LOL, I pour some table salt on the slugs and they just dry right up. Never used any other method.
Love those roses, so healthy they are. I'll have to go see if I have any appearances. I did see some Solomons' seal coming up.
I separated my yucca on Sat. with Mike's help digging but afraid I may have killed it as not able to get much root the trunk went way down and so I had to saw it off, then separated into two clumps. Had to be moved as it was right at the edge of the walkway and kept poking my legs and close to poking out the eyes on my little Abygail and Eva when they visit.
So glad to see things coming into bloom.
Hi Candee... Some call that MURDER!!!!!!!! LOL. I don't mind sharing some of my plants with slugs and snails, but WHY do they have to be so greedy and eat everything?!
Hope you manage to save your Yucca. Are Abygail and Eva your Grandaughters?
Your lenten rose looks a beautiful colour..
Traci, Love your pincushion, so full of flowers! Hope mine gets bushy like yours.
No buds on my roses yet...
Honesty, not much else flowering here yet. Please keep your pics coming!
Oh lovely ages! bet you have your handsful when they come to visit!
Are those Deer? they LOOK sweet! I'll take your word that they are pests in the garden. I can just imagine the havoc they could cause!
I haven't been out in the garden today, no pics sorry!
Wow, all your flowers look so special. They seem to pop up quickly, seeing as you just came out of winter! I'll try to take some new pics this weekend. You've seen most of mine already terri.
Hi Sue, Glad you found me here! Love to see your Aussie flowers anytime, so different from mine!
The forget me nots hide everything coming up! but I love them and they are better than bare soil.
Your Orchid is such a lovely vibrant colour, really pretty. I don't have any Orchids!
Look forward to your pics at the weekend!
Nothing new flowering yet!
Sue I don't believe I have ever seen an orange orchid, that is special. That Tilly thing is quite interesting as well, is it a ground cover. That benrathi is lovely pinks.
I did get a shot of my flowering almond in bloom before the rains set in.
Hi Candee, lovely Almond. Does it get nuts aswell? that would be the icing on the cake!
I also like the fritter! Beautiful I think it is a bulb eh? My Tilly whatsit is an air plant. Give it good light, air circulation and humidity and it does the rest! The Aechmea is a good ground cover though.
Yes Terri, mulch is gone again, but I hadn't actually got around to repairing it yet, so it just means a little bit extra when i get to it. I have to build a bit of a rock wall to hold back the water. We had a glorious day today though, but I had to work. I almost had a day off tomorrow, but have to catch up with some customers from last week that I had to postpone, due to rain. Boooooo!
Thanks Karma, there are a few different colours of that orchid, purple, orange, pink and dark pink, and apparently white, but I've never seen it! When the other colours start, I'll snap some pics.
Loving the flower show.
Thank you. The flowering almond does not bear any nuts, nuts!
I started with about 6 fritillaria about 6 years ago, had 3 yellow and 3 orange. Am down to this one alone. It came up 2 years ago about a foot and then keeled over but made another showing last year and this. It is a bulb, rather large and must be planted on some gravel drainage as they are quite prone to rot. Not sure what happened to the other 5 but never heard from after that first years blooms, or was it 2 I kinda forget.
Sue, hope you get your mulch grounded soon. I have done a lot of rock edges and it is hard work, be careful or you will end up decrepit like Steve and I ^_^
Thanks for your concern Candee, but I'm already half way there (crippled) I might as well go all the way! LOL, actually its not all that funny, considering thats my job. Most of my customers have done themselves damage from gardening! Its a dangerous job!
I am off for acupuncture/hawaiian massage on thursday, as I have friday off because its ANZAC day. So I'll be able to rest up and recover. I'm trying to do something nice for myself now'n'then.
Happy gardening maties!
oh Sue, I meant to ask you, should I lightly prune the Grevilla sp? or whatever it's called!!! Remember things take much longer to grow over here. I haven't pruned it before! It's looking a bit shabby. What do you think?
