I was helping out some Danish visitors with their soil sampling here in Davis and there was a wheat field within the experimental area. I did not realize that they maintain the green color even after they are pretty dried. Think I will keep them for a while and see how well they hold up overtime.
Good one Terri. Thanks for the new thread Dianne, lovely beginning.
Terri I feel your pain on the arbor, ours is about to collapse and Steve is going to make me a new one, wish you were closer he could make 2.
I went to water my plumeria yesterday it is about 5' tall in a pot in the living room and had 3 branches on it, well guess what after all these years it got the rot. 2 of the branches were rotted and the main stalk had a bad rot bruise about 2' from the bottom. I had it next to a swivel chair and believe that it may have gotten bumped too hard from company and got the rot. I cut to whole top out of it as it had one little shoot toward the bottom about the 1' mark and the one good arm I stuck in soil and hope to root? We shall see.
Candee, it's a shame about your Plumeria, hope it roots for you. I hate it when we lose our plants!!
I will miss the arch, but now thats it's gone the forsythia has taken on an arch shape LoL!
Steve is making a new arbor, Lucky you!
Blossom, love the flower garland, A low ha !
Yardqueen, Thanks for the picture, it looks like a very nice plant with lovely flowers.
Cissy's brick planter is going to be great!
How are things over your way? are we in or out with the seedlings today? LOL!
Hope the Birthday party preparations are coming on well?
No, they come up from seed. They are a VERY big deal here in Texas. Our State Flower. They and many wildflowers grow on our highways. Ladybird Johnson did so much for us by having seeds put out to help the flowers already there. There is a Ladybird Johnson park near Kerrville. We go to the Hill County every year, lots of flowers there. We just got back from three days there. I see a doctor there also.
I named my sweet new car Bluebonnet. I am also going to get license plates with the flower on it. Texas has a lot of diff. plates you can get.
I loved the river walk in San Antonio...I almost bought a house in Brownsville down by Corpus! It was cool! It have 5 acres, a nice rolling meadow and the home was cedar! The only problem with the home was that the cedar smell actually got to me! I liked the Amarillow area, that Palo Duro state park was awesome. Used to horseback ride there! Bet that has changed a lot!
Texas is one of those great states that has a lot of diversity in the rea estate and landscape. Beautiful territory, but I bet it has build up very much since back then. I was in areas that you did not see much for nearly 100 miles. Down towards El Paso those salt flats were too much! But I was lucky one year to see the desert in bloom! OOOH MY GOD never saw anything liek it and so beautiful.. too bad the spring only lasted 2 weeks! It was awesome!
I grew up in San Antonio, but left after I got married in 67. We live in East Texas now, which is of course different than South, West , or North (Panhandle). You are right about the diversity. I think DH once told me there are about 5 or so geological regions
My Daddy loved that sight SOOO much! He really wanted to go this year, but he passed away in January. We had planned on taking him if he was able to travel, but his health would have had to improve for that, which did not happen. In better times he and mother traveled in their motor home all over the US including Alaska, and also to Canada. They saw a lot of beautiful sights, but one of his favorites was Big Bend, right here in Texas.
The traveling your parent's did reminds me of my g.parents! They had a Silver Streak trailer. SO NICE. They were in the club and met friends from all over and they had so much fun! Parties she would decorate, learn games and taught us. They had many stories.
My sister and I went with them from TX to San Fran, Ca. and we got to pick the highways and what we did. I was in 7th grade. We stayed with my uncle in S. Fran. and he showed us everything. I have been back and always remember his tour and pretty home. That trip was amazing.
I am sorry about your father. So glad he got to travel earlier. Lots of good memories.
Yes they did have lots of memories. They were in a club also and they did the same things you speak of. Your trip to San Francisco reminds me of ours... DH and me... when we were newlyweds. We had to drive from San Antonio to Tacoma WA, and we stopped in San Fransisco and spent a few days with an aunt and uncle. They took us to China Town, Haight Ashbury (sp), The Golden Gate bridge and we saw Alctraz fron a distance. We saw some other things but I don't really remember everything as this was over 41 years ago... LOL
I have been in 42 states and the eastern half of Canada.. I still like Texas...I think actually it has 7 ecosystems or geological regions.
Each state does have some area that is precious. I cannot stand Illinois. Must be because I have lived here forever. Its hard to move when good friends are here. I would like to go someplace warmer..more year round.. A private island would be nice...but if my rain keeps up, will not have to worry about having shores!
