Nice pics, Sandra, and Terrye. You 2 have a lot going on there.
Hello, Terrye, I'm Karen. Sandra knows me from the Fun, Crazy, Sillies thread in the Parking Lot forums. Obviously I'm not so far along here, but I'm not too far behind y'all. We've gotten a head start here because of mild weather coming sooner than normal. We even had one day up to 90 here, a record for a day in April. And we broke a record for rainfall in March. Over 11" that month.
Would you believe this is from my yard? Didnt think so. Went to Garvin Gardens for the first time today. Wanted one of each type plant, in every color they come in. One or two of the bridges and waterfalls would be nice also.
I hope your Azalea is like the ones that were in the gardens also. They had so many shades of purple and pink. One of my favorites was the one in this picture, but this picture doesnt show the foliage clearly. It it is a Florida ?? Native Azalea.
Janie - I am trying to "plan" my color scheme out front - lol - don't know how long that will last. lol I have planted the whites, yellows, oranges, lavendars and reds (which I haven't done yet) - we will see how that goes.
Terrye know what you mean about planting things you later regret. I thought I had dug up most of my obedient plant last year and put it in a big pot! Wrong!!! I have a huge patch of obedient plant in my front flower bed where I don't want it! I've got to work on getting that out this week. I love creeping jenny! But once you get it started you will alway have it! I bought a spring pot already made up years ago. It had some creeping jenny in it that fell on the ground. I now have it in the front and back yard and have given tons away!
I got my Sango Kaku JM planted in the pot today and I am going to love it. Just love how the branches drape and flow. When the azaleas stop blooming it should really show up.
hasn't it ??? I wonder does it propagate easily. I have never tried. The bloom is so pretty and just covers the vine. My has never made seed like the other type of trumpet vine. I know they are not the same type.
I don't know about propagating. I have a trumpet vine growing on my husbands workshop. But it doesn't bloom anything like yours. I actually ran across the tag a few weeks ago and put it in my box of tags - need to get it out. I think it gets too much shade. It had grown all over the top of his workshop so I pulled it off the roof a couple of months ago. It had rooted in the pine needles which had turned to compost (which is why I needed to take the vine off) and I tried to save some of it. One of the pots I know is alive and I think one other, but not sure how many others made it. I thought I would bring whatever survives to RU.
Cindy, thanks for the welcome. You have a lot of nice things at your place. I don't know about your TV (trumpet vine), but mine, just a common one, sends out runners underground all over and makes new plants. I just dig them and pot them up to sell or trade. I need to move mine, as it's in shade and not reaching its full potential. I have a small shed in back that it could grow up over, and it would look really nice there.
I wonder if that Lady Banks rose would do well here? I love it. It looks like a rambler. I've been wanting a yellow rambler for an arbor I have that leads into a sunken patio. The patio is surrounded by a white and yellow themed garden, and I've wanted a yellow climber/rambler for the arbor. I have Gurnsey Cream clematis on it now, but it doesn't fill the whole thing. This is the 3rd year for it, and if it doesn't fill it this year, then I definitely need a rose.
Hi Karen. The wonderful thing about Lady Banks is she is not really like a rose bush. No thorns and the harder you cut it back the more beautiful it is. They are really beautiful for 1 week here. The rest of the year she is just there.Plant files says zone 6 so you should be ok, it is tough. It is much hardier than a rambler.
Your support has to be study because It can get very big and heavy. I have mine on the telephone pole, kinda make it not such and eyesore.Every southern lawn has a Lady Banks.
Thanks for the info. That arbor I have is a metal one and very sturdy, so Lady Banks should do well on it. That's nice to know it doesn't have thorns. My pink rambler had very sharp thorns. I really have to watch out for them.
Karen - love that var. comfry. At first I thought it was a hosta, but when I blew up the picture - the texture was sooo different. I love that. I have to check that out and see if I can have it down here. Also love your may apple orchard ! I love woodland plants. I spotted some out in my woods this year and got all excited.
