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Upper Midwest Gardening: Spring Blooms in the UMW

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
4:22 AM

Post #6500526

Seemed like the right time for a spring blooms thread, to take over where the What's Growing thread left off.

Here's a hyacinth in my front walk garden.

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
10:54 AM

Post #6501008

Well cents we started a new Thread I wilkl send some pictures of what is blooming what the names are I have no idea so here we go
Dimmer
This is the corner by garage

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
10:55 AM

Post #6501009

This is some of the Daffodils in front of the house

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
10:55 AM

Post #6501010

Here is more front

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
10:56 AM

Post #6501012

Front yard

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
10:56 AM

Post #6501016

I love this tree it has white blooms and tulips in front

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
10:58 AM

Post #6501019

This is in the back and its all red bloom with a peony brush in front

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
10:59 AM

Post #6501024

Here is another brush that I love it has green leave and the blooms are Fuchsia

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
11:01 AM

Post #6501028

OK there is more but I don't want to boar you all with pictures
My herb garden soon I will plant some vegtables and I just had to get and try that Topsy turvry For Tomatoes just to see if that works

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
12:01 PM

Post #6501180

Bore us! I have been waiting for MONTHS now for color! I'm enjoying them all. I took pictures over the weekend and will maybe post some later. Have to get them on here (laptop) first.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
12:57 PM

Post #6501442

I agree with cece--I could never get bored with pictures of plants and blooms. Your daffodils and other blooms make me smile, Dimmer!

And everyone else...keep 'em comin!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
1:47 PM

Post #6501664

Got 'em on here and renamed; need to see if I can find them now. :)

In front of my sun room...

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6501681

sidewalk by gafage bed outside of sun room

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
1:52 PM

Post #6501689

whoops spelled garage wrong...


the forget-me-knots DS#1 got for me for mothers day at Eberts

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
1:53 PM

Post #6501692

now what happened. they disappeared. Go find them and be back.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
1:55 PM

Post #6501701

I love the forget-me-nots! How long are they supposed to bloom?

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
1:55 PM

Post #6501703

try this again, nope they''re gone; :(

I'm not sure Kayly...but they sure were and are a beautiful sight for sore eyes? Hopefully they'll last through to June if not longer.

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:10 PM

Post #6501791

My white bleeding heart ignore the mess around it that bed is not slated for cleanup till end of the week.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:12 PM

Post #6501799

hyacinth in back

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #6501810

Anise hyssop, Husker's Red, Blk-eye Susan, trumpet lilie

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:15 PM

Post #6501822

butterfly/hummingbird/fairy bed in back

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6501844

front yard dayliliy, iris bed with a couple heuchera Lilac 'Paliban' and a red peony in there as well.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #6501864

in front of my porch

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:22 PM

Post #6501871

a couple more please? then I'll stop another in the front yard.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:23 PM

Post #6501876

res bleeding heart

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #6501893

oops spelled red wrong oh well...

okay I lied, one more...I've been trying to get a picture of an Oriole for two years. It seems they're camera shy but anyway I manage to get one of one in the tree. This was taken with zoom to so you know how far up he was.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
2:27 PM

Post #6501902

Okay I promise I'm done now. Anyone else have pictures to share?
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #6502579

Everything's comin' on strong, cece! Pretty oriole, too. I only saw one in my yard (at my old house) last year, but he didn't want to stick around for some reason. I put out oranges but I think some of the bully birds (we had a lot of cow birds) chased him and his mate away.
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #6502902

Well I went and did a few thing I do have to take a nap cause I work night shift so I need rest that Live lane kills me but here is what I did today
This is my plant holer Tospy turbey bad speller

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #6502906

And I started a garden

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
5:36 PM

Post #6502909

This has my strawberry's and Asparagus

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
5:38 PM

Post #6502919

I've read and learned from experience the oranges may attract but grape jelly is what keeps them coming back. This year I have 2 jelly feeders up; 1 for a jar of grape jelly and 1 that has two jelly stations and 2 places for 1/2 oranges. I have 3 this year that have gotten to where they hang around a few hours a day as long as the camera isn't out. They seem to be camera shy. This morning I was out filling one of the feeders and two of them decided to come to the feeders even with me standing there, so I'm making progress with them.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
6:33 PM

Post #6503187

How cool, cece! I think I'll have to try attracting them now that I don't live quite so close to the red wing blackbirds and cowbird hangouts. They seemed to bully all my favorite birds away. I was sad when my indigo bunting and goldfinches stopped coming to the feeder regularly.

