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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2009
5:26 AM

Post #6298093

Happy First day of Spring!!

Unlike those who are lucky enough to have acreage and can devote parts of the yard for a cutting garden and can plant to their heart's content, the rest of us who love to have cut flowers all year round, but have limited land, it is important that the cut flowers we grow double as landscaping plants. Part of the reason the yard to vase series was started last year was to let us share what plants that are suitable for cut flowers look like in a garden environment and thereby can see the big picture. Photos of plants in catalogs can be misleading if you only get a close-up of the blossoms and not of the whole plant. The flowers can look deceptively large, but then you find out it is really small in relation to the leaves. Or the plant can be a ground-hugger and totally not suitable for cutting. For me, the smell of freesias is a sure sign that spring is here. So, I am starting off this spring series with one of my favorite garden and cut flowers.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2009
5:33 AM

Post #6298107

And here it is in a vase. I used to have a lot of red freesias too, but they slowly died out and all I have left are the yellow ones (they are the most prolific) and the pink ones. I have some white freesias in my white planter garden (Terri - did you see my explanation on that in the old thread?) but they are not very robust. You do have to be careful with the different varieties of freesias - some are very wimpy and do not have very strong stems and are not very tall.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2009
12:35 PM

Post #6298558

Soils, BEE_U_TIFUL!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 22, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6301689

Hi Dianne!
What a fabulous display of Freesia's you have in the garden. Love the bright colours!
The vase arrangement is lovely, they must smell wonderful in your house. Thanks for the new Spring thread.
I saw the explanation of your white planter, LOL!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #6304720

I had freesias one year and they never looked that fabulous. You truly have a green thumb.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 22, 2009
11:35 PM

Post #6305310


I have Ribes, flowering currant. This is a cutting I put in the ground, from the mother plant 2 years ago.
I had a huge plant, but my neighbour removed a tree the other side of the fence and damaged the roots , it died shortly afterwards. I had already cut some stems off it and put them in the ground a bit further along. Last year it only had a couple of flowers, this year it has more flowers, looks better and has grown to the top of my 5ft fence.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 22, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #6305327

a closer look...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 22, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #6305350

Snowdrops are flowering, they started about a month ago.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 22, 2009
11:52 PM

Post #6305394

Here they are together in a vase!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #6305500

Thanks, Blossom, Terri and Candee. Freesias are indeed great flowers.

Wonderful Terri - those are two plants that I don't have so I will be adding them to my "to grow" list. And since I don't have too many plants blooming in January, and I am a little warmer than you, if the snowdrops were blooming last month in London, they may bloom in January here. Your snowdrops are nice and tall - most of the photos that I have seen are much shorter. Great job. BTW, do the currants have any thorns? and do they actually bear edible currants? or are the flowering currants not related at all to the eating currants? playing 20 questions here LoL.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #6305523

Tada!!! My first bloomers!!! Only trouble is they are every living crocus I have! So I am not cutting them!

WHoohoo! Today crocus, tomorrow DAFFODILS!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 23, 2009
12:25 AM

Post #6305554

Thanks Dianne, The snowdrops were in the ground here when we moved in 17 years ago, they come back every year without fail so far! I have tried to dig some up and plant them around the garden but they are so deep, I can't get them out! I have planted new bulbs but the squirrels dig them up.
The flowering currant is just a flowering shrub NO currants!!! It's related to other currants, the leaves are the same. No thorns,... Hope I have answered the questions to your satisfaction LoL!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 23, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #6305578

Nice crocus Blossom... you have to cut it if you show it here ... Yard to vase .. LOL
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6305605

Drat... see ya in the morning...with a vase and croaked-us!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2009
12:27 PM

Post #6307170

Oh blossom, don't let those crocs croak, just leave em in the ground and put a vase next to them.
You do have some blooms there Terri, lucky you. I still have a rather pitiful display of nothing. A few weeks ago I had to move my flowering broom and I think I killed it in the process. Few more weeks here.

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6307479

croakus...boy the wind was brutal last nite! Very chilly this morning too.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 23, 2009
1:53 PM

Post #6307493













snip!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
1:56 PM

Post #6307498

ok, another one.. vase in yard...I only have one of these blooms! I am not even sure what it is! A scillia maybe?

Usually a snowdrop is my first to bloom But the crocus won this year, then this little guy and next are some dafs..

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
2:01 PM

Post #6307527

Snip! LOL!! Mad flower derranger at large!

Ok, ok,

Im snip'n



Im SNIP'N!



LOL!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6307565

S
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N
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I
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Twas it worth the wait...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 23, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #6307696


Lovely!



I think you've got the idea now. LoL!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #6307885

LOL! Had the idear before, just was slim on material! Hmm still no blooms though! LOL! IM WAITING!!!!! Was a madder with me fluers here, mate, they got no blooming color!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #6308118

That is adorable what is that little thang next to the vase?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6308660

Why that thar thang bee a glorified FANCIFIED plant-in troll! Lol!

Sposed ta hang that thang on the wall when yer dun.. Be 2 fancified for in the dirt!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 24, 2009
11:27 AM

Post #6311828

Well I'll be - thanks for clarifying that fancy thang!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 24, 2009
1:10 PM

Post #6312162

Well no problem thar!

Well looky here, ol' Blossoms got bloom!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #6313583

How neat that you are having blossoms, blossoms. Knew spring will come to you soon.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2009
11:30 AM

Post #6316453

See there blossom and I bet you forced them open in that vase did ya?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 25, 2009
12:49 PM

Post #6316678

Held a water pistol to them I did! LOL! Now I am going after their "friends"!!! hehehehe.. hold back spring on me you little boogers.. not gonna happen!



SNAP!



SNIP!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 29, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #6333331

Here's my first yard to vase, pansy, and quince with a touch of daffs still to come and a new tiny bud vase.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2009
1:04 AM

Post #6333358

another!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 29, 2009
1:23 AM

Post #6333467

Lovely arrangement Candee, the pansy is a gorgeous blue. It all looks so fresh and pretty!!
Are the yard pictures on the way?
Love your new vase and the basket. LoL!


