Saturday, April 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - April 2017

This April Gardeners Bloom Day is the most prolific April Bloom Day I can remember. I have looked back at several years of posting. many of which I didn't bother to post, and this does reinforce my thought. I can't find an April that has this many plants blooming, and here I was fretting that nothing would be in bloom when the folks come to visit on Easter.
I must say that most of the early blooming bulbs have worn out what with so little rain and all the hot weather. Yet there are a few hangers on, like these grape hyacinths that are light blue that fades to white and the yellow narcissus. The Camassia and Dicentra formosa are just coming on.
The Serviceberry tree has gone over but the Silverbell tree is blooming nicely.
It is so difficult to get a blooming tree photo. Yes, you are seeing pink on this silverbell. This variety is named 'Rosy Ridge' and it does have a touch of rose in the little bells as you can see up close. No matter how you look at it it looks pretty to me.
You can see here the big red dogwood is all abloom. Behind you can see some of the Redbuds.
The Leatherleaf Viburnum is abloom. I just love these little pink and white blooms with little rays of yellow around the edges.
Another Viburnum is blooming too. This is the standard that I made from the parent plant I am pleased how it has come along.
A few tulips and narcissus along with old fashioned purple irises are looking good. The Irises aren't quite all out yet. 
Virginia Blue Bells are abloom. 
The pink Lily of the Valley started blooming before the white ones this year.
Today I found my first Iris Crisata blooming. It seems like mine are always the last to come into bloom. I don't mind just as long as they do bloom.  
I could go on and on but I won't. I will just put a further listing at the bottom of this post for my reminder and your perusal.  For those of you that want to see more blooms pop over to Carols May Dreams Garden to see what is blooming where this month.

Blue Phlox
Golden Alexander
Spring Beauties
Ice plant
Creeping phlox
Anemone Blanda
Epimediums - yellow and red
Variegated Soloman' s Seal
Blue Hollies
Forest Pansy Redbud
White Lilac
Old fashioned Lilac
Variegated Kerria Shrub
Double Kerria Shrub
Azalea (Red)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Cogitation

So much has been going on in the garden I have hardly had time to stop and think. Today is the day. I am worn out. You see I have been encouraged by this warm spring weather we have been having.
I have had my first plant shopping trip. It was fun not only because of all the plants I have purchased but I was with some of my favorite people, my daughter, sister, niece and cousin. I wish I had a picture of this motley crew.  We easily filled the back end of a full sized truck with all our purchases.
Something I have wanted for a long time is one of these rocks that someone carved-out a niche for water, or I guess you could plant some alpines in it. It doesn't hold water for long I can tell you. I didn't think I would ever pay for a rock like this because, as I kept telling myself, I could drill out a scoop like this if I really wanted to. You know how that is. I never did it so I decided to just buy one. This one even had moss already growing on it.
I don't have too many succulents but this one really was amazing. It looks like a neon plastic hens & chicks. It really is this color and the tag says it will be like this during winter and go to a lime green during summer. Now won't this be interesting to see if it does. It is called 'Gold Nugget'.  Newly available  this year. I am looking forward to see how it grows and colors itself. 
I have had to dig out some sod to plant some plants. I bought a Peony 'Itoh Bartzella' on faith. You don't see it sitting behind the Heucherellas 'Solar Eclipse' because it wasn't up yet. I am hoping the rain we had last night will awaken it. I can always take it back if it doesn't awaken but it is a long drive to do so. This purchase sort of spurred my yellow thinking. You see the Peony is to have yellow blooms and these Heucherellas have a yellow tinge with red veins. 
I bought some yellow paint a gave the old white bird cage a good going over. I like this splash of yellow  on the patio with all the blue and greens.
Yes, I am about ready for summer to begin. So much is happening I haven't been able to get anything posted.
Some of columbine are blooming. This means I had to get out the hummingbird feeder because they could be coming in at any moment. 
I could go on and on but I won't right now. How is spring shaping up in your garden?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bonsai and Moss

Today as I headed out to my hair appointment my hairdresser texted that she would be running late. What is a person to do when you get that message?  As a gardener on a cool spring morning you head for the nearest display of plants available. Yep, no self respecting nursery around here has much to offer this time of year but the local big box store has plenty of pansies and small shrubs etc. I must say I did succumb even though it was spitting rain. After all the weather watchers say we aren't going to have any frost for the next 10 days or so. 
While there I also picked up a magazine MINI GARDENS & TERRARIUMS.  I thought I could sit and read until called to the shearing chair. I just got started reading this magazine when I came upon a picture showing a small Japanese Maple in a box being trained as a bonsai. It had moss and rocks around it. 
Oh be still my heart. This reminded me of the small Japanese Maple that I nursed through last summer. When early winter came along I stowed the pot in the the window well that leads to our crawl space. I thought it might survive with a bit of protection. I couldn't hardly wait to get home and check on my little maple with it's mini hosta and moss.  As you can see the little darlings survived and thrived. This is the only tree in the garden with leaves. So I can say it is a bit warmer in there sort of like a greenhouse. 
With the picture in the magazine as an inspiration I wired the little tree into a cascade. It being so small it was easy to do. 
As you can see I added a small fern that I bought this winter that is supposed to stay small. It looks larger in the pot than I imagined I can always take it out if it gets too big.  
Have you ever tried bonsai?  I have always admired the small trees, plants, moss and rocks that all are part of the whole scene. I have no idea what kind of moss I have in there. The clump of moss that has the spore capsules is a dark green. It has been in the pot as long as the tree and hosta have been together there.  
The flat moss, which is larger and a lighter green, is a piece of moss that I collected not long ago. I hope it likes it's new home. Do any of you have an idea of what kind of mosses I have here?
  I would like to hear your thoughts about my little bonsai start. I don't know what I am doing even though I have read about the process. I decided to go for it. We will have to wait to see what happens now.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - March 2017

It is just that time of  year. I woke to a snowy surprise this morning. I knew it was going to get cold, like it 'felt like' 5 this morning, but I didn't realize we were to get a dash of snow. Enough to make things looks a little saggy.

