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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Synonyms: First Light Chrysanthemum
These are some more Kiku Chrysanthemums from the ‘lost roll’ I found this week. They would have to be classified as more traditional types that we are used to seeing in our gardens. Googling the Japanese names returns mostly obscure and useless information. This clear yellow daisy type was a winner. Since it is Sunday means Today’s Flowers and an extra snapshot.
This white mum was quite attractive. Sorry for the short posts but I am totally worn out from vacation. We still have two days left on our Disney passes but we are taking today off. The Princess dinner was fun and I got to met Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Aurora and my favorite Ariel. It was quite magical for Erika.
Cascade Anemone Mum
Chrysanthemum 'Gum Drop'
Saturday, January 28, 2012
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Hemerocallis 'Peach Magnolia'
This Daylily has been featured on this site before it hasn’t got any less beautiful since then. It has several traits that I find desirable in a Daylily. The extra flower petals are just pretty and ruffled enough to make it special. The fact this Daylily can rebloom is also nice. The huge flowers are another asset and they can be gazed upon with admiration. This hybrid comes from Joiner Gardens of Savannah, Georgia and hit the market in 1986. It has been charming gardeners and award judges ever since.
Sunday means Today’s Flowers and an extra snapshot.
Gerbera jamesonii ‘Festival Mix’
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Black and White Shasta Daisies
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'
We woke up to a big puffy blanket of white this morning. It’s still coming down with a final tally of 4 inches. I really can’t complain about the amount of snow we have been getting it has been on the light side. Especially if you compare to last winter freaky accumulations. I have come to the conclusion snow is only romantic when it’s falling after that it is a pain in the butt.
Since we had a black and white yesterday he is another of one of my favorite perennials. Shasta Daisy can have a few insect problems but other than that it is a carefree and beautiful plant. They work in borders, masses and even as accents. A few years after planting you can start dividing and getting free plants to colonize new areas in the garden. They do occasionally seed but I haven’t found that to be a problem and in actuality I have enjoyed and cultivated these seedlings. They can be easily transplanted to more desirable areas if necessary.
“The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.” Robert Burns, Scottish (1759 –1796)
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It is always fun to have an unusual flower to post and Moon Carrot is a quirky, unusual and beautiful biennial. It is relatively easy to grow as long as a few specific conditions are met. The most important condition is having super winter drainage. Moon Carrot is surprising hardy and evergreen when located in a warm, dry area of the garden. A native of the eastern Mediterranean this plant can grow to 3 feet tall when blooming. The foliage is a great looking ferny/carrot type that is a beautiful blue green. The flowers appear pink in bud but actually open up to white.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Not sure of the identification on this flower. Part of the problem I have been having searching the archives for this winter’s flower pictures is that I can no longer remember where or what the pictures are from. Luckily I often snap a photo of any sign or tag that is with the plant but that doesn’t always work out. This photo did not have any tag so it remains a bit of a mystery.
Sempervivums are an interesting group of plants native to Northern Africa and parts of Europe. They are known for the ability to grow in harsh conditions. As a garden plant many are able to winter over outside and are often found in the gardens of collectors populating everywhere from cracks in stone work to being pampered in containers. The flowers are usually pinkish and seldom whitish, which kind of blows my ID out of the water.
Today is Sunday and that means Flowers from Today and a bonus snapshot.
This was an interesting Dahlia that came in a bag of mixed Dahlias for the cutting garden. The recurved petals gave a slightly other worldly appearance. The color mix was fantastic too. The flowers got really big for a Cactus style and I would have really loved to know what the variety name was.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Dahlia 'Bishop of York'
This is one of the dark leaved cultivars of Dahlia. The chocolate colored leaves are the perfect foil for the sunny yellow flowers. Last season was the second time we have had ‘Bishop of York’ in the Dahlia garden and it performed wonderfully. Changing the soil in the garden worked out well. We didn’t get any of that virus/crinkling of the leaves that we have had before. So if you are having fungus/disease problems with your Dahlias or Cannas I would recommend a soil change.
Speaking of performing wonderfully our new little band is chugging along. I love my new guitar and it has brought a classic Fender guitar sound to the mix. We should be ready to play out by late spring. I am going to be writing some reviews at some of the bigger guitar sites about the ’51 Fender Pawn model Stratocaster.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Synonyms: Black Cohosh, Fairy Candles, Cimicifuga racemosa
This plant changed names on me. I have always called it Cimicifuga racemosa but now see it is called Actaea racemosa. It is amazing to me how these things change over the years. This is a fun, large perennial that loves the shade garden although my experience has been that it does like some light but doesn’t want direct sun. It can also live in moist soil (a requirement actually) but doesn’t like standing water. The large, candle like flowers have a nice fragrance that can really perfume its area. There is some seedling activity but just enough to increase the population and not enough to be a nuisance.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Clematis 'Nelly Moser'
‘Nelly Moser’ seems like a very nice variety of Clematis. It has performed well as a perennial and is a strong bloomer. The color is nice with the red adding a nice touch to the white background.
Clematis is one of those plants that I have never really captured what the ideal growing conditions are. Basically I use my secret gardening sense of what it needs and go with that. It is mostly luck but things seem to work out in the end. Currently we are trying to get a purple one to climb over a metal arch in the garden and the vine is being uncooperative. It seemed to grow about 4 inches and had about 4 flowers on it last year. Oh well better luck next year.