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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2012
7:49 PM

Post #9131245

Three years ago when I first got back into gardening after a stint of several years traveling with Hubby on-the-road with his job, I had no seeds, much less plants. Thanks to my only local gardening friend, and so many friends here on DG who shared seeds and plants in trades and swaps, and still continue to, my gardens are thriving and would like to show pics on a regular basis to chronicle what's blooming. My planting style is willy-nilly and don't plan what to plant where except the Canna garden on the side of our garage where the new rhizomes are based on height and are just starting to shoot up leaves

You're welcome to share your blooms here too and tell us about your gardening adventures and experiences.

I need to back up a bit and first show a handful of Irises in my Full Sun garden.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9131254

Columbines bloomed the same time in my small part-shade garden, along with a Lady Banks Rose that was a birthday present last year.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9131266

The Daylilies are just starting to strut their stuff.

Pic 1 -- Atlanta Moonwalk
Pic 2 -- Coming Up Roses
Pic 3 -- Cranberry Ruffles
Pic 4 -- Long Stocking
Pic 5 -- Siloam Double Classic

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2012
8:18 PM

Post #9131279

Daylily "Wild Horses" started blooming today too.

One of my favorites things to play with are hanging baskets filled with annuals.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2012
1:00 PM

Post #9133754

Pic 1 Missouri Primrose
Pic 2 Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
Pic 3 Phlox paniculata 'Minnie Pearl'
Pic 4 Centaurea 'Amethyst In Snow -- last month
Pic 5 Centaurea 'Montana' -- still blooming

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2012
1:05 PM

Post #9133766

These are a few Cosmos volunteers and a surprise dwarf Dahlia.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2012
1:08 PM

Post #9133772

Many Daylilies are blooming two weeks well ahead of schedule.

Pic 1 Cabbage Flower
Pic 2 Enchanted Elf
Pic 3 Attribution
Pic 4 Cool Jazz
Pic 5 Raspberry Pixie

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2012
1:12 PM

Post #9133780

Daylilies

Pic 1 Peacock Maiden (not looking up to par yet)
Pic 2 a double red
Pic 3 Sabie
Pic 4 Two-Part Harmony
Pic 5 Catherine Irene

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tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2012
1:21 PM

Post #9133800

Wonderful pics and beautifully grown plants!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
1:27 PM

Post #9133804

Wow! Can't wait to see you Cannas! I think I need to run out w/my camera! Very pretty garden.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 22, 2012
1:29 PM

Post #9133806

Fruity, I am right there with you. When we moved out to the abandoned farm, my first projects involved getting things liveable, then getting fences. Then surviving the drought. Now I am starting my dream yard, a full cottage garden. You and I are so alike, I have no plan, I am sticking things where ever it suits and I know that in the end it will work.

I love your daylilies and irises. I finally got my irises planted in an area by some side stairs where water tends to linger a bit. I have a couple from you that I got on that trip I made out your way. They have been languishing in pots and I hope that they will now thrive and maybe even flower.

I have many starts from my DG friends, they are always my favorites.

Just transplanted this heirloom, Chrysler Imperial, and it is very happy.
My little Broom survived the drought in a pot and is now ready for summer.
Maggie is always exploding with blooms.
This little copper rain lily came up after our last rain a week ago.
One corner near my gate has six or seven types of blanket flowers, horsemint, rudbeckias and others that come back year after year.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9134198

Thanks for the compliments, y'all, but have to confess my beds are on their own and don't do anything special, just try to keep the weeds at bay and depend on rain water and mulch to hold the moisture. I'm so far behind picking up a couple of loads of mulch this year. May has brought an abundance of rain and am grateful for the showers when March and April were unusually hot and dry. Late April Showers?

The past two years I've been adding Lilies, but Daylilies are still the backbone of my gardens and hope you won't get bored seeing many more when they bloom.

Joy, Maggie is an eye-popper and especially enjoyed seeing a peek of your wildflowers. Is the second photo a Scotch Broom? I've never seen one in person. It'll be a while yet before our wild Black-Eyed Susan's, Daisies, and Queen Anne's Lace bloom in our field. But who knows with this crazy year? Same timeframe for Chicory but have already seen them blooming out here in the Country.

I'm either going to give the Irises away (one row of possibly 8-10 clumps that are a mess growing together) or move them around telephone poles, but I'd rather reserve those areas for Ornamental Grasses.

The first shot shows Mickey, my Yorkie peeking through a clump of Irises last month. My gardening space is limited, and am quickly running out of room for plants that don't like to be mulched.

Second pic is Asiatic Lily 'Monte Negro' that opened Sunday.

Third pic are NOIDS last month, a Hosta and an Ajuga both gifted by my local gardening friend three years ago and were the first plants I started with. I'd love to have an ID of either or both.

Keep the pics coming! It's always great to see everyone's gardens and blooms and give me inspiration.

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rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 22, 2012
8:48 PM

Post #9134523

Me, me, (frantically waving her hand). Send some irises to me please!!!! I wouldn't turn down some day lilies either if you separate them. I lost all of mine from DG'ers in last years drought.
Your flowers are always so beautiful!!!!!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9135051

So very nice, Sooze.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9135159

Oh thank you, Carolyn. What's blooming for you? Any of your pretty Clematis vines?

Sure, Joy, I'll get a selection together for you.

Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9135802

Look at the two of you, how much you have going in such a short time. What a great accomplishment! Congratulations!

Pam
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9135816

Susan

The clematis are starting as well as the alliums. I noticed the foxglove will be flowering soon as well. It is all earlier than in previous years.

This is Clematis Crimson Star with a white columbine.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9135989

Thank you, Pam. My gardens are a work in progress. But then again, aren't they all?

My only Clematis, Elsa Spaeth, that usually blooms around Mother's Day, was really early, Carolyn.

There were only a few new blooms today.

