Still in the rain and drizzle here but it sure is perking up my azaleas that I have been dousing in coffee grounds for the past year, just like my mother taught me and it is finally paying off. Now if it would do the same for the rhodendruns as they still are not in bloom.
OK, brought my dafs...I think I am over now about 2/3rds of the way done of their bloom. Just got the doubles left and lots of times they do not do to well. They are in good bud, but I am not so sure if they will pop.
I was a bad woman again and got a few annuals.. I will post those at the GPS though since this is in the garden!
Haighr that azalea is stunning. I dont thing I can do them here wiht all this wet. There are a few I woudl love to have.. and also I would love a blue hydrangea and a magnolia.. but I think the bog would kill them. I swear I have at the minimum a half inch of water on just about every inch of this peice of paradise, and then it gets deeper!!
Bring on the May flowers Pilgrims!! RRR! I will have more to post for sure.
The double white are my favorite blossom, will be over to pick them up !
Thanks for your compliments blossom, most of it takes care of itself. Now remember to go beat that wisteria with a rolled up newspaper. Mine is not quite in full bloom, but almost, if the sun ever shines again, they are now saying the rain will last all the way through next weekend as well, sigh!
I was good this year, not a single annual except for annual seeds and guess what they are popping up. Nasturiums, snapdragons, zinnias, oh, what else was there, my hollyhocks which I have yet to put in the soggy ground and somethin I am forgetting of course. I harvest my own cleome and zinnias and the others I just picked up at Lowes. I even found some zinnia seed left from 2002.
headed to the cabin to turn on the water this weekend, keep fingers crossed no frozen pipes. Tim and Eva may come down if his work gets taken care of in Ohio! See you on the return and have a great weekend.
Thanks for the link to the new May in the garden thread Candee!
Your wisteria is certainlty somethin' to brag about, gorgeous! Love your birdhouse, everything looks so fresh and
pretty. Have a nice weekend at the cabin... what time are we leaving? I've got my toothbrush and pj's lets go!!
Watch out with your 'snow balls' Blossom, looking forward to the summer fight LOL!
Beautiful Daffs, daff nee!! Thanks for sharing all your beauties.
We are getting closer to winter but had a very odd 'warm snap' & it seems to have confused one of my roses.
this is like a Banksia rose but has a few thorns so can't be one.
It only has one flush of flowers in spring so to a flower on it this morning was quite a shock.
Well as you can tell someof our woodland and prairie flowers inour garden are startingto come on.. here is horey pacun.. I am not sure if that is spelled right, but its the brightest thing going right now!
that white violet is sweet.
I have Australian violet, a pinky one & one pale creamy yellow.
trying to propagate that one & the Aussie as they are very nice & not all that common.
the pinky one spreads easily & I have been giving bits away to family & friends.
The pic is not very good but this is the Australian native violet.
dalfyre what a beautiful rose that is.
blossom not sure what any of those are but they are flowering lovlies at any rate.
Sorry Terri, we left you standing there on the side of the road again, guess we didn't see ya with all the rain when we headed outta town. We shall surely pick you up on another trip and glad you didn't have to come and work this weekend, better to wait until all is up and runnin and then we can give you a lift. Perhaps blossom and dalfrye will want to come one weekend if they have the time. Sue sure enjoyed herself last year, but guess she has gotten really busy this season as we haven't heard much outta her.
the pinky violet is flowering now so I will hunt some out for a pic - it is an attractive colour & not a real pink but not sure how to describe it...
this is one of my favourite roses, Yours Always.
We had -1C this morning, winter is just around the corner.
But we don't get too much colder than that, perhaps down to -5C overnight low & seldom see snow.
A few years back we had a severe cold snap & it went down to -7C & stayed that cold for a while, froze at least a third of water pipes in the city & in rural areas & further south there was deep snow for weeks.
Candee, you left me standing by the side of the road? in the rain,!!!!!!! How could you do that, meanie. LoL
Sue says Hi to everyone btw!
Lovely roses Dalfyre, I especially like the purple one. I have buds on my 'Blue Moon' rose, it won't be long now!
Blossom, you're so lucky to have a woodland and prarie to walk in, it must be wonderful to go walking on a nice day.
Yep, Terri, didn't mean to but Sh... happens and there you were waiting cause you reserved the transport too late once again! Now keep in mind when I say we are going to the cabin, we ARE going to the cabin and the train leaves the station. LOL, say hi to Sue for me, miss that gal!
Ok, next time I will get there early to hitch a ride!
Beautiful photography as usual Candee, wonder if they are American reds? love those! they are the most expensive apples in our supermarkets LOL!.
The blossom seems to come and go in a flash! I missed the boat on snipping a bit from my neighbours apple tree this year! Thanks for sharing yours.
and a photo of persimmon flowers. My mom was over the other day and commented that there didn't look like there were any persimmons this year. But, the flowers are small, greenish, and easy to miss. If you look closely, there are quite a bit of flowers. But, the leaves of the trees are large, and tend to hide these little flowers.
