Spring time again!

 

rear yard snow covered

Our winter has looked a lot like this.  It has finally melted down and I hope that we will not get anymore surprises so that I can start having more flowers and color in the garden.  The weather is warming up and a lot of the plants are starting to wake up.  Here are some of my flowers in the garden now.  What are some of your favorite Spring flowers?

Col Valentine

This beauty is a rare one.  She is Colchicum hungaricum ‘Valentine.’  Many know Colchicum as fall flowering but not this one  – this one is winter flowering?!  Was something different for me so I of course had to get it.  Well for me this year it was spring.  But it is said to start blooming around Valentine’s Day hence the name.  This was her first year in my garden so I am hoping that next year it will be earlier once it is more established. So far so good.  I am glad I got this one from Odyssey Bulbs.

Hellebore Monte Cristo

My Hellebores are just now starting.  I love all Hellebores, double or single, pink or white the answer from me is “Oh, ahhh what a beauty.”  Love at first sight always.  I went on another trip to Pine Knot Farms a couple weeks ago and came home with more.

Winter Aconite

I think one of my favorite winter beauties are the Winter Aconite.  Along with these and Snowdrops I wish they were more available here in the U.S. and that we had more cultivars here. They are just great.  I hope mine start spreading and seeding all about in the garden – that would just be prefect!

Ophelia

My Snowdrops have been doing wonderful!  Much better than I expected with my soil conditions as they are in my garden.  Here is my Ophelia that is a great double that is bulking up nicely.  I can not wait for all of them to start bulking up and to add more to my collection.  One that I was really impressed with was ‘Fieldgate Prelude’  was very early and the flowers lasted for a very long time.  Great cultivar!

Scilla

Now for my blues – I was looking at my photos from last spring and I have a lot of blues in the spring.  I guess really attracted to the color and they all seem to show up in the garden in the spring  and well here are some of my blues.   Above are my Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’ starting to flower in the garden that are a bright blue.   Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ is bulking up as well which is a light blue.  The patterns on the petals are just amazing, a great mosaic of blues with a hint of yellow making for a great masterpiece.  They both are starting to bulk and are making a better statement now that the clumps are getting bigger.

iris katherine pic 2

Iris katherine

Asarum

My little Asarum is blooming under all its’ leaves.  Not showy but cool looking.  A good one for every garden due to their great evergreen foliage.

Till next time.  Happy gardening!

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Yay!!!

I am hoping that the new year is going well for everyone!  Finally, after about 7 months without a completely working computer  I have a new one!  I hope to be able to post more up in the coming year.

I have so many photos from this past year from the garden.  Here are some of my favorites from this past year-

Bug

Allium

Henry

Clarence

Cafe

Eightball

Some of our garden harvest this summer of Eightball Zucchini and Golden Gate Beans.

marigold sandals

Elena’s marigold sandals that I loved.

Ella

My youngest hiding in the Paw Paw seedlings.

Elena pic 2

My oldest doing her best impression of Salvador Dali with one of our Red Yard Long Noddles from our garden.  Below flower crowns for my girls with flowers from our garden in fall.

Ella pic 2

Elena pic 1

Hope everyone has a great day!

Petal Power

Petal collection

Just a petal collection from some of the spent flowers in my garden, the season is getting closer to the end might as well have some fun with it.  Later the girls had fun throwing the petals up in the air making it rain flower petals.  Nothing but pure enjoy on their faces and giggles as the petals fell and tickled their faces.

Any guesses on the different flowers I used? So of them are hard to see mixed in.

Happy Thursday everyone!

 

 

Autumn Garden

Hope everyone has been enjoying the cooler weather.  I am every much enjoying autumn with its’ cool mornings, sunrises and sunsets full of bright colors.  Also enjoying what the cooler weather is doing to the flowers.  Flowers are appearing much more rich in color.  Below are pictures from the garden.

 

Dendranthemum pic 1

The Dendranthemum is in full bloom now – brings lots of color for this time of the year. Love it!

African Blue pic 1

As always the African Blue Basil is doing great.  It is a good annual to have in the garden, great arrangement filler, bees love it, tastes great and the list goes on as to why this is a great plant to have.

 

Raydons Fav

My Raydon’s Favorite is in full bloom.  Not as showy as it was last year but it is because I heavily divided due to its’ large nature and I needed more room for more plants 🙂

Honorie Jobert

My Honorine Jobert Anemone is still blooming where as my others have finished by now.

 

Rear yard

View of the garden from our kitchen window.

