May Bloom Day 2008

*** “Please, won’t you come into my garden, the flowers would like to meet you.”
The Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’, scotch moss, covering the risers is blooming tiny and white. Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink and D. ‘Firewitch’ line the stone steps and a self sown dicentra exima, fern leaf bleeding heart, beckons the reader into the world of flowers.

Rosa Madame Alfred Carriere, winner of the replace Killer contest is now growing on the new arbor and this is her first bloom, the palest of pinks.

Delosperma ‘Mesa Verde’, perennial ice plant
The ice plants were added to the edge of the part of the garden that used to be a gravel driveway. As you might guess, this area is a tough place to grow things, even with several additions of mushroom compost and mulch. The delospermas , among others, have been up to the task.

Large flowered marigold
While too common for some gardens, we like the colors added by all the marigold family members to the summer garden. The large flowered ones from the big box store will jazz up the long wall behind the house with splashes of sunshiney yellow. The flower form reminds one of zinnias.

Thunbergia alata, black eyed susan vine
One of two vines, the other is yellow petaled, planted in a large container with a bamboo teepee to clambor up as the thriller element. These have been considered before as possible additions to the garden, but were actually purchased and planted this year. We shall see how they perform, good things are expected from them.

Knifophia caulescens, red hot poker ,torch lily

These evergreen perennials came with the property and have been divided many times as they will form a clump that is quite large. The goldfinches and other finches love the seeds produced by the yellow flowers that open from coral buds and will spend quality time picking them out while perched on the tall stalks.

passalong iris, thanks Mae and Mickey
This orange petaled with dark orange beard is the favorite of the passalongs, maybe even of all the irises grown here.

Allium schubertii
There were five bulbs planted in five holes several years ago, with two Sinopel daffodils in each. The combining proved to be a mistake for both. The daffs are out and replanted elsewhere giving the alliums room to reach their full potential. This is the only one blooming this year, but we have hopes that the expanded bulb growing zone will encourage future blooms that match this in size and lustre, easily twelve inches across.

Digitalis purpurea , foxglove
Seed grown foxgloves were labeled apricot, this more purple color must have been a volunteer from older plantings long forgotten. The spots inside the *gloves* indicate fairy footprints. They must have held a sock hop in this one.

Rosa Ferdinand Pichard 1921

Though classified as a Hybrid Perpetual, one rose authority calls ‘Ferdinand Pichard’ “the last of the Bourbon race.” So says the catalog entry from the Antique Rose Emporium, the source for this beauty. Last year was a disastrous one for so many plants here due to the late freeze and subsequent drought, this own root rose was cut all the way to the ground. It responded by growing back stronger and healthier than ever this year.

Dianthus barbatus ‘Sooty’ with D. Firewitch
This very dark sweet william was originally sown from seed from Thompson and Morgan several years ago. We have many sweet williams here, but this one also has darker foliage, enabling us to select out seedlings to ensure its survival. We need to get it going in the black garden.

Linum ‘Blue Sapphire’, perennial flax
Seed grown with delicate foliage and the purest of sky blue flowers, this flax opens up with the sun and closes with overcast conditions. The stems move in the slightest breeze, even one’s breath, making photos difficult. The color is handsome and the petals shiny, a worthy inclusion in bloom day presentations, even without that close up macro shot.

Campanula persicifolia
, peach leafed bellflower
Blooming mid spring with clear blue flowers, these two to three foot stalwarts give the flattering blue color to nearby oranges, pinks and yellows, tying together the cacophony of colors nicely.

Delosperma cooperii, purple hardy ice plant
Along with D. ‘Mesa Verde’,this has proven a good hardy evergreen edger in difficult sunny spots.

Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’, heliotrope

We are giving this another go in a large concrete container located near the deck. The perfume is reminiscent of vanilla and it is hoped will waft our way when seated on the deck enjoying the garden views and scents., sipping a beverage.

