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Thanks zinnia. They keep coming back and seem to get larger every year. I try to stake them but my stakes only go up about 3' and then they are on their own, but you know the stems are so strong, or should I say trunks, that snapping has not been a problem. I find them amazing myself as I don't think I have ever seen any that get so large and believe it or not I don't feed them.
Candee - does the queen of the prairie make a good cut flower? It is so nice and fluffy. Love all your other flowers too. Here is a shot of my two remaining tetrapoid lilies I planted several years ago. They don't seem to want to multiply. Maybe that is the consequence of being a tetrapoid?
Your garden is so beautiful Candee.
The giant lilies are amaising, I don't think I've ever seen any as huge as those!
I don't know Queen of the Prairie, that looks lovely!
I especially like your white Hollyhocks, I've always wanted a white one and that double is gorgeous.
Thanks for the new thread, lovely to see your garden blooming.
Hi Dianne, Nice lilies, lovely colour, they look quite tall too. Tetrapoid? I don't know much about lilies.
It's nice to see more of your garden, thanks!
Not sure about what a Tetrapoid is - are you referring to several blooms on one main stem. I like that yellow.
I have never cut the Queen so don't know how it would do, perhaps I'll try it in my next one and we can test it out. I had never heard of them but when we hosted a DG Roundup at the cabin a few years ago, I got them in a swap. They too are multiplying but it did take some time.
Nice flowers, Terri. As for the tetrapoid - I think it means that they were bred to have 4x the number of chromosomes. It has been so long since I purchased them that I can't remember what made me purchase them in the first place.
Not sure which one is the veronica but that is one great photo Terri. Love the colors and the english cottage effect.
Now as for the fence, don't go climbing up there after the happy hour at the cafe as we would not want you falling in their gravel path.!
Candee, Veronica, blue spikes!
It used to be a lawn next door. My neighbour is a lovely 86 year old lady named Eva! not Eva Grace, just Eva.
About 10 years ago, when I was working as a gardener, I dug up her lawn and replaced it with gravel for her.
It was too much work for her to keep mowing the lawn and she wanted a gravel path.
When is happy hour at the cafe btw?!!!!!!!
Well hello back at ya Kim, that is a beauty.
Terri, thanks to you this year unlike the past I have not been yanking out the lanterns. I always considered them a weed until you mentioned them a few months ago that you used them in dry arrangements, so I decided to keep mine in your honor!
I have sweet william and swear I have never in all these years gotten one single bloom.
BTW my sweet peas finally got one bloom am waiting for more before posting.
Hi Kim, nice to hear from you! I'm doing ok, thanks, a bit more sunshine here would be nice! Your crinum looks like a wonderful flower, I would be scared to cut it!!
Is your blue vine flowering yet? I remember how gorgeous it was last year.
Candee, save everything!!! let the flowers dry naturally in a empty vase when you've used them. You never know when they might come in handy during the winter months!
Looking forward to seeing your sweet peas. It's strange your sweet william don't flower, they don't get any special treatment here!
Hello, Candee and terri, and Lily_love.
Lovely pics of flowers and gardens. Doesn't Evas cat look happy? Hey Terri, I need a snail catcher!
My garden does actually have a little life in it, azaleas are blooming and some yellow daisies, which I can never remember the name of, some pansies and Kalanchoes are almost in flower. I will see if I can get the energy to get up and go outside to take a pic.
I finally put the cut flower forum in, as a favourite, so now I can come and suss out all the other threads.
See you at the cafe.
Ok, I ducked outside in my bright pink dressing gown and took some quick pics, This is the main kinda annual garden. Its a bit messy cause I've not been in it for a month or so.
The Yellow daisy is to the left, Azalea in the middle and Echinacea at the right.
This is a Kalanchoe succulent. They mostly flower in the colder months, so are good for a burst of colour. They come in red, orange, hot pink, yellow and there is one with grey leaves and baby pink flowers, which is not yet flowering, but soon! I grew these from cuttings, as like most succulents, very easy to do.
Sue, if that is how your garden looks in the winter with snow on the horizon and temps so low, well I want that winter weather here in a couple months. I'll be sure to post our winter garden and trust me there won't be any lovely azaleas. Yours actually look better in the winter than mine do in the spring! Beautiful.
Thanks for posting the kalanchoe, it reminds me I killed one a few years ago, shucks, I had almost forgotten!
Seriously those are beautiful gardens and very lush.
I have a lot more blooming in mine, perhaps I'll get a post on this weekend. We are going to the cabin to mow but coming home Saturday morn as we have some work to be done around the homestead.
Pink dressing gown!, hahaha!!!!!!!! that would be a sight to see LoL!
Your garden's still looking lovely Sue. Glad you put cut flowers in your favourites, there's lots of threads going and Candee is looking for more 'twins' arrangements before we get another theme!!!!!
Oh, the cat belongs to Jenny, who lives next door to Eva the other side! She knows she's not allowed to chillax there!!
Your Federation daisy is gorgeous and I love the different colours and textures you have in the annual garden. Nice to see you up and about again!
Hey Candee, I've killed a few Kalanchoes in my time!
Be careful with that mower!! and have a nice time.
Good morning everyone, Sue does your confederate daisy also known as threadleaf coreopsis? I love those too.
Terri, how invasive is 'invasive' are those chinese laterns? I like the look of them, and afraid to try them out in my warm southern climate. And to answer your question, my blue sky vine hasn't set buds yet.
Candee, I'm looking forward to see more of your posting.
Thanks all for the kind comments. Hi Kim, I couldn't find any information about Confederation daisies by Googling, but I've plans to visit a nursery one of these days, and as they are flowering now, they will be a major item on the shelves.
I spent the day throwing out dead, dying and unwanted plants, and grouping up the ones I want rid of. I have a friend coming on Tuesday, to take some of my hands, and another friend has a scouts fundraiser coming up, so I've set aside the best of a bad bunch for her. I'll have soooo much more room! I potted all my special succulents into larger ceramic and terracotta pots, and sited them inside the pool fence, where they will get plenty of winter sunshine!
