I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.
We had some high winds that knocked the electricity
off for about three hours but other than that it was a
warm and beautiful weekend.
There was a steady flow of traffic by
the house of people out taking advantage of the warm
weather to visit the parks, have picnics and to camp out.
I got so much accomplished this weekend outdoors.
I painted my little metal shed I use for garden storage.
Dug up a new bed for a friendship garden in front of the
shed to put flowers in that have been grown from the
seeds from kind blogging buddies and planted a few roots.
Gave the beds a final clean up and moved some perennials.
Always moving things around to make room for more
plants or to help them find a better growing location.
Raked and picked up sticks from all over the yard that
had fallen during winter snow and winds.
Got the rose bushes pruned and now my arms look like
I have been in a fight with the stray cats.
The purple Liatris spicata roots were planted in the new
By the way the Milkweed, Butterfly plants and Ornamental
Okra are looking good and growing well.
Thank you Darla!
Plants were set out side to harden off.
The Shades of Blue Larkspur is looking pretty well.
Thank you Catherine!
The red Poppies are starting to come up also and
I want to sow more in the new bed.
Thank you Tatyana!
It will be a while yet then I can plant all of the zinnia,
marigold and cosmos seeds have been so
generously given to me.
Thank you April and Robin!
By the way the Cerinthe purpurascens is growing well
from the seeds.
Thank you Robin!
I am having a terrible time with the Hibiscus seeds
that were given to me. Sorry April, Darla and Donna.
I am going to keep trying to get them to germinate until
I have no seeds left. Maybe I will get some growing yet.
The Bonsai above was from a Flowering Quince that was in
bloom when we were at the Franklin Park Conservatory in
the Zen Garden..
It smelled so wonderful.
The Desert Room had wonderful cactus and agave.
Thanks to Noelle at a ‘Ramblings From A Desert Garden’
I have learned the beauty that can be found in a desert
garden. The desert is blooming now and there are so many
beautiful plants that grow there. I was under the misconception
that it was all brown sand and prickly things.
I have learned so much and still have so much to learn from
bloggers all over the states and the world.
Can anyone tell me if this is a Chenille plant or
something else all together?
I loved the red chenille blooms hanging from this
large plant or shrub.
Another picture of Aechmea Bromeliad Ruby Sun.
Cotoneaster apiculatus or Cranberry Cotoneaster
is a groundcover with red berries and looked wonderful
spreading over this rock display.
I thought this was a Magnolia tree in bloom but since
I am not an expert on shrubs and trees it could be a
I am sure some of you will know exactly what
it is and give the beauty a name.
I guess I am not the only one who couldn’t keep their
hands out of the waterfalls.
I do not know what the variegated bush below was
but I loved the deep white patterns on the leaves.
I have simply got to take down the names of things
as I tour gardens. This is getting embarrassing. LOL!
I think this raps up all of the pictures that were taken
at the conservatory. I hope everyone has not gotten tired
of looking at my nameless plants and flowers.
The giant display at the bottom was in the front window
and though maybe not beautiful was impressive to look at.
It was made from interlaced vines. Reminds me of a
giant worm. LOL!
Happy Gardening Everyone !
Until Next Time, Lona