Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration

Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration

May 4, 2017

  Spring Gardening Ideas and Color Inspiration are in my thoughts at this time of year.  I can’t believe the first few days of May are here and the flowers in the garden are blooming!  Yes, you will probably see roses blooming this early at the local nurseries, but in the garden?  This is the first time I can remember having roses this early!
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   These pastel irises are blooming now, too!  You can see the deeper purple irises behind them.  I love the combination of the pale periwinkle blue iris alongside the deeper purple irises.

 

   This past weekend, Dave and I ventured out to one of the local nurseries, Kinman Farms in Burlington, Ky.,  for some garden inspiration.  When we first walked into the greenhouse, I immediately noticed this lime green colored plant.  I had never seen it before.

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   ‘Limelight’ Helichrysum Petiolare, have you ever seen or grown these before?  They were so striking potted with these ‘Amore Queen of Hearts’ petunias.  Look at those petunias!  They do look like little hearts all around the petal edge, don’t they?Spring Gardening Ideas And Color Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   The Helichrysum, also known as “Licorice Plant” is a low grower, only 6 – 8 inches tall, and spreads to about 12 – inches. This is actually a tender perennial evergreen shrub, but it is usually treated as an annual.   The tag indicated they like full sun.  A little investigating concluded that these plants also benefits from being cut back a few times over the summer, which encourages new growth.

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Nemesia, is perfect for planting in hanging pots, in containers, and even planting as a low border.  Aren’t these adorable?  They look like tiny Snapdragons.  Nemesia grows 6 – 10 inches high and spread 8 – 12 inches wide.  They bloom spring through fall.

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   In stark contrast, these purple petunias looked so pretty nestled among the ‘Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia’ at the nursery.  The Cascadia Indian Summer Petunia opens a bright yellow or orange and matures to a Salmon pink color.  You can see the variety of color on these in the picture below.  The velvety blossoms are lightly ruffled.  This is a mounding, trailing petunia and it is self-cleaning!  Don’t you love that?

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   The contrast of the deep purple with these Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia was beautiful, but the idea of adding the Deep Purple Calibrachoa seemed like a good choice.  I liked the idea of having the miniature flowers in contrast to the larger petunias and bought a few of those.

 

   This gorgeous “Starsister Yellow Stripes” dahlia looked like it needed to be photographed!   What better way to photograph it than as it’s growing in my garden all summer long?  So, this little beauty came home with us, too.  This one is supposed to grow 12 -24 inches tall and about 15 inches wide.  This little plant looks healthy and has lots of buds on it.Yellow Striped Dahlia - Spring Gardening Ideas and Color Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   Three little Ranunculus made their way onto our cart, too.  The three are just so beautiful in bright yellow, red orange, and pink.  These have multiple layers of crepe paper thin petals.  I couldn’t resist!  These need part shade so I’m thinking they will be planted in some pots, too.
    Having had no experience with these flowers, I am going to have to do a little research.  It seems the Ranunculus like cooler weather and doesn’t like wet soil.  So, pots would probably be the best home for these.

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   These beautiful pink and white verbena caught my eye.  I love the little blue Lobelia flowers with the pink petunias, too.  Not exactly sure where these will end up, but I love this combination.

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   Back to our flowering plants right now, the Azalea have been blooming and are almost done.  They made a beautiful show this year though.    

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   The rhododendron has just begun to bloom.  It is loaded with buds this year.  It looks like such a tropical flower doesn’t it?  

   These bushes are striking from the street at a distance, especially when they are loaded with blossoms.  But, seriously, look how beautiful they are up close!

 

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   It has been a very busy past few weeks with family and other commitments but the time for gardening is right now.  These little beauties need to be planted and we will definitely be needing another trip to the local nursery.  I love this time of year!

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Peek In The Garden and See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!

Peek In The Garden and See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!

August 2, 2016

Rose Blooms

     Take a Peek In The Garden and You’ll See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!  The irises are long gone.  The last of the lilies are blooming and yet the beautiful roses continue to bud and open up into gorgeous fragrant rose blooms. Fortunately, the roses will continue to bloom until we have a heavy frost.  I can’t even think of Fall!  Where has the summer gone?

