Michael Battalio


amaryllis

amaryllis

This year’s daylilies have not been a disappointment. They are wonderful this year.
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Here is a very proud success. This is an amaryllis I saved from my parents house before I left and my dad mowed everything to the ground. It has taken three years after transplanting for it to get back to a size where it would bloom, but it is worth the wait.

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Here is some monarda I planted last fall. I didn’t expect it to do so well, yet here it is. We’ll see if the plant is still alive come August.

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Finally here are the tomato plants. I harvest about five everyday. I’m sort of regretting planting the daylilies amongst the vegetables. They take up space I could have used for more vegetables. Lesson learned.

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Perennials


With the growing season once again in full swing, this will be a full blog post. We have gotten enormous amounts of rain this year. As of 5/16/15 we are at 23.87”, which is double what we should have. The garden is loving it. Everything looks amazing.

Below is a euphorbia that I got at a box store for $3.33. I hope all the rain doesn’t drown this usually drought tolerant plant.

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Here is a yarrow that I know needs some pampering when first planted, as the last time I tried it, it died during August. I’m hoping the enormous amount of rain will harden the plant up for the inevitable dry spell that will happen later in the year.

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Next a couple of daylilies. The first is one I dug from my parent’s yard “Frans Hals”, which is a prolific bloom and a hardy plant. I put it in the roadside bed because I know it can take the heat. The second photo is a patch of native daylilies that were here when I moved in. This is the first year that they are making such an impressive display. The last two years there have only been one or two bloom stalks. I have to chalk the improved performance to the rain, though in previous year I assumed they weren’t blooming much due to the shade of the live oaks.
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I’m including another photo of an amaryllis simply because they are so impressive.
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Next is a scutellaria ‘Fuchsia Fountains’, which I bought at the Brazos county master gardener plant sale earlier this spring. It is settling into its space very nicely.

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Here are some coleus that I started from seed when I transplanted the tomatoes. They are growing slowly, but they will be read to pot up in containers shortly.

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