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May garden pics

Relax and enjoy (I should add a sound file of the waterfall and birds…)

32 comments to May garden pics

  • mmberry

    IRIS INVASION!

    Warn the neighbors!

    You just tested how many times I can go ooooohhhhh….aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh…oooooooooooooo.

  • 😀

    Isn’t that a mess? (The iris) I’m not waiting this year. I’m pulling the purple and yellow as I ID them. I’m keeping a few because they are the first out, but there’s a reason they’re taking over. They’re the “native” type and will choke out the “specials” if I don’t thin them out.

    But I really wanted a pic of the mass before I began.

    The ones I love are that last handful. Got those the day we came back from MisCon. The sun was perfect and that evening glow, like the one of the azalea and Japanese maple from last year, is just magical. I need to turn one of those into a wallpaper as well.

  • Wow! I think we’ll know whose house is yours on the street, just looking at the front yard! Beautiful!

    Windows Movie Maker + photos + waterfall and birdsong = a calming YouTube video.

    • You know…that’s a good idea.

      Unfortunately, we have to keep the pond behind a solid fence to protect the idiots (attractive nuisance) Casual passers-by have no idea. But since we began the front, we have people stopping almost every time we’re out working to mention that they’ve been enjoying/watching it grow.

      At Home Depot, we were talking about trees for the front, and as I described what we had, it was “I know that place!” 😀 I hope it’s in a good way. 😀 The little red bridge and the swing are sort of a giveaway!

      The retaining wall on the right of the stairs is something I added…two years ago? Yipes…maybe more than that. How time flies. Anyway, it used to be just a grassy slope. Our first year here I did little other than take out stuff. Multiple yucky (dying) arborvitae out in front (on the left side up next to the house) and three huge yucky grey lilacs that were choking out the poor weeping cherry in the back. (I love lilacs, but who in their right mind would plant that color?) I had to sit and dig the roots of all the above out, esp in the back because I had to disentangle them from the cherry’s roots.

  • mmberry

    NOT a mess! Although I can almost imagine the iris choking out grass, but I’ve got a mimosa tree they haven’t choked out next to my porch. No grass, and the columbine is growing at one corner. I don’t remember seeing the blue ones that were in the front this year? I’ll have dark purple columbine seeds to share in a few weeks.

    • I want a mimosa soooooo bad! They should work up here…we get a bit colder than OKC, but they’re rated for our climate. I tried one a couple of years ago and it never did anything. 🙁

      I really love when stuff shows up that you had no idea existed. That gorgeous tulip in the first couple of pics was a total surprise this year. No idea where it came from and I’ve got to try and save it from the garage foundation.

      I love columbine. I’ve got a bunch of pretty seeds that I’ve never gotten started. Was going to this year, but the time to start them has pretty much passed me by. Sigh.

      I call it a mess because getting those suckers free is a terror. I should get a pick of one of the root masses…and they’re only two years old. Some were thinned last year! The roots have run way down under the rocks of the dry “streambed” and it’s almost impossible to cut them w/o moving the rock, so I have to get down on my butt and pull. We were salvaging the purple and yellow blooms for indoors, but I declared a halt to that…it might drive me to a murderous rage! 😀

  • chondrite

    You have many thingies there with which I am unfamiliar, esp. the vines. We have a couple of oddities you might appreciate, although they are likely to be tender annuals only in your area, or maybe potted. We have both red and green jade vines (maunaloa), which blossom in foot-long sprays; individual blooms look like parrot beaks. Pakalana has heart shaped leaves and a dull green and mustard, unprepossessing bloom, but the scent is indescribable — piercing, sharp, sweet, green… The neighbors have stephanotis, popular for wedding bouquets, with clusters of white, heavily sweet flowers.

    I love your bronze and pink iris clump, but don’t think they would like my yard: too dry and sandy. On the bright side, my dragon fruit cactus has a bloom. They are related to night blooming cereus, but have edible fruit (provided it actually forms a fruit, and no one nicks it).

  • I’ve put names on at least one of each variety except for a couple of the groundcovers. The one with the variegated leaves and tiny pink flowers was here when we got here. I meant to as CJC about the puffballs and the yellow. She remembers all this stuff. I just pick out the ones I like and plant them according to the sun-wants, and pray. 😀

    All the vines that are out right now are Clematis. I’m utterly in love with the species, if I can ever remember which to cut back every year and which to leave. I thought I knew, but some surprised me. They have a huge variety from sun-loving to shade. I’ve got pics of Wiishu and Pook with the garage clemati in full bloom.

    We put in some passion plants, but I’ve not really seen anything out of them. 🙁

    The regular peonies are beginning to bloom as well. It appears we’ll have peonies for at least two months, thanks to varying bloom times (Luck, I assure you!) Those beautiful magenta tree peonies were given to CJC by someone she helped on the fish forum. Aren’t they something? We’ve got those, a white one Lynn Abbey gave us that we almost killed out in front, transplanted it to the back two years ago and it’s beginning to thrive, and a pink with ruffled edges that’s just slightly more mature.

