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Spring garden

August 25th, 2011, 03:37 AM
With just one week till Spring my garden is starting to take off again. Here are the daffodils, Ice Follies, Jetfire and Tete-a-tete. I let shelties in my face while weeding distract me today and managed to stick a garden fork into my shoe and two toes. I suppose much better my toes than theirs though. :D

August 25th, 2011, 03:53 AM
Oh, btw, this is a new camera I am using now, just a Fujifilm JZ500, my Canon had a meltdown. :D I think it's an improvement.

Schizanthus(aka Poor man's orchid)
Pink Lavender

August 25th, 2011, 04:07 AM
Blue is always nice in a garden I think.


August 25th, 2011, 04:10 AM
oh those are just gorgeous, I like the poor mans orchid!

August 25th, 2011, 04:16 AM
Now the Wallflower's perfume is overpowering the lovely scent of the Alyssum. :thumbs up No roses or even buds yet though. :(

August 25th, 2011, 04:18 AM
oh those are just gorgeous, I like the poor mans orchid!

Charming little flower, isn't it, Melinda ? It's the first time I've grown it. :)

August 25th, 2011, 08:28 AM
They're all beautiful! I've been faithfully taking pics of all my flowers as they bloom but never got around to processing them! :laughing: Well, most of them, anyway... It'll be a refreshing fall/winter activity, looking at the pics again. :D

Owie on your foot!! How much damage did you do to your toes--and can you get the boot repaired?

August 25th, 2011, 11:04 AM
It's a smaller than usual garden fork, narrower, with sharp tines, Hazel, and I have a habit of using it, then hitting it into the ground so it stays standing up, ready for me to grab, and that time I whacked it into the foot instead. LOL. I soaked it in Betadine wash and applied bandaids but I couldn't see what I did to one toe, it was in between, on the inside. Never mind. I might ring the Dr tomorrow just in case he thinks a tetanus jab is in order. My shoe isn't waterproof now but they are only an old pair of Reebok Walkers I wear around home .

It's very cold tonight and I'm now off out to the sheep to see if any lambs are on their way. Brrrr!

September 14th, 2011, 08:53 PM
Some more Spring blooms. Heartsease and two different Schizanthus.

September 14th, 2011, 09:01 PM
Durch Iris
Cerinthe Major

September 20th, 2011, 01:24 AM
Something different today, a mystery shrub that turned out to be a lilac, Syringa Laciniata. The second photo shows it has lobed leaves, unlike other lilacs. The other plant is one of my toothbrush Grevilleas enjoying the Spring, or really the subsoil moisture from the start of the year. I never water these native plants so this is the best floral show it's put on so far.

September 30th, 2011, 12:16 AM
Bearded Iris season of course but I've only got 2 flowers out so far. Third flower is Penstemon Rose Robin.

September 30th, 2011, 12:59 AM
Love that penstemon!!

September 30th, 2011, 04:57 AM
Hmmm. Pretty one, isn't it? I saw a lovely dark ruby red one on a garden forum today too.

September 30th, 2011, 11:16 PM
I'm so jealous, most of my flowers are on their last leg, and I've dumped all the potted ones. Keep sending pictures, May is a long time away.

October 1st, 2011, 04:48 AM
lindpalm, there are a few Irises about to flower and the roses are budding up better than last Spring, so a nice time ahead for photo's. I do have heaps of sympathy for all who are heading for the colder months now.

October 1st, 2011, 10:16 PM
Thank you for sharing all of your lovely Spring flowers GF. :)

Just as our summer has winded down and fall kicks in, it's so nice to see your Spring and Summer flower shows to get us through the cold weather. :thumbs up

How long is your Spring and when does your summer kick in? :shrug:

October 2nd, 2011, 12:56 AM
Spring is Sept., Oct. Nov. here, Dee-O-Gee, and Summer is Dec., January and February. March can still be quite hot though. I'm hoping for another cool, wet Summer like last year, without the floods. It inspires me to keep gardening, a plea from any of you for flowers during your cold months. The Spring growth, aka weeds, is unreal this year, lambing was particularly hectic and things got away on me , so now I have to get busy and knock the garden into shape again. It's daunting when I look at what needs to be done though.

October 7th, 2011, 10:28 AM
I've about a dozen different irises about to bloom, this first one is a bit plain unfortunately. Columbines are a bit of a favorite here.

October 7th, 2011, 03:58 PM
I love irises, plain or not! :lovestruck: Kinda fond of columbine, too! :D

October 7th, 2011, 06:47 PM
My only complaint about irises is that the flowers don't last long enough, they are worth waiting for though.

