Many thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens for
hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day
Many thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens for
hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day
Nobody likes a show-off but in this case I’ll make an exception. All week my Fringe trees have been grabbing everybody’s attention with their showy creamy white blossoms flirting in the breeze- even glowing in the evening under the moonlight…
Size: 8-20 feet tall, 8-10 feet wide
It is found in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9.
Bloom time: Flowers from April to May with masses of beautiful drooping white flowers
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade; seems to perform well with some afternoon shade in my Zone 7b garden.
Excellent in a woodland garden
A new addition to my garden this spring is Chionanthus retusus ‘Tokyo Tower’ Chinese Fringe tree. Perfect for smaller gardens or tight spaces. I have mine planted at the edge of my ‘moonlight’ garden surrounded by my Annabelle and Snowflake hydrangeas, white camellia, Casa Blanca lilies and other white flowering shrubs and flowers.
Planting season has arrived in my zone 7b garden. I’ve been working hard these last few weeks designing and planting the many flower beds and containers in my garden.
Of course, there is still so much to do (there always is) but this spring I’ve been drawn to the amazing colors that my Japanese maples and conifers are showcasing. In order to capture their alluring brilliance, I decided to take a breather from gardening today so I could share a few photos with you.
I do believe their colors are simply amazing this spring….what do you think?
Above and below photos: Acer palm. ‘Baldsmith‘, Acer palm.”Ornatum‘, Acer palm. ‘Twombley Red‘, Acer palm. ‘Mikawa yatsubusa‘, Acer palm. ‘Beni otake’, Acer palm. ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki’, Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Saligna Aurea‘, Cupressus leylandi ‘Golconda‘, Picea abies ‘Frohburg‘, Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’, Juniperus chinensis ‘Daubs Frosted‘, Weeping Blue Atlas cedar, Pinus strobus ‘Niagara Falls‘, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis.
Trees in the foreground are: Acer palm. ‘Shishigashira‘, FringeTree, Acer palm. ‘Watnong‘.
Acer palm. ‘Bloodgood‘, Cedrus deodara ‘Feelin Blue‘, Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’.
Large dissectum ‘Crimson Queen‘.
Acer palm. ‘Waterfall’, Acer palm. ‘Baldsmith‘ Acer palm. ‘Beni Otake’, Formosa azaleas.
Cedrus deodara ‘Sanders Blue‘, Chinese Snowball viburnum.
Acer palm. ‘Koto no ito‘, Acer palm. ‘Bloodgood’, Cedrus deodara ‘Feelin Blue’.
Acer palm. ‘Koto no ito’ leafing out in my garden. ‘Koto no ito’ means ‘Harp Strings‘ given that name due to the very fine linearlobum leaves. This Japanese maple is a new addition to my garden. An upright graceful tree that I’m sure will become a favorite.
Acer palm. ‘Twombley Red‘ keeps its red color even during the summer.
Acer palm. ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki‘, Formosa azalea.
Acer palm. ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki’ is a lovely variegated JapMaple.
Above and below photos: Acer palm. ‘Red Feathers’. The photo above is back-lit by the late afternoon sun giving ‘Red Feathers’ a glow. A collector’s specimen in my garden. Lovely.
Acer palm. ‘Shishigashira‘ translates into lions head. It’s branches are covered in curly leaves. Another new addition to my garden. A fine specimen.
Acer palm. ‘Orange Dream’
Acer palm. ‘Beni otake‘, Acer palm.”Ornatum‘, Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Saligna Aurea‘, Weeping Blue Atlas cedar, Pinus strobus ‘Niagara Falls‘, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis , cedrus deodara ‘Snow Sprite, Tsuga Canadensis, Picea abies ‘Pusch‘.
Well, I’ve given you a peak of just a few of the Japanese Maples and conifers that I grow in my garden. I have over 38 Japanese maples and well over a hundred conifers in my landscape. Yes, I am a Conehead’ and ‘Maplehead’. Perhaps sometime during the hot and humid dog days of summer, when I limit my time working in the garden, I’ll find the time to go through my photo catalog so I can designate a blog post just for identifying many of the other specimen conifers and maples I have in my landscape.
Till next time- Happy gardening!
