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U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Friday, June 18, 2010

Choosing Candidates For Blooming Display

Red carpet. Music. Applause. Here come the plants selected to participate in my Blooming Display. It was not easy to choose among many of my blooming plants. The selection criteria was to be special.
The veteran of my garden - a 'Mister Lincoln' rose, chosen for the best aroma:
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Debutantes in my garden in 2010: Alliums. The anticipation was strong, and dozens of planted alliums didn't disappoint us.
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The most free-willed : a Calla Lily. She won't grow in the places which I chose for her. She appears here and there in the garden, not in the spots of my choice. If I move her, she doesn't do her best. If I let her be, she becomes a queen:
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For being reliable and long-blooming - Columbine:
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She got a new neighbor this year: a white selfseeded Foxglove. I think they look good together:
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For loyalty, low-maintenance and returning year after year - Foxgloves:
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For being tough and surviving in half shade - climbing roses 'Don Juan':
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For being the highest climber and profusing bloomer - Clematis 'Hybrida Sieboldii'':
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For attracting the most bees and being beautiful in its 6th year - Spanish lavender:
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For being a beautiful debutante in my garden - Milkweed. Thank you Brian (Green Mansions Compost ) for sending me the seeds!!!!
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And last, but not least, Papaver orientale 'Manhattan' for coming back after 4 years of playing dead. It was featured in my earlier post Front Flower Bed Summer Transformation
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Thank you for stopping by and participating in this presentation.
Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

20 comments:

  1. I can see your selections were tough with so many beauties around you. Oh I bleive that Calla is gorgeous wherever she chooses to grow!

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  2. I have had the same experience with the calla lily. :)

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  3. All super great choices. My favorite has to be the Spanish lavender. Six years is a long time and it is stunning.

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  4. Funny, the moods of different flowers. That the lilly will pick her own place to grow. She's got character.

    Or, the Papaver playing dead for 4 years... What a pleasant surprise.

    Love your lavender, in Swedish it's called tissue lavender, what do we call it in English? I obsess over it and want them.

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  5. It seems the Lily has chosen a fine position all by herself? Beautiful scenery :)

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  6. Great selections...:)

    I am quite jealous of the calla lilies that grow so freely in your garden...Here in Michigan we can only keep them in pots.

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  7. Oh your gardens are beautiful!

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  8. Hi Tatyana

    Thankyou so much for commenting on my post - I had tears too writing that. I know when my mum reads my blog over the weekend she will be aswell.

    You made some great choices with your plants.

    That clematis has defeated me and just hates my garden conditions - I think it is just so pretty and delicate a flower so I'll just have to be content looking at it in others gardens.

    I used to have a large calla lilly in my last garden - this time around I have one growing in my pond but it just sits and sulks there.

    I've seen milkweed mentioned on so many US blogs but never seen or heard of the plant in the UK so I must do a google and see if it can be grown here as I'm sure our native butterflies would love it too.

    Have a lovely weekend :) Rosie

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  9. Tatyana - milkweed! yes, milweed is most beautiful to me. Frankly all your picks are great, but milkweed... do u think u will have spare seeds this year?

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  10. All of them are gorgeous! Carla

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  11. Lovely flowers. My favorite is the Clematis.

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  12. Excellent choices! I love the white foxglove with the Columbine. Spanish lavender is a bee-magnet around here too! Mine is absolutely humming at the moment.

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  13. Please enter one of these photos in my June free photo contest...the theme is flowers. Just go to http://myretirementchronicles.blogspot.com
    or email the photo to:
    jhaara@sbcglobal.net

    Thanks!

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  14. What a beautiful display! Amazing views!

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  15. very beautiful and eye catching flowers..

    regards

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  16. My favorite is the milkweed.
    What a fun post!

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  17. What great choices - loved all of them.

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  18. All beautiful. I like the calla lily the most probably because I don't have one. Love that they move around.

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  19. Hello,
    The Calla Lily is one of my favorite.

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  20. Thankyou for posting the photo of the Foxgloves. That's something new I'll be having in my garden this year. The pictures they show on the seed packets really only showcase the blooming portion of the plant. It was wonderful to see a 'full length' photo and to get an idea of what I would REALLY be seeing in my garden bed. They're lovely!!

    Also, what is the name of the white milkweed?!? That is gorgeous!!! It would fit in so well in my moon garden. I'd love to know the name so I could search out the seeds and get them started for this season.

    Thanks! As always, beautiful photos!!!

    ~Wendy / sassyb.

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