Viewing Calif_Sue's Garden Diary: 2008
Monday, July 13, 2009
New rose archHubby surprised me and came home with this rebar rose arch, set it in place and will plant Autumn Sunset rose to climb it on one side.
(Pot collection is getting ridiculous!)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Primal ScreamThis daylily is a dormant so takes a while to take off but those bright blooms are so worth the wait!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Bali Watercolor daylilyA powerhouse of a daylily, cranking out large purple spidery blooms for a couple of months. A sight to behold when in full clump like this!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Daylilies peak in JuneAfter the flush of roses in April and May, I now get to enjoy my daylilies. This one was named for my granddaughter by the hybridizer Pat Stamile from Floyd Cove nursery in Florida. So yes, I do grow some pink in my garden!
Hemerocallus Natalie Antoinette
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Purple and orangeThis purple Sea Lavender, Limonium perezii is planted next to an orange wallflower Erysimum cheiri 'Bedder Mix'. May not be everyone's cup of tea but I love the combo!
Friday, May 16, 2008
ORANGE!!Really was taken with anything orange this year, it's so strange to come full circle compared to what I used to collect. A few years back it was all pinks, blues, lavenders etc. but I found myself gravitating to the warm colors every time I went and toured other gardens. Got rid of almost all things pink and started adding lots of peach and orange. I especially liked oranges mixed with purples and blues, such a vibrant combination. Yellows also started showing up in the garden which also looks fabulous with the blues and lavenders.
This was a surprising favorite I picked up at Annie's Annuals. It cranked out one bloom after another for months and the heat didn't faze it at all. A true orange color if I ever saw one!
Papaver atlanticum 'Flore Pleno'
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Brass Band roseI love this rose, it did really well here in it's first year, the blooms are very distinct and beautiful.
It is backed by the dark leaves of Vitis vinifera ' Purpurea'
The lavender haze next to it is the wonderful Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis' which self seeds everywhere. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54925/
There is a canna emerging behind it and the spiky bronze is a Cordyline that croaked after an extended heat stroke. The yellow variegated vine's name currently escapes me. Will have to research my info and add it later.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Garden shotsPlaying some catch up with the blog, my goodness, where has the time gone?!
Wedding went well, my son and new daughter-in-law are happily married and come to visit us often.
Shot of my garden in May, just a mixture of all kinds of plants, definitely not a formal landscaped garden by any means!
Friday, April 25, 2008I helped plant several little 'cottage' garden beds in the yard where my son will be married on May 3rd. It's the brides' parents yard. Just finished them yesterday, wish I had known earlier they needed help with it because it would have been nice to have done them 4-6 weeks before the wedding instead of just 2 weeks. When I got there last Saturday and saw that they were empty, we made a dash for the local Home Depot and Target. I bought all the soil and plants as my gift to the bride's parents since they had already spent so much for the wedding.
Anyways, I packed the beds pretty well and at least there is some color out there now and hopefully by next weekend, more blooms will pop. I added lavender, cushion flowers, osteoperiums, lobelia, allyssum, petunias, hebe and a few larger shrubs including a snowball bush in the surrounding areas
Friday, April 25, 2008And a third area. A total of 4 beds and some left over plants for pots were planted. A few more bags of redwood mulch and it should look more completed.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008I took a closeup of this euphorbia with a visiting ladybug, neat to see the unusual detail of the bloom too!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008New in my garden, this gorgeous Red Horned Poppy, Glaucium corniculatum
I love the orange blooms and interesting gray foliage.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Front yardThe front yard is really exploding into color, soon the roses will start and I'll get a whole new look.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008Beside the garage, this is one of a matching pair of pots that fit perfectly in the small dirt area. I recently added succulents to the column Japanese Holly 'Sky Pencil'. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53332/
Tuesday, April 22, 2008On the other side of the front walkway is a currently blooming Purple Crest Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf', http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1930/
a tall blooming euphorbia with it's large lime bloom heads and a gold phormium in the pot with various succulents and a self seeded geranium incanum with it's first deep lavender blooms at it's base.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sebastopol tripMade a trip to pick up some succulents from Michelle, deviant_deziner and then drop off a daylily from a friend in my daylily club who had purchased it off the auction. Made a full day of it by visiting Zuzu, bringing her 3 roses that I changed my mind on. It was an enjoyable and relaxing visit, meandering through her garden and newly emerging rose blooms. Not to mention the company of kitties that accompanied us. We also went to Sonoma Hort. Nursery and I ended up buying my first 2 rhodies I didn't know I needed. LOL, isn't that always the way it goes, plant lust happens so much easier with an enabler like Zuzu!