   This is the red climber, “Don Juan”.  The rosebuds are gorgeous, but the blossoms are equally beautiful, especially in the early morning!  With the sunshine on them, they look a little lighter.  In the shade, the petals almost look like deep red velvet.  They are gorgeous!

    The morning sun on the petals of “Don Juan”, showing off little drops of the rain from the night before, makes a beautiful picture.

  The morning sun on the petals of “Don Juan”, showing off little drops of the rain from the night before, makes a beautiful picture.

   Although the Climbing Rose “Blaze” is blooming now, I love this picture of the blooms from earlier in the season.  So, I chose to share it with you.  You can see that it has blossomed in big clumps.  They are gorgeous!  The red is not as vibrant as the ‘Don Juan’, but they are beautiful in those big clumps!

  This beautiful “Peace ” Hybrid Tea Rose is doing well and blooming in the garden.  If you remember, Dave gave this to me for Mother’s Day this year.  The way the lower petals have pink on the edges seems to remind me of a petticoat, soft and pretty.

  Another hybrid tea rose, “Love” was given to me by my oldest daughter, one year on Mother’s Day.  You can see the contrasting white and red velvety petals on this beautiful rose.

    The beautiful “Joseph’s Coat” climbing rose is growing like crazy and these beautiful blossoms have so much color in them.   The description on the tag with this rose said “orange flowers with red edges”. 

 

 

 

   Yes, there is that on some of the blossoms, but it seems to me that there is a lot of yellow, peach, and pink in some of these, too!  Yes, these three were on the same plant, the same day!  They certainly do seem to have ‘coats of many colors’.

     On the north side of the house, is a curved walk made of pavers.  It winds around the corner of the house.  Visitors walk through a metal arbor, which supports the red climbing roses.  The positioning of this walk and arbor was intentional.  Since the path isn’t completely revealed, there is a little mystery!   I wanted to create a vignette, which would draw people into the garden and backyard.

    One of my daughters informed me that a neighbor that she had met, had told her that she had always wanted to see the rest of my backyard.  I guess the plan was successful.

   These yellow rose blossoms are on the “Sunny Knock Out” rose bush, which greets visitors along that walk to the backyard.  It has dark foliage in contrast to the bright yellow blossoms and is winter hardy to Zone 4.  It needs at least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day.

    The “Sunny Knock Out” rose is pretty carefree, but those nasty Japanese Beatles love the pale blossoms.  Right now, I am fighting them and can’t wait until they are gone!

    Don’t you love this time of year?  Right now, you can Peek In The Garden and See Big Beautiful Rose Blooms!

 

 

 

Hostas To Consider For Your Garden

Hostas To Consider For Your Garden

July 25, 2016

Hostas

    Don’t you love hostas?  There are so many varieties from small to large.  In this post, there are some Simple Hostas To Consider For Your Garden. 

 

   Hostas tolerate both sun and shade, but the colors of the leaves show best if they’re planted in shade.  Here in northern Kentucky in the full sun, the sun scorches the leaves in the heat of the summer.  My experience has been that the hostas do better in shade.  When you have a newly built home, shade is not always possible.

    There are three different varieties around the pond next to the patio, which you can see in the picture above from a year or so ago.  (You can also see the fish tower in the lower pond.  Click here► for the directions to make your own!  Yes, they actually swim up into the tower!)

 

   On one of our trips to visit Dave’s family in northern Wisconsin, we stopped at an antique shop close to Ladysmith.  The family had a couple of old buildings filled with all kinds of interesting things, but the path between the buildings and the house led to a backyard filled with monstrous hostas.  They circled around the trees and I can remember thinking what a beautiful picture they made.

 

   Until that day, I had not recognized the beauty of the humble hosta.  Since that day, I have had it in my mind to create a similar look!  Yes, they surely do have a beauty all their own.  While the lily-like blossoms are pretty, they are not the reason for planting hostas.  The beauty is definitely in the gorgeous leaves!