Papaver orientale and allium ‘Purple Sensation’
A happy coincidence of good color grouping. The orange of the poppies is a difficult one to include in a pleasing color scheme, for most other flowers that bloom at the same time here are pinks and reds. Normally we just squint our eyes and pretend it looks good. The allium was planted last fall at the base of the multi trunked silver maple, to give a purple boost to that shady area until the asiatic lilies begin and after the daffodils are finished. It was a lucky choice, for the poppies had spread down from the daylily hill near that very spot.

Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’ , cornflower, bachelor’s button

Seeds from Thompson and Morgan were ordered of this to add to the black garden last summer and fall sown. Check this one off as a success, we will save seeds from these and hope they stay true to the parent color, for there are blue cornflowers growing here as well.

Papaver somniferum , opium poppy, breadseed poppy
Passalong again from Mae and Mickey, some are pink, most are single flowered. This one is more double than any we have grown in the eight years since the seeds were so generously shared. It landed in a fortunate place, near some allium, daffodil and lily bulbs that get a twice yearly dose of bone meal. That must explain the size and lustiness of this plant. Seed will be saved from this one for special handling.

Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Burgundy’ , blanket flower

Another seed sown beauty, although we were expecting solid red petals these all have yellow tips. Tall and long blooming in the summer garden, these do seed about but are easily controlled. Later in the season yellow daylilies, blue buddleia and yellow asclepias will join the gaillardias to provide delight for butterflies, hummingbirds, and humans.

wild strawberry
A noxious weed here, but the fruit is unlike the edible garden strawberry, entirely red in color and quite striking. After this photo was taken, somebody ate this lovely specimen.

An annual that keeps up the flower parade until the first frost, we find the coloring irresistable.

Cattleya ‘Jewel Box Scheherazade’
The orchids are nearing the end of their bloom period, most are living outside now on a shady shelf lined with copper screening to keep the snails and slugs at bay. The few remaining bloomers are allowed to stay in the greenhouse/sunroom just a little while longer. Threatened with being moved to the harsh outdoor world, this one has bloomed like never before.

C. skinneri and C. ‘Scheherazade’
The two , out of three, catts still allowed to be part of the Faire Garden orchid collection, blooming with more vigor than ever to insure their place remains solid in the heart of the gardener. After their portrait was taken, they were whisked back safely inside until the flowers drop.


Many thanks to
Carol of May Dreams for hosting what has become a major blogging event!

We hope you enjoyed meeting some new favorites and old standbys that are gracing us with their colorful blooms this month. There are many, many more flowers just now in the garden, those shown are the cream of the photographs taken. Thank you for stopping by, do feel free to comment on anything you have seen here.
*** (Apologies to Tasha Tudor, the exact quote could not be found).

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74 Responses to May Bloom Day 2008

  1. Carol says:

    You had me hooked with that first photo, Frances. I know garden fairies live in that area of the garden. Very tranquil and pretty.

    Your entire garden must be amazing right now, if all these blooms shown here are just the “cream of the crop”.

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day!
    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  2. Frances, says:

    Hi Carol, it seems that a link to your home base was left out, I will fix that right now! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Layanee says:

    I love that first photo! Soft green treads invite one into your beautiful garden…thanks! So much in bloom!

  4. Gail says:

    Wow and wow again, Carol is right the
    stairway in all its mossy greenery had me, too and then there was more deliciousness! Your photos are wonderful. Fantabulous post Frances…


  5. Helen says:

    What a stunning array of flowers and wonderful colours. I particularly like your moss steps they look very inviting

  6. Frances, says:

    Hi Layanee, thanks for stopping by. I love those steps too, they even look good from far away inside the house.

    Hi Gail, thanks for the kind words. I didn’t know the steps would be more popular than the flowers!

    Hi Helen, Glad to see you. Thanks for visiting. Glad I posted the steps photo, it seems to bring in the guests.

  7. Julie says:

    Dear Frances,

    Congratulations on your “Mousie” award! Well deserved, as this post shows. I agree with Carol; that first photo is pure seduction.

