Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Bright. Colorful. COLD!
Meanwhile, here's a different perspective on the driveway border beds. As you can see by the overhanging branches, the Snowdrift crabapple (like the Prairie Fire and the side-of-the-house Robinson Crabapple) is really short on leaves this year. Thankfully the condition doesn't seem to have impacted fruit production.
The Zahara zinnias have finally gotten to the point were I might like them. It's taken them 2 months to really fill in. What I don't like them is that just as they get a nice flush of flowers on them, they are submerged by the next/taller buds. So while the plants may be full of bloom, they aren't easy to see all the time. One tick in their favor - the colors are much more saturated and bright than the Cut-n-come-agains.
And the size is nice. For the first time in years I can see to the beds behind the borders. But another con - there is very little, if any, bee/butterfly traffic. Still, it could be that the long polar winter wiped out a lot of the pollinators.
So I'm not sure if I'll do them again.
Speaking of bright saturated colors, the State Fair zins I planted back in the bins along 'sunny lane' are really big blooms with super deep colors. Unfortunately, unlike the Cut-n-come-agains, they are tall narrow plants. Even planted a mere 16-18" apart, they have never filled in. *sigh* I guess they still haven't invented the 'perfect' zinnia yet. LOL The only thing along the lane that is filled in are the purple potatoes (under netting) in the closest bed.
It'll probably go down to high 40s -- again. May & June were (worldwide!) the warmest 2 months in recorded history, so I'm not really complaining about the frequent polar cools downs we've had in July. One thing for sure, not only can you do a lot outside (check sidebar blogs) when the days are cool, but the nights make for some really fine sleeping weather!