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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday...

For our Anniversary my husband so lovingly bought me a pink sapphire and diamond necklace and it is beautiful, I really like it. When I looked in the bag again, a $100.00 gift certificate to the local nursery!!!!!!!!!!! You gardeners know what a gift certificate to the nursery can do to a person. I finally got to go over there yesterday and it was beautiful. I had a few things in mind that I have been wanting. I spent $99.19, pretty good huh?

First I have really been wanting a Firespike - Odontonema cuspidatum.
Long-lasting southern blooms.
Blooms early summer to fall. Scarlet-red terminal spikes atop shiny, dark green foliage. Makes an excellent specimen plant. Hummingbirds and butterflies love it.
Grows to 6'
Prefers well-drained soil.
Plant sun or shade. The newspaper just had an article about the Firespike, it will grow beautifully in the shade with minimum flowers. Needs sun to fully bloom.

Milkweed - Silky Gold - Asclepias. Brilliant non-stop blooms all summer till frost. Erect bushy plants.
Full Sun
Height 3'
It has a few buds on it.
Butterfly gardens, wildflower and naturalized settings. Easy to grow in moist or dry soil.
Demands good drainage.

Mexican Bush Sage - Salvia Cruz.
Sun to part shade.
Height 15 - 18" (I think this one is bigger than that)
Soil evenly moist.
Butterflies are supposed to like it as well.
I also purchased 16 more pansies and over 70 bulbs, Narcissus- you know, Daffodils. Some are February Bloomers some are early spring. I hope to have a month or two of show from them. I also purchased some Leucojum and Ipheion which all of these are supposed to naturalize, if so, money well spent. So, I need to get busy!
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Anonymous said...

Wow fantastic finds Darla! I think every garden needs a milkweed for the monarchs! Happy Birthday (belated?)!

Darla said...

This is my first try with the milkweed. We'll see how it goes.

Jean said...

What a great gift! You have gotten yourself a lot of work planting all those bulbs or is planting part of the gift? lol! Can't wait for spring at your place! Jean

Sweetie said...

You really made some good selections. Your husband is soooooo thoughtful. I give my daughters gift certificates to our favorite green house for Easter. I have bulbs to plant also. I ordered some from my grandson's class in school and they arrived yesterday.

fishing guy said...

Darla: Oh what fun, a shopping spree for the garden of flowers.

Congrats on the anniversary.

bennie and patsy said...

Anniversary? I would have guessed you won the garden lottery. Happy Anniversary to you both. You see I got Frank back on the comment.

Leedra said...

I didn't know it got cold enough in your area for the daffodils. It is so hard to pick, but daffodils are one of my favorites. Probably because I got them from my Granny.

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2sweetnsaxy said...

Such nice plants. I'm looking forward to doing some work in my yard. I've been neglect. :-(

GreenJeans said...

You're going to love that Firespike! And the Mexican Sage. Oh, and the milkweed. Ok, everything you bought! :-) Happy Anniversary!

Laurie and Chris said...

What a great gift to get. I love to get gifts like that so I can choose what I would like. You picked some really neat plants.