I like your Chrysanthemums Kim! Daisies do really well in my climate too!
Terri, I've been feeling so sick, I couldn't give 2 hoots about the neighbours or passers by, when I'm out in my gown! Its really hot pink with white lovehearts all over it! LOL
I'm taking another 2 days off work to try and shake the worst of this darn cold, and then I had better pull finger and get dirty.
I hope you all had a nice weekend!
Hi Kim, Nice Chrysanths! I keep meaning to get some for late summer colour. The lanterns would be ok to grow somewhere where you don't mind them spreading! In other words don't put them in a mixed flowerbed like I have done or they just take over! They are edible but I haven't tried them.
G'day Sue! sorry you are still feeling crook mate! Hope you shake that cold off soon.
I bet the succulents you planted in the ceramic and terracotta pots look lovely by the pool ?!!
It's been raining and dull here this weekend, no pictures today!
Sue, hope you soon feel better and get over the being 'under the weather' feeling. Terri, thanks about the lantern's culture tips.
Sue, growing chalanchoes outdoor! I can only have those as houseplant here. But I haven't been able to bring them back to produce flowers the following year...something for me to learn to master in the future.
Candee, how is the weather there?
It's pretty hot here, but this year, we get good average rain fall...so far. Hopefully we'll have a better year with gardening.
Kim your gardens are quite lush and tropical looking. It has been in the 90's here and today we did some mulching just before the storm came a bit ago and it has been pouring steadily. I have quite a bit in bloom here right now as the glads are really popping up.
Your garden is beautiful! So tranquil and so inviting. Gorgeous setting! Thanks for the 'tropical' compliment. EEs & Cannas fortunately are hardy here. But other real tropicals has to be in the lower South (zone 9 and above).
Candee, those lilies is a hybrid of some sort...it has all the characteristic of a tiger-type lilies, but the deeper shade of red than Stargazers. Last year, a fellow DGer I.D.ed them to be 'Black Beauty'. But I'm unsure...the white ones are the fragrant 'Casa Blanca' Just half a dozen of those Casa B. in the corner of the garden, they'd perfume up a large area. I love them.
They did look different from the stargazers, they are really beautiful. Cleome reseed here all over town, but not in our yard for some reason.
Here'some tall garden phlox - nice in arrangements as it keeps a while
Just don't over due Sue or you know you will be sorry. Thanks for your kind words. The island is great for us. Not sure if I mentioned before but the anchor on the island came from Australia, I won it on ebay from a lady over there. The treasure chest is exactly what everybody needs. I tell you when Tara comes over with Kendall and Kolby they go right for it. I was watching them and listening one day when they were out there and I overheard Kendall (7 at the time) tell Kolby, when she's gone this is ours! Guess they are awaiting my demise LOL!
Candee - I had no idea your garden is so big. You got tons of wonderful plants of there. How do you manage to keep the gladiolus in such good shape? Mines were fine for the first few years, then they all succumbed to thrips. How long have you had your liatrus? My patch grew fine for 3 years, and then all of the sudden, none came back.
Thanks Dianne - I have had the liatris for about 8 years and it gets a little larger each year, not much though. My glads were just put in a year ago, they only last about 2-3 seasons here and then we get a really bad winter and I loose them all. I have to stake most of them or they keel over on me. I am having the most problem with the coneflowers this year, they really don't want to stay well in arrangements for me. I am anxiously awaiting the zinnias that Mittsy was so kind to provide seed. They aren't getting very tall, but guess that is because this is the first year for them. I am so used to mine in the past getting 4' tall before cutting that I may be afraid to cut these, but likely will anyway.
I do have a lot of stuff in these gardens, I am fortunate that over the years the roundup has killed off most of the weeds, and a few of the plants LOL, when I would spray before thinking!
Candee, check this info. out! I used to lug those in and out of the green house until year before last I forgot one pot outdoor. It survived the winter and was in a small pot to boost (above ground tend to freeze more easily than the ground), anyhow, last year I left my biggest pot along with the smaller one, both flourished and are blooming too for at present.
Lucky you. Our daughter lives just 3 hours away on the eastern shore of MD and her entire back yard is loaded with them. I got mine last year and did an experiment. I planted one across the road on the side of a little slope out of the direct elements and it did not return this year - the one in the photo I had taken inside. I was almost sure the one would survive the winter as it wasn't even that harsh this year but alas it croaked in our continued day and night below 0 temps. Glad yours survived, think these mountains here are just a bit too much for them.
Candee, your garden is lovely. It has some of the Japanese elements there. I just love it. I tried a small annual flower bed this year, I'm not totally satisfied with it. Next year I'll modify it to a low growing mass of uniform/complimentary color and see how it turns out. This is spot picture of some of the annuals that turned out this year.
Kim your annuals look very nice and so healthy. Mine always get a bit eaten. Thanks for your compliments to both. I don't work at it much anymore and the colors are just thrown together w/o much thought, if I have a bare spot something goes in!
Hi candee, I notice you have Japanese blood grass in front of your tall grass. I WANT SOME! LOL I saw some once at a chain hardeware store out of town, but didn't get it because I thought it would be in our town. NOT! Doh! I loved your macro shot. It's so satisfying when you get a good one eh?
Hi Lily-love. Nice pic. What is the purple flower?
Thanks Sue, let me tell you I have been trying to get bloodgrass to grow here for years and either I kept killing it or it didn't like the locations. Every year would be the same thing, I'd see one blade of red come up and then about nothing else and then I would try to move it and then it would be gone. So finally last year I decided to just give it another try and put it in the isle and voile' it took off like crazy. Guess I found it's niche. Hope you find more in your vicinity.
Now did you notice the vigna caracalla to the right of it with all the leaves on the trellis, wait till you see it in bloom. It is that snail vine with the curly snail flowers! And behind and left of the bloodgrass is the pineapple and just to the right is the passiflora.