Blossom - I have lived in California all my life after immigrating here from Hong Kong/China when I was 5 years old. I have visited other states, but only for very short periods. I am definitely a Californian who would not know what to do in such cold weather. Here is photo of a pink dogwood to give you a glimpse of warm weather to come.
Soils, Short sleeves vs long sleeves...heavy coats, scarves mittens.. boots...I soooo envy you for your better weather. I have lived the weather extremes for all my life...the older I get, the harder it is especially with a disability. I do not like having cabin fever and being cooped up for 5-6 months because I am an outdoor person. I have been to California. It was magnificant when I came through. I loved the ocean, the redwood forest, San Fransisco was a nice place to visit...
I am not so sure I could handle the "shakey" side of California! I have been through 2 minor quakes in here and nothing monumental.. I do not like that virtigo feeling at all! Here I have endured extreme weather from tornadoes to blizzards, to hot to colder, floods and hail storms. Been through high winds and pleasant days too.
When I was younger and able to travel a lot, the country was totally different and not so built up. You could drive for miles and not see another building or home if you were out in the rural avenues. The country wsa beautiful then and not with so much conjesting as it is getting to be now. The air was clean, the waters were fresh, the roads were better and travel was good. Now it is miserable with so many on the road and rudeness being so in fashion for many.
I can tell you states I have not been in easier than ones I have.. letsee, Alaska, Florida, Mississippi, Louisana, North and South Carolina, Idaho. Well, I guess I miss counted, I have been in 43 states.
China, I know littla about. I always thought it got cold there. All I literally know about China is our country imports mega amounts of goods from there and panda bears hail from there! I hear it is lovely country, but highly populated and a lot of expat jobs are overseas.
Yesterday it was raining.. had another 2 inches on top of 3 earlier in the week. My garden is flooded. Last night we started getting snow and this morning, I have nearly 2 inches of cold heavy wet on the ground! Apparently, spring is not completely here and by the time that happens we crash into hot summer. We have a saying out here that if you dont like the weather, just wait a few hours, it chances are will change. We bounce from hot and cold so abrubtly some years coming in to spring... you can have winter one day, spring the next and fall, then back to winter again .
Sally you sure know how to make up potted arrangements. How bout you come over and do mine cause no matter what I do, it just never seems to turn out good.
Dianne your daughter sure take a fine shot, but think that you couldn't go wrong especially with that striking peony! wow!
blossom, we just got to get some sunshine over your way, I will start waving my magic wand - whoosh, shoosh, abracadabra, the sun shall shine on blossombuddy!
Lovely containers Sally!
Nice pictures Dianne, the sky looks so blue in Califoria!! WoW your peony is gorgeous.
Sorry the snow came back Blossom!
How did the garden Birthday party go Yardqueen? Have you put all your seedlings out yet?
oh, Terri! The party went great, but I am exhausted! I had a LOT to do before the party, and I haven't been the same since! We had about 24 people here! DH & I did work out in the yard trying to put stuff out. and we did get everything out of the greenhouse for the LAST TIME this year! There can be no more freezes now unless it is a freak of nature and it would be a real record breaker! Things are starting to look good, but I did not get all of the seedlings planted. Just a fraction! And we did a lot, but as I said just a fraction of what is there...
Yardqueen - I couldn't stand the daffodil leaves lying on the ground so I hacked them down to about 6-7 inches. They have multiplied so much that if the early cutting set them back a bit, that may be a good thing. LoL. I just got some oriental lilies in a trade, so maybe I will plant them inbetween the patches of daffodils. I have not found a good spot in my yard for the oriental lilies yet - they do great for the first two years, and then, disappears.
Hi Yardqueen, Wow they all look so healthy and beautiful. Are they roses in the plant pots next to your Clematis?
Your Azalias would win any flower show LOL! Fantastic pictures.
Sounds like it was worth all the effort for the party and your garden looks amaising.
You don't have Ranunculus? it must be the only thing you dont have LOL!
Love the Ranunculus Dianne!
It's been raining alot here in London, send some sunshine over this way please!
They were plants. I grow nastursium from seed, but not much else. I want it NOW! ha. I do grow caladiums from bulbs too, but mostly, I buy nice plants for my containers and yard. Whoops, I posted this already. I was trying to show the nasturtiums. Too bad you can't change the photo isn't it?
