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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2008
6:16 PM

Post #4712457

Tiarella 'Spring Symphony' blooming now.

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
3:42 PM

Post #4716995

This bed is fully shaded in summer, but in winter/spring the walnut tree in the middle is bare, so the plants get a sunlight boost when they need it most! I'm surprised the 'Tropicanna' canna threw out some blooms - normally I cut them down in Feb and they don't return until late May. This time I was late, just cut them back two days ago. Lots of new smaller leaves coming up, but these two were actually flowering. The weather's been pretty good this spring, although we could use some more rain, so I think everything's about 3 weeks ahead of schedule so far.

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #4717001

My favorite shady bed combination - bearded iris and hellebore.

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
3:46 PM

Post #4717023

Probably should have posted this second instead of the iris/hellebore photo - this is the back of the bed in my first photo. A truly gaudy combination of orange nasturtiums and pink coleonema! But the nasturtiums don't last long, and the splash of colors is actually refreshing after too many dreary wet days.

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #4717032

This variegated erysimum manages to hang on despite a rough time in the winter in another shaded bed. The arum leaves are lovely but the flowers are quite ugly.

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
3:50 PM

Post #4717045

This fragrant dwarf rhodie is lanky and unattractive - but the flowers open to a yellow-throated white, and are as fragrant as Easter lilies! They are almost as pretty when still buds, a beautiful shaded pink:

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
3:52 PM

Post #4717059

Another bearded iris, with the Oxalis siliquosa in full winter technicolor behind it. O. siliquosa really shows the beautiful copper-pink tones in winter - in summer it pretty much goes yellow-chartreuse. The variegated alstroemeria leaves are attractive, but the plant is in too much shade to ever bloom well. I really should move it.

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
3:55 PM

Post #4717067

One of my favorite plants, a 'Jack Frost' brunnera bought at ridiculous expense, is beginning to disappear under an aggressive palm that I need to cut back. But the brunnera has put up its delicate spikes of tiny sky-blue flowers - hard to capture with my ancient digital camera, this was the best shot I could get. A white calla is lying on the ground next to it.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2008
4:17 PM

Post #4717151

Beautiful! I'm so impressed that you've been able to plant so much under a walnut and have it grow so well. I've had trouble with brunneras disappearing too and wonder if they need the cold to keep going. I've had trouble growing Hexastylis (or Asarum). Another magic touch you have. Mine has just languished.

Here's a hellbore - I've posted this somewhere else but it's pretty enough to post twice. :-)

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

March 27, 2008
5:47 PM

Post #4717519

wow very beautiful ladies...some day we will be growing here again also... I do have some crocuses in blossom... nice to see them!!!
Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2008
8:46 AM

Post #4729152

It's wonderful to see what is going on in other places. Here in zone 5, I'm loving the crocuses!!!

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 30, 2008
3:36 PM

Post #4730148

We don't get crocus here so yours is looking very lovely. Here's a kurume azalea. They are really spectacular when they are blooming.

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Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2008
10:32 PM

Post #4731734

The hellebore, azalea, tiarella - all gorgeous! Here's another crocus.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #4732544

Well, for a ton of color ini my mostly shady yard, I just can't beat my azaleas. :)
Deb

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #4732561

And, with the azaleas, comes the Carolina Jessamine.
:)

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 31, 2008
2:53 AM

Post #4733152

beautiful photo frances. And Deb, your mature azaleas and jessamine are stunning. How old are the azaleas?
Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2008
10:14 AM

Post #4734184

The jessamine is beautiful; does it smell, too? (Thanks, Doss - it's hard to miss when the flower itself is so perfect. I guess its a good thing that crocus are blooming by themselves - it makes me appreciate each one. If they were with a slew of other things I might not notice how gorgeous they are individually. )
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2008
7:38 PM

Post #4736350

Frances: The crocus are so beautiful. I love seeing them because they don't grow well here. Too mild, I think. Oh, and yes, the jessamine smells heavenly. To me it's like vanilla.

Doss: Those azaleas are about 10 years old. Some are 3-5' taller than I am. I can't reach far enough to prune them. :)

Deb
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 31, 2008
8:34 PM

Post #4736576

Crocus don't grow well here either unless they come prechilled and you grow them as annuals. That one that you posted is particularly vibrant Frances.

What fortune to be able to be in the shade of an azalea Deb.

Here's another kurume azalea. It's about 18 inches tall and is 10 years old.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2008
12:22 AM

Post #4737503

Doss: I always believed that good things come in small packages. :) That kurume is a wonderful color!
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 1, 2008
2:04 AM

Post #4738112

Oh my, all the photos are glorious! Doss, your kurume azaleas are gorgeous - I finally sprang for an Encore azalea by mail because I couldn't find what I wanted locally. HD had them but wouldn't differentiate them by color, and I desperately wanted a red one!

Turns out it's more a red with a hint of orange but it fades to dark pink. But does seem to be pretty vigorous. It looks pretty good considering it arrived half-dead (I was very unhappy with Park Seeds about the order). It's already bloomed twice in two months. Heavy feeder, though! I tried to include the tag but it's not very readable: variety is "Autumn Embers".

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 1, 2008
3:50 PM

Post #4740562

Looks like you were able to bring it back to life pretty well jkom. I had a friend get some from Parks and the same thing happened. Beautiful!