Sue, due to the difference b/w lighting and sometime our pc's screens varies. Are you inquiring about this porterweed? Or was it the other (red) flowers? lol. Both are tender perennials, one is the porterweed, and the other is cuphea 'lavea'.
Both are butterfly magnet in the garden. :-)
Hi Terri, I did emphasize that was but a 'spot' of the garden. The rest of the bed is sorta chaotic in heights and structure that kind of clash with one another. The flower bed is small, those tall flowering plant in the garden gotta go next season, will take some pix to show its real appearance in the morning for you to see. I need some postive critiques so I can improve it next year. :-)
Hey Candee and terri, I too have the snail creeper, (thanks to chriisy in Aussie garden) and have planted four, but not in terribly good soil, so haven't had much success yet. But I still have one in a pot, and if and when the tank arrives, I have plans to grow it over that!
Here is a nice Euphorbia, I think E. wulfenii. It fell over, but still has nice blooms on it, so I planted another two behind it to fill in the spot eventually
These are an Australian Native, Brachycome multifida, or swan river daisy. It does NOT like humidity, and looks pretty ordinary for me in summer. It is a ground cover and should cover a much larger area than this. This plant is over 7 years old!
Kim as you can see I am not much for uniformity in my gardens, I like the different heights and contrasts, so why not keep with what you have, I like that combo you posted.
Sue, are those barbells in your garden or what? Interesting garden art, I like it, you have the most unique eye catching surprises in your beds. BTW wait till you see the broms from the Longwood trip, you will be drooling for sure. I love your guard dog, he is keeping such a watchful eye for you, perhaps you need to loan him to Terri to get rid of those nasty rabbits.
Whether it has spread or not that swan daisy is just cute as can be. And what is sugarcane mulch, over here we have different bark mulches but never heard of sugarcan mulch.
LOL, Candee! Not barbells, but the bottom of an old push hand mower. Yes, I have lots of interesting objects in the garden. I will have to photograph them all and start a new thread for that!
Oh, Leo would love some rabbits! Is Terri having trouble with them at the lottie?
Sugarcane mulch, is the leftover leaves from the sugar cane when it's been harvested. I think in the USA you call it sugarcane trash. It is sold here, plastic wrapped, at all the garden centres, but we get it straight from the cane growers, baled up like stockfeed. It has the odd large stem in it, which the dogs absolutely love to chew on! Its great because it has no weeds or seeds in it, and is quite soft compared to meadow hay or straw. I also think it must have a high sugar content, which I'm sure is beneficial to the plants. And along the way, it is also recycling! I try to encourage all my customers to use it, aswell we sell it from the gate to most of our neighbours. DH picks up over 100 bales on his big truck about every 6 months. I use about 15 of each load to top up old beds and start new ones. Its a very cheap and not-to-strenuous way to mulch the garden.
And here ends the lesson on sugar cane mulch! do you have much in the way of cane growers over there? Over here its grown in the warm to tropial climates.
I love your cactus, I got some great cactus shots at the conservatory at longwood, still working on getting them posted.
I appreciate the lesson on the mulch. Not aware of anything like that in our area, will have to research. Sounds like it is easier and lighter than the traditional pine bark mulch that we get. BTW ours is not cheap either, small bags are $3 each. We don't have access to a truck anymore to get it by the scoop so am rather stingy with it in my beds.
Been practicing on my macros and got a bee shot on bee balm.
Hi Sue, Your guard dog gets everywhere LoL!
Your flowerbeds are looking great, yes sugar cane mulch, I love it, from seeing it in your garden. I'm still looking out for some over here!
I thought it was the bottom of a mower! I saw someone using one of those the other day at the lottie. With no electricity supply, those old fashioned mowers are very handy!
Hi Candee, Your red hibiscus is beautiful, I've been trying to get a red one! Your glads are great, so many different ones, I think they are worth a little stick! Mine are growing, no buds yet though.
Love the catus dahlia, gorgeous colour. Who needs Longwood when we've got Candee's?!!
Enjoy seeing your beautiful garden.
This sunflower survived the rabbit! No troulbe with rabbits at the lottie Sue, just Treacle munching on the sunflower stalks in the garden at home.
Hi Kim, Dianne and anyone else, lets see your flowers!
Beautiful Bee shot Candee. Its quite a dark bee isn't it? Ours are much more yellow!
"Nice Angel" Lily_love. Chrissy in the Aussie forums turns inside out for those!
Hey Terri, the whole mower. Pics are a bit 'yuk' because it was on dusk and the flas kept going off
Hey Kim, you have a bee too! Yours looks quite fluffy, but still has alot of black. I shall have to find a bee who will sit still and smile for me, so you can see how yellow they are here.
The bromeliad chandalier. (DH 's idea)
Sue your garden rooms are fabulous. I especially like the spanish moss in the bike shed. Love what you have done with your broms, did you happen to see the broms on the Longwood thread? I thought of you the entire time I was in that area. If you take a look perhaps you could have another room of broms, perhaps take an old wooden door and cover it with the broms?
Kim that is a lovely trumpet - is that the same as brugmansia? I never could get them straight. Great bee shot as well, they are busy this season.
Terri, thanks, we are quite proud of our flowery efforts and this year they are really shining on us. Is your hibiscus hardy or must you bring it in? Lovin your dahlia too.
OMG, Terri, that must be a bumble bee is it? Its huge! They don't have bumbles in Australia, but they do in Tasmania and NZ. Is that a little bee on the Agapanthus in the last pic?
Hey Candee, yes I enjoyed your brom pics, and I do have lots of ideas for displaying my broms, and one was vertically, so now I have many more ideas to add. Thanks! I'm trying to build my collection even more, so that I have quite a variety to work with. Some like shade, and others like bright light and full sun, so theres one for every situation, (except snow)
Mr frog, (falling to bits)
So Terri, I think I saw that flower to the left of your sunflower at Longwood. What is it? It has a really nice round shaped head of flowers and such a lovely blue.
