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Friday, February 27, 2009

What's Going On In My Gardens Today?

Finally! Daffs have decided to make an appearance.

I have some more Narcissus-double Erlicheer ( Early Cheer) blooming.
Ah, more Paperwhites
I like this taller version of the Dianthus (Sweet William)
My wagon is filling out
and I just love Pansies in a hanger. I have been asked if these were silk flowers.
More Daffs on their way
My husband got a piece of this Azalea out of the backwoods and I rooted it last year!! It's still in the container on the back deck, guess it's time to find it's forever home.

What's going on in your gardens today?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Beautiful blue sky.....Eurasian Collared Doves in the Pear Tree....a bonus...


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Beautiful Day

Photos are from July 2008. Can't wait to see the difference a year of hard work makes.

Celosia
Purple Coneflowers
Zinnias
Susans
Just curious, how many flower seeds can a person plant in one day? No, this is not a trivia question. The weather is beautiful and I have been bouncing back and forth between flower beds. Every seed that goes in the ground is followed by, "Lord Bless My Gardens." Hope you are having a beautiful day too!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday...(anticipating blooms) HELP!

I planted, Larkspur, Lupine and Foxglove...........? Forgot what order. Which is this?

I think I have already been told that this is the Lupine, correct?

and this?
My first with Sweet Peas also....are they slow growers, do I need to do anything special? Do I need to fertilize them?
I think I put Cosmos here, wating on the true leaves for an ID.
I believe I put Convolvulus, blue enchantment -- Bush Morning Glory in the container.

The Rudbeckia's have always caused some confusion for me. I call them all Susan's, I know that is not fair. I have two types. Can't wait to compare the blooms. Here you see smaller greener leaves...
Here are the longer lighter green leaves....

Yes, this one is growing right in the edge of my mums.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Award

Thank you Patsy from http://bennie-thesmiths.blogspot.com for awarding me this! I would like to pass it on to:

Rosemarie-- http://thecarrollfamily-rosemarie.blogspot.com

Tootsie-- http://tootsietime.blogspot.com

Valerie-- http://lifeslittlegarden.blogspot.com

Jean and Jerzie-- http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com

I am thankful for the awards and the tags that we have played during the winter months. As Spring gets closer I may not be able to dedicate as much time to these awards and tags. As I will be gardening and blogging about that! YIPPEE!!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Today's Flowers

Homestead Verbena........has stayed green all year and is now starting to bloom again. Blueberry--yummy, can't wait!
Pear tree,,,,,,,,,oh, those pear pies!
Paperwhites
Candytuft
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Different Plants

Juncas effusus "Spiralis" or Corkscrew Rush (Click to enlarge)
Easily grown in wet soils or standing water in full sun. Tolerates light shade.
Once established will slowly spread by creeping roots. (I keep mine confined in a container without drainage holes, looks like it needs a bigger one)
Zones 4-9
Height 1' to 1.5'
To some spiral type rushes are unique and interesting foliage plants whose corkscrew like foliage provides texture and contrast to gardens---to others, it's a little more than a tangled weed.


Equisetum hyemale or Horsetail, Scouring Rush
are remnants of a genus that once included species the size of trees.
Height 1/2 to 5'
Spreading Evergreen
Color - black, dark green, green, yellow green to gold
Tolerates heat and humidity
Zones 7 - 10
Part Sun - Full Sun
Water - Normal to Boggy


Again I have this one confined as well.
Very hard to get rid of if planted in the ground. Primitive vascular plants that reproduce by means of spores, also spread via creeping rhizomes with roots that can grow to a depth of 6 foot!

Both of these would be great in water gardens or boggy areas. I keep mine filled with water.
NOTE: Some say it is poisonous to livestock.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Again - Ipheion

I just had to give you a better look.

Now that she has had some sunshine, she raised her face and straightened her posture. Much better!

Ipheion - "Rolf Fiedler"

I was so surprised when I found this little baby last night. I couldn't get a good blue photo so I tried again this morning, after being drenched in almost an inch and a half of rain it's a little beat up.

Ipheion
Genus of the Alliaceae Family
Leaves smell like onions when crushed
Full Sun
Full Spring height 5 - 7 inches
Well drained soil - clay or winter wet will kill it fairly quickly
Plant 3 inches deep 2 inches apart (I planted 15 of these)

This is an unnamed species, but is considered to be Ipheion uniflorum. Bright blue flowers, this is another plant in this complex that is controversial. Some feel Rolf Fiedler is really Tristagma peregrinans P. Ravenna but this plant has not been verified by anyone except the person who named it.


Note: You may find the leaves emerge in the fall - freezing solid and the flower emerges in the spring, normally isn't a cause for panic as this is it's natural growth habitat.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Some People Are Sick!!!

I really encourage you to view this.

Click http://wctv.tv/ look on the right side, scroll down to the AP Video and click on, Police: Woman caught tampering with baby food, Broward Co. Florida!!!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What Kind of Flower Are You?

Suzanne over at http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.com/ just posted about a quiz she took, "What Kind of Flower are You" at http://www.thisgardenisillegal.com/ click on the quiz in the left hand column under pages I believe.
It's fun and almost correct.

I am a Canna Lily - "You stand up for what you believe in, even if it gets in the way of what other people think. You are proud of yourself and your accomplishments and you enjoy letting people know that."
The only thing I disagree with in this is the "enjoy letting people know that",
I do stand up for what I believe in (sometimes to a fault), and I am pround of my accomplishments. Go take the test and let us know what Kind Of Flower You Are!!

Bloomin' Tuesday...

My hubby bought me some Tulips this past Saturday, the first Tulips I have ever owned. Upright Perennial
Bloom Time - Spring
Cold Hardiness - -20 to -30F
Full Sun

Cut back after flowering


He also bought me a new Hibiscus - Jane Cowel Hibiscus
Double Salmon-colored flowers
Full Sun
Average Size 10' x 5'



Purple Pansies

Little buds on our Blueberry Bush
CandytuftMore Pansies
Dianthus are beginning to bloom.
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