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!
I decided to motivate him by watercoloring him……
I have hundreds of Solomons Seal along my creek bed! I don’t have to encourage them!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!