Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Potted plants

I finally finished my brick patio.  The most exciting part was being able to arrange my potted plants here and there.  This photo shows part of my collection.  I've gotten a little crazy, so I have pockets like this throughout the garden.  I'm hoping not to cover my patio completely! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Cinco de Mayo Rose, Larkspur, and Yarrow

I'm resurrecting my Tuesday Ensemble posts.  As with the others, I will not be adding much more than the names of three or more plants included.  Hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Iris germanica 'Gypsy Romance'

The Iris are still performing.  This one opened up today.  The name 'Gypsy Romance' conjures up images of deep and lush hues.  Her colors go from deep violets that move into deep purples and then into dark blues and finally into golden yellows.  I'm guessing this progression is how she got her name!

Friday, April 22, 2011


The Fairy Rose and Clematis

I planted this Clematis with my climbing The Fairy Rose hopeing it would bloom along with the roses.  What I didn't realize is that the blooms on this Clematis are early and the blooms on The Fairy are late.  This is a rare moment when the two are blooming together.  The Fairy has just begun to bloom and there is only this one bloom on the clematis, as all the others have turned into puffs of seeds.    I may end up moving her to my Peggy Martin rose which has a similar bloom to The Fairy but blooms at the same time.  By the way, I can't remember which Clematis this is.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Iris germanica 'Midnight Oil'

I've just begun to be fascinated with 'black' flowers.  In most cases the flowers are not black but dark enough to make you think they are. 

Iris 'Midnight Oil' is a deep deep shade that at first sight appears black.  The buds, look to me, to really be black.  The open flowers however reveal a glorious mix of deep shades of purples and maroons.  Midnight never looked so good!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Graham Thomas Rose

I own only one English Rose, so far and his name is Graham Thomas.  I can only describe his blooms as elegant and refined. A true gentleman!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose
Peggy Martin Rose
Peggy Martin Rose
Cinco de Mayo Rose
Winnipeg Parks Rose
Maggie Rose

I love pink and red roses.  These roses fall somewhere between hot pink and red.

Friday, April 15, 2011

04/15/11 May Dream Gardens 'Bloom Day'

Poppy somniferum
Poppy somniferum

Clematis 'Warsaw Nike'
Clematis 'Warsaw Nike'

Yarrow 'Summer Berries'
Yarrow 'Paprika'
Yarrow and Roses
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

Nasturtium 'Princess of Inda'
Salvia 'Victoria'

Each month over at May Dreams Gardens they host a 'Bloom Day' on the 15th of each month.  This is my first posting.  I hope to do this each month.

Go to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2011 to see all the wonderful blogs!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Iris germanica 'Well Endowed'

This is one of my new Iris.  It stands inches above the rest.  I wonder how many inches!
btw- I did  not make up the name!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Iris germanica 'Stellar Lights'

This is one galactic beauty!


Iris germanica 'Drama Queen'

Every garden needs a little drama!

Friday, April 8, 2011


Rose 'Pink Home Run'

I love single roses.  They have the charm of Daisies with the complexity of Roses.  When I saw that the Rose 'Home Run' had a mutant sister, I knew I had to add her to my garden.  The original 'Home Run' is a fine Rose indeed.  It blooms non stop and the color is an intense red that can't be photographed.  'Pink Home Run' has almost the same punch but with a lighter touch. I'm proud to have these siblings in my family of roses. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Heuchera 'Pistache'

Coral Bells (Heuchera) 'Pistache' glows like neon in the garden.  I have two that sit in the 'Love and Marriage' sector of my backyard.  I usually plant in odd numbers but decided to enhance that area with a union of two.  They are small in size but huge in impact.  You can see them glowing from way across the garden.  In the fall, they turn russet and orange.  They are quite the pair!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Iris germanica 'Clown Around'

I got several new Iris last year.  This is the first one to bloom.  Someone got it right when they named her 'Clown Around.'  The colors remind me of the circus.  This Iris isn't the 'greatest show on earth' but it's close!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Crepe Myrtle 'Sacramento'

I was almost, if not more, thrilled to see the new spring foliage of my miniature Crepe Myrtle 'Sacramento' as I was to see the spring flowers.  I had started to think that it hadn't survived our record making late winter freeze.  When if finally started to show signs of life, I was exceedingly happy!  The foliage in the spring is quite beautiful with rusts and chartreuse colorings.  When it starts to bloom however, watch out!  It blooms non-stop through out the season.  As the fall approaches, it turns beautiful russet colors.  Through the winter you can see the pleasing architecture of the branches.  It has something to offer all four seasons.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Iris germanica

The first Iris was sold at a hardware store as 'Color Tart.'  It doesn't seem to match what I see around with the same name, so I am assuming it was labeled incorrectly.  Whatever it is, I love it!  I named The second  Iris 'Debbie's Gift,' after the friend who gave it to me.  I love its subtle yellow markings.