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Has anyone tried the Cape Fuschias? I picked up one on the clearance rack at Lowes today called Croftway Coral Princess. It's hardy to 0 but I don't know how it will take the heat and humidity. $3 for a gallon pot it was worth a shot.
They had some beautiful mixed hanging baskets for $6. What was funny is Shanna got more than I did. She's beginning to get the fever... lol
Bonnie: all your flowers are lovely! I really like that "Little Geisha" hydrangea and the Pearl D'Or rose. So pretty!
Cindy, the daylilies are beautiful! Mine aren't blooming yet but several have scapes.
Sandra; gorgeous color on that LA iris.
I worked in the yard till about 10:30 this morning and then came in and got cleaned up. Had just gotten in the shower when my cousin called. She wanted me to tour the Cabot Parade of Homes with her today. I said, "sure!" so she picked me up about 1 p.m. Four hours later we completed the tour of the 7 homes. I really enjoyed visiting with my cousin and seeing the lovely homes on the tour, too. Three of them were occupied and they were beautifully furnished. One of them had been furnished by a local furniture store. A designer decorated most of the homes. I would have to win the lottery to be able to decorate my home like those were decorated!! LOL The Parade of Homes was a fund-raiser for some organization but I never did think to ask who benefited from the proceeds.
My smaller pink hollyhock is blooming. The bumblebees love these hollyhocks!
That is cute, Marilyn
Amanda also brought a huge clump of hosta--probably 100 eyes in it--green with white outline, I have not idea where they will all go.
She brought a huge clump of daylilies too, they are budding and look to be yellow, she didn't know what they were-can you believe my daughter did not know what a daylily looked like? None of the girls got the flower fever yet, I am glad that Shanna has started liking the plants, Terrye
Here is my second day lily to open. Mauna Loa I think I'll have another one open tomorrow.
Got a lot done outside today. I spent the entire day outside. I didn't come in until it got too dark to see tonight. I did take a few breaks during the day. I got everything in the ground, or in pots. I got the flagstone cleaned off. A major job. Marilyn knows what a mess it was. I need to finish cleaning off the deck. I have some glass top tables that need to be cleaned and just junk that needs to be put away. Then I need to clean my work area. It looks like a tornado went through!
Then the house is next! Seems like the cycle never ends!!!!
Terrye, I have one of those cape fushia's It's in my back yard behind my house, I had to cut some of the variegated falopia out of its way today so it could get alittle more sun, it's grown quite large but no blooms yet I hope it blooms soon, It's suppose to be hardy here so i'm going to leave it in the ground.
I got that one when I went to memphis that friday with Kim I think. it could have been the trip before that, I can't keep up these days. LOL
Mine had just bloomed but is putting on buds so I am anxious to see them. Mine is going in the ground too, to stay. We'll see how it does this winter.
lol Too many trips for flowers! It all blends together and I can't remember where anything came from or where it went. I spent three weeks hunting for the gift Sandra and I bought for Jeri, thinking I had lost it. Only to find out it was in Cindy's car the whole time. And I would have sworn I took it out of the car at my house! lol
n2birds I have posted my daylilies on my journal - had no idea there even was such a thing. I checked yours out and I can't believe out of all those daylilies we only have a few in common:) Lots of mine have never bloomed for me so no picture but I love being able to keep them on here. I have tons of scapes but I am still waiting for them to start opening. It is like watching a pot boil:(
I got a cape fushia last year or the year before - can't remember for sure. I ordered mine. It was supposed to be hardy for zone 7b and I think even further than that. I put it in the ground and it was doing great and then all of a sudden it just died. Seems like it died before winter. I also got several other small upright fushsias from a lady on Daves. (not cape fushsia) I kept them in pots. All but one died before winter. The one that lived is Larry and I was able to over winter it in my garage and it is doing good so far the spring.
The tag on mine said something like zone 5 . I was shocked that it went that far up. we'll see. if it lives or not.
my climate is a good test for hardiness LOL
my pink chinas and big dippers are coming back!!