Pic 1 A Daylily rec'd in a trade two years ago tagged as Spacecoast Extreme Fashion but doesn't match Tinker's Database. Such a beautiful bloom and was glad I ventured out to capture a shot this morning after our T-storms last night.
Pic 2 Daylily " Little Fruit Cup"
Pic 3 Asiatic Lily "Lollypop"

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Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
8:18 PM

Post #9136017

Carolyn, that Crimson Star is a beauty. I love the deep burgundy color... How is the growth rate? My wish list is growing like mad! Lol...
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 24, 2012
1:21 AM

Post #9136169

Pam

Initially Crimson Star was slow to start and it was a clematis that I bought in a liner pot, but once it took off, it has grown like crazy!

poisondartfrog

poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
3:39 AM

Post #9136215

Thanks for directing me here, Fruit. The photos are wonderful! I can't wait to see more.
Alana
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
2:41 PM

Post #9136981

Pic 1 Daylily 'Apricot Sparkles'
Pic 2 Daylily 'Radiant Ruffles'
Pic 3 Daylily 'Two-Part Harmony' posted above, but one of the blooms today is a double -- Thank you, Alana!


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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9137011

I love TPH when it doubles!
Here are some of the best from my garden today.
1. Hydrangea Annabelle will soon be fully in bloom.
2. One of my crosses-darker than the photo in person. I am working on black and this one is showing some black lines.
3. Bronze Cockerel's huge bloom.
4. Papaver laciniatum, Black Swan.

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9137015

Oops.

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rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9137029

It is so neat to watch your garden unfurl Fruit, we are so many weeks ahead of you in our climate. Right now we are enjoying my sunflowers, all kinds, my rudbeckias, coneflowers, pokeweed, firecracker plants, and of course my antique roses. Soon it will be too hot for them.

1. Belinda
2. Sunflowers
3. Coreopsis
4. Westerland
5. Dame de Cour

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Mike2147
Holly Ridge, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9137127

FOTV,

Your lilies look great! Thanks for sharing. Everyone's blooms are looking great as well.

Mike

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9137317

Alana, I love the Black Swan. Purple and ruffles, my kind of combo!

Joy

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2012
4:35 PM

Post #9138636

Hey susan...wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, all are sooo beautiful. I wanted to ask if you might save some seed from that red aquilegia post #2, 4rth pix. Haven't seen that one before, just love it...And if you do decide to get rid of those iris, would you like to trade for them? I know a million $, lol.

pix: first bloom on my new,(last summer bought, this sping a bloom,yeahhh), tree peony.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9138700

Hi Mike, You'll have blooms soon too. Seeing Joy's Sunflowers reminded me I forgot to give you seeds. D-mail your address if you're not in the exchange and I'll pop them in the mail.

There will be enough Irises to divide and share several times, Kathy, just not a lot of different cultivars and a couple were gifted by my gardening friend here who rarely, if ever, keeps up with names. Will add you to list of folks wanting Columbine seeds. How close are you to the snow that just fell? Unreal.

A few volunteer sunflowers are just starting to open, Joy. You can't tell from the pic, but they're already taller than I am. I like that short bi-colored one.

Alana, if a couple of fans of D/L Black Plush would help with your hybridizing efforts and / or Brown Witch, say the word.

Pic 1 Sunflowers
Pic 2 Daylily 'Street Urchin'
Pic 3 Dayily 'Smoky Mountain Autumn'
Pic 4 Daylily NOID #2 from Faye / dahtzu, a very beautiful double

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2012
5:06 AM

Post #9139050

That is very kind of you to offer! I have those two. I really enjoy Brown Witch and another one called Brown Recluse.
I am starting to make a list now of Daylilies I want to trade this fall. Maybe we can arrange a trade on Susie's thread if you are so inclined and I have any of interest.
Jerry Pate Williams and 42nd Street (can you tell I love the doubles and spiders?)

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2012
5:48 PM

Post #9139785

Oh my, both those doubles are outstanding, especially 42nd Street. Well, I don't know what else would help unless you don't have Chocolate Splash. If today's heat and humidity is any indication of the Summer to come, I probably won't trade plants again until September and would welcome a trade on Susie's thread with you then, Alana.

Today's blooms...

Pic 1 Daylily 'My Belle'
Pic 2 Daylily 'Curly Pink Ribbons'
Pic 3 Two years ago, I ordered a box of Westbourne Daylily seedlings and received 14. This one is simply labeled #5.
Pic 4 Daylily 'Sherry Lane Carr'

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9139797

A few more Lilies have started to open. Their hot colors matched the day!

Pic 1 Tango Lily 'Olina' -- blooms are much larger than my outstretched hand
Pic 2 Asiatic Lily 'Starlette'
Pic 3 Asiatic Lily 'Orange Art' with 'Monte Negro' in the background


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AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9139989

O Froot they are beautiful. :)

poisondartfrog

poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2012
4:16 AM

Post #9140124

Those deep oranges are wonderful!
Cris316
Port Norris, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 27, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #9140125

Beautiful job ladies !! I'm so impressed by what you women
have been able to do in such a short amount of time !
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9140889

Cris, It's great to see you, girlfriend.

It was another hot day and went out early this morning to snap these photos.

Pic 1 Daylily 'Wind Frills'
Pic 2 Daylily 'Peacock Maiden'
Pic 3 Dayily 'Bayou Bride' -- not a good clumper for me and after growing it for two years, it still only has two fans
Pic 4 Daylily 'Hunter's Torch' -- It looks like a bird was up earlier than I was...lol
Pic 5 Daylily 'Chicago Picotee'



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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9140892

Pic 1 Daylily 'Seductress'
Pic 2 Daylily 'Jedi Dot Pierce'
Pic 3 LA Lily 'Royal Sunset'
Pic 4 Clump of lost tag (Asiatic?) Orange Lilies -- Do any of you recognize them?
Pic 5 White Butterfly Bush

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9140907

Last for today are two NOID Daylilies. One is an orange bi-color. That clump literally exploded with blooms overnight, then a delicate peachy-pink one with recurved petals, and another Lily.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 27, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9140947

Susan

So very gorgeous. You have done such a wonderful job with your garden beds. I find it theraputic to work in my garden beds - the problem is I have difficulty stopping once I get started.

FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9142360

How's that beautiful water garden of yours, Carolyn? There are many days it's difficult for me to stop and come in just to throw a load of laundry in the washer or drier or fix a bite of lunch.

My local gardening friend and I are visiting my mail lady's farm Wednesday and am taking a stack of empty egg cartons for her to fill up with fresh eggs and sell them, and am sure she'll send each of us home with a dozen or two. Last time she slipped in a Turkey egg and was the largest, richest egg I've ever eaten. Also planted two pots of Caladium bulbs for her. That's about all I did outside with this miserable humidity hanging on except give the potted plants and hanging baskets a drink early this morning. Our A/C is on for the first time this year and fells so refreshing!

Today's blooms...

Pic 1 Daylily 'Border Music'
Pic 2 Daylily 'Collier'
Pic 3 Daylily 'Spacecoast Sonata'
Pic 4 Daylily 'Chocolate Splash' -- If it's like last year, it'll look better as more blooms open. Does yours start the same way, Alana?
Pic 5 Daylily -- unnamed Pink and Cream with toothy edges that also gets better as more blooms unfurl



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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9142372

Year before last I received a box of Daylilies for postage. Do any of you recognize this one? It was the first to bloom and is still going strong. They were single fans then Hubby called sprigs but they have grown like crazy and have grass-like foliage instead of stappy leaves. I measured and the blooming scapes are nearly 4' tall. There were several clumps of these scattered and dug them today, now in a holding pattern. I think they'd be lovely planted around our mailbox or telephone poles unless any of you would like a clump or two.

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salix_man
Barberton, OH

May 28, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9142407

I'm sending a pic of my Bitsy, my earliest bloomer. Not as tall as yours, Hyperion is similar, tall, but mine blooms late.
Herman

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9142413

Susan

The pond has been up and running for quite awhile. My first waterlily opened today, but I did not get a picture. I woke up early this morning and had my coffee by myself out on the deck by the pond with the umbrellas up. It was so pleasant this morning. From where I was sitting, I could see glimpses of my garden with most of my peonies open.

I love your daylilies - they are so beautiful. I noticed a scape starting on my Beyond Thunderdome - the rest should follow shortly.

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
4:31 AM

Post #9142786

I don't know your mystery daylily. Is it nocturnal? Just curious.
I used to be able to post many photos at once, but I have noticed the last few weeks that if I try to post more than two at a time I end up somewhere else altogether. I get frustrated and give up.
I have a several, especially reds, that are splotchy like Chocolate Splash the first few blooms.
Magic Carpet Ride and Red Eyed Shocker FFO's don't look like much but they make up for it later.

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
4:35 AM

Post #9142791

The poppies are almost over.

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
4:41 AM

Post #9142794

Most of the Hybrid Teas have finished their first flush of blooms. Gold Medal was a straggler.
Daylily Wind Frills-think I got this one from you, fruity. Love it!

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9142795

Exotic Candy goes poly.
Elizabeth Salter.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9143994

Thanks for that info, Herman.

What wonderful eye-candy! I'd love to have a Koi pond, but am afraid the cats would enjoy the fish more than we would. I've just started a small container bog garden and am really in new territory. Day before yesterday one of our cats snatched an immature Purple Finch right off the sunflower feeder. Seeing that made me sick to my stomach and chased her trying to free the bird but she was too quick. The mystery daylily's blooms stay open for several days, unlike any I have except for Stella D'or.

How I enjoy so much seeing blooms of plants I've shared, Alana. Try resizing your photos so the largest number of pixels is 500. That's usually the number I use, sometimes 550, and have had success loading multiple pics with no problems.

Today there were only a couple of new blooms.

Pic 1 Daylily 'Druid Chant'
Pic 2 Daylily 'Gypsy Ballerina' looking a little washed

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salix_man
Barberton, OH

May 29, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9144019

That leaves "Lemon Lily. The EX-GF had one in the back because she didn't like it and I didn't pay much attention to it but I think the flowers did last longer. and the bloom preceeded DLs. I looked through my books, but couldn't find any info. Didn't but should have gone to PF.
Herman

poisondartfrog

poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 30, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #9145310

Too many Daylilies blooming now to post them all but here is my favorite today, Cluster Muster.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9146815

Herman, thank you for the suggestion. I put a feeler out on the Daylily Forum but had no responses the last time I checked. Aren't Lemon Lilies yellow and fragrant? These are orange with no scent. Anyway, the box I received two years ago included these as seedlings with a note that some were crosses. This one could very well be one. That's OK and will enjoy consolidating the clumps or share them.

Wiling away yesterday at my mail lady's farm put me behind in more ways than one and know what you mean about so many Daylilies blooming now, Alana, but it was well worth the drive, company, and a change of scenery.

These are new blooms today.

Pic 1 Daylily 'Tomato Surprise'
Pic 2 Daylily 'Rainbow Spangles' -- darn cats dug the label up and went back to my photo archives last year to ID this one and make a new tag

The first bloom of D/L 'War March' opened too, but the bloom was really washed and will be much prettier later.


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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9153682

Wow, it's been almost a week since I checked in here. So much blooming the past few days, it looks a show.

Do any of you want Irises besides you, Kathy & Joy? I started digging the short row today. Man those puppies are thick. Will have some Dayilies coming your way too, Joy.

Daylilies
Pic 1 Granite City Towhead
Pic 2 Siloam Bo Peep
Pic 3 Westbourne #12
Pic 4 Wish Fulfillment
Pic 5 Jambalaya (maybe)

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9153687

More Daylilies

Pic 1 Fairy Tale Pink
Pic 2 War March
Pic 3 Spider Miracle
Pic 4 Brown Witch
Pic 5 Gentle Rose

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9153703

Hope you all like Daylilies...lol

Pic 1 Joan Senior
Pic 2 Always Afternoon
Pic 3 Baja
Pic 4 Forsyth Hot Lips
Pic 5 Hello Dolly

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
4:52 PM

Post #9153705

A few more Daylilies...