In bloom right now in my garden is the lovely ‘Don Juan’ climber. I have several growing against the brick exterior of my home. Two are gracing the archways of my front entrance and the third is climbing up an exterior wall on the side of my home. All are just starting to show the beginnings of their spring flush. It’s taken three years of cane growth to get them to the point were I can espalier them against the house. Definitely worth the wait. I think this year ‘Don Juan’ will give me a dazzling show!
Climbing rose ~Don Juan~
Large flowered Climber
Growing Zones: USDA growing Zones 6b thru 9b
Mature Plant Height: 12 ft. to 14 ft.
Petal Count: 30-35 petals
Fragrance: intense perfume
Bloom Time: Repeats, blooms in flushes throughout the season
Highlights: Sensational velvety crimson blossoms and dark green foliage. The flowers have a hybrid-tea form appearing both singly and in clusters. One of my absolute favorite red climbers for my Zone 7b garden.
My dazzling tulips are having their annual ‘Spring Fling’ in my garden. I must admit, I wasn’t sure how many of the tulips I planted (see post here http://www.thegracefulgardener.com/?p=3336) would be participating in my ‘Spring Fling.’ Not to my surprise, the deer decided to have a party of their own this year by eating many of my tulip buds as their gourmet main course! (Note to self: Next year put out deer repellant in February not March.)
However, lucky for me I planted around 1200 tulips, 650 were gobbled up by the deer, but that still left me with several hundred to share with you. Even though my tulip blossoms are fleeting- many blooms just lasting a few weeks- it’s still something I look forward to every year in my garden.
Here’s a peek…..
Many thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens for
hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day
An Artful Gardener – Brenda Addington
~ by rona simmons
A Discriminating Eye and a Garden Trowel
(An Essay by Rona Simmons)
I visit gardens when I travel, whether they are public gardens, private gardens, arboretums, nurseries (not the box stores but the old-fashioned kind, the ones owned by people with rough hands and dirt under their nails), garden exhibitions, or even local enthusiasts’ plant sales. These venues are marvelous places, full of beauty and inspiration and often a kindred, sometimes eccentric, spirit, or two, meandering about. Rarely do I leave without an idea to implement in my own garden.
As you might expect, I’m smarter now than when I first began my garden journeys.
At the outset, like other novices, I’d return from a foray with a new plant in hand and sink it into what I deemed to be its rightful place in the garden. With a minimum of effort (including those tiresome but no less important things like weeding, watering, pruning and fertilizing), a modicum of time, and a large dollop of good fortune, nature rewarded me when she chose with wondrous blooms.
My garden awakening came with the purchase of my third or fourth treasure. Suddenly I realized I had to take a step back and consider the larger picture—the canvas, you might say.
Did the color of the new rose, or camellia, or azalea compliment the established ones? Would they bloom at the same time, exploding in one single burst of riotous color but leaving me with nothing but dried leaves and bare boughs in the long winter months ahead? Would they surprise me with something new each time I ventured into the garden, heralding the circle of seasons? Was the arrangement defying the principles of design or did it adhere to the tyranny of triangles?
Sinking further into my self-imposed form of madness, I began to obsess over textures, scents, and associations. Was there variety in my garden—magnolias with their wide, glossy leaves and boughs studded with lemon-scented summer flowers that spoke of the old south as well as pines, three and five-needled cultivars with cones to collect and toss on a winter night’s fire? Were there pathways through my garden that drew the visitor’s eye, teasing them to take a first step then another, tantalizing and engaging them?
I came to realize that I wasn’t merely gardening. I was creating a work of art–a painting on a canvas of earth, a short story in colors and textures and living things. For inspiration, I sought role models from a different sort of gardener, those with a discriminating eye and experience with a trowel. Artists who garden.
Fortunately, I have had the privilege to come to know one particularly artful gardener, Brenda Addington. Brenda approaches her garden as an artist first. She brings to it both an inherited sense of grace and craft from her father, a highly skilled artisan in another media, and her own eye for color and line.
She is not one to sit inside and admire her garden through the window. I know. On one of the coldest days of the year, I found her planting a few of the thousands of bulbs she had special ordered, just the right colors for just the right spaces. In the spring, if she’s not tending to the dozens of containers that accent her garden, she’s photographing them for her website or blog. And, in the fall, she’s likely to be constructing a cascade of pumpkins on the stairs leading from her front door to her garden.
