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Carolyn22, yes I grew that fuchsia indoors from a seedling. We had an outdoor bleeding heart fuchsia that grew from flat to 3 feet in one month, so transplanted it indoors by taking a part of the root, however it never grew any more after it was transplanted. By the way, I really like the light gradient from shade to sun in your photo and the flowers' pale colors look great with the green gradient.
warriorswisdomkathy, what a pleasing landscape photo! The flowers have a prairie look and the arrangement produces a wonderful lavender, pink, yellow and white palette. I can't identify any of the species but I'm getting a lavender catmint this spring that would match well with those flowers.
flowAjen, thanks! I could use that compliment since most of the new plants I started last year died. I've been doing a lot of research so this year I can help my plants more.
You posted a nice photo, very fresh and symbolic of the new year. Our winter in zone 5b has also been mild. Other than a few early snowstorms we've had little precipitation and some days it's as if spring is here.
Hi everyone. Can't do much outside so this is what I've got going on inside. Amaryllis Hippeastrum "red lion" and "apple blossom". Those are narcissus "paperwhites" in the center. Picture taken about a week ago.
You have posted some nice pics W.W.Kathy. Feels a little closer to spring. That along with 40's and rain in January!
I've decided to try my hand at seeds this winter. I'm new at it but I already have a start. I got some free cosmo and baby's breath seeds. The cosmos look good but I'll have to try something different with the b.b.
I have 3 nice basils started, all different. A couple of tiny tim tomato seedlings, and I just put some thyme, red chile, and delphinium seeds in some soil. I'm going to start some green pepper and better boy tomatoes soon too.
Quite a little list...but I have to be ready for spring and stay busy in the meantime! Hope I didn't bore everybody too much!
Oh, and my "paperwhites" in my picture above are starting to pop out. Helps to keep the winter blues at bay. Think Spring!
Iron...which gypsophla are you going tp start ( annual or perenn)? The cosmos can be started in the garden very easily, I just drop them on the ground and they start when they are ready, in my z5 it will be after last frost. Any annuals need to be started in April-ish for your area or the plants will get too leggy. No... just remember we were all new at gardening once.
Burn..just love the pixs, wow I haven't seen saxifraga in quite awhile, sooo cute.
Got 8.5" of snow yesterday, if anyone is looking for some have plenty to share,lol. I know, spring's just around the corner.
Pix: my growing stand with all my babies (one of two), not from this year tho.
Pix: (white) Dianthus X loveliness and perennial geranium Rozanne.
Pix: Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Dames Rocket)
Pix: Peony and hesperis
My snowdrops and crocus are not up yet, but they are pushing up shoots. I had forgotten about the reticulated Iris and I need to go looking to see if they are showing any shoots. Thanks for the reminder.
They were annuals. I just wanted to try some to see if the seeds were any good and frankly, I was bored. I don't much care for them and don't think I'm going to add any this year. I have plenty of cosmo seed and I will make room for some of them however. I will probably start another batch inside here soon because there are too many birds and critters to put out seeds or seedlings with much success around here. Thanks for the tip though.
Thanks WWK. Your plants looks very healthy, and I love the the purple and pink combo.
As for the snow, I'll pass. :) We got dumb a foot and a half, last Saturday, and expecting 6 to 8" more this Saturday. :((
Lovely blooms...not sure if we are going to have a spring here...today's high was in the 80's. I planted an osteospermum last spring and was delighted to see it not only survived the few freezes we had, but is blooming...and the bletilla ground orchids also
themoonhowl...Love your dark purple osteos. By chance did you save any seed? If ya did would you be interested in a trade for some? Can check out my haves. I grow O. barberiae Lavender Mist and Purple Mountain, both perenns. and also a annual variety of Lemon and Orange. Just love them, can't figure why more people don't grow them, as they bloom the whole season. My annual reseeds itself every year.
Kathy, didn't get any seed last year...I have yet to see any new plants either...this one actually over-wintered. If I manage to collect any this year will be happy to share with you. This is another of the same color in a pot...upper right...in the sun it appears a bit lighter.
So nice to see blooms. Jen those little Iris are lovely, I should look into planting some, for next spring.
Moon I still like that Osteospermun. It a beautiful color.
Lovely passiflora, and nice mound of salvia,WWKathy.
DTGardener, wow so many things in blooms, Is that a Wisteria vine in the third pic? Gorgeous!
OLheart, Istill don't see anything popping. Looks like you'll have a great surprise soon. Maybe Hyacinths and daffodils too.
Peonie, tulip, pasque flower,geranuim sanguenium, forget me not.
Burn and Dale...wow, just love the pix... and that pasque flower is a beauty, a wild form that grows here in the foothills of the Rocky Mnts. (west of me 'bout 40-50 miles) is the purple variety, gosh they are sooo soft and fuzzy.
flowAjen...the light pink is Gypsophila (baby's breath) repens which is a ground cover, blooms all season and lightly reseeds, the dark flower is Callirhoe involucrata (Wine Cups), low growing at a few inches but have seen a mature planting at about 8-12" as it had mounded, up to 4ft long, both bloom all season.
Oh yummm, tulips, please smell for me and send, lol, thanks.