LOL! I have often thought that Sally! Usually when I've made an awful arrangement!!
I like the frames you make for your pictures, they look really neat. I like the flowing grassy plant in the foreground, what is that? Plantgeek sent me some Beargrass seeds, I'm looking forward to that growing.
Blossom - that looks like a poeticus. I bought some a few years ago, but it stopped blooming after two years. The stalks still comes up. I may just dig it out and try moving it somewhere else. It is a pretty flower though.
Some doubles.. these are my mid season daffs.. just starting.. Usually about the time we get these blooming, we get a nasty storm.. rare is the year they bloom without a hit. dang.. prepare ye me umbrella!! LOL!
The almond blooms look soooooooooo beautiful Candee! Do the flowers last long when cut?
Nice to see you forgot me not!!! yours looks like a variagated leaf?
PANK bleedin' heart is just as nice as white.
Gosh, I'd better get out in the garden soon, you are all putting me to shame with my lack of pictures, well into April.
Terri, looks like more than 1-2 nots you gots there and I see your japonica is bloomn in the background, you have a luscious garden in bloom already. Mine is quite sparce this time of year, tulips barely up outta the ground and same with lots of others.
Never used the hearts in a cutting, perhaps will give it a try but going out of town again this weekend so not sure when that will happen, although I am taking Monday off work so perhaps.
No nuts of these terri, just nuts taking the photos LOL!
LOL!! Well this nut was out early this morning taking photos... no blooms on most, just foliage... Only bloom I had was on the rhododendron and then I ran out of pixels so will have to take a snap at that one later!
Japanica.. shoot.. just sprouters! Most of mine is still under ground! Fern frons, not a one to be found. Forget me nots.. amonst the missing. Mine have slowly been dying out. The grass is taking over.
Thank you Sally! I will be sowing some nasturtiums tomorrow, they always make me think of you!
Thanks Candee, yes with all the rain the last couple of weeks then some sunshine this week everything suddenly took off!
Blossom, you have some Beauties there! can't wait to see them all flowering! I had some Heauchea, but it hasn't come up, I think it's a gonna!!
Hope to make a last dash with some pics in April, It will be good to look back on like a monthly diary of of gardens!
I don't seem to have many 'honesty' plants this year, blame it on our snow week!!!
Ok, I have a fungus among us.. I do not know what kind it is, but I am pretty sure that if you eat it you will probably see some royally funky colors and get a royal belly ache. Please do not take these to the cafe!
I have a lot of yellow flag iris, but here is the first bloom from my patch of white one. I had two patches last year, but had no idea what it was because I did not remember planting them. There were no blooms last year. Then, last fall, I finally decided to purchase a white flag iris. If I had known I already HAD some, i could have saved myself some money LoL.
My goodness blossom you are going to have a wealth of blooms if your sun ever shines. What beautiful specimens you have coming up there. Do you find that your spiderwort gets to spreading too much and then eventually wants to flop? I always like it when it first comes out but tire of it in time.
Dianne I never heard of that striata, but it is lovely.
Guess I better get my camera out on Monday next week as I have that day off.
Blossom - the Valeriana is a new plant for me. I looked it up on the plantfiles and it is a lovely plant. I have never seen it in a nursery before. Does it make a good cut flower? That will definitely be on my wish list if it is. And the fragrance would be a wonderful bonus.
Black eye susan grows like weed in my garden and I have to really remember to dig out the edges and deadhead regularly.
Terri - if I did see your Valerian last year, I have totally forgotten. I do that a lot these days LoL. Maybe I thought that they were like the white version of what we sometimes call red valerian (centranthus ruber) , a totally different plant which I already have and does not make good cut flowers, but tend to be invasive.
If either you or Blossom remember to save any Valeriana seeds, I would love some for next year. Like I said, I have not seen that plant for sale here.
Those golden balls are fab, thought it was japonica!
Choisya and another new one to me will have to look it up as it is quite delicate.
lets' go round blossoms mulberry tree, what do you do with the berries. You sure have a lot ready to blossom, blossom, can't wait to see it all as you have quite the variety.
Here is a blossom from my pink dogwood, will likely open this weekend.
Beautiful Candee - can't wait to see your white tree peony when it opens up!
One thing I noticed in your last picture - no tell-tale signs of snails or slugs!! So many of my plants have holes in them. Nice that yours are all intact and lovely.
