The Windowboxes at Trinity 2011

by Patrick on October 16, 2011

As some of you know who follow this blog, ‘m a 46 year old quadriplegic man living in a great nursing h0me. Outside of Trinity are two canopies with 12, yes 12, window boxes.

I’ve been away from Trinity since August 1st battling a UTI that went septic and for the last 10 weeks at a wound care hospital healing some very severe pressure wounds. I hope to return in the next ten days.

My saving grace has been my blog with posting and doing some serious commenting. I can’t believe how high I’ve gone with total quantity of comments for some recent posts. I don’t know what I would have done without my laptop and blog. So back to my window boxes.g

When I left in late July, the petunias had a serious case of tobacco bud worm and there  was nary a blossom left on the plant. Todd went out and bought Sevin dust  on his own dime to control the worms. And the flowering was sporadic of most of the rest of them. The boxes are only 30″ long and were planted with five 5″ annuals. Yikes, that’s tight. The boxes are lovingly maintained by the bus driver, a dedicated gardener during the week and on the weekends watered by the house ladies. The ladies are under threat of repercussions by their boss if we lose the plants. Not really but it’s close, to the situation and I’ve only lost one with all the 100 degrees days in the height of the summer. So what a dream team is the bus driver and the cleaning ladies. Who would have thunked?

So the week before last, while Todd was returning my wheelchair, he showed these images on his 3D phone. I was stunned when he sared with me the images seen before you. They look like something you’d see at a breeder trial garden. Aren’t they incredible for October in Kansas?  Frost is expect next week, so I will not see them most  likely. I apologize but I don’t have the variety names but the plant tags are a Trinity so I will update all of them when I return. So without any adieu, I present the best five best of the bunch.

Fort unia Pink Picotee, I’m not into pink flowers but Sandy at Family Tree really wanted me to try it so I relented and will now use it every year going forward. The petunias have overgrown two ‘Diamond Frost’ euphorbia but with these results. Who cares?  It was a stunning combo earlier in the season.

The new ‘Black Velvet’ petunia with the Mini Famous  Lemon calibrochia packs a quick one -two punch. Do I need to say it again,  but this stunner  is pictured in October in Kansas? I won’t use Black Velvet again since the black gets lost in the shadows of the plant.

I tried several Angelonia in boxes this year. The best combo was three Angelface  Blue’ with a plant  from Proven Winners I was not familiar with until this year. MecardoniaThe variety name is ‘Golddust’. I won’t grow it again because they bloomed in flushes so there was nothing but little dead heads all over the plant between the flushes. I hope th e breeders keep working on in because if it were to bloom all season, it would have wide usage as a spiller.

This is the window box I’d must like to see. This is the petunia ‘Phantom’ from Ball Floraplant. It started the season with two ‘Midnight Lace’ sweet potatoes against my better  judgement as to their final size. I pulled them out fairly quickly and I’m so glad I did. This is another one of black petunias as it started out the season as a  black flower with a thin yellow lined star. And oh what a sight to see in October. I love plants where the genes are pretty unstable, that’s how I describe it anyway, and lead to multiple variations of flower bloom. Todd outdid himself on the care of this plant to have results like this at the end of the season. And to think he tells people I’m responsible for all this beauty

This window box was a real challenge right from the start. It started out with salmon and white faced impatiens between these two different torenia. We had so much rain in May and half of June, and considering they’re on the drip line from the canopy above them, there really were sopping wet because they were in the most shaded area. And obviously, the weekly applications of Miracle-Grow was a little much considering it ended up as nearly all leaves with sporadic blooms. But I love it anyway for its lushness.

This last child is in the most shaded area on the east canopy. But look at this Summer Wave Bouquet ‘tornenia on the same fertilizing program. See how she shines? Obviously,  The lime green coleus ‘Colorblaze Lifelime was not a good  fit but it looks very cool otherwise. I’m assuming there’s another torenia on the other side of the box. There were also two yellow tuberroses on either side of the coleus that were chewed up on. But they were beautiful earlier in the summer when I could appreciate it before the season of my discontent. Nothing like using a Shakespeare reference in a blog posting, don’t you think?

 

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