Hiya Terri! Well, we've had so much rain here in the bay area of California, things are popping outta ground and I don't even know what they are! They only thing that is blooming are my johhny jumpups and my honeysuckle bushes. Here's one pic of Honeysuckle bush! Too muddy to get out and weed yet! Yuck ;)
Hiya Cissy and elle,
Glad you found us! Your Honeysuckle bush is a nice splash of colour there Cissy. Like your frame on the photo, looks great like that. Love this time of year when things pop up and you don't know what they are, it's like getting a little present every day LOL! What are Johhny jumpups?
Johnny Jumpups are the cutest little tiny violas. Such cute faces! A miniature version of viola/pansies. The are tough little guys. They can survive through snow like violas and pansies do. I planted some wayyyyyyyyy last year. They didn't take real well. But after tons of rain, they're baaaackk. I'll take a pic of them soon :)
Hey yardqueen - do you have a lot of fruit trees too? Here is my nectarine - I am so glad I sprayed it last week. The blooms all popped open overnight, and then of course, the rains came a few days later. I have as much blossoms on the ground as on the tree.
Yes, it is wonderful that spring is just around the corner for us lucky ones in zones 8, 9 and higher. I have my daphne on my front porch, and it smells heavenly when I go out to get the morning paper.
And finally, the quince that was so pathetic at Chinese New Year's starting producing more blooms about two weeks ago. I guess I was too impatient LoL. Still had a lot of leaves hanging on which is not normal.
Oh - almost forgot about the witch hazel (Hamamelis intermedia). This tree is a really slow grower, so I have not cut it at all for arrangements. It is past blooming now, but this is what it looked like two weeks ago. Guess I should have cleaned out the dead growth in the rest of the garden before taking the photo.
I have one hyacinth. It is surprising it is blooming at all. Here's the short version story of this pretty plant.
A year and 1/2 ago, I bought a single bulb from a nursery. It came with a glass vase where you put the bulb in the narrow neck of the jar and put it on your windowsill. Well, the bulb never did anything and it started to rot. So, I buried it outside. In short order it started to sprout. I was amazed. Just as it was reaching some good height, a squire came along and literally pulled it out of the ground, breaking the roots. Just for the heck of it, I stuck it back in the hole, figuring it would die for sure.
A little later, it caught on again and came to full bloom! I was amazed again (by now I am running out of "amazed"). Then of course, it died away completely. Well, low and behold, because of the tons of rain we've been having, my one and only hyacinth came back up! I am a m a z e d! Ahhh, the wonder of nature! I highlighted it to show it better.
Your Hyacinths are fabulous, bet they smell great. The redbud looks so pretty behind your FULL greenhouse, is there room for anything else in there ? LOL! Thank you for a peek into your garden,
I cant wait to see some more!! How are your seedlings doing?
Ohhhhh your quince is full of flowers, so lovely! love the red hot poker, and your vibrant red cyclamen, everythings growing well. It's great to see your garden. Dont worry about any mess, we are all messy this time of year!! Thank you for those pics.
Love your Amaizing!! Hyacinth story, it's a pretty flower! The frames look nice, very creative with the cute Johnny jumpups smiling!!
Glad you like Mums crocus, I'll tell her LOL! I dont have crocus anymore, those naughty squirrels dug them all up!
Thanks everyone, great pics today! Sorry, no pictures from me yet! Keep posting yours!
Ummm!! I think I would be inclined to keep them in! It would be such a shame to lose them to frost after all your hard work. On the other hand, you do seem to have 100's of seedlings so maybe you could risk 30 or so!! Not much help am I ? LoL!
Hi yardqueen - I have never tried to root the Daphne, so can't answer you there. I do like the plant very much, and was almost tempted to buy another one a few weeks ago. One of these days, the plant will get big enough that I may take the chance and try rooting a branch and let you know.
Sallysbloom - how lucky you are to be able to grow orchids outside. The only ones that survive for me outdoors here are the cymbidiums.
Well looks like everyone is springing out with a bang. NEver heard of strawflower, sure is one I'll try to find seed for around here as it really captured my fancy.
Yardqueen that is quite the GH you have there and bursting with color already.
Dianne that nectarine is gorgeous, I would love to have something like that here. Only tree blooms we have are the dogwoods. I have lots of quince buds but will be a bit before they show.
Terri you got daffs blooming already? That is fab.
