Time Marches On-2009 Bloom Day

march-9-2009-012-2The day’s blooms begin with Salix discolor, now beginning to flower from the furry catkins. Photo taken at offspring Semi’s garden, but ours are also blooming now. march-11-2009-003-2Seed grown wallflower, Erysimum is just opening. This might be Cloth Of Gold, I can’t find the seed packet. It has reseeded in the gravel extravagantly. In another year we should be awash in gold cloths.march-5-2009-022-2Helleborus orientalis ‘Blue Lady’. march-6-2009-015-2Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’march-11-2009-016-2Let us rest our eyes with a little bit longer view of those. Heuchera ‘Brownie’ in the back.march-11-2009-019-2Blue on blue, Hyacinth on grape hyacinth, Muscari armeniacum march-9-2009-034-2Still more blue, Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ in the knot garden. march-11-2009-024-2Narcissus ‘Audubon’ march-11-2009-028-2 N. ‘Ice Follies’ march-9-2009-050-2 N. ‘Jetfire’ march-9-2009-054-2Another eye rest period with a shot of cute little N. ‘Tete-a-Tete’ along the garage deck upper wall.Oriental poppies, Papaver orientale in background, from neighbors Mae and Mickey.march-9-2009-047-2 Daphne odora is like a very fragrant miniature bouquet. The small shrub is covered in blooms this year but most of the leaves look appalling or there would be a whole plant shot included here.march-10-2009-011-2Another passalong from neighbors Mae and Mickey, flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciousa.march-11-2009-017-2Also from M and M, purple leaf peach, Prunus persica? Mickey grew several of these from cuttings and gave them to the neighbors up and down our street. He even planted this one for me.march-11-2009-022Erica no ID. Just to let you know there are still several of these around and about the slopes that were not removed with the big heather upheaval. There were several small pots of Callunas and Ericas purchased at a nursery near Chattanooga that was selling them as ground cover for $1.75 a pot. I bought them all, seven or eight, even without tags. All have been good performers. The one gallon sized Erica darleyensis Mediterranean white and pink from the big box store grew too large and were removed from the heather bed to make way for a more diverse planting there.march-11-2009-013-2The final portion of today’s show will be the orchids. Newly opened for this month are Paphiopedilum Onyx ‘Fancy Cherry’ x Paph. sukhakulii, and march-11-2009-007-2Mtda. Bartley Schwarz ‘Highland’ , one of the few non Paphs here, a gift from friend Laurie.march-11-2009-015-2This might be the most orchids blooming at the same time for us ever, a little orchid show. From left using shortened names is Paph. Denehurst ‘Surprise’, P. ‘Fancy Cherry’, P. ‘Oriental Mystique’, Mtda. ‘Highland’ and Paph. ‘Quasky’. Thanks for the blooms you guys! (To the curious, no, the orchids cannot be outside yet. They only made the short jaunt to the pond wall for their portraits, then were whisked back to the warm humid greenhouse/sunroom for a few more weeks.)march-11-2009-026-2Well, that’s the end of our show. Wave bye bye, kiddies. Little high pitched squeaky voices emanating from the violas, “Bye bye, friends!”
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71 Responses to Time Marches On-2009 Bloom Day

  1. Frances, You always do such a great job with your images. I have been considering daphne but your comment regarding the leaves gives me pause.

    And the orchids! Just delicious. You’ve brightened up a rainy Sunday.

    Hi Kathy, thanks so much. I love the Daphne, but this year the leaves are so burnt looking. I see now that they are all falling off as the bush is in full bloom. I assume that means new leaves, but as for a nice photo, forget it. Our winter was particularly harsh this year, maybe a more protected site would help. Now the orchids have really been putting on a good show this year. We need some brightening with all this rain, maybe later today I hope!


  2. Les says:

    All your blooms look nice, but my favs are the blues and that first orchid. Is your peach a dwarf, if so it may be ‘Bonfire’. We sell them at work and get them from McMinnville Co. TN!

