This year has been a learning experience for me, learning which type of plants do well here in northern Idaho, and which plants struggle, and all the different needs that each plant has. Many of these plants I started from seeds I bought in the dead of winter, with great hopes of the spring and summer to come. Some have fared well. Some have not. Some plants need full shade, some need full sun, and some that say on the seed package "partial shade" really should be interpreted to mean "full shade", at least with the hot kind of summer we've had. Unfortunately, I have no "full shade" place here, with no nice large trees in my flower garden area, and so many of the plants I thought would do okay with partial shade have just withered in the heat of the sun, even if it was the morning sun.
Pansies are supposed to like some sun, but with the heat of the summer as its been this year, they have needed the partial shade areas.
Unfortunately, these pansies haven't done so well since the temps rose into the 90s+. They absolutely were outgrowing the basket up until the end of June and then they have just withered up ever since. I plan on digging them up sometime today and finding a new home for them... in the shade, and replacing them with some sun loving petunias.
My broccoli amazingly is doing pretty well, even despite the high heat.
I planted these gladiolas back in early May, and they are just now beginning to bud out, and they are gloriously beautiful! This year I planted them in pots. I plan on digging them up out of the pots this fall, and hopefully planting them in a more permanent spot next year.
Isn't this color absolutely glorious! I am so excited that the gladiolas are finally blooming in such magnificent colors! I can't wait for the rest of them to begin to bloom. I planted quite a few. This is the first one to arrive!
This is one of the flowers that I started from seed. I received a seed packet from a dear friend in Texas, my dear friend RH, and this is one of the lovely flowers that has bloomed from this seed packet.
This is one of the loveliest of the flowers I started from seed. It is called "Cosmos" and the first time I have ever planted this flower. I absolutely LOVE it. It is so gorgeous, and blooms in a rainbow array of colors. They are just now beginning to bloom, and I can't wait to see the rest. Hummingbirds and butterflies love cosmos too. The one thing I didn't realize about cosmos when I planted them in the ground is that they grow REALLY tall! Like almost as tall as me! So, because of this factor, where I have planted some of the cosmos, I have had to replant them, because they were blocking the sun from the rest of the plants. Cosmos need to be planted at the back of the flower garden, or given their very own space, preferably next to a hummingbird feeder, as the hummingbirds absolutely love these flowers! They are easy to grow, are heat tolerant, and are just beautiful. I have fallen in love with cosmos, and will be planting more of them next year!
Who doesn't love marigolds! Their bright cheery yellow colors dazzle no matter where they're planted, and a big plus with marigolds is that they attract unwanted pests, which helps protects other plants around them. They are marvelous to plant in your garden to help keep unwanted pests away.
Another close-up of a beautiful rosy hued cosmos.
Bachelor buttons are right up there next to cosmos as a favorite flower to plant here. They bloom most of the summer, and have the most beautiful shades of blue you've ever seen. Planting cosmos, and bachelor buttons together is a great combination, absolutely magnificent! Make sure you plant them in a place where you don't mind them growing at least 3-4 feet high though! That is one thing I didn't realize when I planted them this year.
Another shot of the lovely zinnas... that one small packet of seed from my friend in Texas has filled quite a few of my flower pots around the yard!
If you'd like to know more about the noxious weeds that grow here in northern Idaho, here is a link to the 68-page booklet with all the information you need to find out if you have noxious weeds growing around you! Bonner County Noxious Weed Handbook