Sunday, August 10, 2008

Some Lovely Pictures!

Some lovely mid summer gardening photos courtesy of Barbara Gardener! Barbara, now we see what you have been up to!

Barbara writes about this first photo:

"I have a lot of bees and humming birds. Tried to get a picture of one on the lily but it looks more like a snail than a bee. The humming birds love your red million bells but impossible to get the screen door open to get a picture."

These are bountiful boxes! A closer look at the photo would show plenty of red or rose impatiens with some great trailing but compact bacopa. We have a short season in Maine folks--don't spare the plants! Boxes this full require checking for water on a daily basis this time of year.

Barbara, what do you feed those boxes with?

As you can see by these last two pictures Barbara makes great use of daylilies. Daylilies are just tremendously hardy perennials that come in a variety of colors and even sizes. They are dependable and if happy will grow into large clumps for you. Daylilies are a MUST for any Maine flower garden
The other flower pictured below is just "not any old flower". It is an annual cleome and I really like how Barbara mixes perennials and annuals together. Perennials are good friends who will stick with you year after year--annuals are with you for one summer, but what a summer of memories they can give!
Cleome is one of my favorite annuals--the colors can be electric! And after all, we need all the bright fun we can get out of the garden. Plant cleome in a place where you won't mind them popping up next year. They do re-seed like crazy!

Thanks to Barbara Gardener for your fine pictures and inspiration!
Mike Skillin
Skillin's Greenhouses
August 10, 2008

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