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Stopping to smell Mom's Flowers!!

May 26th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Winston was enjoying himself in my garden that I havent had a chance to get into yet. Thought I would post how BIG my perennials are already! OMG I think they are the biggest yet. I have the white bleeding heart, the coral bells, columbine, my beautiful orange Azalea, lilac tree and my favorite the tree can see how big the buds are already. Oh I guess my real favorite is the BIG brown thing in the pictures...:laughing:

May 26th, 2011, 08:10 PM
some more

May 26th, 2011, 08:11 PM
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May 26th, 2011, 08:12 PM
.................and a few more..

May 26th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Oh Wow! Your bleeding hearts are huge! :eek: Lovely gardens Winston.

My personal favorite is the big brown thing too! :thumbs up :lovestruck:

May 26th, 2011, 10:27 PM
I was really impressed with the bleeding heart, too, Cindy!!! :eek: I've never seen one that big!!! And that azalea!!! :cloud9: And yep, there's definitely something about that big brown beauty in the garden that just grabs the heart :flirt:

Great color in your garden already! Mine has some green in it... Had some yellow, but the one clump of blooming daffodils is spent now, so it's back to green. :rolleyes:

May 27th, 2011, 05:36 AM
Thanks guys! I know I cant beleive how big the bleeding heart is...this is the biggest its ever been! forgot a few more....some hostas, another bleeding heart !

May 27th, 2011, 05:36 AM
sorry the first one of these 4 is a columbine! its also huge!

May 27th, 2011, 06:13 AM
geee , all I get is a big black one in my garden, how did you grow one brown? *L* beautiful pics and like you, I can't get over how large everything has gotten already!!!

May 27th, 2011, 08:08 AM
That columbine is gorgeous, Winston! :thumbs up Your pink bleeding heart is pretty big, too! I've always loved bleeding hearts--my pink one is just starting to bloom. Nothing near as big as yours, though! How old are your bleeding hearts, do you know? Do they bloom heavier as they get older?

geee , all I get is a big black one in my garden, how did you grow one brown?

Mine must all have spotty mildew! :eek: :laughing:

May 27th, 2011, 10:01 AM
Yup my faves are the brown furry plants w/4 legs as well :D

May 27th, 2011, 04:23 PM
Winston,I LOVE the brown fuzzy garden ornament,goes great with all the green:lovestruck:
You have a beautiful garden,the only flowers I have so far are Bleeding Hearts,Lily of the Valley,Colombines(sp?) and Lilacs,but things are coming along nicely..

May 27th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Omd, your plants are so lush :eek:. Absolutely gorgeous :cloud9:. I do love Winston best though :cloud9:.

June 1st, 2011, 03:22 PM
WOW what a difference a few days of warm weather brings!! My Tree Peony is blooming!~ it smells heavenly! :thumbs up

June 1st, 2011, 03:50 PM
Wow, that's beautiful, Winston! Is that a true peony? If so I can imagine the perfume! :cloud9:

I've never seen yellow peonies before, though! Such a pretty flower!

June 1st, 2011, 08:02 PM
Hazel I am not sure what you mean true? it is a tree peony an yes the blooms are so fragrant! I planted a purple and a red/yellow one this year! but it will take many years to get as big as that one...

The best part about the tree peony is that you dont get ants...:thumbs up

June 1st, 2011, 08:06 PM
Are tree peonies real peonies or just a different plant that has blooms that look like peonies? :o Are there actually some peonies that have a woody stem? I've never seen a tree peony in person or known anyone who knew one personally :p but I've always wondered. :D

June 2nd, 2011, 04:26 PM
Hazel yes its actually a tree..has the trunk and then the branches but its very think stalks. Theres a few good pics when you google it and look at images.

A friend gave the plant to me about 4 yrs ago and when she brought it over she had somehow divided it into 3 pieces. It looked so ratty that I only took 1 section from her, I gave the other 2 pcs to another neighbour. I so wish I had kept them, because they are expensive to purchase and they are so beautiful in bloom! and the smell !! is beautiful.

I bought another one a couple of weeks ago and it was $40.00 :eek: but it will be worth it in the long run.:thumbs up

June 2nd, 2011, 06:18 PM
If I thought it would survive the dogs and/or the deer, I'd try one. :D I'd have to amend our soil, which runs to the acidic--but they are hardy to zone 3 :thumbs up Hmmmm...gonna hafta give it some thought. Maybe there's a safe place somewhere inside the yard... :o

June 3rd, 2011, 08:56 AM
That's a beautiful garden, Winston, and the dog has a really sweet expression. I'm not a lab person but reckon I could fall for him in a heartbeat. I love your two bleeding hearts and the lilac.

June 3rd, 2011, 04:15 PM
Thankyou GF I love the bleeding hearts too!