    Hi Les, thanks so much. The peach is quite dwarf, less than five feet after that many years. The leaves are a rich dark purple color too and the form is nice. I have limbed mine up a bit to be able to plant underneath. I do that to everything, sort of a ground-hog! HA Bonfire does look like it, nice to be able to give it a name, thanks!

  3. Your garden looks delightful! I really like your large sweep of Iris reticulata. Next year, I must have them. Narcissus ‘Audubon’ is really something. I might have to find room for some of those too.

    Hi MMD, thanks so much. I have to laugh at your retic. comment. Last year you wrote when they were shown on my blog that you couldn’t stand the dying back of the foliage and I answered to look the other way! It is unsightly for a while, maybe planted amongst some hostas or something that would cover up those long leaves you work for you. πŸ™‚

  4. VP says:

    What a show you have in your garden today Frances!

    My Jetfire are looking a bit peculiar this year – most of them seem to have lost a lot of the orange to their trumpets. I love your Pickwick crocus – seeing we live not far from Pickwick (yes, as in Charles Dickens) and that’s where we lived when we were first married, perhaps I should get some for my garden too!

    So glad you’re enjoying Gardens Illustrated – it’s a real treat for those times we can’t get out in the garden or are needing some inspiration isn’t it?

    Hi VP, thanks so much. I agree about the jetfire, less orange but it has been a good deal colder this year, maybe they will orange up if we get a warm spell? Pickwick is the best of the vernus crocus, IMHO. Plenty of inspiration in GI. Hope they send those back issues I ordered through the mail. No online orders, only by phone or mail for those. It will be years before I see them, if ever. Sigh. I am greedy for more! πŸ™‚

  5. What a lot you have blooming Frances. I love the overall photos of the sweet little iris blooming. I planted 1 of them in my friends garden right beside the steps going to her front door so she would be sure to find it. She did and just loved it but couldn’t remember planting it. tee hee… you know how those garden fairies are. They like to surprise their friends. Your daffs are so pretty too. Your display last year made me get busy and plant some different species around the garden. They aren’t blooming yet. Hopefully next month. Happy GBBD.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. What a great tale about the iris! You are a regular Ellen Wilmott! HA The fancy daffs are mostly not blooming here either. I don’t know why Audobon is so early, but not complaining about it! πŸ™‚ Happy GBBD to you also.

  6. Stunning photos, Frances.
    I have a real soft spot for crocus ‘Pickwick’.
    The orchids are breath-taking.

    Hi Happy, thanks so much. You are the second to comment about Pickwick, after VP. It is a beautiful crocus, is it also a beautiful place?

  7. Joy says:

    Frances .. those orchids blew my socks off this morning ! LOL .. truly amazing to see something that delicate and exotic looking growing in a garden : )
    Nan Ondra had her black “pussywillow” pictured in her post and it reminded me I should have at least one salix in my garden too, seeing yours as well now.. so much I want and not enough room ? LOL
    Beautiful pictures !!

    Hi Joy, thanks so much. The orchids get forgotten as the outdoor garden wakes up, until it is photo taking time! HA I must check out Nan’s black catkins, I have been eyeing that shrub, but it does take up more room and I already have the plain old type. Maybe a switcheroo? HA

  8. Janet says:

    Good morning Frances, all the beauties up close and full of splendor. What a nice grouping of orchids. My daphne is done blooming now… so take a nice long sniff for me please.
    Have a great bloom day.

    Hi Janet, thanks. Consider it sniffed! πŸ™‚

  9. Sigh…I’m stunned by all your beautiful things in your garden Frances. That Orchid grand finale is breath-taking! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful blooms this GBBD.
    xoxo Tyra.

    Hi Tyra, thanks so much. The orchids have been a delight this year, it is not always so. To have so many in bloom at once is very gratifying!

