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Thursday, April 3, 2008

What You Won't See In The Garden Today

Big thunderboomers woke me at 4:30 this morning and I knew my plans to photograph and post the latest news from chez cedar were not going to be.

Yesterday, was a busy day, both in the garden and running errands for an upcoming out of town trip.....and I just never got around to taking photographs.

So you will miss, I know you won't mind, you have wonderful gardener imaginations:

how sweet the dogtoothed violet (Erythronium 'Pagoda') with its pretty yellow flower and oddly mottled green leaves looks against the background of blooming Olga Mezitt PJM rhodos, I shall enjoy the PJMs while I can...they always decline in my garden.

how absolutely lovely, if I do say so myself, the honeysuckle limb trellis looks planted with Carolina Jessamine in full bloom, [supported by strong wires hidden behind ...thank you Dave (The Home Garden) for your suggestion to use wire.]

the trout lilies (Erythronium americanum) that have found their way into the garden...they may have been here all along, I see them growing in the wilder places around the neighborhood. I have noticed that more wildflowers are popping up here and there, I'm glad they like the place;

the last of my daffodils, stunningly fragrant doubles with butter yellow faces....oh, I wish you could smell them;

Redbuds busting out all over the yard, even those planted last fall have a tiny bit of bloom along their trunks...isn't that odd how they grow this way?

two newly planted Rusties in the Rusty Blackhaw Trail...I found these at Native Gardens in East Tennessee (internet order);

wildflowers in bloom, Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) Rue Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia), Blue Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata) and Purple Phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida).


For your viewing pleasure, I decided to run outside and take one photo... Pagoda is the perfect name for this dog toothed violet!




See you a bit later,

Gail

14 comments:

  1. Hi Gail, thanks for the cup of tea! Sorry to drink and run but I enjoyed stopping by for a bit of a read. I love that dog tooth violet!

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  2. Melanie,

    I know you are very busy so I especially appreciate the visit...I hope you have a relaxing weekend and get to spend time gardening.


    Gail

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  3. sweet sweet violet! hope you can snap some pictures later. i got woken up at 3:00 am with the rain. no thunder that i can recall. hope you have an awesome day. rain is good.

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  4. Tina,

    Since I planted yesterday the rain is very welcome!

    It was quite loud and seriously rattled the windows.

    Gail

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  5. Good timing for your rain!

    We're having our second day in a row of bright sunshine. What a treat after a long, gloomy, cloudy, snowy winter. Even the birds are happy, singing their little hearts out this morning.

    I noticed this morning the grass is just starting to green up. That's always a welcome sight.

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  6. gardengirl,

    Sounds idyllic as spring should be...glad the sun is shining on your garden.

    Gail

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  7. Lots of rain, but it is not too hard-just lots. All of the local ponds are overflowing their banks. Could be worse, just north of here they are getting flooded.

    I always try to plant before a big rain too. And mow! That is a task while I don't mind doing-it is time consuming.

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  8. Hi Gail, we got your rain, only later. More to come, they say. I have that Pagoda, but mine is just barely showing the buds, same with the mertensia, shooting stars, no shows. Did manage to mow yesterday, and the mailman just delivered the new fig tree, or should I say fig pinky finger, not a big planting job, that one! But easy enough between rain events. Hooray for the rain, we need it and the plants look happier for it.
    Frances

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  9. Frances,

    Yes we do need this rain and what luck to have planted so much...aren't plant packages exciting. The other day, UPS stopped by with a big box with Dell computer all over it. Well, I didn't order anything from Dell...it was the order from Native Gardens...she recycles!

    Fig trees are so beautiful and the figs are tasty just off the tree.

    How is it that your garden is behind mine? Are you in zone 6a?


    Gail

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  10. Tina,

    it is bad up north, really not that much further north of you...the Tennessee River was flooded and so was the Ohio...all the ponds and streams were flowing into the corn and wheat fields.

    Gail

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  11. Yes Gail, Our other house is in Evansville Indiana just two hours north on the Pennyrile. It is on the Ohio and it ALWAYS stays flooded up there. It never fails to amaze me when I see all the lakes from the river. A car was actually flooded in the middle of a road not far from our house. I had never seen that before. The driver just abandoned it. Now the road is closed and they are reworking it. What a pain!!

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  12. Tina,

    I didn't realize you were in Indiana.

    I can't believe how much rain the central section has gotten

    Take care,
    Gail

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  13. Hi Gail,
    No, I only visit Indiana on the weekends sometimes. I live in Woodlawn but the other house we own is in Indiana. It is complicated being military but we tend to collect houses and visit other places.

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  14. Tina,

    Totally foreign to me! I have been in this house since our son was 4.

    Gail

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