Gardening

Friday’s Flower-Hyacinths

Hyacinth

Bulbs

Buried

Beneath rich loam

Anticipation

Hot

Pink hue

Hyacinth blooms

Extraordinary

Watch

Walking

Around the beds

Anticipation

Doris Culverhouse, 2012

This weeks flower is the hyacinth, another blooming bulb.

The most enduring quality of the hyacinth, besides being a beautiful flower,

it the wonderful fragrance it exudes.

Hyacinth colors are red, blue, white, orange, pink and yellow-

a color for what ever color scheme you are desiring.

The hyacinth is toxic, it contains oxalic acid and may cause irritation when handling.

I have clumps of hyacinths scattered all through my decorative flower beds, the colors I

use are blue, pink, yellow and white.

They are such a pretty sight on cold spring days!

  • Plant hyacinths in the fall for spring bloom.
  • Plant in full or part sun.
  • They like a rich loamy soil.
  • Will grow in zones 4-9.
  • Plant 4-6 inches deep, pointy end up.
  • Plant about 3 inches apart.  The bulbs are quite large.
  • Allow the leaves to die back naturally after blooming.
  • Hyacinths are excellent for forcing and growing indoors.

Summer Winds

Light and Golden

Steal

Away my heart

In hyacinth time.

Thomas Martin, 2016

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Psalm 145:13

The LORD is faithful to all His promises

and loving toward all He has made.

 

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April and Friday’s Flower

Happy April!

(graphic from Little Birdie Blessings)

Happy April to you all!

April is a good month-

Easter is coming, spring has really arrived, green things are really growing,

 my birthday month-what’s not to love about April!?

And a day late-Friday’s flower-

The Daffodil

Daffodils are a wonderful sign of spring, signaling that winter is really gone.

Daffodils are also known as narcissus and jonquils-the terms are interchangeable.

Daffodil is the common name, narcissus are the genus, and jonquil the specific species,

with there being 200 daffodil species and 25,000 named varieties.

Jonquils are daffodils, but not all daffodils are jonquils.

How to grow daffodils

Daffodils are perennial flowers grown from bulbs planted in the fall.

They bloom in the spring, being one of the earliest bulbs to bloom.

They are hardy from zones 3-9, and they are very long-lived.

Daffodils like well-drained, loamy, fertile soil, slightly on the acidic side.

They should be planted pointy end up, 2 times the depth of their size, deeper in sandy soil.

Give lots of water while growing.

Leave the foliage to die back naturally before cutting off.

Daffodils spread into nice sized clumps, and can be dug and divided after 5-10 years.

Daffodil colors are orange, yellow, white, and there are some pinkish varieties.

Daffodils make nice cut flowers, but the stems do secrete a toxic sap that can be irritating to the skin,

and will kill others cut flowers if put in the same vase.

It can be harmful to dogs- deer and squirrels do not like it.

Daffodils are not naturally occurring, and when you see a clump of them

growing by the roadside, there was probably a  house there at one time.

The same for lilac bushes-someone had to have planted them.

Below is a double ruffled variety, looking like it is having a bad hair day.

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown,

She turned toward the south wind,

And curtsied up and down.

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor,

“Winter is dead.”

A.A. Milne

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2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!

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Friday’s Flower-Dwarf Iris

Dwarf Iris

It is time for another Friday Flower, and I wasn’t expecting to find anything in bloom on this day (except the crocus), but out the door I went, camera in hand.

There is a lot going on in the flower garden right now, most of the perennials are pushing up green, but that is all there is-just lots of green.  There is the promise of many blossoms soon!

I was about to give up, when I spied a bit of blue color in a jumble of weedy mess on the side of the yard-

what a pleasant surprise to find this little clump of dwarf iris in bloom!

I would have missed this blooming all together if I hadn’t gone looking!

This iris is related to the crocus, with many similarities.

Dwarf Iris reticulate

  • Dwarf iris is a 4 petaled flower with grass like leaves
  • It is the first of the iris types to bloom
  • It is low growing at 6 in tall
  • Will grow in zone 4-10
  • This iris grows from a bulb, unlike the more familiar tall iris that grow from rhizomes
  • Plant bulbs pointy end up, 2-3 inches deep
  • Dwarf iris should be planted in the fall, like the crocus
  • They come in blue, yellow and white
  • Bloom time is late winter to early/mid spring
  • It likes well-drained soil, and likes to be on the dry side
  • Dwarf Iris naturalize well and will grow into a nice clump.

How nice to have old man winter behind us, and new growth coming on!

Do you have anything blooming in your garden?

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2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!

 

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It Is Spring!

Yes, It Is Spring!

Tell me mother!

I keep hearing you say the word Spring….

Please -tell me- is it really Spring!?

Will I no longer just gaze wistfully out the window,

watching the wind and snow,

dreaming of moles,

waiting for Spring?

Will I no longer have to wear my dreaded sweater?

No more creeping under the covers to sleep?

(You know this is ALWAYS a good place to hide… hee… hee… hee…

now you can’t find me to put me in that awful crate!)

Now I can poop outside!

And dig in the dirt instead of the trash!

Ahh…I can’t wait to for the wonderful smell

of dandelions and forget-me-nots!

Isn’t Spring wonderful?

I can help you collect the eggs!

And take long naps in the warm straw mulch!

(While you are weeding and sweating…hee…hee…hee!)

Mother, I am so glad it is Spring!

What a wonderful life!

And, yes, the dog mom is glad it is Spring, too!

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No matter how long the winter,

Spring is sure to follow.

English proverb

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Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the LORD

and He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

 

 

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Today-3 Things

March 17

#1

I was planning to post a weekly ‘Friday’s Flower’ –

Here is last weeks Friday Flower…

well, we enjoyed it while it lasted!

Right after this photo was posted, we were hammered by an awesome (?) winter storm.

Here is the same view of these poor crocus a week later…

It is all hunkered down and surviving under the snow.

Still waiting for spring.

This storm was a quite a surprise, in its intensity and bitter cold.

We didn’t get the great amount of snow that the northern part of PA did,

but the wind and cold temperature was bad enough.

It was probably made worse in that we are all weary of winter,

and were beguiled by the stretch of nice weather the previous weeks.

Church was cancelled on Wednesday.

So, since I have nothing else blooming right now,

here are some ‘flowers in the snow’ pictures.

A clump of daffodils in the snow-many buds ready to bloom…when spring arrives.

Hyacinths pushing up.  Can’t wait for their fragrance!

And some veggies-

The garlic patch, under its protecting wire grid.  The chickens are being let out every afternoon

to scratch about before the garden planting begins and this grid stops them from scratching in this bed.

The garlic will survive just fine, but they are looking sad right now.

Rhubarb, pushing up.  Can’t wait for pie!  Soon….

This green, grassy perennial vegetable is coming up nicely.

Do you know what it is?

I think no home should be without it-I love it, and love using it in my cooking.

I will tell you all about it later!

It deserves a blog post all of its own.

#2

March 17 was Dan’s birthday.

Son Aaron made him a pan of Rice Krispie Treats-his favorite.

He loves some with his morning coffee  (or pie!)

I am thankful, and rather amazed that 3 of my sons like to cook and do it so willingly!

#3

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

I put an Irish jig on and asked Dan if he would dance an Irish jig for us, but he declined,

said “I’m not Irish!… I’m Scottish!”

Ah, yes, I know that…

‘You may kiss an Irishman but…

its a Scotsman you take home!’

That I did!

And glad I did!

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Ephesian 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood,

the forgiveness of sins,

in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

 

 

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