Posts Tagged ‘garden photography’

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Summer’s End

September 10, 2015

It’s that time of year–late summer–for a walk around my perennial garden. Enjoy the tour.

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Last Trip

May 22, 2015

Do you recall when I took a trip to Dragonfly Peony Farm last year? This month, I returned to purchase my last peony from owner Julia Moore who is closing the farm due to health issues.

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Julia opened the farm earlier, so the blooms were fewer than last year . . .DSC00461_edited-1

. . . and it rained the evening before.

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But Julia always has a photo by each variety section so customers can view the shape and color. I purchased Do Tell.

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A few weeks later mine bloomed. The color looks different than the peony photo posted at the farm.

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Still, it’s a beauty.

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I wish you the best, Julia. Thank you for the peonies, tips, and hugs.

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Live Forever . . .

November 20, 2014

. . . that is the meaning of Sempervivum, more commonly known as hens and chicks. Now, here’s the kicker. The mother hen (or main rosette) lives two to three years, not forever! But she produces so many chicks you’ll always have future generations—thus the reason for naming this succulent Sempervivum.

But don’t be fooled by all the little chicks. This plant is not invasive.

The chicks can be transplanted at any time. When the mother hen dies it is best to divide and replant the chicks close together. This succulent loves to be cozy.

Which one becomes the hen when the chicks are orphaned? I suppose the largest chick, the one that gives birth first!

Click here, to see a photo of the hens and chicks below when I had first planted them.

 

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Chicks

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Zones: 3 – 11

Full – part sun

Well-drained soil, drought tolerant, water when soil dries out.

 

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I made a promise . . .

July 7, 2014

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Hummingbird Mint is the newest addition to one of my many potted plants. The mix of coral-colored blossoms is also novel to the white, lavender, and pink hues around the house and garden.

I had purposely planted the Hummingbird Mint in view of the kitchen and great room windows, but I spotted only one hummingbird drinking sweet nectar from the tubular flowers. Then the blossoms died. While I was deadheading on a warm early morning, a hummerbird fluttered about looking for breakfast.

She came close to me, hovered one foot in front of my face.

“Sorry,” I said with an earnest heart, “it will bloom again, soon.”

She tilted her head as if to acknowledge my apology. Then off she flew in anticipation of  a promise.

 

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Only two words . . .

July 1, 2014

welcome july

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Guess What Today Is!

May 30, 2014

May 30th is Water a Flower Day, an annual reminder that summer heat is fast approaching and our beautiful flowers (and plants and trees) will be thirstier than normal. They’ll love you even more if you mulch the flowerbeds and use moisture control potting soil to retain water and reduce watering.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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Magnificent . . .

May 19, 2014

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Ecstasy invaded the camera lens through my beating heart

 

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with thrills of stealing the graceful flow

 

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of the magnificent magnolia flowers.

 

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