Saturday, February 28, 2015

White Bleeding Heart, February 28, 2015

This year I planted a pink Bleeding Heart root.  For whatever reason, it wasn't growing so I gave up on that one and planted a new one this weekend.  In the meantime, while at the garden center, I saw a white Bleeding Heart.  There is nothing wrong with a little immediate gratification, I thought, so I picked this one up.  I've never had a white one before.  I think it's quite lovely.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February 21, 2015 - Garden updates

Here is my potting table today:  Nemesia, Chamomile, Delphinium and Sweet Peas in the back.

Pink Dragon Wing Begonia (left) and Rieger Begonia (right) for the shady spot in my patio garden.  I'm really starting to develop and attachment to Begonias.

Fuchsia Hybrida - More color for the shade

Heliotrope - Love the vanilla fragrance.

Helleborus - Pink Frost.  Love these.  They start out pink and turn to dark.

The first of the Borage flowers that I grew from seed are starting to bloom.
The shad section.

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015 - Garden update

Here are some blooms in my garden this February 16, 2015:

Nemesia "Opal Innocence"  These smell wonderful.  I have one plant in a pot.

Calendula.  I've become rather attached to Calendula this year.  I have some orange flowers and now I have also added the yellow which I am really enjoying.

The Mugwort has started to grow up.  I have a feeling it's going to outgrow this pot pretty quick.
Alyssum.  Always a staple in my garden.  I can't resist the fragrance.
I have Feverfew all over the place.  There is also Forget Me Not in this pot and underneath all of that is a lemon colored Calla Lily that is dormant right now.  I had one Feverfew plant and the seeds scattered into some of the other pots so I just let it glow.  It's such a darling little flower so I should see a lot of it this year mixed in with my other potted blooms.
Potted a white Calla Lily.  I think these do much better when planted in the ground, 
but I had to try.

English Primrose
Fairy Primrose
Red Ivy Geranium.  Red Geranium seem to like me.  They always do very well.
And last but not least, the Freesia bulbs are coming up.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, February 2015

Here's what's blooming in my Pasadena, California USDA Hardiness Zone 10b for

Well while half the country is up to its ears in snow and ice, I'm enjoying sunshine and 80 degree weather.  I want to complain that it's too hot, but I guess considering the alternative, I will just keep that to myself.  

Onto what's blooming...
I'm nearing the last of my Spring blooming bulbs, and these beautiful lipstick red Tulips are the final ones I planted.  I'm always sad to see them finish, but there's always next year to look forward to.  

More red Tulips only these are multi colored with white.

The lipstick red Tulips just before they started to open.

Calendula - an edible flower.  I don't know.  I just can't see myself eating my flowers.  Is that weird?  I use my culinary herbs for cooking, and that doesn't bother me, but flowers... 
I couldn't sample the Nasturtiums either.  Much too pretty to eat I think.

African Violets.  
I got these for my kitchen.  They sit next to a miniature Orchid and a small Fern.  I love African Violets.  Seems so old fashioned.  They're just so common, but look how beautiful.  If I had the room, I'd have an entire window full of them in different colors.

Fairy Primrose.
So different from English Primrose that I used to have.  I've been reading some books about Gertrude Jekyll and Primrose was a favorite of hers.  After seeing some images from her Primrose copse I felt inspired.  I also couldn't resist that these were called Fairy Primrose.

And last but not least, I needed to show off an image of one of the Pink Hyacinth.  This is no longer in bloom, but it was so wonderful and I enjoyed its fragrant scent.

As for other blooms, I've been spending a lot of time photographing at the
 Los Angeles County Arboretum.  You can see those photos on my Flickr page here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what's blooming in my tiny urban container garden.  Feel free to leave me a comment or share a link to your garden too.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Spring Flowers

The Daffodils, Hyacinth and Tulips are in bloom.  My Spring potting table looks great and smells wonderful!

I went back to the garden center on Sunday and almost everything was gone as far as Spring bulbs “in the green”.  I was disappointed that I did not find any Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) this year.

This weekend I also planted the Freesia bulbs and scattered some of the Love in a Mist seeds into the pots with the white Calla Lily and the Bleeding Heart.  I figure the Calla and the Bleeding Heart will die back by Summer, and maybe I’ll get some Love in a Mist flowers.  Not sure if they will grow in a pot, but thought I would give it a try.  Last year I scattered the seeds in front of the potted roses along with some wildflower seeds and they looked so pretty.  Not sure what will happen this year since I think most of what I had planted in the ground (bulbs, wildflowers) got destroyed by the construction.  This year I’m not planting anything in the ground. 

I am happy I was able to save some Daffodil bulbs and two Hyacinth.  I saw them sprouting up the weekend I pruned the roses, so I dug them up and put them in pots.  Looks like the Hyacinth are blue and pink.  The Daffodils I dug up aren’t quite ready to bloom yet, so it will be nice to have a second round of them once the ones I purchased from the garden center start to fade.  I really wish the Spring flowers could last longer, but I guess the fact that they are so short lived makes me appreciate them that much more.