Happy Monday! It’s the third Monday of the month which means I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.
You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
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Join me by the Potting Shed for a little flower therapy today. . .
I cut some garden blooms to fill a set of three Flower Market Buckets. . .
Hydrangea, Soda Pop Butterfly Bush, Verbena Lollipop, Hosta leaves and the last of the Sarah Bernhardt peonies. . . *sniff*.
Soda Pop Butterfly Bush is a dwarf variety Buddleia. It’s hardy in USDA Zones 4 – 9 and stays compact, maturing to height and width of 3 – 4 feet.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is the most common butterfly we see fluttering around the garden. This is a female swallowtail, denoted by the large area of blue area on the hind wings.
Verbena Lollipop grows in USDA zones 6 – 10, prefers full sun in well-drained soil and is a butterfly and bee magnet.
It self-sows and is coming up everywhere so there are plenty of blooms for me to cut and for the pollinators that love it. It tolerates the heat which is important in the hot and humid South and blooms through fall.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas have been blooming for several weeks now.
Blooms can be blue or pink depending on your soil’s pH level, turning blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil. For blues and purples, the soil pH should be between 5.5 to 5.8. You can amend your soil to become more acidic by adding composted oak leaves, pine needles and coffee grounds, or find a product in the garden center with Aluminum Suphate, following the directions on the package to produce blue flowers. Garden lime will increase soil alkalinity and keep hydrangeas pink in color. A 3-in-1 Meter will help you determine your soil’s pH.
We have a couple of BloomStruck Hydrangeas planted by the Potting Shed.
BloomStruck is the newest addition to the Endless Summer collection of reblooming hydrangeas. BloomStruck has red-purple stems and blooms on old wood from last year’s growth and the new growth of summer.
I planted the boxes with an assortment of sun-loving annuals back in April.
The pentunias are needing a haircut!
Board and Batten Shutters / DIY, details HERE
Window Boxes / Windowbox.com
Flowers Sign / Amazon
Flower Market Buckets / MacKenzie-Childs
Bench / Grandin Road, several years ago
Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs