farmer: that 'bumble bee' is so pretty and interesting. And Sharon, I am envious: I loved my Stargazer lilies but the voles got them over the winter. Here is a new plant for me: planted it last year and it's blooming now. Prunella "Summer Daze." It has neat oak leaf looking foliage too.
And here is an Asiatic Lily "Cancun" in my hot border. I counted 23 stems with buds (some just 1, others as many as 5 buds) from the original 5 bulbs planted March 2009. They were "big box store" bargains that had already sprouted in the package. I didn't know if they would make it: but oh boy!
Woo hoo, Cedar. I can just hear the Latin music now and Cancun "doin' her thing" dancin' down the road to Meh-hi-co! LOL
That Baby Blanket is a rose I got from J&P about two years ago. (I got six but lost one.) It is really the sweetest little thing but I have never really given it a chance to show itself off. They arrived at an inopportune time and I had to put them up in pots, then in the ground, decided it was the wrong place and moved them, still not satisfied and kept cutting them back because they got gangly. This year they really tried ... (see photo) but I'm still not satisfied with their location. They have a real good reputation from others who have them. I now have a nice bed picked out in a sunny spot where I think they will really thrive. We shall see. They certainly are hardy and can take any abuse I have heaped upon them in my novice bungling ... and there's been a lot of that going on. This photo is when they were in a bed that just got too much shade. They definitely like sun better.
I'm looking forward to some of those cancuns I planted. Could be days now and blooms:)
I don't have any real perennials to show(or older than a year), but expect my new hosta garden to look sharp in a few months..only time will tell. Climbing hydrangea in the background blooming. I love that plant...hope it grows better than many opinions I hear. That's also a newbie I got from Wilkerson Gardens.
JudyinGA, the front of your house is lovely!! You are going to have so much fun planning your garden. I am in the process of planning mine too as we just moved in last October and I have a clean slate. Plus I moved from VA and gardening down here is so different. I am excited but need to think this out before just sticking things in the ground; which, I'm afraid I have already been doing. I will probably move them before it's all over with. I have already done that with some azaleas. Here's a picture of the front.
Lilli - love the mailbox planting. Does your Zebrina (malva) come back reliably? I planted 3 originally in 2007. Only one comes back and blooms although there are several seedlings around it. None seem to want to get big! I potted up a couple this week to see if that will help prepare them to be put back in the bed.
Lili, I love the mailbox planting too!! I need to do something around my mailbox but afraid I will have to go with mandevilla or lantana since there is so much sun exposure. Any suggestions from y'all??
Cedar, your Cancun lily and Prunella "Summer Daze" is lovely. I love the leaves on the Prunella. Do you have it planted in a shady area?
Ddfisher, the climbing hydrangea is beautiful. I am enjoying everyone's pictures and pretty plants.
I have mostly sun. Just a little shade in the morning but after 10am it's in full sun. It's easier to find stuff for the sun than for the shades. You can do Spanish Flag Vines. The bee balms that I have love the sun! Vinca, portaluca, also white yarrow. I noticed you're in Brunswick, are you close enough to the ocean that you need to worry about the salt?
For your zone, defintely a plumeria somewhere in the yard! You are going to have so much fun.
FlipFlops I LOVE your house. And what you have done already is lovely. I can just imagine the challenge of the change from Virginia to Brunswick. Heck! You almost might as well be in Florida! At least the soil ... er... sand is easy to dig! :-) Can't wait to see the photos as you progress.
Nicole I love your mailbox plantings. And there's those black hollyhocks we were talking about earlier. So cottage-y!
kd, your hosta garden looks so cool and inviting. I love shade gardens and hope to have a couple myself when all is said and done.
