Friday, April 20, 2018

Iris have Began to Blooml

When we go out to look a the  Carrel takes the clippers and dead heads.  This helps to keep your garden fresh.  I take my camera,  my children and Carrel me together about five Christmas ago.   So that I could keep a history of my garden on F.B. and my blog.   I want to have them a book printed but I have not found  who does it.  I try to put a picture on of him as much as I can so you will see my main helper.  T do not want mine in it ,that I am the camera man.


This is the way April began,  March was one of the wettest months I have seen in about 50 years. It rained then for 2 weeks it was cold and wet.  However you expect that in December.  

  My Iris looked good and was really showing out.  But the wind laid some down.  These are older Iris and only bloom once.  We love to see them unfold.


This is really a pretty Iris,  how ever before it opened I was not sure,  the bottom was all that showed .  It looked like the inside of a dirty cow feed sack.  I milked a cow when I was younger.  And chose sacks I could make everyday play clothes from.  On the left  what you see is the under side and ruffle and I thought it was going to be ugly.  Carrel came in and said I think you will be surprised with your ugly Iris. The picture on the right shows you the bottom and the color of the ruffle.


This blue one has been Carrels'  favorite  Iris over the years.   There was a lot of them but over half  died.  They are in a raised bed so they will drain well,  however  we just had too much water that year. I have lost a lot of my old ones.  I will keep shopping Carrel loves to plant.  Yes, Carrel only loves to read.


Here is another new Iris I bought last year.  It has an orange center, you can barely see it .  I bought two sets of seven and planted one  set in my yard and divided one set with Debbie and Charlotte.


         This is older than the rest I planted it in 2008,  It has been a faithful bloomer.  A young man was working for me in 2016.  We  divided this Iris  I gave some to him and his mother-in-law.




   I was not sure I  would like this one, it was such a light color,  I like brighter color However I think after looking  at all of them together  they balance   themselves out.


Carrel watched this Iris thinking it would be like  the blue he likes so well.  However it was not I like , it is bright.  One of the new ones Carrel planted last year.

I thought this Iris looked good with the darker orange beard.  We planted this some years ago,  however this is the first it has bloomed.


Charlotte may have given me this Iris.  She gave me a lot of then but some just died on me.   Iris likes dry places not to be water a lot put no water on top of the root and let it stay long.  Most flowers need water about every 4 to 5 days.  If they become too dry they send their tender roots to the top to find water and the sun  will burn them.  I am planting more flowers this year that will live with less water I hope.

 When this Iris first began to open I just knew it was my black one.   All most the bottom is so dark it looks black. The ruffle has a lot of dark purple in it.                                                                                 

Charlotte gave these two plus many more,  however too much water rotted most.  I am not going to complain about having a lot of rain, to much.  I have Lady blogger I read and thank goodness she reads my blog.  She lives in Kansas and has such little rain,  they have to water from rain barrels.  I am so amazed and thrilled to be able to see her lovely garden.  Almost like visiting but I do not have to dress up.  If I have any more Iris to bloom this spring I will put them on another blog. 
I thank you for reading my blog and watching my garden grow and bloom.  And  hope you have one of you own.   Happy gardening from Carrel from the garden.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Water Water Everywhere and not a Place to Plant

I can not go into the front yard because of water.  I took these pictures several days ago however I have had a hard time getting on my blog.  I hired  someone online to fix my computer because I have to drive about 100 miles and then when I went I could not find him. So I bought a new one.  Whomever "fixed" my computer stole my e-mail.  When I would change the password they would change it back.  AT&T finally canceled.  I have spent half the night and until now trying to find this page to write a new page.

You can see my drive is full of water.  We had water like this all trough March.  The weather was also really bad and cold.  Our Camellias 
were the only plants blooming this year in March.   If you want to see a beautiful March look at the older blog below.

The water has gone down some however it is much too wet to plan.  Guess what!!!! a large shipmen from Wayside Gardens just came in yesterday.   Thank you for reading my latest Blog I have been trying to  wright.  Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom and hope you have one of your own.  Happy Gardening from Carrel and I, Juanita from the garden.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

March Blooms

March was a beautiful month this year.  I do not remember a March being this nice before.  We received most of the plants I order and we planted.  I never planted  in March.  Most years if we have snow, we have it in March.  We have wind a lot of rain and storms not this year.  I am not going to do much writing just mostly pictures.

I will tell you if I have not before,  we fixed a "room" with flowers beds as walls.  I planted  Azaleas and Camellias in all three beds.  We have a table and chairs there,  I have drank my morning coffee there.
There are two red tips I have at my fence in my back yard.  The birds love them and at night they roost in them.  If you like shrubs these are wonderful.  They have three season.  This red stage is first they bloom a white flower in April and then in winter have pretty red berries.

The pots that lived through winter.

 We also had company in March The Sheffield family from Texas.  Carrels son and Grandchildren I claim them also.  Mama stayed home and took care of the pets Dogs that are too big to travel now.

A pot I missed.