Brenda’s garden embodies all of the aspects of an artful garden. It is a delight for the senses. Her colors flow, huge white blooming Annabelle hydrangeas yield to beds of pink Angelique then mutate again to a stand of mauve tulips. Her textures weave together seamlessly—a burnished iron frog sits above delicate tendrils of a Mandevilla vine in one corner, peach-colored roses soften the blue needles of a deodar cedar in another, and, in a far recess, a stone bridge carves a path to the graceful threads of a lime-green conifer.
Try as I might, my garden just never quite measures up. Thankfully, Brenda does not live too far away allowing me the opportunity from time to time to view what she has created and see where I’ve gone wrong.
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Note: All photos courtesy of Brenda Addington.
For the second year in a row, one of my containers has been a finalist in Fine Gardening’s - ‘Fantastic Foliage’ 2012 Container Design Challenge.
Please check out my container and many other beautiful containers created by other finalists, as well as, the winner in Fine Gardening’s May/June 2013 issue .
Here’s more of my containers : http://www.thegracefulgardener.com/?p=2854
Over the years, I have planted many, many roses in my garden, painting it in a rainbow of colors. My rose collection consists of several Climbers, Floribunda’s, Hybrid Tea’s, Noisettes, Polyantha’s, Bourbons, Hybrid Musks and Shrub roses. Most of these roses have been in my garden for several years, while some I’ve just planted recently. My inventory topples well over a hundred roses which is quite a challenge for I live in deer territory. Weekly spraying of deer repellant is a necessity to keep my roses from becoming their smorgasbord! This weekly technique seems to be working, even though the deer repellent does leave an unsightly residue on the foliage of my roses, but at least I have an abundance of blooms.
Since I’ve been growing and tending roses for over 2o years, I have learned a few things regarding the selection of roses for my garden: They must have good disease resistance (I don’t spray chemicals, organic girl here), they must be tolerant of my hot and humid Zone 7b climate, and if possible, they must give me lots of blooms during their growing season (there are a few exceptions of course for the must-have one time bloomers). Sometimes, my roses are selected for their color, as to blend into my existing landscape.
I use only organic fertilizer’s on my roses during their growing season. My favorites are: Mill’s Magic Mix, Fish emulsion and Haven Brand Manure Tea which I brew in 5 gallon containers. I also occasionally use mushroom compost and horse manure .
My rose collection adds an aura of Southern charm to my garden with their endless combination of colors— from the lovely pinks and charming peach and apricots, to the the purest whites and creams, to the brightest reds, oranges and yellows which add an explosion of drama to my landscape.
Here are some of the roses that I grow in my garden that I have categorized by color and in multiple posts:
My ‘Pretty in Pink’ Roses
(Pink, pale pink, deep pink)
‘Queen Elizabeth’- medium pink Grandiflora. Size: 5-10′h x 3′w. Zone: 5-9.
‘Queen Elizabeth’ has won more awards than most modern roses, including, in 1978, the World Federation of Rose Societies ‘World’s Favorite Rose’. I have two of these and they stand majestically in my garden reaching 7 or 8 feet . The flowers are hybrid tea in shape borne in large clusters in a warm pale pink color . Great for the back of the border. Beautiful rose that repeats well.
‘New Dawn’- pale pink Climbing Rose. Size: 10-20h’+ x up to 8′w. Zone: 5-9
‘New Dawn’ is one of the easiest climbers to grow. Few Climbers can surpass ‘New Dawn’ for its hardiness, disease resistance, and profusion of light pink blooms. I love this rose. It conveys such a romantic feel in my garden. ‘New Dawn’ is very vigorous in my Zone 7b garden, even in part sun where mine is planted, so make sure you provide a sturdy structure for ‘New Dawn’ to grow upon and do her gracious climbing. This climbing rose is a one time ‘show-off’ in my garden, but so worth it!
Ideally, ‘New Dawn’ should be planted in full sun, but it will also thrive on as little as four or five hours of sunlight a day that it gets in my garden.
‘Grande Dame’- deep pink Hybrid Tea. Size: 4-5′h. Zone: 5-9
I absolutely adore this rose and its old-fashioned blooms. I even dedicated a post to her- ‘The Old Romance of the Grande Dame’. An exquisite hybrid tea rose.
Two ‘Grande Dames’ grace my garden. This rose has great disease resistance and is a good repeat bloomer.
‘Mystic Beauty’- light pink Bourbon rose. Size: 2-4′h. Zone: 6-9.
I acquired this rose from Roses Unlimited. Having purchased three of these bourbon roses; two are planted in large containers and one in my flower border. The blooms are beautiful and it has a lovely fragrance that teases your nose to smell its blooms. New to my collection and so far a very good performer.
David Austin ‘Huntington Rose’ - deep pink shrub rose. Size: 4′h x 3′w. Zone: 5-10.
The beautiful pink blossoms are quite fragrant and it’s a non-stop bloomer in my garden so far. I love David Austin roses and and this one is a keeper.
David Austin rose link describing this rose : http://www.davidaustinroses.com
‘Distant Drums’ – Brunette buds opening to orchid pink/tan. Hybridized by Griffith Buck. Size: 3-4′h x 3′w. Zone: 5-10.
’Distant Drums’ is one of my favorite shrub roses because of it’s amazing color. The blossoms start off in a ochre-toned color which then turns into a mauve pink. A real performer in blooms and flowers repeatedly. A beautiful rare and unique rose colorwise. Grows much like a Floribunda in habit. It is rather thorny though and has occasional black-spot which I control by picking off the infected leaves.
‘Chicago Peace’ - pink blend Hybrid Tea. Size: 3-4′h x 3′w. Zone: 6-10.
This Hybrid Tea has lovely huge vibrant pink blooms with lavender overtones in almost perfect form. A sport of the ever popular Hybrid tea “Peace’ rose. Wonderful fragrance and excellent repeat bloomer. Mine is grown in a large container and is very healthy. Gorgeous rose and great for cutting.
‘Pink Double Knockouts‘- Size: 3-4′h x 3-4′w . Zone: 4-10.
My Knockout Roses are a definite blooming factory in my garden. They have great disease resistance, are easy to grow, are low maintenance and bloom from spring until frost. Having planted a few dozen in my front yard landscape, on a difficult hillside , I must admit they provide long-lasting color in that area of my garden.
‘Pierre de Ronsard ‘ (aka Eden) pink large flower climber. Size: up to 8-10′ h x 4-6′w. Zone: 5-10.
Newly planted in my garden, this rose is the epitome of romance with it’s romantic old fashioned pink blossoms. I just planted four climbing ‘Eden’ last spring next to several 8′ Rose Obelisk’s and can’t wait for them to grace these pillars. At the moment, all four climbers are about 6 feet tall and very healthy, one bush actually produced several blossoms.
My new 2013 pink rose additions are:
2- ‘Frances Meilland’- light pink hybrid tea
2- ‘Peter Mayle’- deep pink hybrid tea
‘Perfecta’- pink blend Kordes hybrid Tea
‘Cupcake’- medium pink miniature rose
2- ‘Laguna’- deep pink Kordes climbing rose
‘Jasmina’- violet & pink large flowered Kordes climbing rose
I’ve always been amazed with the delicate beauty of camellias. Their flowers, in my opinion, often resemble those of a rose. Of course, everyone knows I love roses, so during the winter months my camellias become my ‘winter roses’.
My camellia collection consists of a dozen- 9 Camellia japonicas and 3 Camellia sasanquas. Of course, by choosing both species I can have the best of both worlds with blooms in the fall, winter and spring.
Presently, I am enjoying the glorious splendor of the Camellia japonica’s in my garden…
Nuccio’s bella rosa is one of my favorites. I planted two medium sized bushes a few years ago and it never disappoints. Beautiful formal, 4 inch red blooms almost all winter. Gorgeous!
Another favorite that I’ve grown for years is ‘Nuccio’s Gem‘. I must say what a gem it is with its sparkling white formal winter blooms. Mine is 6 feet tall and situated in a protected area in my garden. Right now I’m enjoying its blooms until we get a hard freeze…
This X williamsii hybrid grows well in my Zone 7b hot and humid climate. ‘Delores Edwards‘ has beautiful large semi double orchid pink flowers. Lovely.
My garden hat full of camellia blossoms blooming in my garden now….
Of course, as in previous years during this holiday break, I’ve been frantically planting the thousands of spring bulbs that I ordered so enthusiastically last summer. As I’m writing this, I still have a few hundred left to get in the ground once it stops raining.
This time I ordered 1,900 bulbs, that’s about 1,500 less than last year. The task of planting all these bulbs (which I plant all by myself I might add) is overwhelming. However, last year I started using an auger attached to my cordless drill which makes this task a lot easier (at least that’s how I convince myself). Naturally, my main motivation and drive stems from knowing that in just a few months, my garden will be an explosion of color from the hundreds of tulip, daffodil and hyacinth blooms in their full glory!
Here are some of my selections for Spring 2013….
‘Angelique’- Every year I plant ‘Angelique‘ in my garden and containers and every year I am always amazed by her beauty. Very romantic and feminine in appearance, this tulip closely resembles peonies when in bloom. The double blooms range from pink to pale pink to almost white.
’Big Eartha’- This year I decided to plant ‘Big Eartha’ tulips instead of the red tulips I normally plant in my front-yard island beds. These beds usually require at least 500 tulips so it makes quite an impact. ‘Big Eartha’ is a beautiful pink tulip with 20″ stems. Perfect for cutting. Can’t wait for my bouquets…
‘Strike Me Pink’
‘Strike Me Pink’- is one of my favorite tulip mixes sold by Colorblends. Last spring I mixed them with snapdragons and hyacinths in my Lady Diana statue garden bed. I’ve done the same this year. Love the colors!
‘Dordogne’- is a newcomer to my tulip collection this year. This tulip has been described as rose colored with yellow edges on the outside and fiery red with soft orange edges on the inside. Sounds like it puts on quite a show in the garden. A photographers dream…hope I can capture some of it’s exquisite beauty in my garden this spring.
’Marilyn’- Oh, Marilyn! What a striking tulip. A pure white, lily-flowered tulip with strawberry flames. Wonderful in borders and containers. ‘Marilyn’ has once again been ‘sprinkled’ all over my garden….
‘Queen of the Night’- I’m ecstatic that I was able to obtain this tulip this year for it seems to be sold out alot! Even though it’s described as a ‘nearly’ black tulip; its probably more of a deep, deep maroon. ‘Queen of the Night’ has large goblet-shaped blooms on strong 2 foot stems. Late spring bloomer. I plan on pairing her with ‘Maureen’ (see below) for a stunning display.
‘Maureen’- This will be my 2nd year planting ‘Maureen’ in my garden. A pure white late-blooming beauty. ‘Maureen’ does especially well in containers too. Combining her with ‘Queen of the Night’ this year.
So, these are all the bulb picks for my garden this year. I hope I’ve encouraged some of you to get a few in the ground before it’s too late!
Springtime is the most exuberant time of the year in my garden. Here’s an early ‘taste’ of Spring with some photos of my garden from last year…
Nothing says Christmas more like the fragrance and color of fresh greenery at Christmastime.
Your garden is probably the best source for fresh greenery and berries. I look around my garden this time of year and start collecting fresh greenery to add to my existing containers. I always try to mix natural greenery with some faux to give a lasting holiday season in my southern garden.
Use fresh evergreens from your own garden, as I have, for an inexpensive way to decorate. Holly, cedar,cypress, nandina, pine, boxwood and magnolia are all amazingly abundant in my southern garden.
So use your garden as a way to inspire your holiday creativity or head to your local nursery and pick up some inexpensive “leftovers” to use in your Christmas garden.
Bring holiday cheer to your home….
Check out my Christmas Garden featured in Fine Gardening’s GPOD at:http://www.finegardening.com/item/25842/brendas-holiday-garden-decorations-in-georgia-day-1
September blooms in my garden…GBBD
Happy Bloom Day everyone!
Many thanks to May Dream Gardens for hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day
‘A Dream Come True’….
Proud and Honored!
Please check out the September 2012 issue of Georgia Gardening Magazine. My garden has been profiled in this current issue….
Time to enjoy and share some late summer blooms in my garden.
The recent rains have nourished and hydrated my flowers just in time for GBBD…
Some of my many containers blooming now….
Many Thanks to May Dream Gardens for hosting GBBD…