Hi Dianne, I love May, so much to see in the gardens!
Your Azalea is a gorgeous colour, do they last long in arrangements? I find alot of garden flowers flop so easily.
What do Persimmon taste like? I don't think I've ever tried it..
My Geum has started to flower, but it's not a very nice day here, it's rather dull and cloudy for photo's.
Pretty color in that azalea Dianne. I see mine blooming a bit out the window, but just too rainy to get out there today so will enjoy yours. I have never had a persimmon either, perhaps you will take some to the cafe so we may try them.
I have a tiny orphan azalea that has flower buds.
It didn't have any when I bought it so it will be nice to see what colour flowers I get.
I am surprised to see it coming into flower now, my other one puts on a nice show in spring.
Last but not least for today, one minidaf and white creeping phlox.. the daf is a double! I was happy tosee this one! I think it was a hybrid off my mix! Ther was only one flower.. so maybe if that bulb duobles later I will have more!
Well I am off to the cafe with this one! Catch you guys tomorrow!
Will be waiting to see that azalea dalfrye and what color you have nutured from your orphan.
Blossom, I am always amazed at the lilacs. I have several and they just don't want to produce much, they are hundreds of years old just like me and just get a few measly blooms, matter of fact this year my oldest one got a few and some didn't even do anything with all this rain? Yours look stupendous! Now get the ladder and pick some for me eh?
Well, I am no expert on lilacs. but have you tried taking the dead or older wood out of the bush? Sometimes bushes benefit from a sever pruning. I am nooo expert though so maybe you should see what Daves plant file says about them!
Mine are the dwarf variety. French I think. So no ladder neeeded although I do have one huge monster out there on another bed. It is about 2x as tall as those above. I have a later variety that blooms in a few more weeks. It has a wrinkled leaf and I have no clue as to what variety it is. I got all of them through Arbor Day one year and well, it was what ever came then.
Yeah I do that pruning stuff and have similar woes with my wisteria, get flowers but only a nominal amount and lots of leaves. Will have to do further research although must tell you that I know of a lot of lilac bushes around town that go untouched for centuries and they are full of blooms?
I know you're still a workin' gal... hey I'm really sounding American now LOL!
Blossom, your lilacs are a beautiful display there! I was too chicken to cut the blooms off the lilacs I saw down the street today! Afraid some loony might come out and shout at me !!
I have a rescued Spirea!! my neighbour was throwing it out, saying it was ugly!!! she said it's called Jacobs coat and it has different colours. I put it in a big pot for now.
The Japanese painted fern is a strange thang!! Thanks for the photo's!
Terri that is a perfect presentation for dalfrye, bet she is really getting a kick outta those babies, adorable.
Tir, my mother always said that azaleas, rhods and that sort love soil that is acidic and nothing works better than coffee grounds. Thanks on the birdhouse, Steve made it for me and I picked the colors, I love the colors in the garden, brings out the best in me and the garden LOL!
You may only have one blossom but it is a lovely one! Would love to see a lighter photo of that columbine, is it reddish? Looks intriguing.
dalfyre, Terri always comes up with an interesting combination!
That iris is a brilliant purple, do you have lots of those?
No, its one of a kind purple iris as far as I know! I used to have quite a few bearded iris but the flooding here has done a lot of them in. I have one large bed and its already full of grass and the other bed is smaller and full of yarrow and grass. Then I have patches of them here and there. All different colors and although at one time they did have named labels now I have no clue as to what they are. The a-hem bad stray birds around here seem to get a kick out of plucking my plant tags off. Grrrr.
Well here is a cutie that will not be plucking any lables!!
Its my pic of the day for blooming things in 2009 month of May!
Hi dalfyre, Beautiful roses! do they all have perfume? Thanks for the photo's.
Thanks Dianne! Hope you are ok?, heard about the fires in Califonia.
Thanks Blossom, LOVE the Iris! Your pank Aquilegia is so pretty and delicate. It's great to see all your lovelies.
love those aquilegia!
I have shades of blue ion my garden... seed from my Mum's place.
Our rental has a pretty pale yellow & white I brought home seed but not sure if it will take.
I have quite a few appearing in the garden where I sprinkled seed of different origins so it is a mystery mix.
I will be cross if I just get the same as I already have...
in amongst the aquilegia are poppies, I grabbed a couple of seed heads off the Iceland poppy at work & saved seed form my Flanders poppy so another mystery mix.
I have had to weed out almost all the opium poppy seedlings - great plants but attracted the wrong kind of wild life.
My neighbour saw a car pull up outside my house, passenger ran into the yard while the driver kept the engine running.
A quick raid on my poppies ensued & it was all over before the neighbour puzzled out what was going on.
Interesting story on the opium poppy LoL. I am not sure I would recognize one if I saw a seedling.
I am always on the lookout for seeds where ever I go, but my problem is that I stash them away until the proper sowing time, and when sowing time comes, I have totally forgotten about them. I have seeds from years past - one of these days I'll plant them all and see what comes up.