Here some of the front garden and that darn brown lawn ornament again! :D

June 3rd, 2011, 04:17 PM
a couple more

June 3rd, 2011, 04:18 PM
last one :thumbs up

June 4th, 2011, 09:02 AM
Aw, Winston, you look so worried in that last shot! Musta seen some slugs going after Mom's hostas!!! :eek:

You do have some lovely hostas, Cindy! And your wild geranium blooms opening up here and there :cloud9:

I think the gardens are going to be dry enough to actually do some work on them today!!! I'm really looking forward to it! :D

June 4th, 2011, 08:07 PM
Well, I must say I'm impressed. Your garden looks as if it is full of little treasures, just the sort I like to investigate and admire. Such lovely variety in the foliage of the various plants.I can tell that the brown fellow likes to supervise. LOL.

June 17th, 2011, 07:04 PM
Some updated blooms...first off I have a few different peony's

June 17th, 2011, 07:08 PM
another peony..i love the color

June 17th, 2011, 07:14 PM
a new rose bloom and mylight pink peony

June 17th, 2011, 07:16 PM
my tree peony has its first bud! and some of the bearded iris

June 17th, 2011, 07:18 PM
then the big brown creature sniffing out his yard! :thumbs up

June 17th, 2011, 07:20 PM
some garden trinkets

June 17th, 2011, 07:25 PM
a lily that bloomed today and some poppys

June 17th, 2011, 07:26 PM
I have 2 blue spruce trees that cover my whole front yard. I decided since lots of birds hang out underneath that I would give them some place to cool down...:thumbs up

June 17th, 2011, 07:27 PM
a couple of misc

June 17th, 2011, 08:23 PM
I love that big brown ornament the best :lovestruck: but your flowers are beautiful too:goodvibes:

June 17th, 2011, 09:12 PM
Wow, nice lily and poppies. Now I am hoping that some seeds given to me as simply a 'red heritage poppy' might be that same one. Nice bird bath and I love the cat face, I'm sure I could find room for that in my garden. You know, I was admiring your dog's lovely topline - maybe I'll always study conformation after showing on and off for so long - but then I noticed he has a terrific front too. Hopefully that might mean that Lab's might be a dog where the breeders haven't ruined the conformation. Highly likely seeing they are a working dog still. Sorry I went off topic on you.

June 17th, 2011, 10:29 PM
Thanks GF! although I have no idea what it means?? sounds like a compliment though!! he is a lab shep x believe it or not. Although he has alot of the purebred traits he is large for the breed I think. He weighs in at 110 pounds!

The birds were loving the bird bath tonight! and the seed I left around it too! I can always tell when a cardinal drops by they have such a distinguishing chirp!

The poppies are really big! its funny though they certainly look like a big weed before they bloom!

June 17th, 2011, 10:31 PM
Beautiful peonies, Cindy! The bud on the peony tree is gorgeous! And I love the bicycle ornament!! :D

My mom's favorite flowers were poppies. I keep trying to grow them, but hubby mistakes them for weeds every year and weed whacks 'em down before they bloom :frustrated: This year, if I can still find some, I'm going to plant them in one of the fenced gardens and see if they can avoid destruction there.... :p

Winston is looking marvelous, too. :flirt: He does seem to enjoy touring his yard and mom's gardens. :D

June 18th, 2011, 12:03 AM
What is the dark purple flower in the pic with the bearded iris post #29 ?

June 18th, 2011, 05:53 AM
Growler that is my clematis...:thumbs up here is anotehr shot of it on my fence.

June 18th, 2011, 10:01 AM
That is one gorgeous plant, Winston! :cloud9:

I've got so much chainlink I'd love to get some clematis growing on... Problem is between the deer outside and the boy dogs watering it from the inside, nothing I try to plant along the fence line has managed to survive :frustrated:

June 18th, 2011, 10:45 AM
Put the plants in pots, Hazel. BIG pots so they are safe from your boys, and inside the fence so they can climb. If the deer are a nuisance why not put up a trellis somewhere for a clematis? That's a magnificent one, Winston. Tell me, what do they do in Winter, do they die right down? I've never succeeded in growing one.

June 18th, 2011, 01:00 PM
GF some clematis you have to cut right down and others not. These ones just dry out and die off and then start again the next year. However I have one that is over 10 yrs old that I have never trimmed and it is so thick now that not all of it drys out...

Hazel Winston pees on mine sometimes. I place a small trellis or bamboo around them to guide them up the fence...We think alike I have about 6 clematis now covering a good portion of the chain link and it hides the neighbours mess!

June 18th, 2011, 01:25 PM
Pots won't work, GF--anything in pots, no matter how big, will freeze out in our winters. :shrug: If I put it in a pot small enough pot to carry into the shed for the cold months, the boys can still hit it :frustrated: And Grace likely would eat it like she's eating my peonies and irises!!! :dog: :laughing: What a brat! But I always thought that clematis on the chain link would go a far way in making it purrrdy...

I've got one spot that may open up in the fenced kennel garden that would need a trellis for climbing but at least would be safe from the dogs. I love that dark one of yours, Winston! Very dramatic!

June 18th, 2011, 01:27 PM
Winston, in the hosta shot just a few posts up, what are the red flowers? Are those little petunias? They sure are a pretty color! Reminds me of Christmas. :D (Can you tell it's hot here, today--hazel is dreaming of winter! :laughing:)