    After almost twenty years, we finally have some pretty good shade from the Red Maple and the Crabtree. Under the trees, I have tried to create a large ‘S’- shaped swirl of hostas.  Some of the plants under the trees have been rescued from other flower beds where the sun took a toll on the leaves.  It’s a work in progress.

 

   In retrospect, I wish I had planted the largest plants in the middle, planting a smaller variety on each side, then a smaller variety on each side of those, and continue that to the very smallest.  That would have created a swirl progressing from small to large and then back to small on the other end.  Why didn’t I think of that before?  

 

   One day, I might get industrious and actually transplant those hostas to do just that, but not today!  

    The Hosta ‘Albo-picta’ is a large sized plant growing 18-24″ tall and 24-36″ wide.  In the spring this hosta’s leaves are a bright cream color in the center and then in the summer, the cream turns a green color similar to the darker green of the edges.

 

    The Hosta ‘Aurea’ is a large sized hosta growing 18-24 inches tall and 12-24″ wide.  It grows best in part shade.  The pale lavender flowers bloom in late summer.  The bright glossy yellow variegated lance-shaped leaves of spring turn to chartreuse by mid-summer.  This little fellow was suffering in the sun where he was planted and he has been moved under the trees.  His leaves are looking better and by next year, he should be a larger and a better-looking plant.

   The name of this hosta is a mystery to me.  I have tried to record each plant after planting them in the garden, but somehow this one was missed.  The leaves are more lance-shaped and they have a creamy white margin.

  

   The Hosta ‘Frances Williams’ has large puckered blue-green leaves with a wide yellow margin. The margins become wider as the plant matures.  These plants grow 22″ tall and spread 48″ wide.   In mid-summer, white lily-like flowers are displayed on 30″ scapes.

 

   The Hosta ‘Moerheim‘ grows up to 30″ tall and 36″ wide.  It has beautiful heart-shaped green leaves with a silver-white edge.  Lavender lily-like flowers on spikes bloom in mid-summer

   Hosta ‘Sagae’ grows 28″ tall and 24-36″ wide.  The large frosty green leaves have yellow margins and prominent veins.  Pale lavender flowers bloom in mid-summer.

 

    The Hosta ‘Patriot’ grows in a mound 12″ tall and 30″ wide.  The dark green leaves are edged with bright white margins.  

◄ Lavender bell-shaped blossoms open up in July.  The ‘Patriot’ is one of my favorite hostas because of the bright white margins.

 

   The day after most of these pictures were taken, a deer, or a couple of deer, ambled through the backyard and nibbled most of the leaves from a couple of these plants.  They ate mostly the Sagae variety and nibbled a leaf or two from some of the other varieties.  Fortunately, they haven’t been back!

 

   Hostas are such a beautiful plant to fill in and around your other perennials, but they can make a huge statement on their own, too.  Maybe this post will inspire you to find some Simple Hostas To Consider For Your Garden.

 

Heart Breaking Rose Disease

Heart Breaking Rose Disease

June 27, 2016

 

   Remember when the ‘Knock Out Roses’ first came out and they were rose disease and pest resistant?  I do.  They bloomed all season.  They were en masse in the landscapes at the mall and even on some of the interstates.   I was so excited and couldn’t wait to plant some in our own landscape.

   We have three of the original line of red Knock Out Roses in the landscape in the front yard.  They seem to be doing fine.  There is a yellow Knock Out Rose next to the garden bench on the walk to the back yard.  The other roses we have are climbing roses, multiflora, or hybrid tea roses.

 

   There was another beautiful pink double Knock Out next to the walk.  Dave had given it to me for Mother’s Day a few years ago.  Last year in August, the strange growth in the picture appeared.  The new growth is red, as you can see.  The thorns on the new growth are red and softer than normal growth.  The bunchy growth at the ends has been referred to as ‘witch’s brooms’.  You can see why.

