Monday, May 4, 2009

Mish Mash Monday!

Good Monday morning to all! I hope you are ready to start another week of gardening fun and of course maybe work. :) It was a beautiful weekend here with the sun shinning, little wind blowing and temps in the mid 60's. Perfect weather to be out side working in and enjoying the gardens.
* this post was written this am, so go with me here. :)




Monica of Garden Faerie's Musing did a post last Monday called Mish Mash Monday and I thought it such a great way to show the odds and ends of photos and to tell of this and that. I don't have too much of this and that and seem to have mostly pictures of coming attractions in my garden, but did want to share them with you. I would have had a few more...but sometime last evening blogger quit loading photos for me. I don't know if this is just my problem or if it is something new (else) with blogger. I suppose time will tell.




Remember my attempt at a rock garden last year? This is Rock Soapwort, Saponaria ocymoides. Covered with these tiny pink blooms, it is very attractive in amongst the rocks. Honestly, I was going to show a full picture of it. When I planted this last summer, it was already done blooming, so this has been a pleasant surprise to see the delicate blooms.




The wild violets are really coming into their own this past week. Who could not love these sweet little mounds of blooms. I do admit to pulling some new starts out here and there, but a few have placed themselves very strategically and add a spot of color to bare areas.



Can you guess what bloom this is?? Of course this is a super macro photo so you know their blooms are very tiny. Give up? It is the flower on my Bayberry bush. The underside of it's arching branches are just covered with these delicate little beauties.



I transplanted a couple of Heavenly Blue morning glories and Moon flowers into bigger containers. It is still a little early to plant them in the ground. Last week I put all my seedlings outside in a semi-protected place. They are getting morning sun and are doing very well.



The cone flowers are sending up shoots in all sorts of places. I will have plenty to share at Spring Fling! Aren't you getting excited about going? I have started my lists of things to take. If I don't make lists, it doesn't seem to get done. I am sure none of you have that problem though.



One of the iris I transplanted from my Mother-in-law's last summer has a bud already. Not sure what color this one will be. And when they bloom this year, I am going to see if I missed getting any colors. It was the middle of summer when I mentioned that I would like to transplant some of these from her yard, but thought I should wait until fall. Lisa commented she thought it would be fine to do it any time and I did-right in the heat! They all grew and I am so pleased. Thanks, Lisa for the great gardening tip!




The cornflowers have triplied in size from the starts I planted that were pass-alongs from my cousin. And now they are getting buds. I am so excited to have these great old fashioned flowers in my garden!



The artemesia is also budding. This was one of the mystery plants that I didn't remember planting and had no clue as to what it was. But thanks to several bloggers it was identified. I still don't remember planting it, but the cousin who gave me the cornflowers says it was from her, also.



And finally, I have buds in my daisies. These were the very dark pink ones that we finally decided were Painted Daisies last summer. The mound of them is getting quite large and I think I will try to divide it after they bloom. I love dividing plants...freebies to plant in the garden.


Hopefully, next post I will be able to upload photos once again. I want to show the 2 new roses we planted and the bluebells my neighbors gave me.


Until then, have a great garden week!

21 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Lots happening in your garden now Beckie. I love the buds pictures. I am glad the iris made it. Can't wait to see what colors you have. I am getting excited about the trip too. It won't be long.

Susie said...

First of all I want to tell you that new header is lovely.

You got lots of blooms coming on I see. I have a cornflower growing this year. It's my first time for it and I know once the heat sets in it will be a goner for sure. But for now I'm really enjoying it.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Beckie, your flowers are a bit ahead of mine! If I ever get organized enough I could have that linky thing for people doing Mish-Mash Monday... but then it would imply it has to be done EVERY Monday and that's just too much pressure! :) I have similar tiny flowers on my barberry, and realized I don't know what a bayberry is. Is that where bay leaves comes from?

tina said...

Those barberry flowers look totally different under the macros. Very pretty. I have to admit-I still don't love those violets. GRRRR!:) I've learned to live with them though. Get your list done-won't be long now and you'll be packing your bags.

Janet said...

hi beckie, isn't it fun to look at a bloom super close-up? The details in the tiniest of flowers are just incredible.

Rose said...