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 1, 2008
5:40 PM

Post #4741152

georgeous!!!! I have a shady yard also and should look into the azaleas!
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2008
11:41 PM

Post #4742868

jkom: I have Autumn Embers and Autumn Sunset and both have been good bloomers for me. They seem to need alot of water the first year, moreso than some "regular" azaleas. Otherwise, they've bloomed nicely for me in close to full shade.
Deb

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 3, 2008
3:45 AM

Post #4749153

I have a flowering quince in a semi-shady part of the back yard, that is the first thing to bloom every year.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2008
4:20 AM

Post #4749293

Quinces are so pretty and they take more shade than it would seem.
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 5, 2008
12:25 PM

Post #4760517

Beautiful pics everyone! Thanks so much for sharing spring in your "neck of the woods" :)

My spring bulbs are gone by, but the azaelas are budded. I've got some jacks up and a few other jacks almost opened...

This one is 'Jack Frost'

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jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 5, 2008
12:29 PM

Post #4760530

:)

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Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 5, 2008
12:41 PM

Post #4760573

Gorgeous -
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 5, 2008
5:17 PM

Post #4761729

Beautiful I don't grow any of those.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2008
4:04 AM

Post #4764346

Jody, wow, what a cool plant! I'll have to check into growing those Jacks!

Doss, I wish my azaleas would grow like yours. My front yard is deep shade, so mine are spindly and something keeps eating the leaves off them and my rhododendrons.

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jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 6, 2008
10:06 AM

Post #4764987

Thanks everyone

doss do arisaema's grow in CA or is it too warm?

I love them, when I was a kid we had all kinds of wild species ones in our woods. I've got two other ones but hope to keep expanding the collection.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 6, 2008
7:04 PM

Post #4766838

Heronswood nursery says that they can grow into zone 9 - but sometimes that's just wrong. I've never seen anyone grow one here. That doesn't mean that it doesn't happen though.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2008
8:22 PM

Post #4767126

Azalea "Autumn Embers" is in bloom now. This one is on an east wall and only sees sun until noon at latest.
Deb

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2008
4:07 PM

Post #4770702

Beautiful Deb. Jody, I checked Plant Delights Nursery site and some of the arisaemas only go up to zone 7 but some of them are listed as zone 9. Sounds as if you are right that a lot of them need more cold than we have here. I've been trying to grow toad lilies and brunneras and I think that it's a problem for them here too.
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 7, 2008
5:32 PM

Post #4771042

Beautiful Deb!

Wow doss! And here I have always been so envious of those in warmer zones... guess it's true what they say, "the grass is always greener"...
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2008
7:38 PM

Post #4771603

Some of my azaleas a couple of weeks ago...

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lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2008
7:39 PM

Post #4771611

A few more...

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lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2008
7:40 PM

Post #4771614

And a few more.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2008
9:08 PM

Post #4771988

Sure are beautiful lussah

Here's a shade garden. The red bloomers on the left are azaleas and the purple ones to the left are viola odorata.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2008
9:10 PM

Post #4771998

Oops forgot the photo

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 7, 2008
9:23 PM

Post #4772085

Lussah, what are the light pink azaleas called? Very pretty!

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2008
9:59 PM

Post #4772226

doss, very pretty what is the ground cover on the left of the photo??? here is some of my first flowers for the season...crocuses, very hard to tell but they were just "glowing" in the morning when the sun was shining on them!!!

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lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2008
10:24 PM

Post #4772320

Thanks, doss and rob.
NOt sure what the lighter pink one is that's near my goat. My favored light pink ones are George Lindley Taber, but there's only a teeny bit of them in one of the shots. I have some larger GLTs but they bloomed after the Formosas. The coral colored ones are outta here ASAP so I can plant more GLTs.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 7, 2008
10:48 PM

Post #4772403

I've never grown Azaleas before but I really am leaning towards getting a light pink /pinkish white one...like yours!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2008
11:32 PM

Post #4772627

BEautiful garden lady. Crocus aren't very happy here so it's good to see them in bloom.
The ground cover is dichondra. Don't think that it's hardy in your zone.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2008
11:42 PM

Post #4772687

HI, doss, I'm so happy I stumbled upon this thread! I haven't seen posts of your garden in ages and I always want to know what you are creating!

And I love all the azalea photos--for some reason I don't think of azaleas as shade garden plants, but I suppose they are--we have ours in part shade, so I guess that qualifies.

Here is a photo of a few of our daffodils blooming today near the front walkway in a part shade garden. Right now they get a good bit of sun because the trees haven't leafed out.

Our azaleas have yet to flower but it won't be long. (-: I can't wait!

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2008
11:44 PM

Post #4772694

What a delightful little garden tabasco!
Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2008
11:52 PM

Post #4772738

Beautiful landscaping, Doss! Wow! Such a surprise to see green grass.
The crocus are great, Garden Lady - It's amazing what they can do for our green-starved spirits!!!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2008
11:55 PM

Post #4772763

Glad that you enjoyed the grass. You get the thumbs up for not having to mow it all winter. LOL The other thing is that here the perennials don't get covered with snow so it can look pretty bare out there in the perennial garden.

