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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

So far so good with the Lupine seed, thanks Grace. This plant is very important to me, not only because of where the seeds came from..also because I spoke to a MG at the local nursery here and was told that Lupine would germinate in our zone although it would not grow and definitely would not bloom. Looks like it might bloom to me! Should I take a photo to the nursery, give them a call or invite them over to see it? :)

White Carnations--Dianthus


Celosia volunteering to grow in a row at the edge of the driveway...gotta be moved or tossed.


Echinacea purpurea--Eastern Purple coneflower with Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder' Sage or Mealycup Sage


Liatris spicata--Gayfeather, Blazing Star or Button Snakeroot gets better every year.


I have it here and there throughout the gardens.Tall Phlox- Nicky



Althea--Rose of Sharon , double....don't know why I didn't show my single.


Monardo didyma, Bee Balm--Jacob Kline



Linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ and FF for tomorrow at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ .


Do have a safe and happy weekend!




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Today I am thankful to be celebrating my husband's 50th birthday this weekend.

75 comments:

Twisted Fencepost said...

I would take a picture over to the nursery and tell them it sure looks happy in your garden. LOL
I have always loved the Rose of Sharon. I never knew there was a double Rose of Sharon.

FlowerLady said...

I would take a picture too, although maybe they wouldn't believe it unless they saw it with their own eyes.

I love all the pretties growing in your gardens.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

One said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! Love your blooms. Today, I put the few blooms I have in a collage.

Dorothy said...

Beautiful flowers, Darla! I think it's going to bloom! If you are not a 'Master Gardener' already, you really should be!!!!!!

NanaK said...

Oh yeah, take a picture AND invite them over. Your garden is so pretty this time of year. Love the blazing star. Is it a native?

Happy Birthday to your husband!

Patsy said...

I see your Gayfeather is in bloom, yes do try the Royal Candles I love the blue.

Kathy said...

Lupines are one of those flowers that are gorgeous but are hard to grow in the South - terrific job - you've probably hit the perfect micro climate for it! Bravo!
You have some of my favorite cottage garden flowers!
Hope you have a blessed day,
Kathy

HolleyGarden said...

haha - Why did they think it wouldn't bloom? It's going to be gorgeous. I love liatris, too. Don't have enough of it in my garden. Thank for the reminder that I should get more.

Val said...

Wow. I can't believet that I am able to comment. Blogger has not let me in a few days!!! Your flowers are gorgeous. Some of the seeds that you gave me are coming up..I am so excited.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Yes you should invite them over to see your plant because it is going to bloom.
Love all these beautiful flowers and especially the Rose of Sharon. Wish honey I had your green thumb.
We had such storms here last night I don't know what survived in my yard but did not have a lot of pretties like you.
A very Happy Birthday wish to your hubby. That is a great one to celebrate. lol
Love
Maggie

Lona said...

Well the Lupine looks like it is happy in your garden to me.
The tiny Bluebonnets from the seeds you gave me can only hope they grow that big this summer in our crazy weather.Maybe I am watching then too closely. LOL!
The Gayfeather bulbs you gave me did not bloom last year but they are growing very well this spring and I have my fingers crossed girl. LOL!

Marie said...

Hi Darla - Your flower blooms are looking spectacular! Love them especially the echinacea. Do you ever dry them out and use them as tea? I've heard you can do that with echinacea plants, but not sure if it's actually safe.

Happy Cottage flora Thursday!
-Marie

Grace said...

Take a photo over to the nursery and tell them, nanny, nanny, nah... Just kidding. Maybe. :) I couldn't keep my Lupines alive and they all died over the winter. Frustrating. I love yours though, all that lush foliage and the nice fat bloom spike. So I'll just enjoy them vicariously. ... Just my two bits here but I think you should leave the celosia. Let them bloom in a row. How cool would that be?

Alison said...

Wow! You have Rose of Sharon blooming already?! Here it has barely even leafed out yet. That Lupine is going to be beautiful!

George said...

I would definitely let the MG know about your Lupine. A picture and an invite may show him/her a thing or two.
I also was surprised to learn about a double Rose of Sharon. Yours is very beautiful.

imac said...

Happy day to DH, do you let him have a day off for his birthday Darla?,lol

Tootsie said...

hi honey!!! I am finally sitting still for the next 15 minutes and had to pop over and say hi. I hope you have a great time at the birthday boy's celebration!!! (if you have one)
your gardens are gorgeous as usual and I am so happy to see things blooming and pretty there! I planted my whole crop already...and am so tired and sore...lol
I'll have the FF post up tonight...hugs and smiles...have a great weekend...thanks for the link in!

danger garden said...

That is a very beautiful Lupine! I would love to grow one that perfect here in Oregon!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes---by all means, take a picture and take it to the nursery where you were told that.... The Lupine is going to be gorgeous once it blooms. Please show it to us again...

Don't think I have ever seen tall Phlox before.. Very pretty.

AND--I love the Rose of Sharon. Gorgeous.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You must have that special touch,to get the Lupine to grow for you and bloom.In my cooler climate,they do very well and almost become invasive,but in a good way.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! Yes show them!! You have a special touch and a very green thumb!
Congrats!
*hugs*deb

Olga said...

You have so many beautiful flowers in your garden. I love your white carnations; they are so delicate.

Becca's Dirt said...

Happy Birthday to your husband on his milestone birthday. Love the double blooming rose of sharon. Pink phlox is awesome. You have a lot going on there.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Oh, Darla, I am so jealous! I don't have any luck with lupins. This year, at last, one of them survived the wet and cold winter. And what do you think happened? A deer came and ate it up!
But you, you take that photo and bring it to that nursery!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Hi Darla, thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
Funny you should mention the Lupines-- saw some this weekend on our trip north and commented to my husband that I would like to grow them-- but didn't think they would grow well in our 7b garden. I think I will rethink that as a possibility.
Happy birthday to your husband...50th-- wooo whooo

Julie said...

Is that last pic Bee Balm? The red flowers? Very pretty plant...I want one!

Just wanted to tell you I haven't figured out a way to get out of the state yet (with the price of gas)!!! :)

I'm stuck!

Ginger said...

that's funny about the lupines! love the coneflower and sage combo.

re: your comment on my blog --- Clara is a giant amazon baby!! I don't know how she went from being 6 lbs at birth (at 41 weeks) to THIS! ha.

Lola said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby.
Your flowers are so lovely. I really like the Rose of Sharon. I didn't know there was a dbl.

sherryocala said...

What a beautiful plant that lupine is, Darla. Mine will probably be like the nursery guy said. I still have three of them alive but very small. I hope yours blooms, and when you show him the photo of it, take one of his surprised face! Love your other plants. Yours are blooming ahead of mine!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Beautiful Garden! thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, tracie

Henrietta said...

Great flowers.
Have a nice weekend.

Shirley said...

Take a photo and invite them over to see!! What zone are you anyway? We can grow Lupine here in Edmonton which is zone 3.

Thanks for the visit. Have a terrific weekend!

Melynda said...

Great flowers! Happy Bday to the Husband, too!

Larry said...

Very nice Darla... you grow so much variety! L

Nanniepannie said...

Everything looks great. I've got some gayfeather that has never really done anything. Last year I dug it up and put it in a large pot with some other plants...looks like it may bloom this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

I'm jealous - everything is so far behind here and then poof! it's all going to be over. Oh well, your blooms look fabulous!

Karen said...

I would say the MG will be very surprised to see the lupine that 'won't bloom in your climate' blooming it's head off. I hope you do send them a picture.

Never say never in the garden...especially yours! ;-)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Darla girl .. take that picture .. blow it up to poster size and march in that store to find that smarty pants ! I would so love to be there when you show them girl ! haha
Lupins are magic flower popsicles .. that is what I always believed when I was a kid (... and still do !! LOL)
Joy

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your garden is beautiful! I would take a picture and bring it to the nursery!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Your lupine looks like it is going to bloom to me. Be sure to take a picture of it. I must admit I cannot grow them here. They are a short term perennial. Here today gone tomorrow. V

Dirt Princess said...

I can't wait to see that lupine! The Hydrangea Queen grows it here with success.

Paula said...

Everything looks so lush and green - love your pix! Paula from Idaho

The Sage Butterfly said...

That's amazing...you must be doing something right. Your garden is full of wonderful surprises.
Have a happy holiday weekend!

Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

Happy B-day to your husband. It's fun to visit your gardens, makes me excited for what is hopefully going to bloom in my garden :) I really like the photo with the coneflowers and salvia. Very pretty!

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

I love the coneflower/salvia combination! Beautiful flowers. Good job on the bloomin lupin! I'm sure it is the same as the feeling I get when I actually get a zone 5 rose to make it through our zone 3 winter:)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

If anyone could prove that MG wrong it's you :) My lupine is at about the same place. They smell really good and if I dead head them I usually get more flowers. I love seeing what's blooming in your garden since I won't see most of those for another month or two.

Meems said...

Hey Darla,
I always love seeing the liatris blooming roadside in North Florida... I tried them here but something went wrong. Never did bloom... I need to try again. Also the coneflower don't do great here... yours are really pretty with the sage.

Here's a link to Rick Brown's blog (Florida Friendly Plants) where he photographed lupine growing in a field down here. Thought you might like to see it for verification. http://floridafriendlyplants.com/Blog/post/2011/03/05/Lupines-in-Florida-Yes-Indeed.aspx

Andrea said...

I absolutely adore Lupins! Mine are not quite as advanced as yours, but I think they'll prove to be beautiful this year!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: Your plants are looking wonderful. We have had so much rain I can't even plant my garden. Have a great celebration today.

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Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Hi Darla: Lovely blooms.

You asked me on Fertilizer Friday the name of the plant I had featured in the upper left corner of my picture. It's called Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia); very easy to grow, and I love its day-glow colors.

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