Showing posts with label Angelina sedum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Angelina sedum. Show all posts

Sunday, July 6, 2014

So many blooms!

It seems that in late spring, I get so busy planting that I don't find time for posting here. There aren't as many blooms then either, since everything is newly planted. Well, now it's summer time, and there are flowers everywhere! Now I'm out there snapping pictures of every little bloom, then I end up not posting because I'm too busy editing photos. Either way, it's a silly excuse, and I thought it was time to update the blog with some of the pretty spots around the yard. I find it so lovely out there, that I often look around me and just sigh with contentment.
Tahitian sunset rose

Fourth of July climbing rose
Chinatown rose-brand new!

Happy Chappy-groundcover rose
Pope John Paul rose-brand new! 

It really is heart warming to see my roses rebounding like they have. I have to say, anything that survived the cold winter actually seems healthier than ever. As a matter of fact, I'd say the cold did them some good. Several of my older roses were really out of control, and too large for their space. But now they've been cut back to a bit smaller space, and they seem much better for it, like my favorite yellow knock out rose. One thing that was not improved by winter was my birdhouse. It now appears to be the low rent district birdhouse. I'll have to figure out how to do some repairs.
Rosa Sunny knock out rose

Another plant that received a little judicious pruning was the lavender. It was a little slow to start, then I had to really cut out a lot of deadwood. But over all, it looks better than ever because it's more controlled now.
Munstead lavender with Angelina sedum flowers
Mustead lavender with Cheyenne Spirit lavender and Moonshine yarrow
Munstead lavender with shasta daisies

I use common geraniums fairly often, but I found that I rarely take pictures of them. I thought I should remedy that. My patio urns are filled with multi colored geraniums this year. 
Common pelargonium

 Now this little beauty is what I call my "pet" geranium. I like to bring a potted geranium into the house over the winter to cheer me up, and what better way than this one with variegated leaves. I love it, and it doesn't even have to bloom to be pretty.
Pelargonium tri-color
I've never grown red hot poker before, but when a friend passed on a seedling, I thought I'd give it a try. Turns out that I really like it! I wish the blooms lasted longer though.
I know I rave about my sedum Angelina all the time, especially in winter. But I've noticed that it makes a nice backdrop for a lot of my summer flowers. Here it is framing Black and Blue salvia. It's one of those annuals that I must have every summer. It's actually listed as hardy to zone 6, which I am, but I've never had it return. Sometimes I leave it growing in a pot so that I can overwinter it inside. But most of the time I just buy a new one each spring.
Black and Blue salvia
Black and blue salvia
I also like the way that the sedum Angelina makes a nice backdrop for garden art. I'm a big fan of Mexican pottery, so I thought this globe looked nice nestled here.
Sedum Angelina with Talavera pottery
 Here's a peek at my little water garden. I purposely fed them so they'd come up top for their photo op.
Water Garden
I thought I'd give you a look at another one of the Proven Winner plants I'm trialing. This one is a heuchera called Cinnamon Curls. It was quite red when I first got it, but now the color is more variable. I'll be curious to see if it blooms this year. I am anxious for it to grow up a little bigger, but it is quite pretty either way. They gave me several shade plants in my trial box, and that's always a challenge here. My shady spots are quite small, so I had to find a spot to wedge them in!
Cinnamon Curls heuchera
I plan most of my back garden as a sanctuary for butterflies and hummingbirds. Of course that means growing milkweed for the monarchs, and various carrot family crops for swallowtails. I haven't seen a monarch yet, but I've heard they are in the area. All of my milkweeds are blooming, and ready for company. I'd like to get a few more varieties, if I can find them locally.
Swamp milkweed
Gay butterflies milkweed
Gay butterflies milkweed
But I definitely did see swallowtails in the garden. I spotted one laying her eggs on my dill plants. Soon after, I found them covered in all manner of swallowtail caterpillars!
Swallowtail caterpillars
I picked up an annual cuphea to help attract hummers, but I haven't seen them on this one. It's called Candy Corn. I like it either way. And I see hummingbirds all the time anyway. Just another one of the many blooms I'm enjoying right now. Soon, I'll have many more to share with you!
Cuphea Candy Corn with Snapdragons Tall Ribbon Mix

Thursday, June 19, 2014

June makes me happy!

