Tuesday, April 15, 2014

wine garden and tulips

This is the wine garden with tulips coming into bloom
The daffodils are Mint julep, the clematis Sparkling champagne, the day lilies coming in are Little Grapette and Summer wine  -the hosta in the pot is Tequila Sunrise the yellow bush beyond the bottle tree is Deutzia Chardonnay Pearl -so as you can see my alcoholic garden is made up of plants with alcoholic names. -the Iris later will be Champagne Elegance, the viburnum Brandywine. There are two Weigelas -Midnight Wine and Summer Wine, grapes either side the archway, Ajuga Burgundy glow and Heuchera beaujolais as ground cover -and so on -a fun way to garden to have theme gardens and a great place for a cocktail party! I will also have tomato Brandywine and pepper Chablis I think it is -must check!

More species tulips -they are so adorable and good perennials even in the south

there is a good selection of white tulips -I also have them in my white garden 

And here is a fun way to grow tulips -keep them cool then bring indoors before blooming -the triumph tulips seem to work best for me though i have used lily flowering -just experiment and have fun!!!

spectacular spring

What a gorgeous time of year -here is a selection of pictures taken a couple of days ago.  It is such a wonderful time of year when we go from the drab of winter to spring cheer

The hosta garden areas seem to have benefited from the colder winter
see how well hostas adapt to pots -they don't have to compete with all the tree roots and they do get a little colder in the winter in the south

and another view.

Next is the rock garden -I adore those mini daffodils and the species tulips are perfect little jewels at this time of year.  This is the fifth year they have returned -species tulips make great perennials and the gregeii tulips also come back really well -mmm need to take a picture of those too -will do that later!

not a great picture -sorry you can't see the vibrancy of these beauties

The lily bed is full of species crocus first then tulips and scilla siberica -the dying leaves will be totally obscured by the growing lilies

More tulips -mmm -the color didn't cone out too well here either -it has to be the blog!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"A host of golden daffodils"

Here is a better picture of the Rijnveld's Early Sensation
The minute the snow melted and the air was warmed with sunshine the daffodils started popping out everywhere.  The Rijnveld's was actually a little later than usual -I suppose after so many nights of frost this winter they decided to wait -but more and more are opening up daily.  Such a cheerful sight from the deck in the mornings.  The crocus opened up again after the snow and the snowdrops just kept right on blooming. Even now there are still a few last snowdrops around.
Now we have a few hyacinths opening -lots of daffodils including pretty Tete a Tete
and  the 'wild' jonquil types are opening out too -see below.
Aren't they just gorgeous???

Monday, February 10, 2014

Spring? -or the calm before the storm!!!

Two beautiful days gardening as this long winter drags on.  It seems we are getting another winter storm tomorrow and Wednesday.  Still in the midst of all the chaos to come, as it will -the south is definitely set up to cope with snow! Here are a couple of shots to chase away those winter blues and remind us of the promise of the fairy child's gift of spring.
Daffodil Rijnveld's Early Sensation

Species Crocus Bluebird
Those early daffodils are always so delightful and that splash of yellow so cheering.  And as for the species crocus -so so sweet  The snowdrops are still blooming to and the first winter aconite - or Eremurus   The species tulips are also showing their tips above ground.  Can't wait for them.  I planted more this year.  They come back for several years too.
oops not Eremurus but Eranthis! What was I thinking???

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Super snowdrops

What a gorgeous little clump of joy nestling in the shelter of the camellia bush.  These giant Galanthus are a delight after the cold winter days of this winter.  60 degrees forecast tomorrow then back to 19 overnight Tuesday and another cold cold week.  Goodness this is a strange year.  The poor plants won't know whether to start growing or stay in hibernation!!!  Though I have to say there are green spears of daffodils appearing all over the garden as well.  Tough little things huh?  And so cheering to see.  The promise of spring.

Spent some time on the sunny rock garden planting mini daffodils and tulips -a little late really for those minis as they usually bloom so early but that's ok they will still bloom -they will just be a little later this year.  The tulips are fabulous and perennialize much better in the south than their bigger showier cousins.  They work really well in the outdoor slightly larger fairy gardens too - they are sooo cute.
It was great to get out into the garden after so many wet or bitterly cold weekends too.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Paperwhites and Amaryllis

The paperwhites are blooming in the winter garden but I wonder if they will survive 3 nights of frost -unusual  for this part of the US to have for 3 consecutive nights to be in the 20s.  Well I picked some to be sure -they last well in vases too.  I also have the first of this year's blooming indoors as well as the gorgeous big Amaryllis.  It is so cheering to have blooms in December both inside and out.  The camellias are also in bloom and the berberis have gorgeous scarlet berries glowing brightly.

Feeding the birds is also a fun activity to keep their cheery chirps going at breakfast time.

Monday, November 18, 2013


Well the Lycoris managed to defy the early frosts and we still have a couple of brave souls though today it is 80 degrees again.  South Carolina in mid- November  Frosty one day 70 or 80 degrees the next!!!  It is a gorgeous sunny day though -just love fall.
Spider lilies or naked ladies to give them their more common names. Nerine are very, very similar too

Been a awhile again I know but I was busy rehearsing for Lion in Winter.  A play about Britain's Henry 2nd and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine -it was a huge role and one I have o\wanted to do for some time -great that it came along.  it was exhausting though!!1