Thanks, ladies. It came from a trade in 2008. It bloomed in 2009. The time on it was 4:38 PM and there is shade behind it from a hill of sod (now topped with asters) that was removed 18 years ago when we made the vegetable garden.
LOL ge, I have a very similar combo. The Bronze Heuchera, Beacon Silver Lamium, Tiarella and a Dwarf Goat's Beard.
Here is one of my fav's Just love how this tall purple columbine pops up in front of the pink azalea.
I must have planted 2dozen columbines last year.
More Black Barlow
Mix of some sort from Bluestone. each of these catagories had at least 3 plants each.
Holly - that's great. It's such fun when plants surprise us, isn't it?
We loved the columbine mixed with the iris but it just became too dense here. There really are paths going through the area but the paths had wood chips, which were a guarantee the columbines would seed more so we did over the area.
There is also creeping phlox, daylilies, lily of the valley, coreopsis and more in the photo.
I have a busy spring comming up.
Sooooo many never tried befor activities.
Lilies in pots in the garage(it must be 20*) in there.
Hundreds of DL's with noid's except many notes and pictures.All planted in 3 gardens.Hope every one blooms,I'll be obcessing about that until July.
Direct sowed Poppies,Lychenes and Larkspur ,I'll be haunting those spots to see if they germinated.
160 LIly bulbs to keep sprayed.
It will be a busy year, hope I am alive by then, its so cold in the house at night.
We turn the furnace down, I measured the temp last night .
It was 52* in my bedroom. 2 comforters,fleece PJ's and a cat. I was plenty warm.
Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
Thanks, Pirl. That Iris is very beautiful. I love Iris in those warm colors.
I had a friend help me with that edging. It was a project long in the making. It took 3 years for me to dig all of those rocks out of the beds. The edging is a line over 700' long. It goes down one whole side, across the back and a third of the way up the second side of the property. There's weed barrier under it and they are secured in about 6 inches of Quickrete. It finally got finished last fall and surprisingly, there was very little heaving after the winter. There is one small section on one of the ends, that I have still not been able to completely eliminate the grass and Creeping Charlie. I gave it another good attempt this past fall, so we will see how it is this spring.
This side is the problem area for the Creeping Charlie and around the corner in front of that Apple Tree, I had to remove 15' of Sedum that had grass growing up through it. It was a shame, it was a nice red Sedum that stayed ever red.
Thank you, Pirl. It is amazing how much better it looks with those rocks for edging. That's one job I'm glad is behind me. Thank you, but I don't recall the name of the Sedum and have already replaced it with other plants.
Edging is a very difficult thing to accomplish. I edged my beds around the house and the trees in front of the house and along the sidewalk with professional quality, expensive steel edging. I don't think it looks as nice as the rocks. I've had some Creeping Charlie go over or under it and it had a lot of winter heaving.
Here's the steel edging with a 6" rubber mulch mowing strip. To me, it always looks messy. The rocks look better.
Thanks, everyone. Holly, I'm still planning on giving you some of that purple one you liked so much. Two years ago there was an Iris Co-op with leftover Iris from the PNW Iris Growers Assn. Half of the Iris that I bought from there turned out not to be what I ordered, so now I have about 8 or 10 NOID's. All but one turned out to be very beautiful, so I like them just as much as if I knew their names.
I really like the frilly iris that reblooms. Just love those colors!
I was in an iris co-op and got quite a few iris that I did not order - I wonder if it was the same co op. Anyway, I was still very happy with what I did receive. This one was not one I ordered, but I really like it. I think, it is TBI Buckwheat - not positive.
Carolyn, Buckweat is pretty. Did that blue & yellow one on the left come from that co-op? I got some like those from the co-op but I'm pretty sure that they were ones I did order, Edith Wolford, I believe.
Here's another mystery Iris from that co-op. I have come to love this one.
It is Edith Wolford, but I did not buy it at the co op. I put that one in 3-4 years ago because it is close to an iris my husband says he loves, called Lighthouse that I have not been able to find...truth be told, I believe I bought it at Walmart...
So many people complain so much about Walmart but I have some beautiful (although ordinary) clematises and other plants from there. If we have something we love and enjoy then it hardly matters where we bought it.