I really can't describe this soil. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. We are the 4th house from the marsh and the only way I can describe it is "mushy" The builder hauled in quite a bit of fill dirt to raise our yard and for some reason, in my flower beds is a lot of sand. Sometimes I have to dig down 3 or 4 inches to get to the dark stuff (whatever it is) HA HA As I mentioned before, quite different from the clay we had in VA. I really don't know if plants do very well in the sand. My day lillies may be getting their feet too wet. Quite a bit of rain drains off this high pitched roof of ours down into that bed. My hubby put a drain under the sidewalk to the other side to help. I might have to section off some of the bed and raise it somehow. I need to wait and see how it does this summer through this Georgia heat and our sudden thunderstorms.
cedar, I forgot to answer your question. Yes, the zebrina does come back. I usually collect their seeds, just in case they don't come back. They do really well if you put them in good soils and full sun. Some coffee ground will help them along early in the spring. You can still start them now from seeds. They grow faster in the ground than in the container. I tried to grow them in the container last year and they were slow, but once you put them in the ground, they go crazy!
I love the Superlative (you gave me). Mine are not blooming yet. It did bloom last year and it was beautiful! You are too funny - light green thumb! ROFL! Did you give me the Siloam Double Classic too?
Lili- I'm glad you like "Superlative." It is very robust - makes huge clumps. That is just 3 plants in the picture and they produce dozens of flowers.
Yes, I was probably your "source" for S. Double Classic at our DG RoundUp. The reason I was giving some of "her" up was a color issue (and a space issue). I bought 3 fans of that and when it bloomed, while beautiful, it was not the right color for the planned spot in the garden. It's a peachy-pink, I think, and didn't look right with my purple coneflowers. I did keep one plant of SDC for my DL collection!
Cedar, DLs 'Pixie Poet' and 'Marci' are getting ready to bloom bigger and better here at Maypop this year. Love them! Also the sedum and blue fescue have been happy pot plants. Coreopsis rosea has spread very willingly and blooms freely. Thanks much for beautifying Maypop garden (and here I was thinking it's all about tomatoes, beans and zucchini). lol
Pam, I'm willing to host here at Maypop if I'm able. Realizing that Cleveland, GA is a bit far north for some, it could be a mini-RU. However, those who are more than a stone's throw might enjoy a weekend stay in the N.GA mountains. There are a bunch of us DGrs, Atlanta and northward, who never seem to make it to a RU. I had semi-volunteered with Brennan last year, but Brennan had emergencies arise and I went to FL to take care of my terminally ill Dad.
I would need someone to manage the computer end of things...trade and guest lists, etc. I'm not very online motivated and fall off the chat site wagon with regularity. When are you thinking? My garden is chaos by Fall, but what the hey. :)
Forgot to say ... beautiful pictures everyone. I wish my yard was as artistic and neat. Mine is a jungle right now. That's why I only take pics of individual flowers LOL. I see lots of plants I'd like to swap for, but I've sworn off adding anything until I get things under control. (Like that's going to happen.)
beclu727, love all your beautiful flowers!! I wish I had a butterfly bush like that. I had a beautiful one about 8 or 9 feet tall next to my clothesline in VA. It smelled so good and was loaded with butterflies. I have been planting a lot but have slowed down now since the weather is getting really hot and humid. Guess I'll just have to go to the beach. Do start beach turtle patrol at night next week!!!
Becky, come visit me at Maypop any time. Well, anytime I'm here. I've been spending a lot of time in the garden alone 'cause DH has taken only three days off from work in the past two months. We can compare our Camparis! The loosestrife looks great. You don't need to worry about the yard. It will cover everything in a few years. That's what's happening with the wild sweetheart roses posted below. And your Maypop; mine don't even have buds yet.
My butterfly bush has turned yellow and looks virused. I was checking it out today and noticed zillions of fine webs. Spider mites I think. How can that be with all this rain. Plus, nothing else is affected. Darnedest thing.
My butterfly bush died last year when we had so much rain pouring out to that area. My red bee balms are blooming like crazy. I saw someone posted some hot pink ones, I want those!
Can't remember if I posted this, but here is my mailbox plants, from the backside - red bee balms, malva Zebrina, gerber daisies (got 'em almost dead at Lowe's for $1.25), vincas, black hollyhocks, clematus purpurea. Can't see the front, but I have white yarrow, blue balloon flowers and peonies (already done blooming). Waitint to see if the yellow four o'clock are going to come up. The yarrow might have choked it out!
Nicole, I'd be glad to share some loosestrife with you and have lots of four o'clocks if you want seed for next year. Mine re-seed each year and I think some even come back from the old tubers under mulch. Never know what colors but I think when they sprout leaves with purple undertones the flowers are going to be pinks and reds. They're really easy to transplant too. I can also give you butterfly bush because mine are always reseeding. Your mailbox looks awesome!
A path of volunteer cosmos in the veggie garden is just starting to bloom. I am picking snow peas, lettuce, radishes, arugula, parsley, dill, yellow squash, mustard, beet and chard greens and green cabbage.
Laurel and Becky,
I'm glad Becky stepped up! I feel overwhelmed with work and family commitments right now.
Laurel - what a hoot about your volunteer Cosmos! I can't MAKE it grow. I just do not have luck with direct seeding. And since I mulch most beds, there is not a lot of reseeding going on (although some plants like Cleome manage).
RE: Goosestrife. Does it spread by creeping like Jap. Anemones or by seeds or both? It's beautiful. Could it be contained with some sort of edging?
Bee balm- I have "Blue Stocking" and "Raspberry Wine.". I'd be happy to pot up some if anyone wants a particular color. My petite pink did not overwinter.
Artgal, the yellow lily buds in the foreground with the Akebia in the background is striking.
So when do you want to do a get together Pam, Becky and Nicole? I can block either of the last two weekends in July or last two of Sept.. October is not out of the question though I'd need to leave Oct. open awhile for cottage stay reservations unless my rooms would have cottage stay guests from here. July would probably mean more of a seed swap since digging and transplanting are more challenging in the heat. I'm up for anything. I love swapping seed. Who wants to have a (plant) party?
Geez Elaine, you've been on your way to visit for three years! Does this mean you might finally get here?
Pam & Nicole, if the last weekend in July is good for Becky, we'll have a date. Forty eight hours is enough time for me to pull anything together since I cater. However, I won't be landscaping a hundred acres and monogramming my entrance with flowers the way Donna did. Just not that energetic. lol
Artgal - gooseneck loosestrife it is. Here's the plant file link. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/656/ It sure isn't obedient by any means. I planted it where I don't mind it taking over. I love how the maple and daylily colors blend in your pic. What maple is that?
Laurel - Sorry to be a party pooper, but end of July is not good for me. This summer is booked solid with DGD and going to FL to visit the in-laws (they are 88 and 93 now and not in good health.) If you guys want to meet anyway, that's ok with me. I'll do it some other time.
Becky, you are a party pooper for sure but I'd like to go ahead with the July date if there is enough interest. I'll start a thread. September is too far out for me to commit with certainty. Perhaps Pam can step up with tracking the guest list and trades. I can manage anything that doesn't require being on the computer since I'm moving around so much. Pam? DH has agreed to do some of the administrative tasks as well. He likes computers.
Good morning y'all. Hope everyone is doing fine? I;'ve been gone for while and wanted to share a photo with you experts. I lost the name tags but would like to know which Lilly kind this is.
Just been in Netherlands for close to 5 weeks, my father was doing very badly and he passed away on May 9. Happily I was able to see and somewhat talk to him a few days before.
Life goes on and I'm picking up the garden pieces where I left them (in a hurry!), Thanks for your help. Here's a photo
I'm so sorry about the loss of your Dad. It's wonderful that you were able to see him a final time.
Welcome back to your garden! I'm sure it missed you.
Re:your Daylily. Maybe someone recognizes it, but there are 60,000 named cultivars of daylilies, so it may not happen. :(
I have over a dozen "NoID" daylilies that I got from my late father's garden. He was not big on keeping up with names. The only DL I have that is similar is Pandora's Box, but I don't think yours is that.
Good luck. Maybe you have a receipt from when you bought it where the name is listed? Or maybe even remember where you bought it...if it wasn't too long ago and it's a small operation, they may be able to tell you the name. I was able to ID one that way. The good news is that it's still beautiful!
Just wanted to pop in and send my condolences to Tulip Lady on the loss of her father. Was privileged to meet her at the Roundup in April at Chris's in Peachtree City. It was my first and I really enjoyed it.
TulipLady, I'm sorry to hear about your father. Your daylilies are beautiful! Do you have a name for them?