Sue, you better get to fixin that poor frog, he needs to be in the ER stat! Do you have your broms planted in soil or what? I may try another some time as the one I had years ago had several different broms on kind of a crooked limb that was sticking out of a pot and it was quite neat, I'd like to try them again and may have better luck with your expert help.
Candee - I think that blue flower that Terri has is an agapanthus (lily-of-the-nile). They are used a lot as landscaping plants here in California. They normally supply the "blue" in many red, white and blue 4th of July arrangements.
Sue - you have some great rooms in your garden. What a wonderful way to put "treasures" on display. And I enjoyed the lesson on sugar cane mulch.
Kim - Your brugmansia is lovely. I have yet to get a bloom on my white one.
August is Crape myrtle time here in our area. Shot of the three in my front yard. Lovely blooms, but some people consider them messy as they drop blossoms all the time.
Dianne, what a gorgeous presentation. Again, I killed mine, I swear I have rid more than I have sown LOL! Those are spectacular, we have 2 blooming here at work and although quite lovely they are nothing compared to yours. You do a fine job on pruning and keeping them a nice shape.
Thanks for the info on the agapanthus, I have heard of that.
I think it is a bumble bee Sue. I hadn't noticed the other bee in the Agapanthus. Poor mr Frog needs some attention!
Dianne,The crape Myrtle looks spectacular in your front garden , such a Wow entrance to a beautiful house.
Have you eaten your pineapple yet Candee? It would make a nice tropical container for an exotic arrangement!
That crepe Myrtle is gorgeous soilsandup. I love the flower carpet it causes! Unfortunately DH doesn't!
I like the russian vine Terri! I've not heard of it before. Is it fragrant?
Candee, I plant my broms in a very free draining mix of large pearlite, large bark peices and potting mix with no fertiliser. Some plants don't acheive their foliage colour if they are fertilised, and it also makes soft foliage that burns easily. Of course, that doesn't apply to green leaved shade loving broms that send up flowers! The only time I fertilise is to encourage new pups after flowering.
This is some kind of water tank, with a tap at the bottom.
Thanks for the info Sue on the broms. I may pick up another next time I see one.
That looks like it would make a neat rain barrel, put it up on a pedestal and open the lid when it rains and you would have water ready for your gardens that are distant from the hose.
Terri, Sue, and Candee - thanks for the kind words. We were driving around super bowl Sunday almost 20 years ago since neither my husband nor I are football fans and wanted to do something. We were house hunting at the time, and I fell in love with this house immediately. We must have been the only ones at the open house ( for those of you not familiar with super bowl Sunday, that is the day when most of America is watching TV) I would love to have a bigger yard like all of you, but for a city lot, it is not a bad size. Terri - that Russian vine looks huge? Is it? Can you keep it smaller by pruning, or does it love to go clambering everywhere by the looks of your photo? I remember you using some Russian vine in one of your earlier arrangements, and I was thinking, what a neat plant that was.
Hi all, The russian vine is not fragrant and it climbs forever! Most people don't like it because it takes over, which is exactly why I wanted it to hide from the neighbours!!
The flowers are really small and dainty, but there are 100's of them. I have tried pruning it in the past but it just grew bigger so now I just let it do it's own thing. It dies off in winter
The flowers last quite a long time when cut.
Sue, I could do with your water tank at the lottie!
Hi , yes Terri, i'll pop it in an envelope and post it off to you tomorrow! Thats a great idea, with the rain and all, but lucky me gets plenty of water, and really don't need to water much. It might be good to put by newly planted things i suppose, at least untill they get established. I didn't look at you pic yet terri, but I have to wait till I've posted, or I'll lose it all!
this is the view from my bedroom window in the mid-morning.
Interesting story Dianne, you are one of the few not glued to the TV, good for you. We can take it or leave it ourselves, lots of hype for little enjoyment. It worked out great for you and you found a dream house for sure.
Terri, I love that path you have created, so lush and just popping with color everywhere. You say you have a small garden area but I sure don't get your meaning of small, every photo you present is just another lovely garden spot.
Sue, talk about a room with a view. What a great way to wake in the morn. Looks like you are looking out over vast tundra! You have everything so well maintained, makes mine look like a jungle over there!
Sue - that is a magnificent view. How big is your lot? I can't see any neighbors anywhere near. How wonderful to have that kind of space. I think most of us who frequent Dave's Garden do tend to spend more time outdoors than housecleaning - I know I certainly do.
Terri - nice solidago and dahlia. How big does the solidago get? I can't wait to see your yellow crocosmia. Here's someone to keep your fly company - a bee exiting from his visit to the Amaryllis belladonna. I posted some whole garden shots over at the yard to vase thread.
I love the flies and bees, theres 2 flies on your beaut Dahlias Terri! I've been taking some pics to send to an old friend in NZ, so I'll share a couple.
Hey Soils, I am on 1 hectare (2 & 1/2 acres) I've left about 1 acre alone, and am gardening the rest, but leaving wide strips of lawn to drive around on, as Dh has motorbikes and likes to do laps on weekends! He's pretty good and hasn't damaged the grass too much. I'm not fussy about grass anyway, as long as its kept mown.
This was in the morning, hence the long shadows. The house front is facing south, which is our shady side in the southern hemisphere
Sue, another beautiful shot of your ranch, that is just divine! Isn't he cute or guess I should say she with her pouch full. Now was she just hopping by as a guest or is she a frequent visitor to your neighbor's?
Sue - wow, having over an one acre area to garden - gets me tired just thinking about it. I have maybe a tenth of your area and I can hardly keep up with the weeds. We should have a "cut flowers and floral design" roundup at your place. :)))
Dianne, Wow! Beautiful belladonna, such a gorgeous colour. They are indoor plants here and I haven't seen one like that before. Thanks! The solidago here is with a 3ft cane next to it. I have some in another part of the garden which are taller for some reason!
