New Flower Bed Update

thinman(Z5 MI)July 20, 2013

Some of you were kind enough to ask for an update when things started blooming. Well, things are blooming.

Two months later I can see how it is turning out. Self-assigned verdict: not bad for a beginner. It can only improve from here, right?

Here are a few shots I took yesterday.


DW and I are enjoying it a lot.

ThinMan

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greylady_gardener

oh my!! You would never know that it is just a new bed! very lovely. No wonder you are enjoying it.

Is that a suncrest lily? :-)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 3:50PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Oooh, pretty. But, of course, we ever doubted you and knew it would be lovely!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 7:25PM
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memo(Zone 4B Nebraska)

Beginner..pfft
It's awesome TM! Love the curvy shape of it so much. Are the zinnia dwarfs or regular sized? Great job!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 7:52PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Thank you, Greylady. The lily was sold to me as an Asiatic, Latvia, although it is paler and has fewer freckles than the pictures of Latvia I have seen online. It is a pale green when it first opens, and the yellow develops as days go by.

TM

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 8:49PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Thank you too, Cynthia and MeMo. I wasn't sure how the combinations would turn out. It's the first flower bed I have actually drawn out ahead of time and I took a few liberties with the plan when I was putting things in. I put in only what perennials I already had growing and what annuals I already had seed for.

MeMo - The zinnias are a mix of Benary's Giant Dahlia, Super Cactus Giant, and Whirligig. In spite of the amendments I put in, I think the fertility in the bed is on the low side. I probably should have doubled the compost.

It's so nice to hear your comments!

TM

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 9:04PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

If you hadn't posted your original pics earlier this spring, I don't think anyone would ever imagine this is a new bed! Beautiful job! The combos of plants are great. Love that lily/liatris mix.
The edges look great. Did you actually raise up the bed a bit from the edge? I can't tell from the pic.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 9:09PM
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organic_kitten(8)

Beginner, Hah! It is beautiful and I am sure you and your DW are indeed enjoying the very nice view.
kay

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 9:29PM
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greylady_gardener

very pretty lily no matter what. though! :)
Seems to happen a lot, with plants. Pics don't always match, but lovely anyway.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 9:13PM
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schoolhouse_gw

I love it.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 11:08AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Thanks a lot, Thyme2dig. You have a good eye - I did add extra soil to raise the bed up above the surrounding ground.

Thank you, Kay. I think of myself a a beginner in planning and planting an ornamental garden. This is the first one where I have actually done everything from A to Z in one shot. Most of my experience is growing flowers in rows farmer-style.

Thank you, Schoolhouse. That means a lot coming from you. I've seen your creations. :)

TM

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 11:36AM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I think someone from hgtv slipped in during the night and stuck plants in there. lol
Amazing and so very pretty.
Kathy

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 1:32PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Great job on your new bed layout and plant selection, TM. That lily is a beauty.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 12:19AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Maybe they did, Kathy, though I'm not sure that anyone there cares much about gardens. I think of it as Hardly Gardening TV now. Do they even have a gardening show anymore? Thanks for liking my new bed.

Thank you, Bobbie. I appreciate your appreciation. :)

TM

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 8:15AM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I agree about HGTV.
Are y'all like Alaska and it stays light longer that in the south?
I went to visit my sister and we went to the Matanuska Valley. They grew amazing flowers and vegetables in a short time, due, partly, to the long sun hours.

One night we sat up talking and I realized it was still day light at 2:30 a.m.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 10:51AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Hi Kathy. Yep, our days are longer than yours in the summer. I checked it out, and at this date, our days are about an hour longer than yours, and in Juneau Alaska, for example, they are about three hours longer than yours. Up in Barrow AK, they are having 23 hour days.

Good question!

TM

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 4:09PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

If you can stand a couple more pics, I think the new bed is at its peak right now. I took these from a little different point of view than before, and the gomphrena and cosmos are looking pretty good. Please don't feel like you have to write a comment. Just take a look and smile if you like them.


TM

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 8:38PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Are those pink cosmos? I have been tempted to try some out back where we lost a tree. Not full sun, but sunnier than most of the yard at this point.

Still pretty!

Cynthia

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 9:19PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Cynthia, the cosmos are Versailles mix. They have always done well for me as cut flowers and I have lots of seeds. Want some?

TM

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 12:47PM
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gardenweed_z6a

TM: smile comin' at you

;-)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 9:11PM
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auntyara(5a)

:) very pretty.
:) Laura

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 9:42AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Smile

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 12:06AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Ooh, TM, I would love some seeds! I have been toying with the idea of a small, meadow-ish garden in the back near the neighbor's fence. I already have some black-eyed susans that have spread from her yard and a few tall phlox that I brought from my mother's garden years ago. I think your cosmos would be a lovely addition.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 10:47AM
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schoolhouse_gw

Pretty color combos. Oh and, : )

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 1:23PM
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freezengirl(3aMN and 5AK)

I am smiling too Thinman! :-) Your garden looks lovely!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 7:58PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I think all the time you spent planning the shape was well invested. And so many flowers! I think it would make a good cutting garden since with that many blooms you'd be unlikely to miss a few. Just a suggestion based on experience - I'd be sure to cut the lamb's ears flower heads back before they go to seed or you'll have them everywhere in the garden as well as migrating into the lawn.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 8:23PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Thanks, Schoolhouse and Freezengirl. I'm happy that you are smiling. :)

Babs, good idea about the lambs' ears. I think I'll go cut those things right now.