Those hangin orchids are stunning. What a display of all these fine spring blooms.
Please allow me to introduce Mr. Harry Lauder, we don't get along when he gets his leaves but right now he is my favorite!
Terri, I need to keep the strawflowers. I have kept a few, but that is a good idea. I don't keep dry flowers usually, but these really do dry well. The Strawflower plants are growing bigger with lots of flowers.
Elle look at all your kids, you sure have some busy goats on your farm. Perhaps you should put your bunnies in there with them so they get the idea!
Thanks Terri, yes it was nice to get out and take some pics.
Here are my helleborus, not quite bloomin yet.
Yes, Terri, I have! Another member here on the forum, Sunnyg, gave me some plants! She gave me two Bougainvillea trees, 1 HUGE Calla Lily plant, 2 huge ginger plants, a couple of bulbs and some impatient seedlings. Planted some bushes! That's it for now!
Terri - that is one nice looking forsythia! Can't wait for mines to be that full. Snowdrops are another plant that I hope to start growing one of these days too.
Candee - that Harry Lauder must provide a lot of interesting branches for your arrangements. I had a curly willow that I had to cut down after two years because it got too big and I had no room for it. I only have about 2 branches left that I saved through the years.
Cissy - what kind of ginger plants did you get? That is a nice assortment of plants. I am not exactly sure what the difference between zone 9a (mines) and zone 9b (yours) is, but I imagine our growing environment are very similar.
Elle - those baby goats are the cutest.Are they a lot of work, or does the mommy goat takes care of them without any help?
Elle and Terri - you can come out to sunny California to visit any time. We are expecting 75 degrees this coming week!
[quote]Cissy - what kind of ginger plants did you get? That is a nice assortment of plants. I am not exactly sure what the difference between zone 9a (mines) and zone 9b (yours) is, but I imagine our growing environment are very similar.[/quote]
Soils, I don't know the variety of Ginger. Guess I'll find out! LOL. As far as zone goes, I have no idea. Aren't I just a wealth of information? heehee
Yardquenn, I bought my BOP about four years from Target in a one gallon pot. No blooms the first year, one bloom the second, two the third, and now 4 in the fourth. I hope to get 16 next year if it progesses exponentially. LoL.
I have never started one from seed, nor known of anyone who did, so sorry, can't help you with your question. And yes, they do make great cut flowers.
Cissy - Guess I must have looked up the zone classifications at one time to determine what I should be, but I too, have long forgotten. My memories are full of holes these days.
I just read the instructions that the trader sent with the seeds (I forgot about them since I have had the seeds a couple of years) and she said 2 to 3 years till bloom. I guess that is when I will have 1. Maybe they will increase exponentially like yours do! LOL I am really excited that the sprouted since I had them a while before I planted them. But I did soak them 3 days. I had germination instructions from a website I use for almost all of my germination instructions. It is a great one. here is a link
Lovely flowers Dianne, this is the question!!!! will you be cutting the Birds of Paradise for an arrangement??? Love the colour of the Azealas!
Thanks for the link Yardqueen, has it sprouted?
I have at least one casualty due to the 'snow week' we had here! My rosemary has croaked, see it in front of the forsythia? It's been in for years. I will be getting a new one, they are great plants to add to arrangements for some fragrance.
Well, I did myself in today... Felt enough better to go outside... It was so pretty out! I was just going to sit on the new "patio" DH is making and well, you know. I wound up potting rooted brugs and taking lids off of the seedlings on the winter sowing pad. Wore myelf out completely. Now besides the sore ribs from coughing, I have a very sore back! But I WILL have flowers!
Terri - I was wrong. It is 77 degrees as I am typing. I am definitely overdressed with a long sleeved sweater. As for the bird of paradise, I am going to wait until a few more of the blossoms open up first before cutting. I did not realize it before, but there are several buds within each stalk, and they bloom in succession.
Yardqueen - those plants better appreciate all that you are doing for them LoL.
Cissy - we are expecting a cold spell this weekend. You guys too? But tomorrow should still be on the warmish side.
Take it easy Yardqueen ,don't over do things yet, we have a long way to go! Hope you are feeling better today.
Cissy, my garden is a mess LoL! I haven't had time to do anything out there. We have had temps in the 50's all week. Have you planted all your new plants in yet?
