Looking Forward

 

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In order to look forward, we need to look back first.  Spring is by far my favorite time of the gardening year.  Love the daffodils, tulips, and other spring blooming bulbs that magically appear with warmer days.  Although, it does take considerable looking forward to accomplish that spring beauty. 

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I planted many more bulbs this past fall.  I had planted a few tulips the fall before and I loved the look in the spring.  I know that tulips can be rather fleeting,  in terms of the bloom time and just how long they last from year to year, but it was so worth the planning, that I added even more.

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I just loved the pops of pink and lavender among the yellow and white of the daffodils.  This past fall I added hyacinth Pink Elephant, tulip Cumins, along with tulip Red Riding Hood.  I had groupings of the Red Riding Hood, it is a tulip that does bloom early and is a bit more perennial, but over time they were fading.  So more were added. They are a bright red that pop in the spring beds.

I have a few orange tulips that bloom every spring, yet I have never planted an orange tulip.  I will give credit to the local squirrel landscapers.  A major problem with planting tulips, is that the bulbs are very tasty to the squirrels.  So, I have to keep watch after I plant tulips.  Some do get moved, as the squirrels will  replant the tulip bulbs  in other areas.   I understand that squirrels have very poor memory , so they don’t always recall where they may have put their stash of bulbs.  Good thing, guess that is why we have so many oak trees.

I will place white golf tees in the spring garden to mark where I can add another bulb.

Then I get busy in the fall.  I also planted  a few hundred pink and lavender tulips that I ordered as collections that featured that shade of bloom.  I decided to do a lottery and just mix them in a bucket and then plant.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out.  It will surely be a winner.

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Also looking forward to new Asiatic Lilies.  I planted several in the fall to refresh some of the lilies that were also fading.  I dug up the smaller older bulbs and planted them in the field across the street just to see what will happen.  Just can’t bring myself to throw away any bulb yet. I  had used orange golf tees to mark where to plant the new lilies.  So much to look forward to in the new year.  I also added more tall bearded iris.   Devil’s Riot and Coffee Trader.  I already have Coffee Trader.  It is my favorite iris.

 

So on this very cold first day of the new year, we all look forward.

 

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Happy New Year and Happy Gardening ( soon )

 

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Snow Day

006I should change my outlook and get with the changing season.   Winter is my least favorite time, but it does provide time to reflect and plan.  I see there is snow falling on my blog, so I thought I should create a new post.  I did have a very relaxing snow day  when we had our first major snow here last week.

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The past gardening season was a good one. and I always  look forward to spring.  So as I wait , I will try to enjoy the snow days and the days of darkness.  Today is the darkest day of the year, with the shortest amount of daylight.  So it can only get better as the sunrise

 

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and the sunset pass by.

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Snow days are good for  enjoying  Amaryllis.   This was advertised as a lavender bloom, but it looks more pink to me.  I still enjoy it as it is very different from the other Amaryllis that I have that are waiting for another snow day to be potted up.

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I have several other Amaryliss bulbs that are in dark, cool storage.  I will bring them out after Christmas and pot them up inside for later bloom.  I also potted up 23 containers of daffodils and several pots of crocus, that are  waiting in cold, dark storage.  The daffodils need  at least 14 weeks of forcing.  Snow days are also good for enjoying  a nice hot cup of tea.  The little duck floating is actually a tea infuser.  So cute, it makes me smile.  It has a little mesh basket attached to it, that is submerged in the hot water.  The duck keeps everything afloat, and it makes a fine cup of tea.

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Time passes quickly as we all know, and the season will change,  and I will be prepared.

Happy Snow days.    Happy Garden Dreams.

 

 

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Fun in Acapulco

Not exactly a beach view, just a great daylily. When I asked for a large brilliant yellow daylily at Curt Hanson’s,  a few summers ago, he asked ” do you have Fun in Acapulco?”

My response was ” No”.  He then replied I never would have fun in Acapulco, because it is just a tourist trap.  haha.  I did go home with Fun in Acapulco.  It is a huge flower that yells across the garden.  I love it. Bloom size is typically more than 9 inches.

