Spring Flower Show

I always think of summer as the time for flowers in the garden. But putting in a little extra work last fall has really paid off. All the nice rain and mild winter we had didn’t hurt either. Either which way, I am really enjoying the flower show in my garden this spring.

Let’s start with these John Scheeper Faith daffodils. Now, these are pretty. But doggone it. Don’t exaggerate the color in the catalog. They were shown as pink as the camellia that follows. And they just aren’t. Also, it might be polite to include that these tulips face downwards, so you don’t really get to see them without bending over… Anyway, they did bloom well, and they are still pretty πŸ™‚

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The camellia has never been as full of blooms as this! I’m surprised the bush is still upright. Its a shame they couldn’t spread out their blooms over a longer period of time.

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I’m not kidding. Every time I aim my camera at this bush, Sophie wanders over to check it out.

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Here’s the Camperdown Elm with its little lime green “blossoms.”

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Close-up. I think they’re very pretty. I suppose they’re seed pods. But I think this is a grafted tree, so the seeds probably aren’t useful.

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The last cluster of the Angelique tulips. I planted these a few years ago, and it seems to me that tulips don’t usually last too long, so I was very happy to see these make an appearance.

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From John Scheepers–Sunset Miami–fringe Β tulips.

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Close-up–aren’t they pretty?

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The tall plant in the foreground is a money plant. They are biennials. So I grew them from seed last year, but this year is when I get to see the blooms. And actually the seed pods are the “money” part of them–purportedly looking like silver dollars. I will have to wait until the end of summer to see that. The flowers seem a little insignificant. But hey! I just looked them up, and it says that the pilgrims brought them with them on the Mayflower! Thomas Jefferson grew them in Monticello!

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I love these violets. Over there on the right is some fescue grass. I got it for the patchwork path, but had some extra.

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My pot is looking good. The purply flowers in the front are a cross between violets and pansies and are a perennial. And evidently are not as tasty as pansies. Yay!

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My favorite flowering almond is just starting to bloom.

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MLG built a trellis out of bamboo stakes for the bridal veil bush which was falling all over everything.

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These just started blooming–some lily-flowering tulips from costco. Oh, and you can see the black tubing in there–MLG has been working on the drip/irrigation system. I ordered a 4-way timer from Amazon, and so he’s figured out how we can put the entire garden on a watering system. Whee!! More time for me this summer πŸ™‚

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Whew! And that’s the end of the garden show for this week. Have a wonderful weekend, and I will think good thoughts for my East Coast friends that they will see some sunshine and flowers!

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6 thoughts on “Spring Flower Show

  1. Your garden just looks so happy. It’s obviously in its sweet spot! I never got anything out of those money plants seeds last year. It’s funny how we have different luck with plants. It’s nice to see your garden pictures and we are going to get more snow tomorrow. Ugh!

  2. I snorted when you showed the second camilla picture with Sophie, as I’d been thinking “oooh, the Queen must love eating on those lovely pink blossoms” – and there she was! She is like her mom and just loves the color pink. πŸ™‚

  3. Your garden looks wonderful. I have a few blooms I’m enjoying. My favorite is my old gardenia I thought I’d lost to frost a few years ago. It made a magical comeback a few years ago. Not blooming yet, but I can’t wait. Enjoy your labors!

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