Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Just popping in to share with you some pictures of my redbud tree in bloom and the front walk.
Things are moving right along and we have finally been blessed with some nice weather!

Happy Gardening...Brooke


Monday, April 29, 2013

Favorite Flowers - Double-Red Flowering Peach Tree

One of the most striking things in my Spring garden is the blooms of my Double-Red Peach Tree.
Double-Red Peach Tree
It is an ornamental peach, it does not set fruit.
Closeup of the blooms.
But it graces me with these beautiful rosy-pink blooms each spring.
It will be a small tree upon maturity.  Under 15 feet tall and wide.
This is it's 3rd year in my garden and it has done very well despite last year's drought.
I did not notice any scent, but the beauty alone is worth adding it to your garden.
You can see my post about this lovely variety from last spring here....

Happy Gardening....Brooke

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Before they are all gone...

Early Spring Blooms in the West Facing Side of our Home.
I wanted to share the lovely blooms of a few of my shrubs and trees....

Bridal Wreath Spirea
Like my wonderful Bridal Wreath Spirea.... an old-fashioned favorite.

Magnolia
 And my sweet little Jane Magnolia... you can see this from the dining room.  Love that.
Side Garden Filling In Nicely.
Hopefully I will be able to work this afternoon and all day tomorrow in the garden!
I can't wait... so much to do... so little time.... Ya Know??

Happy Gardening....Brooke

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Favorite Plants - Carol Mackie Dahpne


Today I wanted to share with you the beautiful blooms of my Carol Mackie Daphne shrub.
I called it 'Alba' yesterday on Facebook, but that is the other one I have with smaller blooms.
This is the first time my Carol Mackie has bloomed and I am delighted.
As you can see it is a smallish shrub now, but it will mature to about 3'.
Best of all, it is a pretty evergreen that looks good all year.
What's not to love?

Here is more good info...
Daphne x burkwoodii Carol Mackie


Type: Shrubs
Height: Short 2-3' (Plant 30" apart)
Bloom Time: Early Spring to Late Spring 

Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade 

Zones: 5-8
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic 

Flower Color / Accent: Pink / Pink 


Garland flowers are prized for their early spring bloom of exquisitely fragrant palest pink flowers in profusion. Must have good drainage. Good as a specimen plant, or in groups. Each leaf is perfectly edged in cream. As with all Daphnes, good drainage is essential.

Features to Note:
Deer Resistant
Winter Interest
Fragrant
Evergreen
For a sunny spot

General Information:
Daphne are exquisite in fragrance and appearance. Requires a well drained soil, and patience. Not a fast growing shrub, but so very worth the wait. Semi-evergreen, it may be evergreen in its southern most range. 


Plant Care:
Best to leave unpruned. Grow in humus-rich well drained soil that does not dry out. Mulch to keep roots cool. Does not like to be moved once established. Avoid "wet feet". 

Hope you can enjoy a Daphne in your garden too!
It's worth looking for!!

Happy Gardening....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our last cold day? Maybe.....

 As I write this the rain is tapping against my window....
Dang cold and wet Spring....
These photos are more from last night... after another rain shower.
Today's high is only to be in the low 50's and chance of frost tonight.
I am hoping it will be our last cold night.... fingers crossed.

Here is more from the back of our house...
It is filling in nicely and has many Spring blooming shrubs to enjoy.
One of my favorites this week is the Mohawk Viburnum.
You can smell it from up on the deck even.
The daffodils are just about done, but a few are still bloomings.
Flowering Almond is a pretty light pink.  
The rain has beat off many of the blooms this year. 
My irises have blooms forming, can't wait to show them to you in a few weeks.
The containers all wintered nicely.
These have Annabelle Hydrangeas and dianthus pinks in them this year.
A willow is in the background.
Hollyhocks, crepe myrtle, daylilies, anemone, peony, irises.... you name it... filling in nicely.
Here you can see a bit of the Rose Garden... if you missed yesterday's post about it, you can find it HERE.

Again, I wish I had pictures with the sun out.... but it will be a few more days!
Happy Gardening....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

First Look At This Year's Rose Garden...

Let me apologize (again) for not posting as much as I usually do.
I tell you this working thing is rough!  Its definitely cut into my garden time.
Not that there have been that many pretty days to garden so far.
It has been cold and rainy.  We have gotten over 2 inches this week.

Yesterday was beautiful and I worked in the garden all day.
But wouldn't you know it, I did not take any pictures.
So even though it rained all afternoon.  
I went out this evening to shoot these for you.

Hopefully in a few days I can catch a sunny day to photograph.
But it is only to be in the low 50 tomorrow and another chance of FROST!

I swear this has been the longest wait for warm weather....
Anyway... Welcome to the Rose Garden!
This is my little paradise outside our walkout basement....
I always wanted a picket fenced cottage garden... so this is a dream come true for me.
Complete with pink roses growing up the arbor...
I have lots of plants known for their scent in this area.... including 6 different lilacs.
Just in this area alone there are over 60 roses.  (Grow well over 100 altogether!)
Last year was a difficult year for us.  We had an extreme amount of drought.  But my roses look very healthy this year.  I am proud to say I did not lose any this winter!
I know it looks like a mess of metal... but in a few weeks there will be roses all the way to the top of my trellises.  I need them for support for my many climbers.
Is there anything more pretty than new growth on roses?
I have a blue theme going on this early in the year.
I so wish these pics were brighter, but I could not wait any longer to share a post with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Gardening!



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