Danny put these towers in my back yard this morning, guess Iwill put petunias in them so they can cascade over, their front porch columns that he cut off for someone. he wouldn't paint them for me said that yellow looked good in the garden LOL so be it.
so what color calibrocha or petunia would look ok in these?
I agree purple is beautiful with yellow. How nice to have someone around that can make things like that. Looks by the miters he really knew what he was doing. How did he get the dip cut out in each side? Did he use duct for the center? Inquiring minds want to know? LOL
Yep Karen - it is like waiting for the pot to boil everyday with these scapes on the daylilies. Glad you posted your daylilies on the journal. I have hopes of eventually putting the location of mine on it also, but still don't have all of mine in the ground yet. (Having to move alot due to deer).
KA - Tell Danny thank you for digging that HUGE clump up for me. I am gonna put those in a different "protective spot" - (even though the others were in a protective spot too lol)
Love the little towers he made you. I agree with him - the yellow is perfect for the garden.
Terrye - Very hard to go to Lowe's and not buy something. I think they do a good job of bringing out new stuff regularly. I may have the name of my asiatic, but just can't get back there to it right now. I had bought 14 variety of bulbs on the coop and "bad- bad - me" - the box came in before the nursery trip to Rita's, so I didn't have time until yesterday to open the box. Figured they'd all be dead from rot. You wouldn't believe what they looked like. Paul said they were "dying to live". They had all popped out of their bags growing, but were all white stemmed. No green. I potted them all up. Hopefully they will make it. Just since yesterday, you can see a few trying to start turning green.
Bonnie, I did something even worse. I bought 3 small fantails for my pond yesterday and put them (in the bag) in the pond. Went out to eat with Ray and forgot all about them! Remembered them this morning and it was too late for one of them. I felt so bad. I am a bad Momma...
I like the towers, KA. They will look great with the flowers spilling over. I have to agree with the yellow and purple. Love those two colors together.
I think some of the fuschias have trouble with the humidity and some do better with it. Just don't know which ones. Will see if this one makes it.
I bought 3 fuchsias at Cleggs thinking if they were in the BR heat they would be ok here. All three are suffering in the shade. I cut all the blooms off so they look some better. I'm sure these are not the hardy ones.
Bonnie my lilies were nearly that bad when I planted them. I even have an extra refrig I could have put them in but didn't. They are resilient so they will keep growing.
Cindy, I have never been able to get the hanging basket fuschias to live here. The heat and humidity always get them. By the middle of summer they always die on me. I love the blooms. That large nursery I go to in Chicago specializes in them and I always get tempted and buy one, but I didn't this year.
Oh no - got to go get me a Kurenai Terrye. That one is really a nice one. Gardens OyVey ?
Sorry about your little fantails. They aren't cheap either. I do love the little stumpy fantails. The problem I've had with them at my house is, the snakes get them. They can't out-swim anything. :-( Watch out for your cats getting them too. That is what got my mom's. But guess if anything comes to the surface for feed time, the cats can get.
Cindy - that makes me feel a little better. So, you think they will come on out ? I knew I couldn't get them ALL in the ground yesterday, so I figured their best chance was to at least get them potted in some dirt. Getting old really is for "the birds" !!! I could do more if I didn't hurt so bad.
Kurenai is my favorite. It is so delicate and lacy looking compared to the other hydrangeas. It did come from GardensOyvey. I'm waiting for Kyosumi to bloom. That;s the one you picked up for me last year. haven't seen it in bloom yet.
So far the cats haven't bothered the fish. The most danger they have been in (other than me!) is one of my grandson's throwing rocks at them. lol I have places for them to hide but my pond is so small if something got in there with them they have no where to run. Hence, small, inexpensive fish!
Terrye I love that Kurenai!!! I've got to have one too!!
Two more daylilies blooming today and another almost open. I need to start a journal in Daves also. I should be able to start trading mine as I got big clumps last fall and they should grow this summer.
