In Bloom

July 25, 2012

Flowers Flowers
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Hydrangeas

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Butterfly Bushes

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Roses

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Aside from the kitchen and the master bedroom, we're still largely packed up and living out of boxes over here in our new home, and will likely remain as such until we can complete some of the projects we couldn't finish last weekend. Still, despite the tight accommodations, I'm falling more and more in love with this house every day. There's a lot to share, but today I want show you some photos I took this morning of all the flowers in bloom that were left by the previous owners.

While I do have some experience with vegetable gardening, flowers are still a mystery to me, so I'm looking forward to adding some of my own touches to the existing plant life. Next year, I'll probably do some rearranging and experimenting, but I'm content to enjoy what we've got for now, and to give myself some time to figure it all out.

If any of you know anything about these plants - name of, pruning, general care, etc. - I'd love any input you'd care to offer.

8 comments:

  1. How lovely to already have a good start on your flower garden..how thrilling!

    I am not great with flowers but will help with what I do know. I think that orange one is a lily of some sort..that was helpful huh?

    Those hydrangeas are so pretty and they look very healthy. Won't they be nice to bring in the house and perhaps dried later.

    I am so glad you took the time to share these photos with us..I have been hoping to hear something about the new place.

    It takes time to get all settled in and find the right spot for everything, eventually it all comes together.

    Have fun! xo

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  2. Congratulations on your move! The flowers are beautiful!

    Top 2 are Hyrangea, really easy to care for and flowers last a long time on the plant. When the flower heads start to die off, clip the flower stem down a few leave clusters. Once flowering is done you can do some shaping to the plant, it's not too fussy.

    The next ones look like 2 different butterfly bushes, they can be aggressively trimmed either after flowering or in the fall.

    Roses - Love 'em but have no patience for the up-keep.

    Crocosmia (orange flowers) A bulb. Will completely die back in winter. Can be divided every few years as they spread. Divide in early Spring.

    Not entirely certain about the yellow flower and that last pic looks like chive flowers?

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  3. Hi Lindsay! Your Hydrangeas are so pretty! One of my favorite shrubs. Congrats on your new house and garden! It's so exciting to start over, I did the same about 3 years ago when we moved from Massachusetts to Washington state.

    That white flower with the question mark still under it, I'm pretty sure that is Gooseneck Loosestrife/Lysimachia clethroides. Do you have a lot of it? It can be an aggressive spreader, or so I've heard. I agree the orange and yellow one is Crocosmia, but which one I'm not sure. The most common ones are bright scarlet, so yours is a little more uncommon variety. I think the yellow one is Coreopsis verticillata, possibly a cultivar called 'Moonbeam.' There's a brighter yellow one too called 'Zagreb.' That bright magenta flower does look a lot like chives, it would help to know what the whole plant looks like. At any rate, it looks a lot like some kind of Allium.

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  4. The purple one at the bottom almost looks like a walking onion. If it forms little bulbs eventually, let them droop to the ground. They replant themselves that way and "walk" around the garden.

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  5. Thanks for the input everyone! It's going to be a lot easier to take care of these plants now that I know what they all are. Btw, I think you folks are correct about the purple flower being some kind of chive or onion... I went and smelled it today, and sure enough, an unmistakeable onion scent.

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  6. Gorgeous photos! Can't wait to come visit soon!

    My mom is the plant expert. I would put money on her being able to answer ALL of your questions :)

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  7. I love all the wonderful flowers at your new home. I have been told that hydrangeas have the ability to grow different colored blooms, depending on what you put on the soil. If you put rusty nails on their soil, they take on a red tint. Likewise, adding lime can also change their coloration. On the other hand, I've been told that this is not true of all hydrangeas. I have been fascinated to learn some of this information. The hydrangea I have dies back every winter, and starts all over, new each year. I was expecting a year round shrub, but perhaps it is the warm climate in the south which makes it die back.

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  8. They are beautiful! Also, hurrah for your new home!

    When we bought our flat, we inherited a mature garden that is well beyond out skills to look after - we do our best though. SO that's my tip - do your best!

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