Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hola From the Casa

Hola, hi, bonjour!
  Have you come see to see the garden? Awesome! 


Woodland anemones (anemone sylvestris


This area is officially known as the Yuck side, since it houses the air conditioning units and utility meters. I redesigned it last fall and interplanted asiatic lilies between the bleeding heart roots so that once the bleeding heart - that's one giant plant! - goes dormant, there will be something to fill the space.


I recently added a deutzia 'Nikko' to the space in front of the bleeding heart.


Cowslip primrose is one of my favorite spring flowers. I love how simple they are.


These usually go dormant by late summer but are reliable spring bloomers.


This pink clematis is the first clematis to bloom of the season. 
I can't remember their name!


They grow along a metal watering can birdhouse in the shade of a massive wall of Prague viburnums.


A view into the garden

The dogwood tree was just starting to leaf out in this picture, which is from last week.


These just finished their peak bloom. Prague viburnum is a super tough evergreen shrub that helps keep the side of our house cool and provides excellent shelter for birds.


When blooming en masse, they are lightly fragrant.


Steller Pink dogwood.


Euphorbia and anemones under the crepe myrtle


A view into the garden from the other side

I extended the rain garden over spring break and not all of it is visible in this photo. 
A giant trumpet vine grows along the fence.


A new gourd birdhouse purchased this morning from a local farmers market. The artist can be reached at janicesgourds@yahoo.com.


My garden includes as many plants that attract butterflies as I can possibly squeeze in. Most aren't made of metal. Sweetspire 'Little Henry', heliopsis, phlox, and caryopteris grow in this bed.


My new 'Peach Sorbet' blueberry bushes have beautiful foliage that changes color as the temperature fluctuates. Most excellent!

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  1. Du hast einen tollen Frühlingsgarten.
    Vor allem der Schneeball gefällt mir sehr gut.#
    Gruß, Anette

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  2. What lovely photos, plants, photos and landscaping. Everything looks very cheerful indeed.

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    1. It feels cheerful, too. Such a difference from our dreary winter. :o)

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  3. I love to see what's out for you, two weeks ahead of us up here. All clear virginal whites and hot sexy pinks in your garden! The anemone and the primrose are so delicate, very pretty. And the viburnum explosion-profusion is wonderful! Spring looks grand in Virginia.

    (My new Jelly Bean blueberries are only just starting to unfurl a few leaves right now.)

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    1. You are going to fall in love with that little Jelly Bean. I do love how vibrant those pinks are. They're much needed after winter. :o)

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  4. You are moving quickly and things are looking great. I love Viburnums but don't have the space to do them justice. One property I worked years ago had a grouping of full-sized Doublefile's in plenty of space so they could do their things.

    Love that little Deutzia you picked up, I love them in big groups too.

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    1. I had double files in my garden in SC and the next owners tore them out. :( I bought my deutzia Nikko at Grelen. :o)

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  5. Ohhhh....so pretty! I want to take a stroll in your garden someday! :)

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  6. ¡Hola! And a happy Cinco de Mayo Day to you! Your garden is looking just amazing. ou have so many plants that I only wish I could grow. The dogwood is so lovely, and the clematis, and the bleeding heart...well just everything is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! Your climate must be too hot for bleeding heart or dogwoods. But roses in CA don't suffer the black spot ours do so there is always a trade off. :o)

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  7. Your spring garden looks great!! I'm envious of your wood anemones and bleeding heart. I can't grow anemones that actually bloom to save my life. The black blister beetles always chow down on them. Your pink clematis is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! I've never heard of blister beetles eating anemones. Any bug named after a blister sounds hideous. They get pretty scraggly in the summer until I shear them back. They also need moistish partial shade. Not picky at all, are they? :o)

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  8. Wow, so lovely... we still have snow, but it is finally starting to disappear.... no plants for me yet! Cheers~

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    1. SNOW?? I hope you get a mini heat wave to warm things up for you. You deserve all the flowers you can find!

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  9. Very pretty! I enjoyed the garden tour. So many plants in bloom, and all of them look so healthy and happy.