Blossom, it's great you are now getting flowers, lovely daffs!

haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 29, 2009
2:45 AM

Post #6333740

The basket is where I hide some of my arranging stuff, LOL, that yu got me to get!
Nice dafs blossom yu do have some blooms there!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 29, 2009
3:04 AM

Post #6333798

ohhhh how exciting!! please show me what you've got hiding in there!

C'mon over here and empty it out LoL! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/752463/
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2009
2:05 PM

Post #6335002

This might be the last of my dafs...arrrrgh! WINTER CAME BACK.. 1/2 snow now on the ground.. more coming? Whaaaaaaah!

Looky here now...WHO ORDERED THIS in my yard????????

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/965415/#new

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 29, 2009
2:17 PM

Post #6335062

Great photo Blossom, lovely collection!
Hope you don't get too much snow damage on your emerging plants.


haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 29, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #6336046

Nice display there blossom, now just stay away from the windows and all will be fine , just don't look!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2009
7:00 PM

Post #6336210

Thanks guys! LOL! I peaked...the snow is melting YEAH!

Hope I get more dafs tomorrow.. it did not dip much below 30 so hopefully its gonna be ok.

How do you like my "snakey" Easter lily! LOL!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 29, 2009
9:01 PM

Post #6336804

I love that mellow yellow what a yummy photo.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2009
1:19 AM

Post #6337951

Well if luck is with me, I will have a slew of dafs of lots of varieties! Heck if I know what kinds though! Just dafs of fun!

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2009
12:54 PM

Post #6339464

Well, I took a hike out to the daff line...looks like the leaves are a tad nipped, but they should make a recovery. No pickens today though.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2009
5:14 AM

Post #6376142

Meant to post more photos here last week, but I misplaced my camera. This particular species of cymbidium has been sending up spikes for the last two months, but the earlier ones have been snail bitten. I finally got a couple of decent spikes. This particular plant is in a pot, but I have transferred about 4 plants into the ground last year, and a few of them have bloomed. Those, however, have been fair game for the snails and slugs.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2009
5:17 AM

Post #6376145

And here it is in a vase. The ginger plants are starting to sprout new leaves, so I added a couple to the arrangement.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2009
5:19 AM

Post #6376149

Tree peonies are one of my favorite flowers, and I love that they are early spring bloomers. This is a red single that I got about 5 years ago.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2009
5:25 AM

Post #6376162

Here is an overview shot. The California poppies are lovely, but they wilt soon after cutting and are not good candidates for arrangements. The tulips are the remnants of a patch that I planted 10 years ago, and these few come back every year. I don't have enough to cut, so they are just "yard" specimens.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2009
5:30 AM

Post #6376171

And here are the tree peonies in a vase. They are huge, so it doesn't take many blooms to make a statement. Tree peony blooms are very ephemeral; they open up very quickly and each bloom lasts only about three days. But, I think they are worth it. And the plants last for years.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 7, 2009
9:43 AM

Post #6376356


I like the way you arranged the orchids, at an angle like that Dianne, love the ginger leaves too!
Beautiful tree peony, I want one LOL! The flowers are so pretty and look stunning in the vase.
Thanks for the eye candy this morning, I'm off to dig!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2009
11:03 AM

Post #6376458

BEA_U_TI_FUL!! Well done!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2009
3:40 AM

Post #6398125

Thanks Terri and Blossom.

There are lots in my garden, and I am so thrilled to have found my camera. It was of course, in the van like I thought, but not in an obvious spot.

White calla lilies are in their prime now.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2009
3:41 AM

Post #6398126

Along with the Dutch Irises.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2009
3:43 AM

Post #6398130

Combining them together in one of my recent thrift store buys. I added a couple of white/yellow Dutch Iris and a few sprays from a white azalea.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
11:16 AM

Post #6402606

Nice combination Dianne and I think the vase is just the thing to finish that one off. Looks like they were made for that vase!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #6409630

Thanks, Candee. I love thrift store buys.
The next tree peony to bloom is my pink one.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
7:17 PM

Post #6409655

As lovely as they are, the bloom period for tree peonies is only about one week. I waited too long and missed picking the blooms at their prime, so here is a vase photo from a prior year of the pink TP with some of my other TPs.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #6413573

Stunning Dianne, mine are just budding now and the white one I have has huge blooms. You are so right though they are short lived and seems to never fail that when they get really opened up we get strong winds.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 15, 2009
5:43 PM

Post #6414410

Lovely arrangements Dianne. Nice vase from the thrift store, looks good with the callas and Iris.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2009
4:16 AM

Post #6422116

Another pink plant blooming now is my dogwood - Cornus florida. I bought in on Mother's day about 10 years ago as a present for myself. One of my favorite gifts LoL.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2009
4:16 AM

Post #6422123

I like this shot because it really shows the warm pink coloring.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2009
4:19 AM

Post #6422133

This is the first year I have ever cut any branches for an arrangement. Not sure how long the flowers lasts, but I had to trim the tree anyways so I figure, what the heck.

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PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #6423372

Beautiful!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 17, 2009
3:30 PM

Post #6423776


A great present to yourself and us!!! Thanks Dianne, so glad you bought the dogwood.
Pretty arrangement, almost immitating the shape of the tree, lovely!

I meant to ask, what are those yellow flowers next to the callas in the picture of post 125?
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2009
5:18 PM

Post #6424274

Thanks, Planti. Welcome to this forum! I hope you'll show some of your plants on this thread when your flowers bloom.

Terri - those yellow flowers are more freesias. They tend to end up all over the place.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 17, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #6424319


Welcome Panti ! Hope to see your plants and flowers on this wonderful thread!!!

Dianne, nice to have the freesias all over the place... LoL!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:03 AM

Post #6435469

Since I cut so many of the dogwood branches, I made a more horizontal arrangement just because I could- LoL.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:06 AM

Post #6435474

I planted some scillas last year and this is the first year to bloom. They should multiply over the years - I got them at a local plant club sale at a fairly cheap price so I figure that they are good multipliers.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:08 AM

Post #6435480

whoops - forgot to rotate the photo. No, I don't have plants that defy gravity...