    There are certain of those tropicals I’d LOVE to have, but we’ve kind of decided that anything hothouse needs to wait until the bulk of the outside is finished. We keep seeing these things that would be such fun to have…and end up killing them through neglect. We had a bunch of house plants and something got started in here…scale or something, that by the time we got at it, it was byebye plants…including a couple of beautiful bansai trees. 🙁

    The pink is Beverly Sills. Isn’t it gorgeous? And the bronze/purple is my personal favorite. It’s got a name, but I have no idea what it is. There’s a paler version of it as well. One of the things we’re trying to do is isolate certain kinds to clump them strategically. That’s one. The black and white yin/yang is another, and there’s a blue I’m going to combine with the Wabash, which was CJC’s father’s favorite (it’s the blue with a white fall). There are a couple of other really outstanding ones…but we need to shed the plethora of yellow and purple to get at them.

    (Anybody want some iris? :D)

    • chondrite

      Let me know when you’re ready for it, and I’ll send a plumeria cutting or two, the stink-pretty kine 🙂
      I think the ground cover with the tiny yellow flowers is some type of sedum.

    • Hanneke

      The yellow-and-green low plants in pictures 9-13 are Euphorbia (E. polychroma, I think). You know not to get their sap on your skin, and stay out of sunlight & wash it of quickly of you do get it on you? It can irritate your skin, in sunlight it can cause blisters.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia

      • Thanks! I’ll get it in there. I actually knew that, but I blanked on the name when I was putting the show together. (I frequently have a problem catching nouns….:D) I’ve got several varieties around the pond. I didn’t know about the blistering, (thanks!) but when I got some in my eye, it was an expensive run to the emergency room! After that, I’ve been super careful! I’ve since learned that, in general, if the sap is white, avoid like the plague! 😀

        chondrite: I’d love it! I’m hoping to make 2013 the year of Order in TauCeti. We’re going to shed a lot of stuff, I’m getting my path-edge rocks, and I’ve got the outflow of the waterfall extended (finally) so I can put it back together after last spring’s Big Leak Adventure. So…maybe next spring? But I’ll let you know. Thanks!

        TabbyCat: 😀

        Onna: I’m about ready to say I don’t do house plants. They need too much constant care. Christmas cactus and Amarylis are about my speed. They thrive on neglect. 😀 Once I get the sprinklers figured out…right now we have too much waste and a few dry areas…and get the iris thinned and the pathway edges finished, the place is actually minimal work, esp if we get a solid fence up between us and the neighbor’s weeds, which is in the plans for this year. He means well, but he has a way of waiting until they all go to seed before whacking them down. 😀 better if we get a good solid freeze, which we didn’t this year, but it still tends to be FUN work as opposed to slogging around with a lawn mower.

        • chondrite

          Maybe you’ll want to take a rain check on the plumeria — it has white sap. It’s closer to milkweed than other, more annoying plants, but if you want to err on the side of caution, I don’t blame you. If you eventually plant it out in a pot and keep it trimmed back (around here they get tree-sized, YMMV), it should be okay, but again…

  • TabbyCat

    Wow! Just wow! Utterly beautiful!

  • The campus does a lot of landscaping year-round so we have flowers there.

    The library has sprouted its wildflowers and more are along the main city roads.

    I used to keep plants in my office at UTD but having to keep the lights off in my shared office due to three CPUs dumping heat have stopped my plant-keeping.

    Forget plants at home. We’re both Capricorns – we like dark places.

  • kokipy

    my irises dont stand up that nicely. they tend to fall over before they are done. I am planning a big investment in bamboo stakes for next year which will also be useful later in the season for peonies and hydrangeas, I hope. My peonies are budding but look like they are still a month away from blossoming.
    Yours are gorgeous.

    • I had that problem all the time. I don’t really know what’s different up here. We’ve had pounding rain and high winds and they’re still upright! In part, I think these masses out front are so thick they hold each other up! 😀 We do the classic “bundle” of rhizomes pointing at each other, which also helps. But honestly…I don’t know! I didn’t feed them special or nothin’! 😀

      The peonies in the pics above are all tree peonies, which seem to come out about a month ahead of the regular peonies, which are just now coming out and seem to be spacing themselves…one’s almost done and others are just getting going. It’s the first year for some, so I’m excited to see what they do. I hope this timing is what they’ll do all the time. It gives a really long peony season! Altho…talk about the ones that droop. 🙁 I’ve got to figure something else for supporting them. The little rings on legs are way too short. Altho…the biggest one is holding it’s buds up much better. Maybe they just get stronger as they age.