I do love the gardening and the weather where I live though - I have to admit.
Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2008
11:55 PM

Post #4772765

Lussah, great azaleas -what gorgeous colors!
What a cheerful nook, Tabasco!
Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2008
11:58 PM

Post #4772781

You mean that some of your perennials don't grow all winter? (I never really thought about how the seasons affect places where there isn't snow all winter!)
Regarding the grass mowing - you are right about not having to mow all winter, but since my husband and I fight over who gets the grass clippings (he wants them for the lawn and I want them for the garden) maybe if we had lawn all year we could have enough to go around!!! LOL
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2008
12:47 AM

Post #4773070

Doss: That's a really lovely entry way.
Lussah: Bunch of happy azaleas you have there! With all the wind and rain the past couple of weeks, most of ours have lost their blooms now. :(
Tabasco: What a pretty little garden! And I like the pineapple birdbath, too!
Deb
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #4773164

Thanks, DebinSC,
My Formosas bloomed ahead of most the wind and rain, but really hammered my GLTs. Not permanent damage, just took care of the blooms. Oh, well, I can go ahead and cut them back now!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2008
2:32 AM

Post #4773701

Frances, doesn't your husband understand that grass clippings on the lawn help create thatch and heaven knows that he doesn't want that! LOL
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
5:41 AM

Post #4774595

I love this plant, reminds me of my parents' house in Brazil!

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
5:46 AM

Post #4774611

Mahonia

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Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2008
7:39 AM

Post #4774724

Thanks, Doss for the thatch argument; I definitely have the first round of clippings now!! Can't wait to mow...
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2008
10:08 AM

Post #4774815

OOH! I love mahonia! I have leatherleaf several places in my yard. Last December I planted five winter suns and they have already almost doubled in size!

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2008
12:27 PM

Post #4775096

robbcorreia... pretty what is that plant called??? Love the color!!! I see you are in zone 10. Probably not for the cold winters like we have in Michigan... Drattet!!!! Very pretty. I mean the Brazil plant.. Ronna
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
4:11 PM

Post #4776218

Gardenlady, it's a Brunfelsia Pauciflora. It's called "yesterday-today-and-tomorrow" because the blooms open purple, then turn a light lavender and then white...it smells lovely too! Here is a link: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/126815/

Lussah, my Mahonia was a total impulse buy, I had no clue what it was when I got it at the local nursery...this tough guy survived at least 2 months in its plastic pot until I found a spot for it...and then it just exploded ! It's so beautiful, I agree!

stormiegrrl
Troy, IL

April 9, 2008
2:36 PM

Post #4781168

I love the big cheerful blooms on my Saucer Magnolia. I can see this from my bedroom window, first thing every morning I open the blinds so I can admire it while I'm waking up.

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jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 9, 2008
3:15 PM

Post #4781395

I love magnolias! I just took a pic of mine this morning. Will try to get it on the pc and post it.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 9, 2008
4:28 PM

Post #4781924

Isn't it nice to open your bedroom blinds first thing in the morning and admire your favorite flowers? I do that too with my cannas!
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2008
10:13 PM

Post #4783450

Gorgeous photo of the saucer magnolia. I love those, too and there's one outside my bedroom window, also. Many years, the earlier bloomers get hit by a freeze! This year was no different. They look awesome one day and so sad the next.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 11, 2008
12:01 PM

Post #4791306

very beautiful!!!!

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 25, 2008
4:23 PM

Post #4862507

I love the flowering trees. BEV

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dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 25, 2008
4:26 PM

Post #4862511

Yochino Cherry and Redbud.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2008
6:28 PM

Post #4863091

I love the flowering trees too Redbud. Ours are all over for the year.
Polygonatum is blooming.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 25, 2008
7:18 PM

Post #4863283

Doss: My one and only polygonatum disappeared in summer last year and I was sure it was a goner - too much heat, not enought water, something.

2 weeks ago, I gave up on it and planted a fern where it used to be.

Wouldn't ya know it, last weekend I went to water the fern, and there was a little 2" sprout of my "dead" polygonatum.

Yours look very happy, btw.
Deb
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 25, 2008
7:21 PM

Post #4863293

Doss, that's so pretty! Do you think they do ok in my zone? I alway wanted salomon's seal in my shady garden...
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #4864062

Rob, you could certainly grow the Great Salomen's seal and you might even try the variegatum. I don't know if you have room for the 5 foot Great one but it would be quite a deal.
http://www.bigdipperfarm.com/cgi-bin/searchstuff.pl?Botanical=Polygonatum

Deb, I have had the same thing happen when I planted polygonatum and it went dormant right away but came back in the spring. Funny plant. I was sure that I had lost it.
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #4864431

doss,
Thank you for the link to the Big Dipper Farm. I've been looking all over for more Solomon's Seal and could not find any. I just ordered some of all three types they have. I can't wait for it to get here!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 26, 2008
2:44 AM

Post #4865229

You should call Big Dipper and ask if they really have the three things you ordered. Sometimes they run out of stock and it's not reflected on the website. That's the only drawback of ordering from them. Their plants are great!
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 26, 2008
2:52 AM

Post #4865270

Really...? I got an order from them this week and the plants were in terrible condition!
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 26, 2008
9:25 AM

Post #4866095

Love that solomons; I've got a miniature one. I'll have to get a pic...

Here is my "weed" as my DH calls it LOL. It's in need of a "hair cut" again.

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jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 26, 2008
9:26 AM

Post #4866096

and some Iris cristata

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 26, 2008
4:38 PM

Post #4867209

That's too bad Rob. I hope that Big Dipper does right by you and fixes the problem. Beautiful 'weed' jody. Here are some Pacific Coast Iris that bloom in the shade.

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 27, 2008
7:38 AM

Post #4870394

Lovely "weed" Jody!

