It's been awhile since I've posted from the Tank Garden. Mostly, because it was sooooooo dasterdly hot this summer and DRY. I also had some issues with the new planters I put in. I haphazardly mixed the soil of manure and sand and apparently did not add enough sand. Did you know you can actually kill geraniums and petunias if the soil is too rich??? Not to mention heliotrope, miniature roses, dusty millers, and a few others I foget. Yep, all yellowed, curled up and dropped.
I had not the time, money, or energy this hot summer to fix the problem so those planters are thin, but hey I had some wonderful volunteer plants and plants in the first tanks that did great, so I am happy.
Lots of pictures:
Lots of cockscomb. All the Purple cone flowers grew and died right away this year. Why??
I'll be drying a lot of the cockscomb so I'm on the look out for a great vintage container for it!
It reminds me of my Grandma who hung hers to dry in the basement and caught the seeds, but I don't think she kept the dried flowers, just the seeds.
I'm kind of glad the vines didn't go up on the tractor seat as I planned or I wouldn't be able to see it still!
Another cockscomb volunteering under the little chair.
Remember this wreath tutorial? The melampodium died in the heat, but the other plants took over.
You can see one of my favorites, the Hyacinth Bean Vine on the right.
This is growing in pure sand and loved the heat and dry weather. (Mexican Sunflower, maybe??)
Bells of Ireland. :)
That is an iron candle holder I picked up a couple of years ago at a garage sale. It's not old, but looks old and is heavy and wonderful. It's sitting on a floor grate (another garage sale buy) with insulators on top.
The one miniature rose that lived!! And, how I love the white flowers in the chippy white and rusty bucket!
Wonder what I did right with that soil?
I had to be careful to not catch our WEEDY vegetable garden in the background of the pictures! As soon as the tomatoes are done, we'll mow it flat and be relieved!
~Have a great weekend.~