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Friday, March 18, 2011

FF -- Plant ID Please and The Birthday Boy...

It's time to show off what's happening in your gardens...drop by http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ to see more...and Tootsie has some neat containers she is sharing today.
On my drive coming back from taking one of the girls to school I spotted this white Wisteria growing in some Crape Myrtle Trees...I have a white Wisteria but has never bloomed.....yet!
Just roll down your car windows and the perfume is intoxicating.....love it!
A few sights from my gardens.....Verbena
Focusing on the pink mounds. When you stand in the path the fragrance just dances on the breeze.
Phlox Subulata
She has outgrown the size indicated on the plant tag....fine by me. Yep, that's a 12 inch ruler.
Ah, the first Clematis bloom of 2011.
One of our dear neighbors, long time gardener, stopped by yesterday and asked if I could please find out what this shrub is that grows in his yard. He said is grows similar to a Spirea but a little more leggy.
It's a pretty little thing. So, me being the gardener that I am, made fresh cuts in the stem, dipped it in some rooting hormone and placed it in some soil, just to see. Do you know this plant?
My Dad was born 76 years ago yesterday...weighing in at a whoping 2lbs. His crib was a dresser drawer and they carried him around in a shoe box. The odds of him living very long were not in his favor. Must be something to that Irish Luck!

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Today I am Thankful for the perfume that God sprayed on the flowers.

My neighbors, for sharing their gardening knowledge and questions.

And I Praise God for the favor on my Dad's life.

(and Springbreak starts today for the schools!!)

47 comments:

tina said...

Hi Darla, Your mystery shrub is kerria japonica. A wonderful shrub! So pretty year round.

Happy Birthday to your dad!

Julie said...

Your Dad looks wonderful! Happy Birthday to him!!!

imac said...

Happy Birthday to your Father Darla.
Love your post - also your beautiful garden.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad!!
Now for the shrub...it's called Aunt Rosie's Bush....we didn't know the name either, so when my Mom received a piece some 40 yrs ago thats what she named it! LOL
Glad Tina could help you out!
*hugs*deb

George said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad.
Your garden is beautiful! We have a.clematis very much like the one you pictured, but we're a long way from any blossoms.

Meems said...

Spring phlox is super lovely. Your garden has really taken off! Wish I could help with that yellow flower~ ~ don’t know.

Karen said...

Hi Darla, glad someone could help you out with the name of the shrub, it sure is pretty. Your phlox is really, really happy, wow, look at the size of it.

It is amazing your father survived infancy, only two pounds? Happy Birthday wishes to him!

Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely blooms for Fertilizer Friday.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Happy birthday to your dad!
I love how those phlox spread and spread. What a pretty shrub. Glad tina knew what it was.

Tootsie said...

happy birthday to your dad Darla! I wish I could smell blooms in my greenhouse...almost given up on anything outside...winter is hanging on here! lol
I always say...some day I am going to walk along in Darla's garden and see it with my own two eyes...now I not only get to look forward to seeing...but smelling it too!!!
great post today girl...hugs
thanks for linking in!

Becca's Dirt said...

Darla the pathways in the garden and those mounds of pink are stunning. It looks like a fairy garden. I would love to stroll thru and sit a while. Good luck on rooting the unknown plant. Have a nice weekend.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It is a pleasure to visit your blog and walk through the beautiful gardens.God must be smiling down on your Dad and the predictions humans put on his lifespan.

Deb said...

Happy belated birthday to your Dad...lots of March birthdays....

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, My folks had a Japonica bush in their yard... Very nice!!! Hope it roots for you!

Your flowers are always so gorgeous... Can't wait 'til we get more blooms up here.

I must tell you that your Dad and I have something in common... They put me in a dresser drawer when I was born also. The small hospital (since it was during wartime--1942) didn't have enough beds for the babies. SO--I was put in a dresser drawer... How 'bout that????

Hugs,
Betsy

Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh don't you love this time of year in the garden? That is great about your dad. 2lbs that many years ago is amazing that he survived.

My garden haven said...

What a wonderful spring post...and many happy returns of the day to your Dad!
Rosie

Lois said...

You are so fortunate to still have your Dad and he looks great!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

A big belated Happy Birthday to your dad. He looks wonderful!
Your pictures make me want to go to Lowes and pick up some plants. Oh how I wish I had your green thumb.
I have to admit I don't think I have ever seen the white whisteria before...if I did I did not know what it was. lol
Love
Maggie

Cat said...

