There are a variety of white flowers,
all blooming at the same time, now!
Sweet woodruff is still blooming.
This groundcover at its peak.
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Dutch Iris in above photo,
also, comes in yellow and purple.
Below are ‘bearded’ iris,
which come in a rainbow of solid
or 2- or 3-color blossoms.
Both types of iris seem to be deer-resistant.
Very few plants are truly deer-proof.
When deer get hungry enough,
they eat almost any plant.
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This is the first year my snowball bush has flowered.
I wanted one of these beautiful plants for so long!
The blossoms started out green
before slowly turning white.
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A couple of last tulips.
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First Calla lily bloom.
The plant struggled this year,
as the mild winter gave rise to early leafing out.
Then a later snow
knocked the new growth back to nothing.
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Lilacs and strawberries have both
been blooming for awhile.
The lilacs are fading,
but strawberries will go longer.
Cultivated ever-bearing strawberries bloom until frost.
Lamb’s Ear makes a lovely ground cover and cut flower.
It can be invasive, which I control with minimal watering.
Another perk of this plant is that deer ignore it.
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Lavender looks so pretty when in bloom!
I fell in love with the view of a hillside of lavender and have been slowly moving seedlings (if you don’t deadhead lavender, it loves to go to seed) into a pattern on the downhill side of my house.
This has turned into a slow project, but one I have had fun pursuing.
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This perennial geranium is a cranesbill. Such a funny name.
It too will reseed, and I cannot imagine deadheading these small flowers.
The baby plants are easy to discard, if you don’t want to share them with other gardeners.
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These sage flowers were tricky to photograph. I finally discovered the perfect background was right in front of me.
This is a yearling plant that I purchased when I noticed the original was looking a little feeble. Sure enough, this spring, only one came back to life.
* * * * * When I started flower gardening, I planted many garlic cloves in an effort to deter deer from nibbling my greenery.
Now that fences (flower jails :-))have been erected around vulnerable plantings, the garlic is not so needed.
But, they are rather pretty at this stage of life.
Just a small pot started this ground cover of phlox many years ago. Without any care, it has spread down a small hill. It is easy to forget until spring when many small pink flowers bloom. Deer and other animals ignore its presence. It gets walked on and treated shabbily, but keeps coming back.
From a shovel-full many years ago, this ground cover of violets grows prolifically in my yard. It loves any shade it can find, and thrives under a deck or under rhododendrons. If I am digging plants or bulbs surrounded by violets, the violets are the first to come back. The blooms will continue into summer if they get enough moisture.
I believe these flowers were waiting for rain and cool to start blooming. Violets must be very “tough cookies” to put out their flowers in the cool of winter. Much as I’ve tried to vase these blossoms, they just do not seem to like to live indoors. It must be too warm for them.
Even if it snows, these tiny flowers will bounce back as soon as the sun melts an opening in the ground. We should be enjoying violets until the heat of summer sends them dormant until the next rainy season.
This fall, I have been moving around many plants, some of them surrounded by this ground cover. The little violet rootlets just get pushed back underground, and as long as it keeps on raining, they will reestablish in a new home.
Today was a sunny fall day, the ground has been thoroughly moistened by rain, but it is still firm to walk on. A perfect day for transplanting.
First off, I moved some Lambs Ear a great, drought-resistant ground cover. Next, I put some Lavender plants in to complete a row along side the driveway. In the lower right of the first photo, you can see a slim transplanted Lavender. This particular bed now has Lavender, then Lambs Ear, then Shasta Daisies, and on the outside are Irises. All of these plants are deer-resistant, thus there is no fence around them. An Oregon Grape shrub (not pictured) in the middle, is deer fenced, even though it is supposedly deer-resistant. My plan is to keep the Oregon Grape fenced until it is tall enough to withstand the deer nibbling.
Now to the Foxglove. There was one plant within the deer fence and on irrigation. It put out an enormous amount of babies. I counted planting 76 of them. While I dug the Foxglove from within the deer fenced flower bed, I also dug up a number of Asters that had grown up in places I did not want them. Many of the rooted Aster starts are now in small pots to give away, but I cannot begin to keep up with them. The Foxglove was planted along the outside of a fenced flower bed. The second photo shows a few Foxgloves (I count eight) as they were planted. There are at least five plantings similar to this, besides other individual plantings. They should look very nice from the front deck by next summer. I am now learning to keep my flowers deadheaded to prevent an over abundance of progeny. Should I call it birth-control for perennials?
The flowers are really quite small, but looking at this photo, they bear a strong resemblance to Shasta and field daisies.
On the other hand, the leaves are very different. They are very fine toothed and soft, as though to invite being petted.
This perennial grows close to the ground most of the year, only gaining height when it flowers. I read that one wants to collect the flowers for chamomile tea. Will put that on my to-do list today. I remember telling my children that Peter Rabbit’s mother made him chamomile tea when he had a tummy ache. They readily agreed to try that cure when needed.
I have a half dozen succulent plants along the front border of a long bed next to the driveway. Sure do wish I knew their names, but I believe that most are probably in the sedum family.
About five years ago, I visited a local art festival on the last day near closing time and saw an older woman selling succulent plants. While chatting with her, I learned that she had sold plants at art festivals for many years, but now she was retiring and this was her last show. She assured me the particular plants I was looking at would grow year-round out-of-doors, as they flourished in her very Northern California yard. Did I get lucky that day!? I would give a number of plants a new home, and start learning about growing succulents.
This is the first one to bloom. The spikes of yellow flowers are about three inches high, and are a beautiful cut flower in a very small, or mini, vase. There is a photo of these flowers in a wood-fired mini-vase posted on www.facebook.com/SusanRodenPottery
I’ve been moving starts of this plant to different places around the house. Thyme is such a sturdy plant that all the moves have been successful. This example has bi-color leaves of white and green, with spikey flowers in pale lavender.
If I wait too long before I prune this ground cover back, the leaves turn to a solid green. I discovered that if I prune off the dead flowers, the leaves remain the beautiful bi-color as pictured above.
It will multiply naturally where a longer branch touches the ground, or send up starts on its own. I’ve given plant starts away, and transplanted it around my house. The deer and rabbits do not seem to bother with this herb.