Pic 1 Howdy
Pic 2 Jack Michael
Pic 3 Jacob
Pic 4 Lavender Rainbow
Pic 5 Little Fat Dazzler

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9153714

Another handful of Daylilies...

Pic 1 Spacecoast Dragon Prince
Pic 2 Summer Echoes
Pic 3 Westbourne #13
Pic 4 NOID, very tall with Pink blooms
Pic 5 NOID, Pale Peachy Bi-Color

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AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 5, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #9153721

Good googley moooo as someone I know would say, you sure have a lot of daylilies!



I have been popping tiny seedlings in here and there where I think they will work as large swatches of raw open soil do not exist here. In nature, things are not thinned. I suppose then that whole natural selection takes over. I am enjoying the mild weather in the mid-south. Court in a rush heard something about the "Greenland block" on the weather channel. I guess we may be in for a milder summer than last - no complaints here. Will have to do a little research there. :)

Should be good for our gardens to be a little on the cool side.

Heh - just watched a baby bunny jump down into my yard from under the fence/retaining wall next door - the culprit!!!

Thanks for the pretties, Froot.

FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #9153725

Now for a few Asiatic Lilies...

Pic 1 Blackout
Pic 2 Dot Com
Pic 3 Fata Morgana
Pic 4 Dimension

That's all from my gardens at the moment.

Anybody wanting to jump in, show us your bloomers!

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9153752

It's heyday here most of my Daylilies, Manda. Looking especially at last year's photos, most are blooming a good two weeks early. I hope that's right about us having a mild Summer and have really been enjoying the coolish highs this week. Saturday when we went to the festival it was only in the 50's when we left home around 7:30 AM. Hubs and I both headed out wearing shorts and T-shirts but came back in to grab jackets for the road.

Joy, my mail lady was there and we almost bought a male Australian Shepherd~ Border Collie pup from her that had the most beautiful merle coat and ice blue eyes. She gave us a great discounted price, but I told her to try to get full price while she was there. There were eight in the litter. She sold all of them and cried like a baby all the way home and was still teary today when she delivered our mail.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9154006

Wow Fruity those blooms are gorgeous!!!! If we get rain the next day or two like is forcast, I will try and get my Tropical Depression planted. It is doing well in a pot but not interested in blooming. At least it is alive.

My wisteria and heirloom marigolds are doing fantastic and some of my coneflowers have really taken off. This is the first year I have been able to keep them alive, they don't seem to like me very much.

Wow Fruity, that pup would have been a handful, I am glad your mail lady got them all sold.

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2012
4:17 AM

Post #9154222

Love the color of Jack Michael! Daylilies are fantastic here too right now and are about two weeks ahead also.
Something else that was early: Japanese Beetles. They started emerging a couple of weeks ago and are really annoying now. It is usually later in June.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9154572

Ugh Alana! I have only 1 application of the nematodes down so far, I need to get the other down so we don't have the dreaded JB's... I wondered if they would be early.

Thanks for the heads up!

toofewanimals
Trenton, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #9154969

Carolyn, I just loved the white columbine with your clematis, brings out the dark color of the clematis.

I loved looking at the rest of the pic's in this post too.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2012
1:43 AM

Post #9155377

Sharon,

Thank you - that is just how it worked out - I had forgotten that I had scattered Columbine Lime Sorbet seeds until I saw the flowers this past year. I love it when things just happen, dont' you?

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 18, 2012
12:32 PM

Post #9170225

Sorry, I've been mia...Holy cow, this has got to be the strangest garden year yet!!! More things should be blooming and many have already passed. Gosh Fruity, your flowers are just scrumpious. I didn't realize you had that many daylilies, wow!!!

Someone was asking about the lemon lily, it's Hemerocalis flava, my very favorite of all the daylilies. It's one of the few that have fragrance and it does smell lemony, and it is yummy. It is in fact one of the daylilies that all daylilies come from, the other is Hemerocalis fulva, the straight orange that is not fragrant. These are the species daylilies, it's amazing 50, 000 plants later alll the choices we have now days. Just amazing!!!!

I see your a lily lover also. Just another of my favorites, (and those cruddy four legged thingies I depise soooo!!). So far I only have one that has bloomed: Lilium pumilum, up to 18", tag says scarlet-red but is orange to me. Waiting to see if I get some other lilies this year or if the d*** get them, hoping it's me!!!!! I'm thinking my favorites are the Trumpet lilies, just love their fragrance, (Easter lily type). And the asiatics are the best at multipling, I love it when they make a patch. Next favs are the tiger lilies, and the 2nd best at multipling also, they develop bulbils in the leaf axils, fall to the ground and begin their life, pulling themselves down to where they need to be, and the stems (below ground) also have baby bulbs too, just like the Asiatics. I have orientals, love the fragrance but slow to multiply for me. And sooo many new one, the hybrids and crosses they have made over the years is amazing, the Oripets and L.A. Hybbrids are gorgeous.

pix1: Lilium pumilum, got at Denver Botanic Gardens plant sale.
pix2: Lilium formosa 'Lancer', grown from seed gotten from park seed, only 6-8", flowers are large compared to the size of the plant, and oooh soooo fragrant, last summer.
pix3: Lilium, I believe this is a L.A. Hybrid, can't remember which one at the moment, fragrant and a good multiplier, (at my daughter's garden last summer, later dug a few bulbs to bring to my garden, didn't think she would miss them). I got them from Gilbert wild and son, when they first came out.
pix4: Lilium asiatic, unkn variety, from a few years ago, kritters have been getting them for years, not sure where what color is now.
pix5: lilium, will have to look, just got from the Bot. G sale this spring. Hmmm, maybe I should leave them on the porch in their pots so they can bloom .

joy..is that Wisteria fragrant? Such a beautiful color, can't think I've ever seen one like that before, do you know what cultivar it is?