 

   My oldest daughter, Danielle, works at a local garden center and I showed it to her.  She said to get rid of the entire plant before the other roses get this disease.  Dig it up and put it in a plastic bag and get rid of it or burn it.  Be sure to disinfect the pruners!   (I disinfect the pruners between pruning or deadheading any of the rose bushes, just in case.)

 

 

    This is ‘Rose rosette disease’.  Rose rosette disease is caused by a virus carried by a tiny mite.   From what I have read, there is nothing you can do to doctor the plants back to health. Destroy them.  The mites have already infected the plant. Unfortunately, the mites are spread by birds and the wind.   There is no controlling those two forces. 

 

   When we returned from the beach to work in the gardens, this disease had attacked another one of my ‘double Knock Out roses’.  This time, it was a red one. The pink and red doubles were the ones that had succumbed to this virus. One of the articles I read on this nasty disease suggested that the doubles seemed to be more susceptible to the virus.

 

     This is not something to take lightly.  I read that one person had lost sixty rose plants to this rose disease, not just Knock Outs either.  It attacked other roses as well. Another lady had left all of her infected roses in the ground and they all died before long.  She didn’t know to get rid of them at the time.   Who knows how far the rose disease has spread because people are leaving the plants in the ground instead of destroying them?

 

   Another threat, which I had not even considered before, is the “mow, blow, and go” landscape companies.  If they trim back the roses, do you think they disinfect their tools?  They will be spreading this disease wherever they go.

 

   There are other sites, but for more information on this nasty threat to our roses, start here ►Dread garden disease knocking out Knock Out roses. 

   I sincerely hope that this heartbreaking rose virus does not affect your garden.

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The Garden’s Alive With Color!

 June 24, 2016

   This last month did not go as planned, like most of my life, but the garden’s alive with color!  A nasty virus took me out for a week.  I am never sick!  After that week, we went on a vacation to St. Augustine, Florida.  Even though the flowers were neglected during that time, they have continued to grow and bloom.  Isn’t this wall of Annabelle hydrangea gorgeous?

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   The magnolia tree we planted earlier, which you can see in the background, has shoots on it that have grown about fourteen inches!  The white petunias in the painted pots have grown and are now spilling out of them.

 

   Each June, as the flowers begin to open up, I consider that maybe we should take a vacation at another time.  A week or more of absence from the flower gardens is huge in June and I hate to leave.  All of the Asian lilies that Aidan gave me for Mother’s Day four years ago were already bloomed when we got back. Aren’t these gorgeous?  

   There was a lot of work to do, weeding, pruning, and cleaning the pond filter.

   The butterfly weed has grown and is blooming.   As expected, it is a nice contrast to the lavender colored blossoms on the butterfly bush.   I’ve already seen a little hummingbird moth on the butterfly bush!  The yellow is also echoed by the big yellow daylilies.

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    The red daylilies have begun to bloom, too.   Look at this beautiful variety, ‘Pardon Me’.  This is all happening too fast!  Unfortunately, summer always seems to fly. 

 

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     These Easter lilies were given to me last year by my niece, Kate.  They are blooming right now and are just gorgeous.  They are planted alongside the Asian lilies on the southwest side of the house.

 

       The ‘Don Juan’ red climbing roses on the arbor are also blooming.  They are big and gorgeous and smell wonderful, too.

 

      Dave’s pepper plants in the pot are loaded with peppers.  He chose two different varieties this spring.  ‘Chilly Chili’ is the white variety.  They apparently turn red as they ripen.   This variety earned the ‘All-America Selections’ award.

 

   The purple plant, I believe, is ‘Purple Flash’.  It has small round dark purple, almost black, peppers on the plant.  Dave grew them last year and wanted another plant this year.   

 

   There is a lot of yellow in the garden this year.  I like the way it pulls your eye through the landscape and even onto the patio.   You can’t help but smile when you see the cheery yellow flowers.  Yes, The Garden’s Alive With Color!

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A Beautiful Day In The Garden

A Beautiful Day In The Garden

May 23, 2016

The Garden

   Yesterday was a beautiful day in the garden!  Finally, we had a day perfect for catching up on all the work outside.  The entire day was dedicated to working on planting flowers.

