Friday, April 15, 2011

Around The Garden

Finally, there is something to show in the garden!  I spent part of a day staining the back arbor, not finished yet, but I thought I had better get going before the clematis began climbing.  It had begun to weather after a few years and definitely needed the stain this year.  I use a semi-permanent Sherwin Williams Oil Base Deckscape stain because it holds up better on those flat horizontal areas that face the sun.

Doesn't look too bad, but there are some weathered areas.  I don't mind weathered, my fence is weathered, but I want some contrast in my garden.

Daffodil Ice Follies

Tulip Red Emperor
Most tulips are annuals in zone 5, but if not grabbed by the squirrels, the Emperors have a good chance of coming back, third year for these.

The Star Magnolia

Forsythia Greenstem
I put this in last fall, will grow three feet tall and three feet wide.

Daffodil Itzim and Tete-A-Tete
They are mostly Itzim, very similar but Itzim lasts longer.

Daffodil Marieke and Mount Hood

Hyacinth Delft Blue
This hyacinth has not split apart into florets like many do.  It gets plenty of moisture and sun.

Hyacinth City of Harlem
I am actually glad that this long border grouping of hyacinths split into florets, look less like soldiers.  They are growing in a drier full sun area.

Daffodil Fortissimo

Daffodil Sagitta

These were the pre-potted hyacinths that many of the big box stores and nurseries display.  After they were done blooming last year in my containers, I planted them in the border.  They are a little smaller than they were originally.

The Alley Garden
This is the last area I wanted to show you today, bedded in river rock, slower to start but it is beginning.


Darla said...

WOW! It all looks wonderful, such nice spring colors.

Bernie said...

Wonderful sights! There's already lots of colour in your garden ... I really did love the Hyacinth City of Harlem split into florets. Your Daffs are lovely and the Magnolia is terrific. I think the stain colour will go well with your climbing Clematis.

Beth said...

I really enjoyed looking at your garden. Your daffodils, myrtle and hyacinth are gorgeous!
Blessings, Beth

Becca's Dirt said...

So many daffodils and hyancinth. Love all the colors and pretty blooms. Have a nice weekend Eileen.

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I just love seeing Spring. Your garden is blooming beautifully. xo Jenny

Lona said...

Eileen your Star magnolia is so lovely. Your mass plantings of daffodils are so pretty. Good to have blooms again isn't it. I am crazy about your beautiful birdbath. The mosaics are so pretty. Have a wonderful weekend!

siteseer said...

Such beautiful color. Our Magnolia tree (only 3 year old) has lots of buds. Thanks for sharing all your color til I get the chance to enjoy my own.

RainGardener said...

Eileen your gardens are bursting and look wonderful! Love your yard art I could see in the background. And what a beautiful Magnolia tree!

Dirt Princess said...

Your garden is full of color. Beautiful. Have a great weekend

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Darla,

I have got an overabundance of yellow, but that's okay better than white snow!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie,

I have several old plantings of hyacinths that have split and they are very dainty looking.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Beth,

The flowers are a welcome sight each year.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Becca,

I am going to record a little better this year what I have so that I can put in some other colors for next year.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Jenny,

Good luck with your new house, looks lovely.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Lona,

You will love where I got that birdbath, TJ Max Home Goods!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi siteseer,

My magnolia is about seven years old and luckily this year we did not get a frost that would kill the buds.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi RG,

My husband kind of scattered the yard art throughout the garden to get it out of the garage. I'll have to place it when it warms up again.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Dirt Princess,

Thanks for visting, come again.


Zoey said...

wow, Eileen, you are getting a lot of color! How exciting!

I am weeks behind you.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

It happened pretty fast Zoey with those few blasts of heat. Now it's in the 40's again and raining.


Val said...

Your place is gorgeous!!!

Fishtail Cottage said...

WOW - such beauty you shared...xoox, tracie

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Val,

Come back soon.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for stopping by Tracie.


joey said...

All looks grand/gorgeous, Eileen. Though not far away, you are still way ahead of me!

Mel Cole said...

your daffodils are breath taking. My Fertilizer fridayHope you can visit mine too.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful garden walk, Eileen. Everything looks wonderful!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joey,

Just a little heat and everything began to pop. I am beginning to find damage from last summer with some of my shrubs.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hu Mel,

Thanks for visiting. It looks like you have a great project going.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Pat,

If it would warm up I could get out there and work.


Karen said...

Eileen, I have so much to learn about gardening for spring interest. You have such a beautiful garden in every season, and I'm taking notes here!

The weather is just not going to cooperate for most of the coming week either, it's wet, cold, windy and miserable outside. I hope it is better for you there. Love all your flowers, just amazing.

Gatsbys Gardens said...


You have a wonderful garden! We are cold and wet here today, even some sleetly snow coming down this afternoon.


Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Eileen,
Your spring bulbs are putting on a great show. I especially like all the different colored hyacinth. Enjoy your Sunday!

Anonymous said...

The spring colors are just delightful. I love the lavender hyacinths. They remind me of Easter eggs. :)

Balisha said...

Love your spring flowers. Even with our cold temps...those hardy daffodils just bloom away.Have a nice day. Balisha

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Jennifer, thanks, the hyacinths are lovely but a bit floppy, especially with all of the rain.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Grace, it is hard to believe that Easter is so cold this year even with all of the great colors of the flowers.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Balisha,

The daffodils seems to stand up to the cold better than any of the other spring flowers.


CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl you are so far ahead of us now it is amazing !
I love your birdbath it is gorgeous simply gorgeous : )
It is all so cheerful when the daffs come up isn't it ? that yellow just makes you smile no matter what! I can't wait to see mine do that for me too. Eventually I will catch up to you .. this way it just means a prolonged Spring ? haha
Hey .. I can't wait to see your hellebore !!
Joy : )

scottweberpdx said...

So many lovely daffodils! And those hyacinths must smell amazing!

mary anne said...

Happy Easter Eileen:

I must come by......your garden is looking beautiful.......I just know that under that all of that dirt and pebble stones therein lies the beauty of your great ability...........have faith dear friend, we too shall have Spring!!!! Many thanks for YOUR comments this morning too.