Bye Bye Bulbs…

April 24, 2008

So the transition from spring to summer begins...it's sad but also exciting for me. I'm such a bulb fanatic and my spring garden is always so pretty that I hate to see the season fade. The Dutch Iris were stunning and my bearded Iris bloomed gangbusters this year. The tulips and daffodils put on a great show. I believe there is one last lone white tulip still holding on to its petals, but I'm sure after last night's heavy rainstorm, it has expired. I wish I'd had time to get photos up of all the lovelies, but just didn't get to it quickly enough. Sigh. Ah well....ON TO THE ROSES!!!

For those of you who've read my blog in season's past, you may know I'm obsessed with peach colored roses. Now most varieties that fall into that color category are not always the best types for growing in my area (lots of English Austin hybrids, etc.). The Texas climate, with its heavy clay soil, scortching sun, but lots of spring and fall humitidy, doesn't really suit these daintier specimens. But what does any professional horticulturist do? Well, we break the rules of course! Now there are a few better suited antiques that fall into my favored color range, so I have a fairly decent mix of the dainties and the hardies at this point. They've all started popping into bloom in the last two weeks. The garden has smelled just lovely...here are a few photos. Addendum: you can scroll over the photos to see the variety names, but per request I'll provide ID 1. 'Abraham Darby' 2. 'Abraham Darby' 3. 'Perle d' Or' 4. 'Mutabilis' 5. 'Mme. Fraziska Krueger' 6. 'Pegasus' 7. 'Pegasus' 8. 'Tamora' 9. 'Pat Austin' 10. 'Ebb Tide'

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Trip to Antique Rose Emporium

April 18, 2008

I took a quick trip down to Independence, TX  last week to the Antique Rose Emporium. Was there to pick out an un-named seedling to be the new 'Ebby Halliday' Rose. I wish I could have spent more time, but did my work part of the trip and then a quick whirl around the nursery. It's a lovely independent garden center and wholesale growing opperation that specializes in antique roses. Mike Shoup, the owner, is rose rangler and breeder. So fun to see all the pretty new un-named varieties he's working on. Of course a nursery devoted to roses smells pretty good this time of year...intoxicating. It was a gray windy day, so not the prettiest of days, but still nice. Problem is..when you go to a place like this..you want to plant one of everything in your garden! So many roses...so little time..and space...Are_infostand

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Spring Color

April 4, 2008

Just a few more shots of the progression of spring color...

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Yay Spring…

April 4, 2008

Just a little blurry shot of some of the front beds and their color..

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Seedlings…

April 4, 2008

A shocker...
The tomato, some pepper and egglplant seeds I sowed outside 3 weeks ago...the day before a torential downpouring flood, with hail, then a freeze a few days later...actually germinated...total surprise. These photos are about a week old. Lettuce, corn and squash seedlings as well.

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Parade of new blooms continues…

March 22, 2008

Just a few more new bloomers in the garden...thrift, Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue', an iris I planted this past fall called 'Orange Glaze'...it's certainly yummy. Hellebore 'Corsican Green" is putting on tons of new flowers. The purple smoke tree is just starting to leaf out. The leaves are such a stunning crimson color. Lovely fragrant little jonquil, Narcissus 'Baby Sun'. Tiny Iris reticulata popping up next to some grape hyacinth in the lawn. More to come...

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Veggie bed update…

March 22, 2008

Ok, got the rest of the new veggie beds anchored and filled today. Planted potatoes and sweet corn.

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Peachy Keen…

March 16, 2008

The ornamental peaches 'Peppermint' are blooming. I planted three of them last summer. So they're still small, but they have lots of blooms. The flowers are double and are mixed white, white/reddish pink stripes and red. Pretty! Also got the first flower on the 'Ranger' fruiting peach I espaliered on the back fence.
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