Archive for May 2008

Ice Cream Colors   3 comments

Don’t these pansies look like ice cream?  This store owner gets a gold star for their spring window box!

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Posted May 21, 2008 by cindyeo in garden, pansy, windowbox

Late Spring Bulbs   3 comments

I ordered about 400 bulbs late last summer and when they all arrived in the fall and I looked at them in the boxes I realized I had bit off a little more than I could chew.  But with the help of my 2 girls and my husband, we got them all planted.  Now we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.  I plant the cutting garden in the photo above with lots of flowers sequenced from early spring until fall.  The very front of the garden is daylilies, their foliage hides the dying bulb foliage right behind them.  Just behind the daylilies, I planted 3 types of daffodils, and behind them, some impression tulips.  The tulips will need to be replanted, so I kept them separate.  Behind them I just planted my gladiolus, I usually get them in a little earlier.  Then I leave a walking path.  Then I plant zinnias, tithonias and sunflowers.

Back to the bulbs.  The first daffodils to bloom, with the impression tulips, were Safinas.  I was lukewarm about them.  But now, in the photo, are Rosy Cloud and Bahama Beach.  I bought the Bahama Beach from Brent and Becky’s and they were written up as fragrant.  I never heard of nice smelling narcissus, but these do smell heavenly, and they are very tall.  I really like the combination of the 2 of them together.

Next, in my purple garden, I added a lot of grape hyacinths, which were supposed to be mixed colors, the photo in the Netherland catalog showed shades of blue, but I actually got white and dark blue/purple, nothing in between.  I also planted Shirley tulips and Cum Laude tulips.  The Shirleys are the lighter ones, they start almost pure white, I was ready to complain that I had received the wrong bulbs, but as each day goes by, more and more purple shows up.  They are really very nice.  Then you can see some alliums that are getting ready to open, and a small burgundy iris that I got from a friend.

Posted May 16, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, garden, tulip

Spring Update   Leave a comment

This is my neighbor’s Kwanzan Cherry tree.  It’s been a fabulous year for flowering trees in my town.

And here’s an update on the alyssum, basket of gold, that I put in a previous post.  This photo shows it fully open, and it’s solid yellow.  Quite an eye-catcher!

Posted May 14, 2008 by cindyeo in garden

Flowering Quince   5 comments

One of the highlights of my spring is the blooming of the flowering quince.  It’s not a particularly beautiful bush, kind of straggly in fact.  I guess it’s the color – a dark salmon – that you don’t see too often that attracts me.  This bush is in a friend’s yard, mine isn’t this large yet, and isn’t really worthy of a photo. 

Posted May 10, 2008 by cindyeo in garden, quince

Cherry Good   1 comment

This gorgeous cherry tree is in my neighbor’s backyard.  We all look forward to the annual spring ritual of watching the cherry tree open.  It gets better every day, until at last, it’s over for another year.

Posted May 7, 2008 by cindyeo in garden

Tulips in the City   1 comment

Here’s a lovely combination outside a Bank in Boston.

Posted May 6, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, garden, tulip