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April 2010 in the garden

Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

April signals the beginning of peony season for me. One of my all time favorite plants is this double pink tree peony. The blooms are gorgeous, and the fragrance is wonderful.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

gorgeus!
I love peonies, I have never seen any tree peonies though.
Are they hard to grow?

South, TX

How gorgeous. I love them!

Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

I only have 5 of them, but they have been easy so far. Only thing is a little pruning to keep them in check. But, there are others who have tree peonies that do not require any pruning. They do need a bit of winter chill, but not as much as herbaceous peonies.

Teresa - if your winters are as cold (or warm as our northerners would say) as what I have in California, you should be able to grow them. I am on the borderline - on the other hand, people in San Francisco area and in southern California cannot grow them.

Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

Dutch irises in the back yard is peaked out. The ones in the front yard, with more shade, is just starting to open.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

hmmm - not sure how cold California gets...
we always think of it as sunny & hot but I know some regions are wetter & cooler...
anyway it we get frosts here, right now it is 50F (9.50pm) but was 32F this morning & it will get colder when winter really hits us.
Still autumn here, after the frost we had a lovely sunny day.

Christchurch, New Zealand

this is a quick arrangement of what I have flowering right now...
I took the stems in to work & have them displayed in the foyer.
After I did this I was dead heading a rose out by the front door, not my job but I couldn't stand the sight of it any longer...
I accidentally snipped a stem with two roses on it & added them to the vase - and forgot to take a pic as the addition of two huge deep red roses looked good :)

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

That's lovely Teresa. I don't have that color Japanese anenome. Which variety is it? What kind of rose is that? I have one that is slightly similar to that, but I have no clue what kind it is.

Southern Ca is what most people think of weather-wise when they think of California. Where I live, we do get some frost days in Dec, maybe January, but not too many days.

Christchurch, New Zealand

sorry - no idea about the Japanese anemone or the rose...
the anemone was already growing here when I bought the house, along with a white one, they were growing wild out the back & I liked them so much I shifted some to the front...
Glad I did as the ones out back were demolished to make way for the new deck & landscaping.
The rose is nicely scented & I will ask my boss if she knows what it is.
She referred to it as "Tim's rose" one day, so I think it may have been planted in memory of one of our much loved members.

Christchurch, New Zealand

ooopss I forgot that the red rose isn't pictured.
The one you would have meant is a mini rose, noid.
I grew it from a cutting of a cutting...
the name is lost in the mists of time :)

Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

A few things in bloom right now in South Florida. Imperial Giant Larkspur

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Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

Texas Bluebonnets

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Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

Vietnamese Hollyhock

Jon

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

Nice photos - I especially like the hollyhock. What distinguishes the Vietnamese Hollyhock from the regular ones? I notice the edges are quite frilly.

Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

It's a perennial fig leaf Hollyhock (Alcea ficifolia) that is native to tropical Vietnam with higher rust resistance. Traditional Hollyhocks will not perform well in Florida, so it's a good alternative for tropical climates. It's classified as a perennial as the mother plant will return year after year.

Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

I have a couple other Vietnamese Hollyhocks, but they're not quite blooming yet.

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