April 14, 2014

April Bloom Day

The big show of daffodils is over. Azaleas are done for another year. We have moved into full blown green and the weather is delightful.

Great wads of Philadelphus are blooming,
prolonging the 'dogwood' season.
Butterflies are out and mostly too quick for photos.
This Giant kindly posed.

'Snowball' Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum and Baptisia alba. Baptisia is not quite open.

Auricula eyed Sweet William Dianthus

Pure white Sweet William Dianthus

Bath's Pink Dianthus. 
Toadflax, Poppies and second growth Cabbages

Poppies are not as plentiful this year, but those blooming are wonderful. The first Corn Poppy bloomed today, no pic of it.

California Poppies, well placed here. Blooming with Amaryllis

"Exotica" Amaryllis -- worth the wait.

My Petunia patch from last year has not returned.
One Laura Bush Petunia, blooming with Sedum Acre.
Irises and Roses are blooming. I didn't make pics of blue Louisiana Iris and the pretty German Iris white with yellow falls and orange beard from Janie V. KnockOut Roses are a knockout. Reine des Violettes and the little sweetheart rose Cecilie Brunner are in bloom.
Happy Bloom Day.

March 31, 2014

Too Old for Easter Eggs, I Collect Flower Pots

Now that Epis and Begonias have evacuated the greenhouse, there is room but is there ROOM? I set some plants out on Ike's little porch: parsley, a trio of Porterweed seedlings and some chartreuse Alternanthera.

The rainbow of pots is a temporary notion. Schlumbergeras to the right must move outside soon into a shadier location where they thrived last summer.

Purple Heart Cuttings -- can there be too many?

There's no sign of regrowth on White Shrimp in the garden.
Glad I have these few.

My old Bromeliads are dying. Half a dozen pups are potted up separately. They need brighter light to turn pink. I took out the Neoregelia in the top of the grapevine ball. It never flourished in that medium, nor did the Schlumbergeras which seem to prefer a pot of soil of their own..  Pineapple sages in tin cans are ready to plant out. I found one plant from last year with new growth.

Firecracker finally blooming.

This pitiful piece of Persian Shield dried up and died but it still bloomed.

So why did I leave the Christmas lights up? It was a real effort for an old woman to climb up there and get them in place. I decided to just leave them. They look swell at night even when it isn't Christmas. FYI, climbing up isn't a big deal. Getting back down takes coordination.

It's all fun but I do have to stop unnecessary climbing.. 

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