 

   The first task at hand was lining the wall planters with burlap.  Complete instructions on how to do this are in this earlier blog post from last year.  As you can see, in the picture below, I am about ten days behind last year!  It is already the twenty-third of May!

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    My plan was to plant the salmon-pink colored petunias between two of the yellow calibrachoa.  Well, I changed my mind and chose to plant a ‘shock wave coconut’ white petunia between two of the yellow calibrachoa in each planter.

The color of the Creeping Jenny, ‘Goldilocks’, in the water garden is echoed by the yellow calibrachoa.

 

   There was a reason for this.  The terra cotta pots I painted with the DIY vintage decals on them were going to be planted with white petunias.  The deck is white, the white petunias in the pots and a splash of white in the wall planters successfully lead the eye all around the patio and also ties the white back to the deck. The wall of Annabelle hydrangea above the wall will soon have huge white blooms, too.

 

   The idea of using white flowers might not seem very creative, but don’t the white flowers show up more in the evening when other colors seem to disappear into the shadows?   Having them on the patio just makes sense, right?

 

   The pots flanking the front door were planted with red petunias, tiny white euphorbia, and red and white verbena.  The flowers in the pots will echo the red of the knockout roses in the front yard.   I love this variegated verbena!  It makes choosing flowers to go together so easy!

 

   The concrete planters flanking the walkway to the backyard were filled with the salmon-pink colored wave petunias.

 

   Dave helped me plant the two roses he gave me for Mother’s Day.  The climbing rose “Jacob’s Coat” was planted at the front of the deck.  I still need to make or buy a trellis for it.  A post is supporting it in the meanwhile.

 

   The beautiful ‘Peace Rose’ is now planted by the old mill stone in the garden.  It will be easy to see it from the back windows.  We removed a large hosta and transplanted it under the red maple.

 

   For some time, I have been trying to plant hostas in a large ‘S’ curving around the crabapple and back in the opposite direction around the red maple.  There wasn’t enough shade for several years.  Some of the hostas made it and some did not.  

 

   Finally, we have some serious shade and the hostas are doing well.  I won’t give up on this!  Maybe one day my vision will come to fruition!

 

    At the end of the day, I scattered moth balls in all of the pots to keep the squirrels and chipmunks out of them.  We surely have an abundance of those!

 

   After a shower and a change of clothes, Dave and I sat on the deck and looked over what we had accomplished during this beautiful day in the garden.

 

 

In May, The Kentucky Garden Comes Alive!

In May, The Kentucky Garden Comes Alive!

May 19, 2016

Kentucky Garden

   Each year In May, The Kentucky Garden Comes Alive!  Last year, the garden in May was much further along, at least in respect to what I had accomplished!  This year we have had a lot of rain and this past week was cold!  Add those conditions to having Memphis visiting for several days and progress has been slow.  (Although she is delightful, I don’t know how anyone gets anything much done with an eleven-month-old baby!  Remember I raised four?)

 

   It has taken longer to paint the pots but I love the way they look.  They had to be scrubbed and dried before painting.  With all the rain, that took some time but finally, it was accomplished.  They were brought inside and painted.  (The large pots in the picture still need three coats of polyurethane.)

 

   Also, as you can see in the picture, the deck is painted white.  The white pots will pull the white color down onto the patio.  

 

   The vintage graphics were mostly found on The Graphics Fairy.com.

Since these were much bigger graphics than the original on the little pot, I painted three coats of Mod Podge on the designs and allowed them to dry overnight.   I think that helped keep the decal from tearing.   Complete, detailed instructions for making the pots are here.

 

   The next day, I soaked the design in water and removed the paper from the back.  After allowing that to dry, it seemed there was still some paper that needed to be removed.  Laying it on the counter and just wetting my finger tip, I continued to rub gently in circles and more paper came off the back.  Wanting the edges to be as thin as possible, I especially concentrated on removing any paper there.

