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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Garden chronicles, the rose placements~

I have a huge amount of roses potted, leafed out and buds almost bursting, just waiting for their new homes and irrigation. This page is dedicated to their garden placements, I have learned that over time names get lost or forgotten, especially now as I try to restock my old garden to the new house. As they get planted I will be listing them here...

Barn
Cecile brunner

in my old garden I have a giant wall 20' high, 15' wide and 60' long comprised of three plants left to grow wild, they would have 1000s of sweet blooms freshening the air from 50' away. I planted my first of three against the red barn to scamble up the south side, I yearn for that sweet old fashion scent to travel with me to the new home...





 
Casita
Fourth of July


 
Courtyard
Banksaie alba 2
Chihuly 6

 
Deck garden
Rosie the riverter 3

Patio and walkway
Iceberg 24

Sunday, April 22, 2018

garden chronicles, the bearded iris~

I used to collect these like a lunatic, I had over 1200 named varieties of iris, but time, age, hill, site, weeds, rattlesnakes, glasses, distance and a new beach house all contributed to their HUGE demise, but I never stopped loving them! I have not even been in my old garden for years, this week I am venturing back to see if ANY iris survived with me gone and nothing but neglect as their one true companion, it will be NOTHING like the olden days...
 























today I went to my first iris garden in almost a decade, I used to plan our vacations to drive and see scads of the growers all over the west, today felt like running into old friends, I knew them all, happy dancing colors throughout a terraced garden. I ended up purchasing a dozen pots, I have owned them all before, I was just so eager to buy something, knowing the old house will most likely have only a handful surviving, if that. later this week I am visiting my all time favorite bearded iris garden, but for now, these iris are kicking off my new garden. I have a passion for blue, I could never have too many!
 
ASCENT OF ANGELS
 

CITY LIGHTS RE
 
 
COFFEE MALT
 
 
DEEP DARK SECRET
 
 
GLACIER POINT
 
 
GLOWING SMILE
 
 
JUKE BOX HERO
 
 
MESMERIZER
 
 
OKAPI POPPY
 
 
OSAY CAN U C
 
 
PASSING CLOUDS
 

Our new house was once part of a huge ranch that stretched for many miles, beneath us, the original farmstead was built in the 1860's. When we purchased this fall, tucked under old lilac bushes and against the fence line were clumps of iris that I promptly divided and put up front to see what treasures I might find. So far, all that has bloomed is this historical intermediate iris crimson king, thought to be from around the 1830's.

 
let the fun begin!

Bearded iris
Amethyst winter re
Autumn harbor re
Ascent of angels
City lights re
Coffee malt
Deep dark secret
Glacier point
Glowing smile
Juke box hero
Mesmerizer re
Okapi poppy
Osay can u c
Passing clouds

Intermediate iris
Crimson king

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

crystal hermitage

off in the mountains, hanging over a steep ravine is this spiritual retreat resplendent with 17,000 tulips and gorgeous flowering trees and shrubs. we drove through patches of fresh show, the tulips glistened in the sparkling light.