Here is the whole thread I did on the trip:
This is 'Second Honeymoon', Zuzu and I both got one. Love the soft color with a greenish cast to it.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Manda SueAnd this was the other one I bought, such luscious colors!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
'Aloha' roseI was especially excited to see this one blooming at Zuzu's as I hadn't seen one in person before. I have it growing and budding so will have my own blooms to see soon.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Blue and Orange!!I try to maneuver around at different angles to see what kind of vignette's I can get in my viewfinder, this one pleased me! Think I'll have to add more of these colors around the garden.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Roses are coming!Soon, I will get to see the first blooms on many of my new roses I acquired last fall. This is the first emerging bloom on Fantastique.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Front yardI posted a few shots in the Calif. forum of what I called my 'riotous tapestry' front yard. I am really enjoying the colors I am getting here. Once the roses start, it will look totally different again.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
SucculentsHere is my current favorite succulent bowl. I am really enjoying adding succulents everywhere, popping them into nooks and crannies along the edges of the garden beds.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Under the orange treeI have several pots, all different sizes under the orange tree in the backyard and it's constantly changing. This was taken yesterday and soon the daylily on the left side will bloom and I will be adding coleus for more foliage color.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Succulent colorsI love the rich cool weather colors some of the succulents get, this aqua pot sets them off nicely I think.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
KaseyShe just turned 1 year old on March 27th. Hard to get her to hold still long enough to get a picture! Hope she can sit for a groomer soon.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Garden shotsTaking garden shots lets me study them to see what may not be pleasing to my eye and I also get to look back later and see the progression. I am redoing the bed in the foreground next to the pond. Too many pots are now visible, my goal is to scatter them throughout the beds and gradually have plants within them and surrounding them hide their full size and lines. Well, thats my dream, who knows if I can get it right, I have sooo many pots now!
The blue ceramic ball was moved after this shot, found a better place for it.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
FamilyMy daughter and her family moved back to Calif. after having moved up to Canada for 1/12 years. They moved in with us until they can get back on their feet. So glad to have my grand babies back! They are so tall now!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
My pupsThese are my two house and garden companions. Penny, the tiny toy apricot poodle, is 3 years old now, Kasey, the Yorkshire terrier, is 11 months old.
Friday, February 8, 2008
More pots, now 60% offWell, we went 3 more times to the pottery place this week, the clearance sale discount went up to 60% off and they kept bringing out more and more pallets of wonderful pots. We went nuts and my backyard now looks like a pot ghetto, or at least a pottery and nursery! I will stack them along the side of the house until I get a chance to use them. I do scatter pots throughout the yard and in the middle of beds, it often adds a vertical touch when I don't want to commit a plant into the ground.
I plan to plant slivery blue succulents to this rectangle pot, paid $8 for it. I planted the lime one with a 'Purple Tiger' tree rose and moved it to the edge of a pathway.
Thursday, February 7, 2008This large one was $10. I got another just like it, twice the size for $30. I will have to give careful consideration in placing that big one!
Thursday, February 7, 2008I bought at least a dozen of the tall one on the left for roses and daylilies. Some didn't have the design emblem on the side. They were $4 each. The one on the right was $6 I think
Thursday, February 7, 2008I got several of these sets, some to give as gifts to relatives.
Thursday, February 7, 2008I bought two square pots that matched the red glaze of the other big pots. They fit perfectly on either side of the garage door. I planted them with Japanese Holly 'Sky Pencil'. They are slow growing, 6-8 ft mature. Perfect for this spot I think. Added a few primroses and a large flowered white bacopa for color interest.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Daylily club procurement chairI have been the procurement chair for my daylily club (Nor-Cal Daylily Group) in AHS Region 7 http://ahsregion7.org/ for several years now. I have been contemplating handing over the duties to another member as if was too hectic for me with work. Now that my work hours are reduced to nearly nothing, I have decided to remain in that position.
