May 25, 2013 - A Few Garden Pretties







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  1. That lily is wonderful, and the sweetpea is so pretty. I bet they both have the most fantastic scent!

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    1. Alison, that "sweetpea" is a surprise. It's a purple blossom among all the whites on my sugar snap peas! The lily/Sweet Williams/Johnny Jump Ups corner of the garden smells heavenly.

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  2. Wow-so much in bloom. Your lilies are gorgeous-so lush and healthy. Ah, my dear, you do indeed have the magic touch!
    We're JUST getting rid of the tulips. What a difference in our gardens. I'm jealous. But at least you share.......
    :)

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    1. Sue, I actually took out about half of those lilies last fall. It's always been a performer, but never this many blossoms....and it still has a lot of unopened buds. Next year I'll do some hidden tying up before it gets so loaded and heavy.

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  3. Those lilies are gorgeous!

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    1. Amy, they sure are. Do you remember Cheryl, from Cheryl's Garden Goodies? She sent me about a half dozen bulbs 3 years ago, and that original clump has grown into this! I see that section of the garden from my desk and my kitchen window, and it's a real feast for my eyes.

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  4. Those lilies are just stunning. I put in some lilies at my last house and they never really expanded. I'd have a few blooms but that is it.

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    1. Daphne, there were maybe six flower stalks just 3 years ago, and I thinned them out a bit last fall. The only thing I ever do to them, other than removing a few of the outer bulbs to keep it from taking over the whole garden, is to cut back all the dead stalks and shovel on the composted manure very early in the spring. Oh, and use some wire fencing to hold it upright, because it gets so heavy with blossoms. It needed more than wire fencing this year!

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  5. Oh and welcome back. I hope your trip as fun.

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  6. beautiful! so sweet william only flowers every other year? my plants are in bloom now but the seed packet says biennial.

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    1. Kelli, mine were planted from seeds in May of 2010, and they have bloomed every spring. I've always cut them back real low in early spring, but this year I neglected to finish the job. They were always pretty, but the uncut ones were spectacular this year! If you look at the photo, you can see the short ones (trimmed this spring) on the left just beginning to blossom, compared to the tall ones that are in full bloom. Maybe the answer is to only cut back a few in the front, and leave the back ones alone.

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    2. thanks granny! good to know. i've been putting some in vases. they last a pretty long time!

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  7. Are you back home? These are just beautiful! Wish my yard had all those flowers!! Nancy

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  8. Beautiful! You do indeed have a green thumb.

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    1. Dianefaith, I don't know about a green thumb, but I have dirty fingers!

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  9. The Bees should be most impressed with the banquet meal this year. :)

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    1. Cloud, the bees are all over at the raspberries! I've never seen so many bees in the garden. Actually, I've never seen so many raspberries in the garden! I'm salivating and waiting for them to ripen.

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  10. Granny, do you know the name of the flowers in your 4th photo down? I have those that came in a "mix" that I sowed and didn't keep the package, and I'd love to know the name of them.
    Thanks!

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    1. Pat, those are cosmos. I just love them, and wish I'd had room to plant more. These are a dwarf variety, Dwarf Sensation Mixed. I'm quite careful to only plant the dwarf ones after having a variety that grew over 10' tall one year!

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  11. Granny,

    Thanks for sharing your blossoms with us! I loved seeing the picture of the Johnny Jump Ups!

    The lilies are beautiful!!! If you need to thin them again, I know a nice place in the south that would love to give them a home!!

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    1. Debbie, I still have your address :-)

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  12. AW, so jealous of your lilies! The deer ate all of mine before they even had a chance to bloom. Now the bunnies are gobbling up the remains.

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    1. Oh, Alley, that's sad. I love my lilies, and they smell wonderful. I was just looking at a picture of them from 2010, and there were maybe five or six, about a foot high, with one or two blossoms on each. Now just look at them!

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