Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Monday, April 30, 2012

So Long April...

I'm always sad to see April end because the days are so pleasant and the garden is filled with flowers.

Here's a look at what's blooming in the island bed.

Vintage seafoam rose and daylily from my aunt.

From the rear forward: Mexican bush sage with kaleidoscope abelia, Indian blanket flower and milkweed.

Love the soft purple blossoms of Mexican bush sage contrasted with the yellow dill blooms.

Here's a close-up of the dill covered in yellow flowers. It's been in full bloom for two months now and bees of all kind are lovin' it as much as I do.

This puff of white...Diamond Frost Euphorbia...is devouring some daylilies and amaryllis.

My step-dad's daylilies are blooming away. They obviously love April, too!

I planted bulbine for the first time last autumn based on recommendations from other Florida gardeners and I haven't been disappointed. After planting them...I watered them well and haven't watered them since. The only water they get is from the irrigation system...honestly! They looked great with the blue flag iris in early spring and now they look equally as nice with the orange flowers of the Tropicana canna. I, too, am a BIG fan of bulbine!

And, now the Agapanthus a/k/a lily of the Nile are adding some more needed bluish purple to the front garden. 

The side-garden is looking colorful, too, this April.

The caladiums are coming up nicely and blend well with the red leaves of the Lorapetlum.

This spring I decided to add some Dusty Miller to the side garden and I must say that I'm quite pleased with the color combo. It's been a long time since I planted this plant. The blue and silver are so pretty together and the soft yellow 'Holy Spirit' daylily adds a spark of brightness.

The chrysanthemums are blooming again. You get a lot of bang for your buck with these plants as they bloom several times a year. So, if you buy them in autumn stick them in your garden when they're finished blooming.

The Turk's Cap is blooming early this year since it didn't freeze back and the blackberry plants are in bloom.

I'm really liking this plant combo - fern, pink pentas and Miss Muffet caladiums. I think I've mentioned before that pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations. :-)

And, here's some more pink and green...Ti plants, Louis Philippe and a native fern that planted itself.

Sombreuil (pronounced: som-bray-el) is a highly fragrant vintage rose. This particular plant has spent time in 3 different yards in the past 16 years. I planted her in 1996...moved her with us in 2001 and then moved her again in 2007 when we built a new house. That's one of the great things about roses...they don't seem to mind moving so long as you do it during winter.

Here's another combo I really like in the foliage garden. I'm a flower person...but I have a garden bed that is predominantly foliage - various shades of green, burgundy and white and a tad bit of yellow. It's a new experience for me and I'm enjoying playing with textures and colors. This burgundy colored grass is pleasing to me paired up with the variegated privet and leopard plant.

In the same bed...looking through the variegated privet I can see the English dogwood in bloom. It doesn't bloom very long but it's a real eye-grabber when it does. 

Here's a continuation of that same foliage bed...ferns, variegated cast iron and caladiums.

Summer is right around the corner and hopefully more rain is, too!


africanaussie said...

Oh I can just see myself sitting on that bench with a cup of tea. I bet the smell of all those flowers is wonderful. Beautiful photos.

FlowerLady said...

Oh my gosh Susan ~ I am amazed at all those luscious plants you have growing in your FL gardens. Very inspiring to me.


Darla said...

Do you root your Diamond Frost....I love mine...and now just why did I turn my nose up at the Bulbine the other day at the nursery? Stomp foot!

Susan said...

Hi Africanaussie...That bench is a favorite spot of mine. Flowerlady would be proud of me...I rescued that bench curbside on trash day. :)

Hi Flowerlady...I do love flowers and have a very sunny yard in the front and side yards.

Hi Darla...Do yourself a favor and my yourself some bulbine next time your in the garden center. My picture doesn't even begin to capture how pretty they are...especially when planted en masse.

Stiletto said...

You have a wide array of beautiful flowers in your garden.

Antique ART Garden said...

Looking great out there! We are all going to have another hot summer in the South, so nice to have a few mild days left.

Floridagirl said...

Lovin' all those foliage textures...and that swing is quite tempting. Glad to know there's another daylily fancier in the area. I rarely see them in gardens here. That stand of yellow daylilies is lovely. My husband has been complaining lately that I should group my daylilies into big masses like that.

Dani said...

Love the pretty Miss Muffets!

Penny Carnathan said...

What a wonderful trip, Susan! Thanks for all the suggestions of plant/color combos. That's always so helpful. And you make me think I really need to plant more spring bloomers!

Nanette O'Hara said...

SPECTACULAR, Susan! You are such an artist with the color palettes. I too will miss April with its cool nights and daytime breezes that made being oudoors delightful. Here comes summer!

NanaK said...

You have so much color going on in your garden! Thanks for the pronunciation of the rose, it's one I've wondered about. I'm missing April's cool days for sure.

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