 

   Although scissors were used as needed to cut around the first project, I think tearing helps the edges blend into the pot more seamlessly.  I also found that using the wooden handle of the paint brush to burnish the edges helped with that.

 

   The promise of a nice day today gives me hope of completing this project and planting these petunias that have been sitting here on the deck for over a week!

 

   The pink peonies are blooming.  The cloudy, rainy, cold days did not seem to affect their blooming!  I brought a few in the house to brighten up the inside!

 

  The red roses are blooming now, too!  Aren’t these gorgeous?  I love spring!

    Each spring when the irises begin to bloom, the anticipation of this beautiful, huge, purple iris blooming is almost too much!  It makes the little periwinkle blue irises look like dwarfs!  It is surely majestic standing so tall and so brilliant right off the patio.

    If you are as crazy about flowers as I am and would like to see more of the pictures from the garden, more are posted on My Humble Home and Garden’s Facebook page.  

 In May, The Kentucky Garden Comes Alive!   Although my work in the garden is behind, nature has moved forward and there are so many more beautiful flowers to see each day!  I love this time of year!

 

 

Gorgeous Flowers – Happy Mother’s Day!

Gorgeous Flowers – Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8, 2016

        Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!  In the garden, there are two new roses.   This first beauty is ‘Peace’, a hybrid tea rose.   The large warm yellow blooms are edged with pink and the foliage is dark green.  These blossoms are gorgeous!

 

   These two roses were Dave’s Mother’s Day gifts for me this year.  

    The columbines are blooming like crazy this year!  The peonies are budding.  Last weekend, I worked a full day in the gardens and felt I had made some progress.  There is still work to do.

 

    In the garden, the purple ‘Alcazar’ irises continue to bloom and the periwinkle blue iris is blooming.  This little iris looks lavender until it blooms near the purple irises.  Then, it looks blue.  I am not sure what its name is.

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   There are pockets of both of these irises scattered across the landscape in the backyard.  It gives a continuity to the view as your eye follows the purple and lavender from one flower bed to another.   The eye follows color, so use that to your advantage in your landscape.

 

     The huge dark purple irises are budding but have not opened up yet.  Last year there were about forty blossoms on the plants, but not as many this year. This year, I will be dividing that bunch and adding them to another area.  Those irises are breathtaking!

    I wish you could smell this old fashioned pink rose!  The start for this plant came from Dave’s mother.  She had the original plant for many years.

 

   The butterfly weed continues to grow and seems to be thriving.  Last summer was my first time planting this flower. Last fall, as soon as we had a freeze, it was gone!  My worries about it not making it were for nothing.

   I’m anxious to see the gorgeous flowers on this plant and also hoping the butterflies take advantage of it.

 

    This tiny flower is a blue-eyed grass flower.  The bulbs for these came as a free gift in a spring bulb order many years ago.  I have to admit, when they first came up, I had no clue what they were.  I had completely forgotten about planting them!  They have spread a little in the bed where they were originally planted.  The plants look like a little clump of grass and at the end of the blades, these little six-petaled blue flowers emerge.  They take absolutely no care and the tiny flowers are so cute!

 

   Hoping you have some new gorgeous flowers added to your flower gardens, too, Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Another Day In The Spring Garden – Flowers

Another Day In The Spring Garden – Flowers

April 30, 2016

    Another day in the spring garden and the purple bearded irises are beginning to bloom.  Three years ago, Dave brought a clump of these irises home from a ditch along the railroad track.  The clump was divided and planted in three different spots in the landscape.  Looking for the name of this particular iris, I came across a website for iris lovers, and they actually trade and sell rhizomes. ►www.historiciris.org

   This site catalogs irises. There are so many, it is overwhelming, but I never had a clue there were so many old varieties.   I think this particular variety is ‘Alcazar’, but I am not sure.  I have posted the question on my Facebook page if you know for sure what this variety is, share on my Facebook page

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      We had some of this same purple variety at home, where I grew up in southwestern Indiana, but I never knew the name of it then either.   The previous homeowner had planted them.

