|A partial view of the large concrete patio area.|
That lovely raised planting area with lots of day lilies vulgarus (that's not the actual botannical name) in the photo above, looking lush and pretty, is now looking pretty crappy:
The very last bloom on the day lilies bloomed on July 13th (I had off from work that day so I could appreciate it). The rest of d-l-vulgarus have bare, dried-out stalks that need to be cut down, and lots of dying-back foilage (ditto). That's just the nature of this particular beast. After having put up with their habits for 24 years at the former Maison Newton I want to go in a different direction with this garden...
If you'll take a close look at the second photo near the center of the bed, you'll see that I have added a baby Rose of Sharon plant donated by my friend Barb. I transplanted the little shrub that was there (see same area in the first photo) to the north bed, where it seems to be happy. I didn't realize it until a couple of weeks later when the first flowers popped open, but there are ALREADY two other Rose of Sharon plants in that east bed!!! Duh. I did not recognize them until the tall one on the left started blooming. Then I took a closer look at my baby Rose of Sharon and the blooming plant in that bed (and also the not-yet blooming much shorter plant on the right side of the bed) and realized the leaves are exactly the same -- they're all Roses of Sharon. So how do I get the smaller shrubs to catch up with the tallest one that is now blooming???
You may have noticed, too, the Rose of Sharon with lots of blooms poking its head and shoulders above my fence! That much larger shrub in the neighbor's yard . I enjoy looking at its lovely blossoms from my perch at the dinette table looking out through the patio doors into the yard. It has deeper pinkish-purplish blossoms with burgundy-colored inners. That plant has TONS of blossoms and is really putting on a show. As far as I can tell, my neighbor (single thirtiesh male with a shaved head and buff bod) doesn't do a thing to his yard as far as I can tell, other than cutting the grass and using a string-line trimmer once a week, so perhaps I don't need to be babying my Roses of Sharon so much (giving them lots of water during the past 3 week dry-spell; and of course, I'm babying the baby transplant until its root system gets established).
I haven't had luck growing Rose of Sharon in the past but this, my third house, may be the charm.