Another photo thread

transplanted2scin07(7b upstate SC)May 3, 2008

I figured I might as well start another thread since the last photo one has so many posts. Here's a few more pics of what is blooming around my yard. Most of mine are close-ups because the actual garden it's from is not yet established enough to be included in the photo.

Here's Iris 'Mary Frances'

. Lovely color and lovelier smell.

Here's a bouquet with Iris 'Copper Classic' and 'Vanity' (the pink one) plus Snapdragon and Holly foliage.

My large container:

And a peek down the woodsy path. The blooming plant is a Hydrangea

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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Wow, Copper Classic is a beauty. Vanity is on my list already, as I read on the Iris forum that it's a great pink for this zone. What a beautiful bouquet.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 9:05AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Last hurrah for the pansies before hot weather sets in.


    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 3:14PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

This summer's cobbler:

Alliums:

'Starlight':

Iris tectorum:


indigofera amblyantha:

Hartlage Wine:

Baptisia Carolina Moonlight:

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 4:56PM
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transplanted2scin07(7b upstate SC)

Alicia, Copper Classic is also nicely scented, as is Vanity (I got the fragrant package last fall from Schreiners).
Karen W, what is "indigofera amblyantha"? I'm not at all familiar with this so it obviously does not grow in the north. Is it a vine? The Hartledge Wine is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 5:54PM
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TerriBuck(7b NC)

Karen W--what's the 3rd photo? (purple pom poms)

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 6:27PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

Indigofera amblyantha is in the pea/legume family and grows as a tall, open shrub, about 8-10' for me. I took some more photos so you can see the overall habit but probably won't have time to post them for a few days. It blooms from April until at least Oct.

Terri, the third photo is Allium schubertii. I don't know how well it will perennialize here, as it's my first year with it. Some of the alliums come back well for me and others don't.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 7:49PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Karen we make blackberry cobbler every summer too. And blueberry pancakes.

American snowbell blossoms

Eastern Gray Beardtongue

Irises and baptisia




    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 10:19PM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Anyone's peonies about to bloom? Mine are, but I notice ours are usually a few days/weeks behind everyone elses?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 12:49AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Festiva Maximus opened fully yesterday

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 8:34AM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

Yep- my festiva which is still in a pot, has a bloom, and the pink in the ground is loaded. The others don't seem to have that many blooms this year and i'm not sure why. Alicia, what conditions (esp light) do you have yours planted in? 'Cause the one that's doing great was a fluke, small when planted, it's in more shade than i thought optimal and it has like grown 4x its size in just a couple years. I have them in 5 spots in the yard, differing soils & lights, and that one does better than any of the rest, even though it was much smaller to begin with. Where the bulk of the rest are, there was a smaller one, too (from the same batch- a great trade) that has just sat and sulked and not grown hardly at all, so it isn't size. For the life of me, i can't figure it out. I love peonies- it was one of my gram's signature plants, at least to me, and i really want them to do well.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 9:09AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Tammy mine is on the eastern side of the house, in a mix of sandy soil and compost. But I have also seen a peony in a MIL's neighborhood (also sandy soil) in full sun in a mailbox planting. It's beautiful every year.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 9:26AM
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irislover_nc(z7 nc)

Pics from this morning.

I have found that my peony performance tends to depend on me getting the planting depth right more than any other factor. Too shallow and they limp along...too deep and they rot. The exposure has varied for mine and part sun to full sun has not changed much.

Meredith

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 10:49AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Meredith, do you know the cultivar names of your peonies?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 11:13AM
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irislover_nc(z7 nc)

Hi Alicia! I got your email. I'll write back through yahoo. But I did want to say that the first one is 'Sorbet'. The deep pinky red is unknown to me. And FYI, the iris is unknown too(may be Honky Tonk Lights) but it reblooms like crazy...I had blooms into December last year. The best plant for me in that whole set is the Blue Spruce sedum. Goes like gangbusters and roots so easily.

Meredith

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 12:08PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Oh good! I'll look for your email then. Sorbet is gorgeous, and a good name for that peony. The blue iris with the white on the falls looks like "City Lights". Is it fragrant? I saw an iris in a garden that looked like City Lights and it was very fragrant.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 12:41PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

How long do peonies last in a vase and when should pick them?
I mean..when they just break bud or when they are fully open?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 3:45PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

I've never used peonies as cut flowers but when hubby worked for Burroughs Wellcome during the summer years ago a fellow employee used to bring them in by the armfuls. He had many different varieties, including one that smelled exactly like a rose.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 4:44PM
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amyflora(7 NC)

Irislover,
It looks sort of like your tomato plant has its own little potty! What is that little white thing? Some kind of watering device? What lucky tomatoes you have!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 5:30PM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

Thanks Alicia and Meredith. Maybe i planted the others to shallowly- that area does tend to be drier. Perhaps i'll try piling on a some mulch or compost to raise the level about an inch and see if that helps. My original planting was facing east and they've been there for years and done zilch. They come up and get infinitesimally bigger each year but that's about it. Granted, it's not the best soil and i don't baby them, but still.

Dottie, if i recall right, you want to pick peonies part way open at the most. If they are too far open they shatter. Gram grew so many we picked them growing up. I've never had enough to do that with, but i hope someday...
I love the double decker sorbet one, and my fave that gram grew was a deep bull's blood red. i'd love to get my hands on one that color.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 6:00PM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Great pics everyone! looks like our first one will be opened in the next few days. I can't wait!!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 11:32PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Another shot of Festiva Maxima

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 8:07AM
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irislover_nc(z7 nc)

Amyflora, You just made me snort...its own little potty! Haha! I'm trying it for the first time, it is one of those self watering planters. The "potty" is the fill tube and they put a lid on it because I think these types of pots were playgrounds for mosquitos when they made them without lids.

Alicia, you were totally right about that iris...I got Honky Tonk Blues and City Lights jumbled in my head. I think it has a nice fragrance...some irises are downright stinky.

Meredith

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 8:32AM
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trianglejohn

If I remember correctly, they have a technique for harvesting peony blossoms before the buds open but when the first hint of color shows on the still closed petals. They then wrap them up in newspaper and store them in the refrigerator for MONTHS!! You don't take them out and unwrap them until you are ready to use them because they bloom really fast (like by the end of the day) but they last for a while in the vase. This is a way florist can provide peony blossoms out of season.

Oh, and you have to recut the stems quite a bit, so harvest them with long stems if you want to try it.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 1:57PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Thanks all for the peony cutting advice. Especially the bit about cutting the stems long.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 2:23PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Renae

Eastern Gray Beardtongue




Dusky Challenger

Samurai Warrior

Picador. This iris has a very nice fragrance.

Noid from DH's grandmother's garden

Possibly Pride of Ireland

Mme Ernest Calvat

Duchesse de Brabant

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 9:20AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Phlox Minnie Pearl

Duchesse de Brabant

Iris pallida

Iris Camelot Rose

Unknown Louisiana iris

Louisiana iris Sinfonietta

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 4:35PM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

Alicia, that pink LA iris looks almost the same as the buds you saw the other day. Mine might be a bit of a warmer, dustier color, but i guess it's a LA iris. I believe the copper and dark purple/black ones i have are the same kind, but will have to wait til they bloom to be sure. Camelot rose is very pretty! I was just wondering the other day with all the coppers, pinks, yellows why they haven't managed to make a true red iris yet. Not that i want one, really, but just curious. Mix deep pink and yellow and it makes an orange that's almost tomato red, so why not?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 6:31PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Tammy your copper iris sounds like Iris fulva. I. fulva has a very characteristic bloom habit that's very different from LA iris so it's easy to identify. Your dark iris is probably Black Gamecock.

Red is a primary color, and iris don't naturally produce a true red pigment. There was an article in the NY times about splicing in genes from other plants to enable the iris to produce true red carentoids without any purple, blue or brown shadings, and or perhaps isolating a recessive mutation that will allow the iris to produce true red pigment.

Here is a link that may be useful: Discussion of breeding red iris.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 9:35PM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

So, what is different about the habit of I. fulva so i can watch for it, assuming it'll bloom for me this year. I don't see any buds yet and it usually isn't far behind the pink, so maybe not. I certainly have shots from years past, so i may have to dig into the archives once the bday thing is past and see what i can post. The dk purple was labelled as black gamecock. Is that a LA iris?

That thread was interesting, even though a lot of it went over my head. It sounds to me like the genetics are there, it's just a matter of getting it to express them the right way.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 10:28PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

The Louisiana iris are hybrids -- parents include the species I. fulva, I. brevicaulis, I. nelsonii, I hexagona, and I giganticaerulea. I. fulva is just starting to bud in my garden. I'll take a picture when it opens, Tammy, so you can compare to yours. The hybrid 'Ann Chowning' is also in bud, which is supposed to be relatively more red. Black Gamecock is a Louisiana hybrid, but I don't know about the specific genetics that went into it. I'm hoping to see it bloom this year with the coppery I. fulva. 'Black' and 'copper' sounds like it could be so striking. We'll see...