    Happy May,

  8. tina says:

    I love the use of the moss! I tried it last year and it did great but could not compete with the grass. boo hoo. Flax died on me. I won’t try it again though yours is lovely. Mae and Mickey have given you some good plants. Lastly, I just bit one of those pesky strawberries. It was NOT good. How did someone eat it? They are beautiful but not even my chipmunks eat them.

  9. tina says:

    Forgot to say, I am going to link to you next week. Also, thanks SO much for trying to help me with linking!

  10. Carol says:

    Frances CONGRATS on your Mouse & Trowel for best new blog. Ya done good! Well deserved!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  11. Frances, says:

    Hi Julie, I didn’t know, thanks for directing me to check it out! I really was honored to just be nominated with so many great new blogs. Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi Tina, That moss is great but doesn’t like to share space with any type of spreading plants. I constantly keep the interlopers away. I’ll give you some when you come. Also you will be able to link the way you want after your visit, promise. Wait until you see Mae and Mickey’s place. It is like a public park. Can’t wait.

    Carol, FIVE awards for you! That is so cool, including what is the highest honor of post of the year for GADS. Well deserved. Thanks for your support.

  12. Amy says:

    Everything is *so* lovely, but those mossy rocks! (swoon) and that iris! Oh, that iris is a stunner!

  13. Kathryn/ says:

    Good morning, Frances and a hearty congratulations on a well deserved Mousie for Best New Blog! I hope you have a very big smile on your face today! Bet you do! Bravo! And thanks for your generous sharing.
    Kathryn xoxo

  14. Nancy J. Bond says:

    Love that dark cornflower, but all your blooms are amazing, as usual. 🙂

  15. Frances, says:

    Hi Amy, thanks. That is such a lovely iris, some research might reveal the name, but we just call it the orange one.

    Hi Kathryn, thanks so much for your support. I am pretty happy about it ;->

    Hi Nancy J., thanks. I am really happy about the cornflower, it does look like the photo. It just started blooming, I am hoping to keep it going by deadheading, but still leave some for seed collecting.

  16. garden girl says:

    Wow Frances, you have so many gorgeous blooms in your May garden!

  17. mike in fort pierce fl says:

    The Catts look Spectacular Frances!

  18. Anonymous says:

    That first picture catches the eye of the viewer; hook, line, and sinker. The bloom day posts are striking, reinforcing the reason fellow gardener votes crowned you “Best New Blog”.


    It is good the fairies cleaned up so well after themselves, not leaving a trace of their private festivities. They are well aware of your camera’s zoom capabilities that may detect any evidence of fairy partying.

    I am adding more to my wish list after seeing the pink ice plant and the orange iris.

    Congrats again on your win. It is absolutely work well earned. Your talent is enjoyed on both ends of the gardening spectrum, those who look and you that plants. I am so proud to be one of the offspring.

    Much Love, CP

  19. Robin's Nesting Place says:

    Congratulations on the Mousie award, Frances!

    Your May blooms are spectacular and I also loved the mossy steps in the first picture.

  20. brokenbeat says:

    can’t wait to see all this in person. happy days in may.

  21. Frances, says:

    Hi Linda, thanks, we are loaded right this moment.

    Hi Mike, thanks. This is their time, the other one always blooms in December for some reason.

    Dear Chickenpoet, your pride is not surpassed by my pride in you. Thanks for all those sweet words. I will dig you some orange iris while I know which ones they are. The ice plant is easily propagated, rooting wherever it touches the earth. Anthing you want in the garden is yours. love.

    Hi Robin, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the congrats. It was a surprise win,I was genuinely happy just to be nominated. Those mossy steps are a big hit.

    Dear Brokenbeat, thanks for your support. Can’t wait to see you and Mash. love.

  22. The Giraffe Head Tree says:

    I’m speechless. Well, nearly. Absolutely breathtaking post, Frances.

