Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Flowers After the Rain ~
 Geraniums blooming among the columbine in the front of the house under a very large tulip poplar.
 On a warm day in February, I scattered some poppy seeds. I carefully covered them with soil and waited. This is the first of several poppies that made their way into the gardens.
 Last year, I began growing flowers from seeds in the greenhouse. The snapdragons grew so well last year. Early spring, I cut them back. They have been blooming most of the spring. These were the only variegated blooms.
 Just a few of the snapdragons blooming with one foxglove. Iris leaves stand behind stately.
   About six or so years ago, I bought this bush at Lowe's on clearance. It gets larger every year!
 These are Ray's blueberries. He planted them. He weeds and mulches all the blueberry plants. This plant gives us lots of berries each year. We net the berry bushes when they begin to turn blue. If we didn't the birds would not leave us one berry.
 These sun drops have traveled with me for over 35 years moving from house to home. These are the first to bloom. Easy to transplant and quick to spread.
 A few of the coreopsis which are scattered throughout the gardens. Behind them is the leaf of three let it be. Will be getting rid of that after the rains...
                      This primrose does not spread like the sun drops but is in the same family.
      Right outside the door of the green house is a cluster of sweet william and pinks.
 I grew this butterfly weed, a member of the milkweed family from seed last year. There are now over a dozen milkweed plants throughout the gardens. The newest addition is from the Asheville Botanical Gardens spring sale. No flowers on that one yet...
 Not sure of the name of this, think veronica? It is a very sweet little flower that grows on a very long stem.
 Nestled in among the plants near a butterfly bush is a foxglove. Last year I scattered seeds after a foxglove had bloomed. Several of these are coming up in interesting places.
Angelica among the ferns is a plant that is very invasive. If you have just one tiny bit of a root attached to another plant, it will multiply. It self sows itself and also grows on runners. Deer do not eat the angelica or it would not be spreading into the woods.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Early May Flowers ~
                      Just a few of the iris blooming in the gardens this early part of the month on May.

   This is the only peony blooming although there are three plants around the gardens.

 These snapdragons were some I grew from seed last year. They stayed green throughout the winter. I cut them back in the early spring and they are really spectacular!
 These tiny pinks are about the same color as the wild flower that is blooming now: fire pink.
 This is the year for columbine in the gardens. There are the two varieties of the deep blue violet and the rose pink. These plants even grow tiny seedlings in the gravel.

 These flowers are I believe false indigo. There are two varieties and this one has gotten about double the size of the smaller one which is not yet blooming.
These little carnations wanted to be noticed and seem to be here twice. The joy of flowers....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April Flowers ~

 Some of the late blooming daffodils blooming in the yard which is a direct result of planting them in January. While all the early ones have faded, these are just blooming.
 Each year the Asheville Botanical Gardens has a spring and fall sale. I purchased this woody poppy at the fall sale two years ago.  It has spread and has two baby poppies.
                  The inner cup is bright yellow and the outer is a very pale lemon yellow.
 These are wild daisies that bloom in one section of the yard. They cover the hill and bloom right after the wild grape hyacinths. The bright yellow flower is a wild strawberry which are everywhere!
 This was the only flowering shrub that was planted in the yard before we moved it. The lilac now has four other lilacs nearby to keep her company.
                                       These actually bloom two to three flowers on one stem.
 This daffodil has a very pale pink inner cup which due to the bright sunshine is not seen very well in this photograph.

                                                  This one has the most amazing smell.
 Beware if you purchase this plant. It takes over. A tiny bit of root on the vinca and it seems to enjoy growing no matter where it lands.

 These are lily of the valley which I purchased from the Southwest Virginia Museum's annual plant sale coming up on April 22 in Big Stone Gap. They have spread and when I came into the garden the fragrance was really sweet. In the side yard, they have yet to bloom.
                                           Some little pinks blooming outside the greenhouse.
 This is where I have been spending a lot of the greenhouse. There are a lot more plants than in this photo. The round leaves belong to nasturtiums.
                                          Primroses from the Museum's annual plant sale.
 Wild geranium dug from a friend's garden before she moved away. They are spreading.
The wild violets are all over the yard. I have asked Ray not to cut the yard until they stop blooming. Their are a few white ones with blue stripes. Hope you enjoyed the visit in the garden.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Daffodils are Blooming!!!!! ~
 They are filling the gardens with color, fragrance, pollinators, and joy! The grow laughter was purchased at Sinking Creek Gardens in Ft. Collins, Colorado. A wonderful community garden with a children's garden that I visit each time I am in Ft. Collins.
 Each year since we have lived here, I have planted at least 150 daffodil bulbs. Two years ago, I started ordered from a company that ships their bulbs directly from Holland, Van Engelen Inc.This years bulbs aren't blooming yet!. I procrastinated and put them in the ground on a warm day in January.
                                            These are the different varieties blooming today.

                   There were only two of these beauties with such a deep salmon pink cup.

 This is one of the oldest. I think is if from 1890. I transplanted these from the Episcopal rectory where we lived for many years with a garden filled with tulips as well as daffodils. Here the critters will eat the tulip bulbs like candy!

                 The King Alfred daffodils run the length of the wall and up the driveway.
Some of the tiny little daffodils that smell so sweet. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the daffodils blooming in my gardens. The mountains are alive with spring right now and maybe that snow will stay in Philadelphia!