I've purchased quite a few there. I grow them, wonder what to do with them and then give them to my daughter. It all works out just fine. I did keep two of the H. F. Young that I bought and sent another one to a friend.
The Comtesse is lovely! It's so filled with flowers.
When I stopped putting in clematis and started putting in heuchera, DH told me he was glad that I had finally stopped with the clems and had gone on to something else...I have found that I go in phases as to the type of plant that I tend to be 'fascinated with' at a given time. Before the clems, it was the aquigelia, now it is the heuchera/tiarellas...who knows what is next ^_^
This is Heuchera Hollywood - I really like the bright red flowers on this one...
Carolyn, I'm not familiar with that leaf. You might post it in the Heuch forum and ask. It is embarassing to make a mistake on plants you've traded, but I don't think folks would mind much. They'd rather know what it is too.
I have one that's remarkably similar to Carolyn's but it didn't come with a name from the DG person who so kindly sent it. I thought of it as just another green heuchera until this spray of blooms arrived that is noticeable from 30' away. It's amusing that in a garden filled with lilies/roses/phlox/daylilies, etc., that my daughter asked which one that heuchera was. Mine positively glows. I love it.
Here is another type of garden picture. I am planning an expansion of the WoodsWalk garden and braved fog to put in stakes where I want the outer edge to be.
I will put newspaper down where you see the grass and then top it with a few inches of compost. I am hoping my local garden store has some bagged thats not too frozen.
My RD list isnt as long as it was last year .Less than half the number of plants but about 15 diff.varieties.
Many new ones .I have a lot of cuttings in the livingroom overwintering. I will put some in the new extention. There are perennials that have to be transplanted to that area.
Very pretty, I will be getting my pictures back this week. They were downloaded into another hard-drive while my computer was being worked on and I haven't gotten them back yet. I will be so nice to have pictures of my garden again. I will post some as soon as I can.
Okay, well... then I guess I have to accept that "no spring skips its turn", then. I was starting to doubt it ... we had our reaaalllly cold streak and then it was warm, in the 60's, but now it's snowing again.
Just some flurries here today, but then it turned cold tonight. We had pouring rain and gale force winds all day yesterday. Lots of downed branches to be picked up again. All of my bulbs are above ground. I can't believe that for it being January.
We have warnings of zero degrees early on Friday and Sunday. I find even an hour a day of gardening in the winter benefits me in so many ways and by spring I can look around and see many of my gardens cleaned and getting ready to bloom.
Thanks, Carolyn! Just made it back from the PO sending out your seeds. Yes, of course, I am late. Did you get snow last night? The Poconos got it. I always want snow for my birthday. So this weekend would be OK too.
Thanks, Jo Ann. Sounds like a great trip. Bavaria is on my eternal list.
Sure, Marti. Try your best to avoid rigid soldier straight lines of plants, like some nurseries have. They may be forced to do it to maintain order but it certainly doesn't make a garden. Try for long soft curves and half the battle is won. It's much easier to mow the grass along long curves than squared off beds.
Straight lines can't be avoided with gardens at the side of driveways or walks but you can trick the eye with swirls of color.
Here's a photo taken at Eartheart Gardens, a Japanese iris and Siberian iris "nursery", that does not have those awful soldier straight lines of plants. It was heaven on earth to visit.
Thats kind of what I'm planning on doing. I hate long straight lines. We have a riding mower so I thought I'd ride it around in the spring and that will give me my edges cause I can see how much room the mower needs to make the curves. Than I can lay in my raised beds along those curves. In the veggie garden I'll have to watch how I do them, esp for the grapes, and blackberries, but think I've got that figured out.
Marti - Vegetable gardens are usually straight, as is ours. But you can add beds around the garden. I'll be rounding those corners (one of which is shown here) this spring though mowing has been given away forever as a permanent gift to my husband.
pirl, how much land have you got? My lot is 75 feet wide and 192 feet deep with a single wide trailer on it. I wish the trailer was situated a different way, but the property sits North/South and so does the trailer. I have morning sun on the east side of the trailer and on the west side is were I will put the shade garden as 3 maple trees keep it shaded thoughout the day.