I could probably come in August if that's a better date for some. I do know that I am free last weekend in July. I should be back from out of town by then, even if we haven't firm up our vacation yet. Thank you for offering to host Laurel. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful place.
Oh Tulip - I am quite sure that it IS a daylily. Maybe you are thinking of the botanical name for daylily, which is Hemerocallis. I misunderstood-- I thought you were wanting to know the specific NAME of that cultivar of daylily. And yes, depending on the number of buds, they can bloom up for 2 weeks. Last year, I had one plant of the daylily "Pixie Poet" that had 70 flower buds on it. I will attach a picture of it this year.
Cedar, YES ! Hemorocallis. That's it. But it IS a DL???? Dumb me. In Holland we don't grow lillies or dl, you see just too cold. So I am very new to this.
But now that I know this, I WOULD like to know the name of the cultivar. LOL. What do I do when they are done blooming? I take of the spend blooms but after they're all done ..then what? Do you trim down the whole bush, same goes for the Asiatic Lillies,
Yes Tulip, that is a daylily's "real name." Re: care. I cut the spent flowers off and then when the whole stalk is done blooming, I cut it down at the base. I leave the foliage until frost kills it back (although I do pull off leaves that have turned brown - which happens a bit throughout the season).
There is a school of thought to cut them back to a few inches after blooming and they'll put out new growth. I only do that if I dig them up in the summer to divide and replant. Then I cut them back so they don't lose so much moisture while trying to re-establish.
Basically just leave them alone and they will do fine. Daylilies are very tough and generally easy to grow in our area. One lesson I learned the hard way: do not mix your hybrid daylilies with the wild "Ditch" lily. It spreads underground (instead of just enlarging the clump size) and will choke out the hybrids. Soon, the mixed planting is all Ditch lilies. I have seen it happen in my dad's gardens after he passed away and was not there to rogue them out. Pretty as they are, they "do not play well with others." So if you want to use them (and they are pretty), grow them in a bed away from your hybrids.
I am new to Asiatic lilies, but I don't plan to cut them "down" or back until the foliage ripens (yellows, browns), whenever that occurs. I think they, like daffodils, need the foliage to ripen so the bulbs can build themselves back up for next year. I do cut off the spent flowers on the Asiatic lilies too (just for neatness!).
Tulip, very sorry to hear about your father. I lost my father last Spring. Spending time in the garden has been very healing for me. Hopefully it will be for you. Looks like you've undertaken a lot of projects since I was at your place.
Coby, So sorry to hear about your father. It was good you got to see him. Your daylily looks a little like my Pandora's Box, but your flowers look bigger. It is beautiful. This is the first year mine has bloomed.
Coby, so sorry to hear of your father's passing. It's good you could see him.
That also looked like Pandora's Box to me too. If the bloom is medium size to smaller. You might want to check the plant files. I don't cut mine back either. Nor the A. Lilies. I do need to clip some irises that I just had to move... not really a good time, but it was necessary..
Lilli- They will eventually march across that distance (and it won't be long, from what I've seen). But it's not like mint: you could put some kind of barrier, maybe 6" or so deep that would keep them in bounds. (Maybe; I haven't tried this - just observing the rootlets reaching out. They don't SEEM too deep, but perhaps they would go deeper if necessary.
I've got thousands of ditch lilies on the banks and drive at Maypop. They form a really tight root mass which makes them difficult to dig out. If you have erosion problems they are perfect, especially on banks. Otherwise, keep the specimen size small and leave room around them to shovel. Don't plant them in several places unless you can ignore them or want another annual maintenance project. :>)
Donna, that is pretty. Do you have the 'old fashioned' kind? Just wondering 'cause I was over at my neighbor and she told me she also had the old fashioned kind and it wasn't blooming so I only saw it with buds.
Canon 40D. Yes, the blur was intentional. To get both in sharp focus I would have had to go to a very small aperture (f/16 or smaller), focus at the midway into the scene and possibly use a tripod depending on shutter speed. Lens was a Canon 17-85mm zoom.