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    1. 'Happy and healthy' is the best compliment. Yay! :o)

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  10. Beautiful views into your garden lady! The Woodland Anemones are just out of this world as is everything else!!! Your design sense is stellar!!! And your plants are just stunning!

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    1. Awww, thanks! If you had seen my garden a few years ago, you would have thought I was gardening blindfolded with a drink in my hand. My number talent is learning the hard way. :o)

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  11. It so beautiful there! You have many blooming flowers. I like those primroses and anemones. The birdhouse is lovely!

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    1. I look forward to seeing those primroses every spring. :o) They make me happy. The new gourd birdhouse replaced a cheap plastic one that was very faded. I was glad to find one that was so affordable.

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  12. Your garden is blooming so nicely...I love the bleeding hearts and that blueberry is unique.

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    1. Thanks! Check your local nursery for the blueberry. They're sold by Monrovia and are from a breeder called Brazelberries. They were bred to live in containers and have extra sweet berries. There are two cultivars - Peach Sorbet and Jelly Bean.

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  13. Your gardens looking really beautiful. I love the combination of Euphorbia and anemones you have.

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    1. Thanks! The purple was a gift from a friend and the Ascot Rainbow was added last fall. I think I've become quite a convert to them. They're tough and beautiful and that's a great combination. :o)

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  14. Very pretty. The Viburnums are beautiful.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Thanks. :o) Viburnum is one of my favorite groups of shrubs. I've never met one I didn't like.

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  15. Wow, you have so many blooms! Your clematis is much farther along than mine and that viburnum is incredible! Your whimsical touches are lovely!

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    1. I think it's just this one super early clematis. My President clematis only has a few blooms open and several more are still growing vines like crazy. I pamper them with lots of compost and moist soil. They're my divas. :o) I've started adding bits of art to the garden and it's really satisfying.

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  16. Enjoyed the garden tour very much, your dogwood is beautiful and the new gourd birdhouse, a beauty!

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    1. I hope a bird moves in! I love that it was made by a local artist instead of in a factory in China. :o)

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  17. Everything is looking fantabulous....loved all your spring flowers, and the lovely painted gourd birdhouse is to die for!
    I'm so envious of your clematis...wish they would grow well here.
    We've finally had some rain, so everything looks lush and green again, even those darn weeds.

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    1. But you have so many plants that we can't grow at all! I'm so glad your rains came. :o)

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  18. Hi there! I just LOVE everything!! It's all looking so wonderful! I especially like the Bleeding Heart and the Clematis. That birdhouse is so cute! I really like that you have so many plants that attract butterflies. (I see your doggy on the lawn...I bet he/she is a good garden helper!) Can't wait to see more!

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    1. I am a total sucker for a cute birdhouse! Can not resist! The cute dog on the lawn once dug up a newly planted rose bush and ran around the yard with it in her mouth!

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  19. How did I manage to let Cinco de Mayo pass me by? Instead of wine last night to celebrate a great weekend in the garden, I could have had margaritas!

    Lack of rain aside, garden season appears to be off to a fabulous start this year. Even though the flowers can be fleeting, nothing beats the excitement of spring flowers.

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    1. I seriously didn't plan this around Cinco de Mayo! I just couldn't think of a title. :o) But a margarita sounds fabulous, anyway. :o)

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  20. Your garden is looking really great! Did you notice that the euphorbia is creating a heart in the middle of the anemones? Your garden is telling you that it loves you back!

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    1. I didn't notice til you mentioned it! I do think it loves me. At least, I feel loved when I'm working in it and that counts for something. :o)

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  21. Hi Casa! I like your Yuck corner indeed, those bleeding heart are massive and the woodland anemone looks so good. I'm so impressed with your Prague viburnum hedge, it's amazing! Does it sets berries of some kind? I bet it's a good sheltered place for wildlife!
    That clematis looks a lot like Ville the Lyon that my mum grows in her garden but I'm not very reliable in naming clematis.
    Alberto.

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    1. The Prague doesn't set berries although I wish it did. It does have a teensy little black drupe that I think the birds eat but I'm not sure if they'd be considered a berry. they're very small. I'm rotten at naming clematis, too. I have a Ville de Lyon in the garden somewhere. I'm just not sure which one it is!