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:10 AM

Post #6435483

I waited about a week from the yard photo before I picked them for a bouquet today. I added some white azalea and white Dutch Iris.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:12 AM

Post #6435486

I have ranuculus scattered over several places in my yard. The bloom period is somewhat staggered, but since they bloom for about three weeks, I do get some overlap. Here are some red ones.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:13 AM

Post #6435487

I really like the deep color of this gold one.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:15 AM

Post #6435492

Here are some lemony yellow ones, a few white, and partially hidden is some coral/salmon one

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
5:16 AM

Post #6435496

And mixing them all together. This is the second of my 4 thrift store vases.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2009
11:35 AM

Post #6435978

Oh soooo jealous!! you do good work! C'mon over to the swamp and play! As usual, we are still getting rain...I am growing webbed feet and not sure if its quills or gills yet!



Ribbet
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2009
6:08 PM

Post #6437536

Oh Dianne, I am so enthralled with your ranunculus they are spectacular, so wish I had luck with them. Am curious how long your dogwoods last as cuttings, I have never cut mine either - will still be a bit before mine open, as always my gardens are about 2 weeks behind even others in the same neighborhood. My neighbors have azaleas and rhods blooming like crazy and mine are way behind!
Welcom to you there planti, do you have some beauties to share with us?
Hey blossom, when we get past all this rain we may catch up to these gals!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2009
6:42 PM

Post #6437665

I dont mind riding drag, we just extend the season!!!

Catch ya back at my GPS!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 20, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #6439003


Nice airy arrangement with the dogwood, I LOVE that vase!
The Scilla look very pretty with the white flowers, mine have leaves now!
Jolly colourful Rananculus! another great vase. Thanks Dianne for sharing all your lovelies!
Your garden is Bloomin' gorgeous my dear!
PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 21, 2009
12:00 AM

Post #6439277

Not much happening yet. Too few blooms to pick :( I have one solitary daff blooming...now come on! I know I planted more than that!! I am planning a cutting garden in my backyard this year so hopefully I'll have lots of pics to share...

Thanks for the warm welcome :)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #6439793

HI Planti! They are starting to call me Daff-nee! Mine seem to thrive in my poor soil and wet ground. Now tulips and hyacynths.. no can do. For some reason they are not fond of that! But I kid you not, it is like a sponge here lately. We are fully saturated. And it is sand here.

Haighr, that rain is on a lazy Susan.. it keeps sitting and spinning in the same place.. jeez, do ya think we best start building an ark? It does however beat snow hands down. Just nice and gentle does it, no wind, no lightning, no hail and for Peteys sake no toad twisters. PLEEEZ!

Well, guys, next we will be crabbing or bragging about the humidity and heat.. If it is not one thing it surely is another! Guess we all just should be counting our blessings.

Just a few more days and my yard is gonna be looking like dandelion wine! Actually, We love it. The aroma of all those dandelions is fantastic and the bees, holy cow they have a feast... that is ifn we get any bees. I dont know really what so many folks got against the lowly dandy anyway! We need the bees, they need the dandlions.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2009
6:34 AM

Post #6441010

Thanks, all.

Candee - the dogwood only lasts about 4 days. I did cut the branches a little past their prime, so maybe if I cut them last week, they may have stayed fresher a bit longer. Is your yellow tree peony blooming yet? You had a great photo of it last year.

Daff-nee - send me some rain. sweltering in the heat here LoL.

Planti - it took me about 8 years before I got my garden planted with enough varieties of flowers with different bloom times and mature enough to give out enough blooms for arrangements. It is a work in progress, but you'll have a lot of fun doing it.

Terri - I have to stop myself from going to more thrift stores - running out of room here to store the great buys.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
12:11 PM

Post #6441379

Soils from the looks of the radar, you should be getting some right now!

Please keep it there for a while ok though!


abracadabra! RAIN! Got it here today too...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
2:15 PM

Post #6441893

Took a walk in the yard.. hmmmm you really want this stuff huh, soils?

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6441908

Well, I have some flowering almonds in bud.. but I cant prune them.. they are done in the snipping department for this year since they were pruned last season for this year

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #6441930

I have a ton of the willows to prune.. dang that ice storm!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #6441945

Got a heap of these lovelies coming on!

Arent they just "wicked" looking! I love them!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #6441964

And this cutie.. a creeping white phlox or is that a white creeping phlox!! LOL! But ya know, just my luck I could not find a vase for any of them above soo Im just gonna have to scronge around for something.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6441976

Tada!

And it was prefilled with water! IMAGINE THAT! LOL!

Raindrips keep falling on my head...

I am up to my gills with APRIL SHOWERS!

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PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 21, 2009
2:59 PM

Post #6442096

Nice group of daffodils! *Reminder to self; plant a million daffodil bulbs this fall*
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #6442562

You wont be sorry! I will take more dafs any time!

I put a handfull of the bulbs in old nursery cans then submerge the pot underground...keeps the moles out and makes for easier lifting later if you decide to transplant. I pick mine constantly, then leave the leaves to die back and replenish the bulbs... I never fertilize them.. go figure and they like my swamp! And I got pith porr soil to boot...!

I actually will get trades in and plant them in the spring. My gardening friends will dig theirs and send them to me dirt free with the leaves on in the spring and just wrapped in a damp papertowel. You can of course wait until fall to move them, but its so much easier to find them this way and well, heck, I have been planting my spring bulbs in the spring for years! When I get them, I put them inthe cans.. let the leaves die and then sink the pots. I cant say it makes much differene if you sink the pots right away, but for me by the time I get to heeling them in, they are dead on top. I have a garden bed that I am edging out and still need dafs to finish that project.

