Peony on it's way.
this is a really nice red one I got from Mum.
No scent which is a shame but I have a white one that is highly scented.
I'd like more peonies but they are so expensive!
We are looking at a few late frosts so hope my spring flowers survive.
Have to go put my baby tomato back under cover.
I have nursed it along all winter, took several lateral cuttings in autumn but only one made it - but it is forked so I can probably get two plants out of it.
that sounds nice, I have seen the pics of day lilies & am tempted...
I wonder how they would go along the front border, I could always make the lawn area smaller...
I put some giant scilla in where I have trimmed the shrubbery back. Look forward to seeing if they like it there as much as they have in the rose garden.
I also shifted my Satin Flower to this garden, hope it survives as it is quite a pretty flower.
Think day lilies would like it here?
The far corner is where I have my hellebores & white violets.
am slowly putting in more woodland type plants, would love trilliums but it gets dryish over summer, the silver birch just hoovers up water!
I have Solomon's Seal that fills part of the area over summer & a few months ago added Japanese anemones , pink & white, hopefully both types come up.
I also put in lily of the valley, no idea if that survived winter.
I keep looking at the spot where I planted it but no sign yet, mind you it does tend to sulk when shifted.
Daylilies like it pretty much anywhere as long as they can get at least 8 hours of sun minimum. They prefer sun mostly though and a good well drained soil, pretty much like most bulbs. Thats why I am alternating them in a border. By the time the bulbs are done the daylilies are grassy and hiding the diebacks on the spring bulbs.
I usually put the spring bulbs in one gallon nursey cans a few bulbs in each and sink them in the ground, then when it comes time to lift and divide, the can be found easier and the derned moles dont disrupt them.
I have been wanting a magnolia.. those big dinner plate flowered pink ones! Dont know the variety, but they are gorgeous! Got peonies! They are on the wain here.
hmmm - possibly magnolia grandiflora?
I don't think day lilies would like that spot then, perhaps in with the roses where it gets all day sun.
But there is not much room in there for them. Oh well perhaps in my next garden...
I need to get out to the woods and take some more shots. Got run out by a snake the other day... so as soon as my teeth quit quivering... I will get on back out there.
I think it is sooo neat you are having what we have in the spring bloom now! Kinda hard to adjust my blonde thinking that its fall with all those lovelys! Silly question.. you do call this time of year fall? Or no?
dalfyre you have a lovely spot there in the trees, looking very lush your way this time of year.
BB, looks like we will be counting on dalfyre to get us through our winter here!
I love the magnolias but around here they just don't bloom long enough to make them worthwhile as a garden accent.
lush is an understatement when it comes to my grass...
I have hurt my back & cannot push the mower.'And it has been a bit too wet as well so the grass is way too long.
I am lucky to have good neighbours who mow our grass verge.
You see some places where one person will cut the grass as far as their boundary & leave the rest because it is not their grass.
sometimes it is the tiniest strip, looks ridiculous.
So I am really lucky that on both sides I have folks that will push the mower that little bit further so the whole lot looks even.
I do the same when I mow - when the house next door was empty I was the only one mowing that side.
I also helped them out by spraying round up over the fence...
there were some nasty noxious weeds coming up & one ivy was trying to head over the fence to my place.
I managed to get that under control...
my hubby thought I was nuts taking care of someone else's garden but hey it needed me :)
You guys are lucky you dont have neighbors from H. We got some that crab at everything. Its ok for one, but if the other does it look out and so forth and then we got the great neighbors too. Some just seem hell bent on destroying others. Gotta be the booze. A lot of them careless and dont appreciate anything.
I gotta guy down the road his large and small animals run at large digging up and ruining things, another drives all over where he shouldnt and then a few who keep themselves gorgeous. Its a poor area so we just do what we can and if we can help someone great. If not.. not much we can do. Then theres the hunters that abuse priveleges poaching and tromping and just making life miserable for all.
Dang that all sounds nasty BB. I hate to hear of folks so out of control and having no respect for others' property and such. It is terrible that the laws do so little to protect respectable homeowners from the ravages of out of control folks.
I think it is the lack of respect that makes them do nasty to others. Its quite sad actually. They think that as long as they can push someone around that is power. Personally, I think greater power comes from a more gentler soul.
Well, I am going to have to scout the garden for any new bloomers.
The only thing I got new here was a couple of freebies from a floral shop that I visited today. I saw a striking spider plant that was the richest looking green and the babies were striped. And a lighter maroon sweet potato to which she gave me cuttings of both! She had a beautiful diclorus to which she said I coud have some beans off of, but the beans were not ripe yet so I will have to go back. I will have to bring her something. That was so nice of her!