Seduction rose bud.
Pink Echium.

October 7th, 2011, 07:10 PM
New William Shakespeare rose.
Sweet Peas

October 7th, 2011, 07:18 PM
Can't recall the name of the orange flowering bulb.
Two very different Columbines.

October 7th, 2011, 07:28 PM
Cistus , aka Rock rose. Pansies and Petunia.

October 8th, 2011, 06:53 PM
Well, another day, another Iris, this time a very dark one. Contrasts well with the other colors. My favorite so far has been one called Wearing Rubies, but I'm not sure if it will flower this year.

October 9th, 2011, 08:20 AM
I hear you about the short-lived iris blooms, GF. I love them for their texture, color and unique shape, but I'd like 'em even better if they bloomed longer!

Yours are gorgeous! One of the guys that came here for birdbanding this year was thinning out his bearded iris bed this summer and brought me a bunch of tubers. I'm crossing my fingers for spring to see what colors survive having been touched by Hazel of the Moldy Thumb. :o

All your flowers are beautiful. :lovestruck: All of mine are down to seed heads and frost-blighted leaves. The birds are chowing down, though, so the gardens are still fun to watch. :D

October 13th, 2011, 10:27 PM
You are so hard on yourself, Hazel. :D It's probably soil, just general growing conditions, if you can't get something going. Hope your irises survive.
Must say I like the colour of the foliage on the first flower here.
Kiss Me Quick. (Centranthus)
Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)
Argyeanthemum Reflections Pink.

October 14th, 2011, 07:43 AM
GF I love your gardens! OMG they look like they would keep you busy!

If you ever want to send some seeds this way I will take whatever you have!! That columbine is devine!!!! :thumbs up

Maybe we should try a seed exchange again!

October 14th, 2011, 08:17 PM
Winston, I'll PM or email you later. :) Got sidetracked watching a Vintage Car rally go by our front gate, and now just want to post a photo or two and go and do some work. Another iris opened this morning. And, speaking of irises, just saw an advert. for someone locally who is selling irises for only $2 to $4 a rhizome. :thumbs up Must pay her a visit. They are named irises from a top Iris Nursery.

October 15th, 2011, 08:23 PM
Just one quick photo today, another lovely dark iris.

October 19th, 2011, 02:02 AM
No gardening for me for a little while. :( I was helping a farmer friend 'mark' our lambs and a big ewe chose to stage an escape from the shed and knocked us both for 6. :eek: So, query a fracture in my upper arm maybe, a very bad lower back, and maybe a bruised kidney. Taking it easy to see whether I need to make a Dr's appointment.
Anyway, for today ....
Birds eye view of new iris.
Right way up. :)
Old type of iris, not too fancy.

October 19th, 2011, 02:10 AM
Some early roses.

Climbing Black Boy.
Dr Huey.
The Dark Lady

October 20th, 2011, 12:19 AM
This first iris has rather beautifully changed colour, the falls going from purple to this reddish colour.

October 20th, 2011, 10:11 AM
omd, GF! For sure go get checked out!!!! :eek: Especially if you think you broke your humerus! Ouch!!! :grouphug:

Your early roses and iris pics are gorgeous, though!

October 21st, 2011, 01:47 AM
I have a Dr's appointment for Monday, Hazel.

Here is yet another iris. It has a rather brassy shine to the top petals in certain lights.
Next is the beautiful 'Tradescent'.
Finally 'Ebb Tide', which was on my Wish list the minute I saw it.

October 21st, 2011, 01:55 AM
Climbing Queen Elizabeth has finally flowered.
Zepherine Drouhin, which has a wonderful perfume.
Climbing Iceberg.

October 23rd, 2011, 06:44 PM
I went shopping for irises yesterday and came home with 10, unfortunately I didn't get photo's of all of them. Very nice lady who was selling them, she also gave me cuttings of half a dozen different pelargoniums. The first is a bit out of shape but at least shows the colour.

October 23rd, 2011, 06:50 PM
The third one here reminds me of orchid colours.