Wow, Beckie, your garden is really growing! I love that rock soapwort--my favorite colors, of course:) I'm amazed that the iris are getting ready to bloom--sometimes they don't bloom the first year after transplanting.

It has been perfect gardening weather--finally!--and I've been trying to do a little bit each day. But I've come down with some kind of sore throat bug and have been wiped out. Hopefully I'll be better by the weekend so we can do some plant shopping--I'm ready!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Spring is popping in your garden, Beckie...I just love the pictures of all the buds--to me they hold such promise. I LOVE your header--I always get homesick this time of year to see (and smell) the lilacs...sigh...

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love the bloom on the soapwort. I had it a long time ago but it was taking over several acres;) I may try it again. I like the Mish Mash Monday idea too. I'll try to remember it.

flydragon said...

I'm glad to see you're going to plant another Heavenly Blue morning glory, seeing that it was such a stunner last year. Love the looks of that Artemesia bud. It's sooooooo cute!!

Cheryl said...

Hi Beckie.....feel quite envious about your trip....why do you all have to live so far away??

Things are coming on well in your garden....I have a bit of a thing about iris at the moment, so will look forward to seeing your blooms.

Violets are such pretty little flowers....I love them......I have them dotted everywhere and never tire of their delightful little faces.....

My morning glories are struggling .....and the moonflowers are not showing. They have been in the greenhouse, so I do not understand why......I shall persevere......

I love the close up of the bud.....it is very artisitic......you are so obviously enjoying your camera....

Have a good week Beckie......

Sue said...

That was a fun post, and great photos! I read while eating, and now, will go back outside!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I also love those wild Violets. They are so pretty. I hope you will post a photo of the whole plant of the Soapwort, it looks really cute. Believe it or not, my Bearded Iris started blooming a couple of days ago. Everything in your garden looks like it's ready to pop. How grand!

Naturegirl said...

Loved this idea of "mish mash" great way to feature a variety of garden images.Lots seems to be bursting with new life in your garden! I love this new growth...so much posative energy in the garden!Mother Nature is so busy as are we..preparing for the big reveal!

perennialgardener said...

Looks like you have some beautiful things to look forward to Beckie. All that stuff just waiting to burst open & bloom! :)

Gail said...

Hi Beckie, Oh, I am excited about spring break! Can you believe I typed that...I am leaving it! I am excited about Spring Fling. Oh the conversations we'll have, the sights we'll see and the friendships we'll cement! I do wish I could travel with lots of plants...I will slip in as many little PPPPs as I can! I am making lists and will check the weather to see what to bring! If it rains I can always buy an umbrella!

Your garden is looking wonderful...the soapwort is adorable...and you had me fooled with the barberry macro shot!

Happy gardening...gail

joey said...

Like Monica's idea of Mish-Mash Monday and you have provided us with some fun stuff. Glad you are finding time in your busy life for yourself :)

Wendy said...

Oh, I can't wait to see your morning glories this year! Last year they were gorgeous!!!
What a neat pic - that bayberry! They look so tiny and sweet. Love the colour too. I wonder if we have any bayberry here. Will check it out.

Don't you just love this time of year, when everything is just bursting out all over?? I do.

Thanks for taking us around your garden, Becky. Have a good week. Now that I'm back home, I will be spending as much time as possible in my garden. Yippeeee!!

beckie said...

Thank you all for the very kind comments. I apologize for not answering individually. It has been a busy week again with work and errands and trying to get some weeding done each day. I am trying to read your posts and comment on them when I can. Happy Mother's Day to you all!

Kathleen said...

The pink soapwart is darling Beckie. I've never grown this but I hear it is very hardy. The flowers are so delicate looking & my favorite color. I can't believe you almost have iris! I better go check mine. I don't think they are anywhere near as far along as yours tho. How exciting that you get to go to Spring Fling. One of these years, I'll make it. Meanwhile, I'll look forward to reading everyone's posts about it like last year. Good to see you have moonflowers growing. I remember you wanted them last year and some kind of mix-up happened (right??) and you didn't get them. Happy Mother's Day to you too!!!

garden girl said...

I'm smitten by your soapwort too Beckie - so pretty. Everything's looking great! I can hardly believe Spring Fling is now less than three weeks away. I'm looking forward to meeting you, Rose, and everybody!

garden girl said...

p.s. Happy Mother's Day!