Happy Monday, I hope you had a good weekend! We enjoyed a Red, White, and Blue Ridge Getaway for the 4th of July holiday, and now I’m playing catch up in ‘the garden of weedin’.
In addition to the weeds growing, the Limelight hydrangeas burst into bloom while we were away.
I have 5 Limelight hydrangeas planted around the Potting Shed. ‘Limelight’ is a paniculata hydrangea with panicle-shaped flower heads that grow 6 to 12 inches long. Unlike other hydrangea varieties, they are drought tolerant, preferring part to full sun. The creamy-chartreuse color flowers transition to a burnished pink-bronze color in the fall and make beautiful dried flowers. Limelights bloom on new wood, so they should be pruned in late winter before new growth begins.
Are you sold yet? ;)
I was relieved to find that Mother Nature showered everything with for us while we were away. Before leaving town, my hubby helped me haul pots and containers to the shady areas and/or where our irrigation runs to help them survive the 90+ degree temperatures.
Wild morning glory is growing like the weed it is, sprouting up everywhere. In addition to using a bottle tree as a trellis for the morning glory, I’m letting a vine climb up the birdhouse post to enjoy some of the blue flowers.
Morning Glory Philosophy: If you can’t get rid of it, celebrate it ;)
You can practically watch morning glory grow here in the South, where it thrives in the summer heat and poor soil. It will bloom until the first frost, usually sometime in November for us in North Carolina. To help prevent it from re-seeding, remove any spent blooms as they fade.
I found a fun and pretty bottle to add as a bloom on the bottle tree.
A bottle of Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses Rosé at World Market, ideal for summertime sipping!
The pretty rose detail on the bottom of the wine bottle makes it fun to recycle and use on a bottle tree. You could go a step further and paint the bottoms of the glass bottles so the rose details show, wouldn’t that be fun?
I relocated the painted/screened floral bottle to a bottle tree stake in a planter. The planter is blooming with verbena, petunias, million bells, and white lobeila. Dusty miller adds some silvery gray accents and the foliage of Persian Shield adds some purple color.
Many of you asked about the painted bottle. It was a Prosecco, Cavicchioli 1928. My local Harris Teeter grocery store stocks it, carrying several varieties of the Italian sparkling wine with pretty floral bottles. I found the Flower Leaves Bottle Stake at a local nursery back in early May, the manufacturer is Border Concepts.
The mandevilla vine has grown since it was planted in April and I attached some garden twine for it to climb up and grow around the windows and up the shutters.
And since you can never have too many flowers, I *grew* some flowers to embellish a watering can.
Here is the watering can before the addition of the flower magnets. . .
And after, using the small metal flowers leftover from my Repurposed Door Knob Hose Guards.
I removed the flowers from the metal wall art, here, and used some silicone adhesive to glue the magnets to the back of the flowers.
The magnets stick to the galvanized watering cans for an easy and fun, blooming embellishment!
How is your garden growing this summer?
Love your garden!! Where did you find single bottle tree stakes? I have not seen those before in stores.
I found the Flower Leaves Bottle Stake at a local nursery back in early May, the manufacturer is Border Concepts.
Oh My, Mary! Your garden is exploding with happiness! All of your flowers look so healthy, even in the heat. Makes me cool to just see them. Love, love those hydrangeas! Your readers all know how your garden grows and we thank you so much for sharing…enjoy the beauty of it all…:)
Your is growing very well..mine is growing ok!! We had a hard time getting started due to cool weather but it’s doing good now..my veggie garden is doing ok too. I had a scare with my tomato plants last week…all of a sudden one day I noticed one of them had a lot of leaves gone..I got to looking around and there it was, the biggest horn worm just getting bigger on my tomato..he went to horn worm heaven that day along with 7 of his siblings…I’m keeping close check until I can get some BT to keep them at bay!! Hope your veggie garden is doing good too!! Thank you for the beautiful pics!!
Oh Mary, I am crazy over the flower magnets you created, they look so adorable on the watering cans! I am going to have to get one of those rose bottom bottles, those are so cool! Your garden looks like it grew happily while you were away! The limelights are gorgeous~
Your door knob hose guides are adorable! The flower magnets are really fun, too. I always enjoy your garden/potting shed. :-)
What a beautiful post. Everything is so healthy and lush. I love your new bird house near the shed and your embellished watering can. Very neat! I like the floral bottle and its stake also.
You have a green thumb even with all the heat.
We are getting a light misty rain here in Michigan which makes both my gardens and me so happy. So for the moment, I am rocking in my Lazy Boy with a cup of coffee. If I tried to pick a favorite picture of your potting shed’s explosion of flowers this morning, I couldn’t. I love it all!!! Thank you for delighting all of your followers with such beauty. This makes me smile 😊🌻.
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!