Took a few photos today. Here's a bloom on the new bleeding heart I just planted.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
6:35 PM

Post #6503194

Fading bloom on Dutchman's breeches.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
6:42 PM

Post #6503228

I ordered a bleeding heart 'Burning Hearts'? Came in in a 2" pot. Planted that over the weekend and am hoping it gets big enough to bloom for me yet this season. Crossing my fingers.

My red bleeding heart's blooms are funky looking this year. I'll see if I can manage a close up of the blooms after dgd goes to preschool in about 10 minutes.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2009
6:47 PM

Post #6503249

I really want 'Burning Hearts!' I'm hoping they still have it at The Flower Factory (it's on their perennial list for this year) when I head out there hopefully this weekend. I haven't had the greatest luck with the fringe-leaf dicentras, but I'm hoping that luck will change with the lighter soil here. The old place was heavy clay.
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2009
1:26 AM

Post #6505003

Cece, you are so lucky you have Orioles! Being in a suburb of Chicago, we just get the cowbirds, sparrows, grackles, etc. Although we do have Red Wing Black Birds, woodpeckers, and finches, which I love. And . . . three days ago, I saw red breasted grosbeaks in the yard all day and got a picture of one . . . but now they're gone! Migrating? Probably.

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2009
1:31 AM

Post #6505033

Kayly, your bleeding heart is beautiful! And, Dimmer - wow, you've got a lot! And you work nights? Whew - I'm pooped just thinking about it. I don't have a whole lot going on in my yard yet, but here's a pic of my backyard. I have, however, put in about 8 shrubs in the last couple of weeks in spots other than this area in the picture. I'll send pics of those when they look like something! Hope you guys up in Wisconsin are getting good weather, too - we've been in the 70s for 3 days! (Remember a couple months ago when we cheered when it was 50??)

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6505367

Love your curvy bed, Sherri...very pretty!

It's been in the high 60s here for several days. Great weather for working outside, since it's not too "buggy" yet and the cool air is perfect for planting. I'm lovin' it!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2009
12:35 PM

Post #6506507

We had 70's yesterday, 60's the day before. Not sure what today will bring.
I have the grackles, the red-wing blackbirds, woodpeckers,n robins, mourning doves, some plain looking sparrows, gold finches. too. I think I must have a hummer or two because the feeder doesn't stay full though I haven't physically seen any unless the Orioles are eating that too. Come to think of it haven't seen the Orioles this morning yet and that is unusual going by the last few days they are at the feeders this time of morning. Course I'm not really paying attention right now.
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
1:34 PM

Post #6511890

My Virginia Bluebells are blooming this morning.

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pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
1:44 PM

Post #6511941

Also the Bleeding Heart is blooming. This lonely tulip manages to bloom every year in heavy shade. I'm bad, I need to move it.

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pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #6512177

Some tulips from the Chicago Botanic Garden. The red ones have striped leaves. I have no idea what variety. In front is a row of 'Dayglow Pink' Heucherella. After 3 years, they are still tiny. Not sure I like them.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
4:35 PM

Post #6512695

Lovely blooms, pastime. I'm really going to have to get Virginia bluebells.

I think the heucherella's cute, even though it's small.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
4:53 PM

Post #6512788

Virginia Bluebells, sun or shade? How big does it get? Sure is a pretty shade of blue.
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
10:16 PM

Post #6514025

Any one have an Idea if I should cut the Brush or move the plants
I not sure if I like the box look cause some of it is dead. what if I cut some of the bottom off and still left the top part in the square

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6514674

Dimmer, I really think that if you trim the bottom of that bush and keep the square top, you will consign yourself to hours of keeping it trimmed just right . . . and with your schedule, working nights, and the rest of your beautiful gardens, do you really want to do that? You know, this is kinda weird, but as I was driving home this evening, I happened to look up into a neighbor's window and saw this lamp with a thin, straight base and square lampshade. When I read about your muse to do that to the shrub, I immediately thought of this lamp!

Also, there is a principle that if you keep "doing something" to a plant, it really begins to lose its own nature.

I wonder if that dead part is there because the hostas are touching it? I read somewhere that some shrubs just don't like being touched by other plants. The part they feel is "invaded" will die off.

