Tuesday, April 28, 2015

First Iris

We have had so much rain (relative to the last few years of drought) that I have had to stop planting and devote my garden time to weeding. I've never seen so many thistle. It's an invasion of tall, scrawny opportunists whose prickles go right through my gloves.
On the bright side, the iris I planted last fall are blooming.
Look at these colors - they will be inspiration for something in the studio! 

Out in the garden house the faint sound of tiny chirps led us to this little nest. Some type of bird found a way under the eaves and built a home on this shelf. I guess I won't be using that Epsom salt for a while, not to mention the small hedge trimmer.

The rains are gradually refilling the lake, washing away the thick stands of beach weeds with amazing ease. Under the dock, barn swallows have built a colony of nests.

Topside the winds have been brisk - kite weather!

The dockside garden is doing well. The shrubs all have new growth, and the yarrow and day lilies are up and looking strong.

One of the roses in this area has doubled in size and is putting on a beautiful show. It's called Bull's Eye.

This is a medium to large size shrub rose whose creamy white blossoms have a distinctive cranberry colored center. One of its claims is extreme resistance to Black Spot Disease. This has certainly proved true for my plant.

Happy gardening everyone!

Monday, April 13, 2015

First Flush of Roses

We came home this weekend to a garden transformed. While we were in New York, the spring rains woke up Mother Nature in north Texas. The trees leafed out, the weeds went nuts, and the roses burst into flower.

The Knockout roses sadly lack any scent, but they certainly add splashes of brilliant color. And they are tough - heat, cold, disease - they bear up.

Also dressed in red, and just beginning to climb the wall is Fourth of July, a very prickly climber with a lovely sweet apple scent.  I particularly like open form roses where the yellow stamens are in full view. It's a more old-fashioned rose style that seems just right for a informal country garden. And the bees love their easy access!

This gorgeously rambling rose is the wonderful Jaune Desprez. It wants to cover the wall and be a ground cover - I love it. This one is three years old. Evergreen and hardy and carefree, apparently it can grow up to twenty feet.

The flowers are cream colored, sometimes with a blush of apricot in the centers.

This brillant pink rose inside the walled garden is Carefree Beauty. 

Fragrant and repeat-blooming, it also produces hips.

On the other side of the drive the lemon mint has come back clearly intending to rule. I thought this was a less aggressive type of mint that might make a good ground cover.  It certainly does cover ground. I think the Indian Hawthorne will need regular rescuing until it it grows up!