So, the ugly winter is far behind us now, and I think I won't bring it up anymore. But if I did bring it up, I'd say that the nasty winter made most things about a month behind in the garden. Normally, May is when everything is blooming, lovely, and nearly perfect. This year, it's June that makes me happy. I think everything is in bloom at once. And with the soft summer nights, it's the perfect time to sit outside after dinner and watch the bird parade. Naturally, robins are a personal favorite. 
American Robin
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
House Sparrow
My containers are particularly lovely this year. Last year, I did a pot in shades of bright yellow and black, and that's what I was trying to duplicate here. But I accidentally bought a burgundy and yellow petunia instead of black and yellow, so I just went with it. 
 One thing I'm really enjoying is the opportunity to trial some plants for Proven Winners. I expected two or three plants, but I got a lot more than I bargained for. But what fun! Watch for these to come available to the general public in 2015. The annuals have been real winners so far. This is a Black Cherry Supertunia, and the deep, rich burgundy color is hard to catch on film. Trust me, it's gorgeous! And it is blooming like mad.
Black Cherry Supertunia
 Here's a fun one, it's Superbena Royale Cherryburst. It's like peppermint candy in flower form. Look for it next year!
Superbena Royale Cherryburst
This little one is Superbells Frostfire. It also blooms like crazy. I see why all three of these annuals are called Super-something. I've never seen such heavy blooms.And I am thrilled to be able to try these out for Proven Winners! I also have a few shrubs and perennials, but I'll feature them later in the summer after they grow up a bit.
 One thing that is really making me happy is how the roses are making a comeback. Winter was so rough on roses that I was convinced they wouldn't bloom at all. I'm so glad I was wrong! I did lose six different rose bushes, but I replaced them with even better varieties. Now the new ones may not have bloomed yet, but some of them are close. It's all very exciting for a rose lover.
Angelface-a lavender rose!
Zepherine Drouhin-thornless
Oranges and Lemons
Funny Face
Sunny Knockout-fragrant!

My herb garden is very enthusiastic this time of year. Here is chamomile in bloom with its charming little flowers, but if you look in the background, you'll see some mint reaching for the stars. Yes, I have the plant containers in pots sunk into the ground. But it's not helping. These are monster plants!
Chamomile with mint
If you know me, you know how much I like to use Sedum Angelina in my garden. Mostly I use it for the bright colors it turns in cool weather, but in summer it looks like this. I don't generally pay much attention to it's blooms, but this year they have blended with nearby blooms for a nice touch. Chartreuse green is the summer suit for it.
Sedum Angelina

After a slow start, the clematis lamp post looks better than ever! It has really been a bright spot as you pull in the drive.  
Polish Spirit and Jackmanii Supberba
 Because my garden is mostly bright and sunny, I tend to use a lot of drought resistant plants. Yarrow is a good one for me. This one is Apricot Delight. It's new and small, but I do like the way it coordinates with the terra cotta tiles.
Apricot Delight Yarrow
And you might think this one is more of a weed, but it's hard to beat for long lasting blooms. Moonshine Yarrow keeps these blooms for months without losing it's bright yellow color. And if you cut the flowers, they are great to use in dried flower arrangements.
Moonshine Yarrow

Does June make you happy, or would you rather enjoy a different month?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An Old Friend Returns...

Here in the north, we all wondered if our old friend spring would ever come back. Winter this year was brutal and tenacious. But finally, finally, spring is here. It's not quite as flashy yet as spring can sometimes be, but it's here nonetheless. Somehow, I'm think the flashy part is still to come.
Spring sometimes come with a big fanfare, but not this time. The days are gently warming instead. I've heard that the slow warm up is actually better. The slow arrival means less severe weather, and it also means less chance that the trees will bloom too early and get damaged by frost.
So I'm just going to accept my old friend as is. I'm glad he's back, and I accept his reticence.
There's another good part about this cool spring. It actually gives me time to catch up all those garden chores that tend to pile up over the winter. I finally got all the  winter cleanup done, and then planted pansies in the window boxes.

I still need to plant the spring veggies, but that will happen this week. And the roses still need to be pruned, but they are really slow to get growing so I'll just let them rest for awhile longer. Hubby will mow the lawn for the first time this weekend. Then we'll truly know that spring is back.
Sometimes it can be a challenge to get through winter without being discouraged. It seemed like it would never be warm again, like I'd never see natural green again. And it certainly felt like the flowers would never bloom again. But you know what? I'm not sure I'd appreciate spring so much if I didn't have to fight so hard to see it.

Besides, if I lived in a warmer climate, I wouldn't get to enjoy all these beautiful spring bulb flowers except as a grocery store bouquet. There's just something about seeing these little bright color spots when all the rest of the world is still a little gray. It makes me appreciate them even more.

So welcome back old friend. I missed you. Come, stay awhile. And don't stay gone so long next time.