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Blog entry by Iris43 posted 08-12-2012 07:11 AM 2358 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally!!! Rain, sweet rain. And it has been a sweet rain, slow, steady and warm. I’m sure everyone in this area is so very thankful it has finally arrived. I know my garden and my lawn is very thankful and already showing it.

I like this particular lily although I don’t know the name of it. It has a ‘spider lily’ appearance.

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This one I believe is called ‘Frans Han’.

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These two pots of coleus was started from cuttings saved from last year.

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BTW, the ‘sun face’ seen in the last picture was created and given to me by my friend, The Lurker, who you might remember, attended last year’s gathering at MsDeb’s. :)

These are coleus I started from seed this spring.

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I started lots of impatiens this spring, as well, from seeds I had saved from last years flowers. Despite the lack of rain they have grown nicely…...probably bc I watered them regularly and the high humidity this summer. They loved it!

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This charming little butterfly bush was started by a seed dropped in my garden by a bird. This is the thrid year it has bloomed profusely for me.

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Here is another bird-sown flower….a phlox this time, growing not any where near any other phlox, and a colour I don’t have anywhere else in the gardens.

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A new morninglory for me….Mexican MG. The seed was shared with me by a gardener in Michigan.

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That’s all for now. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'



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MsDebbieP

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posted 08-12-2012 09:18 AM

gosh .. everything is so green and colourful … beautiful gardens!!

I think I’ll just sit here and enjoy your gardens rather than going out and seeing my yard of weeds.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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OttoH

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posted 08-12-2012 11:54 AM

Isn’t it amazing how gorgeous plants make wonderful photo’s! Love you gardens, I am very jealous of all the great plants you have in them. You gotta love it when you have volunteer plants that turn out to be winners, that butterfly bush and phlox are great plants, and I really like the deep color on the morning glory.

Enjoy your oasis!

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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Greenthumb

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posted 08-12-2012 04:46 PM

Such pretty gardens, you must love them : )

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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sharad

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posted 08-12-2012 05:52 PM

Iris your garden is getting decorated with beautiful flowers especially after the rains. Birds seem to have a favorable approach towards your garden. I am sure there are many more plants that are blooming and you will send us more pictures soon.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Iris43

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posted 08-12-2012 09:56 PM

Thank you, MsDeb. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my pictures. But as I have pointed out to you bf, we have very different objectives in our gardens. After I have been to your place and seen all the wonderful trees you have growing, and the produce your gardens provide and the exciting experiments you embark on, I feel like my gardens are lacking. I would love to have more fruit trees and more veg. growing…...but I can’t give up my flowers. So you see…..we have different priorities. And I think we are both right! :)

OttoH, I agree with you when you say flowers make gorgeous photos! LOL I’m glad you like my gardens….I do too. I really do enjoy my ‘oasis’!

Thanks for your compliment, Greenthumb.

Sharad, every week there is something different blooming in my gardens. I will take more pics in the next few days as the lawn improves and will post them here.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Harold and Pam

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posted 08-14-2012 12:04 PM

As always you take sulch nice photos of your beautiful plants.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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Iris43

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posted 08-14-2012 03:18 PM

Thanks, Harold….almost as nice as your avatar picture. :))

Sunday I had a new butterfly visit. This is the first time I observed a ‘common buckeye’ in my gardens. It seemed especially attracted to the little b’fly bush.

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A poor pic of the hummingbird moth..
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And a ‘silver-spotted skipper’
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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 08-16-2012 12:30 PM

oh aren’t they pretty!!!!
very unique, that first one.

I’ve seen a lot of butterflies on my butterfly bush recently. Too bad I don’t have time to get out there an enjoy them at the moment.

Your witchhazel tree (that’s the last picture, yes?) ... mine has died. I think I’ve had it for about 20 years and I’ve moved it a few times. I am blaming the cat on its death – I’ve seen her a few times digging near the roots to do her business. Darned cat.
I miss my tree :(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 08-16-2012 02:20 PM

You’re right, MsDeb, that is a witchhazel! It is getting almost too big, and I have been thinking I’ll need to prune it back. I have to think long about something like that bc I don’t want to spoil the look of it. It is really outstanding in the winter with the black, twisted limbs against the white snow. Right now the b’fly bush obscures the shape of it.

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I don’t have a recent winter picture but here’s one from a several years ago.
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I see Monarchs visit the gardens but so far have not seen any eggs or cats on the butterfly weed.

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Here is a ‘painted lady’ with the ‘monarch’ enjoying the flowers.
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BTW, MsDeb, guess what I did after our discussion Tues? I’ll give you a hint. LOL

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This called ‘Big Bang coreopsis’ I’ve never had much luck with coreopsis but just loved the cosmo-like look of this one.

LOL! I also got a nice little papyus for my pond. Canadale had some wonderful flowers but not really any ‘big’ specials. Some very pretty perennial hibiscus, but I resisted.

Here’s a few more early morning shots of some of my gardens. Hard to get good pics with the bright AM sun.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 08-16-2012 04:39 PM

fantastic!!!

the witchhazel is HUGE. I don’t think I could cut it.. nope, don’t think I could. It is such a fascinating bush.

I’m chuckling at the shopping—first because you did and secondly because I have to go to the nursery to get my replacement apple tree so ….
:)

your gardens are so beautiful

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 08-16-2012 04:42 PM

and… Grobes’ has some specials (had to go check out their website)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 08-17-2012 01:41 PM

All I can say is WOW.Your flowers are just beautiful as always Iris.I never get tired of seeing pictures of your flowers.I love that second lily and those coreopsis you have.Those big bang coreopsis are really stunning.If you get any extra seed from them I was wondering if you would save some for me.I would love to have them in my gardens.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Iris43

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posted 08-17-2012 01:55 PM

Thanks, Bon. I will save seed (ifthe plant makes any) for you. Hopefully it is not a hybrid and the seed will be viable. And, hopefully this plant will survive my efforts. I do not not have a good record with the coreopsis I’ve tried in the past.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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sharad

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posted 08-18-2012 06:34 PM

Thank you Iris for the update and nice pictures of butterflies and other blooms.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-20-2012 11:56 AM

Iris, your flowers are so beautiful. I always enjoy seeing photos of your nature-friendly gardens.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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lavender22

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posted 03-04-2013 10:58 PM

I want to live in your garden and stay there for ever:) Don’t get me wrong I love my little container garden. But yours is awesome:)

-- I love hostas:)

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