Apr 23, 2009

Apr 22, 2009


The Lord Sargent anemones look about 70% spent. Their foliage is getting pale. I've not dead headed because they self clean fairly well. There are still some new buds coming. This is a prime location for the dusty miller. A silvery line below the anemone would be perfect.


Shelagh planted 3 trays of impatients under the holly tree today.

Apr 21, 2009

Lilly of the valley

These got a bag of manure this winter and may be the reason they're returning.

Bananna Shrub

The bananna shrub is about 40% spent. The Holly tree is also blooming this week. Bees are everywhere.

Apr 19, 2009

Strawberry Begonias


Yellow bed

Shelagh was tired of the yellow bed being empty of color so she added some marigolds, coryopsis, cosmos. The white spot in the grass was clover this winter. I killed it and the st. augustine is comming back slowly.

Lemon Merangue Roses

These have started blooming well and have lots of buds to come. I've started nipping off shoots that are too tall to keep the flowers at eye level and hopefully delay some of the blooming for a more continuous display. I"m also deadheading to encourage more blooms.

Apr 18, 2009

Garden Party

Tom Johnson's keen eye is responsible for these fine photos. Gorgeous weather, lovely garden party, great food, lots of wine and grapefruit margaritas.

Alium Christophii

This is the first christophii beginning to open. They aren't coming up uniformly.


No signs of heat stress yet.

Showy Primrose

These things are just kicking into high gear as it heats up. 80deg today. Notice the bubble bee in the top photo.

Apr 17, 2009


Shelagh added these purple homesteads a week ago.

Blue Iris

The top one Shelagh bought and is next to the church. The lower one is from Jim and Susan and is in the border. Neither are the old fashioned type. I don't know if either is rebloomin or not. This is the first bloom for each of them.


The Geranium is doing very well so far. We'll get lots more of these if this one survives until next year.

Apr 16, 2009

Pansies and Violas

Pansies and Violas are growing taller and covering the daffodil leaves. Their pace is picking up with the temperature. Shelagh doesn't like the yellow with the pink shamrocks. We'll use white or blue next year near the church.


The ginger lilies by the back step are up almost a foot tall.

Playboy Rose Standards

These dry out fast and their buds will droop. But a nice watering and they stand right back up the next day. This is one reason I need to get the sprinklers turned on.

Apr 14, 2009

Mock Orange

The mock oranges have bloomed very nicely even in pots.


The ferns are out in for recuparatoin. They get water every day and fish emulsion twice a week.