October 23rd, 2011, 06:56 PM
Hmmm, only have photo's of 8 of them. The third photo here is one I already had. It will make it interesting when they flower next year because I've forgotten the colours of the other two. :D

October 23rd, 2011, 10:09 PM
Beautiful, GF! :cloud9: I do love a blooming iris!!! The roses make nice eye candy, too! :D

How's the arm? Good luck at the doctor tomorrow! :goodvibes:

October 24th, 2011, 09:13 AM
Doc reckons the arm is more likely to be tendons or ligaments, so maybe I can expect improvement after 10 days, but he sent me off for x rays, with a referral to a specialist, for my very arthritic right knee instead. Hope it just means cleaning some bits out and not a knee replacement.
Irises can be as beautiful as orchids I think but of the 3 I think roses are the best value perhaps with their repeat flowering. Oh, a good friend came out and mowed my house yard for me and he was telling us of a woman in town who has a lot of irises. I might just introduce myself and see if she'd like to swap some rhizomes. (I always knew they would be another gardening addiction. LOL. )

October 24th, 2011, 09:22 AM
Of the three, I've never tried orchids cuz I'd hate to kill anything so beautiful and delicate, roses die the minute I get my moldy fingers on them :o--but irises will miraculously bloom for me!! About the only cultivated plants I have any luck with are daylilies and irises. :shrug: The natives do really well here, though! :D

Glad to hear your arm isn't broken!! Hope the tendons/ligaments heal quickly. :fingerscr And the knee doesn't need replacing :eek: Will you need physical therapy for the arm?

October 24th, 2011, 09:59 AM
I hope not. It was a good thing our friend did the mowing because I was must so tempted to give it a go. I would have regretted it. The knee is a legacy of running too many triangles with my dogs in the ring, always in one direction.
I'm pleased you can grow daylilies, they're beautiful, aren't they? Oh, I smile whenever I think of this, I have my first Hippeastrum flower coming. :) I sort of put it in with things I thought I'd never succeed with, like Boronia and Daphne, or Russell Lupins. I think snails ate all my Lupin seedlings one year. Or slugs maybe?

October 31st, 2011, 08:39 PM
Well, I woke up in agony on Sunday, all the pain concentrated on the area where I had thought maybe I had a fracture, so I went to the ER and had it x rayed. Apparently my arthritis (osteoporosis?) is so bad the Dr couldn't see if there was a fine fracture or not but regardless she was treating it as one, so a pressure bandage for a couple of weeks, and in a sling for a month. I can tell you now, that won't last. The sling hurts my neck and there are too many things you must have both hands for. :D
Thought I'd show you all a snap I took at the latest garden I visited. This garden belongs to a friend of the lady I bought my 10 new irises from. The first lady was so impressed by the fact that my camera captured the true colour of the blooms that she told the second one, who phoned me to ask about the camera ,then I volunteered to go and take photo's for her. She actually intends to buy the same camera I think. She had 5 big iris beds like this one. The second photo is the garden in town I went to inspect, lovely irises again, including this one with what they called horns. See how the beard lifts off the falls. Most unusual.

October 31st, 2011, 08:53 PM
Oh, wow! What beautiful iris beds! :cloud9:

Sorry to hear about your arm, though. I hear ya about the sling. They're just so inconvenient--but you're supposed to be resting your arm, so wear it longer than you think you can! Promise? :D It's good for what ails you. :p

Hope the arm heals quickly :grouphug:

October 31st, 2011, 09:21 PM
There wasn't time the other day for me to make a list of the irises I'd like to buy, so chances are I'll be going back down next Thursday, Hazel. They can be dug any time before next Spring, I won't hassle her to get them dug up now.
It can be a relief to stick my arm in a sling at times, but if the arthritis is so bad in my arm, it must be shocking in the neck, especially after falling and colliding head first with a wall. But, I shall try and be good. You know how a nurse/Dr will ask you to grip their hands and squeeze? I'd have sworn I could do that evenly, but they did say my grip with the left hand was weaker.

October 31st, 2011, 09:30 PM
Ouch. :eek:

November 2nd, 2011, 08:10 PM
New roses this season.

Violette. (A rambler)
Brass Band.(Floribunda)
Golden Wings. (Scots rose)

November 3rd, 2011, 10:52 AM
I knew I shouldn't visit the Plant Nursery today.:D I have a weakness for striped roses, (like this first one I already had, Soaring Spirits,) and they had the Delbard rose in, Grimaldi. The friend I was with also bought Grimaldi for her garden. It was a fun afternoon, visiting an iris garden and putting in a (big) order for next Spring, then looking at two Nurseries. The first nursery had beautiful roses but too expensive. :(

November 3rd, 2011, 10:32 PM
Beautiful, GF! I don't believe I've ever seen a striped rose in person. :D Are they like the striped tulips--is the mottling caused by some sort of rose virus?

