Saturday, February 27, 2016
Without making a long and tragic tale out of it, I had grown the Common Moss for years in my previous garden until, with a good many other plants, it was torn up by the roots as a result of one day's devestating misunderstanding of directions with our then lawn care specialist. Although I attempted to replant some things, many were lost, including my moss rose. The whole incident was quite upsetting, many plants went unreplaced, and I never really regained my excitement over the garden until I moved here and began anew.
The Common Moss (also known as "Communis") has remained in my memory as the one rose which I most wished to grow again. Its small, richly quartered blooms, powder pink, filled early summer with the sweetest fragrance.
Despite my own enthusiasm, however, I've had difficulty finding old rose specialists that still grow it. But back in January I discovered High Country Roses of Denver, CO, with an excellent reputation on Dave's Garden.com. I went over to HCR's site and found the Common Moss available in their list for this season; I promptly decided to place my order. Happily, they were able to ship in good time for low desert planting, despite the seasonal differences between Phoenix and Denver.
So Communis will once again be part of my garden, sited at the east end of the Rose Border. I must clear this spring's crop of mallow weeds to make the extension, but that will be easier with this wonderful plant waiting!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
|Flowers on Acacia salicina|
|Narcissus x odorus|
This might have been just a post on the narcissus, except that the bright white, yellow-centred flowers of Convolvulus cneorum were also begging for attention.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
I think that our late cold snap did slow down the bulbs. There are buds on the freesias...
The definitive of spring in this garden is probably the long-awaited opening of flowers on Eremophila maculata "Valentine".
this week's vase. The plant itself is settling into the South Border.
But probably the most constant presence in the garden are the scarlet trumpets of Russelia equisetiformis "Big Red", doing what it does very well, providing a splash of colour for the garden and nectar for hummingbirds! (For more hummingbird shots from yesterday morning, please see my post at A Journal of a Thousand Things.)
In the former category is rose "Tiffany" the magnificent...
But in the second is Cyclamen persicum, white and pink varieties, which I am told can come through summer indoors if necessary...
Linking quite late to the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme at May Dreams Gardens, but better late than never, I hope!
And one final plant in bloom: the apricot tree, right on schedule...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
...and worked surprisingly well with the one rather exotic addition: three flowers from Eremophila maculata "Valentine".
I used a bowl from a set purchased at a then-local antiques mall years ago. The crystal set has remained a favorite, but this is the first time I have floated flowers in it. Perhaps not the last time?
I'm beginning to wonder whether I was the only person to put up Valentine's colours this week: so kitsch! Do check Cathy's Rambling in the Garden to see what others have done!
Weather Diary: Sunny; High: 84 F (29 C)/Low: 51 F (11 C)