Turf is still looking rough but I have big plans, so hopefully next year I will not have to look at it. 🙂

Dendranthemum

Close up of the Dendranthemum Sheffield Pink

Cylcamen

All my Hardy Cyclamen have sent out their foliage.  I cannot wait for them to start seeding an spreading out.

clematis pic 1

With the cooler weather the Clematis is reblooming.

cafe au lait pic 2

Café  au Lait again but now notice the color change.  It is now appearing more like the color everyone associates with it, more like a cream.

 

gerrie pic 1

My Gerrie Hoek Dahlia is a much more vibrant pink than before when the months were so hot.

The garden has not suffered a frost yet and I am hoping for another week frost free but we will see how long it lasts.

What are some of your favorite things about autumn?

Happy gardening!

Preparing for Spring

One of the Autumn chores that I like doing is collecting seeds for sowing in the spring.  There is an air of excitement when collecting in hopes of what is to come the following Spring.

One of the most interesting among my collecting this weekend was from the Okra.  The pods are splitting along the seams like no other.  I could not help but place a few of my Princess of India Nasturtium flowers on them for a photo op.  I love the color contrast and the textures.  Looking back at my photo I would never have been able to place it.

My advice next time gloves are a must.  They have very little hairs that remind me of cactus that get suck in the skin.

Hope you all like it!

Nas pic 1

Autumn Flowers

I cannot believe it is already Autumn, but mostly I am not wanting the dreaded season that follows.  Talks are that this one is going to be colder and longer which does not sit well with me.

Back to Autumn – nothing compares to the Autumn breeze that is rolling in and the cooler mornings.  The garden is transforming and many flowers like the roses are getting their second wind due to the cooler temperatures.

Alexandra of kent LD Ba

Princess Alexandra of Kent – looking wonderfully pink.  The second is L D Braithwaite, although it is supposed to be more crimson this is a older bloom and is appearing more hot pink in the photo.  My others have buds on them but have not started just yet.  I still would like more Roses incorporated in the garden.  Always love having them as cut flowers in the house.  Do you grow any Roses?  If so, which ones are your favorites that have done good for you?

Now for the Autumn flowers that I cannot live without.

cylcamen herd

Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Sweetheart Splash’  has done great for me, excellent in fact.  I have always stayed clear of them because I thought they were difficult plants.  I finally decided to plant one last year.  I have since added to my Cyclamen collection but this one has by far done the best out of all my others.  This one for me starts in August and goes till mid fall.

antares

Waterlily

Colchicums are one of my top bulb loves.  Every garden should have some.  I do not have a large collection of them but with time it is growing.  The ones above are Antares and Waterlily, my others have already finished blooming. There is one that I have been trying to find for sometime and cannot find called Pink Goblet. Not sure if anyone has heard about this one but from the pictures I have seen the color is more pink then the blue-purple and a tighter flower shape.

Other fall bulbs that I am looking forward too are the fall blooming Crocus and Leucojum autumnale that are supposed to start soon but I have not seen them yet.

Anemone Honorine

Anemone Sept Charm

Lastly for now are the Japanese Anemones.  Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ and September Charm are in full bloom.  I am happy that this year they are able to bloom.  In the past years they were completely demolished by insects, glad they did not visit again.

What are some of your Autumn favorites?

 

Garden flowers

Summer is my favorite season. The garden beds are full and crammed with plants.  Below is the back flower bed of a view from the kitchen window.  I am afraid not much color reads from this view but I think one of the factors is not enough rain.  Our lawn does not look so good but we have tried several times to seed the lawn and amendment but still not success.   Who needs lawn space?  I think I hear grass being grubbed out for more plants and a stone patio going in 🙂

Backyard

The view coming down to the side to the back flower bed.

side

I love having flowers in the garden and being able to cut some to bring insideand to give away.  Here was this weekends cuts.  It includes flowering Oregano, Dahlia ‘Café Au Lait’, Butterfly Bush, Marigold, Nicotiana sylvestris and some Knautia.

Cut flowers

Here are some of my favorites that are blooming in the garden now.

sanguisorba

Sanguisorba – love the dark red flowers.

Chocolate Sunflower

Sunflower ‘Chocolate’ – love this color, it appears almost like velvet.  If I could have fields of different sunflowers it still would not be enough.

Henry

Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’ – looking great I would love to have more of these scattered in the garden beds.

Toad lily

Toad Lily Samurai has proven to me how tough it can be.  It has done very well for me in a rocky dry spot.

zinnia

Lastly for today, Zinnia Queen Red Lime.  Last year I could not figure out if I liked the color of them or not but I have decided yes.  They look great inside as cuts and mix well with other flowers.

I hope everyone has a great week!