I hope you have enjoyed these pictures, I thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom.  I hope you will grow one of your own.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I ,  Juanita. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Crape Myple Second Blooming

This is the second blooming this summer for this Crape Myrtle one year it bloomed three times.  It was shorter then and Carrel did not have to climb on a ladder to dead head. I do not like the seeds to fall on the ground and sprout. This was the first plant Carrel planted in my yard,  however it was not the last.  Every time I go to Charlottes,  we go flower shopping. I came home with a car load of flowers,  as usual.  The Water Garden Nursery had this tree.  It was five foot tall in a two gallon pot and just the color I wanted.  When I arrived at home I took every thing out of my car and set it in the shade.  I did not plant anything until the next morning.  When I plant a new plant in a new bed I dig a big hole and put the dirt in a bucket and mix equal amounts of cow manure old dirt and some coffee ground and plant my new plant.  When the bucket is full of dirt I take it too another new bed my son Frank tilled up for me.  This dirt here was awful it took us a long time to get  the beds in good shape  By time I finished planting all the plants my back was hurting so bad I could not even lift this tree.  So I went over to Mr. Sheffield  ( now of course it is Carrel) and ask him if he would plant my tree for me.  This was the first thing he planted for me,  but as you know it has not been the last.  When I told him what I did to hurt my back , being a man he said "Don't you have a wheelbarrow ?" I had not thought of it.  I never do things the easy way.  Debbie tries to make everyone believe he has planted everything since.  He has planted a lot but not everything,  he only planted three of the thirty nine roses I had.  He does plant more now than he did.  He planted all the Azalea and made all the newer beds.  I like to get down in the dirt and my flowers myself in the spring.  That is not all he does for me.  Sandy , my youngest says he does everything for me.  That is not true  if he did he would not have time to do what he likes best.  Read!and Read! some more,  he loves to read,  I do not mind him reading in fact we read about ten books a week, he a lot more of them than I do.  I started this blog some time ago found it as a draft and decided to finish.  I do not like all the little trees that come up under Crape Myrtles  and I like to have things to bloom more than one time in a year I knew they would bloom more than once if you cut off the old blooms.  I have had them before.  Since I have had this tree Carrel has dead headed them.  Some years they have bloomed three times.   When he first started he could stand on the ground, then stand on a five foot ladder but now he has a harder time cutting it back.   I was wondering if I could get a picture off of Facebook and put it on here well you can save  you pictures and pick it up and send it to your blog.  It has gotten harder to get Carrel to cut this back.  I may have to get the young man who cleans my yard to do it.  I do not want the seeds to come up under here the are hard to get out of the ground.  This tree has bloomed as many as three times in one season but Carrel has to cut the blooms off just as soon as it finishes.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog.  Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom and I hope you grow one of your own.  I love to walk in it and drink my coffee sitting on my beach.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I,   Juanita,

I started this blog some time ago so I thought I would finish it.  I like everything to repeat blooming, the Crape Myrtle will if you dead head after each blooming.


Friday, March 3, 2017

New Order from Way Side Gardens

 I ordered today these flowers for my new butterfly garden.  This is the Cherry Popes Sugars Buzz Monarda(Bee Balm)  Sounds nice, doesn't.  They will ship in about two weeks.  I have had the Monarda in red and purple.  The bees and butterflies love the flower.

 The   Dreaming Swan Windflower looks different from most flowers and they say butterflies love them. I downloaded this picture looks a little blurred.

Diana Clara Lungwort is another plant I have never planted. Hope it does well and hope they multiply well. 
Polemonium Caeruleum Bressingham Purple  this is another new one for me.  Something must have happened to me when I fell,  I am really getting brave ordering flowers I have never heard of before.  Each one looked so pretty.

At least I know this is a good flower for here.  Sombrero Coneflower. These are shorter than the others,  maybe I will not have to stick these.

This one is a Lenten Rose blooms in late winter - early spring.  I ordered it in the fall,  but it is not doing well.  I talked with a person on Way Side Gardens and was told to mix one fourth cup of Epsom Salt to one gallon of water and pour on the plant.  I read on Goggle the same thing or lime, these flowers do not like acid soil.  I order 3 more.  I do hope I can get them started. 

 Winter Helleborus this is in the same family however it is called Winter Jewel.   This one is doing beautifully,  however I did put some Epsom Salt on this also. I ordered three of these also.  I have a shade bed that I plant annual every year.   This year I will plant nothing but perennials.
I thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom.  And  hopeyou will grow one of your own.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I,  Juanita.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

January and February Blooms

This Camellia is about eight years old. A  Camellia is the most perfect flower, at least I think so.  If they had longer stems they make beautiful arrangements.  I made one in December however I have had to buy another computer and my December pictures are on it and it is blocked to me.

I took more picture in February, than in January, the weather has been better and some of my pictures are also on the other computer that is blocked from me.  I hope I do not have to buy a new computer every month but I will not be beat.  It is so hard to get my programs back on.  I have tried for two weeks now to get my e-mail set up. I still do not have going.
This bush now has a lot more blooms.  It starts blooming the last of November and finishes in March.

.The Debutant, reminds me of a Carnation for marking a corsage for the Debutant balls. 
this one also blooms in December though March.
    Looks like the bees are visiting already.

February's favorite yellow and bright.   This bush belongs to my neighbor,  Mrs. Lemely, has past away, and I miss her.  She lived to be well over 90.  She had a flower garden over two lots.  She planted everything, almost.  Carrel still mows 4 lots for her free,  they join me and I do not want the grass to grow out of hand. 

 I planted some pansies I had left over from my pots  in the yard.  These little flowers with their bright faces brighten a winter garden.

My first Iris to bloom in 2017.  These reblooming do not really know when to bloom.

The biggest surprise of all in February was opening my door and the lady handing me this beautiful arrangement from Debbie and Ken.  I really had to carry it from room to room to keep Miss Muffett from messing it up.  The bad cat still turned it over twice,  however it still lasted over a week. Ken sent Debbie and his Mother an arrangement also.

I thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom.  I hope you will give me some ideas for my new butterfly garden.  I hope you grow one of your own.  Happy gardening from Carrel and I.