November 4th, 2011, 09:45 PM
Goldfields, your iris plants are beautiful. You must have every color there is, and yes, your camera does take very good shots of the flowers. I'm so jealous, I just pulled out the geraniums which were the last of my flowers to finally get hit by frost. Its going to be a long winter, keep sending the pictures.

November 10th, 2011, 07:36 AM
I don't know the answer to that, Hazel. I might ask an expert. I have the beautiful striped rose, Fourth of July, flowering now and just love it. I also fluked getting another striped one, it was supposed to be a red rose and instead came out pink and white. The third rose will be the divine Sharifa Asma. It has the most sensational fragrance.:lovestruck:
lindapalm, I don't have much of a garden this year but we'll see what I can find to cheer you up over the cold months. I will have a nice iris collection next year when I get those I've ordered(25 :D ) but knowing my luck we'll go back to normal weather conditions then and I won't have much success with them. It would be tough gardening where you are if you have to pull geraniums out. Ours just thrive all year round.

November 10th, 2011, 07:49 AM
Time for a change and I'm so pleased to be able to show the first photo. This is the first Hippeastrum I have ever had flower. :thumbs up Took a lot of shifting it around over the past year or more, seeing the bulb didn't get too wet, or too hot etc..
The second photo is a Cosmos named Double Click Rose, and the third a Penstemon, such elegant flowers. :lovestruck:

doggy lover
November 10th, 2011, 08:27 AM
beautiful pictures here we are heading into winter and look at your lovely garden it will be another 5 months before we get flowers like that again

November 10th, 2011, 08:41 AM
So "Refreshing" seeing that everything here has turned brown....:(
Can you get "striped roses" in Canada?

November 10th, 2011, 09:07 AM
Well, to cheer you up, here are some of the irises I have ordered for next season. The first is named Decadence, the other two I don't know, but Cheryl will have then named when I get them.

November 10th, 2011, 09:13 AM
Don't know which one I like the most out of these the second or third one.

November 10th, 2011, 09:22 AM
These 3 are beautiful IMO. :lovestruck: That might be enough for now too.

Enjoy the party.
Excuse me darling.
Flutes alfresco.

November 10th, 2011, 06:30 PM
Ya, those last three are my faves--if I had to narrow it down to one, I couldn't, but I could probably pare it down to the 1st and 3rd in that last set. :D

November 10th, 2011, 10:09 PM
The first in that last lot is my favorite I think. :) Can't have too many more of Cheryl's to show you, I didn't take photo's of everything on my shopping list.

Foundation Van Gogh.
Golden Panther.
A seedling developed by Cheryl herself. I love the streak in the top petals.

November 10th, 2011, 10:18 PM
Here we have

In the stars.
Jurassic Park

November 10th, 2011, 10:26 PM
Lonely Hearts
Lord of Letters
?? This is eitherr Protocol or Irish Squire.

November 10th, 2011, 10:34 PM
Last 3.

One that Cheryl thought was Decadence but it's not.
Rodeo Girl

November 16th, 2011, 09:32 AM
The irises are all finished for the year so back to roses again, although whatever is blooming on Friday will be burnt to a crisp. Expecting 36C !! :eek:

Sutters Gold
Our Vanilla
Smooth Buttercup.

November 16th, 2011, 09:48 AM
Beautiful, GF!! Funny how your Friday high and ours today matches, but ours is F, not C, so it will feel decidedly nippy here. Oy! 36 C is too hot!!! :eek:

November 16th, 2011, 05:33 PM
I'd cheerfully swap, Hazel. LOL. Can't stand the heat. Actually , wouldn't mind it at all if it didn't come with the bushfire threat. Usually it's a dry heat here, quite bearable, unlike the tropical humidity this La Ninya weather event is giving us. 36F is cool, my dogs would love that! :)

November 16th, 2011, 05:43 PM
GF your Roses are stunning. Thank you for sharing your spring with us. Tell ya what, let's you and me change places ok, you can have my -10 C and I will come and soak up your +36 C. ;) patti

please keep your garden photos coming.

November 16th, 2011, 07:52 PM
LOL. I wish, Patti. It seems so long till Winter now. Glad you like the roses. I'll give you 3 favorites now.

Belle Story.
Isn't She Lovely.(so well named.)
Just Joey.

November 16th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Lavender Pinnochio - which changes from this colour to lavender.
New Dawn - very pale pink, not white.
Paul Bocuse. :lovestruck:

November 16th, 2011, 08:11 PM
3 of my singles this time.