Love, Love all the Lady Banks roses. I think I may have one I planted a couple years ago, on the side of the pond (that I don't go anymore - because of snakes) - but it hasn't ever bloomed. Does it take several years before it does anything ?
Wow! Love all the beautiful flowers. Our little corner of the earth must be a little behind you all. I've only got a few early iris that have been blooming and everything else is just budding (more iris, clematis, etc). This photo of the dogwood and redbud was taken about a week and a half ago.
Columbine that finally bloomed this year. It is a couple of years old and doing great this year. I don't remember the name but it looks a little bit like the one you posted Sandra. I've decided I need more Columbine but some darker purples. May be my new favorite spring plant.
I've been re-working part of my driveway bed this year. This is one end near the garage. Planted two peonys, an Inabe Shidare JM, and Homestead Purple verbena. I had a big 'Otto Luyken' Laurel die last summer and don't know why. A friend suggested it might have been borers. I still have one that was a 'shoot' from the old plant and it's blooming now. I may have to move it but it's staying put for now.
I had to take DH to Pine Bluff to the dentist today. He wanted me to go by a particular (can't remember the name) nursery because he thought I would probably be able to find something I like. Well he was right!! They had the most gorgeous roses. I am limited on where I can put them, but I found a few I just could not pass up. This is a Double Delight Double Knock Out Rose. I had never seen one like this before. It smell wonderful! It really looks like a hybrid rose.
I just have a regular yard. It is a deep lot but yes I can cram a lot of stuff in a small space!!!LOL Gonna run out room one of the days however!! Guess I will just maintain then! I had some purple and a few other NOID irises and I took them all out last year when I redid and expanded the bed in front . I kept some of the purple irises but moved them to an area by themselves. I am a collector!!
Can someone tell me what this is? I know it is an iris, but just wondering what kind it is, or if it has a name? I got them in one of the many swaps last year, and not knowing what to do with them, I stuck them in an extra tub I had. I got three of the fans, and now there are at least 6 seperate plants coming up. This is the first to bloom. I was so surprised to see the yellow in the middle, and all the pretty fuzzy stuff too! So pretty. This is my first iris, and I just may look for more next year. So sorry, I don't remember who I got them from.
I can't give you a name, but it is a bearded iris, how tall is it--they are a lot of different kinds of bearded iris,
They multiply fast, because the plant that has that bloom on it will die this year, but she will make babies on the roots !!
Sandra, I've given up trying to figure out when things are going to bloom this year. It's been all at once in some cases due to this weird weather. And I think most of us have little mini-climates going on somewhere in our yards and gardens that determine when things bloom.
Bonnie, love that white allium with the hot pink center! Is it hardy for you?? My son wanted some alliums back probably 2 yrs ago - we planted them and got one bloom - never saw it again! Love the Bengal Tiger Iris!! Yes I have the Ima Kinda Lima Iris but it has bloomed yet this year.
Charlotte - that pink salvia is gorgeous. Do you know the name? I would love to have a start of it sometime. And, wow - that red and white double knock out is gorgeous! You may need to share the name of that nursery!!
Cindy - that vine is beautiful. I figured it would be invasive when I saw it, but I guess you don't have that problem! Does it just bloom only in the spring? or all season??
Outside Playing, is your JM in full sun?? It looks beautiful. I would love to have more but have limited shade and I thought they would burn.
Karen - welcome! Your flowers are beautiful! Wow - the comfry is pretty... does yours get 6' tall?? Looking at the plant files it looks like it gets really big. Wonder how it would survive our heat??
Beautiful pictures everyone - thanks for sharing!
Genna I got the salvia from Pine Ridge several years ago. It stays green year round and is more like a shrub. I need to send Mary Ann at Pine Ridge a picture so she can tell me the exact name. I finally remembered the name of the nursery - it is Shell-Ross on Ohio Street. I got the only Double Delight Knock Out Rose. They may get more in. As soon as I saw it, I grabbed it!!
Jeri, thanks for that. It's weird because that one encore blooms pink in the same spot both spring and fall. And yes, some of the white blooms have a bit of pink.
