Monday, May 26, 2014

At Long Last


Well, I've been a bad blogger and have been absent for a very long time. It was a very long, very cold and very depressing winter and I didn't feel I had anything worthwhile to contribute.  One more voice complaining about the weather wouldn't have done anything to help anyone else though the season.  I normally enjoy the cold and snowy weather and pursue my bird photography which I did and had a great time. It was a great winter for Snowy Owls and I spent a lot of time at the coast with my camera and the beautiful Owls. The problem with last winter is that it just lasted way too long.

Anyway, spring has finally arrived and I've gotten my garden mojo back and am working diligently to fill in the holes in the gardens from the casualties that succumbed to the extreme winter.  The best news is that I wintered over my tropical and temperennial collection in a greenhouse so I have lots of very happy campers including and especially my fuchsias. I normally keep them dormant in the basement over the winter and this past season I gave them a short period of dormancy then brought them all to the greenhouse.  They are huge and smothered with blossoms at the moment and I hope they don't burn themselves out!





Fuchsia 'Beacon Rosa' standard - this beauty is now ten years old 

 

Fuchsia 'Sunray'

 

Fuchsia 'Beacon' and 'Beacon Rosa' - This specimen is ten years old

'Beacon Rosa'


'Claire de Lune'

Fuchsia 'Billy Green' standard

Fuchsia 'Beacon'

Fuchsia standard 'Pink Beauty'  with Fuchsia 'Jack Shahan' just starting to bloom on the lower right
 

 
Fuchsia 'Winston Churchill'

 

The star of the borders now is my Tree Peony. It's putting on quite a show at the moment and I've been going out and enjoying those blossoms several times a day as they are so short lived. Love them!





So spring has sprung and things are finally taking shape. The tropical container border is looking better than it ever has this early in the season, but that is a subject for another day..... Happy Spring!



15 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to see a new post from you! Your Fuchsias are in great shape. Looking forward to seeing a post about your tropical container border.

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    1. Thanks Alison, I finally bought a replacement brugmansia yesterday so when I get that planted in its huge pot I'll get out there with the camera.

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  2. Great selection of blooms Deanne and welcome back!

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  3. Oh my Deanne, those Fuchsias ! You are without a doubt the Fuchsia Queen of the planet. The blooms on 'Beacon' --out of control !
    I finally discarded my one tree Peony --just not quite the right situation in my garden 10 years old and only 3 or 4 blooms a year-if that, and if they lasted a week I was lucky. They are certainly one of the most exquisite flowers and well worth the stingy bloomtime if space is not an issue.

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I was going to shovel prune this tree peony a few years ago, and in fact dug it out of the border next to the shed as it never bloomed there and did poorly. I decided to give it a chance and planted it in the garden on the east side of the house and it decided it liked it there. What a difference.

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  4. We've missed you Deanne! It's always a joy to see your beautiful photographs of your garden and birds but a break from blogging can be a great thing too. Your fuchsias are incredible! Welcome back!

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  5. Fuchsia queen indeed! Welcome back from this long cold winter - we've missed you and your stunning garden!

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  6. OMGoodness, those wonderful fuchsias!!! A greenhouse, that is wonderful to overwinter those beautiful plants. I look forward to your garden posts.

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  7. The snowy owls had to be one of the highlights of the season, loved seeing your photos of them. The greenhouse fuchsias are incredible. I've been hearing that the mite no longer bothers them here in SoCal and might have to test the waters again.

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    1. Definitely try fuchsias again although I don't know how they do with the heat of your summers. They sulk when it goes over 90 degrees

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  8. I just love the way you use pink and yellow together. A magnificent garden!

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