Sorry, I should have labled, lol. 1. Lily, one of those new crosses between trumpet and oriental, 2. Echinacea palida I'm thinking or is Tennesseensis, 3. Scabiosa, one of the tall ones, 4. Delphinium grandiflora, 12-16", blooms ALL season, comes in blue, pink or white, (I only have the blue at the moment, anyone have seeds for the other colors???)
There, does that help? Do ya like how I'm hooking you all on new plants to try? (LOL). Want some more pix? lol.
pix: verbascum phoenicium
pix: iris setosa I believe, is fairly new and love it, Denver Botanic Garden sale plant, spring at 18-24"
pix: german iris (I think an unkn.)
pix: saponaria ocymoides, spring, groundcover
pix: achillea millefolium, the non reseeding form
Enjoy, lol, I'm naughty for enticing you all.
Outlawheart81...I got some guesses for you on those bulbs...#1,2,and 5 look like tulip an early var. but a species type( the varigated foliage. #3 looks like Hyacynth, #4 daffodil, and #5 also has hyacinth with tulip. Now let me know how I did ,lol.
No Jen, sadly nothing blooming, just a few shoots starting to point right now. The flowers are just a reminder of what, I should be expecting in June. ;) You'll probably see yours blooming way before me. Thanks for the name of the tulip. I'll keep an eye on the fall bulbs catalog, for them.
Very nice birke, Do you like to eat the fruit?
Jen, is your last pic a Redbud? I'm not familiar with them. Looks great! Your just about done with your tulips, and I'm just starting to see crocus. ;)
First two pics crocus. My Rhubarb is shooting up. Next one is Jacob ladder. And last one is Aquilegia.
Well the daffodils are about finished, the peonies I planted last spring are looking lovely (I'm thrilled to say), the salvia 'May Night' is blooming, and the allium is finishing. And I have a question for all you veteran gardeners: it appears that the allium make tiny seed pods? on the tips? Do I let them do that all they want til they're spent, or do I clip them off and let the leaves die--so that it won't suck energy away from the plant?
It is entirely up to you. Many people will leave the allium heads as it adds interest to the garden. There are those that will cut the heads off because they like things neatened up. Then there are those that like to trade seeds and will wait until the allium head goes to seed so they can trade them - Typically I leave mine.
Hey folks, new here and my yard exploded in the last couple of weeks...and nobody in my house gets excited about it but me, so I'm GLAD to be here and see there really ARE other people in the world that get excited about things that grow and bloom (or not)!
1. Mexican evening primrose (AKA weeds in TX, or so I hear, Lol)
2. Misc. Miniature Rose, Anonymous but beautimous!
3. Peony, 'Sorbet', my absolute favorite, the first thing I ever planted, so my firstborn if you will (eeeww)
4. Double Knock-Out, always trying to sneak out the side fence
5. Another Peony, this one is a common variety I'm sure, but I don't know the name...maybe the hitchhiker knows?
FlowAgen...I'm sorry, I was naughty and using last years pix, lol, I only got a few plants in bloom so far. sob, sob...
Up...Welcome!!!!! Don't cha just love it when you can talk plants, show pix and actually discuss growth habits and how tos.
Ok... plants that I do have blooming now...iris g dwarf: yellow and one purple, j js, perennial Alyssum, Thermopsis just beginning to open, and Dicentra formosa also just beginning. Spent the last two days weeding and cutting down last years foliage, things are a bit early this year. NEW, pix to come, lol. So here a sunrise for ya all instead. Kathy
pix1: iris buchannii, very early
pix2: iris g. dwarf, gosh need to get the name, hope the tags still there
pix3: Basket of Gold Alyssum (Aurinea saxatilis)
pix4: Ajuga tri color
pix5: And scads of J J's, love how they are breeding and creating so many new colors for me.
burn, that anenome is beautiful, just love it
dome...how pretty your garden is, what hem. is that Hyperion?
flo and moonhowl...I'm continually amazed at how beautiful iris are, the luminecence of each bloom is spectacular, wouldn't it be great if they could get iris to bloom all season. I know there are rebloomers but they don't do it here for me...don't I wish!!!!!! Not sure if it's the altitude (6800feet) or if it's my zone (Z5, now listed as Z6) and the season's not long enough.
burn... the iris buchannii is new for me, in summer the foliage disappears, in fact I thought I had lost it, lol. It was the first thing to bloom in the garden.
Pix: Thermopsis montana, just began blooming realy nice and then the deer found it, so here's last years pix (***##^&***&)
Pix: Centaurea montana just starting to open nicely, also found a big chomp mark this morning.
Pix: Centauea m. Amethyst in Snow
Pix: Linum perenne (flax just opening)
pix: and a new aquisition, for me an annual Osteospurmum, nifty, huh?
wwk - You're probably seeing the pink flower - it's watsonia. I mostly have TB iris and daylillies in the front flower bed, also a few stray California poppies!
I love Osteospurnum - I have a purple one and I swear it looks like it was cut out with a machine, like a silk flower. If you are lucky you will get a few volunteers next year.
Look at all the Iris. Mine are all opening at once - my yard is gorgeous - I fear it will be short lived though.