Dianne, stop rubbing it in LoL! I can't wait to get some heat from the sunshine, it's been a long winter!
Terri, I am better today since I had the day off yesterday. Pretty bad when a retired person needs the day off! I just went to a movie with dear SIL and to WM and and to the BS (lol Beauty shop) to get my hair trimmed...
Sis_E, I am so jealous of anyone who can plant out now! We have had warm temps day and night for a while now, but we can have a frost up to April 15th.
I think DH and I just now decided to go ahead and risk it! We won't take everything out, but we will take out the patio stuff and the hanging baskets! And the stuff for around the pond! Yea! we can cover this stuff if we do get a cold spell.
My yard looks so nice. Our warm winter makes spring even faster. My sister and her family were here yesterday from College Station for Spring Break. They came over for the morning. My sis and her daughter were in the back with me and we smelled lots of flowers and herbs! Nasturtium, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, basil, mint, sage, stock etc.
They loved my Strawflowers, how they are all dry even when you pick them. Need to get more photos, but I have been ill with kidney stones, infection from that, migraines for four days...FUN, ha.
Here today, gone tomorrow. That is exactly what happened to the apricot blossoms. We had a windy night last night, and when I went out to the driveway this morning, I was greeted by the following sight. Almsot looks like snow, there was so many petals on the ground!
Yardqueen - glad that you are feeling better.
Sally - sorry to hear about your recent health problems - your spring garden should do a good job lifting up your spirits.
We had a little bit of sprinkle this morning as I was driving by a local park that had a rose garden that is a popular wedding site - lo and behold, there was a wedding going on, and the few people that was out there were huddled under umbrellas. It is pretty risky planning an outdoor wedding even if spring has already sprung!
I had my wedding at my parents' home. It rained, but stopped just in time. That is good luck! That is the only place I would want to get married. In a lovely garden. I do go to church, but being outside with flowers is just perfect.
Sally, I've heard kidney stones are very painful, and you've had migranes too. Sorry sweetie, get well soon!
Nice you had your family to visit, I bet they love your garden! Great to see nasturtium so early on, it's lovely!
Yardqueen, LOL! glad you enjoyed your 'day off', good to have a bit of pampering with a new doo!
Good luck with the planting... live dangerously!!!
Dianne, your apricot in bloom is absolutey STUNNING! oh no, here today gone tomorrow LOL!
It's Haighr's Birthday today! We are having a Birthday party for her, everyone is invited to the cafe!
Oooohhhh Terri! I more than made up for it today! Worked so hard so long, but we got a lot done. DH and I are both pooped! backs hurting, legs hurting, even my hands hurt. And I can still smell potting soil even though I had a nice hot shower and went out for fish and shrimp for dinner. And we will continue this tomorrow after church. And this is just plants that are in pots that were in the greenhouse all winter. They all looked GREAT though! Had to do cleaning up on some but they still looked great. Repotted quite a few. We worked all day and this is just patio plants, around the pond plants, and hanging baskets...
This is not flowers for bouquets plants... A lot of them bloom, but not for bouquets. We haven't even started that yet! They are still out in the pad and in the greenhouse! Will it never end???
So that is where that confetti came from. Sorry they didn't last longer as that is a spectacular showing. Yardqueen would love to see more of your gardens, sounds like you really put a lot of work into it.
Well, what I said would happen is happening! We are going to have a freeze tonight! We had to put everything back and cover some other things... I am glad I did't yield to the temptation to plant my seedling out in the beds...
I hope it doesn't harm the new growth on mt hydrangeas.
Hope you manage fine there yardqueen, wouldn't want to lose a single thing I have done that in the past and learned the hard way, now I start things inside and still tend to begin too early and now most of them are quite leggy now. Good luck with your temps.
Everything is fine. It only got to 38 and everthing was covered or inside. We started bringing it all out again today. Hope we don't have another one. But we are trying to get ready for a BD party in 2 weeks which will be in our "yard" ...
Yardqueen - hope you have some nice sunny days in the next two weeks so that the plants will be up and blooming for your party.