  23. Katarina i Kullavik says:

    Francis, thanks for welcoming me into your garden with that lovely picture! I did not regret I entered. So many adorable plants you’ve got blooming! Your roses are stunning – can’t wait fo mine to show their flowers!

  24. Frances, says:

    Hi Deb, thanks, glad you got your tongue back. ;->

    Hi Katarina, You are welcome any time. Thanks for the kind words. I can’t wait to see your roses.

  25. Karen Hall says:

    Beautiful post – with beautiful blooms, I am totally seduced by your stone steps in the first picture – I want to follow that path.
    Congratulations on your award, well deserved.
    Warm regards

  26. mr_subjunctive says:

    Congratulations on the Mousie from me too. I just hope you’ll use it only for good and not evil.

  27. Brenda Kula says:

    Strangely, I cannot get that Scottish moss to grow in my gardens. Must be too humid. I love it though. Loved all the other photos too.

  28. albertapostcards says:

    oh my gosh, so many glorious blooms. We won’t get blooms like that until July. Wild strawberries are considered a noxious weed where you live? Oh my heavens. Every July I scour the fields and ditches looking for the sun-warmed jewels. There is nothing quite like eating a juicy sun-warmed strawberry! I hope you enjoy yours too.


  29. Frances, says:

    Hi Karen,glad you came into the garden to meet the flowers. Thanks for the support, it means alot.

    Mr. Subjunctive, I appreciate your congrats and will try and be worthy of the honor. Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi Brenda, the sagina likes shade, I have found, and no competition or covering by the leaves of nearby plants. Thanks for the kind words.

  30. chuck b. says:

    So many pretty flowers–love the gaillardia and gazania–but it’s those mossy steps I’m fixated on.

  31. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    Congratulations, Frances, on your first (of probably many to come) Mousie!
    I really like your black flowers, & I’m not sure why, as I don’t grow any. Maybe because they’re so exotic. That Iris makes me think “Dreamsicle,” it looks almost good enough to eat.

  32. Frances, says:

    Hi Diane, the wild strawberries here are what you would call *spitters*, they taste terrible, it must be a different plant than what you have. The one photographed was eaten by a snail, most likely, even the birds won’t eat them, but they are pretty. We are zone 7, a pretty moderate climate, with frost and cold, but it doesn’t last too long. We have a long growing season.

    Hi Chuck, thanks. The steps have been a big hit with the readers.

    Thanks for that, MMD, I appreciate your confidence. You should try the black flowers, they are fun and look good with hot colors like red and orange. I just figured that out last year, noticing all the black and purple didn’t really draw the eye in the black garden. The orange iris is a beauty, I like dreamsicles too. ;->

  33. Love My Cottage Garden says:

    Spectacular pathway. You have my dream garden. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful photo collection. I just love poppies and have tried every kind of moss possible but the Texas heat just won’t allow survival.

  34. Piondröm says:

    You dont need to say please, I go in to your garden anyway.

  35. Frances, says:

    LMCG, welcome and thanks for visiting. I loved seeing your meadow and am jealous of the red corn poppy, our turned out to be white and yellow. The moss is one of our favorite plants, finding the place it like best has been a little tricky, shade and no competition work best here.

    Ken, you are so funny, come on in!

  36. Christopher C. NC says:

    A well deserved Mousie Frances. Your garden is spectacular. One day I hope to see it in person, to know where so many of my new passalongs began their histories.

  37. Frances, says:

    Hi Christopher, many thanks. I hope you will come visit too, wear good mountain, er hill climbing boots when you come. Oh he’ll be comin’ round the mountain when he comes….sorry for that ;-> The rains we have been having have helped the trillium and jacks get off to a good start, they are all looking pretty good considering, thanks for being a wonderful host.

  38. Dee/reddirtramblings says:

    Frances, I’ve never seen the black Bachelor’s Buttons. How nice they must look in your black bed. I just love the blue, white and pink ones.

    All of your flowers look especially lovely, but I have to say, that Scotch moss is breathtaking on those steps.