I have trouble growing poppies. I sowed some on November.. have not seen a one. I have more seed... I may try them in a pot.
Last night the snowball bush literally glowed inthe dark. I was gonna take a pic, but was to lazy.
Tonite I am hitting the hay early.. I seem to have a summer cold.
AAAAa-shoe! running eyes, nose stuffy.. down right frustrating with all the purdy aromas! At first I thought it was an allergy, but its not behaving like one anymore. Its a cold. Drat and i just got over one.
I have some more different colored columbines.
The lily of the valley are almost opening up too.
I aquired some hostas today and a few other plants. I am excited on the one its a coleus called KONG. The leaves are huge, multi colored and almost bigger than my hand! Cant wait to get that up and growing and got 3 gomphrenas (purple, white and the pink, but no strawberrie fields..darnit) and a half a dozen pansys. WIll take pics tomorrow if I got time and am up to it.
Sheesh. some people will rob anything! Fancy keeping the engine running for a smash and grab on the poppies!!!
I love to scatter seeds around too dalfyre and get little surprises coming up in the garden.
Dianne, hope you find some sunflower seeds LoL!
Sorry you are not feeling well Blossom, hope you get a good nights sleep! Think I'm catching your cold, feel a bit snotty, it's probably the change in the weahter... hope it's Not ... pig flu!!
Love coleus, not very good for arrangements, but beautiful plants all the same. Looking forward to seeing those!
Is that the opium poppy you were referring to? It is a gorgeous bloom!!!
I don't know a lot about poppies (except, of course, the California poppy), but is the opium poppy named such because it is the plant that opium is actually obtained from, or does the flowers just resemble the real opium plant?
I have Dalmatians - nobody would take a 'Trespassers will be eaten' sign seriously.
And that is a French Lavender next to my poppies, a very old & odd looking one that is so lovely in flower I don't have the heart to pull it out.
LOL! Seems to be the way it is, you say NO, they say yes.. Pain in the bottoms for sure. Almost have to back it up with some concentina wire! Either that or an electric fence and zap them!
I love lavender. Cant grow it here. Too wet for it I guess.
Got a couple annuals in Friday. Will post them at my GPS thread.
Only plant for today is this wildflower we found last night. I have no clue as to what it is but there was a lovely colony of it growing. Almost reminds me of solomons leaves but the flower, I am not sure.
that is one of my perennial nemesias.
Nemesia Aromatic Royal is what's on the label.
this is how the white looks in a vase...
They have a pleasant scent, I can't describe it but it's almost like vanilla.
My goodness you all are truly in bloom. That sunshine musta worked wonders blossom and dalfyre you have some stunning blossoms.
I have never seen red columbine, what a lovely blossom.
dalfyre those are quite the display of roses, never have much luck with them and always admire those who can get them to produce so abundantly. Great job.
blossom I had a neighbor long ago that had a snowball bush and they are really pretty, bet it does glow in the dark. Surprised you aren't throwin them around in the sunshine after all the real snow you had to contend with.
I noticed the other day that my white lavender bush is doing well but the old faithful lavender colored lavender is barely surviving and I am always careful not to cut it back too far, not sure what the trouble is. Perhaps I just need to be patient as I am just now getting my rhods to bloom when others have long finished. Still waiting on that tree peony as well, the yellow one is coming out first which is a first? Odd year.
I have a hydrangea, I have had it for 7 years and it pops up outta the ground every single year and has never bloomed. Guess I should hit it with a few snowballs to traumatize it. I transplanted it last year and it is coming up, we shall see. I have no idea what kind it is as it has been so long. I say go ahead and get one, we always find a spot!
Now I would love one of those old lady bonnets terri LOL! I would also love that lavender rose, what a beauty, can't believe you have roses already. I am barely in bloom.
Here is my splendid little flower I found in my garden this weekend, its an Abygail Grace!
Hello Abygail Grace, Gosh you have grown into a big girl now! Thank you for coming to see your Auntie Terri and Grandma's friends!! Looks like you are having fun sitting in your sand pit with a pretty bluebell.
Lovely lovely flowers Candee, Thanks for the treat!
I love that lavender rose, I saw a darker purpley one - Blackberry Nip & it was wonderfully fragrant but way out of my budget range.
My Mum has some nice roses...
she is going to try growing a cutting of this one for me, it has a nice scent.
my purple rose is a noid...
it looks a lot like a Banksia rose but has thorns...more like prickles than thorns really.
It has no scent but looks amazing in full flower.
It was the only rose on the property when I purchased nearly 9 years ago.
I managed to get a cutting to grow but it took quite a few attempts.
My other roses strike far easier.
Candee - your garden is growing by leaps and bounds. Beautiful blooms there. I love the bridal wreath spirea - if Abygail can stand underneath it, it must be pretty tall? I don't have much room left in my garden so I have to be choosy about what I put in now.