You can visit my GPS thread and see how folks have sent me stuff and what goes on with the plants and all in my garden there from parcel to soil to harvest etc!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/965415/
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2009
10:32 PM

Post #6444173

Wow blossom even that dandelion looks drenched. More of the same here today and a severe thunderstorm watch this afternoon and eve. It poured and poured a while ago, and everything is just squishy!
Thanks for the info Dianne on the dogwoods, 4 days is not very long and my trees don't have a lot to spare so think I might pass on the cutting and just stick with the photos when they bloom.
blossom, don't you love the almond, mine is blooming as well and gave it a big trim last fall as well.
Planti, don't forget those tons of bulbs, perhaps you can sneak over to blossoms and pick a few of hers in the meantime!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 22, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #6447377

A-hem...sign found in daf patch!! LOL!

Violators sneaking without permission will be thoroughly rototilled!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 22, 2009
3:23 PM

Post #6447390

Ok, new series for the day...
bishops weed

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 22, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #6447399

Goes without saying.. I GOT SUNSHINE!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 22, 2009
3:25 PM

Post #6447407

Oops, BISHOPS WEED.. go to other forum

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/969831/#new
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 22, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #6448531


Planti, I only had one daff LOL, think the squirrels dug them up!
Dianne, Please don't stop going to the thrift store for containers, you never know what great finds you can add to your collection!
Charming sign daff-nee LOL! Cool shades dude!
My dandilions are BIGGER than yours ... na na na na na !!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 22, 2009
8:39 PM

Post #6448781


Hey Blossom, have you got Apricot whirl???
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/976876/
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2009
7:06 AM

Post #6468892

The month of April is almost gone, and along with April, the last of my tree peonies are just about done blooming. This is my last one. From the coloring and growth habit, I think that it is a Kinkaku, or something very similar to that. The flowers are not presented prominently, but rather, faces downwards.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2009
7:08 AM

Post #6468897

This is actually the best tree peony for arrangements because they last at least 3-4 days. Most of the others are only good for 1-2 days (so it is stretching it a bit to call the others cut flower)

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drivenbonkers
Perth,, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6469714

oh soilsandup that tree peony is absolutely beautiful! LOVE the colour/shading.

so delicate looking, it's breathtaking!

thanks for posting that pic. I'm going to enjoy it all day.
PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2009
2:52 PM

Post #6469997

Whoa!! Those are beautiful!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 28, 2009
8:12 AM

Post #6473543

wow what a fantastic thread.
I was attracted by the title of winter flowering & have followed you all from there...
as the Northern hemisphere heads into spring we down under are into autumn.
My garden is doing well as apart from a few frosty nights it has been mild.
In fact the last 3 days we have been having a mini heat wave.
26C max the other day & at least 24C today!
Looking at your amazing arrangements I am inspired to try my hand at a few.
Next step is to wander into the local Sallies store & look for some vases - I have one large one, I have a friend who is seriously into her floral art & when I commented that I had no vases she was horror struck.
So guess what she got me last Xmas...
now to fill it.
I did have a bowl that I never thought of using for flowers until somebody mentioned floating camellias.
And since I have some lovely white ones out right now.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 28, 2009
8:19 AM

Post #6473548

And floating...
not really an arrangement, I dropped them in & hoped for the best.
And now I am starting to wonder what else I can do with this bowl?

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2009
2:15 PM

Post #6474416

You go girl! Awww man! Camillias! Something I cant do! Keep them coming..
PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6474430

Dalfyre...those are beautiful! Floating them in a bowl was a good idea... I wish I could grow something like camellias. They look so exotic and beautiful. Isn't that always the way? I always want to grow the things I cannot LOL

I'm way up in the northwest part of the US. We are trying to make spring around here.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2009
3:27 PM

Post #6474730

Dianne that salmon color is beautiful, heads up or down can't lose with that one. How many trees to you have total? I just 2 a yellow and white. The white one's flowers are about 6-7" in diameter and are gorgeous. I'll cut one soon and float for you since yours are leaving for the season.
dalfyre - you have made a great start on arranging, they are lovely in that bowl. Keep looking around here at the cut flower threads you will get a wealth of ideas.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #6475388

Thanks Drivenbonkers, Planti, Dalfyre, and Candee. That is a lovely tree peony, but you do have to go up to it and lift it's head to really get the full effect.

Candee - I have 6 tree peonies altogether (actually maybe only 5 since I moved my red one last year and it is still a sad looking stick with a two bits of live leaflets on it). I remember yours from last year - they were gorgeous.

Dalfyre - Welcome to this forum. I am so glad you found us. Your camellias are beautiful. It almost looks like a peony. And floating them in a bowl is a great arrangement. I like it that you are going into autumn. Would love to see what you have flowering in your part of the world as you go from autumn into winter. I am always on the lookout for plants that do well during the colder months of the year. My garden is getting pretty crowded, so I have to be focused and not be tempted to buy a bunch more plants, but am limiting myself to plants that bloom in the off season for me. Doesn't always work though LoL.

dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 28, 2009
8:50 PM

Post #6476278

thanks for the friendly welcome :)
In my earlier post mentioned my friend who is really into floral art, she has been a big inspiration to me.
I have posted pics of her display at the Ellerslie International Flower show earlier this year...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/962890/
Jan does lovely table arrangements for the RSA, it infuriates me to have to pick rubbish out of them each morning!
Why some people think it is ok to stuff their old eftpos dockets & raffle tickets into the arrangement is beyond me :(
Too lazy to take them from the table to the bin I guess.
My pic this time is not a very good one - I picked two roses & a camellia for the wreath laying on ANZAC Day.
the red rose is for my Grandfather, the white camellia for my Grandmother & the other rose is named Yours Always which I thought was an appropriate symbol of our family ties...
the ribbon is tartan to symbolise my husbands Scottish ancestry & the way past & present are brought together on this day & we are all bound together by love.
Well it made sense to me:)

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2009
10:33 PM

Post #6476715

Dalfyre - well, I learn something new everyday! I had to look up what ANZAC day is, and now I know. Those are lovely roses and camellia for the wreathlaying.

