Saturday, April 2, 2011

OH! IT WAS THE MOST GLORIOUS MORNING

There is nothing more perfect than a spring morning. This morning a clear blue sky and temperatures in the low 60s. I was going to make the most of it because the weather man promised a high of 89. I was going out to smell the roses. In the front garden Zephirine drouin on the wall is the most fragrant antique rose. How could I have been thinking of taking her down. Unruly thing! She's always poking us when we sit in front of her. The problem is that I don't know how to prune her to stay flat against the wall like I see on walls in England.

The bluebonnets and blackfoot daisies also have a fragrance which makes this garden such a delight. Already the star jasmine on the wall by the door is starting to open and she is more fragrant than all these other flowers. In a week she will be fully open.

David broke from washing the dishes to come out and smell the rose and take a picture.

There is also a Zepherine on the wall in the English garden I struck this one from a cutting but didn't really have a place to plant it. She really is unruly eschewing the trellis I made for her and preferring to grow through the viburnum in the corner.

The dry stone wall in the English garden with Pam's dovecote in the distance. Thanks Pam.

Now the sun is peaking through the entranceway.

and I can see that the sunken garden is in full sun.

Hidden by the wall the sun hasn't quite reached the frilly pink poppy.



But here she comes. Another hot dry one on the way.

19 comments:

  1. It started out cloudy here and I thought it would rain. But it cleared up and turned into a nice day. Your gardens are lovely. I really like the colors of the blooms against the natural stone and I love the dovecote!

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  2. Oh, thank you for sharing your glorious day and beautiful garden with us. We had some sun today but it was cold and windy, too. Someday spring will settle in here up north!

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  3. A glorious morning in your glorious garden ~ it's beautiful!!

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  4. Beautiful as always! So inspiring!

    If each of your posts consisted of just a single image of your garden, I would still eagerly await every single one. =)

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  5. Your garden is as gorgeous as always. I absolutely love all your sitting areas and really enjoy seeing the plants in the larger context of the garden. Envy you growing climbing roses; not easy to do in our climate.

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  6. It's hard to imagine a garden more glorious and gorgeous than yours, especially in spring. I'm so glad I stopped by for a look.

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  7. Well I came to see your posts from the show and was pleasantly surprised at your post!!! Incredible. I love the bluebonnets. I don't think you can ever get tired of looking at bluebonnets. And the poppys!!! We planted those in front of the nursery along the road but sadly only two came up. Two. There just wasn't enough water and the hose doesn't reach out there. At least I got to see two of them and enjoy yours.
    k

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  8. You're garden is so beautiful and unique. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

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  9. To have a yard like this, I could stay all day. Just pull up a chair and bring a book and I would be set. Thanks so much for sharing. It is beyond words.

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  10. Did you want to use the Sissinghurst method on your roses?

    http://www.sarahraven.com/how-to/growing-flowers/4/how-train-roses

    Your garden looks wonderful at this time of year, everything so full of promise!

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  11. I love your wide angle shots. You have such a great garden with so many places to sit and enjoy it.

    I know what you mean about the Zepherine doing its own thing and disregarding efforts to train it. I have tried to pillar mine to an arbor post, but it is so prolific, it keeps putting out new canes and gobbling up my adjoining patio and flower bed space.

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  12. Beautiful poppies! Do you let them reseed themselves, or do you harvest the seed and then reseed in the fall? Do you mulch the beds they are in and if so, does that decrease the amount that germinate? Am I putting way to much thought into growing poppies? Probably.

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  13. Fantastyczny ogród ,weszłam kiedyś przez przypadek i pozostałam.Jestem zauroczona klimatem jaki u Ciebie panuje.... spokojem.Będę wracać.Pozdrawiam Bogusia

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  14. I love these expansive shots of your garden that really show off all the hardscapes, they are magical!

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  15. You are welcome! The dovecote looks perfect in your garden.

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  16. You really have created a beautiful garden, Jenny. I can almost smell the daisies and bluebonnets. Thanks for letting us in to your sanctuary...

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  17. Absolutely love your garden of eden! What a wonderful tranquil place you have created! Your photos are amazing!

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  18. The garden looks absolutely amazing.

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  19. Ahh, springtime in Texas! Your garden looks amazing and I'm jealous of all your bluebonnets-- snails and pillbugs ravaged mine.

    I think I might be able to help with your Zephrine Drouhin problem. I have her too, and couldn't get her to bloom until Cindy at My Corner of Katy pointed me in the right direction of how to prune her for both maximum flowers and to lie flat.

    First of all, you select maybe 5 major canes, and take off any branches so you have 5 long whips, basically. Then you tack them all flat and as horizontally as possible. They'll flower a ton, and then you cut all of that off so it's flat against the wall again, repeat as necessary, switching it up with new canes and cutting down the old to keep it flowering. It's a brutal pruning regimen, but it's the only thing that's worked for me so far with this rose.

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