Anyway - you have some beautiful gardens, so think on it a bit. Your decision will be good no matter what!
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2009
1:10 AM

Post #6514742

Maybe I could make one of those animal out of it . You no like Mickey Mouse Just joking ^_^
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2009
1:19 AM

Post #6514798

Cool! Or, how about Sponge Bob Squarepants?? Just put a belt around his middle and a couple of ornaments for eyes!!! : )
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2009
2:41 AM

Post #6515213

Spongebob Squareshrub!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6515253

lol that would be something else hey?
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2009
11:43 AM

Post #6516156

My Virginia Bluebells are planted in the shade. The foilage dies back, and by summer there's nothing left of the plant above ground. . I look forward to them every year. I wish the bloom time lasted longer.
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6558049

Can folks handle some more pictures?? Here's one of my Brunnera Macrophyla - it's flowers are really and truly blue!

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6558071

And here's a little hosta patch I started this year with a bunch of divisions. The blooms are the columbine - the little dots that look like they're floating above things in the back. (Dumb camera - I need a new one.)

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #6558084

And here's one of Viburnum Dentatum Blue Muffin getting ready to bloom. And . . . a blooming doggie in the background talking to neighbor doggie!!! That's Brie!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #6560055

Of COURSE we can handle more pictures, Sherri!

The brunnera looks great--I want one! And your hostas are lovely, too. Can't wait to see that viburnum in full bloom.

Brie is sweet! She really does look like she's having a chat through the fence. :)
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #6560507

Polemonium blooms. :)

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #6560509

And viola...

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #6561568

Oooh . . . I LOVE the little faces of violas! and the polemonium is so pretty!
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
11:51 AM

Post #6563922

My Aquilegia 'Origami' are blooming. They're a little early this year.

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pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
12:23 PM

Post #6564043

My Aesculus x carnea (Bottlebrush Buckeye) is blooming also. It's still a young tree, but always has a couple flowers every spring. Very slow growing tree. I think I'm pushing my zone for it, but it hangs in there.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
12:56 PM

Post #6564167

Nice, pastime! I had 'Origami' in my other garden and I loved it. I've got 'Bedermeier' here, just planted this April, but it's been blooming for nearly a month.

The Buckeye is pretty! Don't think I've ever seen one around here.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
7:48 PM

Post #6566049

Here are my first two cornflower blooms! (I planted these last spring but the leaves kept getting munched by bunnies and they never bloomed.) I am hoping these don't become invasive for me, but right now I'm enjoying the cheerful color.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #6566057

My irises are going to go nuts here in a few days, I think (I know they are technically not blooming yet but I am so excited).

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
7:51 PM

Post #6566066

And here are my sweet lily-of-the-valley.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
9:37 PM

Post #6566611

Nice, jcoakley!

I love centaurea. It's going to be a while before I have my sun garden area ready so I can plant some.

Lily of the valley I have a ton of growing under my red maple in my front yard. The blooms are just starting to open. I love the scent!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
10:16 PM

Post #6566816

Oh me too. I didn't have any until the kids behind me bought the house. The young wife came over and said "with all the garden beds you have can you tell me if this plant is a weed or a plant". It was Lily-of-the-Valley. Said her husband was going to mow it down. I almost cried one day when I noticed him out there digging it up and throwing it in a wheelbarrow; only to walk over pushing it and said do you want these? I asked him is the pope Catholic? He said Huh? I said I want those and any other you decide to throw out. Can you believe they were trashing them?

They are 24 and 22 but still no reason to take it out on the poor plants.
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 19, 2009
1:15 AM

Post #6567578

Cece, just keep showing by example. They won't help but notice the gorgeous things in your garden. They might be young, but they'll come around! But, it IS painful to see plants pulled out and/or abused.

I might be neurotic, but this is one reason I don't go to the big boxes for plants anymore, especially Home Depot. They KILL the plants and I feel bad for the poor plants - shoved together so they can't get air, dying of thirst, etc. Am I the only one who feels this way?

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2009
2:59 AM

Post #6568245

Oh I don't know...The Home Depot here seems to take pretty good care of their plants. My past experience with them had always been pleasant. Crowded too close together...Yes I've seen that. but all in all the plants are usually in pretty good shape til oh I guess September then they look stressed...Must be a long season for Home Depot but way too short for me...ya know?
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2009
12:28 PM

Post #6569288

When it comes to the big box stores...I think every one is a little different. I've had the same experience that cece had with the big box stores. Our Walmart's garden center is decent, although it isn't as good this year as it was the last two years. Still, I can tell they have the same area manager, if perhaps not the same employees. Plus, they do NOT gain anything by letting plants die. My mom works in the invoicing office at a different Walmart store, and she assures me that Walmart buys all their plants up front and they don't make a penny off them if they let them die.