    Hope to get my post up later this eve.~~Dee

  39. Frances, says:

    Hi Dee, they were new to me too, when I saw them in the T & M catalog, had to have them. The moss is a star this month, it seems. Looking forward to seeing your flowers.

  40. Gail says:


    I am jumping up and down with excitement about your Mousie…Well deserved!


  41. Frances, says:

    Hi Gail, I am jumping with you and we are holding hands and screaming, hooray! Thanks so much.;->

  42. Benjamin Vogt says:

    My favorite pic is the steps. I love simple, contrasting “touches” in a landscape–in this case soft / warm moss and jagged / cool stone.

    And super congrats on the mouse and trowle award. You deserve it–you put a ton of work in to your blog, PLUS you’re fairly knowledgeable and likable, too. 🙂

  43. Frances, says:

    Hi Benjamin, thanks for that vote of confidence ;-> Nearly every comment mentions the mossy steps, but you noted the contrasting textures, good eye! I hadn’t thought of it in that way, thanks.

  44. susan harris says:

    Can I add my congrats? Your M&T is well earned – now just keep it up! Susan

  45. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Oh Frances, I can see where Chickenpoet gets her writing ability. I just love your posts. I love that scotch mosss too. I haven’t found a place where it will grow in my garden. I wonder if it gets too cold here during winter. I know it is supposed to be hardy here but I haven’t been able to grow it. WHINE… I hope when the rain stops here I will find our poppy blooming. I just love them.

  46. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Frances, I just read that you got a Mouse award. Hooray for you. Most deserved! I have been away for a few days. I will have to get around to read who all won. So happy for you.

  47. Cinj says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen such a dark sweet william. It looks so wonderfully luscious!

    The antique rose? Mmm, I can just smell the sweet aroma now. Your garden is bursting with fantastic blooms. I can only imagine what your garden must look like.

  48. Frances, says:

    Hi Susan, thanks and congrats to you and the girls also. I will do my best to keep it up!

    Hi Lisa, thanks so much, chickenpoet has been writing poems that no one is allowed to see since she was in grade school, she now raises chickens also, hence her name. ;-> I don’t know what to tell you about the moss, it needs shade here or kind of dries up during the summer. During the winter it looks a little shabby, but perks back up in spring. This is the first time it has bloomed, last year’s drought was hard on it. Thanks so much for the kind words, the award was a surprise considering the competition. You have been a good friend.

  49. Frances, says:

    Hi Cinj, thanks. Sooty is really darker in full sun and Ferdinand is very fragrant along with Madame A. I have been trying to get some long shots, but the weather and/or light plus wind are not cooperating. I like to show the whole thing along with the macro shots. Will keep trying. ;->

  50. mss @ Zanthan Gardens says:

    What a lot of interesting flowers. Many of them are quite foreign to me although I’m glad to see that we both like those plummy black cornflowers.

    I also grow ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ but mine is never such a deep pink. I notice that the same rose grown in different climates can have different colors, that those grown where it is cooler often have deeper, richer colors.

    What is the temperature range there this time of year?

  51. Frances, says:

    Hi MSS, the computer says our weather for today is high 72, low 59, with possible thunderstorms, or just rain. That is a little low for us right now, but we’ll take it;-> July and August can be hot, dry and horrible, no gardening after 10 or 11 AM, too hot. A cloudy rainy day allowed Madame A. to have a decent photo taken. Love the black cornflowers. Thanks for visiting.

  52. Rose says:

    From the steps into your garden to the final photo, this is a wonderful post, Frances. So much in bloom! I love the orange iris, and thanks for the info on the ice plant.

  53. rusty in miami says:

    Frances all your blooms are gorgeous, if I had to pick one I would pick the ‘Red Hot Poker” and what a cool name.

  54. Diana says:

    Frances – what lovely moss you have! We sure couldn’t grow that in my garden…You allium are stunning — I’m sorry to say that I am mourning mine. They came 1/2 way up and fried. I have short, burnt leaf tips and not much else. Congrats on your well-deserved Mousie win – your garden and blog are both wonderful and a treat to read and watch.