Right now I am headed to the GPS to pot the lil spiders and need to put the sweet potatoes in water.
I have done some plant swapping with my boss - she gave me hellebores & I gave her pink violets.
I am eying some white violets to surprise her with, they are slow growing but I managed to get two new clumps started right beside each other...
so I can spare one
Must ask her if the Solomon's Seal bits I gave her took.
The gardens at work have a few donations from me...
penstemon, nemesia, roses, grape hyacinth, tazetta narcissus, mini agapanthus.
I have a lot of perennials that need dividing & often nowhere to put them, so swapping with friends & family is better than dumping good plants.
Dalfyre - I get a lot of my plants from swapping too. Too bad you live so far away - would love to swap with you too LoL.
In my garden ... my one and only white Amaryllis belladonna - it was pure white last year, showing some tinges of pink this year.
went to see My Mum today & came home with more poppies - this time Flanders poppy, I have a couple in the garden already but more will look better.
Mum also gave me some sweet violets - i have a pink one & a white one but not he usual purple scented one.
Hopefully they will all take off.
While I was planting I put in one of the rose cuttings I got last time Mum visited, it is from 'Compassion' so I put as near the front door as I could.
I love the scent of that rose.
I do save poppy seed, & would happily post some to you but not sure if that would be legal?
NZ has such strict bio control laws but perhaps it would be ok to go the other way.
As long as it is declared then the customs guys can figure out if it is allowed or not.
So, note to self - next autumn save seeds for sharing :)
I did give away a lot of seeds for the opium poppies & they grew for my friend.
Mum is trying to grow some camellia cutting we took from here.
We just snipped bits off & she stuck them into pots.
Mum has rooting powder at home so if need be we can try again using that.
nope not alstromeria but the pic wasn't really good enough for an id.
It was my Chita girls' birthday today.
15 years old!
This is her camellia - she won this going Best Open In Show at a Dalmatian Specialty.
That was 11 years ago & I kept it on a pot then planted it here 7 years ago.
Then it had a bit of an accident & snapped in two.
I pushed the snapped bit into the soil thinking it was a long shot for it to survive.
The bit with the roots attached died.
As you can see the other piece did ok.
Hi Teresa - we must be from sister cities. Sacramento is known as the Camellia capital - all the older homes have camellias and the park around the capitol building has tons of them. Some of mines do well, but others are kind of scraggly. My sasanqua camellias should be blooming in a few months. Since it is spring for you, yours must be at their prime now. Your camellias look great!!
Some September blooms for me - crinum and white Japanese anenome. These crinums have't bloomed in about 4 years, but I was pleasantly surprised with three spikes this year. I did not have the heart to cut them.
I am not sure if that flower is an Ixia, I do have an Ixia that is a pretty pink & slightly different.
That will flower in summer.
I have orange sparaxia despite my attempts to pull it out.
I have thinned it to respectable levels though & used round up to eradicate it in one spot where it had completely taken over.
It does look nice with he blue of the mini agapanthus.
Lily of the Valley, wasn't sure if it would survive being transplanted to here but it seems to have forgiven me & is coming up.
I moved some years ago & it sulked for about three years before showing itself.
Just in time to be dug out in the landscaping revamp.
You are certainly coming into full bloom there very soon dalfyre. Don't know what that tree is but what a beauty! Wow, be sure to post when it blooms as well. All that white looks so new and fresh, we have been in rain all day and about 60 so we are heading into the cold, now you need to keep us warm with your spring and summer!
the flowers are such a pretty blue, really love them.
I bought some new plants today, put them into the garden, except for a mini clematis that I just put into a bigger pot.
I couldn't resist another white azalea but it is a different variety, my others are Azalea indica, this one is a Rutherford hybrid 'Alaska'.
I still would like to put a rhodie in behind it against the fence.
There was a lovely one on TradeMe for $16.50...
my little corner of the terrace, I potted up 3 hebes as well as taking some herb cuttings & the clematis today.
The rose is one Mum gave me, Compassion.
I have already transferred one direct to the garden - I didn't want to risk having both cuttings in the same pot.
So nice to see you getting into the swing of things in the garden dalfyre especially since we are shutting down for the winter. It is exciting to think of you there in your part of the world looking forward to a spring and summer while we prepare to shovel snow and ice, yikes.
The white azalea is beautiful, so fragile looking. Mine actually bloomed a couple times again this year. I don't have white but I have one that is white with atouch of light rose. I have several rhodies and they just don't want to bloom. I think in 20 years of having one it bloomed twice and the others I have about the same. I put my coffee grounds on them and that seems to inspire a few blooms but not much of a showing for the age of the plants.