Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mystery Rose

Bought this rose last year labeled as a Ferdinand Pichard. I had doubts but loved the colour and the fragrance. I've been trying to find out if this is a named variety. I did have a rose that was very similar, a Blue Boy, a modern shrub rose. The leaves, like the Blue Boy, are large and glossy. The growing habit is also the same. But for the shade, I can't remember exactly. Didn't have a decent camera at the time, so no photo.

I did find another possibility, Shocking Blue Floribunda. But I never seen one in person, so I can't be sure. More photos are on my garden photo site. The article includes two photos and a link to more. If you have an idea what this rose is or need more details to figure it out, please let me know.

P.S: This rose as no black spot problem. Found a few Japanese beetle munching on the petals but got rid of them before they had a chance to do real damage.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Julia Child Floribunda Rose

I am delighted by this rose. Last year, when I brought it home, the leaves were covered with black spots and needed some serious pruning. This year I removed the lower branches and open the center for better air circulation. As you can see by the photo, it worked. So far, no problem with pest, I do check daily.

For more details and a larger view, visit Garden photo site

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Molineux English Rose

Molineux English Rose

New addition for this season. So far it's doing very well. I now have several David Ausin roses. In the fall I will include an article on overwintering roses in my zone. More details are included on my Garden Image site.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Beauty Bush

Moved this shrub two years ago. First winter it was covered for protection in by 4b zone. Last fall I didn't have anything large enough to cover it. So I just made sure it was well covered with snow. No winter kill. Didn't prune first year to give it a chance to settle. Now I cut old wood to encourage new shoots that flowers the next season. The soil is sandy and amended with compost. It also receives sun all day.

For more details visit my Garden Image site.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pink Happy Thought

Pink Happy Thought brocade pelargonium

Added this fancy leaf in the Pelargonium section. Some describe the bloom colour as bubblegum pink. The green leaves with ivory center make them look nice even when not in bloom.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Blue Blizzard Pelargonium

Moved the Fisrain detail page on the new site. This photo was taken outside so the colours are more accurate and the photo is larger. I've added more information on the lineage.

At this time, you can find this pelargonium at your local Loblaws Garden Center (if they're not sold out).

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Elegant Lady

Elegant Lady tulip

Newly added to the bulbs section This tulip opened late enough to miss the last frosts. They multiplied well and bloomed at the same time as Erna Lindgreen parrots.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Occold Shield

Fancy Leaf

Newly added to the collection.
I like the history behind Occold Shield (see photo).
Found an article on Rev Stanley P. Stringer, who hybridized pelargoniums from his home in Occold, Suffold, UK.

Next to be added will be Pink Happy Thoughts (see photo), Caroline Schmidt (see photo), Vancouver Centennial (coming soon)and Mrs Pollock (see photo) .

Update: Now all are featured in the Encyclopedia part of the site.

White Blizzard Pelargonium

Fizbliz, trade name White Blizzard.  Single white flowers with reddish purple markings on upper petals. Image license (Joanne McKinnon)Ivy Pelargonium
Posted a photo of a fisbliz before but it didn't look right. Got a second plant and kept the label this time, and shot it in natural light. Now the markings are more visible.

I posted more details and a larger view in my Encyclopedia site.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Elegance Burgundy

Elegance Burgundy Regal Geranium

Found this pelargonium domesticum at a Canadian Tire garden center. The plant is healthy and still blooming. Placed the pot away from direct sunlight. In August it will be brought inside with the rest of the collection.

For a larger view and more details, visit Garden Image site.

Garden Journal entry

Royal Dark Burgundy Pelargonium

royal dark burgundy geranium

Found this pelargonium at a local nursery. I like the classic look of burgundy. It's also the first to be added in the Pelargonium section of the updated site. I have a large collection so more will be added.

If you know of an online source, please share.

Tres Chic Tulips

tres chic tulip

Added this lily-flowered tulip in the bulbs section of Garden Image site. A link back to this post is added for comments or suggestions.

Part of the reason for this site, is when I surf the net for images on a flower I'm considering, most times all I find is small image with very little details. Then I have to surf some more to find all the information that I need. So the idea is to include enough to give you a good start.

Hope you find it useful.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Chicago Apache

Chicago Apache daylily

Last summer I divided my hemerocallis and gave some away. Also planted a few I started from seed from a flava (lemon daylily). Didn't expect blooms until next year, but I found buds on the still small plants. I love their scent and the fact that they bloom early.

Took a photo of this Chicago Apache last year and added it to my site with details and links. A link back to this post will be included for comments or suggestions. More will be added soon. Those I took of the flavas were not very good, so I will try again this year.

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