Bridal Wreath Spirea of the Day

hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)March 16, 2013

The spireas are starting to bloom. All of the ones I planted last year have gotten big and will bloom this year. A wonderful three weeks- I hope it doesn't get too hot too quickly.
Renee

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Here's one more.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 2:16AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

All right, just one more...

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 2:17AM
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kathi_mdgd

Beautiful,where did you find the plants in s.ca?? I've never seen them for sale around here.
Kathi

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 11:40PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I ordered them from Sperling Nursery in Calabasas. These are the 'flore pleno' variety with double blossoms.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 1:40AM
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gwlolo(9b/ Sunset 15)

Hosenemesis - The spirea is stunning. I also like the obelisks. Can you share some details about it?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 2:34AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Of course! The spireas are easy and fast-growing- most of these have only been in the ground for just over 2 years now. I ordered them in 2 and 5 gallon sizes from Sperling Nursery in Calabasas.

All of mine get a little shade at some part of the day, but the ones that get the most sun bloom the most. They do not require much water- all they get here is water from the lawn rainbirds twice a week for 20 minutes. I soaked them down twice last fall because we got so little rain and I wanted a big bloom this spring. I fertilize them in the winter with compost. I like to trim out the lowest branches to make them cascade, but they don't require any pruning. Gophers will eat the entire root system so you have to watch for them. They get really big- about eight feet across, but I don't know how tall they get because my oldest one was eaten by gophers.

They are pretty nondescript shrubs for the rest of the year- the big bloom only lasts about a month. The foliage is small leaves that begin lime green and fade to a blue-green. The leaves get brown edges in hot inland valleys.

The flowers on this variety, flore pleno, are so abundant that you cannot see foliage. No thorns, no invasive roots. Mikey says that they almost blind him at this time of year when he goes out in the early am to let the chickens out. They do not make very good cut flowers- the flowers droop too quickly. They are not fragile or brittle and so I like them better than azaleas (which cannot survive me, the dog, and Mikey and our big feet.)

I planted over a dozen of them because they are so easy and showy. People say they are easy to propagate- they can send out runners, but they don't do that here since it is too dry.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 12:58AM
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gardyloo(9 / Sunset zone 14)

Wow, just beautiful! Thank you for telling us about them.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 1:51PM
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Campanula UK Z8

Following the bridal theme, do you like Exochorda macrantha 'The Bride', aka pearl bush.?Rubbish at doing links and mine is still tiny but I love these white flowered shrubs especially philadelphus and deutzia - are these grown in Cali?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 3:52PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Oh, I wish! Can't grow any of those three beauties, but those were all dog-eared pages in my Plant Encyclopedia when I first began gardening. I was surprised that the spirea would grow here and I have been so pleased with them.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:46PM
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tinan

Your garden is simply stunning!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 7:55PM
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martinca_gw

Always love the pics you post of your beautiful garden! I think of you often when wrangling with the danged you- know- what. I saw a new,"improved" one in t.v. ad, and wondered if you ever discovered a better one .
Marti

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 6:58PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Your garden is beautiful! We had one of these plants, but it was in the wrong place on the property we purchased. I'm sorry to be posting this photo of the final days of my Bridal Veil.

We cut down paradise and are putting in a BBQ Deck.

I saved a piece of paradise for planting elsewhere in the garden.

The entire root ball is in a container. Wondering if it can be split. The landscapers cut all the blooms off.

Fingers crossed it will survive!

Suzi

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 12:34PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I have one in the wrong place too, Suzi. So sad. Let me know how it goes with yours, maybe I'll try to transplant.

Martinca, be careful! that thing is trying to break your hips. I have not tried the TV version, but I have two very expensive skinny ones from Gardener's Supply that don't kink as often as the thicker versions. But if I forget and set one down with the water on, it turns into a Whammo Water Wiggle and drenches my expensive orthotic shoes and sends the dog running for cover.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 11:08PM
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martinca_gw

"Whammo water wiggle ."....really annoying , i know but lol at the picture. :>)

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 12:40AM
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kathi_mdgd

Thanks renee for the info.Sorry I didn't get back here before now,but you know how life gets in the way sometimes.Appreciate your reply to my ???
Thanks
Kathi

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 5:06PM
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