Dalfyre - your nemesia is another new plant for me. It looks great in the vase. So, my next question for you is - how big is the mature plant? How late in the season does it continue to bloom?
Here is one of the few roses that I have - a cecil brunner that I rooted about 8 years ago. the pic is blurry - will have to do a redo
dalfyre, your roses are amaising in full bloom, I love that one!
Thanks for the link to the other roses, so many lovely ones. I do like the Blackberry Nip,such a beautiful rich colour.
I must look out for it.
Dianne, that cecil is a beauty!!! so many blooms, is it fragrant?
I only buy fragrant roses these days LoL!
The nemesia has been flowering non stop since I bought it early summer...
still covered in flowers - no sign of it slowing down despite some good frosts.
full size the plant is about 20cm, it tends to sprawl a bit, would be great in pots or hanging baskets.
Interesting Dalfyre. I would have never known that it would look so lovely in a vase, despite it's sprawling habit. This would be a great candidate for the yard to vase series. I have brick planters in the backyard and I could plant it on the edge and let it sprawl over and out of the planter. Let me know if it comes back next year. If it is a good perennial, I will definitely add it to my garden. Or does it self-seed too?
Terri - I honestly can't remember if the cecil brunner is fragrant or not. It does have a lot of tiny little thorns. But I did buy my first ever rose (I only have about 4 roses and they were either given to me or I rooted them) on May 1st - Pope John Paul II and it smells really nice and citrusy. I am not too much into the floral smells.
I am just greenish looking at the beautiful roses. I have one that has barely survived for 20 years and it is one of several I planted at the same time. I try to take care of it, but it always gets eaten and then when I do cuttin it gets that bore hole down the stem. I just don't have luck with them so love admiring others.
don't worry Terri, will not be eating this rhubarb!
Dianne, the bridal wreath gets huge and must be trimmed back each season. It is about 6' tall right now and about 8' diameter and would get humongous if I didn't keep at it.
Fragrance comes high on my list of priority in the garden. I buy florists flowers when my garden sleeps, they hardly ever have fragrance, but look good. I want my garden flowers to provide both beauty and fragrance. LoL!
On my way home today, I took a picture of one of my neighbours front garden.
Lovely wallflowers and bluebells on show.
Candee - what a beautiful garden you have. Your white tree peony looks like the same variety as mine - do you know the name of it? I need to get me a yellow one - I love peonies.
Love all your other flowers too.
Thank you Dianne, it is our solice and we love sitting outside enjoying it. Sorry I don't know the variety anymore, sure I had it written down at some point, but that was long ago. The flowers on mine when completely open are about 6-8" in diameter quite a bit larger than the yellow which are about 4-5" when open.
I almost bought a red one years ago, but didn't now wish I had. I noticed the other day at the nursery that they have tree peonies so perhaps I'll check them out. I just wish they bloomed longer. I am lucky to get 10 days out of mine and am concerned as they just opened yesterday and today we are expecting heavy rain and storms and wind and it is to last a few days??? Got fingers crossed.
Your garden looks lovely Candee! The white Peony is just beautiful, it shouts hey look at me while I'm here... LoL!
The most frustrating thing about gardening is? ... The Weather!!! Hope all your lovelies stand up to the wind and storms and keep going a bit longer. Love your close up pictures of the flowers, so crisp and pretty!
Is that your new arch? in the beautiful picture with the Peony setting. Nice job Steve!
Nope that is the old arbor. Steve's been busy with other things since we haven't had much time outside due to the weather. Am sure we will get to it soon though.
Thanks for the compliments, I know that tree peony just puts a smile on my face.
Oops, forgot, the hydrangea is called "Endless Summer"
Got some annuals I am behind on posting at my GPS thread so I am off to do that as I try catching up on things here today!
Everyone, you have such wonderful beauties.
Just one question.. I am thinking either my plant that I call japonica is missnamed or the one listed above is. I will have to post a new pic of mine and compare them, but I am pretty sure something is not the same!
Ok, will do that later. First must catch up on the things I am behind on! See ya in the GPS!
Dark purple iris.. hmm terri, I just mow mine and that is it too, but I have seen such clean iris patches elsewhere and well, grass is the scurge in my beds everywhere here. I think that is becasue we also get so much rain and ponding. The beardeds though are on a raised bed. They would never make it on a level bed in this bog.
Well, terri, whadaya say we sail on over to the new cafe? I hope its open.
Reel in that there fish and we will go see how the plantgeek is doing and all the rest. I think she is on your boat now. Is your hair dry from taking a splash! Glad I could bring you aboard on my little "MINNOW"
If all works well for me, I will be taking more pics and be back here on Monday. Maybe by then my wisteria will be more open! Man look at those buds!
Yardqueen, those are lovely! Your roses are awesone. We spent some time pruning our climber yesterday and tying it up. I only have about 5 roses and am not very good with them at all. Do be sure to visit the new thread about ponds, bogs and water features at
And tell us more about what your water feature has in it!