  10. Frances,
    Beautiful colors for winter-weary eyes!

    I noticed the moss growing on your edging bricks. I just love the look of edged paths.


    Hi Cameron, thanks. The moss on the bricks of the knot garden are some of the most diverse here, even though that area is in full sun all day. They are old hand made bricks from a nearby ruin that is just crumbling away and mine are also turning to dust. They definitely add age to the knot area. πŸ™‚

  11. Gail says:

    Good Morning my friend! Every time I see your spring flowers…I think “put those on the list”! So Audubon and Harmony go on the list! (What I need is an automated service that sends a reminder to me each fall to order from the list!) The little iris reticulata are fantastic…Actually, it’s all fantastic and wonderful….Have a delightful Bloom Day. gail

    Hi Gail, good morning to you on this rainy day, yet again. Harmony is fool proof and Audobon is special with that coloration. I like to use my task list on the sidebar to keep those wish list plants on, along with to do chores in the garden, that way it haunts me. HA

  12. Monica says:

    Frances, As usual, everything is so bright, colorful, cheery, and gorgeous in your area! I esp. love the Blue Lady! It’s supposed to get to 54 today and yesterday (while I was at an all-day gardening conference) it got to 50!

    Hi Monica, thanks. I think your temps sound higher than ours for a change! Hooray! And your artistic touch to that Ikea light is pure brilliance!

  13. Rose says:

    Frances, do you mind if I just sit here for awhile and take it all in? Your macros are exquisite, but I also like the long shots–the planting of crocuses look like little ballerinas in their toe shoes:)

    Hi Rose, please, sit and rest awhile. Would you like a beverage? πŸ™‚ I have been wondering what the row of Pickwick looks like, thanks so much for the clarification!

  14. I am in awe of all that you have blooming β€” and then to end it with that orchid show; what a treat for us cold climate gardeners!

    Hi Linda, thanks so much. The orchids were very cooperative to be blooming at this time together. It has never happened before. Glad you enjoyed the show. πŸ™‚

  15. Your garden appears to be at least 2, maybe 3 weeks ahead of mine. And it is lovely as always. Thanks for joining in for bloom day and for that nice orchid show.

    Hi Carol, thanks for putting this on, I would never miss it if possible. Zone 7a does seem about that much ahead, but your green grass looks way better than mine. I do think having several of the same type of orchid is much easier to care for properly than one of this and that. I know from experience. πŸ™‚

  16. commonweeder says:

    Frances, these are absolutely breathtaking photos. My turn will come. Eventually.

    Hi Pat, thanks. Yes your turn is coming. We all get a turn, thankfully. πŸ™‚ So glad you were able to be with your daughter.

  17. Frances, as usual you photos are fantastic! You have so much going on! WOW!

    Hi Helen, thanks so much. Things are starting to color up here, the show has only just begun. πŸ™‚

  18. tina says:

    Those irises are so awesome! I planted some last fall but they are just barely peeking thru. What is the secret?? I just love the color blue in spring and your hyacinths and muscari are quite wonderful. Looking great at Fairegarden!

    Hi Tina, thanks. I do think the first year for bulbs that they are about two weeks later than after being in the ground for a year or two. This is one of the sunniest spots in the garden also, at the top of the hill by the shed.

  19. Racquel says:

    Your garden is so full of color right now Frances! Everything is looking happy & healthy. Are you getting all this rain too? The Knot garden is so sweet with the deep blue Irises setting the stage for what looks like more bulbs to come. πŸ™‚

    Hi Racquel, thanks so much. We had a most wonderful slow soaking rain over several d ays. It is still raining today some, but already we can see the results in things greening up. There are white viridiflora tulips in the four quadrants of the knot garden that will bloom in a couple of weeks. That is the best time for the knot garden. I do wish the iris bloomed then too, but they never do.

  20. cindee says:

    Beautiful blooms Frances!

    Hi Cindee, thanks so much.