Your garden is looking cheery! Amazing story about your dad...hope he had a wonderful day.

Patsy said...

Your flowers and Dad are looking real good,

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Darla. I love the picture of this flower bed. The phlox blooming in it looks so pretty in the sections of it. I love watching your garden come alive in blooms. I do not know what that flower is but it is a pretty thing. I am sure someone will know. I hope it roots for you but then you do well with that rooting thingy.
Happy birthday to your Dad.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Stunning pix...Love that white wisteria...We are really enjoying the smell here too..Thank you for stopping by today.

Your garden is look great btw and Happy Bday to your dad.

Blessings Kelsie

perennialgardener said...

Glad Tina was able to help you with the id on that pretty shrub, love those yellow blooms. :) Happy Birthday to your Daddy!!!!

NellJean said...

I was going to say Kerria...already done. I was going to say how handsome and precious your Dad is on his birthday...already said. He's not many years older than my DH.

All that's left to say is that I sacrificed my white wisteria to get rid of a mass of catbrier, wisteria of both colors, spiraea, and other horrors. We still have purple now in bloom. That needs sacrificing too. What a thug! I noticed it is blooming over in the woods that are not ours. It will get knocked back when they log the trees.

NanaK said...

I like those rocky borders in your garden. And that phlox is gorgeous. (Pink is my favorite color.) Happy Birthday to your Dad!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I'm sure everyone has already told you the shrub is Kerria. Thanks for sopping by my blog. Your garden looks wonderful.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Darla,
Happy Birthday to Dad.
My Wisteria is blooming on my patio and the smell is intoxicating! That tree is beautiful!
Hugs, Ann

Jake said...

Wow! That Wisteria is just spectacular. Growing up so high and wide on the Crepe. I bet the smell is awesome. It kinda gives that Crepe "spring" flowers. Lol.

Donna said...

Your garden is lovely, and that Wisteria is gorgeous! I love the intoxicating smell of Wisteria.

Happy Belated Birthday wishes to your Dad!

Happy Spring!
Donna

Priscilla said...

I'm new to your blog and I'm looking forward to following your posts. What a beautiful garden you have. I've been interested in Clematis although I don't think I can grow them here in the mountains at nearly 6,000 feet elevation. I wonder if I can grow them in Idaho? I believe they're zone 6. My husband and I are planning to move there. Have a great weekend!

Les said...

I love the Kerria, especially when it is allowed to weave among other things. Happy birthday to your father, and thank you for stopping by my blog on Bloom Day.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

That is a gorgeous shrub and Tina nailed it for you girl : )
I wish i could smell those trees and plants but we are frosty up here so now scents for some time but signs of life are wonderful .. i am trying to get out in the garden and do more clean up : )
I am a happy gardener right now !!
Enjoy your gorgeous garden too Darla girl !
Joy : )

Jessica said...

Happy birthday to your dad~ what a special story. =)

Your gardens are looking beautiful!

J

Val said...

Darla, you are so funny with your comment on my hotel room posts! You always make me smile. Happy Birthday to your Dad. As always I love your pics!

Leedra said...

Such a wonderful post.

Think I had some of a bush like that one (at my last house) and you reminded me that I don't know why I didn't bring a start here. It was actually another one that had originally been at my Granny's, so all the more reason to set me to wondering.

Very nice tribute to your Dad. God just takes over sometimes, no matter what the odds.

Danielle Says Hello said...

Thanks so much for the added information about my flowers....I am so glad I planted the Mexican Sage where it can grow a lot!!!! I love the Cosmos but I am not sure...it seems so fragile. Again, thanks for visiting!!!

Grace Peterson said...

Best wishes to the birthday bo...er I mean "man." 76 is something to be proud of.

Tina is right. It's a Kerria japonica all right. I hope yours roots for you. Love your creeping phlox!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love your rock gardens! I want to add some of that phlox to my new front garden area, I love the pink. I had a shrub of the same plant you show in a house we rented and I always wondered what it was. I first saw it id'd on Tina's blog and I see she was able to id it for you. It's very pretty.
Happy Birthday to your Dad. My Poppa started off life the same way, under two pounds and slept in a drawer. It shows how strong they were even that tiny back when there wasn't such good care for premies.

teresa said...

your gardens are so wonderful. I can't wait until we are really into spring.

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