The hub and I are just taking today easy. We did do a wee little bit of gardening. Mostly he supervised and I planted some tomatoes and I repotted the peppers to larger pots and potted up some baby cherry tomatoes that volunteered in the patch we were planting. So I am going back out there to enjoy the sun!
Well, we took another hike to our woods and low and behold we found a few scurges.
First starting with this a-hem viney not so lovely to which I think is poison oak. I am not positive on its id so anyone who can verify with me, please let me know. This is I think the first year we are seeing this or either that or I am just noticing it more.
And this scurge to which I know positively is poison ivy. Can you imagine, we have about 10 acres of natural land and about 60-70% of that is covered with this nasty. It grows everywhere up in trees like this monster here and tons of it on the floor of the woods and in the prairie. Our habitat is not very "friendly" with if you are the type that is allergic. They say that poison ivy anymore is considered a "super" weed. It apparently thrives on poor air quaility and so places where there is a lot of air pollution, you can often find poison ivy.
yardqueen you have awesome roses. How many plants to you have, must be tons.
blossom hope your hubby is taking it easy and don't you work to hard either, after all we aren't used to it since we have been inside outta the rain. If you post those pics on the DG plant ID thread you will get them identified quickly.
You have a lot of things in bloom, that sasafras looks interesting and so does that "brain matter" lol!
loved that fungus...
I had a neat one come up in my garden last year, a NZ native Basket Fungus.
I thought it was a plastic toy when I saw it.
The Maori name is interesting, translates to Ghost droppings or star droppings depending on what area you are in...
Funny you should mention droppings.. becasue we get a lot of " funky shrooms" in the horse dung here! Bet if ya eat them you will be seeing lots of funky colors and get a roayl killer belly ache too. So stay away from the shrooms here!
Grrrr. I am utterly and totally disgusted with the new camera. It does not send the large pixels like the other one and got to many features to adjust before you shoot. I also lost my video capacity. grrrr... so praying in a couple months I have a better upgrade. DANG!!!!
Oh BB you will get it figured out in no time. Lookie at those lovely bonnets, you have a fine variety of all your plants, well done.
Well tada! Here is the white tree peony and it wasn't even quite open fully. Isnt she lovely?
Haighr, those are lovely inspite ofyour own criticisms!! Dont be so hard on yourself.
I am hating this camera. The columbines were taken by my hub on his. He zoomed in and there are no pixels for size so if I want an enlargement I gotta send it to the photo impressions and mess with it. dang it. I am in to click shoot, send to pc, load and post not click umteen times this Samsung sucks.
I thinik the hub took this yellow wildflower on his... We were both trying to shoot it and had bad luck!
I got the thing through the phone company. First I had a RAZOR phone. It was great for pics, but crappy at burning up batteries and this was the third time I had to replace that one. Well the darned warantee expired so I could not get a Razor and had to settle on this el cheapo to get me to the "free" upgrade that my contract says I am eligible for in July.. does not it figure the warantee would be up and the thing would go down and does not it figure we would need the dang phone because we are having emergencies? Grrrr.. the junk they make today. Well anyway, I am gonna have to suffer this beast until July. Hoping that the upgrade has the video capacity too. I really use the camera a lot. Say none the less for the phone being that it is our lifeline. Jeez. Makes me sick so much time replacing stuff that breaks or does not function well and they told me they were having issues with the darned batteries overheating to which the thing gets so hot, that the one time, I swore it almost burnt my hand.
Then they screw ya into signing a longer contract and you are about ready to tell them to shove it. Trouble is is they have us all over a barrel because the other services has dead zones and we cannot afford to have the dead zones so we have to go with them to be able to talk anywhere in the country and it is a pain in the royal bottom with this replacing faulty stuff and being trapped because the other services have more dead zones where you cannot calll. Grrrrr.
You just cannot win these days. Then the service.. OMG, if I here the very words about how sorry they are... Makes you just want to scream.
You just end up taking the good with the bad trying to get the best you can afford with everything.We have had several different systems already and Jeezy Petes.. aint a one of them perfect that is for sure.
I got a newsletter today that had articles on poison ivy, sumac and oak...says dont push your luck even if you are immune..the oils can rub off on someone else that is not so lucky.
Are any of you lucky to be immune? So far both the hubby and I are and we have been known to mow it, walk through it probably but not intentionally pick it and so far we have been lucky not to garner the itch... How about yous?
Lord knows the monstor size plants we have of the oak and ivy here.. sheesh!
BB that camera must just be exasperating, I can feel your pain. I so look forward to your photos and with this thing just can't appreciate the whole effect. Don't fret too much the season will still be going strong in July when the contract is renewed. Have you posted over on the camera thread perhaps there is a program that will easier convert to a larger photo?
BTW I don't get poison ivy, as kids we used to play in sumac and my mother was so concerned she got us the shot for it and boy I got it big time and then never again and that was 55 years ago!
It's great to see everyone's flowers, they all look fantastic!
