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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Garden walk.........

I went to church sewing circle yesterday afternoon and was so tired when I got home that I didn't do any sewing.  We have tropical humidity now and I braved it to go out around the garden and take some photos.

My favorite hosta is blooming.  The color of this hosta gets lighter as the summer progresses and it just glows now.
 
Here are three huge hostas, 2 of which I divided last year.  It is good to have reference photos so next spring I can see which ones to divide again.  I have gifted many of the divisions from last year already this summer.
The lady that sold me this lily plant called it Blackberry Lily.  I have never had so many blooms all at once with so many more buds ready to pop.



There was only one Lemon Lily bloom.









The sunlight was coming through the Canna leaves and they look so pretty.












Just to the right and behind the hanging baskets is the HUGE Jack-in-the-Pulpit.  It isn't in a very good spot but I hate to try to move it.  I'm not sure the native plants like to be transplanted.







In the center of the photo are the orange tiger lilies almost ready to bloom.  They are more than 5 ft. tall; they are taller than me.  If you click on the photo to enlarge it you will see one bud is orange and ready to open.  In front of it is the Rudbeckia which is also almost ready to bloom.

This just made me sick.  Two days ago I was looking at this big lush Coral Bell plant and last night when I walked by it is totally destroyed by the Japanese Beetles.  If you have the stomach for it click on the photo and you will see bunches of the beetles on the leaves.

18 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

We spread granuales on the ground to kill of the grubs that eventually for this beetle. Sevin has them and Spectricide is another brand. If the grubs aren't there it will keep moles from coming into your yard also. Anything like the Rose of Sharon or in the Rose family they like to eat. It is a once a season purchase and it helps with the other eating bugs. Chris

Barb said...

lovely lush garden. Sorry about the beetles! bummer
the hostas are gorgeous

Beth-near Louisville KY! said...

One of my hostas.... is gone... don't know what went wrong... except maybe too wet, although the one next to is is fine????? I have resorted to killing the J Beetles with poison. I go out in the evening.... and just spray them, one at a time. Last year they almost killed the Knock Out Roses, you know nothing hurts them, but the beetles tried!!!

Lorraine said...

Thank you for the walk thru of your garden. As a gardener myself I always enjoy seeing other people's gardens. Those leaf eating insects are a challenge. Hosta are a favorite of mine.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

only a few Tiger Lilies left here seems like they finished earlier this year than normal. Love your plants.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Like Sewing Junkie, we treat for the grubs primarily to keep the moles from totally destroying our yard (we still have a couple but at least not 10-12 like we used to). So sorry the beetles got your Coral Bell plant - they are so destructive. Your hostas are gorgeous.

Hedy Hahn said...

I love the walk through your garden, your plants look great. Sorry about the beetles. I remember once using a hanging thing in the yard and all the beetles went to it, but then I read that wasn't the best thing to do. It did keep all the beetles off my garden flowers though.

Nancy Parisi said...

Thanks for showing us your garden. Here in Knoxville a lot of the flowers have bloomed and are gone til next year.
(sad face) Japanese beetles are right up there in my dislike list with those derned chipmunks!! We have deer that have munched away on the hosta.....I am down many hosta and won't lure those creatures here by planting more.l I love your quilts and your flowers.....keep up the good work!!!

Nancy said...

Beautiful garden stroll, heat and all. Your hostas are wonderful. Lilies, too, and all look vibrant and healthy except for the beetle damage on the one plant. Hope you can control them.

Needled Mom said...

Those beetles do fast damage on a plant! The garden walk was delightful - especially seeing that red lily.

We've had the tropical weather here this week too and it is so draining on the energy level.

Lesley Gilbert said...

Most of your garden is looking so healthy and beautiful, especially the Hosta's (mine didn't survive the snails:( ) Not heard of the Japanese beetles before so had to zoom in to take a peek. They had the look of a ladybird - are they bigger than them? We have had very light rain the past 2 days so no need to get the hose pipe out. Thanks for sharing all the photo's :)

Melinda Hirsch said...

So enjoying the walks thru your garden---remarkably peaceful and beautiful. Wow , surprised to hear people are still using toxic poisons in their gardens. Considering the relationship between the insecticides/herbicides and breast cancers, numerous other cancers in humans and pets, many states have banned them. Scarey stuff.

patty a. said...

My goodness those beetles did a number on your cora bells. Did you got out and knock them into the soapy water? The cora bell might make a bit of a recovery this year once the beetles are gone. I will have to go and check mine. SO far I have not seen any.

Anonymous said...

I've been successful with putting a frisbee full of soapy water (Dawn dish soap here) under plants with beetle infestation and knocking or picking them into the water to drown, then dousing the plant with a new dose of strong soapy water after each rain. And yes, the grub treatment works wonders, every one in our neighborhood did it years ago and it is quite rare now to see one of these beetles. I'd avoid pesticides at all costs, even a few favorite plants!

ceci

margaret said...

loved the stroll through your garden you certainly have very green fingers. Such a shame re the beetles, such tiny creatures to do such damage. I have something that attacks the cherry tree every year and have decided it will have to go as the leaves look so terrible all shrivelled up and black and it never manages to produce cherries though it always flowers, had cherries the first year not not for the last 8

Cathi said...

What a treat to walk through your garden! It must be wonderful to see it all in person! I do hope you can get rid of those beetles - what a shame they're ruining some plants!

Miriam said...

Your garden is lovely! Here I had two bottle/bucket calves that became yard calves and have all but destroyed my hostas. Now that the calves have graduated to the pasture, the hostas, coral bells and the rest of my plants are attempting to revive in the Kansas heat.
I have blackberry lilies in the wooded area of the farm. They are lovely little things. Mine seem to be a lighter orange than yours. They are called blackberry lilies because the seed pods look like blackberries.
Last year the beetles devoured my hostas; this year the calves found them to be an addicting delicacy.

Sharon said...

can't wait to see your lilies in bloom.