Thursday, May 25, 2017

What is it Wednesday?

Can you name this lovely combination of Flowers?   Answer tomorrow....
 

Sorry I have been silent for a couple weeks, so much going on in the gardens, teaching classes and visiting Grandbabies......

Friday, May 12, 2017

My Peonies...A Mother's Day Gift

I will confess, I bought our house because of the Peonies...well that probably is one of the many reasons.  It was the end of May when we first looked at the house over 20 plus years ago and all of the hundreds of peonies were in bloom. I was blown away.

My Mother and Grandmother Goldie both adored Peonies. In fact, we use to take bags of Peony petals up to spread on my grandmother's grave after she died.

Each year, I say I am going to try and ID the different varieties, I believe many of them are Old-Fashion varieties.  Over the years I have spread them out so they go completly down one fence row. I still have several I need to move because they are in too much shade, but have never purchased a new Peony plant as mine have lasted for generations.

They always bring me such emotional joy, some how it seems fitting that they are blooming on Mothers Day this year.  I am going to find some special Mothers to pick bouquets for, because these fragrant beauties are fragile and just don't last long enough.  I do bring lots in and air dry the petals in a flat box.  They are beautiful layered in a glass bowl.

For now, I will enjoy them and see my Mom's and Grandma Goldie's' sweet smiles in every single one.


P.S. Here are a few tips..my Mother and Goldie taught me...

Only move and divide in October

Make sure that each tuber has at least one eye on it and is firm before replanting.

Do not bury them too deep...or they will not bloom. Like Iris, they should be like ducks on a pond.

Do not mulch over them..it will eventually put them too far under.

Always stay one step ahead of the weather....spring storms make short work of the blooms. It is a good idea to stake them if possible. (For me, not possible just too many, so mother nature just has her way with them)












Lastly, do not worry about the ants. Ants and Peonies are best buddies....just brush them off when you cut them to bring in and enjoy.

Happy Mother's Day!



Monday, May 1, 2017

BASIL BECKY..... Gardening from the Heart: Yes..it is Foamflower.....

BASIL BECKY..... Gardening from the Heart: Yes..it is Foamflower.....: Yes …this gem in the wildflower garden is Tiarella , foamflower ,is a genus of wildflower and garden plants found in Asia and North A...

Yes..it is Foamflower.....



Yes …this gem in the wildflower garden is Tiarella, foamflower,is a genus of wildflower and garden plants found in Asia and North America. They belong to the Saxifrage family (Saxifragaceae).

I grow this in a shady area behind my herb house. I love working in this area, especially on hot days as this area stays so nice and cool. Over the years, many wind storms have gone through this area, I have lost major limbs off the trees. This has given this area more sun than in previous years, it is a very dynamic area constantly changing.

So I am continually moving and changing plants in this area. ..But back to the foamflower. I love its fuzzy bloom..but it is also provides pollen for birds and bees . The leaves are attractive all season long….I hope you will add it to your garden. 



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Purple Haze in my Gardens

Yes...happening right now in my gardens is a Purple Haze. I have over 20 plants blooming various hues of purple, I know some of the may be crossing the line between purple, pink and blue...but I am running with it for the sake of these amazing blooms. So here is the list in no particular order.....


#1 Hardy Cranesbill Geraniums 

#2 Columbine (Aquilegia)

#3 Dwarf Crested Iris (Cristata)

#4 Wind Flowers (Anemone blanda)

#5 Wild Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne)

#6 Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

#7 Money Plant (Honesty  Lunaria)

#8 Vinca Major ' Varigated'

#9 Lilacs, several different varieties 


#10 Perennial Bachelor Buttons (Centaurea montana)

#11 Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica)


#12 Violets (Viola odorata)

#13 Globe Allium Bulbs

#14 Wisteria

# 15 Virginia Blue Bells (Mertensia virginica)

#16 Grape Hyacinths Bulbs 

#17 Purple Crocus Bulbs

#18 Red Bud Trees

                                                    # 19   First of the Bearded Iris


So here is my last choice, I can either take a photo of the Hen
bit Weed, which has a purple blossom and has been very invasive this year in my garden but instead I choose the 20th purple bloom to be one of my favorites Dame's Rocket. (Hesperis matronalis)  I see it opening up.....


So there you have it .....I have been in Georgia all weekend and came home to find more purple...starting to open. But I need to end this blog....ENJOY   Purple Haze is everywhere!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lilly of the Valley Makes My Garden Sing


I love Lilly of the Valley.(Convallaria majalis)  I know it is poisonous, it is invasive and has a shady  history. All of this does not keep me from wanting it . When we moved here over 20 plus years ago, I was thrilled to find Lilly of the Valley. It was scattered in some random shady spots. So when my son-in -law and daughter offered about 6 years ago to group the plants all together under the Big Siberian Elm, I was all on board. 
This was a win/win. For the tree it keeps the crazy lawn mower guy, my husband from getting too close and for me it has grown to be an amazingly fragrant gift this time of year. 
I fondly remember my mom singing to be about the "White Coral Bells, along upon a slender stalk,  Lilly of the Valleys deck my garden walk. Oh don't you wish that you could hear them ring, that will only happen with the fairies sing." 
So now every spring..I hear the fairies sing... 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yes..they are Trilliums



Yes  You were all correct…What is it Wednesday was Trillium. Here are some fun facts about Trilliums ( Trillium app ) 
#1 There are sone 39 native trilliums in the U.S. 
#2 Trilliums are slow to develop and spread but will live for over 25 years. 
#3 Plant this beauty in a spot that gets some early season sunshine love. They need the warmth, in spite of being a woodland plant. 

#4 They love a mulch of graded leaves.  This keeps the area moist and perfect to keep this beauty growing and continuing through the years. 

These are several different varieties...but they were all so beautiful... I love taking a walk on the wild flower side and viewing these special flowers. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What is it Wednesday ..is one of my favorites....


WINDFLOWERS (Anemone spp)

I love my Windflowers. I am so happy that someone many years ago planted a couple bulbs. Now my garden is full of these little beauties and I love that they extend out in my yard. They spread and bloom before the first mow, so all is good. 

They have daisy-like flowers that bloom above their fern foliage. It is a very low growing plant but just seems to lite up the spring garden. The blend between purple and white blooms is captivating. They blend so tremendously with all my daffodils in bloom, it makes a wonderful addition to any spring garden. 

Plus, my bees are all over them. A must needed early nectar flower. 

I hope you will find the bulb and plant some…they are very special. 

I am betting you can find them at White Flower Farm. 











Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Made the cover again, plus two articles inside....pick it up.  Lots of great information inside and some beautiful pictures.

What is it Wednesday?


Blooming today in my garden and "bee-ing enjoyed"    Check tomorrow for the answer.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea



This is Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea. (Spiraea prunifolia).  




I really cannot verify what the exact variety of my particular shrub because it was here when I brought this property 20 some years ago. I love it for so many reasons. When this shrub is in full bloom it resembles a fountain of amazing small clusters of white flowers. The blooms extend all the way down the arching canes. 

The name comes from the fact that the canes thru the ages have been shaped into a wreath and worn by brides as a headdress for the special day. Very Special!!








I transplanted a great deal of this shrub to the back fence row about 10 years ago. Now it puts on such an impressive show.  My variety grows to over 6 ft tall and is very full. It seems to prefer full sun but does fine in partial shade.  They love it out in the field and it provides such a beautiful screen along the fence row.  
This shrub easily transplanted and by doing this task, it allowed my Kerria japonica with its yellow puff blooms to magnificently fill in the gaps. Making for quite an impressive show in the spring. 







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