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 27, 2008
4:57 PM

Post #4871634

Nice grape hyachinths Rob. Here they do grow like weeds.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2008
10:30 PM

Post #4873010

here are few more of my faves!!! Giant Pacific Primrose

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gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2008
10:31 PM

Post #4873017

Epimediums... really just getting started.

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gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2008
10:37 PM

Post #4873046

celadine poppies... these are so cute!

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gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2008
10:39 PM

Post #4873049

brunnera??? Jack frost I think?!?

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gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #4873061

Of course the Bleeding Heart... My fave of all spring plants!!!! Not quit flowering but the weather is suppose to be really cold tonight and wanted a picture of it. :( Sure hope it will be okay tonight!

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 27, 2008
11:17 PM

Post #4873229

Garden lady the brunnera is a brunnera but it's not Jack Frost which has silver markings. The flowers are definitely brunnera though.
Here's Jack Frost
http://www.terranovanurseries.com/wholesale/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=28

I'm trying epimediums for the first time this year and they are doing OK but my dicentra that I tried bit the dust. The foliage is so pretty.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2008
1:37 AM

Post #4873980



So many pretty spring blooms coming on! And so many pretty pictures on this thread! I'm finding lots of ideas for my shady garden sites.

And we have our bleeding hearts blooming too! And I love 'em and wish I had more.

Does anyone know if they can be propagated easily by cuttings? I read on Weezingreen's thread that they can be divided when they are big (but mine are small). Or do they reseed themselves? Any ideas?

And I had no idea there were so many kinds...check out Big Dipper Farm's list of bleeding hearts...

http://www.bigdipperfarm.com/cgi-bin/searchstuff.pl?Botanical=Dicentra

I will continue to lurk and ogle all your pretty pics! t.

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Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2008
2:11 AM

Post #4874201

Interupted fern - It reminds me of two ladies dancing!
There are just so many exciting things popping each day.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 28, 2008
3:11 AM

Post #4874667

I've never seen interupted fern before Frances. How lovely.
Your dicentra is so beautiful tabasco. It's a great time in the shade garden.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 28, 2008
4:43 PM

Post #4877077

Gardenfrances, I agree, spring is exciting! I have been feeling especially lucky, as I am going through the very firstsrping in my new home. It's so fascinating because all these unexpected plants are popping out in the garden one at a time...Some of them I have never seen before and as I follow their progress i try to guess what they are before they bloom!

Doss you should give dicentras a chance, even here in san diego they are surviving (so far! lol)
wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2008
8:14 PM

Post #4878115

Hi everyone -- I was looking for a place to post a photo of my fasciated bleeding heart and found this thread. Such lovely pictures and gardens. What a delight.

Here it is (it's my first fasciated anything ever, so I'm very proud):

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wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2008
8:16 PM

Post #4878123

Here's the whole plant, while I'm at it, with attractive orange fencing in the background. We're under construction, but I'm still determined to enjoy the garden.

This is dicentra Gold Heart, by the way.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 28, 2008
8:35 PM

Post #4878217

You may have orange temporary fence but the fence that the plants are in front of is really wonderful. Great color on the dicentra. Glad that you posted them!
Ticker
Lisbon, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2008
8:50 PM

Post #4878300

Wow, Laura! That is absolutely gorgeous! I love that gold bleeding heart, fasciated or not. :)

Diann
wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2008
9:06 PM

Post #4878362

Thanks, you guys. It's definitely my favorite early spring plant.

robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 28, 2008
9:15 PM

Post #4878397

Very very pretty! By the way, what's that cool looking climber in the background?
wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2008
9:19 PM

Post #4878426

That's a climbing hydrangea.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 28, 2008
9:39 PM

Post #4878502

wow, very pretty!
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #4879053


wicker-- Love your bleeding heart, but please tell me, what does 'fasciated' mean for a bleeding heart?

I have never seen a gold bleeding heart--very pretty.

And welcome to DG! I can't wait to see more of your garden pics!
wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #4879453

Thanks Tabasco. I've actually been on DG for a few years. I guess I don't post that much though. Mostly I just soak it all up.

It's probably not a very good picture, but in that first shot there are many stems that are stuck together with a mass of flowers at the end. Isn't that fasciation? I've seen it, in pictures, with others plants though never with a bleeding heart. Still that must be what it is, right?

Ticker
Lisbon, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2008
12:54 AM

Post #4879459

I think it's really cool, kind of like a laminated bleeding heart. :) I'm going to have to get some of those gold ones for the hosta heavens. :)
Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2008
1:12 AM

Post #4879574

You're right, Doss, it IS a beautiful time in a shade garden!
Congratulations, robc on your new home! It must be doubly exciting for you, not knowing where some new treasures may pop up! Thanks for the education on fasciation... I was wondering what it meant, so thanks, Tabasco for asking, and wicker, for the pic and explanation!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2008
1:45 AM

Post #4879786

Here's the DG thread about fasciantion. Good photos
http://davesgarden.com/guides/terms/go/1866/
Gardenfrances
Salt Point, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2008
9:57 AM

Post #4880804

Thanks, Doss! Interesting. Now that I know what it is, I realize that I have seen it before!
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 29, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #4882152

Wow, that's bizarre, I had never seen this, thanks for the info Doss!
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2008
7:28 PM

Post #4882920

One month after Doss first started this thread, I guess we're already sliding into summer. I've had to start watering again, we were only 75% of normal in the East Bay so they're talking about mandatory water rationing already.