Yardqueen, I love your Hibiscus! What are your daytime temps like now? It seems it wasn't that long ago you were taking things in and out because of frost.. extreme weather conditions you have? Our growing and flowering time seems slower but longer. We don't get the heat here that you have in Texas!!
Blossom, I like the look of your panicur in the praire, I haven't heard of that one. Snowballs heading your way!
Candee, Beautiful beautiful Peonies!! Love the clematis in bloom by the lamppost.
Thanks all, May has been a packed month for flowers, it's fab to see them all so far.
Candee, Blossom, and Yardqueen - what a nice array of flowers. I just put in the rest of my vegetables, and a bunch of dahlia tubers that I got from a very generous DGer from the Dahlia forum - he was giving out a flatrate box of tubers to the first responders - I was number 22 and I got a box!!! was so excited to get them.
Actually most of my iris are purple... I only have a few of the other colorls. I have seen some heads on a few daylilys today... soon up will be Stella De oro and the species varieties. They usually are the premiers!
Hi, Terri! I didn't see your post up there till now. Our temps are in the 80's in the day and 60's at night. We are having a WONDERFUL spring as you can see by my flowers. Usually we would have been in the 90's by now as we usually go from our little winter right into summer! But we have been blessed with some very lovely weather this year and enough rain to keep everything happy. We have to water every couple of days right now. In the summer... welllll... lets just say things would be happy if we watered 3 times a day! And when it gets really hot, nothing blooms. That is why I am so happy to get to post my pics now while I can!
does tritonia come in other colours, it look a bit like a mystery bulb I have.
Similar to freesia but no scent?
I love the campanula, I have the creeping variety that looks wonderful under my lacebark tree.
Hi Yardqueen!!! I thought you were ignoring me.. LoL!
Pleased to hear you are enjoying a lovely spring in the garden. You have a fantastic collection of plants!
How are the Cannas doing?
Dianne, Tritonia, looks pretty I haven't seen it before have I ? did you have it last year? Your garden is Bloomin' lovely!
Blossom, your Iris are stunning, IRIS!! (your new name) lol. Haven't put my bulbs in yet!!
dalfyre, lovely Campanula, haven't seen one that colour before.
My forget me nots have gone over, they are my next job to do in the garden. Pull them up and put my new plants in!
Those lavender roses are outta this world lovely. Watsonia??? now that really is a new one along with the and I like that white iris it would look great in an arrangement hint!
Isn't it great to see so much in bloom and the season is just getting underway.
Now Terri, why do you pull up the forget me nots? Where do you keep them until next year? I am lazy and just end up planting things on top of each other, you are quite the organizer if you pull and then replant.
I would NEVER ignore you! LOL And I'm glad you don't ignore me either... A lot of people do! LOL
Love the Blue Moon Roses! and the chives... I see 2 bees! Your weigelia is darker than mine... so pretty! Mine is not blooming now, but did earlier. What is the flower in the last picture? I can't quite bring it to mind...
The cannas are doing so much better than last year, at least so far. They are not looming yet, but growing like crazy. Loveing the rains we've had like they did year before last. I do expect blooms this year!
About the sticking in the vase part. I have not had time... I wanted to make some more wreath bouquets also but no time yet. Still planting believe it or not, and mama was here 3 weeks and we took her back and now we are back at her house AGAIN! Got to find a way to convince her that she cannot drive. SHe is 81 and hasn't driven in about 10 years, and now that Daddy is gone she all of a sudden thinks she can drive. SHe also thinks she drove until last year... She has altzheimers and has no business behind the wheel of a car. She hasn't tried it yet because her license is expired. We are going to take her to renew it and make her take a test. She will not be able to pass it. Then she will have to quit bugging us about it!
Oh terri, thank you! Guess my name is changing with the bloomers!! LOL
Yours are stunning too.
I love the bees on the chives! We need more bees here. About the only bee we have been seeing is a big bumble bee. We used to have loads of honey bees but they are dying slowly but sure. Terrible thing we are loosing the pollinators.
Here is our wisteria. Its only half in bloom! Guess the icestorm worked its magic on it!
Glad we got that sorted out. LoL! Sounds like the Cannas will be flowering this year, everything else has!
Your soil must be good. Sorry to hear about your Mama, so worrying for you. Hope things settle down soon.
The flowers in the teapot in the last picture are Peonies I bought from the supermarket. When I bought them they were in bud and pink, they opened pink and have turned white over the last week.
Your Wisteria is BEAUTIFUL, Merci Beaucoup mon ami.
Dalfyre - yes, tritonias come in a variety of colors. And your description is pretty accurate - like freesias, but no fragrance. The photo that you show looks very much like one. They are short - maybe about 10-12 inches max. Terri - yes, I had some last year, but didn't take any photos. Then I was too slow in picking them this year for any arrangements. The bulbs are pretty consistent in coming back every year.
Candee - Watsonias bloom really well for the people around me - I have had sporadic luck with them. They make great cut flowers though because of their nice tall spikes.
