Six On Saturday In My Own Garden (Finally)

Good Mornin’ SOS’ers! I have been away on Vaca and these photos were taken right before I left! The Featured Photo is the Pink/Purple Formosa Azaleas in my Woodland Garden. I gave a them good talking to last year! They had not bloomed in ten years! So, I cut back the tree tops to let in more light and I fertilized the azaleas to no end and I gave them the warning…….if no blooms now, you’re gone next year! My little discussion with them worked, they BLOOMED! Now, I must give that same lecture to my lone George L Tabor Azalea! But, I did get one bloom!

The Lone Azalea Blossom (George L Tabor)

I decided to motivate him by watercoloring him……

Watercolored George L Tabor Azalea

I have hundreds of Solomons Seal along my creek bed! I don’t have to encourage them!

Solomons Seal

My late-spring  Gracchus Iris (1884) is blooming……….part of my antique plants from Old House Gardens in my Cottage Garden…….Aren’t they beautiful? At Wave Hill (a public 28-acre garden in the Bronx, NY) the Founding Director of the Conservatory, Marco Polo Stufano, planted this little known iris! Two feet tall, the luminous pale gold color looms over the lacy raisin-purple to give it its elegance! It’s now also in my garden! I buy all my heirloom bulbs from Old House Gardens! They specialize in digging up and growing bulbs from old house properties and gardens!

Old, Old, Old Antique Iris from Old House Gardens, Gracchus, 1884

In the front of the cottage I have the Golden Spirit Smoke Tree potted up! He always blooms great-guns and is not fussy! He likes hot and dry! I am wondering if he needs a bigger pot!

Golden Spirit Smoke Tree

I love my Hackenberry Bushes…….I have three along the fence line……….It is tooooooooo hot here to grow lilacs (they grow, but soon die out) so this plant is a good substitution!

Daphne Genkwa (Hackenberry Bush)

The Double Chestnut Hyacinth (1880) is another of my favorites from the Old House Gardens antique plants. This starry, oversized floret of this Victorian double are “Dawn Pink.” The double hyacinths were once the most sought after hyacinths and only a handful survive. My three Chestnut Flowers are beautiful and fragrant, so I cut them and bring them indoors!

Double Chestnut Hyacinth

I hope you have enjoyed my garden today!

The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday!  So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at  SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Pádraig says:

    Those azaleas look great! Definitely worth keeping.

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  2. restlessjo says:

    What a lovely garden you have, Cady! I like your watercolour but my favourite has to be those lovely Chestnut flowers 🙂 🙂 Hope you had a good trip!

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  3. Alison says:

    Hyacinths are one of my favourites, the scent especially

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  4. Sheree says:

    I have enjoyed your beautiful garden, thank you

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  5. Toonsarah says:

    You have such a beautiful garden! I love the azaleas and that iris is a stunner!

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  6. fredgardener says:

    It’s great to see flowers of your garden! The azalea flowers are very pretty and I also do like the Hackenberry Bush which must smell wonderfully good I guess!?

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  7. Your garden is just lovely. What are those pretty little blue flowers under the irises?

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    1. That is a “Jeepers Creepers”: Creeping Mazus or mazus reptans. It is favored for between the garden paths, as it loves to be walked on and spreads this way! It is mat forming and good for sunny or partly shade areas (of which I have both) with reasonably moist soil. I planted it several years ago and now it covers between my flagstones and part of the flower garden as well. I love it and will not cut it back! It is evergreen too! Cady

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  8. The garden looks fabulous and you still had time for vacation too! 🙂 Thanks for mentioning where you get your bulbs. I’d like to give them a try for planting next season. Enjoy all of it — it’s beautiful! 🙂

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    1. I have ordered bulbs from Old House Gardens for many years and never have been disappointed! They have bulbs you would never find anywhere else! Cady

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  9. Joyce says:

    So pretty–it’s your own oasis! 😊

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    1. Well I don’t know about oasis , but it’s mine! Ha ha! Cady

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  10. I was impressed to hear about the Old House Gardens nursery! What a clever idea to help preserve the old plants! I am also very impressed with your garden, as you have some lovely plants there. those Chestnut double hyacinth are just too beautiful for words!

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    1. Yes I have loved all my plants from Old House Gardens! They are plants that were around a long time ago and then when nurseries came along they went by the wayside! I have a book written by Elizabeth Lawrence, who lived in my area, about how she got new flowers and plants, etc. by exchanging them with other gardeners near and far. She wrote all about them and their gardens! Some were quite characters! She at one time wrote a garden section in the local newspaper! Those days are long gone ! Cady

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      1. Oh that is so interesting! Some of the ‘old’ garden plants are really beautiful and it’s good that they are being saved.

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  11. Wow 😲, what a lovely garden you have! The one picture is as pretty as the next … the watercoloring is really nice!

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