Sally Holmes
Bright Eyes.

November 16th, 2011, 08:19 PM
The Pilgrim, The Dark Lady, plus a standard Iceberg.

November 16th, 2011, 08:28 PM
Graham Thomas

November 16th, 2011, 08:37 PM
John Clare
Glamis Castle
Lady of Megginch

November 16th, 2011, 08:53 PM
Gertrude Jekyll
Crocus Rose
William Morris

November 16th, 2011, 11:06 PM
Absolutely breathtaking roses, GF!

November 16th, 2011, 11:42 PM
OMD, are these all in bloom right now? They are stunning!!!!! I love the single ones, the stamens of these just stand out so beautifully. They do not need to beg a bee to come to them I bet the bees and other bugs come to them begging for more!!! lol You take wonderful pictures, thanks again for sharing. patti

November 17th, 2011, 01:29 AM
That was the aim, Hazel, to have other people like them. I used to pass a lovely rose garden on my way to the Vet's, it really lifted my spirits each time I saw it, so I wanted mine to have that sort of impact. With time it will have, I hope.
Patti, these are November's roses, I was too busy sending iris photo's to worry about the roses. Some have finished their first flush and are starting a second, others are having a breather, while some haven't started flowering yet. I love singles too and can't wait for Chinensis Mutabilis to start flowering here. Single and the flowers change colour, they say it looks as if the bush is covered with big butterflies. Not a lot of bees on them though, they love the native Callistemons(bottlebrushes) you see and they're flowering too. Here are a few more.

Snow Kiss. (miniature)
Burgundy Iceberg

November 17th, 2011, 01:35 AM
Charles Rennie McIntosh
Apricot Nectar

November 17th, 2011, 02:01 AM
Buff Beauty - and isn't it well named? :lovestruck:
Soaring Spirits

November 17th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Mme Louis Laperriere
This yellow one might be Tequila Sunrise.

November 17th, 2011, 08:29 PM
I bet when people drive/walk by your place that they are oohhing and ahhhhing all over your most beautiful flowers. Be proud GF. patti

November 17th, 2011, 09:42 PM
The roses are not advanced enough for people to ooh and ahh yet, Patti. I was letting my sister prune, not realising she likes rose bushes to be small, while I like them to be big. (Grrr !) It set them back and I actually lost a lot seeing Barbara didn't take into account that the climate is much harsher here than at her place. My hubby says that I must prune in future.

November 18th, 2011, 09:09 AM
At this point are you able to prune, GF? How's the injury healing?

November 18th, 2011, 06:47 PM
Pruning season isn't till Winter, Hazel. so hopefully my arm will be fine, thanks. Because we finally got some rain, it's aching a bit today and I do find it a strain to carry things with that arm. It did get to 37C yesterday before the thunderstorms arrived. Two things I'm happy about, that Jarrah doesn't seem to feel the heat as much as Perkins use to, and that my lovely cream rose, Isn't She lovely, didn't become crisp in the sun. Yay!
Some roses now, flowering for the first time for me.
Chicago Peace.
Fragrant Plum

November 19th, 2011, 07:58 PM
Camille Pissaro.

November 20th, 2011, 08:53 AM
It's almost winter now, GF :o :p Ya, ya, I know.... :laughing: I mean, other than nothing about roses. :D

Glad Jarrah is holding up to the heat well.

So this last set of roses are ones you've never seen before in your garden? They're lovely. :cloud9: How many different roses do you have?

November 20th, 2011, 04:51 PM
Fragrant Plum, Chicago Peace, Ebb Tide, Smooth Buttercup and quite a few others were new this season. When I started off I wanted own root roses, in other words roses grown from cuttings so that if they suckered, what came up would not be the understock, as with a grafted rose. Well ... apart from it being hard to get cuttings to strike, I find they don't thrive and gradually I am losing them, so if I say I had 160 roses, that's really a guess. I need to do another count. My garden is very big, I haven't even tackled the front yard with the idea of planting more out there yet.

December 2nd, 2011, 07:01 PM
Not many sunflowers this year, they just didn't thrive, and my sister, who lives 220 miles from me said the same about hers. Strange!
The first rose is named Ashram. It's put on a lovely display this year.
The second is New Duet. A great rose in that it opens very slowly and lasts longer than most roses.

December 2nd, 2011, 07:19 PM
Cosmos Yellow Garden.
Clary Sage.
The David Austin rose, The Nun.