I buy a pot of these begonias every summer. Always get a yellow and a red. I used to kill them about half way through the summer and finally discovered they need to be on the dry side. I used to keep a saucer under the pot. Without the saucer they will live until frost. You'll have to excuse the dirt on the table. It's on the list to clean.
I can't believe I actually have some petunias doing what they are supposed to. This was just a little pot I picked up and put in the pot with a rose. Couldn't believe it when I looked at it yesterday. I know petunias are easy to grow so what's the big deal. Well for me they usually don't grow!!!
Charlotte - your pots really did turn out nice. My DH was in here when I pulled up that picture of your var. impatience one and even commented on how nice it was. One of my friends came over last nite and walked around my yard and noticed my pots this year. I don't usually do that many, but we have all "enabled" one another on them this year, so I have certainly done my share ! Yes... you do need to start your journal of your plants on here. I love seeing others journals and what they have. BTW - How is Sara doing ? Guess she never joined DG ?
KA - you really stuffed that tower ! It is really gonna be showey ! Now I see why Sandra has loved the Jap Iris' after seeing that white one of yours above. That one has got to be the prettiest thing I have ever seen.
Bonnie, I don't think Sara has ever joined. She doesn't have much computer time at work and she doesn't have a computer at home. She has her sons helping her with some hard scrape work in her yard. There are some things she needs to get done so she can get her beds started right. She has just been in her current house a few years. She is always helping them do things at their houses and she finally told them some stuff was going to have to get done at her house before she did anything else for theirs. She has made curtains and other stuff for them. I have to admit I do love pots of flowers.
Kathy Ann I am in love with your Japanese Iris!!
Outside Playing your pots are really pretty too. I'm trying to put perennial things in some of my really large pots and then just add some annuals each year for color.
Thanks Charlotte. I liked this little frog too. Got him at Petals from the Past down in Jemison AL last year. Another container with red geraniums and Callie Dark Blue supertunia. It looks like I got carried away with those little 'tunia's!!
This is some of the orange daylilies, campion, and gaillardia (blanket flower) in a much-neglected bed. I bought this daylily at a really hoity-toity nursery a few years back. I think I got taken. It was supposed to be something else entirely and I think I got ditch lilies. I've never been back to even look at their plants, much less buy something there.
I probably should post this somewhere else. But these critters crawled up on my water bottle about a week or so ago. They look scary!! I don't know if it's a harmful worm or not. Anyone have any ideas?
yes, I kind of overstuffed them, I wanted those 3 colors, and had no idea there were 4 little purple petunias in one of those pots. I'll have to water it daily LOL I actually squashed the calibrochas so I could get them in there LOL
it'll spread out in no time now ha.
My japanese iris are fixing to put on a show!! I just love them, i wish all of them would bloom this year.
I got a couple that were just about to open this evening, maybe tomrorow I can post pics before I go to work
Yuk Elaine ! I wasn't gonna bring that picture up, but thought I might recognize it - now I wish I hadn't. Those don't look like anything I'd want ! Hopefully somebody will chime in here. Great job on your pots too. I just got back from Petals From the Past last weekend. We went back on Sunday for me to get a frog statue, and of course - it was gone. Probably best. I didn't see anything there like your frog. Very cute.
Wow KA I want to come saw an iris or two off your clumps when I see those beautiful blooms. I wish I could invent some kind of electric digger. Maybe a 12 inch square piece of sheet metal sharpened as a blade on one edge and hit it with a maul or something on the other end? Maybe an old worn out electric knife. Oh well they look gorgeous in your yard. I had one Sandra had given me but it fell off in the river. How come those tight tough roots didn't hold my bank? LOL If they would I would be ordering some. Loving your pictures, I wish I could be there to see it in person. You have the best green thumb around here.
