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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??)
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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? :)
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.
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!
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.
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 . . .
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, 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!!
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.
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). . .
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.
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
I will go out and get the name of the tree later
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
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
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).
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 .
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. :)
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?
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.
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.
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
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*
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!
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 #
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."
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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. :)
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)