As procurement chair, I purchase new daylily intros from the hybridizers and distribute them to various club members to grow. Once they have increased to at least 4 fans, the growers bring those fans to the daylily meeting for auctioning, keeping one fan for themselves. I am in charge of getting those fan counts and creating the auction list as well as collecting digital images for them to be shown during the auction.
As procurement chair, I have been able to get first pick of the new daylilies which is wonderful but now I am filled to maximum capacity with daylilies (as well as my newly acquired roses) so will most likely not be keeping any for myself any longer. Perhaps once I rotate out some of the ones I am still growing I can add a few new ones again.
By the way, in the AHS Region 7 link above, you can find all past newsletters. A really nice article was written about me by another member in the Spring 2004 issue. I do look quite different now from that picture shown as does my garden!
I had a daylily registered with my name by the hybridizer Patrick Stamile but after 2 more years of review, it consistently bloomed low in the foliage and so he scraped it. He did use it for hybridizer purposes and now several newer intros bear my name as a parent plant. Very odd to see LOL!
Pat Stamile did name daylilies after both my daughter Leslie Renee http://www.distinctly.on.ca/stamile/leslierenee.htm and my granddaughter, Natalie Antoinette. http://www.distinctly.on.ca/stamile/Natalie_Antoinette.htm
H. 'Natalie Antoinette'. pictured below.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Pot purchasesTook advantage of a sale at NorCal Pottery Outlet, everything 30% off the marked prices. I have shopped this place many times, sharing my purchases in the California Forum. This store will be closing end of Feb. One shopper I spoke to said she will have to go into therapy, she will miss this place so much. I plan to go back for some more larger pots that come to $7. They should be perfect for smaller roses and daylilies as they are nice and deep.
I bought 12 pots of varying sizes, and a large Mediterranean looking urn. It was marked as $40, which, given it's size, is a bargain. 30% off of that made it $28!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Garden Sayings and QuotesGardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com
There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler :-)
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, "Garden Thoughts"
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion
Thursday, January 10, 2008I added about 60 new roses this past fall to my small collection of 8 at the beginning of 2007. I just couldn't help myself, Zuzu and Kell's influence and the wonderful fall sales were just too much to resist. I also took thousands of pictures at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, going several times a month as there was always something new blooming each time. Going so often had a great influence on my growing appreciation for the myriads of bloom shapes and colors. Now I just need to figure out where to put them all, I am pretty certain I went overboard! Many will go into large pots so that helps when I just can't make the decision as to where to plant them. I added all my roses and pictures to my Journal, there's one place I actually got organized!
I found this quote, it's exactly how I feel!
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Mardi GrasA few more favorite rose shots, not necessary ones that I have added to my garden though. Just no more room :-(
Tuesday, January 1, 20082007 was a tough year for me emotionally and I know my garden suffered. I was so sad over loosing my Dad in Feb. and then missing my daughter and two grandkids that had moved 1000 miles away and the year ended with my loosing the job I had for the past 8 years, working part time from home. While I enjoy gardening and it helps distract me from all my sadness and now money woes stress, I just didn't find the joy that I had in the past and found myself just going through the motions of caring for things.
I did go on several great nursery hopping trips with Kell and Zuzu, that's always a wonderful adventure! And my Mom and I enjoyed several garden tours and nursery shopping trips as well, I am so grateful to her sharing in the same interests, bringing us closer together.
So here I am hoping for a better 2008. Daughter, S-I-L and grandkids are moving back in early March (YAHOO!), son is getting married in early May and I am now on a mission to get this garden back into some kind of order. Lots of company coming for the wedding and May is usually a fabulous month for blooms showing off, at least the newly acquired roses. Daylily blooms will start in late May and peak in June. I wander around checking out things that still look decent even in the cold of January and vow to divide and spread these plants around the front and back yard and actually give everything a good start by giving them the fertilizer and care they need. Since money will now be tight, I need to concentrate on taking what I have and making those plants grow and thrive the best that I can.
Below is the cymbidium my Dad divided and gifted me a couple of years ago.
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