Monday, June 15, 2009

Is "Peony" plural?

I love the deep pink of this peony. This is the first summer that I've ever had peonies since I'm new to gardening and all...last summer, I was driving around the neighborhood and saw these gorgeous flowers! I had to find out what they were and I HAD to get some. So, now, I have peonies! I'd like to research more about peony varieties...
These lighter pink peony have a stronger fragrance than the dark pink peony. Not sure why...
Oh yea...and is "Peony" plural or is the plural word "Peonies"? Just curious, really.... I figured some of you gardening guru's would know the answer!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Precious peonies and more...

Some of my peonies are finally starting to bloom after a long awaited growth period. Sometimes I look at the buds a wonder, "how much bigger are they gonna GET!?". I snapped this picture the day before the first bloom of the summer:

And here it is on bloom day! So delicate and pretty.

In this pitcher pot I have planted bunny tails grass, which will be nice in the fall/winter least, I think it'll stay through winter. Its on the front porch, so it shouldn't get too covered in snow. Anyway, surrounding the grass are moss roses that are just starting to take off. Last year, I removed the seed pods after they formed and was able to save the seeds from the plants I had purchased. What a great way to save money!

I just love this blue flower. I can't remember what it is called at this second, but it makes a great pot flower. The blue is so intense...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mischievous Mango

Mango has loved crawling inside of things since she was a small kitten. I'm really not sure what started her infatuation, but I think its pretty funny! She loves crawling under the bed blankets, too. I know this has nothing to do with gardening, but thought it worthy of being posted! Enjoy :)
Mango "wearing" a pair of Lee's boxers:
"Oh... you didn't need this basket did you??"

A cat after Lee's heart :)

Coca-Cola Kitty
I guess she wanted to see what ITT Tech was all about...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Meadow Rue

Thanks to those who commented after my last post. It appears I was wrong! The plant is definitely Meadow Rue (thalictrum) and not Columbine. The foliage looks so much like Columbine, but the blooms do not. I did a little internet research and found out the "blooms" are actually individual stamens...not petals. Interesting! Next spring, I will probably still move it so that it does not block the Vibernum shrub. It obviously loves this spot, though, so I won't move it far :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Getting Big

So, I didn't realize Columbine grew so tall! Its almost as tall as I am! I probably would have placed it behind the Vibernum shrub had I can't even see the shrub behind it. Sooo, looks like I'll have to do some moving around in the early spring before things take off again. The lesson is learn as you grow, I guess!
Pretty shasta daisies smiling at the camera :)
I just love the Silver Carpet...I always forget how pretty the dainty little blooms are until I see them every year. Purple chives next to it...I often will pull off a stem of chive to chew on while I'm working in the garden.

Mango, wishing she were an outdoor kitty.