How fitting that I should get to post on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Of the four of us, my garden is probably the only one not covered by snow and ice this time of year. (I should also emphasize that I have the crappiest garden of the four of us–I have visited Elizabeth’s and Michele’s, and have seen enough garden porn from Susan’s backyard to know this to be true.)
So here it is. Let’s see–starting at the top, L to R: an exceedingly ambitious brugmansia, giant old fuchsia, tansy, feverfew. Society garlic, yarrow, plant whose name I forgot, and calendula, which used to bloom in abundance in winter until the chickens developed a taste for the seeds. Then fennel, which is practically a weed but nobody said weeds don’t count, one bedraggled and confused Shasta daisy, and verbena bonariensis. Fleabane, very early rhododendron, and tibouchina.
Whew. One more thought on flowers for your Monday. I bought these three flower frogs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe last summer (their website appears to be down; I’ll check back later to see if I can find them online) and they were ridiculously, inappropriately cheap–like nine or ten bucks each. This, of course, made it easy to buy all three rather than agonize over which one I absolutely had to have.
And you’d think the temptation would be to absolutely fill them with flowers. But I actually like them all by themselves. And when I do put flowers in them, it might be just one stem, like this here daphne.
Oh. And guess how easy it is to make a photo collage in Picassa 3? Select your photos and hit the Collage button. It’s like Google knew we needed a Bloom Day tool. Awesome.