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psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9203282

#4 is my favorite!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 13, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9203682

I think I'm going w/#2. I'm a sucker for fragrance!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 13, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9204047

Wow! Susan, and I thought I had a few D'lilys. They are all beautiful and I loved looking at them. Great job you are doing here. So glad I found you.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 19, 2012
8:48 AM

Post #9211329

Kathy,

Sorry for not posting an answer to your question, just saw it the other day and it took this long to rmember the name of the wisteria. It is an Evergreen Wisteria, the leaves die back in really cold weather and come back in the spring but it is evergreen here. Mine have survived all by themselves with little help from me, even in the drought last year. It did take a couple years before it started blooming but now goes crazy. Supposedly sets seed but I haven't seen or to be honest looked for any. Light fragrance which is very nice but my antique climbing roses pretty much overwhelm it for smells. Non invasive and attractive. I planted another on a fence going to the back yard where it is competing for space with my coral vine that is going insane. I expect to not see the fence at all next year but the pink and purple blooms will be awesome.

Joy

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9214839

Wow, joy, sounds nice...One day I will try wisteria, need to get things under control here...Yup, it will be on my want list FRAGRANT, lol...

Fruity...want to say your garden pix are absolutely wonderful... my garden has kinda fizzled out with the heat and need of cutting things back. How big is your garden, must be HUGE, with all those daylilies , lillies and the goodies you've been getting, lol...PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY!!! Thanks for sharing, Kathy.

Ameria maritima, Bee's Hybrids..18", all season.

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Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 13, 2012
12:06 PM

Post #9274128

Fruit of the vine..please if you know, tell me the variety of those beautiful purple columbines in some of the first pictures. How long ago did you say you started your flowerbeds? Wow! you've really made a lot of progress in such a short time. I have a lot of columbines but you know since they reseed, you never know what color or variety it is until it blooms..I still have some that I bought and didn't get planted this past year..They is a blue variety; also a yellow. Love all the flowers you posted pictures of. I've just started growing daylilies a year ago also was gifted with a few Iris plants but they didn't bloom this year since I just received them in May. I expect they will bloom in Spring of 2013.

The darn thistles were so numerous in my front flowerbed and I feel like there are more of them than the other annuals/perennials..Their tap roots are so long too ; I wished I knew how you could get rid of them completely. Anybody have this problem or have a permanent solution to killing the spores? Have any of you purchased that tool called Speedy Weedy? Supposed to be able to pull up dandalions and thistle with it. I thought we had a discussion on one of the garden websites one year about this very tool...Does it work like it is advertised? AMLeonard has it for like $26.95 but I thought I remember seeing it somewhere on tv advertised for $19.95..Will check Amazon or some other company.


I seem to have this Wild ageratum show up each summer about this time and it seems to be only in one flowerbed..I wonder if I could dig some of them up now and transplant them in another bed..since the weather has been staying in the low 80's recently? Is there a real name for them?. Somewhere I thought somebody called them Ageratum Houstonian or something like that. I don't recall planting them so assume the birds dropped the seeds for me. They are a pretty shade of blue and I don't have any blue in other flowerbed, so thought I could try transplanting them.
Watered all the front/side flowerbeds; washed out all of my coolers my daughter borrowed after the June 29th. storm left her without power for 5 days .Packed away the suitcases her kids had borrowed to take to Greece this summer to visit their Greek grandparents. It's been a wonderful day to work outside..beautiful weather.

I'm done working for the day..waiting for a man to come and dig up a hydrangea that I'm getting rid of.. I cut all the foliage off yesterday to make it easier for him today. If he doesn't make it today, he will be here tomorrow.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9274279

Susan this is the second time I've looked at and read this thread...don't stop now. Your flowers are "prettier than beautiful"

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 26, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9316102

Pippi - there are a few native varieties of the ageratum. The common native to the east is the blue mistflower - conoclineum colestineum. It used to be in the eupatorium family but those crazy taxonomists changed it a few years ago. It spreads easily and can take over a good sized area. Transplants easily. Mine bloomed and are spent.

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=coco13

A friend from Texas sent me the "west Texas mistflower" last year. The foliage and growth habit are very different. It continues to bloom, and I still have monarchs hanging out on it. I didn't want the plants to cross pollinate so I planted them pretty far apart. W. TX is not exactly a native here in NC, but she's doing very well!

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53449/

These are related to boneset, eupatorium, joe pye. Crazy taxonomists really did a number on this one:

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=EUFI2

Enjoy! :)

A.


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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

November 8, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9328411

Oh wow, I think I found my favorite forum. Fruitofthevine, I am very envious of what all you can grow. Being in AZ, we are not known for our lush cottage gardens. LOL. We can grow lots of cactus, but that's not my cup of tea. I guess the positive thing is, October, November kicks off the gardening season here. I am about half way through planting my garden for the winter, known as spring elsewhere. I frequent the nurseries looking for all sorts of flowers (when do your trucks deliver???) . My latest hunt is for delphiniums. They seem to be elusive this year. On the positive side, the foxgloves look really good this year and the sweet pea vines are already coming up from the seed I planted last year.
I will post pictures this weekend. :-)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 10, 2012
3:26 PM

Post #9329854

Evening everyone!

Pippi, same here with the Columbines, many were gifted or started from seeds, and yes they do love to reseed. It'll be four years this Spring when I started over.

Please do, Val. We'd all love to see them. October and November here kick off the put 'em to bed month. Not really complaining though since it was so miserably hot and humid this Summer. But I guess the heat you know well. Most nurseries in our area usually close for the season October 31st and reopen around April 1st. Our last frost date is traditionally around mid-May but it's still easy to go crazy opening week. There are always lots of Spring pansies along with tender veggies and the greenhouses are open for visitors to get a taste of the tropics. And naturally perennials galore.

Wow, my apologies folks, not realizing there had been activity here. I'm way behind adding any new photos and have lots. Might be a good Winter project to catch up the chronicles.
Here's an Amaryllis 'Lemon Lime' that recently opened. My modest collection is inside now with many starting to shoot up stalks or form buds.

Keep those good thoughts, garden comments and photos coming!



PS Manda, have I seen that photo somewhere, recently? It's a stunner :)




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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

November 11, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9330261

Here are a few pictures of my gardens last week. I planted some more yesterday and have a few more to plant today.