Thanks for the info. I need to get up to speed with camera skills. I use my SO's Canon Rebel XT and one of three lenses. I manually focus most photos but have not yet learned to set the aperture. Photography newbie here. :)
I have a friend who has white carpets and placed a huge bouquet in a vase on a sofa back table. The pollen drifted to the floor and the damage was permanent. I had a dog who loved to stick her nose in the flowers and then greet me. Oy! Try an overnight soak in hot water, detergent and oxyclean. Don't know if it will work but it works miracles on everything from antique linen to tomato sauce on place mats. It's used as a dye so that's not good news.
Hi lili. I bought these as bulbs from a big box store several years. They were simply labeled lucifer. This is my first to bloom this season - I have some in other locations that haven't bloomed yet, and they're the same variety. Does old fashioned crocosmia look different?
oh, i have some Lucifer seeds. I just sowed some to see what they will do. I think one of my neighbor said she is going to give me some cause she needs to think them out. She said they don't like crowding.
Thanks, FlipFlops, The first couple years I was down here, I kept buying dwarf and full size salmon colored oleander. Despite providing winter protection, they died. I've given up on this variety (my favorite) and now have lots of cold hardy medium pink-single and double petal- pale pink, white, red, and yellow. I'll bet you can grow the salmon color down your way. Although Monrovia markets the dwarf salmon around here, it's not cold hardy in zone 8a. Thank you for your d-mail. You are in my thoughts and I wish you much happiness.
Donna, I bought a dwarf salmon colored oleander and planted it out front not too far from my cabbage palm. They had them at Lowe's down here and I fell in love with it. Suppose to get up to around 6 feet. I hope it makes it through the winter unless we have another one like the last one.
hcmcdole, your Luna Pink hibiscus is beautiful!!! I love all these pictures!
We got 1-1/2" of rain yesterday so that freshened things up. This is Tenn. Coneflower "Rocky Top" on the left and "Magnus" purple coneflower on the right. Various daylilies, white oriental lily (NoID), Phlox "Laura" and the small plant in front, left is a new one for me: Prunella "Summer Daze" (aka Self Heal).
In the background you can see tall phlox that is not yet blooming (even though "David" is nearby) and Sedum "Autumn Joy" on the right, also not yet blooming.
I love going out early every morning and deadheading the daylilies and other plants.
Hi cedar, I don't know the names of my oleander, but I only buy oleander that is cold hardy to zone 7a. I have taken cuttings from area businesses where I see it growing beautifully without any care. It roots quickly in a mixture of perlite and peat moss (I've heard it also roots well in plain old water). My oleanders survived last winter's cold with minimal burning, if at all. Ofcourse, the more extensive the root system, the more cold hardy, so you might want to plant your oleander in April. The double petal pink is very cold hardy and is also mildly fragrant. Good luck.
FlipFlops, I hope your salmon variety does well for you. I think they can handle temps down to about 25f - definitely not zone 8a material.
I hope it does too. They are so pretty. I have another oleander on the side of my house that I hope will grow really big because it was planted there to hide the platform our air conditioners are sitting on. It is a deep rose color. It's only about three feet tall and did bloom. There are some monsterous size ones down here.
I've seen some a few large specimens around town, too. The largest are about 15'x15'. I love that they bloom from early spring until Nov freezes. Are you growing bananas? There's an excellent thread in the carolinas forum.
I grew up with Oleanders in S. FL.. They are a food source for saddleback caterpillars whose hairy bodies carry the most painful stingers imaginable. http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2009/jun/11/saddleback-caterpillars-look-dont-touch/. I remember walking or biking past Oleanders as a child and being in such terrific pain for hours and days. Though some compare it to wasp stings, it's not the same because you are on fire over a larger general area of contact. Ouch! The very thought of the plant brings tears to my eyes. Funny how we connect to things.
I think of the beach when I see oleanders. They grow on the side of the roads heading into the beach in Charleston, SC. When I start seeing the oleanders, I would roll down the car windows to smell the salt water. I love it!
I have weird squash growing at Maypop because we let the seed cross and volunteer last year. We are experimenting with how it will taste. Maybe not as colorful as some of the beautiful flower gardens posted, but we love the flowers to look at and eat and so do the bees!