I hate to condemn all the big box stores--not all of them are awful. I think you sort of have to take it on a case-by-case basis and just go in with healthy skepticism. I won't buy hostas from big box stores because of HVX, for instance, unless I know where they're coming from. Our Walmart gets hostas from a local grower, and they're reputable...I did some research. I got a HUGE hosta 'Krossa Regal' from them for $8. So there are deals out there if you proceed with caution. :)

Here's my 'Krossa Regal' just after I planted it. Handsome, isn't it? :)

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #6572411

It IS a beaut! I guess you're right - not all big boxes are the same, just like not all garden centers are the same. But, honestly, the two Home Depots by me absolutely destroy the plants. I was at one a week ago and a group of shrubs were on a pallet completely squished almost trunk to trunk. Forget leaves and branches, they were held straight down or up by the shrub next to it. A young girl employee was trying to water them and I said, "I wonder if the manager knows these shrubs need air?" She looked at me and kind of disgustedly said, "Oh, they know it alright . . ." Oh, well.
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2009
4:54 PM

Post #6574880

Geranium dissectum (Cutleaf Geranium) is blooming today. It's an early one and native.

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pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2009
5:06 PM

Post #6574922

My Doublefile Virburnum is full of blooms this year. Other years there's only been 1 or 2, finally it's happy.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2009
5:09 PM

Post #6574931

Lovely, pastime!

Is that geranium a woodland plant? How much shade can it take? I'd love to find some for my shade garden.
roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2009
5:15 PM

Post #6574950

Here's my first Columbine bloom - seeds were from a DG swap trade. And coming up next to it is a liatris that looks like it has a similar color instead of purple, another DG swap. Never saw one like that before. Thank goodness, warm weather has finally arrived!

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figaro52
Oak Lawn, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6575026

Very pretty columbine. Is that a Nora Barlow?
roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2009
9:47 PM

Post #6575986

I think it may be: 'Grannys Bonnets' Clementine Red Aquilegia stellata - I purchased several varieties of columbine from Dianes Seeds so I checked their website, but this one was not one I purchased from them. After I checked my dg journal, I discovered the seeds were from a swap. On Dianes Seeds, there's a columbine that looks just like mine so I grabbed the name of it from the website.

I think I have one black columbine that is blooming in KY. It's very tiny but full of blooms. That was last month. I wish I would have taken pics of it.
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #6577093

Pastime, your doublefile is beautiful! I just put two in, in between two viburnum dentatums (I like viburnums and learned from Viburnum Valley that you have to have two or more of same genus and species, different cultivar, to get lots of berries) and today they were sort of drooping. I'm watering enough - I think - maybe it was the very hot weather today? They're in sun, too, but are supposed to be able to take part sun. They get about 5 hours. Did yours do that? Here's a pic of one of my new ones . . .

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pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2009
12:21 PM

Post #6578204

KaylyRed: the geranium is a woodland plant. I have it growing on the north side of the house along side are Lily of the Valley, Ferns, Virginia Bluebells, Bleeding Heart and Annabell Hydrangeas. The sun only gets there in late afternoon.

Sherriseden: My Doublefile is on the east side, NE corner of the house. It gets sun all morning. Their growth pattern is a little different than the dentatums. Doublefiles get wide with lateral type branching. I have it near my Pagoda Dogwood which has similar growth pattern. It gets a lot of water off the roof of the house. If I had do to it over, I would have planted it out further from the house. It suffered for several years in that spot, but all the rain we had this year hasn't bothered it. It's the best it's ever looked this year. Maybe I haven't been watering it enough in the past.

Diana
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6581246

Diana, thanks! The more I read and think about it, the more I think it's water - Doublefiles need a LOT of it. Hearing your experience - that it looks the best ever this year, and we had a really wet spring - confirms that it really likes water. (When I said "drooping", I did mean the leaves, like a wilting plant.) So, I watered it twice today, and once last night, and it's happy. Don't know how long it's gonna get THAT princess treatment! : )

Friends, I realize this is not the shrubs forum - I promise I will post some pics of sprint blooms this weekend!!
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6582692

Pagoda Dogwood is blooming. It used to get pretty beat up in the winter. The White Pines next to it have grown up and now provide cover from the winter west winds.

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roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
5:06 PM

Post #6583382

Here is my liatris with the columbine. Any day now the lupines will be blooming - can't wait to see those in full bloom.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
6:01 PM

Post #6583567

My iris has begun opening! In front of it is newly planted yarrow that I found at my Jewel. Admittedly, it was blooming when I bought it. :)

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
6:02 PM

Post #6583574

Veronica 'Red Fox', also found at my Jewel.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #6583580

Daisies, transplanted from my dad's yard last summer. Incidentally, can anyone tell me specifically what kind of daisies these are? I'll check on the plant ID forum too . . .

