Thursday, April 30, 2009
Then around 5:15 it woke up. Or might I say it WOKE me up? It was quite a squawk or crowing or whatever these birds do, and it was LOUD. A very good alarm clock indeed. The bird left shortly after it 'crowed'. Good riddance too as I don't need that kind of alarm here!
It was quite interesting to see this bird up close though. I believe these types of birds do a good job eating ticks and we sure need that around here, just not in the yard due to all the dogs we have here.
Anyone else have these 'problems' in their gardens? I know some of you have peacocks, ducks and geese-how about turkeys and chickens?
in the garden....
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Some other great combinations not pictured: nandina and little leaf euonymous or boxwood, lambs ear with allium or sedum or 'Firewitch' dianthus, and daylily with salvia or shasta daisies. These are just a few of my favorites. What are some fabulous foliage combinations you find in your garden?
in the garden....
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here they are all put together. Not finished yet.
A different angle. This shows my blueberry in the half whiskey barrel. It has blueberries on it. Yuummmm!
Here I've added some more pots for a collage.
This picture shows the completed project. The bottom 3 pots have Strawberry plants and the 2 top pots have alyssum planted. The alyssum is just coming up. That's my snail sprinkler tucked in there. The little rock I purchased on my trip that says "Welcome".
So I am hoping for a fruitful white topped tower....
In the Garden.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This tree looks like the perfect spot to take a seat and read a book or magazine. Maybe even the Sears Catalog!
I peek into the hole occasionally to see if a raccoon or snake has made this spot a home but so far, nothing but roots in the hole.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I will call this a Pothos from now on since this little bit of knowledge from Tina. I wonder if I should go PHILLY OR BUST, Or just stay, In the Garden...
Friday, April 24, 2009
Large 'robin blue' eggs....
Tomorrow is my youngest sister's birthday. Happy Birthday!
Everyone have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
There are a few notable differences between hybrid tulips and species tulips in general. Hybrid tulips are usually pretty flashy and some have variegation like the one pictured above. It is 'Happy Days'. The petals are rounded as well.
Whereas species tulips have finer leaves which are quite a bit shorter and narrower. In fact, unless you knew this was where you planted species tulips you would not know this was tulip foliage at all.
Just look at this height of these 'Happy Days' tulips. They are easily 24' tall.
Here the species tulips barely reach 12" tall.
The same deal here with the Linifolia tulips. This is them in 2008.
All have returned this year as well and bloomed beautifully. In fact, I have found seedlings of the Linifolia tulips in gardens where they were never planted. I am thrilled.
Another difference between the 'Pink Impression' tulips and Linifolia tulips are the 'Pink Impression' came and left much earlier than the Linifolia tulips. In fact, the 'Pink Impression' bloomed nicely for about one week. The Linifolia tulips started right about the time the 'Pink Impression' tulips were fading and have outlived the hybrid tulips by at least 10 days so far. They bloom a bit longer, more like two weeks.
Also, due to the smaller diminutive nature of the Linifolia tulips, they tend to fade away rather quickly, unlike the huge foliage of the hybrid tulips. This is a bonus if you overplant and interplant as I do in my garden.
When I saw so many of the hybrid tulips had returned this year in this particular bed I had debated giving it another year before I did this post. But I decided to do this post now and follow up in one year.
But here is the real deal, the fact so many of the 'Pink Impression' tulips returned bodes well for this cultivar. Some of the other cultivars in my garden such as: Apledorn white and red have totally disappeared after only one year of bloom. Generally speaking, I have found the hybrid tulips will fade away after one or two years, disappear for 2-3 years then reappear for one year of bloom, then disappear for good. I am referring to Darwin hybrid tulips since that is all I plant here since they are supposed to be longer lasting than tulips such as the 'Parrot tulips' for example. You see my goal with growing tulips, or any plant for that matter, is to grow ones that will return faithfully and reliably each year. The hybrid tulips have not done this for me in the eight years I have been gardening here so I switched to the species type. I have found through research species tulips have been around for hundreds of years. I liked the Linifolia tulips simply because they are red.
There you have it, some of the differences between hybrid tulips and species tulips. The findings are general and both hybrid and species tulips have their admirable traits. For me though, the final straw is how long will they last in my garden without replanting? I want anything I plant to be here long after I am gone, and I don't think the hybrid tulips will fit the bill in my garden.We shall see what next year brings and I am thinking that should I decide to get more tulips, they will be species types.
in the garden....