In the Chinese tradition, we also have a "gravesite cleaning" day in which people go to the cemetery to pay their respects and to clean up the gravesites. This year, it fell on the first weekend in April. One of the main reasons I grow cut flowers is so that we have flowers to take to the cemeteries on all the major holidays - something that my mom has done ever since we were kids.

I only have a few bearded irises - and this is the first to bloom.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #6476723

And here it is in a vase. I had an arrangement with calla lilies last week, and since some of the leaves were still good, I used them when I did this arrangement. This particular variety has a nice spicy scent.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 29, 2009
12:00 AM

Post #6477039

Lovely Peonies Dianne and your Iris are a magnificant display! Very nice arrangement, full and well balanced!

Hi Dalfyre, Welcome! Your Camelias are so pretty, love the floating arrangement!
I remember Weedwoman telling us about ANZAC day last year. Thanks for sharing your wreath, it's Beautiful and respecful. Glad you joined us!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6479678

I too recall hearing of ANZAC day and you have arranged quite a lovely presentation. Is that a lovely little fuscia off to the left?
Dianne that is spectacular, those closed iris really set that one off and the colors really pop! Getting so anxious to get something to put in a vase just can't wait.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

April 30, 2009
8:11 AM

Post #6482995

The Fuchsia is actually artificial...
some of the ANZAC Day wreaths are re- usable ones.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2009
12:07 PM

Post #6483263

Hey dalfrye, and everyone, you can post your ANZAC wreaths and respects here ya know!! C'mon over and have a look!

All are welcome!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/939159/

Very lovely that fuchsia!! WOW!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

April 30, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #6486038

dalfrye - I really like that one with the poppies, what a wonderful tribute those make.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 1, 2009
7:56 AM

Post #6487519

here are some more from Anzac Day...
http://s631.photobucket.com/albums/uu31/PapanuiRSA/ANZAC Day 2009/
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6487800

I think my favorite one there is the white lilies, with carnations and white roses, very soothing.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2009
11:59 AM

Post #6487806

Here is my contribution from yard to vase. This is my favorite little brass tiered container that is just right for the seasons beginning.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6488612

haighr, I love that! It is stunning~
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #6489221

Thank you blossom, sometimes it is the simplist things that turn out the best for me.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 1, 2009
8:05 PM

Post #6489859


Very nice variety in size and shape of the flowers Candee! Love the elegant groupings.in your special 3 tier vase.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #6498018

Thanks, the spiarea doesnt last long but it still looks good today and glad I did it cause it is still pouring outside here! We even turned the furnace back on to take the chill off today and I never run the furnace in May?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 3, 2009
8:30 PM

Post #6498232

I noticed a stray angry panther out in the garden...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 3, 2009
8:31 PM

Post #6498240

at least the white nerines know what time of year it is

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 3, 2009
8:36 PM

Post #6498257

agapanthus - known to our household as angry panthers...
white nerines & a fern frond in a vase my Mum painted as a gift for me.
to me the arrangement looks just a little 'off' - but I am supposed to be getting ready for work so no time to tweak until I am happy with it.
I'll do that later.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2009
8:43 PM

Post #6498289

Angry panthers!! Thats a good one. That is about as cute as naked ladies! (Lycoris.. or otherwise none as surprize lily, reserection plant.. etc!!)

I dont have anything to show today here...but just had to add my silly 2c! The panthers BTW are gorgeous!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 3, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6498305

some of the Aussies know them as Aggies panties...
some of the older Kiwis do as well.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2009
11:28 PM

Post #6499017

LOL, lovely and I was actually llooking for a panther !!! Thought for sure you would have one there!

Oh, btw, it is yard to vase so you must make something with them on this thread!!! LOL

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 4, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6499176

Nice arrangement dalfyre, don't think it needs much tweaking, the flowers are beautiful. Love the vase your Mum painted, it looks good with your flower selection.
Lovely Aggies!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
4:38 AM

Post #6500573

Dalfyre - I have never seen a white nerine before. You have a nice healthl full patch there! I have some pinks, but now I have to look for some whites too. They are one of the best plants for late blooming in autumn. Funny all the different names for agapanthus. The university where I work at started off as an agricultural college, and the name of the our school newspaper and the nickname for our students are "Aggies".
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
5:33 AM

Post #6500671

We had a rainstorm here on Friday that will rival Blossoms! Here is one of my peony patches before the rainstorm.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
5:35 AM

Post #6500680

And here is the same patch after being beaten by a heavy rainstorm Friday night - at one time, we got 2 inches of rain in a few hours. Not a very pretty yard photo LoL,

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
5:37 AM

Post #6500683

But, it afforded me the perfect opportunity to include this peony in the yard to vase series. This is vase number 4 of my thrift store buys.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
5:42 AM

Post #6500688

Speaking of perfect opportunities, the right time Finally came for me to pick the bird of paradise. I had 4-5 blooms this year, but they opened at various times. I wanted to keep the flowers in the yard as long as possible since it was planted by my front entryway. Here is the yard photo.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
5:45 AM

Post #6500691

The bird of paradise has about 4 potential blooms within each stalk. The oldest has it's last bud opening (after cutting off the earlier spent blooms) while the first bud in the youngest stalk is opening. I don't know if the other blooms will open after it is cut.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6502457

Oh how I wish I had bird of paradise here, but no way in this zone. They are gorgeous!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 4, 2009
4:20 PM

Post #6502553

Lovely arrangements Dianne! What are the orange flowers in the 1st peony picture? Love orange and pink, it really zaps! You did really well with your thrift shop vases, they have all been really nice!
I'm so jealous of your BOPS!! they are stunning.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6503074

Thanks Candee and Terri. Terri - the orange flowers are a kind of exbury azalea. That kind of azalea flowers first, and then it leafs out.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 4, 2009
8:51 PM

Post #6503791

I just love those peonies!
I have a white & a red, the white has the most amazing scent but the red nothing.
I couldn't resist going back & tweaking my arrangement...
I like it now.
Can anyone even see the difference? :)

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #6503972

Peonies are lovely. But very short-lived.

