Sunday, May 31, 2015

Flower Explosion at the Shrubapalooza

I wait all year for this.


It is the shrub equivalent of a party and it's always held in my garden.


My giant, floofy old fashioned deutzia 'Pink A Boo', a magnificent shrub with an absurd name, begins to bloom. 


The little pink buds hang fat and round before popping open to reveal a soft white heart.


There must be thousands of flowers.


The lamium under the shrub has grown into the grass and clover path that leads from the gate to the garden.


Seed grown dwarf tithonia 'Goldfinger' and basil are too manly for my pink deutzia. But I think they secretly like her.

Once it's done blooming, it will be cut back by almost 75%, fertilized heavily with compost and watered deeply. It only blooms on last years growth. If I don't prune it, it won't bloom.


A 'Peggy Martin' climbing rose, sent to me by accident due to a fabulous computer error, lives across the garden on the fence I share with a neighbor.


It's nearly thornless and blooms at the same time as the deutzia, enveloping my garden in a pink flower sandwich.


I wait all year for this, too.


'Roguchi' clematis grow through the rose canes.


'Peggy Martin' will bloom on and off all summer.

Tradescantia blooms along with the sweetspire.

'Little Henry' sweetspire rounds out the guest list.


39 comments:

  1. Just. Wow! Quite an explosion of blooming gorgeousness there. Happy gardening to you!

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  2. I agree just woow, simply beautiful. Id love to see it in person i bet its even more beautiful. I love the Gareden but mine doesnt look like yours lovely post thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful new week. With love Janice

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  3. Wow! That deutzia reminds me of the sweeping skirt of a Southern Belle's party dress! Peggy Martin ain't bad either!

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  4. Shrubapolooza. Only YOU Tammy. I love this post. It is a recognition that we have some things in the garden that we do truly wait all year for. Do you know the poet Rainier Maria Rilke? He said: "Earth, I need no more of your springtimes to remind me. One just one, is already too much for my blood." It is what makes it real. If we had this beauty all year long we probably couldn't handle it—just imagine it....everything in bloom all at once. Anyway, enough philosophizing. The deutizia is dynamite!

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  5. Holy doodle!! Such beautiful pinkiness !! It's so amazing! You must be in flower bliss! Have a great week

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  6. Spectacular deutzia! And your pictures show it off beautifully.

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  7. Oh what lovely pink frothiness! I do like that Deutzia despite its silly name. Gorgeous rose too. A truly magnificent shrubapalooza.

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  8. What a pink a boo explosion! This time of year in your garden really is spectacular. I would dearly love a Peggy Martin rose but have no fence or space big enough, and as yours shows, it's a lusty grower. My sweetspire Henry's Garnet got horribly zapped this winter and barely leafed out, so some drastic pruning to take out all the winter kill was done. They look scraggly, but I think will recover. . . I know you prune yours hard some years.

    Love seeing all the rambunctious pink and prettiness you have going on right now.

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  9. Having only recently learned what a Deutzia is, I'm amazed at yours. It's sheer happiness. 'Peggy Martin' is pretty special too.

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  10. I love your big pink flower sandwich. I imagine your neighbors enjoy it too!

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  11. How gorgeous! I loved the tour of your beautiful shrubs.

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  12. A party I would love to come too! Oh my....heavenly or what? I would cringe pruning the Deutzia, even though I l know it's for the best.....I'm always scared of killing shrubs. Peggy Martin is gorgeous too! How lovely it must be to wander the garden at the moment....xxx

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  13. A pink flower sandwich - how tasty! That Deutzia is fabulous. Sadly, I have to envy it from a distance as it won't grow in my area of SoCal. The Clematis growing up alongside the pink rose is pure genius.

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  14. Can I have a pink flower sandwich too?
    Perhaps I should follow your advice for my monster Buddleja.
    Hack, sorry prune, back three quarters should do nicely.

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  15. Wow - how fabulous! Both are well worth the wait and as Susie suggests even more cherished because of it.

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  16. OMG ! Tammy you are so right to describe this PARTY ! I have never seen a shrub like that before such a beautiful cascade and the party just keeps going on with that fabulous rose .. is it scented ? are you enveloped by a cloud of aroma beyond aroma ? .. I have no room for such amazing plants like that but wow .. I have totally enjoyed this party tremendously ... can I come again next year ? wink wink
    Joy : )

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    1. No scent at all. :( You are always welcome here!