Less than an acre, Marti, but a lot more gardens than people with a lot more acres. So many plants do well with an eastern exposure and the hosta will thrive in your dappled shade from the maples. We love our hosta but detest the slugs and earwigs so we do use Ortho's Slug Geta Plus to try and eliminate them.
I really love this daylily, one of my hybrids, and the way the yarrow matches it. It's one of many I look forward to seeing all winter long.
I love yarrows. Jack grew a 4' x 4' square of them one year, in a spot between two paths, and it was filled with color. After bloom I cut each stem down to the ground and they continue to bloom until December.
The alternate method is to just remove the spent head and hope the stem produces more flowers and it usually does.
I like the way it's an accent to other flowers and not major competition.
Beautiful gardens. I remember seeing a landscaping show years ago that had big squared off walls made from RRties. There were steps and the whole thing had different levels going up the hill with the steps. Big massive and straight lines. They planted it with mass plantings in circular designs with a curve of plants contiuning down and up the different levels even picking back up on the other side of the stairway. Made a huge difference in the look.
I finally got my last year pictures on the computer. Some good some not so good. Anyway I chose this one as my desktop and thought I would share it. I've been enjoying lurking and looking at all of yours.
The sun is shining here in Las Vegas with no shadows. Winter is over. We are in the 60s. Cheap flights and cheap hotel rooms. Why are you still where you are? You just have to wait until the Super Bowl is over because every maniac is in town for the Super Bowl. Maybe on your trip you could come and help me clean out my garage for the 4th time since November, I know I am not in denial. I have a good excuse. Actually, my lung infection appears to be getting better, not well, but
better. So I can now garden as long as I do not start having problem breathing. Can you believe this. Have not smoked, no mining, no what ever but all of a sudden I have problems with my lungs healing since April 2009. Maybe it was the marijuana?????LOL. Never tried it. You must realize that at the time I was as Senior in High School Mr. Linkledder's daughter decided to try LSD and decided she could fly off a balcony from the top of a very tall building. Probably at least 16 floors. She found out she could not fly and I GOT THE MESSAGE REAL QUICK...
We've had an unusually warm January (highs in the low 50s) - we actually set a record for high average temperatures. February is supposed to be dryer AND warmer than usual (usual it's the cloud cover that keeps us warm, so dry and warm is unusual). Everything here is blooming - my clematis are budding, the hellebores are in full bloom, hydrangeas are budding.
Of course, we'll probably pay for this with no snow pack in the mountains and no water this summer, but for now it's pretty nice. Y'all are welcome to come visit while you wait for warmer temperatures.
Well the flight to Las Vegas is cheap and you know I have two extra bedrooms. One with twin beds and one with a queen size bed. Come on down. You can see Las Vegas and help me learn cuttings and garden. We have hired a limo because could not find our way through the parking lot or home. We are going to see the Jersey Boys. It is his birthday and our 36th anniversary. I will probably be gone from here for a couple of days because have a lot of work in the garden garage to get organized and everything in order for spring. love you all. Mother Winter...
Thats allium Karavatens and the statue is a sculpture I did for a competition at the Schweinfirth Gallery in Auburn. Its a spirit house and I had my mothers ashes under it at the old house. She is still there, the new owners didnt deserve my sculptures so I took it wit me.
I really like it. Boo on the alliums though, I can't grow them, but I love it.
I'm going to start putting some more ornamentation in the garden, I think some fairy things that Jenna will like. A friend who recently died built me a fairy dance hall last year. It's about 3 foot tall, open with pillars.
I like everyones ideas about what they like in their gardens.My taste is a bit far off center,but its mine.
I have a new addition to the sparkly spike of a few weeks ago. After I put it on the spike ,at risk of life and limb( its on a hill and the ground is frozen and very uneven)
I stood back for the pictur and realized it was too big. I will re work the idea with a sproingie bunch or purple pteales coming out of the top much like a Monarda.
This is the Sparklie garden Spike part 2 but not the last.
just add one of those cute thatches roofs.there must be a kit somewhere/
Check out the Tomas Kinkaide accessories for your home.Bet they make those roofs.TEE HEE.
Every now and then I have an idea that makes other people millions.
GE, Love your sparkly. Your garden should contain whatever makes you happy.
