Friday, July 16, 2010

Diamonds and Pearls In the Garden

From In the Garden

'Pink Diamond' Hydrangea paniculata

"Do you like diamonds and pearls?" asks Mr. Fix-it.

"Diamonds and pearls? Hmmmm, I have a ton of these already, and they are in my garden. They are the best diamonds and pearls and I love them dearly. How lucky are you honey that I grow my own diamonds and pearls?"

"Diamonds and pearls in the garden?" he says.

"Oh yes, there are the 'Chardonnay Pearls' and the 'Pink Diamond' hydrangea-so there you have it-diamonds and pearls!"

What a good laugh he got out of that. Now don't tell me I don't have my priorities right-diamonds and pearls are precious but sitting in a closet collecting dust is not my idea of value. Give me some plants in the garden any day....

in the garden....

Any precious gems in your garden?


From In the Garden

'Chardonnay Pearls' (Deutzia gracilis) **Spring Bloomer**Not blooming now.




Words and Photos Property of In the Garden Blog Team,

In the Garden

30 comments:

  1. Cute! Oh the wealth we gardeners see in our gardens..

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  2. Plants are way better then diamonds and pearls~I told Mr I that toads were better (http://bit.ly/95uqGJ) then diamonds! I love the deutzia~ gail

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  3. Love your diamonds and pearls. I feel the same way.

    FlowerLady

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  4. I'm with you on the priorities. Else, The Musician and I would still be heading off to the corporate world everyday instead of playing music and gardening.

    Deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls' was one of the first plants that I grew in the deer resistant garden. I was so excited about it.... One of five is still hiding underneath a crape myrtle. I don't know if it is rabbits or deer -- but, it hasn't had a chance to grow beyond a few inches high in 3 years and the others were eaten to destruction.

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  5. Hi Tina, I agree - I am happier wearing gumboots than jewellry.
    cheers, catmint

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  6. Darla, You see it too huh!

    Gail, I remember that post and yes indeed-we find so much treasure in our gardens.

    Flowerlady, Yes indeed!

    Cameron, We must certainly get our priorities straight and what a nice priority to garden and play music. That is the wealth for sure. Bummer on the pearls. Maybe you could cage it? Mine stays fairly small and I think would be easy to cage? Might help.

    Catmint, That's the way to live!

    Dawn, Thanks!

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  7. I planted a very young Chardonnay Pearls last year and it is struggling with our lack of rain, no pearls yet.

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  8. Don't worry Les, the deutzia are very tough. I moved this one a time or two and have pruned the heck out of it and still it blooms. I bet next spring you'll have a great show.

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  9. Your diamonds and pearls are beautiful. Just what I was thinking when I saw the photo.

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  10. I love the 'Bling' in your garden. Don't they say it's a girls best friend. Well I'm with you. I'd rather have a gazillion plants and gardens then bling. Knowing me I would probably lose that stuff in the garden anyway.
    And I am so enjoying your blog and plants. I'm learning alot from you ladies and I need alot of work over on my end :) Beautiful hydrangeas. I need one now...

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  11. No diamonds and pearls here but I was hoping to get some money plant growing!

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  12. Your priorities are right-on. Love Chardonnay Pearls! My diamonds are Diamond Frost Euphorbia in a couple containers.

    What good would sparkling rocks do us gardeners? We'd spend all our time trying to clean the mud off them.
    Marnie

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  13. You are right on the money today girl! I Love it! I tell the Saint all the time “no more jewels” as I prefer a good garden tool or plant! I would rather go to a Hardware/Garden Center then Jewelry Store! Since I stopped working a paying job, most of my jewelry just sits in the box closed away from the world. I have given a piece or two to our nieces over the past few years. They can enjoy it more then I...

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  14. Those are the best diamonds and pearls I have ever seen!!! A stunning brilliance for sure.

    I am late this morning so you may have already left but you know my thoughts are with all of you.

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  15. Very pretty! Another hot one here today -have a great weekend! Ciao!

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  16. Love the picture of the Hydrangea, truly 'pearl-like'. I just planted my first Hydrangeas this year, very excited for them to start blooming.

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  17. Hi Tina. Give me flowers over jewels any day. Your lacecap hydrangea is so beautiful. All of mine are mopheads and I am going to have to change that. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. I'd rather have plants and garden things any day over jewels. I grow my own Pearls too :)

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  19. Loved you Diamonds & Pearls.
    I have a few in my garden. But every plant in my garden is in that category.
    I have no use for the other kind. A very few have found a new home.
    We've got more rain today. We were supposed to have thunderstorms all week. At least we have cooler evenings. I love to sit outside when it's cool like thin with a gentle breeze.
    I hope all have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. I agree, those are the best kinds of diamonds and pearls for me. :) Love that Deutzia, so pretty.

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  21. That first photo is incredible Tina. Your hubby is probably feeling lucky you don't want the typical "diamonds & pearls!"
    I have many plants that I love as much as any jewel.
    btw, I have a container of Veronicastrum (besides my clump in the ground) ~ whenever it cools down I plan to divide it. I would happily send you a start if you'd like??? I'm sure it would love your garden.

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  22. I am a strange woman because I would rather have plants and rocks rather than a new piece of jewelry. I just lose jewelry.

    I feel like I should tell you to yank out the Anthemis. It is very invasive.( the seeds I sent you.)

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  23. You're a woman after my own heart, Tina:) I do have "Diamond Frost" euphorbia, and then there are the 'Ruby' lilies I named after my aunt.

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  24. Last night I realized I have more jewels in my garden than I thought, Tina. My Jacob's Ladder is 'Snow and Sapphires,' and yesterday I bought a new hydrangea--'Pink Diamond.' Can't wait to show off this hydrangea!

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  25. My most precious thing in the garden is my compost pile. Holla!

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  26. Wow, Tina these are beautiful and very dainty. I just wonder how long those buttons stay before dehiscing.

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  27. Those are just the diamonds and pearls that I prefer too!

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