   There are three other varieties of iris in the garden.  One is a lovely periwinkle blue and another is a deep, almost black, purple.  Two of the periwinkle blue irises bloomed this morning!

 

   The giant dark purple irises have buds now.  Soon there will be huge blossom on those!

 

   The other is a dwarf peach colored iris, but I am not seeing buds on it and it is usually the first to bloom.  Thinking it is going to have to be moved because of crowding from other perennials, I have a spot in mind.

 

  It was a beautiful day yesterday, a perfect day for weeding the gardens. With watching grandkids, and neglecting the gardens, I felt like the weeds were getting away from me. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be clouded with rain and thunderstorms.  Knowing this, I worked as hard and quickly as possible yesterday. At the end of the day, I was pretty happy with the progress made.

   The columbines are really blooming profusely this year.  There is only one variety of columbine in the garden, Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Winky Red’.  

 

   When I was out this last week, I picked up a dahlia bulb, “Tahiti Sunrise.”  This dahlia is supposed to grow to about two feet tall and bloom profusely.  I can’t wait to see the flowers, which are supposed to be six inches wide!  The blooms are bi-colored in red and yellow.

 

   Some of the dahlias from last year are already popping up in the gardens.  I love the gorgeous blooms from these flowers.  

 

   Another day in the spring garden, I love the gorgeous spring flowers!

 

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April In The Garden, Birds, and Flowers

April In The Garden, Birds, and Flowers
 April 27, 2016
    In northern Kentucky this year, the April garden, is very colorful!  The lavender azaleas are blooming in the front yard.  They mimic the lavender ribbon on the wreath at the front door.  The azalea bushes flank the water fountain and add a subtle pop of color for a short time.

    The columbine is blooming.  These were beginning to be overtaken by the daylilies and the transplant last summer seems to have been good for these plants.   Once again, they have never bloomed this early in the April garden.

    The old fashioned pink rose plant that Dave’s mom gave us is budded out and ready to bloom.  Not sure how old the plant we got the start from is, but it seems to be pretty prolific.  The blossoms have a beautiful rose scent, unlike any others in the gardens here.

 Birds

    A pair of rock wrens has taken up residence in one of the wall planters on the patio, at least for awhile.  We could see the little eggs in the nest.  Dave said they wouldn’t hatch.  (You know what a pessimist he is.)

 

    He stood on the wall by the pond to peer into the nest and the little wren came flying out!  He almost fell in!  Of course, I laughed.

 

   The eggs hatched and now there are babies in the nest.  Momma and Papa are always coming and going.  I captured this shot, and yes, that is a big old spider!

    Soon, the planters will have to be lined and planted again.  In the meantime, I wait for their departure, enjoy their songs, and try to capture some more shots of their little family.

Flowers

   Lemon balm is a great plant for repelling mosquitoes!  Knowing that I figured planting this in a pot for the deck would be a no-brainer.  Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and is a perennial herb.  It is very easy to grow, and it can also be pretty invasive.  Ask my husband.  We are removing it from the flower garden and restricting it to a pot.  The pot sounds like a good idea, right?  

 

   It resists drought and even grows quite well in shade.   Honeybees like this plant because of its strong lemon scent.  Most bugs don’t like the smell or taste of mint, so it has an added advantage of keeping them away!  If you are bitten by a bug, the leaves rubbed onto your skin are said to relieve itching.

 

   The dried leaves of the lemon balm can be used to make a delicious herbal tea!  The fresh leaves can be used as a green garnish for food and beverages.

 

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  These plants bloom all summer long and grow 12 – 14-inches tall upright in a mound.  These come in so many different color variations.  To see more variations from last week’s post click here ►(more verbena)

    This week, Sophia wants to paint a pot and then we will plant the verbena for her.

   She also has strawberry plants, which we are planting in a strawberry pot. This girl is developing a love of flowers and plants, too.

   She and I, apparently, had the same idea.  Seeing a post on painted terracotta pots on “Oh My Heartsie Girl”, the idea to work on some of the clay pots in the backyard has been uppermost in my mind.  In the April garden, birds, and flowers, I love this time of year!

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