TM

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 7:50PM
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ghoghunter

I love your new garden!! The flower combinations are really beautiful and so colorful!!! Thanks so much for posting the pics!!!
Joann

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:36AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Thanks, Joann. It keeps changing as the summer rolls along. I have some dahlia coccinea plants that I started from seed, and they are just starting to bloom a little. I'll post a pic when they get further along.

TM

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 11:41AM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Excellent!! I've been waiting for that next pic. It really looks great.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 7:25AM
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flowerladylorraine

Hi TM ~ Ha, you're no beginner in growing flowers. Your new bed looks great and I can see why you and your DW love it. Very colorful.

FlowerLady

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:07PM
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flowergirl70ks

Are those liatrus just from one year? I have some 3 year old ones that don't look that good.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 8:28PM
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nulty

Hi TM,..i love the shape of your flowerbed,..it makes the eye roam,..beautiful selection of blooms as well,..the Cosmos really are stunning as are the Liatrus,..the latter i started this summer,..well thought out flowerbed indeed.

Philip

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 4:49PM
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NanaDeb50(8A)

Is the tall purple flower liatris? Did you start them from seed? Your bed is lovely and very well designed!
Thank you for the pictures.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 3:12PM
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NanaDeb50(8A)

Is the tall purple flower liatris? Did you start them from seed? Your bed is lovely and very well designed!
Thank you for the pictures.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 3:13PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I can almost guarantee that the Liatris was not from seed this year. They usually only produce a few grass-like fronds of foliage in the first year. Those are at least second year plants. I agree with everyone--beautiful job, Thinman.

Martha

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 5:51AM
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kathi_mdgd

Add me to the list of those smiling..You've done a great job,with the shape,color placement etc.Beautiful,just Beautiful.
TFS
Kathi

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 10:41PM
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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

Yes I will you did great job. Going to redo some of my beds. And I miss my cosmos.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 8:28AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I'd love to see another photo as we go into fall - is it still as lovely?

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 9:24AM
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dyhgarden(7b)

Looks beautiful! I love the height of your flowers. You said you used Versailles mix cosmos, would you mind sharing the varieties of your other flowers?

Thanks,
Cameron

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 8:20AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Hi, dear cottagers. I just woke up to the fact that I've been neglecting the cottage gardening group in general and this thread in particular. My apologies! To answer your questions ...

Flowergirl70ks and NanaDeb50 - Martha is right. The liatris came from corms that I put in three years ago in a different bed, so I can't really count those among the things I started from seed. I bought liatris seed a few years ago, but when I found out how slow the process was, I went for the corms instead.

Babs - I don't think it's quite as nice looking now, but I'll get the best pictures I can and post them so you can see for yourself.

Cameron - I'll make a list and put it in another post.

Thank you to all of you who have made such generous and welcome comments. It has been heart-warming to read them, especially coming from such a fine group of gardeners.

TM

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 1:08PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Here are a few shots I took this evening. I didn't take any wide shots, but I hope you like what I got.

I've never had foxgloves so late before. The variety is Foxy, and they bloom the first year from seed. Camelots from seed have bloomed way earlier for me than these did.

The yellow guys on the left are Dahlia coccinea. I don't know any more than that because the seeds came to me in a package of Cosmos seeds. They were started from seed this spring.

To the right are Benary's Giant Zinnias that go back until they meet with Cosmos bipinnatus, Versailles.

The orange zinnia is a Super Cactus Giant and down low behind it is Gomphrena, QIS series. The dahlia behind those is one I picked up on a impulse at WalMart, and I don't know what it is.

More of the cosmos here, with a few small white blossoms of corn cockles (Agrostemma githago, Ocean Pearl). They didn't make much of an impact in the cosmos thicket.

For Cameron, the other things I have in there are
Snapdragons, Rocket
Liatris , Floristan Violet
Lilies, Latvian
Yarrow (Achillea filipendula, Cloth of Gold)
Veronica spicata, Sightseeing
Heliposis, Summer Sun
Cornflowers (Centaurea, Boy series)
Baptisia.

I think I got them all.

TM

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 8:17PM
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ghoghunter

Wow! Your bed is looking wonderful!! I wish I was there to see it in person! What gorgeous flower combinations! Thanks for the second set of pics they are beautiful!
Joann

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 8:06AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Very nice to see how long-blooming this bed is. Thanks for the additional photos, TM.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 10:27AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Makes me smile every time I visit this thread!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 1:03PM
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