Monday, April 13, 2009

A New Day

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend. I worked at my job Saturday, but Sunday morning I was out working in the bed you see below. I made our Easter dinner for dinner last night and it was delicious. Roasted lamb with fat removed, slits cut into the meat for slivers of garlic. Gray poupon mustard was spread over the top and sides, fresh rosemary and Italian bread crumbs sprinkled all over. Also served mashed potatoes, green peas, asparagus vinaigrette, and had mint jelly and more gray poupon. We had an Aussie merlot wine also. I had some strawberry shortcake and ice cream for dessert, but neither of us felt like having any.

Back to gardening ~ This brick bordered bed was full of ferns, two different kinds, both hard to get out, and I've still more to do, but that's for another morning this week. It got too warm and I was pooped so I just left stuff where it lay until I get back out there. Today we do our errands so I won't be out there probably at all.

In this bed there is a rubber vine shrub that I may just dig up, not sure yet. It's a real pain, with it's sap and the way it grows. There are some lilies, a Duchesse de Brubant rose, a croton, a Golden Sun rose, Crepe Myrtle, Bleeding Heart (Clerodendrum thomsoniae, red variety), and a couple other things I can't think of at the moment. I want to put a potted Smith's Parrish rose in this bed, plus colorful flowers.

This is Salvia and periwinkles in the main garden.
I've been taking the seeds from the salvia
and flinging them in other areas of this garden.
I love this plant.

This is Penelope, one of my favorite roses.
She's in a huge terra cotta pot in the secret garden.

This is Mutabilis, another favorite.

I'm not sure which rose this is, maybe Laurette Messimy.

This is Duchesse de Brubant. A real old fashioned beauty.

Dainty Bess, smells like cloves to me. She's a sweetie.

Last, but certainly not least, introducing 'Shovel Bird'.
He came home with us from our vacation to NC in 2006.
He was in a road side place in southern GA.
We had passed this place on the way up to NC,
and stopped on the way back as they had LOTS of iron critters.
DH liked this one and he now adds some a bit of whimsy to our gardens.
He is sitting on the roof of our recycle/garbage area at the back of the scullery.
This is the roof area where our outdoor kitty, Tork,
sits looking into our indoor space.
Confederate Jasmine is growing on the lattice behind Shovel Bird.
The shells are ones we've picked up here and there.
The rose cutting is Maman Cochet and I hope she roots.

That's it from humble Plum Cottage gardens.
Hope you all have a great week
and are able to get out and play in your gardens.



Unknown said...

Removing any plants is hardwork, I've been known to just let they lay where I toss them too. Lovely blooms!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your dinner sounds delicious! I just love all your roses, I think Dainty Bess is my favorite!

sweetbay said...

I love your roses. Shovel-bird too!

Dirt Princess said...

I hate that I missed dinner!!! Sounds amazing! The roses are lovely. I know they smell great. I am loving shovel bird. Very cute!

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Flowers? Who cares. I want to come for dinner! :)

Your roses make me drool. Wasn't hard after the menu was listed.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Good morning everyone. Hope you all have a great weekend inside or out. Thanks again for your kind comments.

Darla ~ You are so right about removing plants being hard work. I still have more to do there, but haven't had a chance this week to finish that.

Catherine ~ Easter dinner was delicious. We both really like lamb. ~ Dainty Bess is a lovely rose with a sweet clove-like scent.

Sweet Bay ~ Roses are so addicting. Glad you liked shovel-bird too.

Dirt Princess ~ Lamb is so good fixed that way, and left-overs are great too. Roses do something for me. I can't explain it, but I'm sure you know what I mean.

Tom ~ LOL ~ Drooling over dinner and roses. I'll be ooohing and aaahing over your gardens shortly.


Corner Gardener Sue said...

Lovely blooms!