Thursday, April 15, 2010

GARDEN BLOGGERS' BLOOM DAY APRIL 2010

Thanks Carol at Maydreams for inviting us to share our Spring garden blooms.

If one of the hottest summers on record followed by fall rain and the coldest winter for years is what it takes to produce this incredible blooming spring, then I'm game for another one! This year the flax is the prettiest I have ever seen. Huge arching sprays of clear blue flowers.

Then there is Zephirine drouin. The incredibly fragrant rose which grew out of a crack between the pavers at the end of the pool garden. It grew from root, left in the ground after I removed a pot which held a cutting of the rose. Left to its own the arching branches are packed with pink blooms.

I wish I knew the name of this yellow iris given to me last fall. I can't believe it flowered the first year. It certainly is a beauty.

Poppies are everywhere. Both the orange California poppy and the large single pink poppy seen here among catmint and feather grasses behind the vegetable garden beds.

These pink ones are growing along with the peas by the greenhouse.

This one decided it was going to be frilly this year. I guess this is how new plants come about. I will save the seeds but they will probably cross pollinate with the other single pink poppies.

Purple larkspur among the oregano in the herb garden.
Coumbine

Damianita
Blackfoot daisy with square bud primrose and four nerve daisy.

Claret cup cactus.

Silver leafed gazania.

In the cactus bowl two little bloomers.

Pink primroses galore.

and yellows.
Chives
Flowering cilantro. I let the seeds fall and they will come up next winter.

Dahlberg daisy, growing between the pavers in the veg. garden. Pops up every year and is deer proof. Not that the deer find their way in here, except when I leave the gate open.

22 comments:

  1. Jenny, your Texas English garden is in full bloom, isn't it? I'd love to see it in person! What a glorious season, but pox on you for agreeing to another record-setting summer just to see these blooms! :) I don't believe I could do that again, even for this glorious display. Great post, as always.

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  2. Jenny, what an amazing garden you have! Just stunning. I want my garden to look like yours when it grows up.

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  3. Amazing that the ZD rose rooted in the crack. Plants just seem to find a way to grow for you! What a beautiful spring you're having.

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  4. Your garden is stunning! Great angle for photographing the rose. And I just love the frilly poppy.

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  5. Your garden is beautiful...as always. I love that yellow iris, whatever it's name might be.

    ~~Linda...

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  6. I love seeing columbines...reminds me of home. :)

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  7. Gorgeous, all! I'm so glad I just bought two packets of flax seeds. I'm inspired by yours!

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  8. Your garden looks absolutely fantastic. Bravo!

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  9. absolutely stunning display you've captured in this series of photographs. this gardener is envious!

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  10. That frilly poppy in her frock is lovely. Don't you just love those little surprises Mother Nature sends us sometimes? And that yellow iris looks like she's trying to compete with the poppy for the frilliest outfit! The arching grace of your rose is amazing. And out of a crack...you were clearly not in charge!

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  11. Nice looking Claret cup cactus - that's pretty snazzy. Great garden.

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  12. You have the best luck with volunteers--and now this gorgeous rose! I think you are more patient with volunteers than I am; I tend to yank at the early stage rather than letting them do their thing.

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  13. I always enjoy your garden pix, and now you've identified the "yellow mystery daisy" that self seeded in my gravel this year! (It's Dahlberg daisy)

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  14. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by my garden to view the April flowers.
    Get grounded- i was thinking more about the cold wet winter.
    Diana- I have decided I am definitely not in charge here. I just make adjustments.
    Pam- This is not a personality trait you really want to have. I am trying to get mine under control!
    Kelly- Glad you now know about this daisy. It is a free seeder and I was really surprised the seeds survived the cold winter. I wouldn't be without it.

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  15. Wow! Just stunning. I particularly love the flax and that gorgeous pink rose, but it's hard to choose favourites with so many lovely blooms.

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  16. I don't think I'll ever have a garden as full of beautiful flowers as you have - beautiful and inspirational!

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  17. Ruth- the flax is just spectacular- or it was. we just had a pounding rainstorm. It will have put paid to lots of flowers.
    Country Mouse- Thanks for those kind words.

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  18. I think my garden has a lot of bloom, and maybe it does for Zone 5, but it is pale in comparison to your garden! Visiting your garden when I came to Austin two years ago is still one of the highlights for me. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

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  19. Your garden is just delightful looking after the rain and the cold! And I am absolutely amazed at that rose growing in a crack. Plants sure know where they want to be.

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  20. Carol- I so enjoyed meeting you and glad you were able to come over.
    Ms Wis- I think plants like cold and rain. The rose in the crack truly was a surprise. I can only assume it came from root as this is a rose on it's own root. Easy to propagate.

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  21. You have so many lovely flowers and enough space between them to actually highlight them. I love the rooms/spaces in your garden, and the walls. The rose clambering over the wall looks so romantic. This has been a great year for everything but especially the roses.

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  22. MSS- Actually I don't think there is space between them. I have been worried about what is going on underneath because I have never had so many red poppies before and they certainly take up lots of room.Also the wine cups seeded everywhere and they are too big for this space.

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