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
6:05 PM

Post #6583584

Perennial geranium just starting to open, next to dianthus that I put in as an annual last year. It came back wonderfully!

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roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
6:06 PM

Post #6583586

Very pretty daisy! Your daisies are already in bloom! Wow - mine are looking good but not close to blooming.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2009
6:06 PM

Post #6583587

And one cheerful little pansy that also appears to have survived the winter. How is that possible???

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pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
1:05 PM

Post #6586537

Tree peony is blooming this morning. It smells delicious!

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pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 24, 2009
11:57 AM

Post #6590347

This is the first time my Immortality Iris bloomed in the spring. It was in a bad spot and only bloomed in the late summer. I moved and divided it last year to a more Iris-friendly area nearer the house. Now it's doing what it's supposed to do. Hope I get a late summer bloom also.

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2009
12:44 AM

Post #6592757

OK here is MY New tree it is a Japanese Weeping tree I planted it today and my dirt is clay so it was tough I will send a couple of more

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2009
12:45 AM

Post #6592763

Here are some of my peony brushes

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2009
12:46 AM

Post #6592770

And My Irish's( SP) Its so hard not to pull up thing I have no idea if there are weeds or flowers
Dimmer

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2009
1:20 PM

Post #6594490

My Iris just started blooming this week.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2009
1:23 PM

Post #6594497

Another beautie

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2009
1:26 PM

Post #6594505

more iris

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2009
1:28 PM

Post #6594522

columbine and dead nettle

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2009
1:31 PM

Post #6594535

Snowdrops ???

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 25, 2009
10:11 PM

Post #6596782

Not snowdrops. It is a member of the Cerastium genus. Probably Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum).
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #6597038

Lefttwood,thank you
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #6597512

Huggergirl, your iris is unreal! Gorgeous! Dimmer, you're hard at work planting . . . trees, no less! God bless! I was busy planting this weekend, too. Here's what's in bloom (or coming into bloom). . .

Dianthus, Starry solomons seal, viburnum, creeping veronica . . .

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #6597524

My railroad tie garden with ivy, ivy geranium, laguna . . .

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6597528

Amsonia . . .

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2009
1:00 AM

Post #6597540

. . . and my front window box, which I put some kind of daisy in with ipoemoea and gaura!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6597711

Very pretty, Sherri!
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2009
1:31 AM

Post #6597723

Thanks, Kayly!!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2009
9:48 PM

Post #6601272

Penstemon barbatus 'Rondo Mix.'

These guys only get about 2 hours of direct sun and the rest of the day they're in anything from bright shade to full shade, but they're blooming regardless. They're very pretty little penstemons!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2009
9:50 PM

Post #6601276

Heuchera 'Miracle' is one of my favorite heucheras for foliage--I think it's very pretty! The flowers aren't super impressive, but I still think they're cute.

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 27, 2009
1:16 AM

Post #6602104

I love the softness of the two tones on the leaves of that Heuchera!
midwest_tyro
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 27, 2009
10:19 PM

Post #6606200

Trolius Ledebourii

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midwest_tyro
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 27, 2009
10:19 PM

Post #6606203

Baptisia Carolina Moonlight

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6607060

Ooh - the delicate yellow does look like moonlight. I saw a new Baptista with dark purple buds tinged with yellow - gorgeous!
midwest_tyro
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
1:51 AM

Post #6607122

I planted the baptisia last spring and this is their first time blooming - the color turned out to be just what I hoped! There are some really neat looking baptisia around now, all kinds of great colors.
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2009
12:53 PM

Post #6617300

I have to show you all I planted a tree all buy myself that was hard work cause I think that I have clay for soil so I was all full of mud but I think I did good for a girl HA HA
Dimmer
I will go out and get the name of the tree later

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2009
12:55 PM

Post #6617307

Planted it get to be about 6 ft and its a weeping tree the leaves come out and they are pink and white and look like flowers than they turn green and white line in it I will take more picturer this Afternoon
Dimmer