Lovely yardqueen I know how much that wisteria means to you . I have one as well and the best year of bloom was the spring after a disasterous windstorm that split my lovely wisteria tree in half, it still has the duct tape fix on it. But it bloomed like crazy that year. I read somewhere that if you have a plant that just won't bloom beat it with rolled newspaper as sometimes the trauma will force bloom. Well I believe it as it never looked better than after the split. Now I get a few blooms one year and many another, I think that the pruning is the key, but have never been good at it as mine is in a location where I do have to prune even when it is not necessarily time to do so.
I'll be sure to post the tree peonies, they should be out pretty soon. I am so behind as I said earlier, my siberian iris are hardly out of the ground. I agree about the time, where does it go, seems we can't wait to get to spring and then it is flying by. We didn't really have a spring here yet and it is almost over. The temps were in the 40's until the other day when they rocketed to 90 on friday, sat, sunday, monday and I believe again today. From one extreme to another.
blossom, I can't believe you have all those daffs still coming, I am ready to chop mine off to allow space for other things in that neighborhood.
Your roses are scrumptious. I love that poppy as well, I only have those orange ones and have not had success in others. Will need to get more seed and try again next season. Dianthus is looking quite happy there as well.
allamanda - another one to look up, some sort of trumpet lily??? Interesting.
Well, heres mine for the day..
Lily of the valley just starting.. no flowers yet, but nice and stately.. the derned things have taken over my garden patth and are gonna have to sooner or later get moved. Either that or make the path go another way! LOL!
April is Autumn here & I am surprised at how much is still flowering this year.
My sweet peas are crazy - late to start despite being sown last autumn, they should be dead of frost bite by now!
The roses are rewarding me for some judicious summer pruning by being blooming lovely :)
Great burst of flowers and plants at the end of April everyone!
Lovely Allamanda Yardqueen, I planted it last year, it didn't flower, but had leaves. This year I can't see it yet or it is lost to our snow week. The name of your white flowering plant in your hanging basket is on the tip of my tongue!!!! I just can't remember it. I'm sure it starts with 'B' LOL!
There's no signs of the Pineapple lilies either! At the moment forget me nots are doing their thing, they hide everything that is popping up!
Hi Teresa! Glad you found this thread. Love seeing what your gardens are like in New Zealand.
Thank you for sharing your garden, hope to see more!
We posted at the same time, it takes me ages to type LOL!
Your Sweet peas look lovely, so pretty, have you been cutting them for the house? mine are about 10 inches tall.
yardqueen1948 - never heard of toadflax, you really do have some interesting specimens that I must research.
blossom you got lots of them, see how you picked your name! My almond is almost finished. I have taken lots of photos the last few days, must get busy posting - believe it or not finally have tulips in bloom, told you I was behind.
terri, took my pineapple lily out the other day and the heat really gave it a beating, brought it back in last eve and hope it recovers, this crazy weather, back down to 60 today after 90's yesterday.
Teresa, lovely garden you have there in New Zealand, keep them coming I love to see the world of flowers.
Oh thats lovely terri! I have never heard of that one!
Here is bitersweet. It is a tad invasive. I wished I would have planted it elsewhere in my garden like in the back forty where it could have its fun. But then that is debateable too! It has orange berries in the fall.
My crocosmia croaked 2 years ago thanks for sharing yours Terri, I miss it here. Blossom that lysimachia or whatever you call it is really attractive. Nice shades of color in the foliage.
Well here goes some of mine.
Red & white scalloped tulip
Nice arbor blossom. Your asparagus patch has such nice juicy plump stalks.
Candee - I would love to have a white dogwood along with my pink one, but I don't have much yard space. You have some lovely blooms there.
Terri - choisya are not very common where I live - I had to look up that plant too. A plant that is fragrant AND is a good cut flower - what more can you ask for (besides having it available in a local nursery LoL. I would love to have one of those too... heck, I need a yard twice my size.
Thanks everyone and yes blossom your wisteria may just have loved that icestorm, we shall see. Mine are now in bloom but not as full as that special year. Will post them on the new May thread.
Thanks blossom on the tulips, I like the unusual, I used to have a lot more but they are not returning as they should, I had some real crazy and lovely fringed beauties last year.
My dogwoods are a bit cramped, not so much for lawn space but for the sky as they are encroached by the huge pine trees but not much to be done about that they still do fine with the bit of sunshine they get. I do adore them, the pink one was a mom's day give many years ago.