Thursday, March 15, 2012

GBBD/Foliage Followup March 2012

 Iberis

It's been in the 80's (20 degrees above normal) for about 5 days now and spring is rapidly becoming a reality. Anxiety seems to be a catchword these days. Winter foliage needs cutback, leaves removed to compost pile, division of perennials, transplanting, seeding, and of course numerous other tasks all at once! But lets not forget our blogging. It's garden blogger bloom day/foilage followup already, and I'm already a day late. Oh, well. Deal with it, right? Join Carol at May Dreams Garden for bloom day from around the globe and Pam @ Digging the 16th has foliage followup. Enjoy a few minutes, then get back to work knuckleheads!
Viola
Volunteer Native Mullien with Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'










Gotta love this combo. At least at this stage of growth.


























Stachys byzantina-Lamb's Ear
Variegated flag. Iris peeking through. Gotta get to work!
Succulent collection, first day out of the house.
Created this image with Picasas new graphics tool. Echinacea spent bloom. Looks pretty cool. Happy Bloom day.

53 comments:

  1. My variegated iris is exactly at the same stage.

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  2. That succulent arrangement is pretty impressive. We've had record high temps this week, too. It feels like May in March. The Iberis photo at the top is lovely!

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    1. like I wrote above. crazy weather.

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  3. I like the tool you used in the last picture - I bet it would be wonderful for creating coloring books!

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    1. Great idea. My wife printed coloring pages for our granddaughter who visited this week.

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    2. It would be super precious if she colored in pictures of photos you took! Very personal and memorable and charming. Definitely something for the memory book!

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  4. I love those violas - so cheery! thanks for your comments on my blog. We are going into fall here in tropical Australia, but we really call it the dry season as opposed to the hot wet muggy wet season.

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  5. Oh, my, those violas are sweet! We have several plants in common, including one of my favorites, lamb's ear. All of your plants look healthy and happy. I enjoyed my visit.

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  6. Nice post! I've never seen the mullien with sedum before. I think it looks good together too. Variegated irises are very attractive too.

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  7. Happy bloom day! Love that variegated iris!

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  8. Hi Greggo,
    It looks great your way. I love that mullein. Your succulents fared much better than mine, which are still in the house. I need to get them out in some shade and see if they perk up. That last photo is cool!

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  9. I saw an iris blooming today. Unbelievable! Great shot of the iberis!

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  10. Lovely colors and textures. We seemed to fast forward to summer this week. Anxious is right...there is so much to do all of a sudden and there are not enough light hours in the day.

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  11. Very pretty blooms. Love the variegated iris foliage and your succulent basket is lovely.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  12. I have never considered doing a Bloom Day/Foliage Follow Up Combo. Twice the fun for only a single effort. Thanks for the thought.

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    1. I'm still trying to get my neighbor tour thing going.

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  13. I've done a combo Bloomday and Foliage Follow-Up a couple times. Sometimes it's just the best way.
    It's been really warm here, too. Hope this is not an omen of another tough summer.
    I have one iris, and it's just sitting there. Looks healthy, but no signs of it thinking about blooming. Others are blooming all over the neighborhood. I've never grown it before, although my mother had a very large iris garden. Maybe more homework is in store.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. I bet your iris isn't getting enough sun?

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  14. Your succulent display is very impressive - lots of lovely textures and contrasting shapes.

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  15. Your violas are looking so pretty. I like your variegated flags. They use to always call them flags around here but seems like most people do not know what that its anymore. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Lona your the best. Flags they are! lol

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  16. Your gardens are so full already and it looks like it is going to be a great growing season for you. Love your succulent planters. I have become a fan of these plants over the years-so low maintenance and lots of color! Happy GBBD!

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    1. That planter is concrete. You should have seen me carrying it...

