Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April Garden 2012

It's no surprise that we have early blooms in the yard, considering the mild winter we had.
Here are some views of the yard and garden taken over the last two weeks.

This was taken at Easter...

...here, you can see the roses behind the iris. The first blooms are almost gone now. We're hoping for rain in the next couple of days, and I hope that will make them bloom again.

Hawthorne tree in bloom with Knock Out roses in front.

This looks like a good woodpecker tree. It's across the fence in our neighbor's yard 
I'm glad it isn't in ours! 
Over the years, we've spent a fortune having huge old trees taken down. 
Now, don't be upset...we've always had an arborist decide if they were in decline or dead.

I know y'all have seen a bazillion double Knock Out roses, but I thought this photo was interesting, because it looks like the roses are beaded. Hubby misted them before I took the photo, and it isn't edited to make it look like that...I wouldn't know how to do that anyway. 

Here are a few more shots I took today while walking around the yard. 

Clematis...I forget the name...oh, it's Inapoticome forgetanamia. 
Sorry, pitiful gardening joke...when I can't remember the name of a plant I always call it that.

A "faux" bird house in the far edge of the yard. Since it sits on the plant stand, Hubby closed the opening so birds wouldn't nest in it. Don't want the cats to get the birds.

~Wild mushrooms~

Before you go, let me 
show you my favorite rose, which performs well regardless of the weather.

The bush grows 6-8 ft high.

It's a David Austin rose called Teasing Georgia.
You can read more about it HERE.

They have a wonderful fragrance.

Last, here is one of my sedum and succulent pots...

 I love it when they fill the pot and look so lush. 

Thanks for taking a walk in my yard and garden. I'm joining 
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday,
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday,
Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Babs your yard and gardens are beautiful!! LOVE your urn filled with sedum!

Sue said...

Gorgeous flowers! My knockouts haven't started to bloom quite yet- even though we were in the eighties a few weeks ago, we had frost several days last week. Weird weather.... You've inspired me to go and get some sedum to add to my hens and chicks. Yours are so full, Babs. ♥ that container. Sue

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your garden and flowers are lovely, Babs. I'll have to remember the name of your clematis so I know what to call my plants when I can't remember their names. :0)

Pat said...

Just beautiful, Babs! Your flowers are all so lovely. Those yellow roses are the best.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Babs, what beautiful garden images! Your flowers all look wondeful! Love your sedum, as well!! I have a couple of containers and love how low maintenance they are! So pretty!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I just opened my computer for the first time in days...I saw your post on my blogroll and am so glad I came for a visit. Your flowers are just wonderful...my favorite is the yellow David Austin. I have yellow knock out roses but of course there are no blooms yet up here in Ohio. My climatis is just barely beginning to open. I hope all is well with you...have a good rest of the week!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh I forgot to say your blog looks fabulous!

Olive said...

Your sedum and David Austin rose are spectacular.

Kathy Walker said...

Gorgeous garden...bursting with color!

Sarah said...

Babs, what a treat to tour your garden. The blooms are gorgeous. I want some of those white iris! Love the pots of succulents. I've decided to fill some of my pots with succulents and see how they do. Love the look. ~ sarah

Unknown said...

I think your yard is just gorgeous! Lovely foliage and flowers! :D


Unknown said...

Your flowers look beautiful. You have a colorful yard. I do miss my old yard.It is hard starting with a new yard.love your pots.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Your flowers are beautiful! The flower greenhouses don't even open here until May 1st!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Your garden is absolutely magnificent...You can tell the love you put into it!

Kelly said...

What a wonderful tour! You have some gorgeous flowers and trees in your yard. I love all of your birdhouses too. That yellow rose bush is absolutely stunning! Love that pot with the sedem in it too. Looks like you have a nice private back yard too.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Babs,

Oh wow I loved seeing all your beautiful blooms. You have a lovely looking garden.


Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

HI Babs-
I love your garden picures! I don't have any knock out roses...That's a great picture with the water beaded on it...looks crystalized!
The David Austin rose looks wonderful- really pretty shade of yellow!
I've got a woodpecker tree...it broke in half one year but we left the 30" tall stump for the birds! It's got tons of holes in it!
I like the birdhouse on the plant stand, how cute!
Clematis won't bloom here for a long time yet..along with the roses! We just got done with forsthia's around here...and because of frosts I didn't get to enjoy my magnolia this year! Boohoo!!
Love your sedum- that's a great arrangement! I wish our weather would settle down so I could enjoy planting! We had another frost last night!!
Love the roses and white iris! So pretty!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful spring garden!
(a/k/a Liz @ Infuse With Liz)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Your yard is beautiful. I love David Austin roses!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Beautiful gardens everywhere, my favorite is the yellow Teasing Georgia rose. Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great week.


Anonymous said...

Your garden of flowers looks so pretty. I don't have any roses yet.
Thank you for sharing them.

Richard Cottrell said...

The flowers are divine, especially the yellow roses. Yum. This has been a beautiful and abundant spring. Richard from My Old Historic House.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Babs, I delighted in my walk with you through your garden. It's so beautiful now, even though you say it needs rain. I love the first photo with the white Iris, so pretty with the roses in the foreground. I never tire of seeing beautiful roses, your Knock Out Roses are lovely, love the color. Thanks for sharing your tip on misting before the photo, I sure though it has been photoshopped! The clematis is breathtaking. My favorite is your yellow Teasing GA. Some of my roses are fragrance free, that does not make me happy. Nothing like the fragrance of a rose. These are beauties.
I enjoyed my walk in your lovely gardens.

The French Hutch

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

WOW! Your roses and garden are amazingly beautiful!

Jennelise said...

Oh my gosh! How gorgeous! This past weekend my back garden was covered in snow!! Yours looks like a dream :)

Marlis said...

you must share how come your sedum looks so fabulous.. mine always sprouts! Gorgeous yard. Now this is where I would want to spend earth day! A great accomplishment indeed. xo marlis

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"BREATHTAKING"!!! I'm sitting here in LOVE with your landscape!!! Although ours is starting, You are SO FAR ahead. Where are you Babs??? YES, David Austin ROSES are my VERY VERY Favorites. Yours is "GORGEOUS"!!!
Thank you SO MUCH for taking us on your garden tour...
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs to you,

Meredith said...

Your garden is just beautiful!

On Crooked Creek said...

I could envision the sweetness ofeach blossom!!! Lovely, dear friend! I've been considering a succulent pot for our west facing deck...once, again, you've inspired me!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Gorgeous photos! You're definitely farther along that we are but I don't want to wish time away. I so enjoy every new bloom.

I think the clematis might be either Dr. Ruppel or Nelly Moser :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Babs, Your garden is beautiful! The clematis and roses are my favorite. Hugs, Sherry

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your colors are so vivid..just beautiful! HOW I love roses and yours are lovely!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Thank you so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great Post!