Hello and welcome! I don’t normally combine topics in my posts but today I’m sharing some garden pruning and what’s blooming around the house. For some reason, Ohio has been spared the extreme weather that has been hitting other parts of the country. I’m very grateful but my heart goes out to the victims of flooding, fires and tornadoes. I watch the news every night and say a prayer for everyone who has lost their home…or a loved one.
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First up is a guide for DIY gardeners about pruning. Garden pruning can be a mysterious thing. I have made dreadful mistakes before and sat out whole growing seasons with bloom-less plants. In this guide, I have broken it down into easy to grow plant categories. I hope it takes some of the mystery out of your pruning responsibilities and makes the job easier. Garden pruning really does help plants maintain healthy growth so I try to follow at least some of the rules!
Now on to what’s blooming in the garden. Up first is clematis. It’s beautiful this year and growing like crazy! It’s growing so fast that I tried to figure out what to do with the growth that was falling over the fence. I wasn’t sure if my neighbor liked it on her side or not. Turns out she was thrilled with it, so now one clematis plant makes two back yard gardeners very happy.
The only other thing blooming along the fence right now is coreopsis…and it’s just starting. Soon it will be a mass of dancing yellow flowers. This coreopsis and the black-eyed susans along the shed are the only plants remaining from my original garden plan. Both of these plants have steadfastly refused to die! Everything else has been replaced for one reason or another.
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It’s that time of year for daylilies. Mine are in full bloom so I’m trying to enjoy them because before I know it, they will be gone.
The only other blooms in the back yard can be found on my bush cucumber! This is my first try at growing cucumbers, so the fact that the plant is thriving makes me grin from ear to ear. I have high hopes that soon I will be able to make a salad with homegrown lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. Fingers crossed.
Before I go I want to show you what’s blooming on my front porch. I saw these new guinea impatiens at Lowe’s about a month ago. I stood and looked at them for a long time. I had already purchased bridal veil pots for the olive buckets but the bridal veil was not blooming. The impatiens were just $12.95 each, so I decided to bring a couple home. Best decision ever!
They are not my usual color but I love them. I have had to water them about twice a week which is no problem at all. I may have to increase that when it gets really hot. I showed you in this post how I raise planters up inside the olive buckets. I literally brought them home and set them in the buckets. Instant summer color.
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Thank you for joining me for Garden Pruning and What’s Blooming. I am making some progress with my living room update. If you missed it I talked about it HERE. I’ve ordered a sofa and two chairs…and I bought this rug…which was not any of the choices I shared in the first post. I’m not 100% sure I’m keeping it. As soon as the furniture arrives, I’ll make the final decisions on the rug, fabric and new lamp. I also want to change one of the side tables to one from my basement that I’ll paint. Shouldn’t be too much longer…
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