I have some sunflower seeds that I’d planted but this one must have been a “volunteer” or one that sprouted from the seeds that I fed the birds…it started growing in the front last month and I transplanted it over to the side of the house. It was not happy about that at all for awhile there, but I watered it faithfully and asked it to just hang in there. It did :)
Hibiscus, smoke bush leaves, and waiting for my tall lily to bloom. I still remember the first year that I’d planted this lily. I waited and waited and waited and it was very top heavy. It bloomed and fell over from the weight or a rain storm. All in the same 24 hours. I was as a crushed as it was! :)
Russian Sage, which the bees love, Impatiens ( New Guinea, which are not affected by whatever virus or fungus is bothering Impatiens at the moment ) Lantana, which is finally starting to bloom, and a yellow rose from the carpet rose bush.
My watermelon plants are puzzling. I planted the seeds and they sprouted and grew about two inches and a month later there they are, still thriving at ….two inches :) This also happened to another plant in a different location…I think that it is zucchini. It just stagnated at about 5 inches tall. All are in good dirt with peat moss, etc. Who knows….alive but not going anywhere.
Containers : when you have torrential rains, containers are flooded. I have dumped excess water out of these on several occasions but the green beans, tomato plant, and mini pumpkins that I planted in containers are not thriving. They are alive but I think that next year anything that goes into a container is going to have to love a lot of water. However, I have one tomato plant in a container that I was going to transplant down the line, but while it had the same conditions ( flooding and all ) it is happy, so I shall leave it where it is for now.
Grapevine : I had a grapevine years ago where I lived when my boys were young and I enjoyed it and making juice from the grapes. I thought to try it here…I planted one in the spring and it is growing. Hoping for grapes in a year or two.
Strawberries: I did have some for awhile, but last month we had a spell of constant heavy rains. The remainder of the berries ended up getting black and moldy and the advice that I read on the Net said to pull up the bad plants. So I did. Time will tell how the remaining plants do. It was very disappointing, but that is gardening! : )
The tomatoes and cucumber and basil in the raised beds and other locations are doing well.