Sue, I can only see 1 fly, must be losing it loL! Love your garden pictures and Kangaroos!
Sorry terri, its a sunflower with the fly, in the top right corner! What have you been watering with? Fish emulsion? LOL.
Sure, round up at my place anytime, as long as it isn't our glyphosate product, also called roundup!
The roos are regulars. Theres a few mobs (collective term for Kangaroos) around, and each has their own territory, and visit the same yards around the same time each day, usually dusk and dawn. All they do is eat, and lie around under trees dozing. Lucky buggers! (oh, am I allowed to say that?) We don't get the roos at our place because we are fenced and have dogs, but they can be a pain in the garden, so I'm content to watch them at others houses.
Nice solidago Terri, thats a good one for the vase eh?
Cheeky squirrel, we don't have them here.
You know Terri if you had a pistola I could make you the tastiest squirrel potpie you ever had for the next cabin gathering. Steve's steams the meet real good and then I make them into a homemade potpie. Now don't anyone get riled up, we always eat whatever we harvest.
Do the roos eat the plants in the gardens or what? Good you have a fence, with all that land you would likely have a "herd" of them staying at your place lounging around day and night Sue.
Hi Candee, yeah, they eat small palms, but mostly eat grass. When the males are leaving their scent around, they put both arms around a bush and pull up to get the scent off their glands on their chests, and so will pull plants right out, or break them. Also the scratch in the mulch and lie on garden beds and plants.
If we were allowed to shoot and eat them, well, we wouldn't ever go hungry! Apparently they are protected, although not everywhere, and sometimes they have to be culled because there is soooo many! There would probably be a population of around 200 or so in our suburb! And some of the males are 7 feet tall when they rear up, and most of the females have a Joey in and out of the pouch.
Terri - we have squirrels here too. They love to run along the fenceline and tease the cats. I live by the river, and the river rats really like the persimmons. Between them and the birds who love the cherries and stone fruits, it is a constant battle to see who gets to the fruit first. LoL.
But, no kangaroos, thankfully. Since I am barely 4'10", I would not like to come face to face with a 7 feet male. Sue - I was taken aback by the world "roundup" when I first joined DG since my first thought is of the herbicide too. But, DG roundups are gatherings where people come to exchange plants, ideas, and just get to meet other DGers. I have been to just one, but it is a lot of fun.
Candee - what a lovely place for a roundup. Looks like everyone was having such a good time. If I lived closer, I would be there in a heartbeat :)).
Do you end up in the children's section for clothes too? LoL. I hate it when petites are geared for 5'4" and under, and I am a good 6 inches under. Thank goodness for capris and 3/4 length sleeves.
Here's a pic of a Schizostylis coccinea - I got it as a potential winter blooming plant since it's bloom period is Oct/Nov. It starts blooming here now, and does bloom through November, but very sporadically. Never quite enough to make an arrangement, but boy, does it spread. I have been pulling them out by the handful to keep them in check.
Terri - yes it is a bulb. Part of the Iris family. I forgot that they changed the name to Hesperantha coccinea now.
And Terri and Candee - those are great arrangements you two made for the cafe before it got moved to a new thread. Such imagination. Lovely. You should move them both over so that they will be on the tables for a little longer for all to enjoy.
Thank you Dianne, Terri - go and get those arrangements and move them to the cafe please, or I can do it if you would like me to?
Dianne, I can get the petites if I wear high enough heels LOL and do a little hemming. I thank goodness for the petal pushers as well! Just kidding, I haven't worn heels in years and now have moved mostly toward slacks and shirts. I have gotten a few pants from TravelSmith and their petites are about a 22" inseam and that works with a pair of shoes with a slight sole. I don't go out shopping as I really hate to shop so internet and catalogs are the way I go and sometime to the children section however I find that my "arses" don't quite want to fit in those trim little things!
Sue, I must tell you there are a lot of advantages - I am much closer to the ground and can pick your love Arctosis and nemesias much easier. I am still quite agile when it comes to hopping up on the kitchen counter to retrieve something from that higher shelf as well LOL! Folks at work kid me about being that 4' something that thinks she is 6'5". Look out!!!
Your iris makes me think that spring has just sprung again especially since we are just now getting some temps in the 80's with low humidity, kinda like a spring day!
Thanks Dianne, I don't usually put my flower club arrangements in the cafe. They are made to the National Association Flower Arranging Society (NAFAS) rules and regulations and are entered into the monthly themed competitions.
Lovely flowers Sue, Thanks.
Hi Candee, Go for it honey! Love your latest arrangement, maybe others will join us on the outside arrangements thread one of these days Lol!
Looking over the fence, my neighbours Phlox!
Ladies, I just browsed through here, and I have to say your gardens are beautiful. I've been fighting with mine for months now, and I'm talking about only 2 flower beds. All of your gardens look so put together and I don't see weeds anywhere. You must be very diligent in caring for them.
Sue, I love your succulent collection, including your displays of them. The stump pedestals are great! I've never seen nemesias before, is that an australian native? Very pretty.
Terri, what is that plant in the upper right part of your white phlox picture? Looks like some type of bamboo or japanese grass? Oh wait, that's your neighbor's, isn't it?
HI Karma - no weeds in my garden is just an illusion. I take pictures of only the presentable parts of my garden LoL.
Terri - your neighbor's phlox is beautiful. That is one plant that I have not been successful in growing. And, it was fun looking at your flower club's arrangement. Thanks for updating that.
Hi Karma! it wasn't raining heavy but the way all the wet plants hang over the paths, I got wet legs!!
Hi Dianne, Eva's (next door) Phlox is rather nice! she gave me some of it one year, don't know what happened to it over this side!!!!!!!! My garden is looking quite colourful, but with the rain I haven't been out much to take any pictures lately!! It looks like it's brightening up so I may venture out there today.
No rain today here, just thunder and lightening. Just a bit wet legs never hurt anybody Terri, quit whining! LOL! Your phlox is fabulous, hope mine does that well in the coming years.