Genna, the large red one is in full mid-day sun. It gets a little shade in late afternoon. The green one near the front door is in partial sun (mostly morning). I think some varieties can tolerate sun more than others. We transplanted that red one. My mother was growing it in shade in a pot. When she died I brought it home, kept it in a pot for a couple of years and planted it near a corner of the house. It became apparent it was going to grow out of it's location quickly so we moved it to the yard. If I had spent a bunch of money on it, it would have been crispy by now, LOL!
This is my first year for Alliums and I am really enjoying them, so I'm glad to hear they will multiply. My neighbors are fascinated with my alliums and irises. Someone comes over every day to look at them. I planted three different ones and my favorite is Allium Aflatunense Purple Sensation. Allium Karataviense Ivory Queen is just about to open. The leaves on it look like a hosta and the flower is on must shorter stems. Will take a photo when it opens.
Genna Dragon Lady is cross vine Bignonia capreolata and I have never had seed pods on it. It has never been invasive for me but I guess it could be a problem. Now the common Trumpet vine that I do have a problem keeping it killed out reseeds, suckers, and is transplanted by the birds. That is Campsis radicans http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/644/.
The alums are beautiful. Charlotte so are your irises.
Arum is on my list to buy. I had not seen it until recently. Saw it at some ones house and really like it. I also bought a jacobs ladder when you and Marilyn did and it's blooming good. I had bought it to replace one I had stepped on late last summer and didn't come back - I had two and one was fine. Well the other day the one that had come back from last year and had been looking healthy and starting to bloom just "melted" in a matter of a few days!! Seems that I had that happen to another one several years ago but I had it in a different location. If the new one doesn't make it, that it for jacobs ladder for me!!
I've never heard of silene before either. Nice looking plant. I took a walk around my yard last night and was amazed. I have 1 clematis bloom (Candida), 1 iris (Rare Treat) blooming, the dianthus came out of nowhere. And I forgot about the lilac bush that has been blooming for about a week now. Won't be long til there are tons of iris. Charlotte, I think it was you that posted an 'Autumn Circus'. I forgot I had bought one. It didn't bloom last year but has a bud this year! Here is Rare Treat - it's one of my favorites.
This is probably the cleanest my pond will look all year. Had it cleaned out a couple of days ago. The pond people said everyone is complaining about all the gunk and sludge this year and that it's due to the weather being so crazy.
Yes it was me that has Autumn Circus. I rescued a lilac from Lowes sale table last year. It made it through the winter and is looking healthy but don't see any signs of blooms. I sure hope it will eventually bloom. Pretty pond!
Elaine, is that varigated sweet flag in the pond on the lower right corner? I saw it today at Rita's. I knew it loved water but I didn't know it would grow in the water. Does it winter over in the pond too?
If you want to propagate a lilac without digging up new shoots you can always take cuttings from a healthy lilac and start each cutting as a new plant. With a little care you can root lilac cuttings in a prepared pot in the late summer to early fall and it will be ready for planting out by the middle to end of spring. Remember, however, that lilacs live for 100 years, so only take as many cuttings as you have permanent locations in which to plant them.
Fill a 4-inch pot with equal parts sand, vermiculite, and peat and wet it to make it moist but still light and not overly soggy. Push the pencil almost all of the way down through the soil mixture and create four evenly spaced holes.
Cut the top off a two liter bottle about 3 inches down from the top to form a tube shape with a closed off end to create a mini-greenhouse when placed over the soil in your pot.
Clip a stem from the lilac with pruners that is as thick as a pencil and has a total of five buds with the cut along the bottom preceding a bud and the cut along the top being just above a bud. Collect up to three more cuttings.
Remove the leaves which grow out from the three buds along the bottom end of the cutting by clipping them off as close to the base as possible. Cut the leaves at the top two bud sets with a clean width-wise cut halfway down the leaf.
Dip each bottom end of your cuttings into the rooting compound and immediately slip the cutting into one of the pencil holes in the soil mixture of the pot. Your third set of buds should be level with the top of the soil mixture. Add up to three more cuttings to the pot.