Blossom - lovely wisteria. As I said before, I had one for over 10 years and it never bloomed. I finally cut it down.
Yardqueen - my mom is turning 80 this year. She only drives to church on Sundays, and then takes the bus everywhere else. The bus is free for anyone over 75 years old, so she has been taking advantage of that. She also said that she will not renew her license for the next time. So, she realizes her limitations. Hopefully, your mom will too.
yardqueen, sorry to hear you mum is having problems. Hope you can convince her to give up the keys and use some other means of transport. My folks died at an early age and when I hear stories such as yours it makes me thinks how different my life might have been and what I might be facing now. I hope you and she find a smooth transition to the not driving years.
Dianne, I bet they would make a great statement in an arrangement. Matter of fact I think this year when my hymenocallis ismene bloom, I may just make something of them.
Nice dalfyre, never knew there was a creeping campanula, seems that is what I had cause every time I looked at it in the garden it had fallen over on the ground LOL!
I told you that a good traumatic experience is all the wisteria need sometimes, that is exactly what happened to mine when it split after the storm, best blooms ever. Congrats!
Phew Dianne, I thought I hadn't seen it before, sometimes I get muddled up and think I'm losing my marbles mixing everyone's flowers up in my head!!!
dalfyre, I think I have that creeping campanula but yours looks more blue , mine is lilac.
The rain has been watering the garden for me for the last couple of days!
Hope the sun comes back soon.
I would dearly love a rainstorm now. My automatic sprinkler system for the lawn and my front garden is out, and I have had to hand water for the last three weeks. That is one time consuming job. I have delayed buying one of those oscillating sprinklers in hopes that I will be able to get the sprinkler system fixed soon, so I have one impulse sprinkler that I have to move from place to place. No fun :((. It is going to be 95 degrees hot today.
Soils, you cut it down??? OH NO! It probably was just getting old enough to bloom. The wisteria do not bloom until they are at least 7 years old!
Dalfrye, I love that freesia.. its another one I cannot grow.
Well heres the wisteria again.. ignor my weedy beds this year. the rains have literally made the grass take over. As soon as I can get mowing around here, then I am going to have to start working on those grassy beds.
I have 4 vines on my arbor... 2 are China Blue and the other two are a purple that we had at the old farm. The one from the farm and a China on the south side bloom first for some reason then the other two follow. Now the old one from the farm is ancient. The China blue, I got at a local shop, but they were in bloom when I bought.
When you buy a wisteria, ALWAYS make sure it is in bloom. If you do not you will never know if it is old enough.
Now I have heard you can take cuttings off an old plant and they should bloom pretty soon, but if you start by seed.. no way. Then you have to wait your time for the plant to mature.
You can make starts by taking a runner from the parent and put some dirt over it and cut it later after roots are established. You need a little space in the garden to try that though.
So sorry soils, man terri, I think she may have fainted.
I had a wisteria come up in my garden after I have been here about 6 years...
It died down over winter & came up again in spring...
I finally used round up on it because it was in the wrong place...
bit sad but I suspect it might have been chopped out of there years before for taking over.
We had a pair of turtle doves build their nest in our wisteria! They are beautiful birds to watch and they seem to love that arbor. The hub says he thinks there is also a finch living in the arbor. Nice the two birds are gettin along.
Well here is my May Night Salvia. Its a bit puny this season.. Every thing grew so fast and the beds are so full of grass I am having fits on it.
What used to be more "formal" beds here have turned into a jigsaw puzzle mash of all sorts of perennials and grass. I need to eradicate the grass.
So how and when do you prune your wisteria. For some reason I just can't figure out that it "blooms on the second year growth". I think I cut it back too much some years and not enough others as it blooms but never as fully as it did after that storm.
We pretty much just prune it as it gets eyepokers when you walk under it or when its too top heavy. Occassionally we whack it back about half way. Ours seems to grow so fast we can nip tails off it daily. We feed the scraps to the chickens. They love the leaves.
I keep trying with that pathetic camera.. been switching with my hubs periodically too so if you are seeing larger shots, those are his camera now and my camera are the little frames. I have simmered down to a low roar over my frustration with it.. So been sooo trying to adapt. (I hate change!!)
I got this form DIRTYGIRL71 - it is a cutey! I think I am going to bump it up and put it into a hanging basket. I hope I can winter it as a houseplant! I am also going to try to make cutting starts of it.
Wow! Fulton Mansion! They sure have remodeled it! I used to go to Fulton Beach a lot as a teenager and I remember it well! Isn't it supposed to be haunted by a sea captain's wife? We went to Rockport, Aransas Pass, Fulton and all around there. Padre Island, St Joe's Island... Oh to be young again and walk the beaches...
I have traveled and been to Padre Island. Swam the beaches of Hawiia, Maui and Kuai, walked the beach in California, seen several beaches on the east coast, drove the beach on Corpus Christi, hit some on the east of Canada, but never did never saw Fulton though and from your veiw, it is by far very lovely wiht its mansion!! Thanks for showing us!