Karma, I have sprayed enough RU over the years that I am surprised that anything is thriving out there, but the weeds are really not a problem for the past few years. I really dont have to do much with it on a weekly basis.
These are for mittsy and for you to enjoy as well, thanks to her I have zinnias this year as I lost my seed.
Hi Candee, thats a Vriesea, so it likes shade or the leaves will burn. Its not too fussy with soil, but yes, free draining is preferable. If you fertilise it, it should quickly form a nice clump for you, and if you're lucky, you could get upwards of 10 plants from that one!
Good buying Candee!
Nemesias aren't native and I just asumed they were as common as, say, marigolds?
I agree that everyones gardens are looking great, but I will admit to being in mine every chance I get, hence the sore back! Its never completely under control though, and Karma, I too only take pics of the good bits!. LOL
These aren't really flowers, but its a very colourful foliage planting, and it's like this all year around!
Stunning, would love to have something like that to admire all year long. A real garden of eden! Shucks now that reminds me that fall and winter are just around the corner here.
Thanks for the info on the Vriesea. I'll move it to a shadier spot when I get home today. So you think it okay to put in a larger pot of soil mixed with perlite? About half and half would you say? Fertilize with miracle gro?
Thanks Tez, thanks Candee. Your Vriesea could prob'ly go two parts soil, one part perlite I reckon, and miracle grow would be fine, maybe just a bit weaker than usual. A slow release pellet type fertiliser is also good for continous feeding. Dont water it much, or fertilise once it gets cold though. I hope it does well for you.
Wheres some pics from the lottie Terry? Is it still raining there?
Thank you Sue. I think I will wait to repot soon and fertilize and then wait as it will soon be time to be bringing all these tropicals inside. I noticed last evening that my vigna caracalla is getting loaded with blooms, won't be long now. We are headed to the beach this weekend with the grandbabies so perhaps when we return it will have opened?
Very nice Candee! I can't wait untill my garden is in colour again! The Iris' are out, and the azaleas, but I'm looking forward to the foxgloves, Hippeastriums and physostegia aswell as other assorted things. I always forget what is where until they flower, and it's always a nice surprise.
Have a nice time at the beach hey?
Thanks Sue, I so know what you mean about forgetting what is what. As a matter of fact that is how I always manage to roundup and destroy things that I later realize are precious plantings from previous seasons. I am trying to remedy that this year by placing a stone w/identification right at the base of each species, least maybe I won't wipe out and entire planting. How long before spring is sprung over there? I will have to live vicariously through your gardens when they blossom, so be ready with camera in hand, as all I will be posting are snowfalls on sticks!
Hi Sue! Yes it's still raining, here's what it looks like from the window today, would you go out there? so dark for an afternoon! And we had hale stones!! in August ,whatever next? I haven't been to the lottie for a week! Last time I was there, so busy trying to get jobs done inbetween the showers, forgot to take any pictures!!
Hi Candee, Thanks for the walk around your garden, everything looks like it's doing well and you have plenty of colour. Love the ruby lobelia and your Dahlias are fantastic!
Poor Chrysanth on the window ledge in the rain! This one is going to the lottie eventually!!
Yuk, that looks dreadful Terri, can it get any gloomier there? Glad you enjoyed my little yesterday tour. We had a storm last night and a little bit of hail but that isn't unusual for our area this time of the season.
Hope it clears up for you soon so you can reap your rewards from the lottie.
Hi all - nice blooms in your gardens - and send your rain and cool weather this way!! Predicted high of 104 degrees today.
Candee - you asked to see a photo of my Peruvian daffodil (Hymenocallis festalis) and here it is - only three blooms for this clump. Can't seem to have it produce enough blooms for an arrangement so it will have to be relegated to this thread LoL.
Thanks Diann, makes me wish mine were in the ground instead of fooling with the bulbs every year spring and fall. I always referred to mine as hymenocallis ismene, will have to research as I believe I have been wrongly identifying mine.
Hi Terri - I thought that if I said that, it would give the plant an incentive to increase it's bloom power. Haven't quite decided whether talking to plants help, but I do mumble a lot to myself when I garden.
Candee - I have heard it refer both ways. There is a Hymenocallis calathina that is also called Ismene calathina - both plants look very similar, but I kind of recall that the plant name on the bulb that I purchased was H. festalis
Yeah, well i just mumble alot! LOL
I have hymenocallis carribea, Spider Lily. There must be quite a number of species!
They flower in November here, so will post a pic then. I have heaps of them, all started from 3 bulbs given to me about 5 years ago. I've made borders with them.
it should start to warm up here toward the end of August, as September is the first month of spring. We have lovely warm days now, its just the night time temps that are chilly.
Terri, it looks as though your plants have been listening to you mumble!
Mine don't multipy much in the pots, perhaps next year I will use larger containers. Spring just around the corner, I am envious.
I don't talk to my plants, but I do hum a lot! Looks like yours are talking back at ya Terri, that is a lovely garden display.
Candee, I wonder if your plumeria needs to be outside in the warm sun for it to bloom? What is the secret in growing dahlias? Can they be grown in pots? I tried that last summer and this summer. . .no luck so far.
Thanks everyone for making me feel better about not having a perfect lush garden. The closeups sure don't look so bad when you can't see the weeds!
Thanks Terri. Candee, I received the datura at the midsouth RU. A dger brought me a yellow triple datura seedling, and I couldn't believe it bloomed! It is really gorgeous in person, but didn't last very long. Sue, that's a cutle little orchid. Is that a recent pic of the peach blossom? It's beautiful.
Hi Karma, yes, I took the peach picture on the day. I was playing with the macro. It is starting to warm up here, and I saw some hippeastrium buds poking through the mulch today. It also hasn't rained for nearly a month, so I've watered for an hour both yesterday and today.
Remember I said your bees look black.? Here is one on an Osteospermum.
BTW soils, beautiful flowers as always. I also saw your pics in the garden to vase thread and they looked lovely too.
