Some people love the uniqueness of green hydrangeas and some wonder why their bright blue blooms fade away to ugly green. Everyone is different. But if you wonder where green blooms come from – they are seldom found in nurseries – the answer is they come from blue blooms, and sometimes from late in the season white-flowering plants (Blushing Bride).
The Limelight hydrangea can also have green flowers, especially in early stages of growth. It’s flower is elongated in shape so it is different than the blue macrophylla, big leaf hydrangea, I’m writing about here.
Here in Florida it does not feel like the end of summer transitioning into Fall. The September garden is overgrown and producing little. My garden looks like a mess. Temperatures are still in the 90’s and it’s too hot to stay outdoors for any length of time. I water the garden at least once a day, and usually twice, and it still wilts in the heat.
I now have two new bell pepper plants growing from seeds. One is tall and has given me a few green peppers. The other is still tiny. You can see the big (old) pepper plant in the raised bed, front left area. The peppers are small and thin walled, but I use them in cooking.
I’ve cut back the eggplant once more and haven’t had an edible eggplant from it in a long time.
The tomatoes are long and gangly and will probably just die before they produce edible tomatoes. I may try to grow them again in early spring.
And I have a couple of squash plants – one has a tiny squash growing. I honestly can’t remember what type of squash it is. Either a winter / butternut or spaghetti squash. I threw seeds in the dirt to see what would happen. I can’t grow summer squash or zucchini for some reason. (This little squash rotted and fell off the vine.)
The most beautiful plant in my vegetable garden right now is the fennel. I had two plants and one died, but the other has grown tall stalks of pretty yellow flowers which bring bees every day. This is why I let my plants continue to grow even if they don’t produce. Their flowers bring bugs searching for nectar and birds hop through the garden in search of bugs for dinner. Eventually seeds will form.
I was inspired to draw the fennel with flowers and turn it into a custom card at my Zazzle store.
I’m not sure what will become of my vegetable garden. I’m considering giving up on growing my favorite vegetables. I seem to have more luck with herbs, so maybe I need a big herb garden. I love to pick fresh herbs from the yard.
The parsley that has been growing for over 2 years is finally dying. I let it go to seed and maybe it will produce new plants. I haven’t seen any parsley worms for a while.
My neighbors across the street told me they turned their vegetable garden into a citrus garden. They said that bugs ruined everything they tried to grow so they gave up. It seems that the smart thing to do is grow what works in this tropical climate.
My Little Citrus Trees
I am happy to see that my lemon tree is making a come back. Once it gave up trying to produce lemons, it could concentrate on new growth, and the greenery is beautiful. I have it planted in a fabric pot and it seems very happy.
The new orange tree still has one orange growing. The tree is small, and I did have 2 oranges, but one fell off and was no good.
The Persian lime tree is full of limes, which I will be able to start using soon, but the tree and fruit don’t look as good as last year. I think it needs a bigger pot. With all the spikes on the stems, that will be a chore!
It’s hard to believe that it is the end of summer now. I recently took some photos of the flowers remaining in bloom in the yard, and the Pinky Winky is one of the hydrangeas that still looks good.
Although the many deer that frequent my yard come to eat hydrangea buds and leaves, my Pinky Winky shrub still has flowers. They started white then began to show some light pink, and ended up dark pink with some white at the top. Some of the flowers are totally pink.
I think I will try to shape my hydrangeas better before they start blooming next year. This one could end up being a tall tree with the flowers standing upright out of the reach of deer maybe. Pruning will be an experiment, and hopefully I won’t mess up the plant so it won’t bloom. This year I let all my hydrangeas grow “wild” in any way they chose. It’s only their second year in my yard, so I didn’t want to mess with them too much. The Limelight plants are really long and droopy, but have loads of very pretty flowers. Those would do better if they were trimmed for next spring.