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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2012
1:39 PM

Post #9330494

I'm having zone envy, we just had a hard frost and my remaining flowers look pretty awful!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 12, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9331369

Looking good, Val. Mum time for us too.
These are some of ours growing in the side garden where the Columbines are planted.

In the main bed, Aster 'Lady in Black' has just about finished putting on her show.
New England Aster, I think it is, started from a cutting two years ago, is on the fade as well, but was glorious last month.

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terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9331379

you all's plants look so good! I think I might need some asters...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 12, 2012
2:33 PM

Post #9331409

Agree, those are my only two.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9331611

My bottle brushes are putting out a last hurrah. And my duranta is going nuts.

I have antique roses that have a good flush, and my coral vine just won't stop even though we have had a couple 40 degree nights.

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warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 22, 2012
9:56 PM

Post #9340311

Hey Fruity... how big does your Lady in Black Aster get (ht x w), I planted a few last fall. they over wintered just fine but never really got any growth. Am thinking the drought this summer had alot to do with that tho. Where I got them they were about 4-41/2 ft in height. Tag says shorter but I'm hoping they get as big as they were at the nursery.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 27, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9344132

Looking good, Joy. I have never tried to grow Duranta. Did you start yours from cuttings or seeds and how old is yours?

Kathy, that's one Aster I started from a nursery three years ago. It's in my main bed in full Sun and the only water provided now is rain or snow. If I had pinched her in late Spring / early Summer like the Mum regimen, she would have been a mound instead of a sprawling cascade. Which in this case I really like because the Daylilies around and underneath had long finished blooming. Picking up the branches yesterday and roughly measuring against my height, they are right at 4-1/2' tall and the rosette is about 1-1/2' diameter.

What's everybody up to? Fall clean-up, planting Spring-blooming bulbs, decorating for Christmas?

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 28, 2012
3:53 PM

Post #9344889

Thanks Fruity...am glad to know they will get that big. I planted them toward the back of the border, just in front of Joe Pye Weed, and to the sides if I remember a pink Agastache and Campanula pyramidalis. Others in the front Penstemon Rocky Mtn. Blue (by the time these bloom the penns. will have been cut back to 8-12"), Centaure montana, perenn Geranium and some other goodies...Hope it gives a great show next year...Am beginning to create vignettes.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2012
1:41 AM

Post #9353432


hiya Froot - I'm back for December. :)

The picture - yes I posted it everywhere. Did not win a prize, tho'. One of my personal best, I think.

I haven't thought about my garden for so long due to school I don't hardly know where to start. :D

I was thrilled with a black scabiosa I grew from seed this season. I don't know if it's going to be perennial or not. I had a couple of white ones from seed but never bloomed. I have on the windowsill inside from wintersowing (I'm such a mean momma) some Salvia uglinosa (bog sage with clear blue flowers). I also have a single S. x nemorosa 'Rose Queen' from seed. You know how some things just never get into the ground?

We have a giant camellia with red flowers just beginning to bloom. My oakleaf hydrangeas have the most glorious colors in their leaves. Out front, I have yellow snapdragons planted in November 2010 that are still blooming (!!!) together right now with blanket flower. I have SO much work to do out there. I need to get collecting seed from my plants and several neighbors. Ha ha ha.

More news - the power company sent their minions to clear the powerline easement after18 years of NOT maintaining the lines. Everybody in my neighborhood was livid. I had a padlock on the gate, just thinking . . .. so they came in over the fence from the yard next door with a cherry picker. :/

In any event - there'll be more sun for more flowers. bad news is that I will have to relocate the meager shade garden I had tried to start back there. Nothing but wisteria and english ivy. Blah. The pecan tree looks kind of lopsided, but I'm sure there'll be growth in the spring.

Can't wait. Hope all's well.

xo
A.
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

January 5, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9376367

Some updated pictures of the garden. We had a couple nights of a slight freeze last week. Didn't do too much harm.

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

January 5, 2013
2:21 PM

Post #9376371

A few close ups.

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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2013
4:28 PM

Post #9376499

WONDERFUL flower garden's Val.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2013
5:20 PM

Post #9377620

Val, very nice! Thanks so much for sharing. Sure helps seeing wonderful blooms like yours to chase away Winter blahs.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2013
8:12 AM

Post #9378010

Love the colors and textures of your garden!

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 10, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9381131

How nice to see things blooming, love the pix!!!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2013
6:00 AM

Post #9390947

This is really informational and all the pictures are great!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2013
8:39 AM

Post #9391110

I just reviewed this thread again when you bumped it David, the pics are WONDERFUL aren't they? When I gave up my horses, my gardens became my outlet and it just does my heart good to see other people's gardens and ohh and awww. I tell myself "when my garden grows up it's gonna have some of those!!!" LOL
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2013
7:37 PM

Post #9403309

Formal gardens are grand places of aspiration and envy but they take a lot of maintenance and upkeep, much more than this one woman show is capable of, although I would like to have a small knotted garden of Herbs one day. Have any of you tried that?

A cottage style garden works for me and so many of you. It's a forgiving style where we can plant willy nilly and still have a beautiful show. I've had a few Amaryllis to bloom indoors over the past few weeks, good for keeping spirits up in Winter even if the blooms are short-lived.

Anybody jump in and show us what's blooming for you or soon will be!


DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2013
4:44 AM

Post #9403463

Your words are well spoken and wise.

I'm going to research knotted Herb Gardens,... and these are some of my favorites that will be blooming soon again...

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terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 31, 2013
8:11 AM

Post #9403676

psychw2, I love this thread, too, and have been referring back to it this past winter to fight off the winter doldrums.

DavidofDeLand, is that a brug in your third photo? Is it in a hanging basket? I love the last photo. It has kind of a mysterious garden aura to it.

This is Buttercup and it is usually the first rose to bloom in my garden.

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DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2013
8:51 AM

Post #9403729

Its an in-ground gold brug Terri. That is a really pretty yellow on that rose,...a good deep true yellow is the best on roses for me.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 31, 2013
10:27 AM

Post #9403800

Brugs are so cool. Might try one this year...hmmmm...

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2013
12:46 PM

Post #9403918

If it's fussy I can't grow it! I don't do baskets or pots because they take toooooo much maintinace in an area that gets 100+ degree weather and still gets COLD winters. (That's my story, I'm NOT admitting I am too lazy to care for them! LOL) if the sprinklers can't take care of their needs, color them DEAD!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2013
2:52 PM

Post #9404033

Beautiful shots! David, remind me the name of the purple flowers. It's on the tip of my tongue.

I just disassembled a few plants in the fall containers, have two like this, and had sauteed Swiss Chard, Mustard Greens, and Baby Bok Choy.
Pic is from September. The ornamental Kale plants have really grown and are enjoying cold weather. Also noticed a bud on a pansy, long forgotten those were included.

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DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2013
3:50 PM

Post #9404093

What an unexpected and creative bowl 'Fruit of the Vine'.

The Cordyline was a dramatic touch,... and is that Blue Fescue or Chives to the side? Love it.

The purple flower is Florida Blue Lisianthus. It was specifically created to be a heat tolerant Lisianthus specifically for Florida. It would still flourish where you are. The pink and white verions are at the foot of the birdbath picture I sent.

These are some greens I love too. The Burgundy Mustards are completely spineless, tender and much sweeter then green Mustards. I am believing in them!

David

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Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2013
3:51 PM

Post #9404096

Lisianthus? I used to grow them as annuals. Beautiful!
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2013
3:53 PM

Post #9404098

We cross posted, glad I got it right!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2013
4:03 PM

Post #9404106

The Florida Blues seem to behave as perennials here unless a hard freeze Pfg. They really are pretty. Kind of antique looking flowers... Faeries would love to wear them as hats in Victorian paintings I think!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2013
4:53 PM

Post #9404164

Thanks both of you for the ID. I'll look into finding seeds.

What a gorgeous array of greens. Is that a recent photo? The C. spikes were seriously marked down to $1 on the close-out rack last Fall and grabbed two, one for each container. They're doing so well now I wish I had bought more. There are springs of Rosemary behind it. Love how it smells and have snipped it many times for culinary purposes. And yes, the mound is Elijah Blue Fescue Grass.

Sooz

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2013
6:54 PM

Post #9404299

I thought that was Fescue Sooz! Those C.spikes grow into beautiful plants.

Have a nice pleasant sleep tonight,... and dream of Spring!
David
sparklinBarb
Burnt Chimney, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 11, 2013
4:15 AM

Post #9415007

I'm beginning a garden experience this year in Virginia, I am! You guys have given me the boost I need. I've got a down-sloping yard full of weeds, unkempt grass, and downed trees & limbs abandoned by 'loggers' in my wooded areas. Loads of work, but thanks so much for the fresh new boost of self-confidence you have instilled in me!

Barbara

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 11, 2013
4:44 AM

Post #9415027

Barbara,
Once you get the grass mowed and the limbs compiled your vision will start clearing up! Sometimes some downed trees and tree limbs can be utilized for really interesting garden looks, like borders around beds if arranged and planted around for a season (Especially in woodland type gardens)...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 11, 2013
2:44 PM

Post #9415810

Barbara, we are practically neighbors! I'm across the lake from you and started my Daylily collection from the farm near you on Windy Gap Road. Take it from me, you will have beautiful gardens in a very short time. To kill weeds and grass without chemicals or excessive digging, you can layer newspapers, lightweight cardboard spread flat (like soft drinks come in) and a variety of other compostable materials. I did this and covered the paper products with a heavy coat of mulch and organic materials like leaves and kitchen veggie scraps. A few areas I used landscape fabric and regret doing that, doesn't allow clumping plants to grow like they should and also impedes the flow of water. Just a few thoughts to get your wheels turning. Do keep us posted with your progress.

sparklinBarb
Burnt Chimney, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2013
12:10 PM

Post #9439695

Oh, thanks so much, guys, for the votes of confidence, and many, MANY thanks for the tips & info! Sooz, I was wondering if you were down here nearby - had a feeling you were. You have loads of beautiful plants & flowers! I've never been to the daylily farm you mentioned, but I've definitely eyeballed it many times when headed to Roanoke. I go to church in Floyd, and up there is another daylily farm I'm going to hit for sure! :o)
Ok, all, what's your opinion on bamboo? My husband & I took a 'sightseeing' trip over Webb Mountain, a huge, challenging dirt-road-gullied pass from one county to the other, and I made him stop so I could stuff some dumped bamboo cuttings in the back of the car. I know it's very invasive, but gee, the creative ideas are mind-boggling!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2013
12:23 PM

Post #9439713

I've heard very hard to start but INCREDIBLY invasive once it takes hold. I'd vote no. (I'm a Scaredy Cat!)
sparklinBarb
Burnt Chimney, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2013
1:24 PM

Post #9439782

Yeah, Pat, I've got to agree with you. I just finished a tiny bit of research, and the picture of a man digging a trench - it was up to the bottom of his bum - was enough to stop that line of thinking really fast! I'll just put some in a big pot on the deck! Thank you so much!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9440016

Barbara, I drove by the Daylily farm near you for many years on my way to work in Roanoke. Shame on me for never even noticing it was there until both of us landed home full time and needed perennials that would fill in fairly quickly when I started our new gardens. Really do hope you'll be able to attend our Round-Up on May 11th down at Fairy Stone State Park. Bring anyone you like, they don't need to be affiliated with Dave's Garden. I'd really love to meet you.

