July 19, 2009

Sentimental Blue

This balloon flower, 'Sentimental Blue', was planted in 2007 and while the plant has remained on the small side the flowers are big and plentiful. I checked the plant tag that's in my gardening journal (I only sound organized). The reason the plant has stayed small is because it's a dwarf plant. Don't remember reading that when I purchased it. It's growing in some really crummy soil under a big tree and still puts out these pretty flowers.

A couple of months ago I planted this small clump of cobweb hens and chicks next to the balloon flower. I like it and so does Phillip.

Earlier today, on the way to visit my parents, I passed by this row of old wooden wagons overflowing with petunias. My goodness, it was a pretty sight. The photo doesn't do it justice. Bad lighting or bad photographer, not sure which.
This critter looked like he was about to jump up on the pot of impatiens sitting on the tree stump. He took one look at me and changed his mind. He gave me that innocent look, but I know better. The squirrels, the chipmunks and especially the rabbits have given me lots of trouble in the garden this summer.


  1. Love the wagons in particular ... very attractive settings\. TTFN~ Marydon

  2. Morning Donna,
    The wagon picture is so pretty! That's a lot of flowers!
    I am sorry the critters are giving you a hard time with your garden. Some years are just harder than others. My havaharts are being used a lot this year. Peanut butter makes a great bait.
    Pretty blue Balloon flowers, something similiar to that grows wild up in the mtns here.

  3. Didn't catch the 'wee' toes until late last night ... chuckle on me!, Donna. TY for popping over ... have a beautiful week. TTFN ~Marydon

  4. I have a little, tiny balloon flower. I wonder if it's the same type. The wagons really do look pretty, I bet it smells good by them. I love the smell of petunias.

  5. Your balloon flower is beautiful and I like that it is a dwarf plant but has huge flowers! Spider web Hen and Chicks! I always wondered what that kinds was called-perfect!
    I'd love to drive down the road and come upon those great wagons.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, sorry your morning glory plants were all eaten. So frustrating when we're trying so hard to GROW something.

  6. I love the wagon full of petunias. Your picture looks great. (I know how hard it is to get a decent picture for your blog.)

    The balloon flower is amazing. I could use something that grows well under a tree.

  7. I know that innocent look. You're right, it doesn't mean a thing. lol

    Love those petunias! I am a big fan of Balloon Flower. I will have to try it again -- I had trouble with an insect that was eating through the stems.

  8. Anonymous21 July, 2009

    That looks like the same kind of balloon flower I just bought and planted, hope it does stay small like yours. I sure love those wagons full of flowers, is it a store or home display? Most buddleias are only hard to zone 5, but I did see one for zone 4 so you may have to search for it.

  9. Wow...I love those carts! Where they just on the side of the road, or a driveway! Good idea to remember if I ever have a long driveway

  10. Yes, the carts of petunias caught my eye, too. That silly squirrel is trying to look innocent, but we know better, don't we?

    I think I have that balloon flower, too. I planted a few last year, and was pleased they survived the winter.


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