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  17. Love your succulent collection! And you're right about feeling a little panicked! I always get worried in spring if I'll get it all done. And usually I don't. :) But it doesn't matter - it's still there next year! I just don't photograph those areas! :O

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  18. Hey there Greggo,
    80? are you kidding me? I thought you were UP NORTH!
    I like it all, but your succulent collection is fantastic. Maybe you'll give us a named tour sometime.

    BTW: Thanks for the nomination for versatile blogger award. Much appreciated.
    Dave-O
    Houston, TX

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    1. I would if I knew the names. lol.

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  19. Love your succulent display, and I bet those mulleins look amazing when they flower.

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  20. Mullein - that's what that stuff is. I see it popping up here also. I thought it was borage. Hm. I love the texture in your pic of lambs ears. and that fun effect at the end. I haven't tried the foliage follow up and it seems like a nice meme.

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    1. Yes, when you see it out in the bar ditches it looks like a weed. My neighbor call it a weed.

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  21. I LOVE the mullein/red sedum combo! (When do you not like it? Later, when it blooms yellow, or...?)

    Those succulents look amazing, by the way. I overwinter some here, but even in my sunniest window they look wimpy and stretched by spring. Yours are just lovely!

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    1. yes, the bloom looks like a weed when you see it in the ditch. My succulents get a sunny south exposure and I really cut the water back.

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  22. Great photos, Greggo. I am so envious of your nice weather. Here it's just rain and more rain. Or maybe snow. (Eyes rolling.) I love that Viola container. There must be a hundred little faces looking up. Sweet. I love that huge verbascum foliage too. The Picasa Echinacea looks like a pencil drawing. Very cool.

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    1. Grace, I am sure your probably getting depressed if it's raining all the time. Take heart, sunny days will come.

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  23. Love that final image - it's a while since I used Picasa, must get experimenting again :)

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    1. Picasa may not be as detailed as photoshop but it's definelty more intuitive for me.

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  24. Picasa's new graphics tool? When the Apple Creek is cleared ... then I will explore that new option. Wonderful closing image, doesn't have the overdone artificial look so much photo software throws at us.

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    1. Sounds like it might be awhile before you explore. Apple creek may be your undoing. lol.

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  25. I looked at your a couple of days ago and thought I'd posted a comment...alas! I also love the succulent collection in the containers and the Mullien, especially with the little sedum.

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  26. Your succulent collection looks gorgeous. Yes, it's a crazy busy time of year in the garden and hard to make time for sitting at the computer. Thanks for posting, Greggo!

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  27. I know what you mean Greggo! Busy here too. Nice to see all the green, and the blooms in your garden.

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  28. The image you created looks like a piece of expensive art! Our temps have also been very warm and also very humid. It feels like summer! What happened to spring?

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  29. Your garden is looking lovely! I hear you on the garden chores. I feel like with the warm weather all of the things I need to do have been condensed into a very short period of time! And I can't keep up.

    I am jealous of your succulent planter. I am pretty new to growing succulents, and hope to have something this nice someday!

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  30. Great shots Greggo, 80f already, unbelievable. OK, I heard you, off to get some work done. Oh, I heard your president on television last week saying how (chuffed) he was, ha, ha, I thought it was hysterical.

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  31. Love the mullien! I just may have one of these volunteering in my garden - can only hope. I agree, what a great combination with the dragon's blood. Like your creation of the spent echinacea bloom - very cool.

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  32. Everything looks so summery in your part of the world. So nice to see some color. I have tried growing Iberis from seed, but no success yet. And I love the mullein and sedum too!

    Happy March~
    Julie

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  33. Thanks for visitng my Shabby Cottage! Yes those wild onions are hard to get rid of..even with weed killer every year there is more and more of it. Love that photo of the viola very beautiful! Warm hugs, Esther

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  34. Great photos of some of your plants. The last image is really super, could definitely be framed. Happy Blogger Bloom Day!

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Thanks for leaving any comments, they are always welcomed. Sorry I had to add word verification as spam was becoming a huge problem. Greggo,