Charlotte and Terrye your hydrangeas are beautiful. Charlotte that new petunia is looking beautiful. That reminds me of a true garden story. A lady was new to gardening and hadn't got the plant names exactly right yet. Her neighbor asked her what she was going to plant in her new bed. She told her Saliva. (also referred to as spit) Well the neighbor figured she meant Salvia, so without commenting on the blunder, she asked her what she was going to plant with them . She replied "I'm going to plant some of those Spitunias." Kinda sounds like me trying to pronounce names I have only read and never heard spoken .
My roots are probably so tight cause i cut the plastic out of the ground when I planted them and now their growing real close to teh plastic and have to grow in a tighter mound, that ruffled velvet siberian iris was growing on top of plastic a good 5 inches all away around the plant LOL I fixed that the other day but I can never cut into that thing have to get darren or danny to dig a clump out of it every time, some of those japanese iris are the same way now. those huge clumps with the exception of geisha girl, that one is about 5 years old the other clumps are only 3 years old . i have to find a way to divide with out disturbing the rest of them, I seem to kill them off when I lift the whole plant and divide.
Cute story Cindy!! Sounds like you have a good idea going with the sheet metal and mallet!
I keep my super duper knife on a shelf at the back door and use it all the time. It is one of those that is supposed to cut through frozen food and bone. It's the best thing I've found so far! I do have an old electric knife. I hadn't thought about using it. Good idea.
The worm(s) you have are caterpillars and will soon become very beautiful butterflies. They are host specific, meaning they will only dine on one species of plant leaf and these look like they're close to maturity so please consider letting them be. They'll soon crawl off to find the perfect spot to form their chrysalis, where they'll stay for approx 10-12 days and then emerge as a lovely butterfly to grace your gardens. Since they crawled up your water bottle, they may be on their 'walk-about' right now, searching for their final perfect resting spot where they'll wait to become a butterfly.
Wow - ya'll have been busy posting pics!! It has been a challenge to catch up but they sure are beautiful blooms! Cindy - Love that Honky Tonk Blues DL and that pink and white crinum... Charlotte, your blooms are beautiful but I am partial to that Mauna Loa...
Kathy Ann - your yard must be bursting with color!! So many blooms and they are all beautiful. What kinds of porch posts were those ?? I am inquiring because although our house is only 6 yrs old, I am going to HAVE to purchase new posts! I think I kept some of the ends off our ours when we first did them, but not sure if I still have them or finally burned them... kept thinking there should be SOMETHING I could use them for - but mine did not have the piping inside...
Everyone the blooms are beautiful! Elaine - the frog is super cute! Thank goodness that place is in Alabama so I don't have to worry about spending money there!
Mary, thanks for your I'd as a butterfly cat. I posted on the insect and bug I'd forum and am told it is of the Nymphalidae family (brushfooted butterflies), possibly a Mourning Cloak. I let them be and put them back in the beds. I have since seen another one near the hose bib on the side of the house. I don't recall ever seeing a Mourning Cloak here so I'm going to check it out further. This type includes painted Ladies, viceroys, frittilaries and a bunch of others that I do see in summer. Can't wait to see what hatches!!
They had them at the Wolhuis, the nursery just south of Chicago I went to last week. They had Pretty Much Picasso too but they were all in container arrangements. They were already out of the others. It is NICE. Wish now I had gotten one. Oh, well... lol
Lots of stuff to oooh and aaahh on this thread, it has been a beautiful month of May.
Today I am going to attack the giant hosta that Amanda dug up out of her yard and brought to me---anybody need any??????????????????????
Well it is nice to see you over on this thread to MMary. We always want to enable the our vices. LOL I know you have a good camera and more than hydrangeas so post more. We love seeing each others flowers.
My large Vitex fell off in the river during the flood. I bought this one last year with no Idea where to put it and not needing it. Now I am glad I did. It is a little different but I didn't keep the tag. Does anyone here have the dark purplish leaf vitex? I saw one in a pot from Lowes several years ago and have never seen one since.
N2birds, this is the first year I've tried to grow Dahlias. We'll see. This one has taken off and bloomed a good bit since I planted it but I have another one (Starsister) that's just sitting there. We'll see how it goes.