      I absolutely fell in love with mimosas when I was in OKC. Mimosas and redbuds. We have the contorted weeping redbud out front that’s doing well and I’d love a mimosa along the front to give some shade. If they don’t get any in locally again, I’m going to bite the bullet and order online. It’ll mean a stick that will never get taller than me in my lifetime, but, hey! 😀

      The one we tried in the back was a chocolate mimosa. Really dark leaves with the bright pink flowers. It was gorgeous in the pics, but it didn’t last long enough to do anything. 🙁

      For those unfamiliar with this gorgeous tree:
      http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Mimosa.htm#tab10

  • Off-topic: CrazyHandmade package has just left NY. Tell Wiishu and Pooki to be watching the mail.

  • kokipy

    ps, we used to have mimosas out on the end of Long Island. I loved them. They were also abundant in North Georgia where I grew up. I have not seen one here in lower Westchester where we now live. But they are great.

  • Picture 12, the euphorbia at the top has a drop of water just hanging, ready to fall. Now, that’s great timing.
    Picture 43, I don’t believe that’s a bee, it looks more like a type of fly, looking at the head and the wings. The stripes might be mimicry to prevent predators from grabbing the fly for a meal.
    Did we ever figure out what kind was the shrub on the corner of the house, the one with the fragrant white flowers? Some thought it was mock orange, I ventured gardenia (of which I know nothing!).
    What are the red flowers that look somewhat like hydrangeas, except the leaves are the wrong shape.
    I planted two peony plants on either side of Sadie’s grave just off my back deck, they’re doing fairly well, but no buds yet. Maybe next year. I also have a very large hydrangea shrub, almost a tree! Plus some very tall – 12 feet arbor vitae, and interwoven in the hydrangea is a honeysuckle, and I have another honeysuckle in the front garden. Cities here in Ohio have classified the honeysuckle as an invasive species, but I’ve always liked it, so even if they cut down every other bush in the state, mine stay! :X

  • Your gardens are amazing! You front garden is a perfect to a solutions to poor soil etc.

    Completely OTS…..I tried to change my gravitar today. I went to http://en.gravitar.com/ and all I got was a This Site For Sale and blank boxes. Is there some other way to switch gravitars? It’s by no means urgent; I would just like the same image on WordPress that I have on Blogspot. Thanks 😀

  • Hanneke

    @smartcat, it’s gravatar, not gravitar – did you try that, or follow the link from the left side of CJ’s blog? That sends me to the Dutch gravatar site, which seems to work normally.

    @Joe, if you plant a peony too deep it won’t flower. The buds need to be right at the top of the soil: you could try raising them slightly for next year.

    • Thanks Hanneke! 😀 I should put the gravatar link on my page as well…

      And dead on with the peony. I have three under my cherry tree in the back. One never had flowered. I raised it a lousy inch or two and it’s finally blooming this year! Curious to see what it produces.

  • I neglected to mention they were in pots, so had already propagated a bit. I just kept the top of the root ball high. I had planted a rhizome or three out in the front about a month ago, just about an inch down, they said that’s all it supposed to be buried. Well, maybe it just didn’t take, or maybe it’s lying there dormant, waiting on me to walk by suspecting nothing.

    • Hanneke

      Joe, even an inch below soil may be too much. I seem to remember that the buds need to sense light before they’re going to come up and make flowers. I’m not a horticulturalist, so I may be wrong. 😉

      • According to the package directions on the rhizomes, it said 1 inch, so that’s what I dug. I thought it was strange, too. But Sadie’s peonies, which were in pots, are doing very well, there are multiple stems about 12″ high, but no flowers. I believe that the plants need to have a year in which to acclimate to the location, as well as to the soil. I can’t say they won’t have decent soil, but then again, they’re not directly on her grave, but flanking it by about a foot or so each way.

  • kokipy

    Are they like irises? which the rhizomes want to bake in the sun. I haven ever been sure about peonies. I just moved three to what i hope is a more propitious spot but am not sure about the depth. I had heard, three inches down. this is all very difficult to accomplish.

    • in a way, yes, they are. They will spread out like irises, so eventually, you might have to break the cluster apart and plant them somewhere else. My rhizome package that I bought said 1 inch, so that’s what I did, although it didn’t say 1 inch measured from the top of the hole to the bottom, or one inch to the top of the rhizome from the top of the hole. So picky……

      I bought a white peony and a red one that were already potted and had started growing. So much easier….I think Hanneke has the right idea.

  • Honestly, I don’t know how old they were. I don’t even know how old the rhizomes that were in the plastic bag were. The potted peonies look like they’re doing all right, so I’m not worried about them, right now. I think if I have to wait until next year, well, that’s understandable. Mom’s got a bunch in her back yard that she’s had for decades, and I think they’ve bloomed too.

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