Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rosie's Garden.

Welcome to Rosie's garden once again.
I love spring.


My stock grows anywhere.
It comes in purples, blues, pinks, lilacs.
All different shades.
And it self-seeds.
I have volunteers everywhere.

My first rose opened on March 30.

depending on where you're from.

Larkspurs, bachelor button aka coneflower,
and my little river of recycled glass that I got in Manteo.

My asparagus.

Pretty irises.

More irises.

Mar of Foodies Untie,
might this be some type of gaillardia?

Red poppy.

Purple larkspur,
orange poppies,
and a pretty little yellow thang.

Mar, can you tell what the yellow is?

I buy wildflower packages when they go on sale in the fall 
and I plant them in the fall.
These are all from those packages
and from wildflowers I've planted before
 which have seeded in this area.

I've never had much luck with ferns whenever I've bought them;
however, these ferns come out of the bulkhead every year.

 Out of focus purple stock and a delicate white allysum
which seeded from last year.

Coneflower/bachelor button/centaurea
These self seed everywhere too.


Acanthus or bear's breeches
setting up a stalk.

My first crocus.
I need a magnifying glass to see it.

Iberis or candy tuft.

I love this bouquet of irises.

Pink ice plant or delosperma in foreground.
The ice plant propagates easily.
Just break off a piece and stick it anywhere.
It will root.
Pinch off any blooms while the ice plant is rooting.
You want the plant's energy concentrated
in growing roots, not creating blooms.
The white blooms in the background are on my cilantro plant.

My little squirrel.
This is Brunswick.

Blooming cilantro and larkspur
and a bunch of other plants.

In the middle bed,
I have 4 rosebushes.
The green patches are more ice plant.

I need to till that back bed
so I can plant my veggies.
My herb garden ...
which was pretty much destroyed 
by ThatBitchIrene.

Gotta pick up those pine cones and neaten up the pine needles.
I like having contrasting mulches.

Then I need o blow or rake these pine needles
so I can see my "pond,"
framed by upended wine bottles.
Pansies, violas, snapdragons, dianthus, budding statice on far left.
The bright green not blooming yet is larkspur. 
The red in the center is a Gerbera daisy. 

 I have some scallions in this bed
and a few radishes.

Needs to be cleaned,
and tilled.

I need to go down and tighten up my spent jonquils.
I'll grab a pony tail of green and bend it over,
securing it by wrapping around at the base
 with one or two of the stalks.

Need to till these beds too,
after adding in some manure and compost.

I still have lettuce and a little spinach
and a bunch of weeds.

It takes time.
And nothing is ever finished.
It's a living organism.
Always a work in progress. 

Life is good.


Anonymous said...

Tree Rats. Do NOT encourage them.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Oh Anonymouse, I must.

They are here now.
For the first time since I've lived here. (27 years)

I don't want them digging up my bulbs.

They need to be distracted.

If they get to be THAT much of a problem, Brunswick and Burgoo will be ... , well, you know.

Dogmama13 said...

Beautiful! thank you for sharing your lovely garden/grounds. Barbara

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Thank you, Barbara, for visiting.

Lea said...

Lovely! We are about 3 weeks ahead in blooms here, can't wait to see when my iris and peonys arrive this year.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Lea, my peonys have never bloomed or thrived. They come up nicely in the spring then eventually die a slow death.
Any advice?

Marilyn said...

I believe the first plant is an unknown variety of coreopsis. Still working on identifying the second flower for you. I just may have to ban you from buying those mixed seed packets, Rosie!

As for your peonies, if they are planted too deeply (more than 2 inches from the top of the bare root to the soil line) then they may never flower. Peonies are also heavy feeders and hate standing water.

Marilyn said...

The yellow flower is Linaria maroccana, or Moroccan toadflax.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Mar, I bow to your magnificence.
I thank you.
I always owe you.