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  22. Your yuck side is lovely as is the rest of your gardens. I especially liked the duetzia and primrose. The peach sorbet blueberry with its color change sounds interesting.

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    1. I bought the blueberries at Merrifield's. They were bred to live in containers and are beautiful!

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    1. when can I landscape your new yard? :o)

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  24. Stunning! I'm amazed that you can grow primroses. And I love that Prague Viburnum. Does it go by another name? I've never heard of it.

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    1. Every other primrose I've ever planted has died, which contributes to why these are my favorites - they're alive! Prague viburnum has just one name, kind of like Cher. They are absolute workhorses in the garden and are always full of birds. Plus, they're super tough and are the only evergreen viburnum. Here's a helpful link: http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/2211/prague-viburnum.php

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  25. That all looks great. Your 'yuck' side of the house sure has some nice plants!

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    1. the Yuck Side was less fabulous last year before I redesigned it, I assure you. The bleeding heart has been there 8 or 9 years and is just a single enormous plant. I never knew they could get that big!

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  26. I have a thing about Viburnum blooms. The rest of the year, the shrubs seem OK, but there's just something about Viburnum blooms... You have some incredible specimens there, Tammy!

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    1. Thanks! The Prague viburnums are titanium tough. I do absolutely nothing to them, except maybe water them if we're having a drought and they repay me with flowers. I love them as much as I respect them. :o)

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  27. Ah, I envy your zone, my friend. We're a little behind on our blooming, although the Magnolias and serviceberries are already done. Sad. I treasure their brief bonanza of blooming. Thanks for the tour....it is a lovely, lovely garden. And the Clematis, already!?!?! Amazing.

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    1. That clematis is an early bird. The rest are mid-morning marvelous and will bloom in the next few weeks. Wait, The President has popped out a few blooms but she's an exception. :o)

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  28. You have so much blooming! Spring has been good to you. I like the Viburnum and think it an all round plant. Sure it loses the leaves but if berries hang on for the birds, what a great plant. I am not familiar with Prague though.

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    1. As far as I know, Prague is the only viburnum that is evergreen. It's an excellent source of shelter in the winter. I think it might also be called Leatherleaf viburnum, but that would be a highly variable common name.

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  29. It's all so beautiful...I would love one of everything.

    That's one amazingly full clematis.

    Jen

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    1. It's name should be Happy Camper. :o)

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  30. Tammy, this clematis is pretty, nice color. All your plants are blooming, you have wonderful vernal garden.
    I love your new birdhouse, unusual shape and design!

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    1. Thanks! I was so happy to find that gourd bird house at the market, especially since I was able to meet the artist. I just hope some birds move in. :o)

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  31. Looking really pretty Tammy! I just love the color of the unnamed clematis. Such a nice pink! My wood anemones are only just poking out of the ground. The white primrose is really nice too. White is always such a fresh color to have in the garden especially in spring.

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    1. Ya know, you're right about the white. It does feel fresh in the spring, especially when mixed with all the other colors that show up for the party. :o)

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  32. All your flower patches are blooming crazily. It looks like they have been fed steroids ;)
    This is the first time that I come across a photo of the whole bush of bleeding hearts. Its really a unique plant which I don't see in this part of the world.

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    1. LOL! Bleeding heart is also known by its Latin name dicentra. It has such a unique flower and only blooms in the spring. When my daffodils and bleeding heart bloom, spring has sprung!

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  33. I love your Dogwood and Bleeding Heart. Your garden is so lovely!

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  34. Love that little 'spring' garden by the air conditioner. Bleeding hearts, anemone, primula - just beautiful. Still waiting for bulbs to appear here but it's coming.

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  35. Hi Tammy, thanks for a wonder tour of the garden. I can't believe you have clematis out already (it looks gorgeous). The bleeding heart is also a favourite of mine and those anemones look so beautiful I'm going to have to get some now too.

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  36. What lovely garden you have -- I don't if I like the flowers more or those ornaments more or both.

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