As usual Mary this post is so beautiful. I’m a garden gal and I love all your beautiful plants. I have two Limelight hydrangea that are blooming big time right now. I am also propagating by anchoring a low growing branch in soil. In the spring I will have a new Limelight to plant. Thanks again for always having the most amazing posts. Vikki in VA
Glad you had a great 4th Getaway and came back to that GLORIOUS summer garden!!!….I planted a Limelight last fall and it has grown 10 times its size…so happy as it is the only hydrangea that is doing well!…the others got bitten by the last Spring freeze. Love that hose guard!!!
Your posts always make me so happy! Love your hydrangeas. Have a happy week!
Great garden blooms! That new wine bottle is pretty darn awesome. They must’ve pre-planned the thoughts of people recycling those with that design. Isn’t it great to go away and come home with the garden still looking so good? A weekend is perfect, a week chancy, and 3 weeks like we did last year – a disaster, lol.
My mandevilla continues getting attacked, but not without a fight. I sprinkle cayenne pepper on it regularly (but with the last rain, I wasn’t quick enough, and a couple more leaves were chewed and spit out).
What a feast for my eyes. Such an explosion of blooms! I delight in seeing your garden grow. Thank you for sharing it with us. In our 104-110 degree heat spell my garden is looking very stressed. After 5 years of drought we are still on water conservation schedules in Los Angeles.
Mary, your garden did beautifully while you were away, the summer rains certainly help. Limelights seem to do so well here, we pruned heavily and they seem to just get larger. The watering can embellishments are so clever. I am thinking I have to get a bottle-tree. I love how you are using the floral proseco bottle! Thank you for linking and supporting Gardens Galore!
Your green thumb is a joy and an inspiration, Mary. I am sold on limelites–they look related somehow to Key Lime Pie, and maybe margaritas, too. Have a bloomingly wonderful week!
Everything is simply stunning!! Gorgeous blooms and garden elements!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!
My next door neighbor just planted a limelight. I’m searching to find one to try in our garden. Love the bloom! Your wine bottles add a touch of whimsey. I have one of the rose bottles. Not sure where though! ‘-)
I love the limelight hydrangeas. They always do better in our garden than the endless summer ones. I like how your garden has all kinds of flowers “blooming” currently! Fun post, Mary!
Your flowers are beautiful.
Everything is so elegant and colorful in your garden.
I love touring around the garden shed. The Mande villa vine is doing a good job of climbing and staying on the vine! Don’t you just love the limelight hydrangeas- they are truly the easiest hydrangeas to grow. I love how their color transitions. I didn’t plant any morning glories this year. They don’t re-seed here since it gets so cold. Yours are a gorgeous color. Love the floral adornments on the watering can- so whimsical which I love!
Your garden is soooooo inspirational. I have three Limelights and I’m crazy about them and you are so right, for a white hydrangea they do dry beautifully. Yours are up so high, I’m in N FL and mine are just beginning to bloom and not quite as tall as they should be. It seemed to me that they were blooming earlier here last year and I was worried that we may be getting too much rain here. They surely take the heat. I’m thinking I may add a bottle tree to my garden too and I love your bottle with the rose on the bottom. I think I need to find that. Is it as delicious as it looks? I have a Mandevilla in my garden as well and it’s blue but I’ve never grown Morning Glory’s before. I totally enjoyed your garden post.
Carolyn/A Southerner’s Notebook
Love all your flowers Mary and would love a Limelight, but I don’t have enough sun, most of my yard is shade. BUT my one Hydrangea is blooming and would you believe 1 bloom is pink and the others are blue! lol. I’ve never had that happen before and I’m so happy it’s blooming this year. Really like the unusual rose bottom bottle. My husband isn’t a fan of the bottle trees, although I think they are pretty neat. I did find a cute copper flower and in the middle of each of its petals is a different colored miniature bottle. I bought it! I’ll have my bottle tree yet! ha
I know most gardeners ‘hate’ morning glory vines but I love them. They remind me of my grandmother’s vegetable garden (and she also hated them). For me, it’s a nostalgic memory.
My garden is exploding too! Our limelights are bursting into bloom too! I LOOOOVE them! Love the flowers “growing” on your watering can!
I love all your beautiful flowers! Your potting shed adds the perfect backdrop!
Everything is just flourishing, Mary, with your magical touches in the garden! I love yo come to your posts and feel inspired. Happy gardening! xx
It’s always a pleasure to see your little cottage and beautiful flowers.
I too LOVE Morning Glories! They are perpetual climbers and just never give up. Remind me of my childhood in Illinois. Thank you for posting
Beautiful flowers and garden! :)
I just discovered your blog today! I love the Potting Shed and how you share your garden and displays. Thanks for giving the names of the flowers, it really helps those of us who are beginners.
Thank you Cathy, hope you’ll come back again!🌺🐝🌻😀🏡