  21. Sweet Bay says:

    Beautiful post Frances. Your orchids are gorgeous.

    Hi Sweetbay, thanks so much. The orchids have been a delight this year.

  22. Amazing macro shots of the blooms Frances. I love the orchids.

    Hi Crafty, thanks so much. The orchids are the big hit for this bloom day.

  23. Daphne Gould says:

    I’m so jealous. They are all lovely. I especially like the iris. Iris has always been one of my favorite flowers.

    Hi Daphne, thanks, but don’t be jealous. Your spring will come soon. πŸ™‚ Those early iris are so cheering, I should plant more of them this fall.

  24. Brenda Kula says:

    Your photos, Frances, are beyond description. I don’t have many bulbs up yet. The narcissus have been wanting to bloom all week, but the lack of sun has held them back. The tulips are struggling in the cold rain. Time marches on.

    Hi Brenda, thanks for that wonderful praise. The warm sunshine does help move things along, doesn’t it? Hope your blooms open soon for your enjoyment. πŸ™‚

  25. linda says:

    Outstanding photos Frances! So much blooming in your garden. The orchids are breathtaking. You had me fooled for a moment! I didn’t think it was warm enough there yet for them to be outside.

    Hi Linda, thanks. Some days it is warm enough for the orchids, but it is too much bother to bring them in and out. They are happy in the greenhouse for now. I put them out late April to be safe. Bringing the seedlings in and out is work enough for me. πŸ™‚

  26. Jen says:

    Mmmm – still pretty cold up here in NY, but I’m feeling warmer just looking at these gorgeous photos. I’ve decided to give my mom an orchid or two for Mother’s Day. Those are just stunning. Thanks for the ideas.

    Hi Jen, thanks. They seem to be selling orchids everywhere anymore. You should be able to find some nice ones for your mom.

  27. chuck b. says:

    Enticing picture of massed orchids!

    Hi Chuck, thanks. The orchids have been the best ever this year.

  28. gittan says:

    Oh Frances… they all look magnificent! I can hardly wait untill my garden looks like that. You know being patient, that’s not me =) Thanks for charing alla these wonderful flowers / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks. I can’t wait to see you garden all in bloom too. πŸ™‚

  29. eliz says:

    Phew!!! I was thinking (although knowing it could not be) that those orchids grew outside or you and that you are some kind of flower wizard!

    Hi Elizabeth, while I am thought by some family members to have certain powers, I cannot make our climate into the tropics, nor would I want to. HA Not quite time for the orchids to be out, another month and they will move outside though.

  30. mothernaturesgarden says:

    You are doing some fine close-up work with your camera, Frances. I feel I could lean forward and sniff them.

    Hi Donna, thanks so much. That is high praise coming from such a good photographer as yourself. πŸ™‚

  31. Catherine says:

    Wow!! You have so much blooming! I’m waiting for my ‘Blue Lady’ to bloom, it’s very close. I love all the iris, very striking. The orchids are amazing!

    Hi Catherine, thanks. The Blue Lady is new as of last year and still small. Only two blooms but they are very dark and nice.

  32. Hello Frances

    Such beautiful photos. I love the Crocus ‘Pickwick’ but it’s the Orchids that blew me away. That’s nice stone behind them by the way.

    So much colour for mid March!


    Hi Rob, thanks and welcome. The orchids are having their best year ever this time around. And we do love that Tennessee native stone. πŸ™‚

  33. kanak says:

    Awesome photos, Frances. The blues are great. The iris, narcissus, peach blossoms are all so beautiful but the orchids? Oh they’re fabulous…Wonderful portraits:)
    Happy GBBD.

    Hi Kanak, thanks so much. The orchids are getting a lot of attention this month. They have been very good to me! πŸ™‚

  34. Lola says:

    Fantastic, Frances.

    Hi Lola, thanks so much.