Polly, Your fairy dance hall sounds wonderful and I think a sedum or semp roof would be just the thing! There's probably some info in the fairy gardening forum about sources. But wouldn't doll house items work too?
I've been so busy with my inside projects the past few months I haven't been checking the forums regularly but Stormy sent me Dmail to ask for my photos. Thank you, this is a wonderful thread and I love seeing all the beautiful photos! My head's been filled with remodeling and it's time to jump forward and start thinking about spring :)
Polly, your fairy garden sounds like a neat project! When I started working on this area last spring, I found this old stump and thought about creating a fairy garden but I had a few frogs that needed placement in the garden so I changed the "theme". We have tons of rocks that we've collected over the years and I borrowed a few of the flat rocks from another area in the gardens where they weren't serving any real purpose. They're now providing a path into the "frog house" :)
It's a little hard to see but there's a frog with a dragonfly that "swings" above the stump. Well...that is, "used" to swing :( When DH was pruning the trees overhead last summer the stump got knocked over and there's a small piece missing from the stake that makes the rocking motion of the frog and dragonfly. I'm hoping that I can rig something up this spring to at least keep them on the stake but probably no 'rockin and rollin' for this frog! LOL
LOL, the "driftwood" is an old stump I found on the side of the road when I was walking the dog last spring - I thought it was unique and it quickly "drifted" into my gardens :) I don't have an opportunity often to find "real" driftwood but I'm always on the lookout for old logs or branches in the woods which might be decorative in the gardens. When I lived in Maine we found this small pond in the northern part of the State where the whole shore was lined with "driftwood", probably from the logging which had been done in the area years before - it was incredible! I dragged a few pieces home with me but there just wasn't enough room in the van. Of course, if we could have left our three children behind we would have had more than enough room LOL
rcn, thank you for coming over. I love it! I do see the hanging frog.
The rocks look wonderful. We live close to the shores of Lake Ontario, and have lovely rocks, although not much driftwood. I'll put my granddaughter to collecting rocks for pathways. She will be so excited. And she can decorate some. Another project. Now I'm so excited about it. Thank you.
That reminds me that now that I have my pics back I can post a few pictures from Driftwood beach on Jekyll Island over on the old Driftwood Thread.
Rcn, I know I saw that pic before but I just noticed how it looks almost like a face the hole at the bottom the mouth, then that bump in the middle the nose and the two bumps on each side the eyes and even that spot above one eye look like a bushy eyebrow. Holly
Polly maybe your grand daughter can paint fairy footsteps on the stones.
I made many trips to Chimney Bluffs for those lake stones.
In this picture the drystacked retaining wall went across the front of my house.There was a 12 inch strip in front of it that went to the sidewalk.
I filled it with pea gravel and then laid lake stones over that.
You can see just a small bit in the lower right hand corner black arrow.
Polly, you're more than welcome :) If the rocks on the shores of Lake Ontario are as pretty as those we've collected from Lake Superior, lucky you!
Stormy, you're too funny :) I promise, I'm almost back to the "outdoors"! I guess with all the snow we've had this winter it was a good year to devote some time to remodeling. We haven't seen too much "green" this winter and the snow and unusual colder than normal temperatures wrecked my plans to get much accomplished outside this year :( We'll be doing the last of our spring planting when plants arrive the last week of this month. I'm hoping to get started on the addition to the bamboo fence by the first of March and get the landscaping finished around the arbor steps before April!
RCN, well you should certainly be able to get some interior work done this weekend. Those are really beautiful rocks. Reminds me that I have some neat river rocks that I picked up at the top of the Ganges River in Nepal or Tibet. I carried those rocks all across Asia in a backpack. I need to find them and put them in a neat spot in the garden.
I really liked the design that you made last year for your bamboo fence. It had such a simple elegance to it. I don't think that you could improve on that very much.
I like to make sculptures from stuff I find thats intersting in shape.
I wanted to sculpt a cone flower,I used a castoff from a woodworking shop and my SIL's organ building business provided me with the teeny lead organ pipes.
The problem occured when the pipes warmed up, they became soft.
My studio was in those windows,one day a bird landed on one of the pipes and bent it.From then on the whole thing began to droop.