Your macro shots are looking great Sue, glad you are on a warming trend. Do the dogs eat the blossoms or the peaches or both? Reminds me I gotta get some more and start making pies soon. That elmira peach pie didn't last 24 hours LOL!
Dianne, loving to see your gardens. The tuberrose I can smell from here, they are lucious. Your dahlias are quite lovely as well, the cactus type? The abutilon is getting huge, just stick the others in and see what happens.
Sue - I echo Candee's comment on your great macro shot. Check this one out - it is not as close-up or as detailed as yours, but if you look closely, there is a smaller yellowish/brown bee in the upper blossom, and the big black bee in the lower one.
Candee - tuberoses do smell great - but I don't have too many blooms anymore. I had one patch that did great - so great that I decided to divide it. Big Mistake - never got hardy any blooms after that in any of the split patches. that dahlia may be a cactus type, but I am not sure. I have to share this bloom of Hedychium gardnerianum. Whereas the above tuberose move was disastrous, this is one of my success stories. I moved some of this from the backyard where it got afternoon sun to the front porch with morning sun and it bloomed a good 2 months earlier than normal. Bonus comes with no burnt leaves in this dappled morning light area. The abutilon is in the background.
Hey Soils, that bee is a monster! Thanks for the comments and I too ahve the Kahili ginger, doesn't it smell devine. I'll have to wait a couple of months for flowers yet I think!
Candee, Its the peaches they eat, on the very day they are soft enough to indicate readiness, poof! They are gone.
Have to show you the ant on the Euphorbia wulfenii. Hope I haven;t posted it already!
Diann you have some busy bees at work there. I don't know what the heck a Hedychium gardnerianum is, but it is stunning in bloom. I'll have to check into one of those!
Sue, do you think you could pick them a bit early and brown bag them to rippen? Or is there no tricking your precious pups?
Thanks for the macro, I can go around all day itchin that I got ants in my pants!
Candy - As Sue said, the H. gardneranum is a ginger. It has a very nice fragrant. The white butterfly ginger is a more well-known ginger plant, and most people are familiar with the white ginger fragrance, but as a cut flower, I much prefer the yellow one above. Flowers open more evenly and last longer.
Sue - another great shot. I have some really neat looking spiders all over the yard that would make great subjects for your macros.
Hi Candee, I've been outside all weekend and have a moment to catch up before starting on some homework that needs to be in by tomorrow!
Do peaches ripen once they are off the tree? I could give it a go, as theres nothing to lose, (well I haven't had one yet, so I don't know what I'm missing)
Hi Soils. I have both the white and the Yellow flowering ginger, but they are on the weeds list here, as they grow so well! I always cut the blooms when they are finished, so as not to let them go to seed. They smell so devine, and that yellow one fills the room with its fragrance!
speaking of spiders, I have a spider on a lantana flower in a picture. I didn't know it was there until I uploaded the pics to the computer. I'll put it on tomorrow if I remember, as its on the 'offline' computer. I find alot of cobwebs and spiders show up in my photos!
Hows the weather in your respective zones? And what did you do over the weekend?
Ranunculus at a customers garden today. Note the bee in the left red flower. (pic might be a bit small for that)
Lovely to see your flowers everyone. I especially like your Abutilon Dianne.
My garden is looking a bit sparse, feels like summer is over (if it ever arrived)! Did some clearing up and pruning at the weekend, collected seeds and sprayed some of the dried flowers I've been saving.
The Jasmine on my arch has some new buds.
Terri - thanks, the abutilon makes a great entry plant because it blooms from March until October here. Does your jasmine have a fragrance?
I spent 5 hours in the garden on Sunday since that is the last chance I have to weed, move plants, fix sprinkler heads, and more weeding. The last thing I need is to return home in October to find a ton of weeds that have gone to seed and have them take over my garden. A few parting shots...one of the very few orchids that I have gotten to rebloom. I moved it outside in May, and it must have liked it there.
and another shot of the Salvia chiapensis which is still blooming strong after three months and friend. Sue - I did not realize that the gingers would go to seed if you left them on the stalk. How ironic that what you classify as a weed, others have to baby them to grow.
Terri, what do you spray your dried with? My jasmine is just about finished blooming for the second time. I do love the sweet smell and yours must be fabulous as it is huge.
Dianne, so much to do and so little time before the plane departs. Nice that you spent so much time in the garden so it is spotless upon your return. By the time you get back there won't be much to enjoy in my garden so will be looking forward to your Ca sunshine and poseys.
Unusual orchid Dianne, will that still be flowering when you get back? Your bees are weird!!
The Jasmine smells wonderful, especially in the evenings.
Candee, I used gold spray paint for some Aquillega and Nigella seed heads also some Gyp.
Hi soils, your orchid is beautiful, and I agree with Terri, if thats a bee, its weird! Have you left on holiday yet? if so, jeeze, you'll have a lot of catch up to do!
Candee, I didn't have a clue what you were asking, until I saw Terris reply, and then all became clear! LOL. Hello, and how are you?
Thanks Karma for being nice as always! I haven't been going to the cafe, so haven't caught up with you in ages. You know who else I haven't heard from in ages? Pupil!
Hi Terri, glad you're back amongst us. Its been showering today, with thunder and lightening, so I'm home, because I can't work with the weather being so changeable, shame that!
I had a poke around at my place instead, and just enjoyed the good feeling of being home in the garden!
Here is my first Blue Moon rose, (it didn't really stop over winter) Winter is over on the first of September, so things should power on now!
Hi Sue! Shame about your weather keeping you home in that beautiful garden!!!
Ohh love your blue moon, doubt I'll get another flower unless we get one of those Indian summers in September.
Your flowerbed looks lovely and fresh with the new growth and sugarcane mulch. So glad we have your lovely flowers to look forward to in the coming months, when ours will be on their way out!
We are having a farewell bon voyage drinks for Dianne with fireworks tonight! It would be great to see you and karma and Traci pupil all there.