Place the 2 liter bottle upside down over the cuttings and adjust it so the bottom is dug into the soil slightly. Place the pot in a sunny, warm window and leave it for eight to 12 weeks. During this time the roots of the cutting should begin to grow.
Transplant your cuttings to their own individual pots when you see new growth start. Fill the bottom of these pots with pea gravel followed by potting soil, place a cutting in the pot and water weekly until late spring when the cutting can be planted outdoors.
This one tells how to get young shoots, and grow new trees.
I have several but most have only been in the ground since last Fall, or the Fall before that so they haven't had a chance to multiply much yet. Maybe eventually mine will multiply and we can do some swapping for varieties we don't have. I have been pleasantly surprised that several that I purchased in the coop last fall have bloomed with several blooms this Spring - I was surprised that they bloomed at all much less have several blooms the first year. I had done some trading for some 2 falls ago - but most of them have never bloomed and a lot of them did not survive at all. I have some that Bonnie gave me also - some of those have bloomed and some have not... I guess some spend a lot of energy getting established or something. I have always loved Iris - just wish they lasted longer...
I just got some clematis in today - hope to get them planted tomorrow. I hope these do well.
Terry, yes that is sweet flag and it has wintered just fine in the pond along with everything else. I took a photo of the yellow flag iris this morning and you can see it behind the iris.
Trish, I love that Kathy Chilton. All the rest too but some just really stand out.
Genna, I have no idea about propagating unless you can just stick it in water LOL. It's not something I've had time to do but it looks like Taters has provided some excellent info. Genna, hope you enjoy your clematis.
196 posts already and I am just now finding this thread!!!! Now how did I let you girls get so far ahead of me? LOL Anyway, you all have some beautiful flowers!
I won't post any photos here since the thread is already long but if you are on Facebook, you can take a look at some of my spring flowers over there. If we aren't "friends" yet, just send me a friend request on FB and I will confirm it.
Well, maybe I will just post one photo here. :o))
These are Buddy's Knock-Out Roses. He used to spend hours sitting on a stool while dead-heading these roses.
Well, I have a couple new iris blooming - need to go try to get some pictures... was excited I have a bloom about to open on my Tour de France - and I knocked it off while weeding!!! Arggg... brought it in and put it in a vase, but not sure it is far enough along to bloom inside. I have some type of vine that is spreading ALL over my flower bed and driving me insane... between that and the dandelions it has been a battle! I have managed to make a lot of progress today but might not be able to move tomorrow!!! and I still do not have the bed clean...
The roses are beautiful Marilyn. That afternoon delight is cute too Trish.
Here are my Immortality Iris blooming - this was the first iris I ever purchased and I still love them although I rarely get any rebloom. And somehow I have ONE cream iris with yellow on it in there. He is gonna have to move out of there although I like it just not in the middle of my Immortalities. Next week my Prissy Miss (pinks) will bloom in behind these.
I just put this together this afternoon. The yellow looking fern I got yesterday at Rita's. I dug up some fern from the yard and put with it. I also added some creeping jenny which I hope will drape over the basket.
Yes it is - some of the best stuff in my garden was on clearance:) I'm impressed that the majority of the things I bought on clearance last year and most of the stuff I got at both the RU's has made it and is looking pretty good I can't wait till it all fills in!!
I'd say 90% of the stuff I got at RU in Oct made it and is growing! Some of the 10% includes some EE's that I haven't totally given up hope on yet and a perennial morning glory bush that the weather this winter might have just been too much for it.
Most of my things from the RU last fall seem to have survived as well - although I am fairly certain that I have lost a couple of things - but then based on experience it would be extremely rare for EVERYTHING that I planted to live anyway!! ^_^
It appears I have lost a couple of my salvias that I just planted last summer - but most have survived, and my hot lips is blooming already which is quite a shock considering that last year it was late August or Sept before i finally had a bloom... but these blooms do not have the white on them...??? Anyone else have this problem? Last fall they looked like the traditional hot lips, but right now they appear to be a solid pink... I hope that changes as it blooms more.