As you can see the main bloomers are all snugged into the snow.
It didn't take long for the sun to melt the snow and warm up the atmosphere.
The hyacinths weren't too impressed. 
And these narcissus weren't too happy. 
The white crocus were just about coaxed into blooming. 
Right around the corner the spirea was all abloom as it ever is. It sits under the Magnolia tree where it doesn't get enough sunshine but it takes advantage of all it does get. The poor Magnolia didn't get to bloom this year. I won't show you the carnage. It is too depressing.
The windflowers and some of the Hellebores are also protected.
As we stroll by the patio doors you can see that inside there is a bloom or two. The Lime Begonia is still blooming although not as profusely. The tiny azaleas that were a gift to me are still abloom. One isn't too happy but it has color.  
Speaking of indoors...this bromeliad is blooming!  It's a new plant for me. I have only had it since this February. It looked awfully dry when I bought it. I gave it a good drink of rain water.
It repaid me with several of these beautiful white blooms. It's name is Absolute Zero but she is a perfect 10 to me.
What do  you have blooming today? Please do tell and join everyone over at May Dreams Garden  where Carol encourages everyone to share their blooms on the 15th of each month.

Monday, March 13, 2017

In A Vase On Monday - Cooped-up

Since they predicted snow for today I got out yesterday and picked a couple of bouquets for a vase today. I found that these don't smell quite as good as the vase of daffodils last week. They are a cheerful lot though. I wish I had brought in many more of these cheerful faces since it is snowing this morning.
I am like this Cooper's Hawk. I am sitting here this morning with my feet tucked up under me. 
Thankful that I have a nice warm home and plenty to eat. Able to stay inside and enjoy these small vases full of nature's bounty. 
If you are in need of a cheerful vase full of flowers pop over to Rambling in the Garden where Cathy holds this delightful meme. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

In a vase on Monday

I actually have enough flowers to have a vase full for this Monday. Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden has this meme every Monday. It is fun to see what is in everyone's vase on Mondays. I haven't had much to show this winter but others sure have.
These daffodils were given to me so I don't know the variety but they are very prolific. I have a very good stand of them. If anyone knows the name of this variety I would sure like to know. They are blooming early this year.  The reason why they look so short is that I only cut the ones that the wind blew over. The wind is probably going to take care of the rest of them tonight as a severe storm is forecast for the area. 
Do you have any blooms for a vase today? Some people have all sorts of beautiful greens and things for their vases. Why not join in and show what you have in your vase now.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

My Garden Right Now - The reality of my garden at winter's end

Over at Veg Plotting she is having a picture day today and tomorrow for those who would like to share how their garden looks this time of year. You can go here if you wish to participate go here. She said one picture. I had a difficult time trying to decide just where in the garden to take this shot for the day. So I am going to show you two places in my garden that is coming along well for this time of year.
As you can see my small veg plot isn't doing anything as yet. During February when we had some spring-like weather we got the leaves all turned into the raised bed and it is raked over ready for some peas and lettuce.
 Here I am in the middle of the back garden. This flower bed is what I call the OVAL GARDEN.  All my flower beds have a name.  If you notice the bed looks fairly empty except for some hellebores, windflowers and a few shrubs. The Dappled Willow on the left of the picture is just sending out some green and has little catkins on it. The Hinoki cypress Thoweil in the background is showing some light color on the ends of it's branches. I wish I could show you that up close. It is so pretty.
 The planter that I have my hand on was just moved here in February. It has three small shrubs growing in it. They needed to get out of the planter so I moved one of them into the garden. I moved the sweet little shrub you see in the foreground in front of me and the hellebores to this site. Then I planted the other shub in the planter that had held the one in this picture. Are you perfectly confused now?  Well, sometimes I get confused too. 
As you can see though there is a lot of greening and growing into that needs to be done yet. Don't let that sunshine fool you. It is quite cold with the wind blowing here.
So what does your garden look like right now?? 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - February 2017

I don't like to sound repetitious but February in my zone 6 garden doesn't offer much in the line of blooms in February.  Some years there is nothing blooming so I guess I shouldn't complain. We have had so many days of April weathers that I have our first Hellebore blooming. I couldn't help myself. I snatched up the first bloom and brought it inside so I could admire it through out the day.
The dogs broke off a small stem of Witch Hazel while rousting about the garden. So I also have it in a vase inside. 
I think one of the most exciting blooms of winter is the beautiful crocus dotting the garden with tiny dashes of sunshine. 
The little clump of snowdrops out front are all abloom. It is odd that the ones in the back garden are not blooming yet.  
Inside it is more of the same. The orchids have been relegated to a corner in the livingroom since we were having company this weekend and needed the space. They haven't pouted they just keep on blooming.
My final offering are the sweet little florist azaleas that my DB gifted me with this Valentines Day. They are so cheerful. I just wish they would live to bloom again. 
So what is blooming in and around your garden today?  You can pop over to May Dreams Garden where Carol and everyone is sharing their blooms for this February.