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Posted 09 June 2012 - 06:03 PM
Here's my hydrangea. 3-4 weeks ago it had a ton of big bright pink blooms.
These are my annuals. I don't even know what they are. I just thought they were pretty.
The ones on the outside were all different (see below for a pic of the still living ones, though all the blooms fell off) but all of a sudden all the bushy white things on the left side (closest to the hydrangea actually) just died!! The pink and purple things are still kicking but a lot of those blooms turned brown as well.
As far as I can tell, the soil's fine. You dig down a few inches and it's still moist. The philodendron and jasmine we planted on the other side of the same bed are both doing well. The jasmine isn't blooming anymore either, but it's grown quite a bit. The philodendron looks happy as ****.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:15 PM
These are my annuals. I don't even know what they are. I just thought they were pretty.
I think those are called...pinks, maybe?
Not so much my garden but this a Russian Thistle.
These grow wild in some parts of Prescott, AZ. Well, technically not "wild" but "feral," since they were introduced and are considered an invasive weed, but they're so beautiful that I can't imagine anyone objecting to them. The bees seem to love them, and they brighten up the roadsides.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:15 AM
The pinks are what I have in my flower pots. They're Dianthus. They're supposed to have a really good scent as well.
By my air conditioner I have something called Desert Rose. It only blooms in the morning and then it twists itself back up to bloom again the next day.On the other side of my steps up I have mexican heather, jasmine and a tomato plant with another hardy Texas plant, Salvia greggi.
Chalc, I love those things. I think they are beautiful no matter what state of growth they are in.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:12 PM
Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:25 PM
As for me, well I've just been chillin.... and my babies are just babies. All those herbs are the woman's. The tomatoes (there are 13 in this pic) peppers (five) and del fuoco beans (coming up on the twine) are mine. more pics to come, and probably more plants since the bitch nazi neighbor has not yet put one plant in the ground after all her yapping and I'm about to Operation Barbarosa her side. You can see her crappy black tarp in the pic.
Also, totally heard "Montego Bay" today at the thrift store and thought of Tami.
Edited by bodega, 12 June 2012 - 08:43 PM.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:47 AM
I use a diluted Miracle Gro on almost everything at least once a week, sometimes every other time I water. I assume the manufacturer suggests a little more product per use than is necessary, so I use a bit less. I also use specific food for the plants once a month in a high dose formula...fish slag on most, rhody and camelia food on natives and slow-release spikes on the trees and big bushes.
Reese, talk to some people at nurseries about your area's problems and watering schedules. I'm guessing it's very difficult to over-water where you are unless the soil is compact.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:51 AM
We're very close to the coast. It rains here in Houston a lot more than other parts of Texas.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:59 PM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:39 PM
I do think it's a water or soil/nutrient issue. The annuals in the center are dianthus, and they're pretty drought-tolerant. The ones on the edges that died look to me like lobelia, and lobelia are notorious (k, at least with me) for keeling over the second they feel a pinch of thirst. As pretty as they are, I won't buy them any more because they always die on me. Plus, hydrangea are well known to need extra water for the first couple years of life...can't tell you the times I thought I'd killed mine, only to see them come back after a good soaking.
That said, the only other thing it might be would be an insect that is sucking water/sap out of the plant stems, like thrips and aphids. Both would be visible, if they're still around, on the underside of leaves or along the stems...and both kill plants and make blooms and leaves wilt or turn brown, similar to drought. They can be killed by spraying them with insecticidal soap.
And I know you're supposed to water in the morning -- but I never get up that early. So I give mine a good soaking about 7 pm when it's hot, so that the leaves will dry by dark but they'll have the whole cool night to soak up some water before it gets hot again.
Also - LOVE LOVE LOVE that giant thistle. Very cool. I know it's a weed but I'd love to have one. I do grow Globe Thistles right now. This isn't my pic (I don't know how to post things here any more without a host site, which I don't have) but it'll do:
Aren't they fun?
Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:51 PM
My monitor's not crisp enough-I thought ALL of that was Dianthus-yeah, Lace, Lobelia does the same for me-it's sooo ****ing dainty. Hydrangeas aren't very sun and heat tolerant, either. Another guess, Resse: you planted in the late winter, the plants got all comfy in a temperate climate, then it warmed up a bit and your soil may have had pockets of air in it-you likely have sandier soil than I do, too- and it dried below the surface and some of it settled, leaving the roots temporarily out of touch with good loam. Watering deeply will help that, too. I'd train a soaker hose or sprinkler on the area for about 45 minutes or an hour and see what happens. What exposure is that last pic? Which direction does that side of your house face? Suggestion: plant something there that'll get about 3 feet high with heavy fragrance-it's so close to your windows, you could make that room smell like a garden just by opening the windows! Jasmine is pretty hardy and smelly.
AND ALSO: thumbs up for the globe thistle!
Welcome to the joy of gardening! There IS no answer.
all my annuals are in a 3'x2' area, all in the same soil and only half of them just up and died. Some are less than 8" from each other!! But ONLY ONE LIVES!! I don't get it.
- Copper +1 this
Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:14 PM
I have no idea what I planted. They were pretty and on sale. So I bought them. WHY IN GOD'S NAME WOULD A NURSERY IN HOUSTON SELL NON-DROUGHT AND HEAT RESISTANT PLANTS?!?! Stupid nursery...
I'll have my husband water the hell out of the hydrangea in the AM for a week or so and we'll see what happens. The leaves are all perky again though.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:36 PM
WHY IN GOD'S NAME WOULD A NURSERY IN HOUSTON SELL NON-DROUGHT AND HEAT RESISTANT PLANTS?!?! Stupid nursery...
OH DON'T GET ME STARTED.
Seriously, they do it for 2 reasons: many providers (Monrovia, Proven Winners) are national so they have a huge catalog. AND because serious gardeners don't like native plants usually (you know, those that grow naturally and thrive in your own region?). We get bored with them quickly, EVERYBODY has them (Well, DUH! They're suited for your neighorhood and sometimes maintenence-free) and we like an exotic challenge. My Mom's in the Tampa/St. Pete area and she longs to grow petunias and maidenhair ferns and I'm like GOOD GAWD KILL ME NOW! WHY grow something so pedestrian!? I have them as filler plants. I want to grow Lantana, palms and bananas and she says "weeds? you want to grow WEEDS?"
I've said it before-pay attention to the tags, but find out if the tags are inserted by the growers or the nursery. Growers can use universal tags that may have info not suitable for your area. F'risntance, any national tag that says "partial sun OK" means 'plant ONLY in full, blazing, midday sun' here 'cause we don't get much hot sun, even on hot days, because of how far north we are. A "full deep shade" tag here can mean full morning sun is fine. You'll also get used to kind of knowing what a plant can take just by looking at it. The bigger and fuller the leaves, usually means the better it'll do in shade and part sun. Fine greens and dainty stems can take a LOT more sun.
AND ALSO, you have micro-climates, depending on your home and structures-little spots that are more sunny/dry/wind-free or shady, damp and windy than the rest of your gardens. Once you know where they are, you can get your exotic plant jones on that way. I have ONE spot in all our gardens that bananas LOVE. I've not been able to grow them elsewhere, not even 2 feet away and I don't know why. It's the sun for sure, but it doesn't get any afternoon rays and it's totally exposed-so I'd have never thought it'd be a micro-climate, but it is, It's all a happy accident.
So, which direction does that garden face, reese?