Here's my 'Jack Frost' brunnera, which is already ending its bloom season. You can just see one last pale-blue flower stalk leaning horizontally to the left:

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2008
7:30 PM

Post #4882924

And I just noticed my sole surviving 'Endless Summer' has bloomed. The other croaked in a painfully slow process, darn it.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2008
8:38 PM

Post #4883193

I love Jack Frost. Mine is coming back less and less over the years and I don't know why.
How lucky to have an hydrangea blooming so early! Sorry that you lost your other one though.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 30, 2008
1:41 AM

Post #4884627


Ah, yes, now that I look more closely at the photo I see the fasciation (?). Very strange looking bleeding heart, though.

And thanks for the link, doss. I had forgotten about that and it was a good refresher.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #4916168

Here's a photo of a Tree Peony that I have planted in almost all shade. It is doing unexpectedly well underneath a persimmon tree.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2008
9:23 PM

Post #4920633

Not only are you growing Tree Peonies in zone 9 but in the shade of a persimmon tree! Good going. What a beautiful color.

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #4921189

You all like lilacs??

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dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2008
11:21 PM

Post #4921195

another

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2008
11:23 PM

Post #4921202

and another

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 8, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #4921660

Fabulous dragonfly. I can almost smell them.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 8, 2008
4:04 AM

Post #4922468

Dragonfly, that's lovely! Can you post some pics of the whole plants? Would love to see those!
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2008
8:56 AM

Post #4922780

I have a grouping of wood phlox growing under a fothergilla that has filled in nicely this year. It took me 3 tries before I could get the phlox to stay because it was always eaten by slugs. Now I have enough little brown snakes to eat the slugs.
edited to add: I have enjoyed all the photos on this thread especially when I didn't have much showing in my garden.
Also, I am sorry the photo is so large, I don't know why it does that sometimes.

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2008
9:26 AM

Post #4922801

thought I would add my bleeding heart photo too.

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sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2008
10:08 AM

Post #4922848

Lovely grouping lavender4ever. I like the grape hyacinth peeking through.

This photo shows the only Jacobs Ladder that comes back for me, Stairway to Heaven, and it's a native cultivar with variegated leaves so I am very pleased with it. In early spring before it blooms the leaves are very rose colored. It keeps the green and white variegation through the summer.

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2008
11:27 AM

Post #4922960

wow great plant and very lovely garden.
wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2008
2:36 PM

Post #4923640

lovely photos!

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2008
2:48 PM

Post #4923706

Rob, Will try to get full pics of lilacs tomorrow after this rain. thanks BEV Oh! Here is the white one.

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dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2008
2:50 PM

Post #4923714

My white dogwood.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 8, 2008
3:35 PM

Post #4923983

Love the plox and the Jacob's Ladder semp.

Nice grouping with the dicentra and the bulbs lavender
And dragon fly, the lilac and the dogwood are beautiful.

These are all plants that I've had trouble growing. There is a new lilac now that is supposed to grow well in zone 9 but I'm afraid that I'm clean out of room!

robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 8, 2008
11:04 PM

Post #4925605

Oh, what beautiful white flowers...love them!
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2008
8:45 AM

Post #4927536

Beautiful dogwood dragonfly, that is the tree I'd really like to find room for. Thanks for the compliments on the photos. I'm looking for a photo of the Jacobs ladder in early spring when it was very rose colored. I posted this photo earlier on the thread for variegated plants. This is "Stairway to Heaven" on April 7 th at it's most colorful.

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sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2008
8:53 AM

Post #4927538

Here is the same Jacobs ladder about a week latter when the variegation changes to more tricolor and the rose lightens to pink.

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sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2008
8:59 AM

Post #4927539

Now in bloom the "Stairway to Heaven" foliage is green and white.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2008
7:57 PM

Post #4929788

What beautiful variegations semp.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2008
11:48 PM

Post #4930518

Semp: What a wonderful shady garden you have!
The Confederate Jasmine is blooming for me now. This one's on a north wall, about half is in total shade, the other half only gets late afternoon sun, but it blooms very nicely, and that scent! Ahhh.
Deb

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lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2008
11:52 PM

Post #4930536

Deb,
This afternoon, I had just taken a shot of my Confederate Jasmine when I cought a whiff of a gardenia! My favorite fragrance in the whole world! It took me a few moments to locate it-I always smell them before I see them. I never realized until a couple of years ago how much that scent is tied to my childhood which was a very long time ago!
Melissa
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2008
12:11 AM

Post #4930610

Lussah: I think gardenia is my favorite garden scent. Mine aren't blooming yet, though. Are yours? Yesterday, I was strolling around the garden center at one of the "big box" stores, and followed the scent to a lonely little corner where they had miniature gardenias in full bloom. It was intoxicating. Scent makes a strong connection to memory, doesn't it?
Deb
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 10, 2008
7:36 AM

Post #4931806

Ahhhh...Spring!

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #4932719

Ah Spring indeed! My columbine are starting to bloom. I just put them in last spring so they are sort of sparse but beautiful just the same. Unfortunately they tend to mildew in the late summer. Hate that!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2008
8:13 PM

Post #4933558

Doss, you're like me, all over the forums!!! This is the left side of the arbor I did last year in another thread. The Stairway To Heaven climbing rose is really taking off, just no blooms yet.