The smaller yellow  in the background, is Slice of Life, which is a parent of FIA.

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More fun daylilies from peak bloom, which was shortly after the 4th of July.

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Love this one too.  Unfortunately, it has never increased for me.  Same two fans that I started with years ago, yet it does bloom every year with a nice bud count.

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Precious Candy.    Fun color, and it actually rebloomed one year.

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Santa’s Little Helper,  just a fun name.

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Gillian, I moved it last fall, and it took off.  I guess sometimes a change of location can help a daylily.  Gillian didn’t bloom much prior to the move.

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Ruby Spider.   This one typically starts the season off, and it is a blooming machine.

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Early July fun.   The pale, tall, unusual form daylily is Jellyfish Jealousy.   What a fun name!   It has increased well, and has an extended bloom time.

I see my gardening shovel with the yellow handle. Do you see it?  Funny how I find many of my ‘lost’ tools when I look at pictures later.

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Last fall I transplanted a large group of Shasta Daisies over to the field across the street.  I wasn’t sure it would work, and I needed the room in my garden for more daylilies.  The daisies did great and actually behaved better across the street where they had full sun all day long!

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I did finish labeling all of the daylilies, at least the ones that I know the names.  I highly recommend this company for plant labels.  I have them listed on my sidebar. I now have 510 dayliles, and I never thought I had enough room!

I do have 17 NOIDS  ( no identification )   As many of you know 510 is just a drop in the bucket, with all of the daylilies that are available.

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Now time to relax and have fun in the garden, seeing how I am not going to Acapulco.

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Happy Gardening.

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May Mojo

April didn’t seem to have the showers to bring the May flowers.  Seems the rain is catching up now.  The daffodils and tulips are long gone, yet wonderfully, they are replaced with the iris.  Oh, how I love iris.  They seem to be a bit high maintenance with all the dividing, and care that is needed.  But that bloom!!  The dwarf iris start out first, this is Posing.

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Another dwarf that stands out is Jive.004

The tall bearded are absolutely the most dramatic of May flowers, they just have that mojo!  They are just beginning to open.  I have divided them out and moved so many, that I don’t have all the names.  Not sure about the name of this one.  It is just a pleasing lavender.

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Iris have the most wonderful shades of blue of any flower in the garden.

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This one is Secret Service.

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I have quit a few Herrons about the lake, and it is hard to capture them in a photo.  I was able to get this one, with zooming in, so the picture is a bit fuzzy, but it still is so cool.  The Herrons certainly have mojo.

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Back to the iris.  This one is Matt McNames

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Not quite open yet, but what a great blend of color.  I think this is Secret Rites.

The poppies are showing off.

The Lupine are wonderful this May.  This Lupine is Manhattan Lights.  very different from the traditional blue Lupine.

Every day that I walk about the gardens, I am seeing the scapes of daylilies, and that is thrilling!

I did a few projects and added a few pieces of garden art.

The birdbath planter is ready.

 

This bottle is pretty by day, and then lights up at night.  I must say that I didn’t make it. I found it calling my name out at a local garden center.

Another planter finished.  This one is a bit tricky to do, but well worth the effort.  The flowers will fill in and it will be a sphere of blooms.

Bowie waits for me.   Happy Gardening and hoping you have lots of May Mojo.

 

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Spring

Spring came and seems to be running away.  We have days that seem like summer and then days like today, rainy with a chance of frost in the morning.  I have held off planting a few new perennials that I recently brought home.

The daffodils and tulips were amazing until the heat wilted the daffodils and the strong winds blew the petals off of the tulips.  The dark tulips are Queen of Night, white tulips are Maureen, and the lavender edged tulips are Shirley.  These have been in my garden for many years.

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Earlier spring blooms which did seem to last awhile.

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A few daffodils to share,  Golden Dawn,  blooms a little bit later.

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Two double daffodils,  Wave , the yellow , and Candy Princess, pink013

Another pleasing double daffodil,  White Cheerfulness, has a great fragrance also.

