Sunday, April 4, 2010

Plum Cottage Blooms

Good evening Friends ~ I hope you all have had and are still having a lovely Easter day. I'm just getting ready to put our honey, mustard, rosemary, garlic lamb in the oven. Will have mashed potatoes, tarragon carrots, LeSeur peas, mint jelly and mustard. For dessert, a key lime cheese pie with raspberry topping. A margarita to start and red wine with dinner. It will start smelling yummy in here once the lamb starts roasting.

Here are some pictures taken this morning and a couple of mornings ago. There are quite a few pictures here, so I hope it's not too much to view at once.

While hand watering some things this morning, I could smell all these wonderful scents and the birds were singing and I felt so thankful for our many blessings.

Remember to click on pictures for a larger view, if you wish.

Below is Thunbergia erecta or King's Mantle.
This is a favorite shrub of mine.

This is St. Vincent's Lilac
Solanum seaforthianum

This is Spiderwort not quite open yet.

These are little orchids that grow like crazy in my gardens,
with little care.

The next two pictures are of Smith's Parrish rose.
I love the hint of pink on the bud especially.

The next three are of Old Blush.

This is Vincent Godsiff.

The next two pictures are of Mutabilis and friend.

This is Louis Philippe or the Florida Cracker rose.

La Marne

The next two are hibiscus blooms.

Next we have Duchesse de Brabant.


These are Don Juan and they are wonderful velvety roses.

These are the delightfully scented blooms of the Basket Plant,
Callisia fragrans.

I think this is Blanket Flower.
I just scattered these seeds in the main garden
and they are surprising me with blooms.

Happy Gardening

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Kit said...

Happy Easter little bee! Such lovely flowers, they get me all excited for my flowers to start growing. Your dinner sounds heavenly! Enjoy!

Cameron said...

Your meal sounds incredible and all the blooms are a feast for the eyes!

Happy Easter!

Catsngrams said...

wonderful pictures. We woke up to 6 inches of snow again. Happy Easter. I am hoping that this is our last one.

Ami said...

Oh, my! Flowerlady, you are making me craving for both your dinner and your deliciously colored flowers! I love them all! I need to write down all those names, so that someday I may also can some of them in my garden.

Oh, I also recently bought that orchid (epidendrum orchid). Aren't they pretty? Love it!

NanaK said...

Your dinner sounds delicious! The sounds and smells of the spring garden are wonderful aren't they? All your blooms are so beautiful, especially the roses.

Vicki said...

Hello, dear friend, I remember you from Garden Web. I was looking for Red Smith Parrish rose and came upon your blog. I am so glad to have found you. Your roses and flowers are so very pretty. I hope you can come and visit me at Bunny Cottage some time. Vicki

Floridagirl said...

Sounds like you're having a lovely Easter! I love King's Mantle! It's one of my favorites, especially because it is so fun to photograph. Unfortunately, the cold knocked these shrubs to the ground this year. Love those roses as usual! And your blanketflower is a beautiful one!

Mrs. Mac said...

Being that we're having our big dinner tomorrow ... and with the description of your lovely meal ... my mouth is watering .. I can almost smell the rosemary and garlic:) All I can say I'm so ready for some flowers in my yard. None yet. You are blessed.

aims said...

I love your flowers. They bring such peace into my soul. You are obviously very proficient at growing roses. I never used to be a rose lover but I have since had a turn around and love their look and their smell.

Thanks for the lovely pictures today.

Noelle said...

It is hard to believe that you have so many gorgeous flowers in your garden. You are certainly blessed! I love your blue flowers, especially when paired with your orange ones. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope your Easter dinner was wonderful!

Anonymous said...

The pictures are so lovely! Our first garden center tents finally opened this weekend and are full of such promise. I can't wait to get started!

gld said...

Your Easter dinner sounds perfect. I have never tasted lamb! It is never for sale in our markets or at least the ones I frequent.

You can never have too many pictures of your gorgeous flowers for me. My Old Blush hasn't begun yet but it will be my first and last rose to bloom.

Have a happy week.

tina said...

Really cool lilac and basket plant. I wish I could smell them both. Hope your dinner was fabulous.

Chandramouli S said...

Nice collection of Roses and your Hibiscuses are wonderful. Mine seem to take aeons to give out buds.
The Orchids are lovely - like fireworks!

Rambling Tart said...

Ohhh, the hibiscus make me happy. :-) They remind me of tranquil island getaways and peaceful sea breezes.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

LOVELY. I could almost smell their sweet aromas.

Thanks for sharing your spring with all of us.


Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Sharon Lovejoy said...

UH OH, there is NOTHING humble about your blog. I love it and love to drop by and catch up on your doings.

Love to you,


Steve Asbell said...

What a great collection of photos! My thunbergia erecta died in early fall for some reason, but now its coming back! I thought for sure it was a goner!

Kudzu said...

beautiful...i can almost smell them! do you save the rose petals? i'm hoping to aquire a lot of them and make a rosary from them. if not, then some scented beads!


Darla said...

Our Easter was wonderful!! I hope all of my hibiscus return....all of your blooms are beautiful..

Anonymous said...

Hi FL~~ Very nice blossoms. I must say I'm impressed with your Easter dinner menu. I hope it was a grand day for you.

Kimberly said...

You certainly have some extraordinary blooms in your garden, my friend! They are really beautiful!

Balisha said...

Beautiful blooms. The menu sounds wonderful.

FlowerLady said...

Thank you all so much for you wonderful comments. They do my heart good. I am encouraged, I am inspired.

Easter dinner was delicious.

Kudzu ~ I have saved the rose petals for potpourri. I've read about making rosary beads from rose petals but never tried it.

Happy Gardening Everyone,