a heat mat, which helps somewhat, but time will tell, and I'll write about how it comes out in a few months.
Meanwhile, this has been my entry for GARDEN BLOGGERS BLOOM DAY, in which garden bloggers from around the globe check in with a view of what is going on in their particular corner of the world in which they grow things. GARDEN BLOGGERS BLOOM DAY is hosted each month by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens--a happy place where fairies voice concerns to garden beings who lend their specialized expertise to the imaginative blogs written by a fellow Hoosier (that's someone who lives in Indiana) and friend Carol Michel. Please seek out those blogs that speak to you and your interests. Take from them what you need, want, or like, and leave the rest--as Carol's fairies are fond of saying--to grow.