Thursday, October 25, 2007

Garden Update

I normally don't care for orange roses or orange anything but I'll make an exception for this rose! It's been delighting me all day! The sun hitting it makes it glow but I wanted to get an after sunset shot so you can see the color. Don't you just want to wrap yourself up in it? I love how it has gold tones and fades to lighter apricot and blushes pink.
Also we put the perennial Lantana in the ground and potted some yummy scented Petunias.
Our row of Viola's and Alyssum is growing nicely.
We also moved the Bougainvillea so it's along a fence and gets plenty of sun. Plus we will be able to see it while sitting on the patio.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Beautiful Rose

This morning I looked outside and the rose bud that had started blooming was looking so stunning that I had to take a photo!
I also saw the most stunning hummingbird today, but I had just set the camera down and couldn't grab it to try taking a photo! Oh I wish I could have gotten him, he had maroon on the top of his head and a purple stripe along his throat! Just beautiful!
Here is Madie in the garden! The Viola's and Alyssum we planted are doing great!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fall Additions!

We couldn't resist getting a few perennials for fall planting, since it is the best time to plant them so they have a running start in spring!
We also got some Alyssum and Viola's for winter flowers. I just adore Viola's and they spread nicely and I'm sure will be beautiful during the cold months! Ah you gotta love the deserts year round gardening! We've planted Sweet Peas for winter too.
The perennials we put in this area from left to right are Society Garlic, Dwarf Lily of the Nile, a pink Autumn Salvia, and Verbena(can't really see it back there in the shade). I think the Verbena might be getting too much shade and will need to be moved.
Here is some Bougainvillea on the back wall, which I think is in too much shade! I didn't realize how much shade was there and I thought the Bougainvillea would be stunning on that wall but it might have to be moved and replaced with a shade lover.
A yummy honey smelling yellow Butterfly Bush! This will get nice an big! The hummingbirds will love it and I can cut flowers for bouquets!
We got this pretty red rose! For some reason we've noticed that red roses always seem to do the best. They usually are the most bug free for us. It smells very good too. The name is Olympiad which is supposed to be a good variety and does well in the desert.
Most everything we got is drought tolerant, but the reason we put the rose there is when the grass is watered the water runs to this spot which will be perfect for the rose, but would have been too much water for a drought tolerant plant. The spot also gets full sun!