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Friday, September 09, 2011
Red Shrub Rose
This was one of the few roses left after the hurricane. Since the rose garden is located in a windy and open area most of the flowers and foliage were affected. Already there are some new signs of life but I doubt it will get back to normal before the end of the season.
Luckily most of the other plants in the surrounding gardens came through without much damage but you could see that things had been whipped around and in general looked pretty bad. This estate is located in an elevated area, which saved it from flooding but also exposed it to more wind. Oh well, all we can do is wait for nature to repair itself and gently encourage the roses to come back.
Being a rose gardener is filled with a lot of ups and downs. Often times it seems just when we get things to where we want them some outside force acts on the garden.
This shrub rose, which I think maybe ‘Home Run’ has been a good citizen in the garden. It is a repeat bloomer that doesn’t seem to get too much disease. It is colorful and shapely.
This blog has taken on a mind of its own, publishing in a larger and different font. I guess that makes it easier to read.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
It was nice to see the patch of Cardinal Flower still standing tall after the hurricane. The color is amazing on this perennial and I feel after years of referring to this plant as a biennial it is safe to call it a perennial. This plant has returned for its third year now. Cardinal Flower is best in the back of the border since it is a tall flower. It can take moist conditions and likes full sun.
This picture shows a little of the Hurricane Irene damage and the long road to recovery from the storm. We will be cleaning up for years. Close call for that van!
This is the plant list getting delivered for the new garden today. It is very exciting. There are still several items we are looking for but this will get us started.
5 Oriental Spruce (Picea Orientalis) 8-10 feet
17 Knockout Rose 3 gallon pot
1 Fastigiate Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus h. 'Fastigiata’) 10 gallon
2 Spreading Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. drupacea) 3 gallon
1 Dwarf White Pine (Pinus strobus ‘Nana’)
1 Mellow Yellow Spirea (Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon') 2 gallon
3 Flaming Silver Pieris (Pieris japonica 'Flaming Silver') 3 gallon
3 Lo and Behold Dwarf Butterfly Bush (Buddleia hybrid) 3 gallon
6 Variegated Japanese Iris (Iris ensata ‘Variegata’)
2 Sheffield Hybrid Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum koreanum 'Sheffield' 1 gallon
3 Starshine Aster (Aster ageratoides ‘Starshine’) 1 gallon
3 Purple Dome Aster (Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome') 1 gallon
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Pelargonium x hortorum 'Calliope Dark Red'
This was one of the many nice geranium cultivars that one of our wholesale suppliers was growing this spring. I liked the deep color and compact habit.
The annuals are really starting to hit the market now, which is good thing for us. The temperatures are not really cooperating as it has dipped down to the 30’s (F) here the last couple of nights. I need to temper my enthusiasm for planting outdoors but May 1 is always an important date for our gardens here although our last frost date is May 24th I don’t remember it happening that late for many years.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Despite the weather, which again today is rainy and cold, the Hyacinths have started to bloom. Over the last two years I have done two fairly large plantings of these bulbs. I learned something from the way I did it. For the first year I ordered a collection of 6 of ten different varieties and planted them in groups of three along a perennial border next to the driveway and it has looked good for the last two years.
Last fall the owner of one of the gardens I was working came out and said, “I ordered these” and handed my 75 Hyacinth bulbs of the same variety (forget what it was). On one hand it was disappointing to me that they were all the same on the other I was happy to have them for the garden. The garden is a bit, um, cramped but very charming and it was struggle to find some place to put them. I planted some groups of 10 and a few 5’s around some semicircular edging in the rose/herb garden and forgot about them. This spring I noticed what kind of looked like a miniature volcano of dirt lifting where I planted the bulbs. That was a first fr me. All of the dirt around the bulbs and on top was lifting up like sod. This should be interesting I thought. When I went back several days later (after a lot of rain) the bulbs were up and starting to bloom. The soil had sifted back down to the ground and everything was fine. I couldn’t believe how nice my little pink forest looked and smelled.
So I think the all of one variety, heavily planted groups were better than stretching out the different varieties. The picture is of a lone bulb that is probably from a long ago planting. The color is much hotter than most.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Hemerocallis 'Dewberry Candy'
Hemerocallis 'Texas Shogun'
Hemerocallis 'Scarlet Royalty'
It's the first official day of the 2011 gardening season here. Good luck to all.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Synonyms: Scarlet Wisteria, False Poinciana, Purple Sesbane
Every trip to Southern Florida reveals a couple of plants that I was not familiar with. This year’s trip was no different. Sesbania punicea was a plant that was stunningly beautiful and in full bloom. A little research found that this plant is not perfect (few are) as it has an invasive habit and is poisonous. The color was remarkable on this native of Puerto Rico and the bees seemed to be very attracted to it.
It turns into a small shrubby tree that is 12 to 15 feet tall. Growing especially well (and seeding) in wet, boggy areas.
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Since it is Sunday that means a bonus flower. We saw literally thousands of Bougainvillea blooming. The Keys were full of them. The dark red and orangey coral ones were the most prolific bloomers at the time but there were also some nice gold ones and purple out too. This was the only one I saw of this color.
Bougainvillea 'Imperial Delight'