2014’s plant successes

So there were some failures in 2014. There were even more successes – perhaps due to a lot of rain early in the growing season, perhaps due to many of the plants simply being one year older.

Blue-eyed grass was listed as a failure earlier, but in a different location, it did just fine:

blue-eyed grass with about 40 blooms

The 2013 blazing star didn’t come back, but this summer we bought a new one that bloomed before the end of the season:

one blazing star stem in bloom

Our “tiny monster” geranium isn’t so tiny anymore. In fact, it’s starting to crowd out many of the plants around it, so we will need to divide it in the spring:

side view of tiny monster geranium with about 30 tall flowers

Moving the lamb’s ears from a shaded backyard location into the sunnier front yard did wonders for this plant:

six lamb's ears plants

The purple prairie clover had a few blooms in its first year:

one purple prairie clover blossom

This new coreopsis was planted late in the summer, when we thought it was done for the year. But the six plugs grew and grew, and half of them bloomed and bloomed. This will be one to divide and watch closely in 2015:

six coreopsis flowers and several buds

This yarrow was a volunteer plant in the backyard, and it didn’t flower last year, so I thought it was simply a pretty fern. But after we moved it to the front yard, it bloomed and showed its true identity:

yarrow leaves, buds, and flowers

The spiderwort is now two years old, and like in 2013, it had pretty flowers every day, all summer long:

spiderwort with many blooms

The black-eyed susan created many baby plants at the end of 2013. We divided it and moved it to three additional locations, all of which looked like veterans by the end of 2014:

side view of about two dozen black-eyed susan flowers

I didn’t even know that hens-and-chicks is a flowering plant until a stem started growing! I’m always surprised that this succulent makes it through the cold winters, and this year it surprised me yet again:

hens and chicks stem with buds, and a close-up of the flowers in bloom

We had varying success in the vegetable garden, and the beans were one example that exceeded expectations. They even grew through the squirrel fence:

bean leaves growing through a fence

Not surprisingly, with all of the wet weather, mushrooms were quite prevalent from time to time:

two dozen short, brown mushrooms

And we enjoyed lots of insects, like this dragonfly on a budding purple coneflower:

dragonfly on a budding purple coneflower

While not from our own garden, I had to include this harebell. It’s my favorite photo from Tettegouche State Park, but it was saved in the wrong folder and so I overlooked it earlier.

several harebell flowers next to a river

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