What’s Blooming!

I finally have blooms for What’s Blooming, how about that?  This year’s posts are going to be sparse on blooms as I am building a new garden bed. Maybe I should change the title of this post for the future. 😀

We stopped by the old house and I took some pictures of what is blooming there.  That garden bed had a lot of winter damage. Looks like 2 of the 3 rose bushes there are gone.  I will pull them up in a couple weeks -just to make sure they are dead- if we haven’t sold the house yet. I need to also grab some irises (irides??) since we aren’t closing until who knows when.  Anyhoo – some flowers:

Beautiful hyacinth!



These are the Apricot Dreams tulips that are so old. Tulips usually aren’t super long-lived as the original clumps, but these are going on 5 years, I think?

This is the Monte Carlos tulip that doesn’t even look like a tulip 🙂


Now back to Radiance Manor and the work that is being done.  We finally got the left half of the front bed de-bushed.



Digging out stumps is major work. It looks like a blast zone:


Check out this mammoth stump!


It is really too heavy to just pick up, so it got dragged over to the side. It needs to dry up and then we will cut it up. The city takes brush and stuff up to 4 inches in diameter, so this obviously can’t be put at the curb. 😀 We dug up 4 stumps with more to go out back.

It was looking so bare that I just stuck some tippy pots in the ground.


Not their permanent place, but good for now.  I put in some dahlias and yanked some vinca ground cover out of the the bed on the other side for trailing.  Not sure what that metal thing is to the right. Some sort of utlity item – maybe water?


I think it looks like a little mushroom and I just might paint it red with white spots for fun.

My few tulips out back are blooming and look nice.




On lonely little daffodil bloom:


Guess who is going to be planting platoons of bulbs this fall?  Think it will be me??

The magnolia tree also has bloomed and is lovely!


I was pretty excited because I got plants in the mail this week.  Debby sent me some babies from her garden and I have them potted up to try to recover from a cross country journey:


Hopefully some of them will make it.

I also got my Zephrine climbers today.


I tried a new company for these roses, called Great Garden Plants. They sent me a free plant with the order, too.  A sunsparkler sedum.  Free gifts are always nice.  They also included a gift for Pixie in the form of rubberbands. She goes crazy over rubberbands – although I try to keep them away from her because she eats them.

I was thinking I got bareroot roses, but I guess I ordered the potted ones. I already received my other bareroot rose from Jackson and Perkins and *they* sent me a free rose bush as well!  Maybe everyone knows I need plants. Here is hoping they do well and I will update – obviously :D. 

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13 thoughts on “What’s Blooming!

  1. debby

    The Monte Carlos tulip is gorgeous! I want to remember to try that one next year. So cool that the plant companies are sending you free plants, esp. J/P! I sure hope a few of the baby plants make it for you. You have a lot of yard to fill 🙂
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    1. Lori Post author

      It is a very cool tulip. I am going to have so much fun ordering bulbs this year because I have a ton of space! I just might try another imperial frittilaria. Maybe.

      I was surprised about the JP free rose bush. It is a full height of 5 feet – so good thing it came at this house and not the old one 😀

  2. Kathy W.

    “We finally got the left half of the front bed de-bushed.”

    ok, my first thought was: the front bed got a Brazilian! 🙂

  3. Chris

    I have a question about stumps. Is it always necessary to try to kill them or dig them out. We had some bushes die and my husband cut them down but the stump are left, of course, and then are probably about 6″ in diameter. Thanks.

    1. Lori Post author

      No – you can leave them. They will decompose over time. We are just removing them because we want to plant stuff where the stumps are.

  4. Helen

    I know this is a lot of work but there must be an element of fun and excitement starting with a blank canvass to make your own creation. I think it’s going to be fun just to see what you do.

    Here’s hoping that house closes and soon!
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    1. Lori Post author

      It is very exciting – or will be more once the really hard work is done, which is preparing the beds. They are getting there. I love getting the plants in the mail and I have more coming! 😀

  5. Fran

    I love magnolia’s. I still regret it that I didn’t plan them in my garden when we renovated it. At the moment I have no place for a magnolia bush so I have to admire yours and the ones I see in other people’s garden.


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