Oh Sally, I just planted some of my zinnia seed from last year's harvest this afternoon after work. Those are lovely and you are fortunate to be able to have blooms in and out all year long. I would like that, but have convinced myself that winter is a good time to take a break from the work of gardening. Terri, you have been busy as well.
I will have to get more photos, just not enough hours in the day sometimes. I have blooms on my little plum bush and the bleeding hearts will be over before I get a shot of them if I don't hurry up. Lilacs just coming out and finally a few tulips. The quince and spirea are also in full bloom and won't be long until the dogwoods are blooming. Also have one azalea almost out, so I best get busy with the camera.
You know it is funny I go out there and it doesn't look like much but when I sit back and write it down, I go wow to myself! Got to put the seeds away a minute and take the pics, hope it is not raining tomorrow and I may just do that.
Just seems that with working and things there just is never enough hours in the day, yet by the time I go to bed it feels like the day has been a month long LOL!
Ok, Lesson on ANZAC
In world war one(1915), soldiers from Australia and New Zealand battled in Galipolli.
It is the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in Australia and New Zealand.
ANZAC stands for Australian & New Zealand Army Corps. Every April 25, the veterans march and they hold dawn service at the war memorials and returned servicemen clubs.
To me its just a big holiday, not having any war ancestors, and this year a long weekend, because it falls on a Friday, But I must say thanks to those brave men who died in defending both countries, even if they were on foreign land!
And thats all I've got to say about that!
Hi Sally, Love your bright pictures. Keep em coming.
Terri, is that Yukka 'bright edge' in the planter? You have got a home garden too! Your Grevillea would usually get grazed on all year around, by one mammal or another, so small regular prunes will be fine. Also, If you cut off the dead flower stalks while its still in flower, it should continue to flower a bit longer.
Oh, Candee, don't just write it down! Take some happy snaps for us!
See you tomorrow
Thanks for the history lesson Sue, I always enjoy learning something new. I promise I will get some photos today when I get home. The sun is supposed to shine and be about 76 here so will be good photo weather for a change.
Candee, looking great! What is the carpet of flowers under the tree peony? Your Azlaea is going to look goreous when it finally blooms!
Lovely orchids again Sally!
It was sunny here theis morning so I got a couple of pics, but there is less and less flowers everyday now! Boooo!
Aechmea gamosepala (bromeliad, very common, but makes a good filler between the more spectacular ones!)
Sue that is phlox under the tree peony. Love the colors in that Aechmea, kind of fuschia looking.
Sally, those orchids are "to die for" - How do you manage to have some many that are sooooo healthy? That must take a ton of time?
WoW, What a treat! Lots of flowers to look at... Beauti ful!!
Sue, Thanks for the pruning advise, will do that, its on my list of jobs to do! Sorry I've no idea of the same of that Yukka, it's been in that planter a good few years, maybe 5! I was thinking maybe I should put the Grevillea in the ground? It's in a chimney pot, never expected it to get so big! Like your pink brom, lovely colour.
Sally, your Clerodendrum is so unusual and such a pretty colour, love the orchids too!
Karma, It's a Hebe, hasn't flowered yet this year, usually end of May.
Candee, Lovely garden flowers. Where did they come from? It seems like last week there wasn't much in bloom!
It looks like a beautiful garden, with so much to see. Lovingly tended and beautiful. the little pine cone babies are so cute! You have WAYYYYYY more flowering than me.
So glad we are getting to see all your flowers everywhere everyone ! for a whole season ... still so much to look forward to! Nothing new happening here, only rain!
Candee, I stay busy with our orchid's (most are my hubby's,) my African Violets, our yard outside and it is worth it. I love to be surrounded by flowers. I have a little doggie and Parrotlet that keep me busy too.
I don't know Terri, I started gardens a few years ago and seems there is nothing and then it all comes almost at once. Weeds not too much problem I have used enough round up over the years to kill all but the nastiest of weeds. Not sure what to do with the dollar weed, will have to research. Thanks, it is coming together this spring! Will post more later of the blooms.