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 11:16PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

One way to describe the bloom habit of I. fulva is to describe it as relaxed; another way is floppy, lol. I have Iris fulva too, or did; hopefully it will bloom this year.

This link has some photos.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 11:24PM
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aezarien(7b)

Just breaking out the camera for the season. Hope nobody minds me butting in...

Chocolate Mint

Clematis

Dandelion (lol)

Dianthus

Lamium

Stonecrop

Strawberry Bloom

Yarrow

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 12:09AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

You're not butting in, we love pictures! :) What sort of strawberry do you have that has pink flowers? They're beautiful.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 8:09AM
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aezarien(7b)

It's a Pink Lipstick. I bought one at Lowes several years ago and I ended up with over one hundred of them by the end of one season. They send out runners like crazy all season with easy to root babies. They get a little time consuming...

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 2:08PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

How do the strawberries taste? I've got strawberries too and I just let them run and be a ground cover under shrubs.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 3:08PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Bud of Carolina Bush Pea

Goldflame Honeysuckle

Helen Collingswood

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 4:24PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

Clematis Ramona

Tritelia Starlight and lambs ear

Spanish lavender

Iris Shaker's Prayer

Salvia roemeriana

Salvia hotlips and Phalaris

Euphorbia cyparissus

Camassia

Calla

Lilium cernuum

Alliums in the meadow:

Baptisia Purple Smoke

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 6:10PM
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aezarien(7b)

They are grown as an ornamental, a cross between some flower in the rose family and a garden strawberry. They are edible but they don't seem to have much flavor. I don't really nurture their growth though. As long as the petals are pink and the foliage is green, I don't mess with them. I've also always had them in mostly shade and filtered sun. I'm sure that has some effect on the flavor.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 1:56AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Now that I think about it I remember seeing Pink Panda at Lowe's a few years ago. Lipstick looks like the flowers have more color.

Karen, Ramona and Lillium cernuum are lovely.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 9:34AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Belinda's Dream

Rosa palustris scandens from Antique Roses Emporium, first bloom

Foliage of R. palustris

Mutabilis

Rose received in a trade from TriangeJohn

Rugosa Purple Pavement

Festiva Maxima again

White foxglove received in a trade from Rootdiggernc

R. rugosa alba

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 11:10AM
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shari1332(z7NC)

Alicia, I love the color of the swamp rose and all of your irises are lovely.

Does anyone know the name of the small red rose that I see blooming now in practically everyone's yard? LOL It must be a good passalong rose. I see it most commomly growing like a small fountain shaped bush.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 2:03PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Thank you Shari.

The rose you're seeing is probably Dr. Huey, which is commonly used as rootstock. I've seen a lot of that around and it's very pretty in the spring.

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MagickMare
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MagickMare

Opps... Here are the photos:


Mystery Plant:

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 3:50PM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

It sure looks like a peony to me.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 6:36PM
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aezarien(7b)

One of the new additions in the garden this year, my Bleeding Hearts dropped all their flowers when I transplanted them. Three weeks later they are starting to bloom again, something I am very pleased to see!

I knew chives bloomed but I have had them for a few years and this is the first time I have seen them. The chives, sage, and yarrow are the highlights of the herb garden at the moment!

I had one bloom yesterday then came out today and all of my miniature roses were full of blooms. I received them for mother's day last year so they were quite a nice surprise to wake up to near Mother's day this year. Not sure of the variety.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 12:57AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

The Japanese bleeding heart is one of those plants on my want list. I have the native and love it but the Japanese is so different and very showy. Beautiful picture of the yellow rose.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 9:20AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Salvia transylvanica, received in a trade with Shari

Verbena bonariensis

Sour Grapes? penstemon, also received in a trade with Shari

Short's penstemon, grown from seed from the NC Botanical Garden

Smooth beardtongue, also grown from seed from the NC Botanical Garden

Eastern Gray Beardtongue (grown from seed from the NC Botanical Garden), Smooth phlox (received in a trade with Ais), Gulf Coast Penstemon (grown from seed), Mexican Hat (not yet blooming, grown from seed), Rosa palustris scandens (grown from cutting), and perennial sweet pea in the background(received in a trade with Tammy).

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 10:18AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Close-up of the perennial sweet pea

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 10:22AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Mutabilis

Carolina Bush Pea




    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 9:02AM
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