  35. Your iris are blooming?! I’m further south significantly and mine aren’t even thinking about showing their blue yet!

    Hi Jill, they are almost done now. These have been in the ground for several years and are in a very sunny spot. They normally do bloom at this time, or earlier by a couple of days depending the weather. These are Iris reticulata, maybe you have a different sort?

  36. annetanne says:

    You have some really beautiful pictures!

    Hi Anne, thanks so much. So glad you enjoyed them.

  37. Frances, what a wonderful array of blooms, and the photos are great too. Of course my favorite is the blue lady hellebore.

    Hi Karen, thanks so much for that. Glad you liked our Blue Lady, she is quite special. I received a couple of Red Ladies for Christmas that should be nice also when they are large enough to bloom.

  38. Kathleen says:

    oh Frances, I’m in macro ecstasy. So much so that I can’t even be jealous of your bounteous spring blooms. Every single shot is like pure bliss. I wish I had been the master behind the lens. In particular, I’m lovin’ the little line of crocus, the beautiful daffodils and of course the orchids (especially the lady slipper varieties). Not that everything isn’t stellar, just those are my faves. It is a fine bloom day at Faire Garden.

    Hi Kathleen, thanks, HA. Maybe someday you can take photos of my garden and be the master! HA The paphs are my favorite orchids. I find them the easiest to rebloom too, now that I understand their needs better. It took ten years to figure it out, but I think I’ve caught on finally. πŸ™‚

  39. Cinj says:

    Holy buckets Frances. That’s such a wonderful array of flowers and it’s only March. A much better array to look at that the annoying white snow still blanketing just about every inch of ground around here still.

    Hi Cinj, thanks. That is a new expression for me, Holy buckets, I love it! πŸ™‚ Your spring will come at the right time for you, soon I hope.

  40. Ann says:

    Glorious photos, Frances. One more beautiful than the next. Just can’t get over the range of colors you have going on right now. Delightful!

    Hi Ann, thanks so much. Spring is a busy bloom time here. Next month will be even better, and May more than that. It will slow down some after that, but there will be plenty of flowers to show for the bloom days. πŸ™‚

  41. RobinL says:

    Spring has truly arrived there at Fairegarden! I did wonder about the orchids, thanks for clearing that up! I do think that violas would have little high pitched voices, I can just hear it.

    Hi Robin, thanks, we consider it spring when the early daffs begin blooming. It just gets better from there on in. I’m glad you agree the violas would have little squeaky voices too. πŸ™‚

  42. kate says:

    What eye=popping and beautiful photographs! I felt as if I was experiencing spring through the beauty in your garden. The variety of blooms you have is staggering ~ I love the different varieties of Narcissus, the winter Daphne and your gorgeous collection of Iris.

    Hi Kate, thanks so much. There is a lot of diversity here. For a couple of years I was adding a few fancy varieties of daffs. Audubon is the earliest of those. They really don’t make that much impact in the garden, but they do take a nice portrait. πŸ™‚

  43. Gayle Madwin says:

    What a huge array of blooms! I like the flowering quince best, followed by the irises and the grape hyacinths. I used to have grape hyacinths, but I couldn’t keep them alive.

    Hi Gayle, thanks and welcome. I am sorry about your grape hyacinths. They do like our zone 7 garden.

  44. Michelle says:

    I love the flowering quince! My mom just bought one. I will have to send her over her to see what she has to look forward to πŸ™‚

    Hi Michelle, thanks and welcome. The quince is a long bloomer here and always cheers us. Hope your Mom gets lots of joy from hers as well. πŸ™‚

  45. Darla says:

    My word you have a lot of blooms. Oh, I can just barely hold on until you post more photos of your gardens Frances. How long have you been working on this yard?

    Hi Darla, thanks. Do try to hold on, more will come eventually. πŸ™‚ Things get very busy at this time of year in the garden and there is not as much blogging time. HA I have been working on this garden for almost nine years. It was terraced and cleared with a back hoe when we began the renovation of the main house. That was in the summer of 2000. I have worked many many hours on it. Trying to have it be pretty all year has been a goal that we have been striving towards. It will never be finished and will always need tweaking. That is the fun of it. I do appreciate your interest, for I never tire of talking about the garden.

  46. Pam/Digging says:

    So many pretty blues and pinks. And I can’t resist those daffs. Spring has sprung at Faire Garden.

    Hi Pam, it’s true, the spring bloom has begun here. We are having some excellent rain right now, long and slow. the garden is drinking it up in preparation for the dry times that will surely be here soon. You know how that goes. πŸ™‚

  47. patsi says:

    I must be losing my mind!
    You have orchids outside blooming?
    Thought they were only grown in greenhouses.
    What an overwhelming selection of flowers !

    Hi Patsi, thanks but if you weren’t such a sweetheart, I might say that the text explained that the orchids only came outside to have their photo taken then were whisked back into the greenhouse. But since I like you, I won’t say anything like that. πŸ™‚ They will be brought to live outside in another month for the summer, then go back inside in September. πŸ™‚

  48. Wow, I should have put on my sunglasses (and had more coffee) before opening your site this morning, Frances. What a fabulous, heartwarming display of blooms for March. It cheered my winter-weary soul a LOT, let me tell you. The snow is receding here, but it’s still so deep in spots it’ll be a long time yet before I get to see even crocuses. Thankfully, others live in less crabby climates. Thanks for boosting our spirits.

    Hi Jodi, thanks. More coffee is always a good idea, no matter the circumstances. HA I know that your spring will be glorious while we are stuck indoors with the air conditioning on and it will boost my spirits as well.

  49. Nicole says:

    Wow, loads of blooms! Love the daphne and flowering quince. Of course I have serious doubts about whether I could grow those in the tropics!

    Hi Nicole, thanks. I don’t know if those would grow for you, but do know that you have plenty of spectacular flowers where you live that can only be houseplants here. πŸ™‚

  50. Randy says:

    My heavens, Frances! Just look at all that color! I’ve never seen Audubon before! I’ll be adding that to our collection.

    Hi Randy, thanks. Audubon was one of the most expensive daffs I have ever purchased, so only a few were ordered from Van Engelen. It does have a most wonderful ring of fire, doesn’t it?

  51. Shirl says:

    Great stuff and a Happy GBBD to you Frances! What wonderful colours you have at the moment. Great trick to take your orchids out for their speical group pic – loved that! Ice Follies aaaalso caught my eye. I planted some late this year but so far they have yet to appear. After seeing yuor photo I do hope they make it πŸ˜€

    Now can a tempt you with a few thousand snowdrops perhaps? If so you’ll find them here πŸ˜€

    Hi Shirl, thanks. You know I will try my best to get over and see you snowdrops. I still remember them from last year and had never seen so many. That was inspiration to buy and plant some here. I have five. πŸ™‚

  52. Carol says:

    Good Monday Morning Frances,
    Your vibrant photos are so delightful to see and to know that spring is marching upwards from the south… to see iris reticulata so lovely massed in your garden reminds me of mine that will be some of the first little bulbs to lift our spirits here… when the snow and cold do finally go. Your garden is so well cared for … every inch it seems offering a gift. Your Paphs are fabulous! Gorgeous photos and plants!

    Hi Carol, thanks and good afternoon to you. Monday is wash day here. πŸ™‚ I do appreciate those kind words and know your own little iris retics will brighten your life too. I spend many hours in the garden, it is better cared for than the house, by far. πŸ™‚

  53. Phillip says:

    What a gorgeous display. I don’t know where to begin so I’ll just saw everything looks incredible. I do love to ‘Pickwick’ and the orchids are unbelievable.