The nerines last a long time though. Yes, I can see the difference. Nice job of tweaking!!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2009
11:53 AM

Post #6506369

Yes dalfrye, I like the different heights, I actually prefer the tweaked one as it has a lot more character now that it has the height.
Sure hope to get some sunshine one of these days so I can make somethin
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2009
4:36 AM

Post #6563282

Can't seem to catch my flowers recently at the right time for both the yard and vase series. I don't normally post two similar plants, but this year has been a wonderful peony year for me. These are my Sarah Bernhardts in the yard.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2009
4:41 AM

Post #6563300

And later in a vase. I mixed in another variety - could be Mons. de Jules, but am not sure. The blooms only last about 3 days in a vase, but they make spectacular arrangements. And the fragrance is wonderful. Peonies are the flowers that garners the most comments from my co-workers.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6563939

Lovely colors. I have to get busy and post my tree peonies, it is out in full and I got some good photos of it. The wind and rain did a number on them yesterday least the white one.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 18, 2009
6:21 PM

Post #6565694

Nice tweaking dalfyre!


I'm VERY jealous of your Peonies Dianne!!! Beautiful arrangement, absotuely gorgeous!
Thank you, I'm taking them home. lol!

Hurry up with your Peonies Candee, don't want them blowin' away before we see them...
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 19, 2009
6:49 AM

Post #6568856

Did some gardening on Sunday & noticed my peonies are starting to come up.
seems bit early yet, might have to mulch them with leaves to prevent frost bite...
we still have winter to get through.
Sunshine & hail today, weird!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2009
11:58 AM

Post #6569187

I have the photos Terri, just havent gotten around to posting, but will soon as you just won't believe how gorgeous they are if I don't mind saying so myself LOL! Plus they made it through the wind and rain this go around and last night's frost!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 20, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #6572087



Grasses and Love in the Mist, Nigella growing where they shouldn't be!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 20, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6572092


To vase!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #6572118

Wow, they look like sparklers on the 4th. of July! Very cool!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 23, 2009
5:10 PM

Post #6587421

Thanks candee, I have cleared away so much grass, seemed a shame not to make something with some of it. lol.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 23, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6588327

I like that philosophy - kind of like when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Terri - you can take any flowers you see here home anytime. HMMMMmmm- I just remembered I got those peonies still in the refrigerator. Better take them out to see.
Dalfyre - did your peonies survive the frost???
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 23, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #6588670

So far so good...
we have been having cold wet windy days & nights so no more frosts yet.
I need it to dry out a bit so I can rake the leaves to use as mulch.
I just spotted new growth, it is either anemone or ranunculus.
Time will tell :)
So exciting to see tiny green shoots peeking out.
And my daffodils are just breaking the surface.
The tazetta narcissus are already up & on track for early spring flowers.
And the nemesia have survived the first frosts, hail & wild, windy weather & are still flowering!
I don't know how low a temperature they will survive but they are so incredibly easy to strike from cuttings that I think any who get real winters with snow & all could bring them inside in pots & then replant in spring time.
Do you get the impression I am impressed by these plants ? ;)
I love them

soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2009
4:30 AM

Post #6598499

Dalfyre - looks like I definitely need to get some of those nemesias.

These yellow/orange alstromerias are the most productive ones that I have seen. My sister gave me some starts about 5 years ago, and they are going to town.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2009
4:31 AM

Post #6598502

Had enough to take to work...

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2009
4:32 AM

Post #6598508

and some for home...

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2009
4:37 AM

Post #6598524

And I even took some to the cafe. I am trying something new this year - I dug a trench around the alstromeria, and putting plastic netting around it to keep it from spreading. I am getting tired of it taking over the flowerbed and my having to dig up the area periodically to discard the excess.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #6598532

I like larkspurs - this particular one self-sows itself every year. This patch is about 3-4 ft tall - it germinated really early in the season. Most of the other ones are about 2 feet tall.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2009
4:40 AM

Post #6598537

Here it is in a vase by itself.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2009
4:42 AM

Post #6598548

Then I paired it with the ubiquitous alstromerias The rocking bench behind the flowers is one of my favorite places to eat dinner during the warmer time of the year.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 26, 2009
8:29 AM

Post #6598754

the larkspur & alstromeria look great together.
My Mum has been trying to eradicate the same kind of yellowy one from her garden.
Started out as a gift but she had no idea how invasive it would get.
We had only ever seen the red & green one & that spreads quite slowly.
I have seen some nice dwarf ones for sale & have been tempted...
They are calling those Princess lilies.
the pic is where I moved my nemesia to, the tazetta narcissus is popping up even where I thought I had dug it all out.
I gave away masses of bulbs & have heard that they are coming up.
Someone may get a surprise bonus, some of the bulbs were daffodils that I forgot were there.
I really hope they were in the stuff I gave away or replanted - not the pile I consigned to the green waste bin.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2009
12:10 PM

Post #6599069

I don't have much interest in the alstromeria but lett me know how the netting works as I could try doing the same with my spiderwort.
Love the larkspur and it is spreading for you, how great is that? I have planted that many times and it never returns in my gardens.
dalfyre that is a lovely bed shown there.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 26, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #6601322


Lovely Alsromeria arrangement Dianne!
Candee doesn't have any interest in them (she said that about yellow once)! We shall have to do something about that.
Your arrangement with the Alstromeria and Larkspur looks gorgeous, those colours look so good together.
I bought a couple of larkspur from the lottie shop, but I haven't got around to planting them yet and noticed there is only the stems left!! the slugs have eaten the rest. Good idea with the trench and netting, hope it works for you!

Pretty flower bed dalfyre.

Shall I cut my foxglove??

