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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Skywatch and Fertilizer Friday....

After having temps in the 20's and 40's for the last week, the Sky today was a welcoming sight high's in the 50's!! Don't get to comfortable, teens and 20's for the weekend..For more Sky photos click http://skyley.blogspot.com/ Now let's see what the gardens look like...to see what other gardens, houseplants or greenhouse plants look like visit Fertilizer Friday over at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/

I found this Black Eyed Susan trying to bloom?

Nemesia has been kept in the original two 4 inch pots in hopes of making it through the winter.

Dianthus is a real trooper..

The Snapdragons....leaves drag when it gets cold and then they pop right back up, so far.

I was convinced that this was a volunteer Althea Rose of Sharon, it's right next to the big one..weirdness is, this one has not lost it's leaves...

What do you think?
Pansies, Petunias and Sage is hanging in there.

See how beautiful the Petunias are even without blooms...frost gets the blooms.

Tritoma --Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily I have about 8 of these I started from seed at the end of Summer. I haven't a clue about them...any tips?
Ranunculus Bulbs don't seem to mind the frigid weather either. First year with these too.

Cornflower from seeds...
Blue Fescue Grass from seed.

My strawberry planter with Coral Reef Sedum...planter idea borrowed from Patsy.

Isn't if turning a nice winter color?

Jewel Leaf Sedum at the bottom of the Strawberry planter.

First year with Columbine that I also started from seed.....suggestions welcomed here too.

I am loving this area of my rock garden.

Guara didn't take the cold too well..

nor did the Jacobina or

the Lace Cap Hydrangea.

I am actually excited about all of this cold in the garden. Why? To see what will happen come Spring...it's a new twist in gardening for me, I'm choosing to embrace it...Ms. Doris three doors down wonders if we will have to start from scratch? For some reason, I don't believe so.

I am grateful to be able to enjoy this new journey in gardening.


Lianne said...

nice shots!


artis1111 said...

I can;t wait to see all of this in the Spring,I sm thinking of new stuf too. Kathy

Benikos place said...

Wonderfull images, nice to meet you :))

tina said...

Plants are tough and I bet most will come thru no problem. I saw on the news where iguanas are falling out of trees all over Florida. Poor things!

Susie said...

I'm growing Red Hot Poker for the first time this year. So far it has been mostly green too. I hope it blooms this year.

That looks like an Althea to me too Darla.

Here Columbine needs shade. It has beautiful blooms. I haven't grown it before.

Dirt Princess said...

Your header photo is amazing! Great camera! I love the BES shot...it is trying hard to open! You still have a lot blooming!

Valerie said...

Good way to look at it. We have snow here, not much but enough to keep us in. The high today will be 29. I am staying in today and tomorrow. I am amazed at the plants that did good with the cold weather at your place.

Becca's Dirt said...

The sedum is beautiful. Great photos. I am so looking forward to spring and to see what has survived. Many of the annuals that we use as perenials are seemingly dying - interesting to see what survives in the spring.

Dani said...

My firebush is not happy with all this cold! But the other plants are ok. Hopefully, we'll get through the weekend without any major losses.

Anonymous said...

Hi Darla, so much still going on, you shouldn't have to start from scratch on many of those, they will regrow. The Gaura is tough as nails and will return. The red hot pokers are also nearly indestructible. They will need dividing after a few years, you will be able to tell from the overcrowding. The columbines need nothing, they don't like to be moved but will seed all over, sprinkle the seeds where you want them. Stay warm! :-)

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

We have two Rhodies that we transplanted to the back yard last year. Nobody has sprinkler systems here (way too expensive to water) So we depend on our Seattle rain. Well it didn't rain and the temps got up to 103 degrees last summer. The Rhodies looked dead-Crispy fried. I just looked out there the other day saw a new bright green stem poking out of one of them. Most living things want to survive and sometimes a shock to the system gives them a new lease on life and they florish even more.
I'd be excited about the springtime too and your plants!
I heard your weather is supposed to clear up Monday~:)
Have a great weekend,

Roses and Lilacs said...

I think the roots systems of most of your perennials well be just fine and grow back quickly.


Roses and Lilacs said...

I think the roots systems of most of your perennials well be just fine and grow back quickly.


Terra said...

Yes, you will soon see which plants survive from the cold snap.
I live in a temperate area too, and don't protect my plants if frost is predicted, and almost everything survives, hurray.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: Nice to see the blue skies, hope your plants are not seriously harmed.

George said...

It looks as if your garden has done fairly well through this cold spell. I hope you won't have to start from scratch in the Spring. I don't think you will, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Thanks for reminding us what blue skies look like.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Hard to believe that you have that kind of winter kill.

We keep hearing on the news that the crops of lettuce, and strawberries are being devastated, and to expect soaring costs.

Oh great, something else to look forward to.


Regina said...

Delightful blooms and amazing skies!

Happy weekend.

Evelyn Howard said...

Thanks for sharing yr photos.
Have a great weekend

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I can't believe what you have after all that cold weather! Our first cold spell finished everything off except the Pansies. Now we're having mild rainy weather here.
I sure hope your flowers survive all the cold. The only good part is that if something doesn't make it, you can try something new.
Columbines are very easy. They don't always bloom the first year, so don't be surprised if the don't. Mine will grow in just about anything and then will self seed.

Jenny said...

Beautiful gardens AND I love your header photo. That is absolutely neat! I am your newest follower!

Anonymous said...

Hi Darla~~ I find it very interesting that your petunia looks fabulous while your hydrangea is cold damaged. Just goes to show that plants have a mind of their own. I like your optimism. I hope you're right. I always like to think that the cold is killing off some of the bugs.

Gail said...

I've been gone for a little while and you've changed your blog background! The black really sets off your great garden photos! I see you won the header challenge, too. Way to go Darla!


Angie said...

Great shots, thanks for your visit. Will try the Sedum idea.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Most of your plants made it through the cold spell... Hope the rest of winter will settle down a bit and not be so cold. I love your sedum and also your semps.... Gorgeous!!!!!

P.S. Glad you won the header challenge...

Tracy said...

Wow Darla...great pictures! Thanks for stopping by and checking on me a while back :)Just haven't gotten to blog lately.

B : ) said...

Looks like you had good luck in your garden! And what a wonderful garden it must be. But - the picture in your header is exquisite. B : )
P.S. There is a native nursery in Sarasota that has been there for many years - I like to visit there after a frost and see what makes it and what doesn't - it helps in choosing your plants.

Tootsie said...

darla...I am so glad that your entire garden didn't get "offed" by that awful weather you guys had!!! I was worried when you said you were freezing, that your garden would look like mine in the fall!
thanks for sharing your pretties with me!!! love ya lady

Corner Gardener Sue said...

You have a good attitude about the plants and cold temps. I think you are right that some will come back. Hydrangeas are one of the last plants to come up in the spring, so give it time if it dies back.

I enjoyed seeing all your sedums and such that are still doing well. That dianthus is a pretty color.