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April 26, 2016

April Garden



The garden is most lovely this time of year!  Lots of blooms, and what's not blooming is full of buds, assuring us of more beauty to come.  My Amaryllis are blooming a little late this year, but I prefer this, rather than them blooming early, all alone...



On the other hand, my Agapanthus will bloom early.  This one is already showing color...  



Agapanthus are one of my favorite summer blooms, and they're so easy to grow here in Central Florida.  I have them everywhere in my full sun gardens.



Another great plant for zone 9 gardens is Gaura lindheimeri.  It's just begun to bloom, and it's another plant that I use extensively in my full sun gardens.  It's available in pink or white, but I prefer the white because it returns more faithfully than the pink...for me, anyway.  





Zinnias do well in full sun also, and these have only just begun to bloom.  They're the kind of flower that makes me smile, when I see their cheerful faces.







I bought this Red Yucca off the clearance rack last year, but it didn't bloom at all.  Finally...





Two more photos out in my full sun garden...





Around back by the gazebo, the clematis and gardenia are both blooming.



My shade gardens are also a tad slow this year, but it may be because I buried everything under many inches of good oak leaves.  Everything will soon push it's way out.  There's plenty of pretty for right now...



Sinningia sellorii, Hardy Red Gloxinia



It's bloom...



English Dogwood





I planted this Mexican Flame Vine behind my fenced vegetable garden. so it could cover up a stack of old wood.  So far, so good.



We've been working all week on the chicken coop, off and on.  It's almost done and I'll be posting photos soon.  The chicks are growing  fast, and yes, I will be happy to move them out of my house and into theirs.  




Happy Gardening!












13 comments:

  1. Hi Janice! I love agapanthus - I even love saying it! Everything is looking gorgeous and your Dogwood is just beautiful! Your little chicks are still so cute too - peep, peep :)

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  2. Hell-o! Agapanthus is a cool word, now say it fast ten times. You always make me smile Lynn. _Janice

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    1. Hehehe...agastache is fun to say too :)

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  3. I had an agapanthus a long time ago. It never bloomed after I bought it, then it croaked, so I've never bought another one, even though I love the blooms.

    Your gardens always inspire me to keep working in mine. You have so much color and beauty.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Yes, it seems like we can all grow some plants better than other ones...that's what makes visiting different blogs so interesting. I love to see orchids and plumeria flourish, but they don't do well for me.
      Happy Gardening _Janice

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  4. Agapanthus is still one of my favorites. I look forward to mine blooming soon. And I can't get enough of zinnias! I just planted a bunch of seeds in pots, and they're already sprouting. Aren't seeds just amazing? It makes me smile every time I see a pot with some new seedlings popping up.
    You have a lovely garden of serenity.

    Those chicks are SO sweet!
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Yes, seeds always amaze me too. I love seeing them pop up out of the dirt, especially in the veggie garden.

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  5. Spring is all about flowers. I can't wait to see a pic of your agapanthus when they're in full bloom. It should be stunning. I've never heard of the hardy gloxinia. Have you had many butterflies in your garden this spring?

    The little ones are so adorable! Looking forward to seeing their coop.

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    1. I've seen mostly Swallowtails, and some Gulf Fritillary, but not as many as I'd like to see. I had that plant for years, and spread it around in several different places, but had no idea what it was...someone was kind enough to ID it for me last time I posted a picture of it.

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  6. Janice, that's just so amazing that amaryllis grow outside where you live! I have some agapanthus that I planted in pots last summer and overwintered in my basement that have never bloomed for me. I should probably fertilize them and hope for the best.... All your flowers are so lovely! I'm glad you're enjoying nice weather to to spend time outside with your gardens! -Beth

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    1. Hi Beth, I think I'm just as amazed by your lovely tulips. I will say that agapanthus like to be crowded before they bloom, so leave them in their pots and give them time...maybe this year. _Janice

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  7. Some beautiful photos Janice! Everything is looking so colorful, neat and pretty! I love those gorgeous chicks - I think I would be picking them up and playing with them the whole time!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Kate x

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    1. Thanks Kate, and hell-o. We are enjoying the chicks so much! We had them outside today for playtime in a bottomless box, and they just loved being on the grass. They were fast asleep two minutes after coming back in...pooped out. _Janice

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