I summer my orchid collection, in a slat house, on the decks in Atlanta. Growing up in S. FL., I've grown orchids for most of my life and currently have approximately one hundred and fifty. Here is one of my Encyclias in bloom. It's not only gorgeous but smells delicious...like chocolate and cherries.
Here is Cleisostoma sagittatum. Really a big name for a tiny orchid. It's only four inches tall and these flowers are less than a quarter of an inch. They are perfection when viewed with a magnifying glass and prove that beauty can come in small packages. My orchids go outdoors, on the decks, in April and trickle indoors up until December, so they are a part of our outdoor landscape. I have a specially equipped room where they winter but it's not a greenhouse.
I love chocolate and cherries too, Elaine. Anyone can grow orchids. There are so many kinds for so many conditions. I have been growing for a long time and many of mine would not be considered beautiful to many of you. I grow mostly (but not all) species miniatures, not the showy corsage orchids, because they are more challenging and unusual. They are called "botanicals". Here is where they spend the summer.
Oh, Donna, that is gorgeous! I've never seen or heard of tapioca as a plant before. Shucks about my orchids. :) I mostly deck garden, grow in raised beds or around rock patios and a small pond in Atlanta. We have a hilly, wooded lot in the city.
Thanks. I have bad luck with orchids and I'm always impressed with gardeners who seem to grow them effortlessly. I bought 3 tapiocas at walmart a few summers ago. I cut them back, reduce watering, and winter indoors. I plant them outdoors in early April, and, invariably, they become very big by August and get partially blown over by stormy winds. I really need to shore them up with concrete blocks. They also root very quickly and easily. I bought and used a weed wacker for the first time last month, and within 10 minutes I destroyed 2 large tomato plants and 2 tapiocas. After a minor emotional meltdown/ temper tantrum,I stuck the severed tapioca limbs in a mixture of peat moss and perlite and they've already rooted. I saw a stunning specimen in Miami several years ago that had grown into a small tree ! I'll post another pic in late August of the entire plant.
Hmm, having grown up in Miami I should recognize this plant but I don't. I'll do some research when I find the time (like maybe next month). lol
No, orchids are not effortless, but they are not impossible. They mostly require a bit of time and attention to learning about the orchids you acquire. Orchids are like vegetables or fruit trees or perennials, they each have different demands regarding culture.
Weed whackers are my nemesis! Forget the unintentional damage factor. As soon as you get the hang of the thing you can't get it started or it's out of string. If you can get it started, mow down the "North forty" and spend the evening feeling accomplished, you are puzzling over your total body pain the next day. Not a year goes by where the whacker doesn't spend time bonding with my small engine guy. An added expense and something else for me to gripe about.
The tapioca I saw was growing up close against a house, protected from wind, in Miami Shores. It was at least 8' x 6' and was limbed up with a chair underneath it. I think they might be more common in Miami were they sturdier - they blow over so easily when they get big and wide.
Believe me, I know orchids are not effortless - I've killed too many.
I agree that using a weed whacker is the equivalent of carrying around a small push mower with a lousy shoulder strap.
I got sucked into an infomercial late last night about a new lithium ion powered weed whacker. It was touted as lightweight, push button start, ergonomic, and with a life long supply of heavy duty cutting strings. It also had a push out guard to prevent accidental cutting of plants. And it was an edger! I think the price was around $120, and supposedly it could be returned postage free for a full refund if not satisfactory. I was under the influence of ambien, and they were obviously reading my thoughts, but it sounded like all I needed to make my life complete. A "lifelong" supply of anything always gives me pause. Wonder if any DG members have tried this.
I think growers from FL need a market so GA is next door so they ship lots of stuff up this way when they have excess but it is a hit or miss thing. Home Depot is another example of some more exotic stuff once in a while (begonias, alocasias, colocasias, etc. for cheap prices).
Here is a picture of the Tacca plant I bought from the same Walmart about 3 years ago. Unfortunately for the tapioca plant and the Tacca, both are not good growers in dim cool basements through winter so lost them both. Still fun to grow when you can find them.
I used to grow beautiful Asiatic lilies at our home in Decatur. The Sandy Springs house has very little sun so I don't bother and the deer ate the lilies here. Now that we are fenced, I'd like to try again. Really beautiful flowers Mike and Elaine