Very nice plumbago Traci, looks good in that spot very spring colors.
What a lovely bush. Do the stems make good cut flowers? What variety of cytisus is yours and how tall does it get? The variety that I am used to seeing is the common scotch broom which is really invasive.
Welcome soilsandup, nice to have you. First, the stems make great cut flowers - I just used a few in the "theme tulip time" that Terri started some time ago before I had any tulips.
Second, not invasive at all, it has a single trunk which drives me nuts because it just won't stay upright. Even after all these years I have it tied to the deck rail and a stake driven into the ground for anchor as I believe they must be shallow rooted. I believe it is the cytisus scoparius but believe me it has not spread anywhere, it does get quite top heavy so the railing is a helpful support.
We used to have one next to it until this spring, had the same problem as it kept uprooting and didn't look good in early spring so we pulled it out and got rid of it. I am really sorry as it was the one that got the purple petals.
I'd say they are/were about 5' tall and they have/had been there 7 or so years. Like I say the yellow one above is still thriving and beautiful today and about 5' in height about 4' wide at top spread and a single trunk.
Here is a photo of the burgundy one that I lost, or got rid of.
Lovely Terri, I have never seen the Aquileja in that color in the last one, brilliant shades for such a tiny beauty. Are they what I call columbine? Will have to look it up.
I wondered as well about the cornflower, is that what I call bachelor button? Another to research. At any rate great to see so many blooms and it is still so early!
Thanks Candee, Yes they are Columbine, or old granny bonnets! Funny how we have different names for the flowers!
The cornflower I saw in Traci's garden are the annuals that she called bachelor buttons. The one in my garden is a perennial cornflower.
My bachelor buttons are perennials - actually have tried to kill them off in the garden because they are so invasive, but a few are nice to have around. Never heard them called old granny bonnets, but quite appropriate.
MAGNIFICO! Your Peony is spectacular Candee!
You have a different variety of old Granny's bonnets, what a beauty! and such a lovely colour.
Thanks for sharing your garden, it's so nice to see what you have flowering.
Oh so pretty bonnets. I only have the one and it is growing amongst my foxtail lilies. Would like to move it, but it is intertwined so will likely have to remain where it is.
I never noticed how ruffled the edges were until I took that macro pic?
Candee and Terri - thanks for the welcome to this forum. I'll have to keep an eye out for a cytisus scoparius. The majority of the plants in my yard is chosen for their potential to be used as cut flowers. Don't have any recent photos, but here is one of my tree peony that I took last month.
Roses, roses roses, so lovely yet not ever had much success with them in my garden. I still have one bush standing, but it concerns me every year.
soilsandup, don't you just love the tree peonies. My yellow one is just coming into bloom. That is great to have plants just for the purpose of cuttings. I try to do that with annuals every year, but have found that each year I "cut" back a little more.
Terri your climbing roses are headed to that deep blue sky, what a perfect backdrop.
Will be watching for more.
So much for the blue sky, it's been cloudy and raining since then!
I don't give the roses any special treatment! I think they like my soil, which is clay, but I have added fresh compost to improve it over the years.
This one is Blue Moon...
All of this rain is making a lot of my gardens very lush, but for the tropicals they are drowning, wish I had kept them inside a few more weeks.
Your jasmine is really full. Mine lost all leaves and looked a bit finished but is starting to perk up, don't think it will be as full as in years past.
The red valerian is one of my favorites and I like it a lot in arrangements as it lasts forever, we call it jupiter's beard, have you heard that ?
Love the ornamental Rhubarb! I have the edible type, unfortuneately the snails have eaten most of it and it looks dreadful! Everything is looking good in your garden Candee.
My first sweet pea this year for you dear!! Hope yours flowers too.
Candee, you have the neatest plants. . .dappled willow, cytissus, etc! You know I can't get enough of the peonies. They are such expensive cut flowers that I have never ever bought any to arrange. Once I worked with a silk one, but that doesn't count!