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  17. Dang - that Deutzia is beautiful.

    Does it happen to attract any pollinators? (I know, I know, I want it all) ;)

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  18. I don't want to exit friend! Holy cow! Your bursting goodness is just amazing!!! That shrub is spectacular! And your rose!!! AHHHH! Thank you for sharing the beauty! Happy week you! Nicole xo

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  19. Fantastic! I have no beef with a plant that only blooms for a short period if it looks like THAT! Deutzia is so underrated.

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  20. You have a fabulous collection of very interesting shrubs, much different than what grows here. I lvoe the Deutzia, having never seen it before. Great show. Wonderful party. Thanks for inviting me.

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  21. Your two giant pink shrubs are simply fabulous together! There aren't many deuzia varieties that are hardy here in Zone 5, but I have a white one, Nikko, that has managed to survive the winter but is still about 6" tall... not quite the same as your glorious pink monster romping through your garden! Thanks for sharing what these wonderful shrubs are supposed to be about. -Beth

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  22. I just want to fling myself into your garden and lie there for days. Or hours. It is so beautiful!

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  23. It really is a Shrubapalooza, That Deutzia is amazing, so is 'Peggy Martin'. I hope some day to get such a profusion of blooms but the soil here is so poor it will take some years of improvements.
    I have a small Deutzia that blooms white (a gift from a friend who did not know the name). I will try your approach this year as it does seem to also bloom on last year wood.

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  24. Wow, that Deutzia is incredible. I have a Deutzia with double white flowers but the stems do not arch like that and it does not flower anywhere near that profusely.

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  25. Oooo, I remember you posting about that Deutsia before. It's fabulous! Love the Lamiums that blends with it around the base. :)

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  26. Dear Tammy, oh my gosh, that deutzia is incredible pretty and just seem to love your garden. And the rose 'Peggy Martin' is a dream. It is so floriferous and looks very healthy. I would wait for those two events all year long as well ;-)!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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  27. Wow... How beautiful... I love spring and summer flowers.... Michelle

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  28. Yowsa! It sure is a floral explosion! Your deutzia is amazing! It's got such a beautiful form; perhaps we should call her Grace instead of Pink-a-Boo.

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  29. Tammy, it's really a party. Lovely deutzia 'Pink A Boo', I would like this one in my garden!
    But I think it's not for my zone 5a, is it?

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  30. Your flowering shrubs are so huge and lush...I especially love the deutzia...I have a small white one that blooms profusely, but I love this pink one!

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  31. Hi Tammy, woah - that flowering shrub is the bees knees, or the dogs b**ks, very much worth the wait. I love having shrubs for this; you wait 49 weeks of the year waiting for a pile of green leaves or dead-looking sticks (in winter) to suddenly erupt into flower to give a show that can be seen from the next state. In those precious three weeks, the unassuming, shy, retiring and forgotten shrub becomes a local tourist destination with coaches turning up and hoards of camers on the end of selfie sticks and just as you're beginning to get used to the show, the flowers begin to drop one by one, then in their hundreds, then thousands and before you know it, the show is over and it's back to "generic green-leaved" thing. Until next year.

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  32. thank you for inviting us to your shrubby party, Tammy. Very enjoyable. I realize I really love it when clematis grows through other climbers, and a rose is a perfect combo.

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  33. Just stunning! I totally understand waiting all year for that explosion. I wait for my large "mockorange" to explode and fill my spring with fragrance. You wait for so long and then it passes too quckly. Lovely photos to help us remember!

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  34. So lovely, soft and beautiful. I also wait all the year for my rhododendron to bloom. And, when it blooms, the whole tree is covered with blooms -- thousands of them.

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  35. What a wonderful blog, Tammy! The deutzia is unbelievable, as is the climbing rose - just gorgeous. And I just laughed when I saw the Quitters section of your sidebar - an ingenious idea!

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  36. Oh, the deutzia is lovely! And Peggy Martin is beautiful too! Absolute stunners I can see why you are so excited about them. I seem to have lost many of my lamiums when moving house, not sure why they just gave up and didn’t come back, sa really as now I will be plant hunting again :-)

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