Archive for the ‘Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day’ Category

My First Bloom!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


After two years in my house, I finally decided it was time to add to the garden collection. So last fall after road crews finished tearing up my street, I took advantage of the bare soil the road crews left by the curb and planted over 400 crocus bulbs. Pictured above is my first official bloom from something I planted myself. This particular variety is Crocus chrysanthus ‘Ard Schenk’ from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. And yes, I’m proud of myself for actually keeping track of what varieties I planted.

Not long afterwards, I had another variety pop up: Crocus ancyrensis ‘Golden Bunch’.


I planted five varieties in total, but the other three haven’t shown their little faces, yet. I expect to see them all soon, though.

Sorry for the picture quality — I took these with my phone! Actually, this entire post was composed and published via phone, so all things considered, I think it turned out okay.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day June 2011

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Welcome once again to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, where garden bloggers around the world share the flowers they’re enjoying in their own gardens.

You’ll have to forgive my pictures for this month. By the time I was able to take photos, the sky was dark and overcast, so I hurried through the garden a bit quickly. You’ll also have to forgive the complete lack of identification of all blooms. I can name some of the flowers and not others, and unfortunately I don’t have enough time today to spend a couple of hours doing Google image searches to try to figure out what I’ve got growing. However, I think it’s better to post several pics of lovely unnamed blooms than to skip Bloom Day altogether.

Please enjoy!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day May 2011

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Well it’s Bloom Day again, and I’m ashamed to admit that it’s been a rather long time since I last put up a Bloom Day post. Even longer still since I’ve posted about my own garden. It’s not that I have a shortage of flowers during the “warm” months (I put warm in quotes because it’s currently in the 50s and rainy here), I just usually tend to forget to take pictures of them.

But not today! For your viewing enjoyment I trekked through my garden (in the rain!) to snap a few pics of some of the lovely color I have right now.

My daffodils are pretty much all spent, but I still have quite a few tulips.


Around in the back of the house there’s a Bergenia (Pigsqueak).


A little further in the back are some cute primroses and a groundcover that I don’t know the name of.


And way back by the fence I found some grape hyacinths.


Moving on over to the front side of the house are the bleeding hearts.


Just a little beyond that are some Virginia bluebells.


Turn around, and (hooray!) my cherry tree is in bloom.


And over on the corner the pear tree is producing a few blossoms of its own.

So there you have it! Not bad for a cold and rainy day in May.

December Bloom Day 2010

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
December Aloe

Aloe Flower in front yard on December 15

Blackfoot Daisy

I still need to get these blackfoot daisies out of the pots and into the ground.

I took a couple of shots today in my east Austin yard for Bloom Day.  If you don’t know about bloom day, check out May Dreams Gardens

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day September 2010

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This morning I walked around my yard and snapped a bunch of pictures for bloom day. Then I decided I didn’t really care all that much about the pictures I took. So this afternoon, Judy and I headed over to our friend Eve’s place so we could take pictures of her garden. As you can see, Eve and her husband Dave live out in the country, and I’m ever so slightly envious of their lovely spot. However, I’m not at all envious of the amount of work that goes into keeping up the gardens.

We started out in the rock garden, traveled around the pond to the prairie, and ended up back by the house and the shade garden. I took over a hundred photos and have spent a good hour whittling them down to twenty or so.

Judy actually wrote down the names of many of the flowers as we went, but lazy blogger that I am, I’m going to forgo labeling any of them, since I don’t necessarily remember which flower name matches which photo. However, if you do have questions about any of the blooms, please feel free to ask in the comments, and I will do my best to provide the correct answer.

Please visit May Dreams Gardens to see where Bloom Day got started!

Bloom Day July Sunflowers

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Close Up Sunflower

One might not be able to tell from this photo, but I was standing on a ladder to get the shot. The tallest of the Mammoth Sunflowers that I got from Renee’s Garden Seeds finally opened up at a height of ten feet six inches.

Looking Down on Sunflower

Here is the perspective from below.

Sunflower from Below

The plant reached well above the edge of the roof.

Leaf Damage from Caterpillars

Last week I had to take action to save these sunflowers. Hundreds of caterpillars devoured every bit of leaf in their path. For the first two days I thought to just leave the caterpillars be, but I soon realized that within another two or three days they would have completely wiped out all of the sunflowers.

I turned a spray bottle with orange oil and water into a caterpillar gun and knocked most of them off of the leaves. While I was out there I discovered that I had some helpers. More than once I saw spined soldier bugs dragging the caterpillars to their doom.

