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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 10, 2019 6:17 PM CST
Spring is late in this part of California. It has been raining every 2 days or so, but the few flowers that are in blooming are loving the cool air and moisture, as many years we go from cold to hot. The reticulas are the only irises that have bloomed so far and now they are finished. In this bed, there are a variety of flowers besides irises.

Currently blooming are:

Alyssum
Iberis (Candytuft)
Pansies
Ranunculas
Violas
White Sweet Violets
And a few daffodils...more to come

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
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Name: Monty Riggles
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UndyingLight
Apr 10, 2019 9:00 PM CST
Pretty! I love your beds. Thank You!
What a beautiful sunset!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 10, 2019 9:10 PM CST
Monty ~ Thank You!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 10, 2019 10:22 PM CST
Wow, Evelyn! Can't wait to see a photo of all those daffodils in bloom.
The ranunculas are a nice touch.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 10, 2019 11:07 PM CST
Andrea ~ Thank You!

Right now, there is little in bloom. It is merely a preview of what is to come. Tulips, too. And other surprises... nodding And of course, the irises!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Apr 10, 2019 11:37 PM CST
Nice whites! I envy you your pansies, violas, and violets - can't grow them here, because of the rabbits.
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 10, 2019 11:56 PM CST
Marilyn ~ Thank You!

Every day there are a large group of deer roaming around the house and garden areas, but because these plants are in the fenced garden area, I can grow them. I was just recently reviewing some old plant invoices and wondering where all those plants are.... Hilarious!

Deer food is VERY expensive, and time-consuming, and heartbreaking! Crying

Occasionally I DO see a jackrabbit but so far, they don't stick around. The deer are a daily fixture.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
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William
Apr 11, 2019 1:40 AM CST
Beautiful beds, Evelyn!!!
Ranunculas are not hardy here, but they sure are beautiful. Lovey dubby

I'm a huge lover of tulips and white tulips are always nice, so I'm a bit curious what cultivars you are growing?
I'm particularly fond of the old 'Purissima' myself. It is a fairly early and usually long blooming cultivar, usually it is nice for several weeks here. It is also a strong tulip, very easy to grow.

Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 11, 2019 3:33 PM CST
William said:Beautiful beds, Evelyn!!!
Ranunculas are not hardy here, but they sure are beautiful. Lovey dubby

I'm a huge lover of tulips and white tulips are always nice, so I'm a bit curious what cultivars you are growing?
I'm particularly fond of the old 'Purissima' myself. It is a fairly early and usually long blooming cultivar, usually it is nice for several weeks here. It is also a strong tulip, very easy to grow.



William ~ Ranunculas are not hardy here either. I just happened to spy them at a local "box store"! (Home Depot)

The tulips are Hakuun. The narcissi are Princess Zaide. There is also a surprise...planted in front for a contrast or accent, Estella Rijnveld!




There are no pictures in the database for Princess Zaide. I will have to remedy that when they bloom!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 11, 2019 5:22 PM CST
Nice beds Evelyn Thumbs up
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 11, 2019 10:14 PM CST
Robin ~ Thank You!

I am still waiting on many blooms. In May they should all be in bloom. This year a lot of flowers are late to emerge, due to so much rain and cool weather. We haven't had our April snow yet, and I won't be disappointed if it skips us this year! Crossing Fingers!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 11, 2019 10:26 PM CST
I hope it does skip you, Evelyn!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 11, 2019 10:35 PM CST
AndreaD said:I hope it does skip you, Evelyn!


Thank You! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 11, 2019 10:37 PM CST
Andrea ~ Actually, it isn't that warm right now, so if it did it soon, that would be alright. Just not after a major spring warmup. That is when it plays havoc.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 15, 2019 11:40 PM CST
I love white gardens! I've got a section in the shade that was all white until my neighbor gave me some mixed primroses.. Last year I had white impatiens at the front of the bed.. the chickens either scratched them up, or ate most of them Glare
I've used Iberis for years in the sunnier beds.. It's such a tough, bombproof plant. I was surprised at how well it does in shade, as trees grew and shaded the beds that were once full sun. I find they need shearing after bloom to keep them from getting leggy.

Estella Rijnveld is a gorgeous tulip.. After seeing yours, and a Rembrandt that a friend posted on fb, I'm feeling inspired to plant some again.
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 16, 2019 10:34 AM CST
Sherry ~ Well..I am waiting, and it is raining again. I hope that we have a nice long cool spring so the flowers can be enjoyed longer. The ranunculus are really enjoying this weather, but not everything will hold up to so much rain. I am just hoping that the irises in there will be alright.

You are right regarding the Iberis. It does get leggy if not sheared. If you have the patience, which I don't have many times, the cuttings of the Iberis will root. Usually I am so busy at that time, the "cuttings" just go along with the cleanup rubbish.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
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Polymerous
Apr 16, 2019 10:31 PM CST
This is my second spring with Iberis 'Autumn Beauty' and it finally seems to be coming into its own. I should really try to root some cuttings, but... Shrug! So much to do elsewhere in the garden (and let's not even think about the house).

(Some number of my Iberis plants are nameless mutts, but I also grow 'Alexander's White', and I have a couple surviving "Snow Cone" (trademark name) plants. I think I don't really care for the latter, the flowers are just too fat, but AW is a nice plant.)
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 17, 2019 12:23 AM CST
Alexander's White is the one I always see in the nurseries, and the one I grow now.. I have had the clippings root where the rake missed them in the past, so I imagine they're pretty easy to root. I liked the straight species, which I grew a couple houses ago.. It seemed like it was less prone to legginess... but I was rather manic with the hedge shears back then.

Do you have all white Iris in this bed, Evelyn?
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
Apr 17, 2019 8:03 AM CST
My problem is that when it comes time to shear, the pollen count is getting too high for me to be outside much (and dog walking takes priority). Then it gets too hot, plus it is daylily season (with its own round of chores), so the job never gets done properly, not to mention that I'm afraid to cut back too much.

While I'm not Evelyn, I would like to make a comment about white gardens (mine is a moon garden). I learned early on that all white (with all green foliage) is actually pretty boring (well, to me it is; if that is your thing, then go for it! Hilarious! ). But if there is some variation in foliage color (to include silver but also variegated and chartreuse foliage) and some variation in bloom color (with the daylilies, there is no pure white but the "near whites" include cream, pale melon, pale pink, and even pale lavender), then you end up with a nice tapestry of subtle colors whose overall impression is "white". Bringing irises into the picture, the irises can be pure white, OR you could also include (depending on how big this special garden area is) irises that are predominately white, but have a bit of yellow in them. Again, just to make a tapestry to keep things interesting.
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 17, 2019 10:16 AM CST
Sherry ~ Yes, I have all (or near) white irises in there. Since it is not a very large bed, it is getting a bit crowded.




“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
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