This is my latest Sparkley garden Spike with Sprongie
LOL Stormy, I've carried rocks back from every trip we've ever made! I think it's almost comical - I bought a couple of cheap cranes to put in the gardens this spring. When they arrived, they were much nicer than I expected so I've displayed them in the "new" theme for the front entry! They looked a little bare so I placed some of our collected rocks around their feet :)
Its the aire they give to the space. It doesnt matter what you paid.
I just bought some solar garden spotlights for 12.00 ea. and couldnt believe they were so reasonable.We tested them in a planter on the porch to see how bright they were and they are going to look great lighting up the garden.
I don't get enough sun for anything solar to work very well. I'm surrounded by shade. I had a solar powered fountain and it worked every day between 12:30 and 4pm and it was in one of my brightest spots. I did enjoy it while it worked.
The Cranes are very nice RCN. At this point, I don't add anything to the garden that isn't extremely wind resistant. I'm tired of picking everything up or running down the street looking for it after a storm.
I was looking for pictures of RCN's cranes but couldn't find any. When we visited her garden last fall I saw them. Must say they are really nice I would have never known they were plastic if I hadn't touched them. They looked like really good quality metal sculptures. Here is what she has done with some of her collected rocks. This was a really pretty and eye catching way to display them. She has a wide border of them along the drive by the front entrance. Between the stone driveway and the edge of the flower beds. There are some small plants tucked in here and there. I've not seen a similar type of stone border. In places you would find the larger stones bordering the bed a pretty common use but then there would be these smaller stones making the transition from the stone driveway to the larger stone. This small detail was really eye catching.
LOL Holly, different Cranes :) The ones is the garden ARE metal! Rick gave me them to me as a Valentines gift years ago and they've moved around a lot in the gardens. I think we've finally found a good home for them - they're next to the small pond near the house.
The rock border along the driveway was Rick's idea :) It's a perfect way to display the rocks and I've continued to add a few rocks of my own and plant in the pockets created by them. The rocks always look better when they're wet and the day Holly and Ric visited we had plenty of rain :( They've seen lots of pictures posted on DG but it was so much fun having them see the gardens in person. They were real troopers as we walked around in the pouring rain :)
ge, scrumptious colors for a lousy "white" day here! Snow and more snow, probably a good day to dig out photos and start dreaming of Spring :)
Stormy, I also ordered a few other "objects" for the garden when I ordered the Cranes. They're all solar and I'm not sure if I'll have enough sun for them either but I liked them regardless of whether or not I'll see their glow at night.
Thanks ge, it IS nice to look at spring photos on a miserable day like this!
This is the other "bird" I ordered. I specifically ordered him to sit on the fence post of my new welcome garden next to the field and I love him! I remember someone posting this site for good deals a few years back and I used my Christmas money to order a few things when they had a sale going on plus got an additional 15% off! http://www.collectionsetc.com/
LOL, me too but the picture was deceiving, the bottle is more yellow than green - but he's still cute! My DH just laughed at me when I received the box - it was a few weeks after Christmas but I was like a kid on Christmas morning! I've got a frog themed garden but this year I'm switching to birds!
Yes Holly, you and Ric MUST come back! I would love to have you see the gardens in the spring - Phoebe and Lucy had made quite a mess of them for your first visit :(
Polly, Rick thinks I'm developing old lady's habits with my quest for garden objects! After I bought my first gazing globe (something I swore I'd never own! LOL) I've become obsessed with my garden "whimsy". It's my attempt to make the gardens a little more "fun" to visit. You never know what you might find around the next corner :) I'm a dragonfly nut and I'm always finding more to add to the garden but over the years have added frogs and now birds. Now I just need to find a perfect spot to develop a fairy garden!
The "unseasonably warm" for April sounds good! Since we're on the southernmost tip of that map I'm hoping we'll see the last of the snow in February and in March I'll finally be able to see the gardens! Even though it was cold last year in March I was able to get a lot accomplished and I'm looking forward to getting more done this year before our season kicks in.
Dragonflies and fairies both seem to create magic in the gardens for me :)
Rick thinks I'm developing old lady's habits with my quest for garden objects!