I've eyed Black Bamboo the past couple of years wishing for a quick growing plant to make a screen, but even a small start is too rich for our pockets. Our neighbor has a patch of green Bamboo plants and has already brought us several canes we're going to lash together with twine to make T-pees for pole beans, peas, cukes, morning glories...pretty much anything that twines and vines. Wondering how well they'd work for Gourds?
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2013
8:41 PM

Post #9440227

A good friend of mine used bamboo in a Japanese inspired garden. For 3 years she loved it. The landscaper put in a barrier to jeep it in bounds, and gave her a super strong chemical to paint on anything that came up where it shouldn't. Then she noticed that large patches of grass were dead around those spots, and that the escapees were becoming more aggressive. This summer she had someone come with heavy machinery to dig it all up. It's guaranteed for 5 years to be effective, they'll come back if she sees any growth. What a mess!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 6, 2013
3:04 PM

Post #9441072

A nightmare for sure, Pam.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2013
7:54 PM

Post #9441371

OUCH!!! I'll bet was an expensive fix!
sparklinBarb
Burnt Chimney, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9441760

I'm thinking along those lines myself, with teepees and such. I've got gourd seeds, cardinal climbers, cucumbers that I think would work with them. The bamboo itself, though, I believe I'll just keep my eyes open for more cut n' tossed bunches on the roadsides, rather than grow it. I could, possibly, grow it down by the creek, though. Will have to think long and hard. Heck, the cuttings I absconded with might not even root!
I haven't told my husband yet about the Round-Up at Fairystone. I'm not originally from here, have always wanted to go, but I'd like him to experience it with me. I'm coming though, with bells on!!
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

March 7, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9442140

Horrendously expensive. She's an artist, so it really, really hurt that her vision bcame such a nightmare. Now she has Crape Myrtles. The bad memories will take a while to fade.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2013
6:56 PM

Post #9442369

I did a lot with bamboo last year Sooz. There are patches in our neighborhood here and there and friends are too willing to let me come in and cut down whole cane for the goat to feast on (yes that's right). When he's done, I bring them home where they dry in the sun. Unless you treat it somehow the wood won't last for more than a season or two. Also - use some decent twine.

I learned all about the Japanese ebo knots to try to do some authentic looking trellis work and enjoyed it muchly. The effort was to "go vertical" and it worked for the most part.

The only bamboo we have growing here is horsetail (equisetum), and I keep it in containers.

xox
A.

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ahoogstra

ahoogstra
Cutlerville, MI

March 12, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9446800

My husband works for a commercial supplier to all the landscape companies here in MI. Bamboo is a nightmare in most cases! My hubby won't even let me "container" it. He has been called out to so many homes and business the last couple of years to consult on the best way to get rid of it! Crazy:)

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2013
6:12 AM

Post #9583062

BUMP!!!

I hafta see current pictures please.

Thank you.

A.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2013
7:27 AM

Post #9583156

me too!
Mike2147
Holly Ridge, NC
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9583163

I'll post up a 3rd for interest...
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2013
9:12 AM

Post #9583327

me too!

OutlawHeart81

OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2013
10:35 AM

Post #9647670

I am loving this thread, how am I just finding it?!
I am trying to steer away from a willy nilly knotty garden this time around because I fear some things I plant may get ahead of me and go a little crazy. I need low maintence, but with some semblance of order. :) it's too much for me to handle just to weed most days, but I am working on fixing the front beds. The back yard is a mess of weedy weeds, but the cardinals love it!
This is my first year gardening here, but it has existing... Weed beds. Lol

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2013
11:32 AM

Post #9647716

THIS was the first year that ALL of my flower beds were ALL weeded and nice at the same time. Did I mention I had the house up for sale? LOL

I'll be moving into a new house very soon and my hands are itching to get started with new flower beds.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2013
9:24 AM

Post #9649553

psychw2, I know just how you feel! Good luck and hope you have just as much fun as the last garden.
cytf
Staten Island, NY

September 5, 2013
8:16 PM

Post #9652012

Hi psychw2 , are you taking any plants with you . I moved before , this is my third home and I always potted up my plants and take as many as I can with me.I have my shasta daisy for 20 years, she is so faithful

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cytf
Staten Island, NY

September 5, 2013
8:42 PM

Post #9652024

Fall is drawing near ,I am so happy I took pictures of my flowers that I can share with my buddies on DG

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terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 6, 2013
6:19 AM

Post #9652214

cytf, there are some plants that seem to be universal. To me the daisy is one of them. I do so enjoy them.

Thank you for posting your lovely photos. So nice to see while sitting here at work and wishing I were out in the garden instead!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2013
5:55 PM

Post #9652805

Well... I did not know how long I'd be and where so i did not pot up anything BUT I rented out the house and did not sell... so I could go back and dig some up. AND I likely will.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2013
6:42 PM

Post #9736041

Bump.

Hey Fruity. How does your garden grow this time of year?
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 29, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9736433

Good question - it is snowing here...
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2014
6:57 AM

Post #9743780

Could use a few flower photos, myself. Just got a camera for Christmas and am learning to use it (always something new to learn and get used to). Hoping for post and add something of the garden I am trying to create from scratch soon. Would love to see what others are doing.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 21, 2014
5:54 AM

Post #9752486

Hello Fruity , I have several plants from your garden in my Garden...Please don't ask which ones...LOL...Oh Oh ...Minnie Pearl Phlox...and more than a few others...Every time I see them I think of you...and How big they have gotten...I need to look at a list and see if I can find the ones you gave me...Seems to me I have had them for more than 3 years tho ?

Have not been on Daves in a long time...I need to Be back...

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2014
6:33 AM

Post #9862406

Still waiting for new pictures!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 8, 2014
12:14 PM

Post #9888816

BIGGGGGGGGGGGG hello! Haven't been here in a long time and sure have missed a good thing.
Amanda, you want pictures so I'm posting a few. Enjoy!
Oh, the first one I'm posting is labeled wrong, help anyone.
# 1 IS NOT STREET URCHIN! Name please!
#2 Kissed By The Sun
#3. Annie Go Lightly
#4. Bonibrae
#5. Clothed In Glory
I divided many of the Daylily's last Fall so not as many blooms this year, but many different varieties.
Hope you are well and happy. Where is sooz?

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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 8, 2014
12:18 PM

Post #9888823

Want to post a favorite, from a favorite friend.
Hugs!

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 19, 2014
10:31 PM

Post #9922120

Oooo love that hibiscus Faye. ;)

A.

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