Doug

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2008
10:28 PM

Post #4933996

Ilove the combination of the azalea and the clematis. You are either lucky or very clever to have them blooming at the same time! The rose will be beautiful with it and echo the color of the azalea. It's going to be a very pretty corner - but then it already is.
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2008
10:31 PM

Post #4934004

Deb,
One of my miniature gardenias has several blooms open and many more are ready to pop. The other minis are just about there. I only have one full-size and it's been limping along ever since I bought this house, 5 years ago. I spent 30 minutes today hosing off aphids again and did not see any buds on it. It has never put out very many. But we keep trying! I've had pretty good luck with the minis, though. I spent today working in the yard and every time I smelled them, I broke into a huge grin. All I need now for it to really be summer is some local watermelon.
Melissa
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2008
10:57 PM

Post #4934077

I'm heady with the fragrance of iris in the garden right now. Of course nothing is quite the same as gardenia. I've never had any luck with them though. They seem to struggle along here. Local watermelon sure sounds good! How about some local peaches too.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #4934079

You guys are making my mouth water!
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2008
1:00 AM

Post #4934465

rob, your cottage garden is lovely--pretty combinations in bloom.

doss, You mentioned the fragrance of iris and I agree...I found a few blooming in the garden and it was heavenly.

semp, you have a wonderful collection of shade plants and I love your stone steps.

I have a new little hardy geranium, the deep pink little flower in the collage, that is blooming nicely in mostly shade. I wish I had the label. It's one I picked up from the dollar table bargain bin last fall.

And I found the little castle in the bargain bin at HD last fall and I'm in the process of making a fairy garden for my nieces with it...(something to fill in the shady areas...

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lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2008
1:05 AM

Post #4934491

Yep, can't leave out peaches! Hope the last freeze didn't get them. The other summer must have is boiled peanuts, but my favorite nursery started selling them a couple of weeks ago, so I've already HAD to buy a few bags!
Melissa
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 11, 2008
3:11 AM

Post #4935011

What an awesome collage!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2008
12:55 PM

Post #4935887

Doss it was just pure luck for the azalea and the clematis to bloom together. We have had an absolutely perfect spring. Around here I consider it a good spring when the dogwoods and redbuds bloom during the same period. They were georgous this year.

Doug
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 11, 2008
4:39 PM

Post #4936801

That must have been stunning Doug. My Niobe clematis blooms at the same time as the white rose it's growing with and I always think that's amazing too.
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 13, 2008
4:21 PM

Post #4945481

doss, in one of the first photos on this thread you have a hellbore with a fern. What is the fern? That combination sweped me altogether.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 13, 2008
5:13 PM

Post #4945726

You must mean the lemon button fern (Nephrolepsis cordifolia cv. 'Duffii' ). It would grow happily in your house but it's not hardy below zone 9. It's so fast growing though you might be able to grow it as an annual!
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 14, 2008
4:46 AM

Post #4948679

:( I will look through ferns and see if I can find a hardy matching fern.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 14, 2008
6:56 PM

Post #4950877

Sorry about that Enya. Maybe you can find something similar. I looked up the regular button fern but it's only hardy down to zone 8.
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 14, 2008
10:39 PM

Post #4951694

That's OK. I just have to keep in mind the combination of the foliage shapes. You have very nice combos through out your garden. In my third year of gardening, I am just beginning to pay attention to details like that :)

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2008
8:27 PM

Post #4956223

My High Bush Cranberry Viburnum is blooming.

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tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2008
8:35 PM

Post #4956254


Oh, what a beautiful flower, dragonfly! I really like that one!
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 15, 2008
8:46 PM

Post #4956294

Those look like brides maids head flowers :) So charming.

There was a thread on textures. This photo would so suit it.
It's a great shot!

Here's my spring finally :)

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 15, 2008
8:47 PM

Post #4956296

And here's a closeup I finally got in focus ;)

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 15, 2008
9:08 PM

Post #4956379

Dragonfly, those are so pretty, they look like my Hydrangea Serrata! Enya, I love you white flowers, is that trillium? I wonder if they would grow in my zone...
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 15, 2008
9:19 PM

Post #4956419

Very pretty ENya. The ferns and the white flowers look so peaceful and you are right that the textures are delightful together.

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2008
9:20 PM

Post #4956423

Thank you Tabasco and enya. Where is the texture thread? I know I have seen it before. Enya, The white tiillium I would think would grow in your zone. I have some burgandy ones in my woodland garden, I would like to find some white ones. BEV

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 15, 2008
9:43 PM

Post #4956484

Tillium grandiflorum is native to my area. That shared lot nobody goes to but for twice a year trash collection and garlic mustard removal is really great. It's sort of became and unofficial neighborhood preserve area. I just never was that late in the season to do clean up. It's amazing how much rubbish is blown down that ravine. I usually down there before the ferns unfurl but this year I am behind of a lot of things and I am glad I was :)

Here's a terrific series of threads with plant pictures to die for
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/tw.php?tid=794088
Dragonfly, you absolutely have to post your Cranberry Viburnum photo there.

doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 15, 2008
11:21 PM

Post #4956870

Tiarella Spring Symphony is blooming for the second time. I love this tiarella. This little bed is half in sun and half in shade so the snapdragons and bearded iris bring extra color to it. The vine on the structure is dying though. I don't know what is wrong with it.

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2008
1:30 AM

Post #4957499

I am coming pretty close to actually having stuff to post here!

Here is Variegated Solomon's Seal with an unusual all white stalk. Does that mean anything bad??

