Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring 2017-2

It seemed like Spring would arrive early when I last posted. March was a roller coaster of temperature swings. A couple of hard freezes that burned the early rose growth and knocked most of the hydrangeas down to the crown. I think all will recover though. This is what is blooming in garden the last two weeks. I love tulips and though this is not a good zone for them I treat them as annuals. The red tulips were blooming today...planted them late from a big box clearance in January.
Azaleas are in full and dramatic bloom.

It was a great year for daffodils. The warm weather in February got them off to an early start and then the cool weather in March kept the blooms looking good for an extended time.

Both the creeping and woodland phlox had a prolonged bloom this year. Again it was the cooler than normal March.
My old dwarf weeping crabapple has a very sparse bloom this year. This happened a couple of years ago too but it recovered the next year. Maybe it just needs to rest.
 I love delicate.
 After moving them twice the Solomon's Seal has found the spot to flourish. The foliage stands out in the garden.
The white camellia does not seem to have been hurt by the late frost.
 Clematis are putting on quiet the show this year.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring 2017-1

It's been awhile since I've posted to my blog...I took a sabbatical. Now I didn't stop gardening. I just took a breather from blogging. Gardening is my dirt therapy and keeps me centered. But it' time to talk about the Spring garden. It's early...about 3 weeks earlier than normal. I always marvel at the lushness of new spring growth and the freshness of the flowers after a dull and mostly colorless winter. I've seen each of these blooms many times but it always seems like the first time all over again. I took these pics of daffodil clumps before the 10 minute hail storm this weekend.

This first camellia is a tall slender variety and is stunning this year. The other is a late winter bloomer. The hail storm knocked off the freeze burned flowers.

Finally the edgeworthia shrub is getting some height to it. The bloom is at it's peak now.

Lenten rose's are slowly opening..this one is in full bloom.
I've got four Mahonia's but they did not bloom as generously this year.
Loropetalum is starting to bloom too.
Nothing can compare to a Star Magnolia..I wish the blooms lasted longer.

The yellow Magnolia in my front yard shows hail damage.
I'd like this Lily of the Valley shrub get a little more is a very slow grower.
I covered the Bears Breech during hard freezes hoping I'd give it a head start and maybe it would bloom this year. The hail did some real damage but it will recover.
And lastly I picked up some bag roses at Walmart this week. The pic below is #1 and #1½ 
bare root Double Delight after I removed the bags and filler material. The rose on the left is the #1 and was $3 more than the one on the right. I plan to plant them side by side and see if the grade makes that much difference. The root structure on the #1½ looks bigger but they aren't graded on root structure.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Solstice 2015

I always look forward to the first day of winter, not because I like cold weather, but the days begin to get longer again. The longer days awaken the the garden though it has been so mild this fall that nothing is in a deep winter sleep. I took a quick walk around my home garden late this afternoon to see what caught my eye. The most interesting blooming shrub right now is Mahonia. This is one of four in my garden. I didn't realize I had caught part of the bottle tree in the picture until I downloaded them.

Near the Mahonia is a Poets Laurel with showy red berries right now.

Next up is my earliest spring blooming camellia. It is just covered in blooms right now.

The fall blooming Camellia is looking a little tired but still adds a lot of color in the garden.

These daffodils are getting a jump on winter growth.

Just a few sporadic blooms on Kerri.

Lastly Fatsi has just finished blooming with the seed pods forming now.
A very pleasant fit day of winter walk.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

End of Summer Blooms

It was a misty warm day today so I got to spend a little time just admiring what was still blooming. I enjoy the lingering beauty of these late summer blooms since the end is near so to speak. I took a lot of pics today but these are the best of the lot. First some blooming blue Iris, still blooming tall verbenna and a late blooming stokesia daisy.

Mums bring an intensity of color to the garden at this time of the year.  I did not cut them back this year and only a couple have broken open but they bloomed earlier.

Dahlis always seem to extend summer.

Both ginger lilies and clematis are blooming.

I have several clumps of profusion zinnias and blanket flowers that are still blooming profusely.

There are still a few stray blooms onTansy and Daisy.

I haven't dead headed the roses for about 6 weeks but they still produce a few nice blooms.

The swamp sunflower is in full bloom. I love the late summer burst of color but hate its leggy and invasive habit. But I still keep it.
And the first fall Camellia bloom to finish this post.