Terri, thanks for this thread. It's hot hot hot here, all my plants are cooking. Enjoy the weather where you guys are!
Thanks for sharing Terri, least now I'll know what to look for in the pea section. They do seem to be thriving, so will have to get a little trellis for them or something.
Karma, I do like the unusual. Have you ever seen the dracuncula vulgaris? I started these from seed from Greece and they are quite spectacular and not nearly as pungent in odor as some think.
Not sure exactly what you are referring to karma. Those palmish leaves with white veins are the leaf stalk that the flower comes on. The flower is the purple leaf, it unfurls and the spathe is inside. I originally liked it so much when I saw Dimitri's here on DG, he lives in greece so I got a tuber, then Dimitri sent me seeds and I had 3 before I knew it. I like the leaf as it reminded me of a type of palm leaf, the unfurled leaf and spathe was just a bonus. The flies love it when it first opens as it has an unpleasant odor, not too noxious but enough that you would not want it as a houseplant or under an open window.
Candee, yes, it's the palmish leaves with white veins. The ones at the lower right in front of the flower looks like it's growing in sort of a spiraling fashion like spiral ginger. The foliage is awesome alone. I see it coming up in the background too. I guess since it's a tuber, it spreads? Lucky you!
Yep that is it, if you look at the webpage you can see the seed pod that it generates. I have passed along the seed here at DG in years past but never heard if others ever had success. It was the foliage that first caught my attention. It has not really spread much as I had one plant and then added seed in another area and each of those has expanded but as you can see from the webpage in years past I have had the spathes reach 36" in length and recent years they are only about 20-24" and not nearly as many, only had 2 this year? Not sure why.
I do like that unusual plant Candee! Lovely rich colour. I wonder if it would grow here?!!
I was suprised to see my Pineapple lilies have started to flower, only about 5 or 6 weeks since I planted the bulbs!
Wow, I am going to have to look for a pineapple flower, that is really neat. Your mums gardens are like something out of a magazine, so well manicured and laid out. MIne are so unplanned and they appear so as well!
Nice greenhouse, Steve has one at work for his clients use but nobody seems to know how or what to plant. I will have to research that for him as he would like them to be able to sell some flowers in the fall, something other than just mums.
I don't have any digitalis this year and didn't realize it until I just saw yours, how'd I manage that I wonder?
LOL, not the only thing I have weeded out in years past! Let me tell you, that's why I find myself at the garden place every spring to reclaim what I have managed to rid myself of.
I like the tidy look, just haven't ever been able to achieve it. You mums is lovely, perhaps once I retire (if that ever happens) I'll have more time to organize.
Mmmmm yum Pineapple, my favourite fruit. When will that be ready Candee?!!
Your foxtail lilies are VERY impressive, ooohhhhhhh the slugs here would love those
Love the campanula is that the globe type?, I used to have one of those...not any more!!.
I don't know when you find time to chillax in your hot tub with such a beautiful garden to maintain? You are doing a great job!
Adele, A new camera fantastic! Lovely to see your flowers, your Black eyed susan is gorgeous! I bet it would look good with the blue flax in an arrangement. What is flax? a type of geranium?
So, with your new camera we can look forward to lots of pictures eh? LOL!
LOL, we have a hottub, never said I had any time to relax in it!!! Actually the gardens kind of take care of themselves these days, my weeding is next to nothing as the RU in years past has really done the trick. I have both types of campanula the bell and the globe, yes that is the globe. It was supposed to have been white, but oh well, will have to find another sometime. Pineapply will likely be ready in early October.
Adele, I can see why you are lovin it so much, getting great photos with it.
I 3x love the blue flax. It's billowy and airy but it does not last long in an arrangement, it doesn't even last a day. Common name: "Blue Sapphire Flax" Latin name: Linum perenne
Your roses are marveleous!
I'm going to be taken lots and lots of pictures.
Hi Candee, I'm glad you liked the photos and I especially love your hot tub flower bed.
My friend's husband took this photo in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens