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Old 05-26-2015, 11:19 AM
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A few recent photos from around our place.
The ground temperature is finally up and there is a lot growing, but not a ton of flowers yet:

This bright orange Asiatic lily is always the first of the lilies in my garden to bloom,
of course, that means they are also the first to finish - which they are doing now:
At the same time, the blue Stokesia is just beginning to open:
More blue flowers, 'Endless Summer' Hydrangea just getting started:
These are a new addition to my garden this year,
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit':

and this one is also new for me, I particularly like the dark flower stems
Ligularia 'The Rocket'

And speaking of dark stems (and foliage), last year, a PlantSwap friend generously shared seeds of black cotton plant (many thanks )
and this one is up and growing for me this year, love it!
Thanks for looking, hope you're having a great growing season.
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:57 AM
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These are wonderful!! My lilies have broken the ground but are nowhere near bloom time~LOL
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:04 PM
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Do you put acid on the blue plant?
I had 2 bloom last year an they made wonderful dryed plants.

Mine is still erect an colorful.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by fearadyn View Post:
These are wonderful!! My lilies have broken the ground but are nowhere near bloom time~LOL
Thanks feara
I know what you mean about the lilies, because most of mine appear to be at least a few weeks from blooming yet, but these orange ones win the race every year, not sure why they are the early birds.

Originally Posted by bali View Post:
zuzu
Do you put acid on the blue plant?
I had 2 bloom last year an they made wonderful dryed plants.

Mine is still erect an colorful.
Hi Bali, our soil here tends to be pretty acidic, so the Hydrangea stays blue with no help from us.
I'll bet your dried ones came out beautifully.
I cut quite a few of the dried ones myself just before Christmas - I spray painted them gold and tucked them into evergreen wreaths.
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:40 PM
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Oh that sounds heavenly.
Spray an stay.. Didn't know you did those.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:33 PM
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Nice Zuzu. If you every have seeds from the black cotton plant, I would love some. That is so cute!!!
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:54 PM
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ZuZu, all so beautiful and I love that Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit. The colors are like that of a firey sunset.
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No, I am mistaken, it is the Ligularia 'The Rocket'. I love this, it is so cute.
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:03 PM
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Love them all, and the blues are really eye catching.
my lilys, even the 1st one always to bloom don't have flower buds yet.
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:34 AM
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Nice ZuZu. I especially like the Ligularia. Love this time of year when we are all finally starting to get some blooms and the chance to share them.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:46 PM
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Thanks for such kind compliments everyone.

Oh yes, I agree cicindy9, seeing our plants wake back up at this time of year is really exciting, and so is finding some new things to try.

Originally Posted by Richard Charles :
I love that Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit. The colors are like that of a firey sunset.
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Yes! That is exactly what I thought when I saw it - I just couldn't walk away from it without bringing some home.

Originally Posted by brenbren :
If ... seeds from the Ligularia 'The Rocket'.
I will definitely keep a watch for any seed development on that Ligularia brenbren,
and if I get lucky I'll be very happy to share - but I am not sure how hopeful I should be, because I read this about propagating this plant over at Dave's:
Quote :
"... plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed"


And there's more info at this link:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/51577/#b

Originally Posted by bali View Post:
Oh that sounds heavenly.
Spray an stay.. Didn't know you did those.
Heheh, yeah, once gardening season is over I get a little crafty sometimes.
I just looked through my Christmas photos, I was sure that there must be at least one or two pictures of those wreaths with the dried and spray painted Hydrangea flowers, but I didn't find anything I guess I either forgot to take any, or maybe they didn't turn out.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:37 AM
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Just beautiful ZuZu!
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:47 AM
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Your blooming plants at this time for you really look great! Glad to read your 'Black Cotton' seeds are doing well for you! I hadn't planted any cotton seeds in a few years now, but that 'Black Cotton' was really pretty. And wait til you see her bloom as you will love her flower!
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Old 05-30-2015, 03:12 PM
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Ups and Downs


Thanks Diane and 'Dazed.

I am really enjoying the cotton plant, can't thank you enough FD!
I can't wait to see flowers and hope to see bolls develop on it, too.

Well, all gardeners are used to "ups" and "downs", and today I have a few downs to report -
specifically, this morning I saw that some things have been grazed down (oh dear... ... deer!)

They sampled the Hostas -
they stripped the strawberries -

and they devoured every single, delicious leaf from this young fig tree.
They also did a lot of trimming on the Hibiscus plants,
and I am really lucky that I got a photo of that pretty daylily flower a few days ago,
because they nibbled off every last flower bud, even the old, spent flowers!
Must have been awfully yummy!
Before:
(one wide open, and see those fat, juicy buds peeking from around behind?):
After:
(nothing left but the stems, won't those be pretty in a vase?)
I wonder what tomorrow will bring ...
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:51 PM
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looks like deer devils>>>>>
Sad

Lily is gorgous. I have a yellow one today.
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