Trying out the quote feature.
OH NO, little old lady habits! I caught Ric on E-bay looking at garden objects the other day. Asking do you like this? I use to only have a few things but the more my garden expands the more I want things to add interest. Of course there are so many more nice things to put in your gardens than there use to be. I think the improvement in materials like the poly/resins have made a difference in what is available at reasonable prices.
Sheryl, it's a Yew (Taxus) - Rick might remember what type but it was planted before I arrived "here" and I'm clueless! We prune it to expose the branches but a couple of years ago it got away from us and we gave it a severe pruning. It really opened up the space and we finally had a view of the gardens below :)
ge, I love your collages :) I bought some new Lilies to plant last fall when Brent and Becky's was having their sale but the ground was so wet in the area I was working Rick "stole" them from me and planted them in his gardens!
Took a break to shovel the front walk and take a few pictures so took the opportunity to grab this one of the cranes in their new home :) The urn above them is the one I want to make a pedestal for. I don't know what I'll actually plant in it but for now one of our houseplants almost fits!
RCN, you bugger, you've been holding out on those garden objects. I'll forgive you as I know how busy you've been with the home remodeling. You're right about that bird on the dresser showing up better against the brown wall. That grouping looks wonderful.
I love the bug eyed guy too and also the bird for your welcome area. That other photo reminds me that I need to bring my weathervane in for some painting.
Polly, you can't begin to know how many gazing globes I've lost this last 2 years to falling branches, walnuts and what not. It's stainless steel or plastic ones only in the future for me now.
GE, I really like the peachy toned lily in your first collage. You're Right Polly, GE IS the Collage Queen. LOL, that's a better moniker than being the vole queen!!
GE, the tallest plant stakes of that type I've seen for sale at Lowes & HD are only about 4', which is not tall enough for the really tall lilies. How tall are your tallest ones and where did you find them?
My grandchildren would totally freak out if they were that close to a frog. I sculpt several plants in my landscape. I love to see the branches. I will take a few photos when our rain is done and show you.
Quoting:RCN, you bugger, you've been holding out on those garden objects.
LOL, I know, I know, I've got to get back to the MA forum and post the pics. I've got even more :( I had so much fun giving my suggestions to family last year for Christmas gifts (and even more fun receiving them!) that I did it again this year :) The bird bath I received from my son was intended for the Heuchera garden but it looks so nice in the corner by the front door it might just stay there!
I took some time yesterday to go back and read through all the "celebrating" threads - Wow, I've missed out on a lot!
Carolyn, I saw the picture of your little greenhouse and I think it's the same one Rick gave me for my birthday. I can't wait to get it set up and start my seeds! Last year I got so involved in outdoor projects in March that I never planted my annual seeds until July.
Speaking of birthdays, I didn't miss Stormy's but I did miss Polly's - Happy Belated Birthday!
These are the lilies in the big album
Top Row:yellow "Fata Morgana"
Row 2 :DayLily Red Thrill
Row 4: First Crown ( another DG'er is trying to find this one for under $12 .perbulb.I believe I bought it from B&D Liles in Washington 2007
These are the lilies in the collage:
Top Left: Satisfaction B&d Lilies
my little greenhouse has been a God-send. I have done everything from starting seeds and cuttings to holding over some of the more tender pond plants. Right now, in addition to the pond plants, I have a couple of orchids growing in it.
Holly - I really love the picture of your Grandchild with the tree frogs.
Good morning and thank you, I think! I've been looking for Lilies all morning :( First Crown is the one I liked the most - it's hard to find! B&D is sold out and the only other place I could find it was The Lily Nook - in Canada :( Great price ($7.00) but the $15.00 shipping PLUS $15.00 Phytosanitary Certificate quickly changed my mind!
I know the two years of drought took a toll on the Astilbe here. Hopefully after last year's bounty of rain and all this snowfall, the ground will be saturated enough to give them a good headstart this year - either that or they'll drown! Just in from walking through the snow to survey the gardens - one of the things I didn't factor into all this snow was the dogs. I encourage them to go out and play in the snow but now I'm seeing where they've enthusiastically romped through some shrubs barely showing above the snow and there will plenty of broken branches to prune once it's all melted :(