Sunday, April 18, 2021

Spring Flowers

 I've been busy in the garden cleaning out flower beds, pruning and planting new annuals and perennials.

Delphenium

Our frost date has just passed so it's supposed to be "safe" to plant.  My goal is to get everything planted by the end of April however we are supposed to get down to freezing again Wednesday morning so I have stopped planting but still have three flats of assorted annuals and perennials to put in the ground. 




I will be dragging out sheets and covering new plants and since it's only going to briefly get down in the low 30's everything should be fine.  


 Here in Oklahoma we frequently have late freezes in the spring and then before we know it the weather gets very warm.


Bloodgood Japanese Maple


Here are a few photos of my garden this past week.   Tulips are still blooming!

Sherbet Tulip blend



Angelique Tulip



Columbine
 
Snowball viburnum

   

Mixed border

Variegated Weiglia



Crossing my fingers the weatherman are wrong!  Happy Gardening!







Sunday, April 11, 2021

Tulip Love

Last year I decided I needed to plant more tulips. Every Spring when I see tulips around town I regret not planting more. 


I ordered from Colorblends last year and this week the Sherbet blend is in it's full glory! What a beautiful display it has made and brightened my spirits after all the ice and sub zero weather that damaged many of our trees and shrubs throughout Oklahoma!


The colors are so bright and cheerful and even my neighbors have been admiring them.        

Amazing how much joy they have given me already.     

The Angelique tulips are just starting to bloom and remind me of a peony. 


Angelique

I will definitely be ordering again!


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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Spring Days

Spring is here and I've been outside in the garden cleaning out flower beds and planting cold hardy perennials and a few spring annuals.

My daffodils and tulips are blooming and they give me such joy.  My hubbie and I planted over 200 tulips last fall and don't know if they are going to finish coming up as we had a very bad arctic blast just as they were emerging.   The tulips I planted two falls ago are blooming but they aren't as prolific as the first year blooms.  Thankfully daffodils multiply and reward me with more each year. 







Avanti Daffodils
My azaleas took a hit and are brown but the leaf tips are budding out with fresh new growth.  I will have to have patience as some of my plants have been here for years and I don't want to prematurely rip them out.  Fingers crossed they will come back with fresh new leaves.


We completed our first spring chore of resealing our stamped concrete patio.  I choose a higher gloss this time and I love how it turned out.  

I put a fresh coat of paint on my butterfly bench and found the accent pillow on Amazon.

Spearmint heuchera with red blooms

If you have never grown heuchera or coral bells I highly recommend you try them.  Last year I purchased three watermelon, three spearmint and two citornelle varieties.  All of them made it through our -14 degree cold blast and handled our 95 plus summer last year and look amazing already this spring.    I'm so impressed with how well they have done in my garden I went out and purchased 6 more varieties.  They are my new favorite perennials.


Citronelle Heuchera is a lime green that looks amazing in the shade garden and paired with pinks and purples.


Above is the Watermelon heuchera.  I love the variation in the color of the leaves and the sweet pale pink blooms are so pretty.  

Watermelon Heuchera (last summer)

I went plant shopping and was able to find most of the plants on my wish list.  I will have to wait for the warm season bedding plants to arrive at my nursery and I'll make another plant haul or two.   

Happy Spring!  

 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Hurry Spring!

Once Christmas has passed I'm ready for Spring!  It's  still two months until Spring but I do plant a few things in patio pots that help me get through the long gloomy days of winter.

Source: internet

I'm in garden zone 7a and we can enjoy pansies, ornamental kale and some camelias in the middle of winter.   My hellebores are just starting to bud and are my favorite winter blooms.

Ornamental kale changes to pure white or dark red and purple when the temperatures get cold.   The last couple years they have become my go to plant for containers on my patio.   They have done well in flower boxes too.  When it gets down in the 20's I do cover them up to keep them looking their best.  



My daffodils are peaking through the soil and I can hardly wait for their happy sunshiny blooms.

We had a devastating ice storm in October and had major damage to our trees so I'm anxious to see how our trees will look this Spring.  We have had our tree crew out to trim 8 mature oaks and may have to do more pruning.


I guess there is always an upside to losing limbs as my garden will have more sunlight and I'll be able to grow more sun loving plants. 


What's on your list for Spring planting? 






Saturday, December 26, 2020

Quiet Christmas

We enjoyed a quieter Christmas this year like so many families.  We enjoyed a delicious meal with our sons and I loved setting the the table with a tartan tablecloth and my favorite Christmas dishes.


 I usually place the Christmas tree in the corner of our dining room across from the front window since our dining room is in the front of our home, right off the entry hall.  Our tree is full of meaningful ornaments filled with decorations my sons made when they were little, gifts and special ornaments from places we've visited over the years.  


I use my mother-in-law's sterling silver and a few other family pieces for our table and it makes me feel they are with us.  


Things we have collected over time make a home so warm.  This year I think we all focused on our families and blessings through a difficult year.   I spent a lot of time in the garden this past summer and now this winter I'm focused on projects indoors. 


 
Hoping everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season!  Wishing everyone a Blessed New Year!

 

 


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