Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Catching Up...Part 2

I was in frenzy mode yesterday dividing daylilies and spent so much time looking up their color, height and bloom time (so they could be transplanted properly), that I did not get my annuals for pots...I guess there's still plenty of time. Also too much time spent taking pictures, which I deleted more than kept!  Okay, let's continue the tour of what's blooming.

Zepherine Drouhin...one of the very few climbing roses WITHOUT thorns. And she smells wonderful, too! Go ahead, close your eyes and take a whiff..isn't she sweet?!

Every garden needs a little white...not only to help blend strong color combinations but white blooms are what's visible to the eye in a night garden. I love this bright spirea and Snowball viburnum.

The very first bloom on my Knockout shrub rose.
The buds on this rhododendron really appears RED but in full bloom, she tends to look more hot pink.

Tinkerbell Lilac: Such big fragrance for this dwarf variety.

I added this spiderwort last summer because of their wonderful chartreuse foliage. The added bonus are these deep blue flowers...cool fuzzy centers huh?

False Indigo Baptisia: not as full or showy as in past years...I have a feeling they are getting choked out by the Joe Pye weed, which are ALL over the place.
Saved for last is my Best in Bloom Today...these gorgeous herbaceous peonies. The first to open are these single petaled variety. The centers remind me of bright yellow egg yolks.
This deep pinky purple is the second to bloom down the border. Whites and double pinks are still in buds. Some years they bloom 2-3 weeks, others 10 days, depending on weather.

Unfortunate for the peonies, a wet forecast for the next few days but I'll be somewhat glad for the break. Maybe I'll get some household chores in.  I said MAYBE...

25 comments:

  1. WOW now that was a show! Love your flowers and you do a great job with camera too. ;)

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  2. We have quite a few of the same things blooming now. I was looking at the 'Tinkerbell' lilacs and wondered about them. Now I know!
    Enjoy all your flowers!

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  3. I think I just saw a Tinkerbell too. Love your Peonies and I'm a real fan of Spiderwort. I have a pink one and a purple one. Their bloom is so unusual the way it grows on the side of the foliage.

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  4. Those peonies are BEAUTIFUL! Great pictures too!

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  5. Now I am impressed because I never saw a peony like that one with the yellow center. I like white flowers in the garden for night also. The picture of the fuzzy centered spiderwort is so wonderful and it does look so pretty against its foliage. Beautiful pictures.

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  6. Hi Lynn, what a fragrant post! I could almost smell the roses and lilacs. Single peonies are my favorites, not the kind I happen to have however. I should dig out the herbaceous overblowns and replace them with singles. Yours is the prettiest color I have seen too. Love your Sweet Kate. :-)
    Frances

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  7. Amazing, so many plants blooming right now.
    Love all your plants but I agree the peonies may be the best. They're sure are stunning !

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  8. LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY flowers!!! I love them all especially the peonies :-D

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  9. I love those peonies, LH. They are definitely the best, best, best...

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  10. Love your photos, beautiful.

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  11. love the white spirea and the peonies oh how I wish we could grow them here! Everything is beautiful ..
    hugs, Cherry

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  12. Good morning. It's official, I'm packing up and moving to your garden!! I love it! The picture with the alliums, peonies and J. Maple (below) really stole my heart. So awesome! This single peony is the same one with the seedheads I posted about today. It's so pretty and to think I was never a single kind of gal:) I say nah to the household chores. I can barely get supper on the table and dishes done and think that is enough! So much rather be weeding:) Don't work too hard regardless of what you do today-enjoy that awesome garden!

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  13. Hi Lynn! Wow, all of your photos would be 'best in bloom' in my yard;-) Your single petal pink peonies are to die for...(not literally, thanks but no thanks!!). The yellow really is bright. My one pink/purple peony bloom is gone, due to loads of rain and wind. All the white blooms are out, but many are 'down' and 'out' due to the same rain/wind. This happened prior to getting a nice photo of them on the bush;-( Luckily I took a photo of several stalks of them that I'd cut and brought inside!! I might show them on a post soon.

    Your yard must be heaven. In person it must be like a dream. More blooms than I will ever see. I think you have more land, and much sunnier areas than I have here. My back yard seems to work better as a mostly shade garden. I prefer the mostly sun plants, though. Those deep purple peonies are delectable!

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  14. Excellent photos. Do you find yourself twirling and skipping about and singing alot? Your garden has that kind of affect on me. The spiderwort is unimaginable, and the peonies are delectable like Jan says.

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  15. I wish that computers offered smell-o-vision! I'd love to smell that sweet rose, and your peonies too. Ahhhhh.

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  16. Hi Tina, thanks! Don't be fooled..for every good picture I show, I delete 10..but practice makes perfect right? Your last post with Aiden's picture is adorable!!

    Thank you, Catherine and Linda. Tinkerbell is very similar to a Miss Kim lilac. Very small flowers but very fragrant. I like the dwarf varieties because I can reach it to deadhead..lol.

    Jessica, Darla and Lona. Thanks for your visits, girls. I truly appreciate your compliments :)

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  17. Okay, Frances, you've stumped me...which one is my Sweet Kate?? The single pink peony? I am not one for keeping records of cultivars...except daylilies, of course!

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  18. Haha, Tina! Okay, move in but you have to earn your keep by doing chores! You're right though, nothing got done like I wanted..except paying the bills before the collectors come-a-knockin'! Thanks for the visit :)

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  19. My rhododendron looks like the same variety as yours. I love how the buds are that intense red colour and then the blooms are a hot pink. We had some winter kill this year because it was an intense winter here in Ontario. We had a ton of snow and really cold weather and my rhodo didn't take it too well. Oh well, it's blooming now and looking good (although not as good as yours)

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  20. Aww, thanks, Jan! My yard is an acre and it's mostly sun! Believe me, I do wish for a shade garden in the heat of the season! There are some areas under trees where I can grow ferns but I'd love to grow many other woodland plants and can't!
    The rain and wind really do the peonies in don't they. It's been cool and light rain here so they are still holding up ok. Yes, please post your peonies arrangement.

    Hi Laura, I DO rock out to my I-pod when I'm working..it's so much more enjoyable! I can't sing but I DO (hopefully, the neighbors can't hear)!

    Robin, wish you could smell the rose, too! It's pure heaven!

    Hi Heather, I lost a white rhody after the hard winter but this red one is newly planted last year and faces north so it gets afternoon protection. Btw, did you get my last email?

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  21. Everything is just so gorgeous. I've never seen a rhody with that color bloom. I love the bed of peonies too! I'm still waiting for mine to bloom - maybe next week. -Jackie

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  22. Your pictures are stunning! I just love all your flowers! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  23. Love the Snowball viburnum...I wish they grow in India.

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  24. what a beautiful bounty!

    love your angles, depths of field.
    beautiful job!

    peace~

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