...Pink rose, hmm might be a duplicate post... owell!
Hey BB I was on a black sand nude beach on the big island had to climb down a cliff to access it. The water spilling over the black sand gave the illusion of sparkling diamonds. What a beautiful spot.
Now is that white valerian? Mine is rose colored and it smells good close and far?
LOL! No waaay are you or anyone for that matter catching me on a beach nude. That black sand however does sound intrigueing.
I was disallusioned by Diamond Head. I saw it on TV on that Hawaii 50 show and it looked soooo big. But after seeing it in realife, it was small to me. Its only about a mile long and it looks waaay bigger in the show.
The beach off of Diamond head was black lava rock.
They had a fabulous zoo in HIlo. Awesome and beautiful. Parrots and animals galore.
We toured some botanical gardens and man I saw plants there that I will never again see in my lifetime. So beautiful and unique.
I recall one plant that the islands had lost their pollinators and the people had to do the insects job otherwise the plant would go extinct too. Terrible thing how we take the insects for granted until we have to do their job.
Well, dont know about you, but I am off to the new June 2009 in the garden thread so if you would like to join me, I am going here!
This is the black sand beach we visited in Hawaii. Kehena Beach and the write up.
Quoting:If you plan on going on vacation, this isnít the place to take your family, especially if you have young children. The beach is said to be a nude beach, though this is illegal in Hawaii. At Kehena, you arenít alone. Here you will find dolphins, which is why this beach is sometime called Dolphin Beach. You can even swim with these dolphins if the current isnít too bad. Most people that go to Kehena just sit in the sand and enjoy the weather and water.
You can see how you have to climb down to it. We didn't see any dolphins on our visit.
Dint see any dolphins in Hawaii either, but we thought we say a couple sharks off a beach in Maui. That was a great beach though! Nice and clean.
That trip I took was back in the mid 70's.
Heard there was a place you could swim with the dolphins in Mexico, but dont know where. I guess its a tourist thing, but man that would be awesome to grap Flippers fin and go for a ride! (Oh GOD, am I dating myself.. does anyone remember that show.. FLIPPER?!! LOL!)
lol - I remember Flipper...
used to watch that & Gentle Ben, Daktari & Black Beauty.
Animal obsessed - who me? :)
there are places in Aussie where the wild dolphins will come in to swim with people if they feel like it.
Monkey Mia is one place.
In NZ you can swim with seals or dolphins in a variety of locations.
The difference being that the boats seek the dolphins out,
mind you if they don't fancy human company they can just swim away.
Whale watching tours are popular too.
Aint it though!!!... Jeez, nothing real about it. Staged every bit of it... I quit watching tv over a year and a half ago and dont miss the shows, the news or any of it. Including the monthly bill for paying to watch what should be free. Dint really watch much when we had it...
Dont get a paper either. Seems nothing in the media effects us direct anyway. So I center myself around my home, my family and friends and get more done that way.
Oh sure, I get the news, but about the only thing that really concerns us direct is the weather.
Well, dont know about you , but I am heading back to the garden, go tend my animals and get down to reailty living and a real backache. Seems when I twitch my nose or try that "genie" thing with the arms..., stuff dont get shoveled. planted, watered, fed or anything else gets done.
I love some shows and HGTV for sure. We have a really great 50 inch HGTV and the shows on the History channel are gorgeous. There was one about the core of the earth last night, amazing. We love HBO movies too.
I also watch a lot of Fox News channel. The only news I watch, the others are slanted. We do still get the newspaper. Great for local events going on on the bay, museums, garden shows, etc.
I like to watch and have my laptop here on my lap with my feet up. I like relaxing after watering all of my violets, gardening, housework and pet care.
the office at work turned into horticulture central yesterday.
The boss & co-worker Jan repotted some of the African violets that are thriving on the window sill in there.
I got the hanging baskets down from outside.
The old potting mix went on the garden & they filled them with new mix & plants.
I will have to dig up some of my nemesias to put into the bare bit of garden.
Will brighten our outdoor area, it has been looking a bit dreary since the plants died back.
Out here you pay big bucks to get the good shows like HGTV and the history channel and even the weather. Those fix it shows were pretty good, but man the rest was raunch. We used to have a huge screen tv too and that was great, but it is not good when there is 300 channels of nothing on and you gotta buy it.
TV not our thing here either, but I do remember Flipper! We swam with sharks and rays in Belize. We got shirts that say we survived Shark Ray Alley. We went out to an area near the reef which they say is the second largest barrier reef after australia. We plan on doing the dolphin swim this winter in the bahamas, one of the shore excursions. They have one excursion in which they take you out in the open ocean to a spot and they call in the dolphins and you can swim with them and the other excursion is in a lagoon. Think we are leaning toward the lagoon as neither of us are very strong swimmers anymore, so best not be in the middle of the open seas LOL!