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2009
1:00 PM

Post #6617318

kalyRed,Way back on this thread you asked how long do the forget me nots bloom,i have lots of forgetmenots,here i start cleaning them up about now,Ihave lots of shade so they get powdery mildew,when its moist and cool,and it has been that,Iam sure you know they freely selfsow,some old plants do winter over, in sun they probly would do somewhat better, i started a different variety last yr.it was really tall didnt like it ,it was like those stupid cockel burrs,stick to anything,I pulled it,I like the short stuff,they are definitly a must ,the tiny blue flowers are beautiful,they are not picky either,of coarse when I clean them up I shake the seed around,they do bloom nicley 6- 8weeks

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2009
2:26 PM

Post #6617584

hugger, those peonies are gorgeous! Can I ask how old they are? I am getting impatient. I didn't realize it took so long for peonies to get established (mine are in summer #4 and I have 4 buds on 2 plants).
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #6617646

jcoakley,I moved them from my parents house in 1980-82,so they have been there awhile ,I have moved the whole row like 2 feet south,that would be the right in the photo,they bloomed the first yr. but they were huge roots,too bad your not my neibor Id dig one for you,Iam very sharing,ask people who drive down the road ,and I have a FREE BOX at the end of the drive,never takes long,we make bets on how long it will take,some people are like are you sure I can have this ,and I say YESSS,please.thank you .

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2009
5:21 PM

Post #6618105

Dimmer, what a pretty little tree! huggergirl, I love those peonies. Mine have not bloomed yet. They came with the house, so it should be interesting to see what they look like. I suspect they're similar to yours. :)

Here's delphinium elatum 'Magic Fountains' blooming today.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #6618111

The primrose has been blooming all spring, but I like the orange color so much I had to snap a shot.

My photos didn't turn out great today. It's windy, so everything was moving!

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2009
1:03 PM

Post #6621284

poppies bloomin

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roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #6623455

I've tried several times to grow primroses but had very little luck. Once I had a couple that bloomed but never returned. The other times they never even grew. Most likely these were purchased from Springhill. Yours are absolutely beautiful. Does yours come back every year. Did you purchase the plant or start from seed?
Rose

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2009
11:16 PM

Post #6623620

I am so totally envious of all the pictures I have seen. I've taken loads of pics but am having an extremely hard time loading them. I've go on the kidak website for help I've called them and no one can figure out what is wrong. I' stuptified.

I have batik bearded iris in bloom, lilacs, Jacob's Ladders, columbine, ajuga, heuchera, honeysuckle vine, Maynight salvia, wegiela, geum, armeria, crane'sbill, sweet woodruff, forget-me-nots,bleeding hearts; all in bloom and loving every minute of it.

Just wish I could share them too.

Can you say "frustrated?"
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2009
2:10 AM

Post #6624390

roserairie - I purchased my primrose at a big box store. I think it was Walmart. It's the first year I've ever tried growing them. To be honest, I planted it expecting it would be an annual. It's held up nicely since mid-April though and continues to bloom, so I'm happy with it.

I'll let you know if it comes back next year. :)

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2009
9:30 AM

Post #6625284

My primroses have come back for well, this is the third season now. they get shaded pretty much by the heuchera and the day lilies though. I dk they just come back and bloom. they are blooming now also
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2009
11:03 AM

Post #6625442

kayleyred,love the color of the delphinium ,nice.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2009
11:13 AM

Post #6625465

another peoney,I have one white peoney stuck right in the middle of the row of pinks

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2009
4:21 PM

Post #6626610

Veronica 'Giles Van Hees'

I really like this little plant!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2009
4:22 PM

Post #6626614

geranium sanguineum is starting to bloom. Lots of buds!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #6626639

The center of the woodland garden, which is under and around a maple tree. Campanula persicifolia just starting to bloom along with heuchera and violas galore.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2009
4:27 PM

Post #6626652

There's a greyhound blooming in the garden, too! This is Ella, the Ever Curious. She has an unnerving habit of hurdling my garden beds when she's running full tilt playing with her half-brother, Quin. She hasn't taken out a plant yet. *fingers crossed*

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roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2009
9:31 PM

Post #6627762

The garden looks great. I love the combinations you chose.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #6628431

Thanks, roserairie!
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2009
1:11 AM

Post #6628566

Ella is a sweetie! And what a good girl, jumping OVER your garden instead of ON it! ; )
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2009
1:23 AM

Post #6628610

Here's a new bloom - it's a plant that is growing over the back fence (5' fence) from my neighbor's yard. The flower is like a shooting star with purple petals and yellow tip.

This area that it's growing from has a mix of good garden plants that he started growing about 4 years ago when he got really interested in gardening and weeds that overtook the plants when he became disinterested in the garden, so it could be a cultivated plant or a rampant weed. If it's a weed, it's seducing me! I want to cut a little tip and put it in rooting hormone. Of course, I'd ask first!