OK - Terri - Since you asked, I braved the wind today and went out and got some March garden photos before April sneaks up on us -
first up - cherry tree is blooming. Lots of places are having their cherry blossom festivals either now or very soon
Close up of the blossoms. This is one of the last of my non-citrus trees to bloom, but it is the first to have ripe fruits. We normally start picking cherries around mid-May. This is the Stella variety which is self-pollinating. My second garden goal is to have fresh fruit year around - I almost reached that goal (with some help from my mom's orange tree filling in the gap)
Bird of Paradise - 3 are opened now!! Will have to wait a little longer before posting in the yard to vase series because I want to enjoy the blooms by the front door a little longer. The earliest bloomer is in it's third floret.
Those ranunculus are stunning. I bought some for 2 years in a row and they croaked w/n a few days in the house. And the birds of paradise are one of my favorites. I am just gonna have to move to the tropics!
Hi Dianne, Thanks for your garden pictures in March!
Your garden looks great. The cherry blossom looks lovely. I bet the cherries will be delicious too!
Rhodo's don't grow in my garden,it's nice to see yours, lovely colour.
The ranunculus look strong and healthy, what is that next to them, Peony?
Looking forward to your BOP'S arrangement... L
Yardqueen, who's Birthday? Nice to have a garden party to plan!
Thanks for the well-wishes re the party and blooming flowers! It was cloudy all day today, though, and is supposed to rain tonight. Rain is a good thing! I am sure SOMETHING will be blooming. If not I will put fake flowers in my plants... LOL
Nice crocuses Blossom
Here's a couple more to end the month. I planted tulips for maybe a year or two, and then got tired of having to buy new bulbs every year. I even tried a few types that is supposed to naturalize easily but they died on me. I know that it is possible to grow them because I see some lovely clumps in some Sacramento yards. I just don't have the right touch for that. However, a few of the bulbs that I planted about 15 years ago do come back yearly with my leaving it in the ground and not doing anything.
and next to my white planter, I have a white "strip" of gardenias, azaleas, calla lilies, and white roses. (Terri - white strip refers to the fact that I plant white blooming plants in this strip of land LoL - just kidding - I knew you got it this time) ) The first to bloom is the azaleas.
Your tulips look better than my pittiful display Dianne. I planted some of those fancy fringed and parrot tulips a few years ago and they were great the first year and then, well need I say more, I'll post if and when I see one!
I like your white strip - white makes for such a nice fill in arrangements don't you think?
i have not been on my cp for a couple day
have not feel well
but i back
the garern seen ok
we have 5 baby goat
chickern are doing ok
rabbit are picking up
every thing is sunny here
hope every one have a bless day
work day today
Sounds to me like you work every day elle, you need to try to slow down and get some time for yourself. I know you have to be on the go, go go, but do try to take a few moments out here and there so you don't get yourself feeling any worse.
LOL! Poor elle and those goats! I bet they are fun. I had some once too and swore never again!
soils, I put my bulbs in nursery cans then sink the can and all into the ground. Makes for easier lifting later for division. And the moles do not get them. You can probably find a GH near you that may give away their old cans... recycle ya know!
Ok, which of us "fools" is going to be starting the "APRIL 2009 in the garden" thread?
I dont have a thing blooming today.. and looks like tomorrow, more of the same.
Linky linky please!! LOL! Not me.. I got no bloomin' bloomers!! LOL!
Hi Yardqueen! Flowers real or fakes in the garden will be great, hope the sun shines for you all on that day!
Welcome Blossom! Looks like things are starting to happen in your garden. It's a huge amount of land!!
Dianne, nice red tulips, is that california poppy there in california?!! Lovely, I don't have much luck with those.
Btw, I would call your 'white planter' a white flower bed!! LoL looks gorgeous anyway!
elle, I'm looking forward to seeing the kids in your garden! Glad you are feeling better.
Hope everyone is doing ok, working hard in their gardens??
Cissy... you've gone quiet!!!
Terri, I am here! Been busy cleaning up my garden and working on computer. I just bought a couple of Chinese Fringe plants to put in my brick planter I made. Here's a pic. These plants are purple in color and evergreen as well :)
Cissy - have you tried using that plant for arrangements? I have seen them around, and they bloom quite nicely throughout the winter, but I don't remember if I have come across that plant as being a good potential for cut flowers.
[quote]Cissy - have you tried using that plant for arrangements? I have seen them around, and they bloom quite nicely throughout the winter, but I don't remember if I have come across that plant as being a good potential for cut flowers.[/quote]
Soils, I just got them and this is the first time I have even seen them! I love the color. They are doing good in the planter. I added a couple of small geraniums to break up the color. So far so good!