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2008
6:59 AM

Post #4958578

I have been told that most all white sports do not survive, not enough clorophyll to feed the plant. Let us know how it does! It looks very cool!
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 16, 2008
4:09 PM

Post #4959952

doss, it's a very interesting columnar build up from the Tiarella to snapdragons.
How old is that Tiarella plant? I have two young ones that lack fullness and am wondering how long it would take them to build up the body.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 16, 2008
4:37 PM

Post #4960079

The tiarellas have been there only two years but I planted three in that spot. It also gets quite a bit of light. I have some in pretty deep shade and they tend to be more sparse but the bloom even at that. I bought this cultivar because it was supposed to rebloom and indeed it does!
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 16, 2008
5:13 PM

Post #4960240

Three young plants make a terrific large plant. I should stop thinking within
bounds of a pot I bought :) And I had no idea reblooming tiarellas even existed.
Learn, learn, learn...

Here's my very first yellow lady sleeper bloom in the making :)

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 16, 2008
5:59 PM

Post #4960423

Things are all over the map this spring. Here's one of the ferns just pushing it's fronds up.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 16, 2008
6:07 PM

Post #4960464

Here's epemediums are almost done blooming. I love them for being happy in my dry shade.

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2008
6:57 PM

Post #4960614

Dicentra Alba White bleeding hearts

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2008
6:59 PM

Post #4960622

Cameo blue and white columbines. The biggest flowers on the tiniest plants!

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2008
9:32 PM

Post #4961317

Syneilesis aconitifolia.
Lovely in the shade, as long as you don't care about flowers.

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 16, 2008
9:36 PM

Post #4961337

Wow Weerobin! I had never seen that plant, its beautiful...
Rob
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 16, 2008
10:12 PM

Post #4961496

Blue compact columbine goes on my list of musts for my "blue area". Beautiful flowers.

Who needs flowers with leaves like this! Aconitifolia is gorgeous and looks even wispier against flats of hosta leaves :)
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 16, 2008
10:30 PM

Post #4961551

What wonderful new sprouts Enya and Lavender. Those blue columbines are really beautiful. I love my columbines but they tend to mildew later in the summer and are unsightly.

Your shredded umbrella plant is very cool weerobin. I hadn't seen that before.
wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
12:50 AM

Post #4962200

Weerobin, how long did it take for your umbrella plant to get so big? It's gorgeous. I planted a small one last spring and only have one stalk up this year.

Here are a few pix I took today. This one is a shady border with a couple Clementine Red columbines just starting to open.

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wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #4962219

this one shows Clementine Dark Purple columbine starting to open. (finally got a warm day today!)

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wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
12:54 AM

Post #4962237

And this is a really lovely geranium, Elizabeth Ann, which I love and have put everywhere I can find a not-too sunny spot. Plus it self seeds nicely.

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wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
1:00 AM

Post #4962261

Finally, this isn't a great photo, but I also really love my solomon seal.

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wickerparker
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
1:05 AM

Post #4962282

Okay, one more. A close-up of Clementine Red.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 17, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #4962291

Wicker, I like that Solomon Seal photo very much. I love that plant, too. Mine are only about 7" high at the moment. They were slow starters this season - not sure why.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 17, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #4962754

Love the columbine and the Solomon Seal - what a nice stand of that. Beautiful shade gardens wickerparker.

lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
4:09 AM

Post #4963048

melon symphony Osteospermum

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 17, 2008
4:19 AM

Post #4963078

wickerparker, your garden looks festive with all those shades of green and flower :)

lavender, these two Osteoperum look with "eyes wide open" at me. I'd crop and frame that shot :)

lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
4:44 AM

Post #4963158

lol well it could go on my "flower wall". Wicker I love all those plants. What lovely groupings. I have clementine rose blooming right now, and winky purple as well as the cameo. My red star is a giant one and is not blooming yet, but one of my favs coz it blooms into July.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2008
1:15 PM

Post #4963975

My syneilesis is 3-4 years old, think.

Here are a couple other plants doing suprisingly well.
I enjoy trying uncommon plants. Most are flops, but the ones that do well are really cool.
This is a anemonella thalictroides. I think the cultivar name is 'Cameo', but not sure.
I have to protect it from rabbits, which is why it's in a silly looking cage.
But I think it's worth it.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2008
1:17 PM

Post #4963983

And this is asarum takoi.
It spreads really nicely.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2008
1:21 PM

Post #4964000

And a double bloodroot (from a couple months ago).

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
5:55 PM

Post #4964889

oh robin, those are really lovely. I really love the first one!
linjasar
Upper Saint Clair, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2008
5:58 PM

Post #4964895

Spring is finally here in Western PA. Now, if it would just STOP RAINING! Very unusal year here as there has not been a frost for almost 6 weeks. I cannot remember a spring like this. My Mom planted these back in 1985. I am planting a white dogwood to the right of this grouping this year. I cannot wait to see them all bloom!

Linda :)

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
5:59 PM

Post #4964900

oh my gosh, I found a source for them and they are hardy here. There goes my plant fund again... http://www.hillsidenursery.biz/plants.htm#a_thalictroides_cameo

lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
6:00 PM

Post #4964904

Wow that is going to be a stunner Lin, already is...
linjasar
Upper Saint Clair, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2008
6:10 PM

Post #4964932

Thanks - the shrubs were all my Mom. I can't wait. I am planting white and pink dogwoods, hearts of gold redbud, flamingo magnolia and a lilac that I haven't decided on yet. My Mom put in azaleas and rhododendrons along the woods and they are all huge. This one is over 12 feet wide!! The rhodies are just starting to wake up now. They are all bigger than this azalea. I have loved everyones photos. I don't have many spring blooming perennials as the show is in the shrubs and soon to be trees.