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #6603570

Not that one Terri if it is the only one, it looks quite nice right where it is. I don't know what it is about the alstromeria, it comes in a lot of bought arrangements here and the leaves always look like weeds to me, no offense. Yours with the larkspur looks very nice and the leaves look quite fresh, perhaps it is just because the ones I get when the kids send FTD the leaves are drooping and sloppy looking, which ruins the look of the flower.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2009
5:18 AM

Post #6612589

Terri - cut only if you do not need it to go to seed.
Candee - even with freshly picked alstromerias, I tend to strip most of the leaves off of it too.

Asiatic lilies are the first lilies to bloom here. I have planted many kinds in the past, but they do not come back very well. After about 2-3 years, the patch diminishes to about one or two. This patch of Lollipops are the only "patch" that I have that returns - these are about 6 years old, but they are not very robust. I am going to have to find another spot to transfer them to and hope they will be happier. Could it be that it is too hot here?
Terri - those are my vegetables way in the back - I finally planted them last weekend. Nothing compared with yours LoL.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2009
5:22 AM

Post #6612595

Here are the lollipop lilies in a vase. I added a couple of pinkish alstromerias to fill it out a bit.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

May 29, 2009
7:00 AM

Post #6612691

those lilies are a lovely colour & the alstromeria tones in so well.
I discovered something nice in my garden today.
I was told it is Japanese iris but not sure if that is right...
only one flower so not going to pick it - hopefully there will be more in the future.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
10:27 AM

Post #6612884

Beautiful lilies Dianne, Whats that pot hiding behind them? it's gorgeous! I spy new plants!?
Lovely fresh arrangement in the vase, what a perfect setting by the pool.

Pretty iris dalfyre, what a great discovery! Love it when we get surprises in the garden.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2009
11:52 AM

Post #6613018

Those lilies are beautiful Dianne. I seem to have luck with lilies they multiply like crazy here and some reach giant heights, it is incredible how well they thrive. You sure have ones with lovely pinks and white and they look real nice in your arrangement.
Now I am with Terri, that urn or whatever behind them, that is really neat!
That is quite unusual dalfyre, and a pleasant surprise.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2009
4:33 AM

Post #6629494

Thanks everyone.

I remember your amazing lilies, Candee. Are they opening up yet?
That urn was something that I purchased years ago because I thought it would give the garden a roman (?) flair. And I liked that grayish blue against the bricks. The intent was to put a potted plant in there on a rotating basis, but that never happened. The guy next to it was something that I saw at a friend's house, and thought it was neat, so it became mine LoL.
Terri - those new plants are my vegetables - 3 eggplant (was 4 but the snails got to one before I planted it, 2 bell peppers and 2 cucumbers, along with the 6 tomatoes - that is the extent of my veggie garden. Not at all as big or plentiful like yours.
Dalfyre - that kind of does look like a Japanese iris. At least you got one bloom - I did not get any this year.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2009
4:38 AM

Post #6629508

Trumpet lilies are the next up on my blooming cycle. These are pink Perfections.This variety has been a really good mulitplier - I thinned this patch out three years ago, and it has been a little slow in repopulating. I gave some to my sister, and hers have quadrupled in that time - They liked my sister's yard better.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #6629509

Here's a closer view.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2009
4:43 AM

Post #6629520

And finally, here it is in a vase. We had a retirement party today for one of the professor's and this was used for the reception.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

June 2, 2009
5:57 AM

Post #6629652

that is nice!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2009
11:30 AM

Post #6630037

Divine Dianne, I just love lilies. No mine are still shooting for the moon and will be a bit before they begin to bloom. I tell you our property just smells so good this year, we are quite secluded and the smell of flowers is just over powering this year. Steve has been sneezing like crazy but we are lovin it.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 9, 2009
3:33 PM

Post #6663531


Lovely Dianne, really pretty! Love your lab vases, how many mil in that one? lol.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 10, 2009
1:16 PM

Post #6667882


Is it still spring in California?
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2009
8:43 PM

Post #6669712

Hi Terri - we are having an amazingly cool last few days of spring - high in the 70's. some years we are already in the 90's and an occasion 100's by now. I am enjoying this nice cooler weather. Last week, I went out to my garden and this is what the gardenia looked like.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #6669721

Two days ago, it exploded into blooms. This shrub is 6 feet tall - as tall as the fence behind it.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2009
8:48 PM

Post #6669739

I brought two vases into work. This is one of them. The smell wafts throughout the corridor.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 10, 2009
11:05 PM

Post #6670294

Wow! Gorgeous Gardenia Dianne. I had a pot plant once!
Bet they love having your vases at work. love the bucket arrangement, simple, tidy and fresh!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2009
11:39 AM

Post #6672429

Oh I bet those smell heavenly! I think they are one of the prettiest flowers around, lucky you to have such a grand bush of them.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2009
6:49 PM

Post #6674073

Terri and Candee - yes, they do smell wonderful. short-lived in a vase though. But I really wanted to cut the bush back down to a reasonable size, so I trimmed off a lot more branches and replenished the vases at work. Here's a closeup.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 13, 2009
12:44 AM

Post #6680060

here's the replenished vase on the 2nd floor

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 13, 2009
12:47 AM

Post #6680073

And the second set for the 3rd floor. Each vase was only good for about 2 days, but they are glorious days. I have had the most comment from the people in the building over these flowers. But, you can't miss the fragrance LoL. And the sad part is, very few people knew what the flowers are. Gardenias are not part of their need-to-know.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 13, 2009
1:11 AM

Post #6680176


Absolutely Gorgeous! Not surprising everyone's talking about Dianne the flower Lady!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2009
6:14 AM

Post #6688901

Thanks, Terri.