Spined Soldier Bug and Caterpillar

Carol's Gravatar That’s a tall sunflower. Mine have been devoured nearly to the ground by rabbits.
# Posted By Carol | 7/15/10 5:28 PM

GBBD June 2010

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I didn’t have much time to run around the garden and take pictures this morning (plus it was just about to rain), but I managed to snap a shot of this lovely bloom on the way to my car.

And yes, it smells great.

Monica at Garden Junkies's Gravatar Lovely rose. Do you know what it is? Looks a bit like one of the David Austin roses…
# Posted By Monica at Garden Junkies | 6/15/10 8:10 AM
Mr. McGregor's Daughter's Gravatar Oooh, is that ‘Abraham Darby’? I just love the Austin roses.
# Posted By Mr. McGregor’s Daughter | 6/15/10 9:12 AM
LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD's Gravatar Happy GBBD! That is one stunning rose. Hope you and the garden are both doing well.
# Posted By LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD | 6/15/10 9:26 AM
Anneliese's Gravatar Sorry, folks. I have to claim complete ignorance on this one. Here’s how much I know about the flower in the picture above:

1. It’s a rose.
2. It’s yellowish.
3. It has a slightly citrus-y scent.

I’m usually pretty clueless about flower varieties, and I never really paid a whole lot of attention to roses. Now that I have a few of my own, I guess I’ll have to get in touch with our contact at David Austin Roses to see if he can fill me in a bit.

# Posted By Anneliese | 6/15/10 7:08 PM

GBBD January 2010

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Not a heck of a lot blooming in Wisconsin in January, but this lipstick vine in our sun room has been putting out a fair bit of color lately. This isn’t the only blooming plant in the house right now, but it was the only one worth photographing.

Now head on over to May Dreams Gardens, the home of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. There you can find bloom day submissions from all over the country and many places outside the country, too!

Bloom Day! Or: How I Learned What’s Growing in My Garden

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

About a week and a half ago, I bought a house. It’s my first house, and I have to admit I’m a bit intimidated by it. Just the idea of home ownership and the responsibility that goes with it is intimidating enough, but on top of that I had to go and buy a “fixer upper”. The house needs new windows, new wiring, more insulation, an additional bathroom, new paint in every single room, floor refinishing, and a couple of new basement steps. Did I say basement? I meant hole in the ground.

As daunting as those repairs may seem, I think I’m even more afraid of the yard.

It’s not a very big yard, but you wouldn’t know that by walking through it. The previous owner of the house spent the last fifteen years turning the yard into his own personal botanical garden. There are plants everywhere, and the less than quarter acre corner lot has an incredible amount of privacy. It’s really a lovely little yard, but when it comes to maintenance, I don’t even know where to start. The fact that I don’t even know what half the stuff is doesn’t help. This morning, I decided to go out there and take pictures of everything that’s blooming right now (I didn’t include everything here). I know what some of these flowers are, but not all. By all means, please enlighten me. While you’re at it, feel free to stop by, grab pair of pruners and get to work.






















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Pretty Flowers From Plants You Can Eat

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Long ago I used to have a bad attitude about ornamentals. I looked at flower gardening as an indulgence, without the necessity attached to growing plants to eat. That has changed and I now not only admire beautiful gardens, but I have great respect for the gardeners who create them. Nevertheless, I’m a hungry man, so it’s mainly the vegetable garden for me. If I had more time, I would dabble in the artsy, but now I barely have time to secure the harvest.

Edible plants almost all produce flowers to attract pollinators. Some of these flowers are tiny or not even recognizable as a flower, but many can be every bit as gorgeous as the wildest exotics of the flower garden.

I took a walk through the garden today and shot these:

Bolted and flowering cilantro and dill bordering a strawberry bed. These plants attract dozens of different pollinators.

A wasp on cilantro flowers with a bee in the background.

Bumblebees don’t rest long enough to make it easy to get a shot. The big farms are complaining of the loss of pollinators. It’s the lack of biodiversity, that and the use of pesticides. If they started farming the right way the bees would come.

A potato plant in bloom.

A trellised melon plant

Waltham Butternut Squash


Corn tassels, the male pollinator of corn flowers.

Arugula bolted and flowering in the garlic bed.

A little zuke, with the flower showing us where the next one is coming from.

Get close to a tomato blossom and it looks like a little sunflower.

Pepper blossoms mostly droop down and stay out of the sun.

Eggplant blooms truly rival ornamentals in beauty.