Mary, no such thing as hogging here, we just start up a new one when we need it, on the hot afternoons when we can't stand to be outside we can look at all the beautiful blooms on the computer !
I bought that verbena once and it had a tag in it that said it was hardy, but it did not come back, do you remember what your tag said. I love verbenas !
Amaryllis that hitched a ride from Louisiana with a St. Joe lily--lol
Thanks Cindy !
In case I ever forget to tell any of you--I love all the plants that have been given to me by my friends, they mean so much more to me, knowing that you went to the trouble to dig and pot and transport them to me. It is the joy of my garden remembering all the wonderful friends that have shared with me.
I am only sorry I haven't been able to dig any plants to share with all off you this time, maybe by the fall I can !
A beautiful daylily that needs a name. I think I got it at Cindys--it has "Web of Intrigue" on it--but it does not match the picture I found on Tinkers.
If any of you recognize it, I sure would like to put the right name on it, it is huge and beautiful !!
Bonnie, that is also one of the touch and sniff plants that I love, yes, I cut it way back when I cleaned the beds out this spring and it has recovered very nicely.
The silver one is beside it, but didn't get it in the picture, the silver one came from Kathy Ann.
I'm having so much fun with my day lilies. Can hardly wait to see what has opened overnight! I have 4 new ones today.
Sandra I really like your Web of Intrigue. It reminds me of this one - Hang Six. Of course it is not the same but they both have similar colors and a different look. Your hostas are going to look really good at the edge of the woods.
I know you are enjoying them Charlotte--Jolyene Nichole will look much better as the blooms open, sometimes the first ones don't look exactly as you expected them !
Mine is mislabeled--it is not Web of Intrigue--but it sure is pretty !!!
LOL we do love our tomatoes. I took cuttings off all those plants and got them in the kitchen window, in water, their getting nice roots on them, they will be my fall tomatoe plants.
not that i'll need to put any more up after all these.
These are a new kind this year, called super fantastic, and I have my fave beefstake also. or is it beef master. I can't remember. beans will be ready to pick by the time the garden party rolls around LOL I posted all the veggie pics on fb.
Beautiful pic's everyone..there really not a whole lot blooming here as of yet...
But I got my first daylily blooms today on my Lemon/Custard lily
Their not as loaded this year as they were last as we had a really hard frost that wiped out my Wisteria buds..she was gonna be gorgeous this year too...
Wow - beautiful blooms! Cindy - love all those DLs... MY perseus sandels is blooming and I keep meaning to take a pic... I have two others blooming but most are just gettting ready to start. How long does it take before they get large enough to divide? Most of mine just seem to have 2 fans - maybe 3 on a couple...
Charlotte your daylilies are beautiful - especially for the first year! They are really doing well!
Sandra, does that pink shamrock bloom all summer? I should know because I grew up with it, but I can't remember! I am thinking about digging up some at my Mom's house.
I have some hot pink gerbera daisys planted in a pot with some other things - and I noticed that the blooms appear to have seeds once they die back. Does anyone know if I coan plant those seeds in the spring and get more hot pink gerberas? Or will it produce a different color?
Love all the blooms! May has sure been a beautiful month!
Bonnie your night blooming plant is really pretty!
Genna I have some gerbers in the ground. They have been there for at least 5 or 6 years. They come back every year but never do much bloom wise. I might get one or two blooms and that's it. I thought sure they would not come back this year after the hard winter but they are back up.
KA don't know why their so high in price..My FIL said we couldn't grow them here (too cold)
but I tried..we're a little bit more sheltered here
I got mine for 6.00 on clearance 2 years ago it's just a baby but so far
it's still alive and I got a bloom this year..
I'll have to keep an eye out on clearance sales at lowes at the end of the season.
I think I may be getting my lupines to take off this year, for some reason, I had them in the shade before and they aren't doing as well. I may get some blooms next year from the ones that are in the sun, I thought they liked more shade but mine seem to like the full sun.