Yikes did I miss the fireworks, I hope not. Is Dianne leaving today or tomorrow, these blond moments are really getting to me.
Sue, I wanna come stay with you for the winter, I'll see if I can sell something to russle up a ticket over there. I so don't want to see my garden end for the season here already, it seems like it just began..
Doesn't look like the weather was all that bad LOL, least not from those wonderful garden pics. Sure you weren't just playin hookey?
Sue and Terri - by weird bees, do you mean the way they look, act, or the size????LoL.
We have a variety of them - the smaller brown ones, the black ones like in the photo above, and the really large bumble bees with the yellow and black strips that everyone is familiar with.
Sue - what kind of work do you do that bad weather keeps you from doing? You sure have a colorful garden for being the end of winter.
I am staying indoors today because of the weather too - it'll be over 100 degrees here today.
It is past midnight, but I wanted to post this because it is my first, ever white naked lady bloom. I planted two bulbs three years ago, and it finally bloomed!!!! It would be gone when I got back, so I wanted to post this before I left.
Beautiful flower soils! Just gorgeous. Nice photo too!
Would you believe I am a gardener? No, I mean for a living! So when it rains, I come home, but I don't mind working in my garden when it rains, because I can go inside, have a shower and get into dry clothes. Sometimes, when I get home after being rained off, the rain clears, but It's so dodgy, I don't know wether to go back to the next job, so usually, I don't. Of course, if its obviously cleared up for good, I usually do go back. Luckily today, it started to rain only half an hour before knock off time, so I managed to make a dollar . I also played with my broms in the rain, but not after I got the fire going inside first. Now I'm all warm and dry again!
Thanks terri, You gals are the only people I get to share my garden with. visitors are so few and far between, and sometimes I wonder why I bother, then I go outside, see the roses or Irises or broms, and I don't care about being on my own so much. At least I'm free to do what I want most of the time.
Oh, beef stew, delicious! I just came across a recipe for beef pot pie that uses cheese in the top crust, gonna try that sometime. I checked my finances and can't make it as soon as I had hoped, but one of these days you just might find me on your doorstep or more likely hangin round that fabulous gazebo above, especially in the eve with those colored lights.
I feel the same way Sue, we never have company other than our kids occasionally so there isn't really anyone to share our gardens with, but that is fine by me, I have all of you wonderful friends to exchange stories and photos with and Steve and I enjoy nothing better than our own company and a nice afternoon or evening admiring our hard work.
Dianne you can be quite proud of that naked lady. I understand they can be quite difficult to take care of and prosper.
Been busy cleaning decks and today got a lot of the hymenocallis up and washed and in a grocery bag until next season. Then dug the caladiums and the elephant ears and potted themn to bring inside in a couple weeks. Getting winter ready here dang!
here is the spread of the vigna caracalla and if you can see the corkscrew blooms, looks and smells fabulous darling!
Fabulous pictures darling!
You still have so much colour in your garden. The yellow Canna is beautiful, looking forward to the red? one next!!
love that red grass on your tropical Island, will you cut the pampass grass for indoors?
I don't know the name of your last flower either, but it sure is purdy!
Would love to see your pine trees sometime.
Terri, if you look on the right side of the photo of the tall miscanthus grass you can see some of the huge pines. We actually had 30+ feet removed from them this past spring and they are still 30+ in height. I remember when we first moved in I could decorate them for the holiday and I am just 5' tall, so you can tell I have been here a long time.
I don't do anything with the grasses except let them be until spring then cut back to the ground. I used to have one arrangement on the fireplace for a couple years that was a lot of the grasses and a lotus pod, but pitched it last year, Steve got tired of it and the grasses even when sprayed with hairspray do tend to shed over time.
I know what you mean about the pampass grass, it does get a bit scraggy after a while!
Have you heard anything from Karma? Hope all is well with her and family.
Thanks for pointing out the pine trees, magnifico!
Thanks so much as always, brought the passi in tonight and had to cut a lot of tendrils as well as with the vigna caracalla as we are expecting a frost. Now all that is left to bring in are the dahlias and that will be very soon especially if we get that frost.
Forgot to ask, did you notice all the pines in the photos, that was the reason I took the pics so you could really see the pine trees hacked up!
I was just gonna dmail you! Great minds. They look fabulous. I actually have mine in the sun, I believe they should be fine to plant right now rather than repot, unless you plan to keep them in pots which I doubt. Mine are still going strong on the island and they get sun at least 6 + hours a day. Others that I have had in mostly shade have not been as prosperous.
Give them a shot, I still have the last one in a pot here as not sure were to put it and time is running short, so if you have a failure can always send one more.
Candee, most of my plants are in containers. . .so is the fate of the bloodgrass! I think I'll move one into more sun and see how it'll take. It's getting cooler down here anyway, so it will probably do okay. Terri, I feel like the luckiest person in the world to get this beautiful grass!
I leave the grass out here it is hardy in our zone 6a so don't worry about it down there, it will be fine. Ours gets covered with snow and ice and comes back every year, please don't worry about just a pot!
Hi Terri, just popping in for a bit as we are heading for the cabin on Wednesday and just returned from Ohio this afternoon.
Hi Candee, Nice to see you back, even if it's only briefly. You must be exhausted!!! Enjoy the cabin and try to take some pics please.
I'm heading back to work tomorrow, been off for 2 weeks!! See you when I do and take care.
Hi Candee, The wonder of plants eh? It's lovely to see a few more flowers at the end of the season.
Thanks for showing this plant. I recognise the leaves! Mine didn't flower at the lottie last year so I dug it up and planted it in the garden at home this year, same again, leaves but no flowers!! as you say... Go figure!
Maybe if I just leave it be next year it might flower for me. lol.
It is quite odd, I noticed yesterday that I have one clematis in bloom out front, again just the one bloom. Will try to remember to get a pic today if not raining.
I wonder what it is about these echinacea as I too have several colors and some do okay and others not so much?