Monday, August 8, 2011

Losing an old washtub..

I seem to remember having an old wash tub in this corner..but where did it go? Do you think it is under all that coleus and sweet potato vine?? Seriously, can you believe the old tub has grown this much? Do ya think I need to do some trimming? Oh yeah..
I complain daily about the heat and what it is doing to most of my plants-but then I stop and notice how some things, like these plants, are holding up. I do have to water this old tub once a day, but that is not a problem if I can keep the plants happy. This corner is pretty shady-well, until late afternoon. Then it gets some HOT west sun for a while. Guess that is why I am so surprised the old wash tub plants have survived. I can't tell you if this is a "sun coleus" as I just buy all kinds of coleus in spring and plant them based on color, but my guess is that it is one of the types that takes heat better than others.


One more plant that is enduring our summer just fine is Black Foot Daisy. I have a love/hate relationship with these plants as I think they can be hard to grown. Reason: you have to ignore them, and I want to mother them. However, for these hot, dry summers they are perfect. Just let them be, don't water but a small bit, and they will reward you with lots of honey scented blooms.

Now I am headed inside to think about what kind of Kale to plant in the old washtub in fall!
Have a great week everyone--stay cool!

9 comments:

tina said...

It's perfect for that corner. I would only trim to make more of those plants!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Tina, I agree--it IS perfect for the corner. But I do need to do some trimming!

Lola said...

I agree. prune to get more plants. It's gorgeous. Sure wish I had a tub.

Balisha said...

I've never seen coleus thrive in a hot corner like that. Your plants must be so happy there...Balisha

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Lola. I wouldn't mind having another old tub myself!

Balisha--not sure why the coleus are surviving, but it makes me happy to know I have a few things alive these days!

Msrobin said...

That's quite a container you have there, must be the Texas heat making it go crazy!

Skeeter said...

Yes, you have lost your washtub! I have been struggling to keep 2 pots of Sweet potato going this summer. We did not leave our garden this summer and a good thing too as it would have dried up to dust while away. You are lucky to have Travis keeping your gardens happy while you are enjoying the cool mountains. Oh that parakeet! I would have tried to catch it and find its home. LOL, It has been a hot one in GA as well with little rain but finally had an inch last week and cooler temps. Cooler like low 90’s and little humidity. But humidity is coming back today, sigh…

Racquel said...

I really like that Blackfoot Daisy, have to see if they sell it here. And wow is that Coleus stunning, so lush & full! :)

Toni - Signature Gardens said...

I planted 4 sweet potato vines in a planter by my deck and I swear those things could completely cover a 15 foot area in maybe a little over a week. I have to whack them back every week to keep them in bounds. Not a bad problem to have with all this heat we've been having. Love Blackfoot Daisy, too. It thrives on this kind of weather. It is just not reliably hardy for me in N. TX, so I treat it as an annual and then it's just a bonus if it does come back.