I'm hoping for some georgious lupine blooms next year like you have this year. Love them.
I got a couple flowers from daylilies their jst beginning here.
I'll have to go get my camera out of the potting shed so I can post some pics of more japanese iris blooming.
I've planted Pink..White and Purple and each year is a surprise..
They've been here forever and drop seeds everywhere..i'm trying some in the shade
(I transplanted some babies) so i'll see how they like it here..
But the rest are in full sun..
Sometimes i'll get one that's pink or white..but they mostly come up purple
that purple and white one must be a cross...2nd year for it...
I have lots of pines so I don't know if that makes a difference in the colors..i've tried yellow roses and they turn White here..LOL
Kathy Ann I found a rhododendron at Lowe's clearance last year. It was piteful looking but cheap so I bought it. It made it through the winter and is looking fairly healthy but no signs of blooms. Maybe I'm get some next year.
Question about Jap Iris'. I had 2 to bloom yesterday for the first time, but I can not find either of them when googling the name. Are there so many, that they don't register them ? It's probably been like Sandra - 2/3 yrs. waiting on the bloom, so who knows where I got them from. I've checked the obvious sites like Schreiner's, etc.
That link that polly gave me had hundreds and hundreds of names, all registered japanese iris, but no pics, I was looking for spelling errors and it helped alot. i still haven't heard from her. but as soon as I do i'll post that link too
Wow, such beautiful blooms everybody! I am a bit behind due to the death of my friend, Mary Nell. We knew each other for 55 years! Her service was yesterday and it was a very sweet and loving tribute to her. She called me almost daily and I will miss her greatly.
I went out this morning and took these photos. I saw what I think was an Eastern Black Swallowtail on the Hot Lips Salvia. It circled around the whole garden a couple of times but landed on the Salvia and fed there. It kept fluttering its wings so some of the photos are blurry but I was just glad to see a butterfly in the garden. I have only see two or three butterflies so far this season.
we're going to have to have a new thread even though this week isn't over we've been busy posting pics LOL
Hey bonnie, I got that viburnum in your yard id'd it's the acerfolium (maple leaf viburnum) it's not a good pollenator for the blue muffin, I got a denatum variety coming though, I think terrye may have gotten some of that viburnum too. so she'll know what kind it is now.
KA those ones out back only get a small amount of shade...once the sun gets past the one tree
it's all sun...Their on the north side so their a little behind the ones out front...
Some in the front bed with the lilies and daylilies
I gave up trying to dig them out of here..LOL
I was gonna deadhead them all this year...I still have the seed pods from last years blooms
but i'll let the purple and white one go to seed if you want some seeds..
There's baby plants around it..but can't promise their all purple and white ones..LOL
I have lots of hosta also but don't really consider myself a collector of them. I have one area I've been adding new varieties of hostas. I've already posted this but you probably didn't see it. This is one my huge hostas. I've had this variety for over 20 years and don't know the name.
That's a beautiful Hosta -- as soon as mine begin to come up, the slugs start to chew holes in the leaves. That one would never have gotten very far in my yard! I'm trying beer this year (to kill the slugs) and so far, so good.
I've used beer too, but I've found it is cheaper and easier to use a commercial product. I use Bug-Getta by Ortho. It is for slugs and snails. They are little pellets I sprinkle out. There are other products by other companies - that;s just the one I've been using this year. I have a real slug and snail problem and have to put something out every couple of weeks. They even crawl up the back door of my house!
Watered down Ammonia in a spray bottle is suppose to work too for slugs..
And they say it won't hurt the plants..So far it hasn't hurt any of mine
I haven't seen any slugs this year yet..but i've been spraying some of my beds with the ammonia mix to keep other critters out..Bears hate the smell...
Hey Teresa - I do collect hostas. (You can see my collection on my journal.) I don't have alot of luck with the mini's though. I have tried them several different ways, but the voles seem to like them the best. Are you in the hosta swap over on the hosta forum ?