    Hi Phillip, thanks so much. Isn’t Pickwick a darling? I just love those stripes. The orchids are having their best year ever. It only took ten years to figure out what they need to bloom like that. πŸ™‚

  54. Carol says:

    Oh Frances thank you for visiting my site and for your comment… I must have made a mistake somehow as I cannot reply to your comment. So good to connect to a Tennessee gardener! Especially one as prolific and talented as you.

    Wow, Carol, such nice words, thanks so much. I think you just leave another comment as a blogger user to answer your comments. It is very nice to meet another TN gardener. We try to support each other as much as possible, and some of us have met in person, a most gratifying experience. πŸ™‚

  55. Jen says:

    Frances, what beautiful shots you have captured. They all look wonderful to me. I love LOVE all the orchids blooming at once. Do you know how lucky you are?

    What type of camera do you have, is it a Point and shoot, or a DSLR?


    Hi Jen, thanks so much. I do know that the orchids have never ever bloomed that many at one time before. I have four other paphs without buds or blooms. Now if I could ever get them all to bloom at the same time, it would be one for the record books. My camera is a Canon powershot A720 IS, a point and shoot. Once I read the owner’s manual, it became quite a nice camera. HA

  56. The helleborus closeup is very nice. I think that drift of the Iris reticulata’Harmony’ is what Bulbarella had in mind when she planted those. At least they have reappeared. Your garden is like a preview of this one with a touch more variety of the cutivated.

    Hi Christopher, thanks. I have always thought that Bulbarella and I are soul sisters. My garden is all cultivated, no wildflowers naturally occuring, unless we call the weeds wildflowers which I have been known to do. Your mountainside is a true garden, with human intervention only adding to its splendor. πŸ™‚

  57. Marnie says:

    Frances, what a lovely early spring display. I never put in a lot of spring bulbs and I regret that. Never too late I guess, I’ll add this fall.

    Your garden looks so inviting.

    Hi Marnie, thanks. You should go crazy with bulbs this fall, they are cheap, easy and give so much pleasure with so little work. The surprise of seeing what comes up where is part of the fun too. I am always moving the bulbs, then forget to write it down, and of course forget that it even happened. Even now I am seeing foliage wondering what it is and when did I plant that? HA

  58. Jean says:

    Wow, I truly couldn’t decide which of your blooms and/or photos I liked best! The up close crocuses, but then there’s those beautiful daffs, or maybe it’s the hellebores. Geez, you’ve got it all girl! πŸ™‚

    Hi Jean, thanks. You really don’t need to pick a favorite. There is room in our hearts for all the flowers, just like all our children and grandchildren. That is the way I think about them. πŸ™‚

  59. CurtissAnn says:

    You truly do have a fairy garden! Your photographs are beautiful, how much more the flowers must be in person. Thanks for sharing with those of us less fortunate. πŸ™‚

    Hi Curtissann, thanks so much. None of the pictures ever are as wonderful as the garden is in real life, no matter how pretty they are. The camera just isn’t the same as a pair of human eyes. I do appreciate you understanding that.

  60. Dee says:

    So many beautiful things. You’re now inspiring me to grow iris reticulata too. Gracious where will I put that? I love your garden, and you too. Would love to come and visit. We’ll just have to get together at Spring Fling. You are going aren’t you?~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks so much. The little iris doesn’t take up much room and goes dormant like the other bulbs, I’m sure you can find a place for these beauties. I would love to have you visit sometime, Dee. But I certainly will give you a big hug at the Spring Fling. πŸ™‚

  61. Barbara says:

    Frances, your blossoms are just a delight. I’m going to come back and drink this post in over the next 6 weeks until I’ve got my own flowers to look at. Like the lie-down close-ups of the Crocus. I’ve seen Iris reticulata clumped, but never grown in a nice thick swath – really works well.

    Hi Barbara, thanks so much. I go back and look at the old bloom day posts myself. We all need a pretty flower fix now and then. πŸ™‚ The iris were originally planted about 10 inches apart. Over the years they have mulitplied to form the dense swath. They might need dividing at some point. I think it has been four or five years since they were first planted.

