Okay, you may be wondering what these two things have in common with each other…..nothing really. But this past week has been full of the unexpected, the expected and I also have some seeds to giveaway.
For those of you who may have been following my “Curing the Garden Blahs” posts (I do hope someone is reading them), I will return to them next week when we will focus on color combinations.
As I sit here writing this post, I am frankly surprised that I am not more worn out. This past week was all planned out…..in addition to my normal responsibilities, I had two speaking presentations to prepare for, I had to replant my vegetable garden (more about that later), prepare the Sunday School lesson for 5th & 6th graders and get ready for the scheduled birth of my nephews on Thursday.
This particular Penstemon can be found growing in the Southwestern US deserts of Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. It is hardy to -20 degrees F. Beautiful orange/red flowers are produced in the winter and spring. In zones 7 – 10, their leaves are evergreen. Grown easily from seed, Firecracker Penstemon reaches a mature size of approximately 2′ x 2′ when in flower.
MAINTENANCE: This perennial is low-maintenance. The main requirement is removal of spent flower stalks, which will often promote additional flowering. Firecracker Penstemon is drought tolerant when established, but will require regular irrigation to look their best. At the minimum, supplemental water will be required in the summer months. Older plants can be be cut back to remove old, woody growth. NO fertilizer is required.
Rosey (Dung Hoe)
Liza (Good to Grow)
Diana (Scrappy Wonder Woman)
Rose (Prairie Rose’s Garden)
Ginny (Ginny’s Garden)
Nancy (Sun Lakes)
Susan in the Pink Hat
I do have enough seeds for 8 winners. If your name is on this list, PLEASE email me your mailing address so that I can get the seeds in the mail to you.