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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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"
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.
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.
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.
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
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?)
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.
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'
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'
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. :-)
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 :)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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)...
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!!
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.
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:)
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
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
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.
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...