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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fertilizer/Flaunt Friday

Linking up with Tootsie for Fertilizer/Flaunt Friday......
A rescued Gerbera Daisy from Wal-Mart for $1.50, score!

One of my wheelbarrows.  There is a Diascia on the left and one on the right.  The one on the left is Diascia Coral the regular type.  The one on the right is, drum roll please, Diascia Darla!  How cool is that?  Anyway, the Darla series is more compact and the leaves seem to be a little larger and more jagged.

White Wisteria has a few more blooms than last year.  And it's fragrance is divine.

Love this darker purple Larkspur.  Becky, I hope you can see the foliage on the Larkspur.

I would love to have more of this pink Larkspur.  I'll be saving the seeds for sure!!

Clematis on the lattice, it is always a wonderful performer.

I declare these Clematis blooms are the size of my hand.

I had the cortisone injection in my hip this past Wednesday afternoon.  I took a couple of xanax before the procedure so I was nice and relaxed.  Therefore the procedure went smooth as silk.  Thank you Lord.  I was in the bed the entire day on Thursday, taking pain meds and half a day on Friday.  Friday afternoon I managed to walk around the gardens and take these photos. It can take up to 3 weeks to get full relief.

We are having a nice slow rain today, the soaker kind.  We need it as we are already over 4 inches behind for the year and finished 2011 way below average.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bloomin' Tuesday

I am joining Bloomin' Tuesday  over at Jean's.

I just adore Creeping Phlox.  This is the same area as my header.  

Red Breadseed Poppies have started blooming.  They are originally from Catherine in Oregon about three or four years ago.  I have mailed seeds all over the states and also several gardeners in our neighborhood have them.  The seeds were also given away as favors at my daughter's wedding in 2010.  Thanks Catherine!

Double Knockout Roses

Clematis growing up a Crape Myrtle, it was rescued for a dollar the same time the purple one below was rescued.

Third year for this Clematis that was rescued for one dollar.  I'll show the other 4 on Friday.

And finally my husband and I found a white Loropetalum!
I have so much going on in the gardens right now, LOVE this time of the year.  

Most of you know that I have been having hip/back/knee issues. The x-ray showed some hip joint issues. The MRI was normal, no pinched nerves. Tomorrow I go for a cortisone hip injection in hopes that it will resolve the pain.  It has made everyday activities extremely difficult.  It is my prayer that the injection will relieve the pain.   Please, if you have had a negative experience with this procedure do not share it with me.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fertilizer Friday

A few posts back I showed some foliage of some of the bulbs my husband has been ordering for me, none     of us recognized it.  When it started blooming my husband remembered what he ordered.  "Firecracker Bulbs" he said.  First photo is courtesy of the internet, this is what I have to look forward too!
The photo below is one of mine beginning to bloom.  Dichelostemma 'Pink Diamond' or 'Firecracker' bulbs. Zones 2 - 10, Full Sun to Partial Shade, Grows 20 - 24" Tall, Blooms from early Spring to Early Fall and prefers the soil on the dry side.  I have noticed if it is watered too much the stem with the blooms on it droops.

White Petunias with Gaillardia aka Blanket Flower (yes, I am one of those gardeners that lets the leaves naturally mulch my gardens).

Two types of Amaryllis blooming.  The second one used to be red, why it's an orange color this year is a mystery to me.


Mixed container of Pansies, Violas and Alyssum.  Pink Dianthus in front of it.

A neighbor gave me a bulb two years ago and said he didn't know what it was.  Last year it had foliage and this year a beautiful Lily.

Red Petunias and White Alyssum
Linking up with Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday for the first Friday of Spring 2012!


Friday, March 16, 2012

FF and GBBD

Not only is it time for FF over at Tootsie's it's also time for GBBD over at Carol's .  A big thank you to these ladies for faithfully hosting these parties.  Just one click and you are transported to another garden!

First of the Asiatic Lilies to bloom

Snapdragons

Modge podge of containers.

This container of Petunias was rescued by my husband in November of 2010.  It's in full sun right now, about June I'll hang it on one of the branches of the Crape Myrtle Tree for shade.  It's still  in the container it was purchased in, should I repot  it????????????? 

One of my favorite Verbenas, aka Miss Prissy.

First Clematis bloom of the season.
First Larkspur bloom of the season of course it volunteered right by the driveway.
Yesterday our thermometer read 94 degrees that's 34.4 celsius.  The official reading at the airport was 88 degrees.  We are way above normal for this time of the year.  I hope this is NOT an indication of what the summer will be like!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!



Friday, March 9, 2012

Fertilizer Friday and Flaunt

It's time for Tootsie's weekly party.

Loropetulams aka Fringe Flower are starting to bloom.

Weeping Youpon is starting to bloom.

I wanted to move this Clematis that grows up the Pink Dogwood Tree before it started setting buds.  I might still try to move it, what do you think?

My Amaryllis are starting to set bud!

Some of the Ranunculas from last year have returned.  I adore them!  They look like double Anemone.
I do not know what to make of this weather.  We are seriously back and forth with the windows open, the heater on and then the air conditioner on some days.  I'm not sure if the rest of you have a spring indicator in your gardens or not.  I do.  For as long as I can remember, once my Crape Myrtles start leafing out that means no more freezes for the season.  The are leafing out, so we shall see if it holds true this year.

Some of the summer bulbs that my husband has been ordering are starting to come in.  I have 200 hundred waiting to be planted right now.  They include:

Liatris spicata purple
Anemone coronaria 'De Caen'
Gladioli nanus mix
Allium moly luteum golden
Sparaxis tricolor mix

Here's hoping for great weekend weather for gardening!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fertilizer Friday

 A container of Alstromeria in the greenhouse waiting to find a home in the garden.
 Rex Begonia blooming in the greenhouse.
 The tall Dianthus is beginning to put on a show.
 Here are a couple more Daffs.  I really don't know how many different ones I have.  One thing is for sure, I love them all!
 Miss Saigon Dutch Iris.
This is my offering for Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsietime