Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

These are not a true rose, and I do not know the latin name, but I remember the little tag called them Desert Rose. They grow terrific without water, and we have some areas the sprinklers don’t catch so these were just the thing to fill in the space. Planted last spring, two 3-inch pots now fill a space that’s about four square feet. And the flowers last all summer, so what a bonus!

They come in a frilly pink:

And in a simple orange:

And in a maroon. If there are more colors, I do not know.

And the white penoies are blooming, hooray! So far just one plant, and all the other plants in slightly more shade are taking their darn time.

Do you use one of those Scentsy things in your home? I just bought one of the new scents called Mayflower, and the scent is somewhere between a tea rose and a peony. They always seem to smell just a little different in the home than the testers smell, but this one is a soft floral that is not overwhelmingly potpourri.


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End of summer roses

I wish I knew if this was an Oklahoma or a Mr. Lincoln rose, because I’d buy a whole bunch more plants. Fabulous long stem, smaller thorns on the small stems, lots of fragrance and perfect form. And it waits until the end of the summer to start producing these beautiful flowers???

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glorious delphiniums

To give you an idea of the flowers’ size, that painting is 18″x24″. Now I need to think about what color that wall should be.

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a few flowers

I had a moment this morning when I realized I wasn’t taking nearly enough flower photos and that I was missing out on my opportunity for this year! So here’s a few of my posed vignettes that may or may not be used in paintings….

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Primroses for spring

The stores have primroses out, so I thought it would be a good idea to buy a little bit of colorful cheer even though spring isn’t really here yet. It’s a good reminder to see the colors and know that winter is almost over.
Last year’s pots sitting in the shade have frozen dirt inside, so those aren’t usable yet, sigh.

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What a day

Elle took off her diaper last night, so woke up soaking wet at 5:15. It was so bright out that she didn’t want to sleep, so we’ve been up a long time. You’d think I would have gotten more done!

Some gardening was done (but I guess that gets done every day) and I’m a little disappointed how slowly the garden is growing. Most everything is still just sproutly sprouts. I don’t think the spinach came up at all–and very few of my flower seeds came up. I’m wondering if I was optimistic about how warm the soil was, and planted too early. Aren’t those painted daisies up in the header pretty? I bought those at the nursery the other day. I put down two packages of seeds, but they didn’t come up. I don’t know if it’s too late for this year, but the stores have stopped stocking seeds.

Here’s some lavender from the shared “rock hole”–our neighbor shares a sink hole filled with gravel with us, and we both planted lavender all around the rim. HER lavender self-seeded, I can’t believe it! So hers is spreading nicely, and ours is larger than last year but not more numerous. I shouldn’t have been so aggressively cutting the flowers, I guess.

Even knowing as much, I cut two nice bouquets today and the kitchen smells nice. I’d have put the bouquets in the bathrooms except the dampness in there (AHEM) isn’t great for drying flowers.

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Don’t these peonies pair nicely with the delphinium as a backdrop? The delphinium tower 3 feet above the peonies, and the strong contrast color is striking. Since the peonies bloom only once a year, they needed neighbors who were ever-bloomers. I’ve got a little square area of 9 peony plants in their first year, and I’ve been struggling to make seeds come up in the bare areas between them since it will take a couple years before the stars reach their full potential, but mostly everything is still bare. We went to the nursery yesterday to buy more delphinium, but they had only one left. Sigh. So four of those make a backdrop–and since they grow to two or feet wide by six feet high, they are definitely eye catchers. Four will be enough for now. Next year, or probably the year after that for sure, it all should be lovely as planned!


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