My new purple petunia. This is the third plant I've tried in my new blue planter. The first, a bright orange marigold, withered and died. The second, a New Guinea impatiens also "failed to thrive." I'm hoping the third time is the charm. This part of the porch gets the brightest, and hottest, sun of the day, from about 11am to 2 pm, and it's in the shadows the rest of the time. It's a difficult place to keep annuals going, but I like planted containers near my front door. I like this color combination, I hope it works!
A few of my gladiolas are blossoming now. They are absolutely not the Green with Envy variety as they were identified on the package. The bulbs must have been mismarked. I'm still quite thrilled by them. They're a very buttery yellow, almost like the canned creamed corn I require when I'm sick and can't keep food down, lol.