  62. That’s it. I now have another daffodil on my wish list. I don’t have Audubon yet and she is LOVELY! I also truly love the closeup of the hellebore.

    Hi Healing, thanks. Audubon is a lovely daffodil. You don’t notice the special attributes from afar, she is meant to be studied up close.

  63. Semi says:

    Ohh those orchids.. I love them. I like the iris together mine are so spread out. Blue lady is a beauty. Jetfire is on my list for next year! Love semi

    Hello dear Semi, thanks. The iris were planted 10 in each quad in the knot garden and have filled in by themselves. You might notice that I didn’t show the other two quads where the squirrels have dug them up and they are more sparse. Also I inadvertently pulled some as wild onions their second year. I need to spread more over there and this might be the year for that. I will give you some jetfire soon.
    Love, Frances

  64. Siria says:

    Oh Frances….what a sight!!! Your garden is spectacularly coming to life. I love that picture of the orchids in line in the foreground with your blooming hillside in the background. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    Hi Siria, thanks so much. That orchid shot has been a big hit. Spring should really kick into gear with all the rain we have had.

  65. Kathleen says:

    Have you done a tutorial on it (and I missed it)? If not, would you be willing to?? (on how to get the paphs to rebloom). Being a newbie to orchids I’d love to get my half price one to bloom and I’m confused as to whether I should fertilize, water only when dry, weekly or what. Maybe a blog topic for next winter?? If I can keep mine alive long enough. I will google care instructions but since you have such good luck, I thought maybe I’d go right to a source!!! Thanks Frances.

    Hi Kathleen, no I have not gone into detail about the paphs. Notice I grow no phals, the kind of orchid sold everywhere and the one most people have if they have any. I cannot rebloom them with consistent results. What I have learned for the paphs is to cover the potting mix, which is from the big box in a bag labeled for paphs and other orchids with damp long strand spaghnum peat moss, also in the orchid section at the big box. To water, I mist the moss when it is dry, not at a certain time period, and spray a very weak fertilizer solution on the moss when I think of it. Less is better than too much. During the summer while they are outside, I just water if there has been no rain. They are allowed to get much drier outside, but are in the shade. If you have any questions, just email me and I will try to help. πŸ™‚

  66. Kathleen says:

    PS It would be an honor (and a delight) to take pics of your garden Frances. I hope someday that might be possible…

    Hi Kathleen, thanks so much. Maybe I could get some photography tips at that time! πŸ™‚

  67. It’s so interesting to see the variety of narcissus…all are new to me. The audubon and jetfire are really cool. It’s a beautiful scene, with all of the blue…iris, hyacinth,grape hyacinth…all in large numbers. You have a wonderful garden to plant in!

    Hi Jan, thanks so much. We do love to plant bulbs in the fall. There can not be too many bulbs. The grape hyacinths were here and spread very rapidly by seed and bulb increase. They were the first thing I started planting all over since the foliage emerges in the fall so they can be located easily. There are thousands if not millions of them. I am very fortunate for this piece of land to garden in. πŸ™‚

  68. Lisa says:

    Wow! You had a fabulous Bloom Day! The pictures are amazing, and the orchids make me drool! πŸ™‚

  69. Bren says:

    I see why you are one of the top blog sites at Blotanical… WOW!!! LOVE YOUR SITE! Wonderful photos and I can’t wait to see what spring hold for you. WONDERFUL!!!

  70. lzyjo says:

    Beautiful photos Frances. You seem to have a way with orchids. I have killed plenty, so I know lover buy them, but I do love ogling the photos! MMMM Eye candy!

  71. kerri says:

    Frances, your garden is looking very colorful in its spring garb, and there’s so much to see! What a wonderful orchid show too. Happy Bloom Day! πŸ™‚

    Hi Kerri, thanks so much. It is really looking spring like now.

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