Friday Flowers: Bye Bye Ranunculus

24 06 2011

Well. They bloomed as we were walking out the door to head to Texas. And we got home just in time to catch their tail end. Ranunculus are such a fun flower. Not as stuffy or heavy smelling (yea, I said it) as a rose, not as petal-vomit-messy as a peony. Just a fun little flower with no heirs. Their bendy stems make for fun arrangements. Alas, who has time for fun arrangements when their child is snotting everywhere? They were lucky to get cut and photographed.

ranunculus sent virtually to little harper's room at TCH

Not so glamorous, but hopefully you will understand.

My Cutting Garden

23 09 2010

It sounds like I have a luxurious English style garden. I don’t. I have one really sunny spot. On the side of my house. 

orange, yellow, and yellow/white dinner plates - about 8" in diameter

No one can see it but the raccoons and cats who wander through there on their way to destroy another part of my yard.

another view of the dinner plates

So…I use it as a cutting garden. I cut every bloom and bring it in. Love it!

monday's harvest

I’m growing about 6 different varieties of dahlias this year. I actually forgot to buy my tubers in late February and didn’t get them planted until after Mother’s Day. I thought I was doomed to no homegrown flowers this year. But this crop has been amazing! My yellow & white dinner plate plants have about 10 new buds ready to pop. I am usually lucky to get one big bloom per plant.

a little perspective never hurts

I like how different each type of flower is and how unique it looks. Hope you enjoyed my little cutting garden. 🙂

I Grew More Than a Baby This Summer

20 09 2010

I scaled back my garden significantly this year, knowing that at the heat of the summer, when the most work is required, I’d be heavily pregnant and not too keen being on my hands and knees in my tiny garden space (remember, it’s only about 18 inches by 50 feet.

This year, I planted three tomato plants, a bunch of hot peppers, tomatillos, cabbages, carrots, basil, cilantro, and a lot of dahlias. I also have some potatoes. They’re sitting on the window sill. Oops. Totally forgot to plant them. They have nice sprouts now though. I have about 4-5 dozen huge, beautiful tomatoes, but unfortunately (well, VERY fortunately for me) it was a cool summer and most of those maters are probably not going to ripen. We’ll have to have a lot of fried green tomatoes here. One of my varieties is actually meant to be green, called the Green Zebra. It’s a tart, crisp tomato that is one of my favorites out there.

jalapenos, celebrity tomato, green zebra tomato, orange dinner plate dahlia

I love my dahlia cutting garden. I’ll share more pictures of it this week as new blooms are popping each day right now. Beautiful!

pink softball dahlias

More Signs of Spring!

3 03 2010

We’ve had some really beautiful weather lately. More sun than rain. Warmer temps without chilly wind. I even am leaving the house without my jacket on some afternoons! Right now, we’re in for a stretch of warm, dry weather through the weekend. This afternoon, I took a long walk around the neighborhood to check out the sights of spring happening in early March.

*please don’t snow or frost.please don’t snow or frost*

plum tree bloom and blue sky

peach tree blooms and crocuses

close up of the plum tree blooms

maybe someone thought he was a chocolate bunny? i always eat the ear first too.

daffs and a bloom free tree - i love the ongoing transitions!

the pinnacle of spring for me - magnolias. this one is not yet bloomed, but getting ready! they call 'em tulip trees here

What say you? Anything exciting going on in your neighborhood?

Fastest, Most Painless Winter. Ever.

26 01 2010

Seriously. We’re on pace to have the warmest January on record. It’s been pretty much sunny since we returned from Paris, save a day or two here and there. I saw a cherry tree blooming this afternoon on my walk, what a confused little tree! It is an El Niño year, which means warmer temps, less snow and usually more rain (what in the WORLD were the olympic organizers thinking when they planned Vancouver Winter Olympics in an El Niño year???). I’m sure we’ll get another blast of cold, but I don’t think we’re in for any week long shut-ins due to 18″ of snow. 

My hellebores have bloomed easily a month earlier than they have the last two winters. 

blooms just opening


My hydrangeas (yes, I have four of them now…i bought a new one in the fall when they were 40% off – it’s a deep red color, I cannot wait to see it this summer) have started sprouting new leaves and my bulbs are peeking up out of the ground. I planted over 100 bulbs in the fall this year, expect a good show in a few weeks all the way through June! 

my new fire red mophead hydrangea survived winter!


When we first bought the hellebores, they just laid down on the ground. I think they hated our house or the yard we put them in. The whole summer I watered them, wondering what I was doing wrong. Then suddenly, after their first winter, they just perked up and decided they wanted to stay. Now they are the best performers in that part of the garden. So pretty and different! 

h. x ballardiae pine knot (scientific name of the plant)


Is spring coming where you live?