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2009
1:25 AM

Post #6628621

Here's my baptisia, now coming into bloom . . .

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6628631

. . . and a cute little native plant called yellow pimpernel. It's unassuming and you don't notice it unless you look down, then it's all these little yellow stars floating in space!

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2009
12:32 PM

Post #6630216

KayleyRed, your memorial garden is looking very nice,I love ella,you have 2 greyhounds? did you adopt them ?? Imiss having a dog,I have 3 cats,so no doggie in the near future,although my stepdaughter has a schnoodle,all black,cute cute ,LULU,is not fixed yet,sooo !!! yes he is on a string, we call it kitty on a string,(leash broke) yes I keep a very close eye on them when they are outside,he is big willie,14 #

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #6630461

Hah! I love Big Willie! That looks like one happy cat, lazy cat. :)

Yes, we have two greyhounds: Quin and Ella. (Named after a racing bet called a quinella.) They are both retired racers that we adopted from Greyhound Pets of America. GPA is wonderful to work with, and very supportive. And greyhounds really are amazing dogs. Greyhound owners call them 45 mph couch potatoes...because that's exactly what they are! They're sprinters, which means they spend most of their lives preparing to run and very little time doing it. Mostly, they just lounge around sleeping. We adore our pups.

We also have an indoor cat named Eris. She and the hounds get along fine (although she'll take a swipe at Ella every now and then). Some greyhounds are too prey-driven to live with cats, but many of them are what we call "cat friendly."
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2009
1:48 PM

Post #6630524

KayleyRed,Iam soo glad you adopted them!!!!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #6631020

My camera loaded yay!!!!!!!!!!

This is where the 5 yards of topsoil my husband gave me for Mother's Day went.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:32 PM

Post #6631025

and this is the same bed last week

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:33 PM

Post #6631033

batik iris

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:34 PM

Post #6631044

different color batik

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:35 PM

Post #6631048

a re-blooming iris

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6631064

bleeding heart

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:39 PM

Post #6631068

my other bleeding heart

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:40 PM

Post #6631072

my shade garden which I see needs to be weeded.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6631077

and I best stop and get something done around this house. bye for now.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #6631198

The three iris' altogether

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
4:13 PM

Post #6631204

and this is open for me today

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
6:17 PM

Post #6631736

How cool, cece! I'd take 5 yards of topsoil or compost for mother's day any day. lol

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #6632416

that and 340 crescent bricks to line the outside 1 brick thick then in the center is two bricks high. I could be right put the top plants in the ground this year but opted to wait til next year. I did put some heliotrope and geraniums oh and a couple of bacopas in the ground on the top level. Everything else is in their pots and staying there this year. But NEXT year is a different story.
frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2009
2:26 PM

Post #6645536

Heiloom TB iris 'Eldorado'

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frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6645549

Dictamnus 'Purpureus', iris pallida'Variegata and dianthus 'Greystone'

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frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2009
2:32 PM

Post #6645560

Chionanthus virginicus (fringe tree) one of my favorite natives

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2009
3:11 AM

Post #6648596

Wow, frahnzone5...all gorgeous!
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2009
1:00 PM

Post #6649421

Frahnzone5, that fringe tree is like a cloud on earth - beautiful! And, Cece, I love your Irises!

This may sound like a silly question coming from a gardener, but I've not grown many irises . . . what is the difference between bearded irises and Siberian irises? I got a Siberian iris as a gift a couple of years ago and it blooms prettily. It looks much like the bearded ones, but I hear they are different.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2009
3:20 PM

Post #6649837

No clue, I'm the wrong one ask lol I just know what I like
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2009
3:33 PM

Post #6649883

I have some new flowers blooming have no idea if weeds and one no I think the one is lavender
The next will be maybe the lavender
Dimmer

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2009
3:34 PM

Post #6649884

This I think could be lavender

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 6, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #6651418

I am not completely up on iris-speak, but the genus is divided into at least two major categories: bearded and beardless.

Bearded Iris have beards.
Beardless iris do not have beards.

What's a beard? See pic here:
http://chapmaniris.com/id40.htm
roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2009
11:45 PM

Post #6651560

Kim, is that the money plant/honest plant?
frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #6652426

Dimmer, the plant you think is lavender is really a salvia. Not sure which one since no blooms are showing yet.