I hope you are all sunny and warm. It has rained for 2 weeks and it is supposed to rain all weekend and next week too. I am so ready to plant my hosta gardens. :(

Lin

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 17, 2008
6:44 PM

Post #4965045

Stunning Lin. No need for perennials when you have shrubs like that! The trees will be very beautiful.

lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2008
7:03 PM

Post #4965105

sigh...acid soil envy here...
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2008
12:44 PM

Post #4967966

Lavender, I checked out the catalog link you provided.
I now see that the cultivar in my post was Shoaf's Double, not Cameo.
They've been easy to grow here in woodland situation, but my rabbits like them also!
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
3:54 PM

Post #4973761

robin, I love your asarum takoi. What a cheerful carpet for a shady location! Could not find a source for it though :(
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
4:35 PM

Post #4973955

That asarum is delightful. I couldn't find a source for it on the internet either. Did you buy it locally? I have asarum splendens but it doesn't seem to want to spread for me.
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
4:52 PM

Post #4974026

Splendens does not spread for me either :( It grows at the same rate as europeanum, which is very very slow. I found a companion to europeanum Polygonatum humile this week end.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
4:53 PM

Post #4974033

This is a beautifully framed Jack in one of the gardens I use as inspiration.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
4:56 PM

Post #4974055

And another picture from that yard. Virginia blue bells with ...?

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 19, 2008
4:59 PM

Post #4974064

Weerobin, I just love that Asarum! I have some in my own garden (not your variety though) and it's lovely...I should post them here so that one of you can id it for me...
That bloodroot is just amazing, I have never seen that plant before...I'm going to look it up! I love white flowers!
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
5:02 PM

Post #4974083

Single bloodroot is a beautiful flower, but double and in a patch like this would stop you in your tracks :)
I missed collecting seeds again this year :( I had very good luck starting the single one from fresh seeds so would like to try the double one. Next time shopping I'll look for small mesh bags :)

lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 19, 2008
8:22 PM

Post #4974849

I just planted lots of woodland flowers this year. I planted some bluebells too...I hope they do well! The roots of the bluebells they sent me look like blobs of wood. lol
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
8:26 PM

Post #4974873

Enya, I guess that it's comforting to know that your Splendens doesn't spread either. Mine has languished in the garden for three years now with little to no growth. I did make the mistake of putting it where it got a little morning sun and had to move it into more shade.

Beautiful photos. I particularly liked the very subtle green Jack in the Pulpit.
enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
8:27 PM

Post #4974883

They are beautiful and very resilient. I "lost" mine this spring. They were washed off down the hill. I found them in the pile of old leaves down in the ravine when trash picking. Moved them up again and hope they stay there this time :) I never seen those buds open - rabbits ate them :(

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
8:31 PM

Post #4974899

This bloom I was jumping up and down for a bout 5 minutes calling all my family to join in watching. When they came out it took me 5 minutes to explain what was that I was so excited about :)

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 19, 2008
8:52 PM

Post #4974977

oh my gosh those are so awesome!!! Those are on my list of wants! Congrats!
pagardener61

(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2008
9:06 PM

Post #4975032

The "house" columbine, blooming it's heart out

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pagardener61

(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2008
9:14 PM

Post #4975070

Electric red dianthus and dutch iris. Behind garden awaking with kin size plants this year, must be all the rain. This bed is semi-shade, sun in AM.

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pagardener61

(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2008
9:19 PM

Post #4975097

Astilbe getting ready to put on a show. behind is hosta fried green tomatoes and a green/white hostas. This is under the trees.

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pagardener61

(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2008
9:23 PM

Post #4975111

Lone white bleeding heart at the edge of the daff/tulip bed along with Enya's iris, Enya_34 , the other two have buds and will bloom soon!

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enya_34
Madison, WI

May 19, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #4975149

zinnia, you sure can take care of the iris :) I never could keep the blooms after transplanting.
Wow, that dianthus is sure electric! I love the color.
pagardener61

(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #4975192

I have tons of that red dianthus, it was here when we moved, next time we exchange plants remind me to send some. It comes back year after year.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2008
12:44 AM

Post #4975892

Enya, asarum takoi is available from Asiatica nursery on-line.
It's occasionally avaiable from other mail-order venders as well.
There are a few variegated cultivars of a. takoi which are also really beautiful, but which I haven't had much success with yet.
But hope springs eternal.

My asarum splendens does spread for me, but not in a very dense growth pattern yet.
I'm hoping it will fill in, but time will tell.

doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #4975994

Asiatica nursery is a great place to browse! They say that asarums require humous soil - and I have clay which is perhaps why Splendens is not making it's move.

I did check out Asiatica in the watchdog and it looks as if you are prepared to get small plants (as anyone buying on-line has learned to expect) you will do fine.
http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/519/

How old is that patch of Tokai that you have?
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2008
10:53 AM

Post #4977395

Doss, my asarum takoi is just 2-3 years old at most.
I tried a whole variety of asarum species about the same time and the takoi has clearly spread the nicest for me. Better than shuttleworth.
And, yes, the plants from Asiatica are generally small, but their offerings are fascinating and the plants are healthy. I've had good luck with them.

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