Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Mohawk’

I wish you could smell the garden right now.  If I could bring you the scents of my garden through this post I would.  What's making my garden so fragrant?  A combination of two plants: Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk' and the irises! The combination of the two is bringing a honeysuckle like fragrance to the backyard.  I'm a huge fan of viburnums and my 'Mohawk' is a great one! Its beautiful white flower clusters appear and spread a fragrance that envelopes a good portion of our backyard.  The flowers will eventually turn into dark reddish to black fruits perfect for the birds to feast upon in late summer and fall (if they last that long).  'Mohawk' is a result of Viburnum x burkwoodii being back crossed to a Viburnum carlesii. A Plant Propagation Note Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk' will propagate from cuttings taken in early spring through summer.  Hardwood cuttings…

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Spring Is Here!

Yesterday brought in that first official day of spring but it sure seems that spring beat the calendar to the punch.  The warm weather has brought many of our plants and trees much further along at this time of year than they should be.  It has me concerned.  I love the warm weather and the sights of blooming flowers but in some cases it's just too early.  Yesterday I visited the big orange box store and stopped to tell a shopper not to go all out on her tomato plant purchase.  I'm not sure she understood that there is still the possibility of a frost that could kill those tomato plants until April 15th.  I have a feeling many people are doing the same thing, taking advantage of the warm weather but it's just too early for some plants! My mini-nursery is delivering the plants at the right time which…

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8 Things I Learned Over The Weekend

Coral Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens I had one of those extremely busy weekends.  The kind where you have so much to do you don't know exactly where to start.  When you finally do start you discover that to do one task you have to do another task first. Then when you finally get going you move from one job, to another, to another, and there is no end in sight!  I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about.  But there are a few things I learned over this weekend that I thought I would share with you. Unseasonably warm weather may seem to be a blessing at times but it also brings a bunch of problems.  Foremost is the presence of weeds.  The chickweed has exploded into prolific proportions while other weeds are coming up at least a month early.  Ragweed which usually does begin to grow for a…

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The Calendar Doesn’t Say So But…

...spring is here!  Spring is happening all over the place.  The trees are blooming, the bulbs are coming up all over, and of course the weeds are growing too! Daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom and other flowers are well on their way to a beautiful spring.  Here's a little of what we get to see in our garden: The bees are highly interested in the hyacinths.  I tracked this little bee all around this particular plant as it filled up on the nectar.  I wonder what honey made from hyacinths would taste like? Hmm... This is the one time of year where I find it hard to completely dislike the Bradford pear trees.  They are beautiful flowering trees despite their faults - which are many!  Fortunately I have clogged sinuses so I can't smell the awful smell of the Bradford pear trees flowers.  Although I also can't smell…

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I’ve Got Sunshine On a Cloudy Day

Rather than continue with lyrics that will end up stuck in your head for the rest of the day, let me tell you why I say "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day."  The weather has turned back toward winter which brings with it clouds and cold, but the unseasonable warmth of the last month has led to earlier show of spring flowers.  Most of which right now are golden yellow.  Our sunshine is not in the sky on these cloudy days but in the garden in the form of daffodils and winter jasmine. Here's a look around the garden at my "sunshine"! The winter jasmine brings a bright gold to the front porch area. Currently the jasmine is in a vining form but most prefer to be more of a shrub.  I like it how it is so I'm not sharing that bit of information with it. These daffodils…

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A Few February Photos

The garden is coming alive now that February is in full swing.  The extra warm winter is supposed to become much more normal over the next week but that won't stop our spring growth.  Yesterday I saw the 'Okame' cherries beginning to bloom.  Unfortunately I don't have any here in our garden to show you but it won't be long before I have the 'Yoshino's in bloom.  'Okame's are the first cherry trees to bloom in our area.  The trees I witnessed flowering are located on an island between two sections of asphalt and receive a considerable heat benefit from the blacktop but it won't be long before the trees in our garden begin to bloom.    Here's what's going on in our garden so far! The daffodils are out in force now.  The early flowers are blooming all over the place but many others are only now emerging.  It's…

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First Daffodil Blooms of 2012!

The first daffodil blooms of 2012 are now on display in my garden!  Every year I like to track the first daffodil of the season.  It amazing how much each year can differ.  The warmer the weather the earlier the flowers appear.  We're almost a month earlier than last year's daffodil blooms! Here's a look back at the dates and posts for the daffodils of the past several years! First Daffodils from 2009-2011 (Spring Hill, TN): February 12, 2009 March 17, 2010 February 25, 2011 As you can see this is the earliest the daffodils have bloomed in my garden yet.  It's been an extremely warm winter so far which is obviously the reason for the early blooms! Are there any daffodils blooming in your garden?

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Two Signs of Spring

Are you looking for something, anything to keep you going until spring time?  Are you frantically searching the garden for signs of life?  Here are two early signs to look for that will tell you spring is just around the corner! The daffodils are rising!  The foliage of daffodils always comes up early but these are especially early.  This photo was taken on December 31st, 2011.  Our winter has been much warmer than usual which is a possible reason why the daffodil foliage is coming up so early.  I'm hoping that we don't end up with a year similar to 2007 where warm weather came early followed by a dangerous cold snap.  2007 damaged and killed many sensitive plants and trees including Japanese maples and crape myrtles.  Two of my favorites! Another early sign of spring is the bud of my Lenten rose (Hellebore orientalis).  It's a sure sign of…

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California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)

Last year I bought a packet of California poppy seeds. I planted the poppy seeds in the fall just like I do my red corn poppies and here they are now. The blooms are bright and nothing short of spectacular. The foliage isn't too shabby either. It reminds me very much of the foliage of my 'Powis castle' artemisia, silvery in hue with feather like leaves. Most of the California poppies I planted are in a front garden area I started also in the fall. The poppies provide some late spring and early summer color in this garden. I planted a few 'Caradonna' salvias from cuttings nearby which actually became enveloped by the poppies. Behind them both is a 'Golden Jubilee' Agastache and the blade like leaves of several irises. Next year this whole garden should look like river of flowers going from daffodils in early spring to irises in…

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Just a Poppy Picture!

Due to mowing last evening a more detailed post about plant propagation was not possible - coming soon though! For now enjoy the poppy! For more poppy pictures look here: Performance of the Poppies! And check out Nell Jean's Poppy post at Secrets of a seed Scatterer!

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