Felisa
roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
10:35 AM

Post #6653088

Looks like Blue Bedder Salvia. I'm trying to grow two kinds of lavendar but nothing has germinated yet. Here's my salvia.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
10:49 AM

Post #6653107

roserairie,that is a money plant,I too started some lavendar( munstead),we will see how it does,its only a few inches tall now,grow,baby grow,I planted 6,behind the garage hope they like it.

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roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
12:00 PM

Post #6653244

I wintersowed the lavendar and it germinated but then died. I'm going to try again this winter. I also direct sowed two kinds, true and lady lavender. Nothing yet. Love the dianthus.
Rose
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
12:15 PM

Post #6653273

rose,I dont know much at all about the different types of lavender,the munstead only gets14-16inches tall,I started it indoors underlights, curious to see what it looks like next yr,if it survives !!!! I have more seed.Thanks, tiny rubies,got to love em! these are pinks? I think? also dragons blood sedum

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
2:53 PM

Post #6653791

thought I share what I have blooming right now.

Just a few of my iris'

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #6653800

red iris with hollyhock leaves. they get huge don't they?

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
2:56 PM

Post #6653803

delphiniums have buds on them

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #6653809

lamium something or other

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
2:58 PM

Post #6653812

and maybe one more

iris pallida 'variegata'

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6653822

Iris another DG'er had sent me about 3 years ago. I divided them last year.

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midwest_tyro
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #6654412

What beautiful iris!!

Here's salvia Marcus and a Double Pink Knockout Rose.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #6656062

spotted deadnettle and columbine

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
12:45 AM

Post #6656075

the last poppy,it only had 6 blooms ,need to move it .

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #6656090

dianthis pinks,spotted deadnettle,trailing verbena

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6656309

hugger, your pics make me really want to find a spot for a rock garden! so pretty.
frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2009
9:49 AM

Post #6657432

Dana, what a great combination of the rose with the salvia - a real 'Knockout'

Felisa
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
11:21 AM

Post #6657571

jcoakley,Thank you ,I love rocks,fossils ,shells.Here is a shot looking down the steps to the house,sorry DH was power washing the house,work is never done,Iam working on another rockwall and bed,Ill post during and after the work.

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:01 PM

Post #6664198

a few pic I took today...

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:02 PM

Post #6664205

would help if I wouldn't hit send so fast. Sorry try again

sidewalk beside garage

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:03 PM

Post #6664210

May Night Salvia

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:05 PM

Post #6664216

Anchusa azurea (Italian bugloss)

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:06 PM

Post #6664220

start of my iris fettish they really are NOT the very same one...

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:07 PM

Post #6664223

#2

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:08 PM

Post #6664230

diablo ninebark with iris

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:10 PM

Post #6664234

Dropmore Honeysuckle

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #6664238

Lady's bells and goats beard

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6664243

one more and I'll stop boring you. Lady's Mantle

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #6664807

Here is my new KO rose next to one of my 3 peony blooms. :)

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2009
8:51 PM

Post #6664855

And this is what I believe to be oenothera (evening primrose) just starting to open. I transplanted it from my MIL's garden last summer and she doesn't know what it's called. It has really interesting variegated leaves, but I can't find an exact match for it in Plantfiles.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6665666

Lovely photos! Cece, you're making me miss the honeysuckle I had to leave at my old house. It was just starting to get pretty.

I drove by the old house a couple days ago to see that someone had indeed moved in. The good news is, it looks as though they're taking care of the gardens. The planter boxes are planted, there's a hanging basket on a shepherd's hook in the front walkway garden, and everything looks to be blooming beautifully (from what I could see, since the house sits back off the road quite a bit).

I cried when I saw it. I kept thinking about how this would have been my garden's 3rd summer, and I bet it really is looking glorious now. ("First they sleep, next they creep, then they leap!" This would have been the "leaping" year.) But then I imagined that the person who had moved in must love it. And maybe that person isn't a gardening fanatic, but having inherited such a full and lush garden, maybe they're learning an appreciation for plants. Or maybe they're a seasoned gardener enjoying what I've planted. Either way...I think it's a good thing. At least they didn't rip out my lovelies and put in a bunch of barberry bushes. :)

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
12:47 AM

Post #6665862

Awwww my heart goes out to you. I've planted all this stuff with the stipulation to my husband that we live here till the day I die. Seeing as he's already proclaimed that he will longer than me then he can't even think about selling til I am dead and burned and spread over the rose garden. (then jap beetlles lookout I am here to haunt and destroy you)
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
4:09 AM

Post #6671721

Time for a summer thread!

I've posted one here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1000975/

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