Easter lilies bloom here in June. Only one batch bloomed this year. I normally have to replenish the Easter lilies periodically - which is not a problem because I just get the ones that people discard. In my sister's house in southern California, however, hers spread widely and thickly.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2009
6:18 AM

Post #6688908

And here it is in a vase. Since there were so few blooms, I had to augment it with some gardenias and calla lilies. The larger variety of calla lily bloomed much earlier, but this smaller headed ones are blooming now. Deb - I "borrowed" your idea of draping daylily leaves. Thanks!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 15, 2009
4:23 PM

Post #6690543


Hi Dianne, What a classy arrangement! Lovely. Very elegant and such a nice shape.
Love the daylily leaves going up and down too.
You are so lucky lilies do well for you, no problems with the lily bug? They always get eaten before the flowers open in my garden! Thanks for sharing your arrangement, one of your best I think!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2009
5:38 PM

Post #6690914

That is spectacular! You have outdone yourself Dianne, I may need to copy that one when my lilies come into more full force if you don't mind ?
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2009
4:30 AM

Post #6703925

Thanks, Terri and Candee.
And Terri - I am not sure what you mean by the lily bug, but my lilies are prime food for snails. If you look at the flower at the lower left, you'll see that part of the petal has been eaten.

Candee - can't wait to see your lilies. They are the tallest I have ever seen. and Candee - you can copy all you want, seeing as I stole that idea from Deb.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2009
4:43 AM

Post #6703949

Spring is in it's last leg, and summer is around the corner. Have just enough time for another entry or two. I love calla lilies too - and thank goodness, the snails seem to leave them alone. This is one of my oldest batches - I really like the bright yellow of this one.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2009
4:45 AM

Post #6703955

I picked the flowers about a week after the above photo, and it is past their prime. You can tell it is darkening around the edges, and some of the gold is turning green. Paired it up with the purple larkspur that freely resows itself every year.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2009
4:48 AM

Post #6703961

In the same brick planter, behind the yellow calla, is a maroon colored one. It is being overtaken by the peony next to it, so I will have to move it to a better, more visible spot next year. This is year 3, and it is spreading nicely. Hopefully the transplanting in the fall will not set it back too much.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2009
4:52 AM

Post #6703964

Did not have much time for an arrangement, so this is more of the "just stick it in a vase" type.

And Terri - started off with just a little over 1000 ml in this one. LoL Hope you are having a good vacation!

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2009
12:28 PM

Post #6704707

Well Dianne your just stick it is "dreamy", those colors look like popsicles. I just love you callas, one plant I have never tried, but will surely enjoy yours! Wow almost summer here and my lilies just opened this morn. Really raining and heading to the cabin tomorrow so hope I get a chance to photo them tomorrow before leaving.
Nasturtium28
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 18, 2009
1:25 PM

Post #6704921

Hi everyone, I watch this forum but never have participated. I am impressed by the pretty arrangements! It comforts me to know that somebody 1/2 way around the world (not soils of course, she might be right down the road, but some of the rest of you) is also wandering through their yard with a pair of clippers, looking for a pretty bloom or a colorful leaf, snipping this and that, to turn it into a beautiful one of a kind arrangement. I am in the same boat as many of you, small urban lot, everything I want for the vase needs to work in the landscape as well. I had some mutant wallflowers this year, they got as big as a minor planet. So I took some of those flowers and then snipped odds and ends around the yard and from my patio pots and came up with this. Besides wallflower there is butterfly bush, salvia, zonal geranium, gaillardia, chrysanthemum, euphorbia, coral bells, and rose of sharon.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

June 20, 2009
1:09 AM

Post #6712795


Hello Nasturtium28, Welcome to cut flowers. Nice to have someone new to share flowers with us!
Thank you for posting your beautiful colourful arrangement, lots of pretties there!
love your vase, it holds a big bunch really well.
Have you got Nasturtiums growing, or is that a silly question? lol.

Great arrangements Dianne, like the red vase with the yellow and purple!
2000ml would look better LOL, it's gorgeous, love the leaves!!!
Thanks, I had a nice relaxing time with flowertips. I 'borrowed' a couple of her containers to experiment with!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2009
10:39 PM

Post #6716391

Hi Narsturtium - welcome to this forum. Maybe we have run into each other in the local nurseries? I often go to the sales at the Shepard garden center, and try to make it to the arboretum sales in Davis. What a nice variety of flowers you have.

Terri - the brown/red vase probably has 2000 ml in it!! It is another old piece of glassware from one of the labs. Sometimes we have to store light sensitive solutions in opaque bottles.
So, we will expect some arrangements soon with your "borrowed" containers??

Candee - have a great weekend at the cabin.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2009
10:45 PM

Post #6716437

Spring will officially end here in California at 10:45 PM our time tonight, which means that the title of this thread will also be officially untimely. One of my goals was to have a new arrangement at least once a week, and I have more or less done it. But, it is fairly easy task in the spring. I will end this thread with one of my favorite colors in calla lilies. I will cheat and not cut it. It is a solitary bloom on the only remaining plant, so I am hoping to let it go to seed and maybe get more plants for later years.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2009
10:47 PM

Post #6716446

oops - forgot the photo.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

June 21, 2009
1:08 AM

Post #6716926

that is a pretty colour.
Love the foliage too, I have always liked spots & speckles -
Maybe that's why I have dalmatians :)
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 21, 2009
11:44 PM

Post #6720479

Well hello nasturium, this is my second year of planting their seed and I really like them. So glad you have joined us. That is a nice grouping you have there and lovely setting. Can't wait to see more.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6727780

New season, new thread. Come on over!
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1006044/

last photo for this one - another calla. A deep,dark purplish/maroon/black. The inside is lighter, the outside, darker. This is in it's 3rd year, and I have divided it and planted in three different places. It gets about 2 feet tall. No arrangements this year, maybe next.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #6729197

Well this is not the tallest one and it was way too top heavy.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2009
11:40 PM

Post #6729203

Here it is a giant arrangement with siberian iris leaves.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2009
12:23 AM

Post #6729344

Hi Candee - those look great with the siberian iris leaves. I am going to have to steal that idea too. Now, you just have to morph those photos over to the summer 2009 series LoL.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2009
5:46 PM

Post #6732557

Thanks Dianne, I actually morphed them to a new thread - Theme-Bigger is Better. Now you best get on over there and put something BIG together!
BTW steal away I actually stole the leaf idea a long time ago from somebody here as I seldom used leaves in my arrangements and now see they are a fab addition.

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