I took a picture this afternoon, but I am in the process of moving a lot of stuff off my hard drive on to an external hard drive to try to free up some space and my computer can't handle trying to down load pictures and move things at the same time!
Did anyone have storm damage?? hope everyone is safe and sound and without damage.
Bonnie I just found my schubertii allium last night, the blooms are just beginning to open, I dug up all the labels on the other ones that i had buried and now I can read them, ivory queen is budding out. too. I forget the name of that one that has already bloomed, but I did find it's tag. they sure don't like the sun, their burning, I guess i'm going to have to move them, something for my new flower bed I suppose.
That is probably true about the alliums. Guess there could be too much sun for them. Most of you know I don't have much sun at all, and they have done quite well in my beds. so far.
Charlotte - love that basket on the tree. Funny as much as creeping jenny as I have - I don't ever think to include it in containers... got to make myself a note about that. I was out working on some of my containers and it would be perfect with one I am working on now.
Karen - I looked at that wine and roses at Rita's the other day. Have to check the box stores for me one of those. I don't think my Immortality iris has ever bloomed for me yet. Yours is so pretty !
Bonnie that how I ended up with creeping jenny. I bought a pot allready made up years ago and it had creeping jenny in it. Everything in the pot was annual but the creeping jenny. A piece of it fell out of the pot on to the flower bed and now I have it everywhere. I use it in containers a lot .
Genna, my Hot Lips Salvia is blooming now with all red blooms--no white. It did that last fall, too, although some of the blooms would be red and white and some would just be all red. Maybe it is a throwback to the original plant that the hybrid came from. Who knows?
I have several noid iris that are blooming right now. These all came from Buddy's cousin's yard a couple of years ago.
Genna - the wine and roses weigela should be easy to find I see them when I am out shopping which as we all know is ALL the time
Marilyn - gosh I love that bed - course what is not to love iris and roses my favs
Bonnie - I am surprised that your Immortality hasn't bloomed mine are crazy bloomers every spring and they multiply like rabbits - I used to have them in the front bed but that was too shady - although they did bloom there as well. I have been digging them out of that bed for at least five years and I noticed one coming up there yesterday. I have shared them with everyone I know. They have only been in this bed for a couple of years and next year I'll probably have to thin them out.
Charlotte can you believe I have NO creeping jenny and I had no idea you had so many irises. Iris is one of my favorites - almost as addictive as daylilies.
I'm so bummed cause I got home after dark tonight so no walking the garden looking to see what bloomed while I was slaving away in Pellaland - in the morning I'll have to make up for that
I have a question for all you succulent people on here. Behind my pond I have a big green bio-filter you can see the top of it in this picture. I have to be able to get to it and unscrew the lid a couple of times a year but I have been thinking about some way to hide it a bit more. It has a lip that is probably only an inch to an inch and a half tall. Would that be enough soil to grow some sort of hanging down type succelent that would help hide this big ole lug? Any suggestions - I'm not really a succulent person but seeing this thing bothers me.
Good idea! Succulents grow good in a very shallow pot. I put some in a plastic saucer this year and sat it in the flower bed.. The area I put it in has a lot of roots and I thought it would be easier to grow in a pot than try to dig a hole. I drilled some holes in the saucer and then put the dirt in. I bet it would be pretty easy to find a saucer the size of your lid.
Karen, I am like you I just love iris - I think because when I was small we only had iris , daffodils and roses basically... I still love all three. But then I have also found I love daylilies, salvias, cannas, brugs, etc etc ... LOL an addiction is what it is called ^_^
I can remember being a very small child and going to my grandmother's house. She lived in town and had a small front yard - but there was not a single blade of grass in it. From the street to the front door was rows and rows of flowers! Every kind immaginable. She died just 7 days after my 6th birthday...and I remember going to pick out her cemetary marker with my parents, and my Aunt and Uncle...and them looking thru a book of phrases trying to decide "which one" to put on it. My Mom in frustration said - she wasn't a frilly person, or one who used big words, but she "loved her friends and flowers" ... I remember the guy saying , "then use that" and my Mom and my Aunt thought it was perfect, So "She loved friends and flowers" is what it say on her tombstone. Guess I came by it honest. NOW, if I could just a LITTLE of her Green Thumb!