  55. Blackswamp_Girl says:

    I *know* I was supposed to be looking at the orchids… but the feathergrass with the golden groundcover in the background of that picture grabbed my attention instead. What a great combination–is that golden creeping jenny?

    ‘Sooty’ is beautiful, but my favorite flowers were the ‘Mesa Verde’ iceplants. I’m so used to only seeing gold and hot pink flowers on iceplants, so those were really striking.

  56. Cindy says:

    Frances, how can I possibly choose a favorite from all those lovelies? We can’t grow Alliums, dang it, and I’m sighing over the A. schubertii. The passalong iris is a beauty indeed … can’t grow those either. I’ve grown Centaureas before, tho, so perhaps I’ll see if I can find some seeds for the black one! Congrats on the Mousie: not surprising with posts like this!

  57. ina says:

    you r garden must be lovely thise beautifull flowers ! here in holland the garden is not so far , the first roses are yet in bloom greetings from a rainy holland

  58. gintoino says:

    So many beautiful flowers in your garden Frances. That first picture is soo wonderful It gave me a nice idea for my garden steps, maybe i will be able to achieve somnething similar with thyme.

  59. Frances, says:

    Hi Rusty, thanks. The red hot poker is exotic looking, fairly large in the garden. It is an old fashioned plant in this part of the country, most of the older homes around me have it along with iris, peonies and daylilies, probably passed along among neighbors when these 1950’s houses were new.

    Hi Diana, thanks for those kind words. The alliums have good years and bad years, this was a good one for one of them anyway. I love the look of them, are there not any you can grow there?

    Hi Kim, thanks for noticing, that is the reason that picture ended the show. The grass on the hill behind the wall is stipa tenuissima, used all over here for the delicate movement it provides. There is a wild sedum under it, blooming yellow just now. It is a little aggressive, but I pull what isn’t wanted. The variegated ivy on the wall attached itself from a now gone planter years ago, I let it grow on the concrete and cut away any that strays too far.

  60. Frances, says:

    Hi Cindy, thanks for the sweet words. Do look for the black cornflower, it grows as easily as the blue, this is the annual one, and blends well with reds and oranges. I am surprised the alliums don’t do well there, isn’t Texas famous for its sweet onions?

    Hi Ina, welcome from Holland, do you know Yolanda Elizabet from Bliss? Thanks for visiting and the kind words. Hope your roses give you much joy when they bloom.

    Hi Gintoino, thanks. Thyme works great on the sunny steps here, the wooly thyme and red creeping thyme are good because they tend to stay low to the ground. Since we garden on a steep slope, we have very many steps here to plant around. Good luck with it.

  61. Annie in Austin says:

    Lovely Blooming Day, Frances – I hope Madame Alfred keeps producing those delicate flowers – no way she could ever be a thug!

    You must have been blogging inside your head for a long time because you never wrote in a tentative fashion… you hit the ground at full speed and ran off with the Mousie ~ Congratulations!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  62. Dave says:

    Wow Frances! How do you keep up with everything. You must have a notebook the size of a garden catalog. Nice pictures! The wild strawberry picture was great.

  63. Lets Plant says:

    Wow Francis!! That is what awards are made of!! You have outdone yourself!!

  64. Melanie says:

    Frances, what a wonderful amazing GBBD post you put together. It must have taken you hours and hours and I hope you know how much we all appreciate being able to see all your lovely blooms. The first shot is a spot I could sit all day, dream, read a book, eat lunch and take a nap 🙂

  65. Nan Ondra says:

    Thanks for sharing the glorious rainbow of Faire Garden flowers, Frances! I have to echo the praise for that first photo. How I wish I could grow Scotch moss like that. And it looks like you have a really interesting color break on your Oriental poppy – that it has some yellow sections in it?

