Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Working On Filling Up The Gardens

There is so much work filling up the gardens. I have a lot of space. All of them can still handle more. I suppose most of us gardeners say that. Still there is lots to do.
 
Sharing some of the pretties from my gardens that we have been working on.

 
 
Bearded Iris Julius Ceasar (I think)


 
Dahlia's. I love how full these were. I bought only 2 of them but they make a statement.


 
Pink Lady Hibiscus. So glad to add this jewel to my part sun/shade garden.

 
Added four of these white/beige like gerbera daisy's. Do you see the weeds growing in the dianthus. Yes all of the gardens need some weeding but it so much more fun to plant flowers.

 
 
Ice plants to the rear of this picture and gerbera daisy to the right and dianthus to the left but these gorgeous full on pink dahlias are the star of the show here. Too bad the photo doesn't capture the beautiful solid pink on these dahlias


 
 
Always wanted to add gazanias and now I have. Love the happy yellow.

 
Ice plants. (Delosperma)

 
 
I am so in love. Never had a foxglove to bloom for me. I really need to read up on this plant. I put down seeds in early January 3 years ago. Now look. I received the seeds from Tanya from My Secret Garden.  http://tanyasgarden.blogspot.com/

 
The yarrow is taking over the garden but I love the soft dainty flowers and the foliage. I suppose it is easy to transplant some the babies from this.

 
 
Nothing makes a gardener happier than to see repeats from the year before especially if it is sometimes considered an annual. A few of the Dahlia Figaro came back for me and I also put down some new seeds since they did so well last year.

 
The first day lily of the season. I would have to get my journal to know the name - sorry.

 
 
Astilbe is a happy addition to my gardens. Love the brightness this adds to the garden. Bright pink.

oops.

 
 
New hanging basket. Albuttion (spelling not sure)

 
 
Happy petunia's on the front porch.

 
 
My mom and I love gardening and she thought of me when purchasing flowers last week. She bought me this new Mandevilla. 

 
 
We placed it in this bed where there are dahlia's and lots of zinnia's, coneflower and lisianthus. I moved the coneflower and lisanthus as a transplant. Hope they like their new home. I never new how much coneflowers spread and drop seeds. I have a lot of new plants from last years seeds that blew in the wind I suppose.
 
 
Well I guess that's it for now. I have to get busy here.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Growing Like Weeds

 
Just a few photos of what's going on in my yard and gardens over the past couple of weeks.
 
 



 
 
Yellow Knock Out Rose.

 
 
Geranium and dusty miller makes a good combination however I may be taking out the dusty miller as it is crowding the geranium. I've cut it back a lot but it is very happy here. I've never seen such stalks on dusty miller before.



 
Snapdragons are one of my favorite flowers as they perform beautifully for me and the blooms are just so pretty.

 
This was taken a couple of weeks ago and I must get another photo for you as it is so much more full since this was taken. Some of the empty spots have seeds up. There are dahlia's and astilbe coming up in the back. Now that the seeds are up pretty well I can begin to fill in some spots with plants.







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Gerbera Daisy's

 
begonia
 
 
salvia

 
dahlia's

 
astilbe

 




 
I am tickled to death that I have lots of buds on the foxglove. The plant is huge. 


 
 
All of the garden beds still have plenty of room for more plants. I'm beginning to think we have too much gardening going on. 










 
I forgot the name on this one and can't read it.
 
 
delphinium
 
 
We are having another cool spell and I know all you folks up north are wondering where spring is. It is behind this year. Hope you soon get lots of warm weather.
 
Prayers for our country. Things are a mess everywhere. Ya'll stay safe.
 
Have a nice day.
 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Busy Weekend And...

 
So Worth It. Just a warning - this is a long post so I'll try not to be too wordy.
 
 
My baby sister came into town to surprise us with a visit. Teri lives in Salem Oregon and flew down to Palm Beach CA and drove from there to Mobile. Gotta love sis as this is something I would do.
 
This is both of my sisters. Teri is on the left and Bonnie on the right. I am in the middle and the oldest. We set out on Friday to spend the day together. We had a great time laughing and enjoying just being together and being just sisters. The photo is taken at Zeke's Landing in Orange Beach AL.


 
I spent Saturday going grocery shopping and purchasing plants. Actually shopping is so much more fun when I'm buying new plants. Actually every single weekend is spent mixing potting mix and black cow and buying plants. It's a busy time of year.
 
My first succulent. I fell in love with the container and plant at Walmart.


 
I purchased a new camera. Didn't know GE made a camera. It's a 16 megapixel. I'm still learning how to use it.
 





 
The rest of the photos were taken with the new camera.
 
Some of these plants were planted in the last 2 weeks. But on Saturday we dug 55 holes for 55 new plants. Yes I was worn completely out but not before we had grilled rib eye steak, baked potato and cole slaw. A tired but productive day.
 
The new begonia is taking off and has grown a lot in the past 2 weeks.
 

I've never had much luck with gerbera daisy's but I'm hopeful this year.
 


 
Salvia is taking off. This was just a small clump last year when I transplanted it from another garden.
 




Snapdragons are one of my favorite plants and flowers. They usually do very well in my gardens and many times they are happy to return from the previous year.
 


 
This year I ordered plants from Harvest Garden Supply. I was so pleased with how they arrived and how quick they arrived when the company said it would ship. The plants looked so healthy. The company packaged in such a manner that they stayed moist and didn't crowd out any other plants. I will definitely order from them again.
 
I purchased two delphiniums. This one is Cherry Blossom and the other is Sky Blue.
 


Three dahlias are up that I purchased from My Garden Colors. I will definitely order from them again. I ordered Dahlia Park Record and Dahlia Penny Lane. Three of each came and 5 out of six are up.
 


Astilbe planted earlier in the season has buds and is growing nicely.
 


 
More dahlias coming up.


I was just about to take this purse to Goodwill when I thought - oh wait this calling for a flower. I planted begonia, dusty miller and vinca's together.
 



 
Star Burst Ice Plant from Lowe's.


Monarda Fire Ball Red from Garden Harvest.

 


 
Dianthus from Lowe's.

Planted 16 dianthus and 16 short zinnia's.


 
This is Autumn Blush Coreopsis from Garden Harvest.

 
Coreopsis Jethro Tull.


The leaves on this foxglove are big and stunning however if I don't get a flower this year it will be gone. This is the third year in the ground with no flowers yet.

 
Jewel of the Desert Garnet Ice Plant (delosperma) from Garden Harvest. Also have Jewel of the Desert Peridot. 

Pink Mist Scabisosa.

 
Butterfly Blue Scabiosa.

 
Gazania Kiss from Lowe's.

 
Lania Verbena from Lowe's.

 
Delphinium Summer Nights from Lowe's.

 
Yellow Gerbera Daisy's from Lowe's.

 
 
Yarrow has spread a lot and now is budding out.

 
Triple blooming daffodil.

Oops couldn't delete these two duplicates.


 
 
There is still lots more going on in my busy gardens but I will share more in the next post.
 
 
Hope you have a fabulous Monday.