Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Love My Ladybug and Crazy for Coleus

Design - "Coccinella" - Freebie
Designer - Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks
Fabric - 26 count white linen
Floss - DMC / Anchor
Started - 4 July 2010
Completed - 19 July 2010

Wow - I'd not have any problem with aphids if I had this girl in my garden!
And speaking of gardening...

How can you not be crazy for coleus? 
Last year was a banner year for me growing coleus. 
This year I've had challenges...

First off I think the weather was too cold in May / early June and the plants sat and sulked then shrivelled and died - over-watering?
When I replaced them, things looked good until Doris Deer came along. 
She thought it was an "All You Can Eat Coleus Buffet".
So I grumbled (cursed?) and sighed and bought plants for the 3rd time.  

Now they are safe behind a fence and happier with less water and warmer temperatures.

Rustic Orange

Defiance

Oompah?

Henna

Kingswood Torch

Redhead

Stained Glass

Rustic Orange

Kiwi Fern

Burgundy Wedding Train


Mississippi Summer

Black Dragon

7 comments:

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

I'm glad that you were able to replant and that the coleus are doing better. I love them, too, and I have them in containers all around the house. I started some from seed, and they are still fairly small, so what I learned is that I need to start my flower seeds much earlier next year, but I fertilize them every week and they are growing fast! The leaf colors of the ones you have are just gorgeous!

dogsmom said...

I have some of those around my yard. From a previous person, of course. Now I have to go outside and appreciate them.

zentmrs said...
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zentmrs said...

Look at those gorgeous colors! Thanks for sharing!

Jami@ An Oregon Cottage said...

I wish I had coleus, but I haven't planted any this year. I love all the new colors they've come out with. Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday Garden Party!

Heather said...

Love that little wedding train. I think I have had that one before.

Cute ladybug too:)

visiting from tgp

Anonymous said...

i love that ladybug can u send me a copie of the chart plz plz email me lindafoltz24@yahoo.com put lady bug as the subget