    And finally, I add my voice in congratulating you on your well-deserved Mousie. Gee, I remember way back to the beginning of your blog. Oh, wait – it was only December, right? Ok, so my memory’s not as impressive as I thought. But still, you’ve made such an impression on our community that it’s hard to remember life before Faire Garden!

  66. Frances, says:

    Dear Annie, your words have always brought smiles and encouragement. Thank you. Madame Alfred is growing well, it will take a few years for her to drip down petals from the arbor, but so far she is putting on lots of new growth.

    Hi Dave, I started out keeping records of all the plants in the garden, seperated by type, trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennials. Last lasted for about two years, then, it was just too much. I went to the journal method, writing down what was purchased and when. Where it was planted was noted, but things are moved so much, I quit that. If I had to make a list of what we have, I don’t know if I’m up to it, I just know it when I see it. Thanks for your kind words, I liked the strawberry photo too.

  67. Frances, says:

    Hi Melanie, thanks for that, coming from one who does such high quality posts, it mean a lot. I did spend more time than usual on this, working on the photos took most of it, but feel that’s what the bloom days are for.

    Hi Nan, thanks for the support you have given me from the very beginning, it is truly appreciated. Your work offers a role model to strive for in the excellence of all you do. And I consider you a good friend, even though we have never met. I will have to check out that poppy, not sure if the petals are still around since we had some heavy rains since the photo was taken, thanks for the alert. ;->

  68. Yolanda Elizabet says:

    Such a lovely contribution to GBBD Frances and such a lot of blooms too. Madame is an old friend of mine as well and I love handsome Ferdinand too! Is it scented? I’m glad that it has recovered from the disastrous weather from last year.

    The black cornflower is gorgeous and so is the wild strawberry. Who ate it btw?

    Congratulations on winning a Mousie! Well done you!

  69. Frances, says:

    Hi Lets Plant, Aaron, thanks for stopping by and the kind words. And thanks for the faving on Blotanical. You are really making yourself at home there, good going!

    Hi Yolanda, congrats back at ya! Ferdinand is fragrant, and had been threatened with removal if he didn’t bring more to the table, glad he saw the error of his ways. ;-> The wild strawberry, not edible by humans or birds, was probably eaten by a snail or slug, they have been a problem this year since we have had more rain. I’m not complaining. Thanks for your support and friendship.

  70. Kerri says:

    Frances, your garden is looking very fair 🙂 I can imagine soft fairy slippers treading lightly on that beautiful moss. How gorgeous! And the fern leaf bleeding heart…so delicate!
    Madam Alfrred Carriere is a blushing beauty and I adore ice plant. I could go on and on..but I’d better not.
    Thanks for the Bloom Day tour. It’s been a real pleasure 🙂
    And lastly, congrats on your Mousie! Good for you!

  71. Phillip says:

    I love the mossy steps. I think you are going to really like Mde. Alfred Carriere, it is a wonderful rose. I’ll be anxious to hear about how the black-eyed Susan vine does. I came really close to buying one this year.

  72. Phillip says:

    P.S. – Do you know if Tasha Tudor is still living?

  73. Frances, says:

    Hi Kerri, thanks for stopping by. There are so many bloom day posts this month, I am still working on visiting all of them, it may take until next bloom day to do it. Thanks for your support and sweet words, and also the idea of fairy feet on the moss. Sounds like a good idea for a post!

    Hi Phillip, first off, it seems Tasha Tudor is still living, born in 1915, that makes her 93? Everyone seems to be gung ho about Madame A., so far she is a beauty. The vine has been growing quickly, too quickly for the teepee, already way past the top of it, time to rethink. Thanks for visiting.

  74. Frances, says:

    Hi Rose, sorry your response is out of order, blogger had taken your comment hostage and it was just now discovered. Thanks for visiting and good luck with your annuals awaiting their time in the sun. The orange iris is a favorite here, and we have been happy with the ice plant, hardy to zone 5. Thanks for visiting.

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