Outdoor Flowers 2016

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The pansies have had a rough time outdoors, but pansyfest is approaching anyway! laugh Got a decent crop of shady lady impatiens coming along indoors, too. Only one of my hollyhocks seems to be coming back from winter - oh, well. The purple violas I planted last year, and a few of last year's pansies, are doing well.

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No hard frost yet - mid

No hard frost yet - mid-November flowers, peeking through the leaf drifts. :)

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Can't see too well in the

Can't see too well in the pictures, but I had lots of different colors of volunteer calibrachoa. They seem to germinate really well on the mid-deck railing planters, and I fan them out from there. Also, each year buy a few more, because the volunteers don't reach flowering size until late July (I think).

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Pansies starting to die off,

Pansies starting to die off, and gazanias, vinca, and volunteer calibrachoa maturing to take their place. I don't know why callie aren's sold from seed, because they sure volunteer in my railing planters readily enough. (The big ones I bought, though - the young volunteer callie are just starting to bloom now.)

One hollyhock survived. Not as gaudy as I prefer, but lovely and tall. There's a volunteer baby hollyhock as well, but that won't bloom this year.

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Pansies enjoying their

Pansies enjoying their foreshortened heyday, and the summer flowers coming along. The seedling shelf has been retired - the gazania and vinca 6-packs can live outdoors. Only one of the hollyhocks made it (OK, I killed one because I didn't like it, but my favorite simply didn't come back). The impatiens just started blooming. I'm not sure how the columbine got there, but it's pretty.

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Still haven't seen blooms

Still haven't seen blooms from all the pansies. Late spring. But they're getting there.

Indoors, the gazanias and vinca are coming along.

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Getting more floriferous out

Getting more floriferous out there. smiley Still quite a few of the pansies haven't bloomed yet. My "antique shades" pansy seeds, that I paid extra for at Burpee, were defective. A whole lot of purple shades instead of antique shades... But they're pretty. The violas from last year came back strong. Transplanted out my impatiens today. Not really warm enough for them yet, but they shouldn't die, and space is getting tight indoors.

Started gazanias and vinca indoors. Every single gazania seed sprouted, in just a few days. I love that plant... Vinca are trickier.

 

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