Noticed last night that I have an amsonia blooming too... didin't even know it bloomed! I think Janie or Karen gave it to me at the last RU at Debra's...
The leaves almost hide the blooms on mine. You have to be really close to notice the blooms.
Yes, Sandra, I did get it at Rita's. I got the Lime Bi-color and the Debonair Bi-color. I did not get the Antique Rose or the blue one (I cannot remember the name). I believe you did get those for Mamma.
Karen, I don't many sunny areas, so I don't have many irises. I put them with other plants under deciduous trees. I have a very small area that gets sun, so there are several iris and daylillies planted...but you can tell where the sun stops because they stop ;o) I put a few in pots last fall (that I got at RU) and I am not certain how well they are going to do but I had to try ;o)
Bonnie has the most beautiful place, I wish everyone could take a tour of it, we need her to make a you tube video and post it so all can see !!!
If I forgot to tell you Bonnie and Paul--I really enjoyed my visit at your house, even though I did not feel the best, I still had a wonderful time.
Sandra - you are too kind. If I had known you were in such bad shape - I would have had you go get in the recliner instead of sitting in that rocking chair. Paul laughed about you asking if that cat shelf would hold your legs up... it holds mine up !!!! You have done really well with your roses ! Very pretty. I meant to show you how well my bing cherry and my hearts a burstin are doing. Dad-gumit, I just can't remember everything. lol.
Thank you Elaine and Genna. I get excited with each bloom. Everyday I get home from work, I jump out of my truck and start my walk-about to see what is blooming that day. Life is good.
Well, I got to watch all of you outside sitting in the window, that is a wonderful place to sit. Paul and I had a nice visit anyway. We were talking about a certain person that was out in the yard and how much we both love her !!
That is the first bloom for this year on the Zephirine Drouhin. I think it only had 2 last year, Loretta (shadowgirl) rooted it for me, hers was so pretty, maybe in a few more years mine will be a beauty too.
Some of the iris are opening now in the Secret Garden, please don't look at the weeds there, Cindy pulled some out while she was here
Love that rose too Sandra... I need to get another Gunny's rose from you. The deer ate mine and I have not gotten a replacement. I have decided all future roses are going to have to go in the back yard (which is fenced) so that hopefully the dog will keep the deer out...although just a few weeks ago Leigh found deer tracks in the back yard!
I have asked for some climbing roses for mother's day to go on the fence. Then I think in the fall or winter I am going to try to move the few roses that I have that they have not killed. I am afraid that I will kill them - but the deer eating them down every year can't be good for them! I started out with 10 and I am down to 4 or 5 that they haven't killed yet...
The blue iris is a new one I bought last year. I think it is sinfonietta and the blooms are large 5-6 in. I`m going to see if I can getthis one to multiply and have some starts next year. The one I think came form you is the lavender ones on my trade list. This is a picture of the big lavender LA iris. Thr blooms are 6" on those.
Kathy Anne,Seeing those gorgeous pictures makes me wish I had better luck with the bearded iris. Every one I try to grow dies. I think I will have to build a raised bed to create the right environment for them to live in my garden. The Japanese and La iris seem to love it here so that is what I have started buying more of lately.
She hates to do anything on Thursday, because it is the day before the beauty shop. They always go by Wal-Mart when they get out of the beauty shop, so everyone can see how pretty they look ! Sometimes Mamma does not even need anything, but she will still go in and find something to buy to show off her pretty hair !
It could be, because I gave it to her and I got a lot of iris from a lady that had bought iris and did not keep the names with them. I think it probably came from that bunch. It has 4 blooms open on it today.
Thanks Ruth! That sounds wonderful... I just love them. I was going to attempt to root some of that one in the fall, but it would be better for me to start with seedlings since I am not good at rooting!! Hope you are feeling better!!