Thursday, June 9, 2016

my lilacs 2016


I have been putting this post off now for over a week because I knew
how difficult it would be to narrow down which photos
I wanted to share most.
I take zillions of pictures of the lilacs, and I think it's because
I want to hold onto them a little longer than they last in the garden.
I have ten lilacs bushes planted here in the garden and I
love each one for different reasons.
In the photo below you will see three different varieties.
The one on the bush is Charles Joly, the bluish one in the birdbath is
President Lincoln and the white one is Avalanche.


(if you read here and would like to weigh in on the size of my photos I would love
to hear your opinion. If me using the original size is too overwhelming I would like to know)



The lilacs on the chair are Charles Joly and the one on the bush behind is Sensation.




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Avalanche (below) is the most gorgeous and the most fragrant of the French white lilacs 
I have found yet.
I worked at a plant nursery several years ago and I would walk up and down the rows of lilacs that 
we stocked (which were many)  and this lilac was such a stand out that I knew I had to have it.


It is stunning on and off of the bush!


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Sensation is next with it's white margins on the bloom.
 It looks totally different in bright sun as it does
in afternoon sun. 
You will see the difference in the following photos.


This is more true to it's color in the bouquet below and when it is brought in from
the harsh sunlight.
It also wilts faster in a vase than some of my others.
I think the little curly petals look pretty!
In the photo below is a sensation bloom and the lilac in the
background is Glory.
I love all the different colors of lilacs in this row of five. 


Sensation sure lives up to it's name.
The downside to this lilac is that the scent is just not there.
It has a very faint scent as lilacs go, so it's lucky it's so darn pretty!

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This lilac is Beauty of Moscow and I LOVE this lilac!
It's bloom is beautiful and it's scent is yummy.

The scent of Beauty of Moscow is not as
overwhelming as the Avalanche, but still wonderful!


I really love this bloom!


In this tray I have Beauty of  Moscow, Sensation and Charles Joly.




Love this little enamel cup of lilacs
Beauty of Moscow and Charles Joly


Now,
if I had to pick just one lilac to have in my garden
(and thank goodness I don't have to choose)
President Lincoln would win hands down!
The reason is the color of this bloom.
I don't know what there is about it, 
but I just love this blue-ish lavender bloom. 
I also love that it is loose and the bloom arches down so beautifully.

President Lincoln is very much like the President Grevy lilac.


On the sunny side of the bush, it's packed with blooms, and on the shady
side under one of the crabapple trees they are smaller but still pretty.



The last lilac I will share in this post is Charles Joly.
What a gorgeous guy he is!!! And the scent will totally
make you loopy if out around it too long : )))).
Seriously! It's extremely strong.
It's a little different than the white Avalanche, but just as strong.

The bloom is jam-packed with florets and there is no way to see the
stems on it.
I am crazy over this lilac!
I also have the Glory lilac right next to it and I can see very little difference
in the bloom other than the florets on the Glory are larger and maybe a teeny bit
magenta, yet open to the same color as Charles Joly.




Just so hard not to love this one the most!
I didn't get photos this year of the other varieties I have here in this garden.
BTW,
a couple of years ago I shared a photo of all my lilac blooms and labeled them.
I mixed up the Charles Joly with a dark purple Lilac that was un-named when I got it.
I've been trying to locate the pic again so I can correct it so I'm not mis-leading anyone
who maybe trying to find just the lilac they want.

But, you would be a winner with any one of these !



Saturday, May 21, 2016

a little bit of springtime



I'm back to share the same crabapple trees I  showed in my last post when 
they were in the bud stage. 
I thought you might like to see them right after the buds open and then again 
after they have aged a few days on the tree.


As you can see, the blooms open up to a lovely pink.



Once the blooms age they turn this beautiful soft pink.




Below are the blooms of the Canada Red Chokecherry trees. Almost impossible to photograph
on the tree because the limbs are so wimpy that even with the very slightest breeze they move
and never seem to stop.
You can see them in the in the foreground of the fifth photo from the top.

I love the sweet violets that grow in the spring. 


Grape Hyacinths are one of my all time favorite spring flowers.



 I feel so bad for my neglected blog, but life has been happening around 
here at warp speed.
I hope to get back to share some of the amazing lilacs that are blooming right now
and in spite of the rain, have been holding up beautifully.
To all of you who read this blog, I thank you with all my heart that you are here, 
and soon I will be able to get around to see you all again.
 sending a hug to you all!!! 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Centurion Crabapple tree


This tree has stolen my heart over the years, but I never would
have thoughtit possible. It was such an ugly duckling when I
first brought it home because it had been left in it's nursery pot
too long and was very root bound. I bought it because it was
cheap at $50.00, marked down from$100.00 and the only one I
could afford at the time.It was the second tree (the first was a southwest
border pine) I had bought for this garden and when I got it home it
looked so lonesome sitting in it's place that the next day I went
and bought another one just like it (root-bound at all) and planted it
a few feet away in the lawn behind the house.

For the first five years they put on very little growth,
the result of being in pots too small for the size of root ball.
I almost had my husband pull them out several times, but thought
I would give them one more year to show what they could do,
and that went on year after year.


 Slowly the tree was taking on a decent shape and growing well.
Even in the beginning though, it would flower so abundantly that I decided
I could get used to them and let them stay.



I am so glad I did!
They have finally grown into beautiful trees and have totally
redeemed themselves in the eye of this gardener.




The bloom of this tree is so interesting in that it starts out this deep deep pink
and very soon after it opens, the blooms turn to the palest pink and the branches are
so packed that you can hardly see the leaves.
 

Thank you Centurion for being so beautiful!


I think I got a good return on my $100 !


Don't you love it when an ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan ?