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




Kingswood Torch


Stained Glass

Rustic Orange

Kiwi Fern

Burgundy Wedding Train

Mississippi Summer

Black Dragon


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!

Anonymous 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...

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