What’s Blooming!

More fall plants arrived for planting now.  I bought some from a wholesaler, so they are tiny baby plants.  These are heuchera (and one heucherella).


That’s 4 plants in this bowl (getting a drink) 😀   I got them from Hostas Direct.  The heuchera are Peppermint Spice, Plum Sugar and Spellbound.  The heucherella is Sweet Tea.  I guess I went with the food sounding ones! The website says with plants this small, they go through 3 stages. The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap.  It’s hard to be patient, but I was able to get 4 plants at a good price.  I am kind of loving the heucheras for the shade garden.

Front bed is waning a bit.  I started removing some of the cosmos and cleome that were getting dried out.  I told John I wanted to go all out with fall decorating this year.  We will see if that actually happens 😉 .  My foxglove is blooming again:





I have been letting this go to seed and I am going to steal some to put along the back fence and see if they come up next year.

Firecracker sedum:



I really do like this color.  I have 2 plants now because I broke a big chunk off of this plant on accident. I stuck it in water and it rooted and then I put it in the ground.  Sedums are kind of hard to kill, so I wasn’t surprised this worked. This was  a free plant, too.  It’s the plant that keeps on giving!

Agastache love:





I was saying to John that the garden beds are like a baby this year. Next year it will be a toddler and then the year after that it will be mature.  I will be making another baby bed next year, too 😀

More globe thistle blooms:



The hummingbirds like these.  

I planted a tiny Russian sage earlier this year.  It’s in sleeping stage 😀



I really planted this too close to another plant, but I won’t worry about that this year.

This is Autumn Joy Sedum:



It hasn’t really even started to change color yet.  I got the original of this plant from one of my flip houses. Then I planted it at our old house, divided it  a few years later and gave some to my mom. Then I took a chunk with me to this house.  So – that one plant is now in 4 different places.  You can mess with sedum quite a bit.


My chair in the back:



Spike plants are always really cheap and they certainly add drama to pots.  Petunias are not my favorite flower, but they do bloom endlessly with very little care.



This weekend I will be splitting some irises. If anyone wants any rhizomes, shoot me an email (javaqueen01@yahoo.com) and I will try to send some.  And lots of work to do on the shade bed.  Not to mention a bike ride. We are going for the cupcake ride again after being thwarted last week!

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13 thoughts on “What’s Blooming!

  1. Kim

    You know I love the What’s Blooming post. I still can’t get over how stinkin’ cute the mushroom is, Have a great weekend.

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s funny, that mushroom is not something that I would have ever bought to put in my garden, but I love it!

  2. debby

    You still have a lot of great color going on in your garden. I’ve been wanting to ask you–why you order plants online. I’m guessing it is because you can get the unusual plants and colors? They still seem kind of expensive to me when I check them out. I watched part of the video on the Hosta site, so now I’m wondering if you buy them from these places to avoid disease.

    Anyway, I do love all the heuchera you picked out. I think they name the plants after food on purpose, just for us. The last two huechera I bought were paprika (I gave as a gift) and peach flambé–of course, for me.

    Haha on “sedums are hard to kill.” Another plant I can’t seem to keep alive.
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    1. Lori Post author

      I order online mostly when I am looking for specific plants and I can’t find them locally. I mostly only buy during sales or it costs almost as much as buying locally. It’s not really for disease reasons.

      The heuchera we have around here, but they cost anywhere from $15 to $25 *per plant*, and I just can’t pay that much. Or won’t pay that much, I should say. And I didn’t like the local selection that much. These 4 plants with shipping cost $36, so a good savings. I order at sales as well, like throughout February from Bluestone. Then I get all the plants in the spring way before I would find the same types in the nurseries and they can get established well.

      I still get a lot locally, though, particularly annuals. Bulbs are another thing I order online because the selection is much greater than what you find around here. I don’t want to sound like I am dissing the local nurseries because I love going to them and do buy there, but with the amount of stuff I need for these new gardens, I spread the dollar love around as far as it will go 😀

  3. Shelley B

    I love the colors of the heuchera! Your patience with giving everything time to grow amazes me – with your not-year-round gardening conditions (we don’t have that here in Texas but my brain still thinks of California gardening, lol), I’d be antsy to see it filled up and would want to buy big plants. Of course, I can’t afford the big plants, so I’d just be a sad gardener…
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  4. debby

    No, I really wanted the long answer! I’ve wondered about that for a long time. I wonder if the pricing system is different here in CA. Like the two Heuchera that I got last week were in 4 inch pots and were $8 each, and they were from a more expensive nursery in the bay area. One of the reasons I’ve never ordered is that I really want to see the colors myself. Just like with my quilt fabric. I never order that online either. But the bulbs…one of these years I’m going to be organized enough to order them ahead of time so I get the best selection and price. Because you just can’t find anything that different in the nurseries, and if you do, they are premium priced.

    I hope everyone else enjoys our gardening blogs as much as we do 🙂
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    1. Lori Post author

      It’s hard to find the heuchera in small pots. The ones around here are big plants, which is why they are expensive. Probably because of our shorter growing season and nobody is as patient as I am with the waiting. The cheaper ones are the green foliage ones and I want the colored foliage.

      We enjoy each others blogs, so that’s good enough LOL!

    1. Lori Post author

      Autumn Joy is probably the most popular sedum out there – and with good reason. Easy to grow and looks great in the fall.

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