Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winters’ Cheery Blooms

What I love about livng the the Southwest is the mild winters and all year long flowers. Though we do have a week or two of below freezing temperatures it doesn’t last too long, and there is always something blooming.  In my little garden shed where I keep the tender plants it is a delight to sit and admire the blooms and suck in the sweet fragrance of stock, petunias and lemon blooms.  Ahhit beckons an early spring..
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Little sprigs of geraniums I pinched off a mother plant and started. They are blooming nicely by the window.

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The paper whites I planted a couple of months ago are finally blooming and the smell is so nice, it hits you as you first open the door.  The white stock loves the cooler weather, and I think they prefer being potted as opposed to being in the ground.

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Snapdragons add the spot of color needed for the winter plants in the Garden shed. My 10 green pepper plants I dug out of the vegetable garden and potted for the Garden Shed are doing quite nicely and even bearing fruit.

I start favorite roses with cuttings in the late fall and simply insert into any pot that has available room and insert a glass jar over it and just wait a few months then repot into another container or directly into the garden. It is so simple and easy to do.

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The little lemon tree loves the moist heat of the Garden Shed.  I had a little rose cutting left over from another cutting so I inserted into a cup and put a little glass bell cloche over it. It is growing very well in its mini hot house. These little glass cloches I found at the Good Will and Thrift stores for a dollar. So worth picking up some, as they come in handy for a lot of projects.

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The bout of cold weather did not seem to bother the lime tree and petunia, it is still blooming along with a few stock I planted in the garden.

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Some of my favorite roses are the David Austin English roses, they just don’t know when to stop blooming. Now that the weather has turned for the better the hanging baskets came back out to perform.

Friday, November 7, 2014

What’s Growing in Your Cottage Garden?

Summer has finally exhaled its final breathe and with it came a mildly cool wind heralding in the lazy days of Autumn.  Living in the arid desert climate most of the year, fall is our glorious time for planting and enjoying the cottage garden to the full.  I planted five new roses, I always have room for a few more roses. I took the chance and planted  sunny daffodils and about 30 pink tulips for the spring. Cleaning the garden for the winter planting took time, as the gallardias and free seeded marigolds have taken over the garden. Last but not least I finished a new bed with a new concrete water feature with a nice gurgling waterfall. I call it my Memory Garden.

Princess de Monaco

This is the Princess de Monaco Rose. I have admired it for many years and when my local nursery had it on sale this past week I decided to splurge and pay the $7 for it. It is a very beautiful rose.

gingersnap rose

This perky rose is Gingersnap a floribunda. Who can resist this color. It added a bright smooth to a new bed I added.

Barbara Striensand rose

This lovely specimen is the Barbara Striesand rose. I normally do not plant many Hybrid Teas, but this darling was an exception to the rule. Very fragrant too.

Ebb Tide

Purple in my garden is a passion of mine and this purple rose is an exceptional color and floriferous bloomer to boot.

angel face

What cottage garden could be without this lovely Angel Face rose. It flowers freely, is fragrant and very hardy.

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In the desert garden Nasturtium bloom freely. I always buy a nice packet of trailing multi colored variety. This group is already blooming.

petunia petunias

Petunias do well in the winter months when the weather is cooler. The scorching hot sun burns the leaves and flowers in the heat of the Desert Sun.

snapdragons stock

Snapdragons and stock round off the blooming flowers in my winter garden. What is blooming in your cottage garden?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Are you Growing Marijuana in Your Garden?

More and more states are legalizing the sale of marijuana and this makes it a lucrative endeavor to say the least. But the growing of marijuana is a strictly controlled enterprise, with stiff penalties for the illegal entrepreneur. In Las Vegas where I live and garden, it is a daily news worthy event when marijuana grow farms either inside or outside are found, and confiscated.  Yet the high price of marijuana still makes it worthwhile risk for many people.  Now, back to the topic of this blog. I noticed several weeks ago an odd looking green plant growing out of my hanging planter. As it started to grow larger than the planter, I decided to transplant it into its own pot. Once I did it really took off and started to get big. It was still a mystery to me what the plant was.  This week a gardening friend dropped by and I eagerly showed her my “new” plant and ask her if she knew what it was.  After her shock, then laughter she informed me I was growing marijuana.  We laughed and laughed over this ridiculous “found plant” me for my naivet├ęs!  I will show some pictures of this plant, as perhaps it will help someone else identify this “illegal” plant.  Alas, it will go into the compost bin tomorrow.

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My hardy marijuana plant. It is a shame to have to throw it away, as it is so hard to find good sturdy and hardy plants that will survive this intolerable heat.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Me and My Tea Roses

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I love roses of all types and classifications, but I do admit the antique Tea roses are my favorite. Maybe it is because it is the flower of my childhood. I grew up in Alabama and 1 in 3 homes had a variety of carefree teas growing in the yard. Teas love warm weather and they excelled in the southern climate. When I moved to Las Vegas I was apprehensive to plant my cherished teas but my wants overrode my common sense.  In the two years I have lived in Vegas with my cherished tea roses, they have thrived and outperformed beyond my expectations.  Roses seem to want to grow even in the worst of soil, climate and other perverse conditions. Antique Tea roses are not your average hybrid Tea, they grow bushy and spread and bloom freely and smell divine. They can grow to 6 f or 8 ft. depending on your variety. I have taken some pictures of a few of the teas blooming right now, the temperatures are finally in the manageable 90’s with cooler weather on the way.
Lady Hillingdon Tea rose
Lady Hillingdon Climbing Tea Rose
Safrano Tea Rose 
General Schblinski
General Schablikine tea rose
Lady Caroline Testout
Lady Caroline Testout Climbing Rose 
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