Thursday, July 28, 2011

Celebrity Rose #5 :: Betty White

The Betty White Rose
Ms. Betty White is more popular today than ever and deservedly so. This woman has been entertaining millions for many years and hopefully will be for many more to come.

Plant description from Edmund's Roses:
(Plant Patent #13897) As charming as its namesake, this rose combines fragrance, soft color and the form of a true antique rose. Large, very full, cup-like blooms of blush-pink blend to apricot tones at their centers. The long-stemmed beauties are borne in flushes throughout the season. Dense, medium green, semi-glossy foliage. Good disease resistance. Flower Size: 4-6". Fragrance: Strong damask, musk, myrrh, rose. Hybridizer: Meilland International, 2004. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Everything is Growing

I haven't been posting much lately except for Wordless Wednesday and Celebrity Rose Thursday.

Sorry about that.

Things have been growing, though, and growing pretty well.

Thanks to  Angel the mystery flower is no longer a mystery. My Clarkia flowers are doing very well and the Bumblebees (not shown here) love them.

No longer a mystery - Clarkia
The Coral Bells between my tall Phlox and Lilac Bush have flowered. There are more than last year, which makes perfect sense since the plants themselves are performing wonderfully.
Bell Flowers
Coral Bell Choir
The front flower beds are filling in very nicely. The Day Lilies are giving me dozens of blooms every day, the Hydrangea is full of blue and light purple globes and the Azalea bush is filling in with pretty green leaves.
South side bed
On the other sde there are even more Day Lilies, the Salvia is filling in and the Liatrus is about to open up.

North Side Bed
The Smoke Bush has had some damage this Summer from heavy rain, but just look at how poofy it finally got. Beautiful.
Smoke Bush

Out in the vegetable garden everything is doing well, but none as good as the Peas. They're already twice as tall as the variety I planted last year (and no, I have no idea what those were - I just bought a packet that said 'peas' and stuck them in the ground. That's me - detail oriented). They started flowering this week (not pictured here) so the pods will arrive soon.
Peas Please
Overall I'm happy with the progress of the gardens.

Next time, the Tall Phlox put on a show!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Celebrity Rose #4 :: Barbra Streisand

The Barbra Streisand Rose
From Weeks Roses:
An avid rose lover, Barbra was very choosy when it came to picking a rose that would bear her name. It had to have large flowers with an attractive color. But most of all, it must be fragrant! The Barbra Streisand rose certainly fulfills those desires. Just one big shapely blossom can nearly overpower you with strong sweet scent. The clean lavender colors show off strikingly against deep glossy green leaves. Her vigorous plant bears loads of long-stemmed beauties. Great for cutting or just for smellin'.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Flower Identification Help

Can anyone help me identify this flower?
Unknown Flower
I planted some mixed flower seeds earlier this Spring and I've gone through my notes, but I can not figure out what this is. I like it and I'd like to plant it again next year.

Here's a closer image of the blossoms (with a visiting bee).

The bee wouldn't tell me what it is...I don't think he really cared
Any help would be appreciated!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Celebrity Rose #3 :: Bing Crosby

"You must be one of the newer fellas..." - Bing Crosby in "High Society"

The Bing Crosby Rose
Seller's description: A vigorous, stout growing rose whose glossy dark green leaves and long lasting brilliant orange blooms croon a sweet tune in the garden; long cutting stems, and excellent disease resistance; stunning when massed along borders.

Bing Crosby was arguably one of the most famous performers Hollywood has ever known. Mainly known for his soothing baritone voice, he was also a talented actor, comedian and one of the most respected men in the entertainment business.

Bing is one of my favorite performers, especially when teamed with Bob Hope or The Andrews Sisters.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Celebrity Rose #2 :: Audrey Hepburn

One of the loveliest flowers I found while searching for Celebrity Roses was the Audrey Hepburn. But that's fitting since its namesake was such a lovely woman herself.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find much history to this rose. I have no idea when it was created, who commissioned it and whether or not Ms. Hepburn knew of the rose. I hope that she did because she apparently  had a love of gardens.

The Audrey Hepburn Rose

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

As the Garden Grows

Today's Weather: Sunny and hot (for Maine) - 85 degrees Fahrenheit - but at least the humidity's low

This past Saturday was weeding day. Due to the plentiful rain we've had recently my vegetable garden was being overrun by the little buggers and it took me several hours to clear the beds. But, I finally did and everything looks much better now.

And I didn't take even one picture of the before/after. *sigh*

Oh well, I have photographic evidence of other goings on in the gardens.

In the Spring I transplanted my two rose bushes from the South side of the house to the East side and I worried that they wouldn't do well - especially after we had a late frost and many of their branches died. However, this past week I got my first blooms from both of them.

Iceberg Rose
 The Sunbright has a little petal damage but it still looks quite lovely. I love this shade of yellow.

Sunbright Rose
The second type of Dutch Iris that I planted in the Spring has bloomed. It's stuck behind the Bearded Iris foliage, but if you dig through the green spears you can see it.
Dutch Iris: Lion King
 The Smoke Bush is continuing to poof out and has started turning purple.

Smoke Bush
And finally, I had my first vegetable harvest of the season. As usual, it was the Radishes. I plan to eat them in my chicken salad for dinner this evening.

First Harvest: Radishes