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The tulips were well worth waiting for.  I planted Salmon Impression, Violet Beauty and Ollioules together in groupings.

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Narcissus Pipit

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Phlox, a must for every spring garden.

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Bleeding Heart, should be in every garden.

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Bowie, in the spring garden!   Happy Gardening.

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Solar Spring

So the local weatherman reports that today is the start of Solar Spring, and I do like to hear that.   Starting February 5th, there is a more rapid increase in daylight hours in the northern hemisphere.  Things are starting to turn around and we are now more than a month past the winter solstice.  Yeah!!  We need that. Just in case you are counting, like I am: 35 days to daylight saving time day,  40 until St. Patrick’s day ,  and then just a mere 43 days until Spring.  We can do it!!   This is what I am waiting for.

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The daffodils are growing well, with plenty of roots and tall foliage.  I was concerned about the foliage stretching out so much, concerned that there would be only foliage and no flowers.  That would mean that the chill/ dark period wasn’t sufficient to set buds.  I brought out the first leggy daffodil at 13 weeks, then several were brought out at 14 weeks.  001The roots look good and finally after a few weeks inside the house, a bud appears.

005The bud is nestled down in the foliage.  This took about two weeks after the daffodil was brought inside.  I should have been more patient, I know this is how it works!

004The crocus all did really well, and it was so great to have them blooming the past few weeks.  I would advise anyone who is thinking about trying to force bulbs, start with the crocus.  They are fool-proof  and only need 10 weeks of chilling.  The blooms are small, but if they are potted up in a small container, they look great.

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I also potted up the Amaryllis bulbs that had been chilling in a brown bag.  I don’t place these in the same place as the other bulbs.  A brown bag just in the basement is good enough.  The bulbs have all sprouted foliage which is a good sign.  These will likely bloom ( if they bloom at all ) at the end of spring, which is OK with me.  Several of the bulbs are more than 4 years old.

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The hyacinth is also a good bulb to force for the beginner.  This looks really odd. It seems to have split in the jar.  It will be rather curious if it provides more than one bloom and I do see several buds growing.

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I hear there is a big football game today.

So Happy Solar Spring.

 

 

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January Junction

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010  We did have a special gift the first day of the new year, when the temperatures were mild and the sun was shining.  I actually spent that day in the garden, cutting back the iris, something I didn’t get to before we had snow.  That was a sign, that this will be a very wonderful gardening year.  January is the junction  where fall meets winter.  The bitter cold forces me back inside to attempt some inside gardening.

I brought in the crocus from their cold storage.  It has been 10 weeks.  I did leave one in for another week, just in case, these don’t respond with blooms.  The daffodils need another 4 weeks in the cold storage before they come inside.

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They are not in direct sunlight, but they are in a well lit room. You can see how white they are from being in the dark.  Now hopefully they will green up, and start to send up blooms.  I did water them well, and will keep them moist.

I also  rescued a few paperwhite bulbs from the local big box store.  They are starting to bloom.  When I bought them they were growing in the bag and looked terrible, but they straightened out and are providing a wonderful fragrance.  I know some don’t like this strong scent, but I rather like it.

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I brought in a few annuals, just to see if I could overwinter them in the house, and they are providing much needed bloom.  I need this bloom to get through the winter months. I have always overwintered my Gerbera Daisies, but I would let them go dormant, by withholding water.  This works well, and I have several that are more than 4 years old.  I kept watering this one, just to see, and sure enough it is blooming.

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I also brought in a geranium, just because I liked it.  It has been blooming also. Inside blooms are such a welcome relief at this January Junction.

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I also just potted up my Amaryllis bulbs that I had stored.  They had spent 8 weeks in a bag in a cool spot.  They will take a while to bloom, but in the meantime, I have an Amaryllis that was given to me as a gift, and it has several bloom stalks just waiting.

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At least the days are getting longer now, and that helps get through this junction. With the indoor blooms and increased daylight this January junction will soon pass.

It will take some time for me to get this new bird feeder up.  The old wooden feeder succumbed to the weather and a pesky squirrel.

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Happy ( indoor ) Gardening

 

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