As we head into fall on the coast I'm looking back over recent summer work in the garden. Over the summer months there is always plenty of busy work happening in the garden. During the summer months there is plenty of pruning, including trimming of the pink roses, cutting back the passionflower vines near the obelisk and also on the front yard fence. The pink jasmine gets cut back often in summer since it grows wildly during these months.
I planted the two new red passionflower vines in the trellis boxes, so far they are showing plenty of new growth with both vines reaching up about a foot taller since being planted. There has been some weird die-off on a small section of one plant (another shoot of the vine), but otherwise overall the vine seems healthy. I'm hoping these vines really take hold so they can go gangbusters by next spring and summer. When I planted them I added in some free fertilizer samples I received from the local garden nursery. The vines look healthy with plenty of growth, better results than the four online vines I planted that did not thrive. I hope the new vines look as good as the old ones pictured here.
The two sets of sweet peas I planted out are doing great, when I planted them I added some free fertilizer sample in the planting hole. So far the sweet pea vines are starting to set flower in September and the vines are growing tall on the obelisk and the front yard trellis near the front porch. I also noticed two vines from the perennial sweet pea seeds I planted a while ago have sprung up under the obelisk also. The perennial sweet pea is not fragrant unfortunately but it is a perennial vine and produces a purple bloom, so far the vine seems thicker and has more pronounced leaves than the annual sweet peas I planted.
I am continuing to water the Goodwin Creek lavender and false raspberry groundcover I planted between the passionflower vine on the fence and the pink climbing roses. Both plants seem to be doing well, I am hoping I can keep the passionflower vine cut back enough so it doesn't cover up the new plants. I wish the passionflower vines in the trellis grew as vigourously as the vines in the yard. Hopefully in spring we'll see this kind of growth from the new trellis passionflower vines.