Friday, April 10, 2009

Today's morning blooms

Good Friday, good morning to all of you.
May your weekend be filled with peace, joy and good things.

I went out with the camera to see what caught my eye this morning.
It is overcast, still, and a tad cool.

This is the driveway gate into the patio.
Things have filled in a bit since we first did this project about a month or so ago.
We still have the arbor/rooflet to make over the gate.

This is looking through the gate.

This is some of my patio potted plantings.
Garlic chives in the foreground,
then desert cassia, million bells and walking iris in the next pot.
In the last pot is Jewels of Opar,
and Old Blush roses behind that.

Here are the Jewels of Opar after the tiny flowers have finished blooming.

This is a close up of the desert cassia.

Old Blush and Duchesse de Brabant.

Million bells with an orchid and spidersplant in the birdcage.

This is looking from the driveway at the scullery,
and in through the gate into the secret garden.

Another view.
The newly leafed out tree in the square,
brick/rock lined bed is our Queen Crepe Myrtle.

The purple flowering shrub is Golden Dewdrop, and the rose behind is Crepuscule.

Easter is the demonstration of God
that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.

Charles M. Crowe


Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Looks like your garden is doing great! Isn't it wonderful to have spring?

Have a great Easter weekend!


gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It's so lush there, and so much growing. Does it take you a long time to water all those pots?

Dirt Princess said...

I love the gate. You have a beautiful garden there....very tropical!

sweet bay said...

I haven't seen Golden Dewdrop before. It's beautiful!

Rhonda said...

I love that fence..the fact that you allowed it to age..just adds such charm to it. Quick question...what is your take on the old blush rose? I am considering adding it this year..we are zone is your take on black spot and disease resistance down there? advice much appreciated..thanks!

FlowerLady said...

Hi Cameron ~ Yes, spring is great. I've been noticing this year that there are quite a few flowering plants that bloom in the spring. It is really hard to tell the change in seasons down here in s.e. FL, but this year I've been searching out and paying attention to what's going on around our area. There are several flowering trees that are in bloom, and for me, one of the close to home bloomers (in my gardens), is Confederate Jasmine. I love that and it smells heavenly.

Have a wonderful Easter yourself.

Catherine ~ It is pretty lush here. No, it doesn't take a long time to water. Grouping a lot of things together sure makes it easier. Being in drought conditions has made me rethink things to keep everything alive.

Hi DP ~ Thank you. I love the gate also, we have two of them. The other one is at the entry from the sidewalk, which we keep locked at all times, because we do not want just anyone walking in, like they have done in the past, at night. We do lock this one at night, now that we have it up too, to keep people out of our space.

We live where the tropics begin.

Sweet Bay ~ Golden Dewdrop - Duranta erecta - is called that because of the golden berries that form after the flowers are done flowering. The flowers smell like licorice to me.

Rhonda ~ That fencing is recycled. We picked it up a couple of years ago when we saw it on the side of the road, not far from us. Someone had cut it into basically 2' sections, so it was easy to load into our van. It still had plenty of life, and it definitely has a nice aged look now. I was hesitant to post pictures after we just put these few sections up, see an earlier post that tells about the project. The 'aged' look isn't for some people. :-)

Old Blush does very nicely here and we have a lot of heat and humidity. I don't spray, it is own root also. I've read that the old garden roses are much more hardy that the modern roses and have quite a collection of them these days. I would like more, but alas, they are expensive so I just make cuttings of what I have and hope they root, so I can add more scented bloomers, for free.

Happy gardening and Happy Easter everyone.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Sue said...

Your spring is well under way! We have just started seeing the jewels of Opar last year. It's fun to grow, but is an annual here.