Savannah Garden Diary

March 16, 2008

Flowers

It is lovely to have some splashy color in the garden after a gray winter. Whenever I get really depressed about climate change or the end of cheap oil (or rather about our government’s completely inadequate response to same), I go into the garden and it cheers me up. We had a tornado last night (the first in Georgia in 80 years, I believe) which knocked out our power (and that of another 150,000 people) for 12 hours.
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I don’t really like this Bignonia ‘Tangerine.’ Although I think that is mainly my fault for putting it on a trellis that is too small for it. I have seen it look quite fine on arbors and on a chain slung diagonally across a space.

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This California poppy seeded itself in the gravel beside the path to the pond, and luckily I recognized it before weeding it out. It doesn’t matter how many and what sort of poppy seeds I plant, these are the only ones that come back year after year. The color wouldn’t do in the back in summer when we are all white and pink and purple, but in spring any splash of color is welcome.

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The wildlife is in full throttle. Brown-headed nuthatches have stolen the bluebird box in back, wrens are nesting under Richard’s dinghy. Goldfish are laying eggs in the pond, frogs reappearing, and here’s a gecko sunning on the trunk of a crape myrtle.

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Here’s Lonicera sempervirens (or maybe it’s not sempervirens?) with Lady Banks on the pergola.

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Scylla peruviana flowers for the first time. So-called not because they are Peruvian but because they were shipwrecked on the coast of Cuba in a ship named SS Peru. I’ve had them for 2 years. They must have been getting their strength back after traveling from Oregon or some such. They are of course a much more intense blue than you can tell from this.

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I am very fond of these Thunbergia alata on the little trellis. I threw in a handful of seeds some years ago, and they just keep on coming.

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This is a color combination that really appeals to me–purple viola and silver lamium.

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And here is an amazing jumble of color which could only please me in early spring. Zephirine Drouhin, assorted yellow and blue violas, a species crocus (clusiana?), and alyssum which has seeded itself all over the patio, in the gravel and in ever bed for miles around. I see this color scheme is going to the even more bizarre when the California poppy in the foreground blooms!

8 Comments »

  1. Great photos, it looks like spring is in full swing. I hope the twisters missed your lovely city.

    Comment by — March 16, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

  2. Thanks for linking to my blog. I truly appreciate it. I didn’t know you all have geckos. Thank you for the garden tour in early spring.~~Dee

    Comment by — March 19, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  3. Well, thank you, Dee. I enjoy your red dirt ramblings.

    Comment by karen — March 20, 2008 @ 10:40 am

  4. Beautiful blooms! That does indeed look like a Lonicera sempervirens. But I’m pretty sure the cute gecko is actually an anole lizard. I have a lot of these in my garden too. Like chameleons, they can change color, at least from green to brown, to camouflage themselves.

    Comment by — March 22, 2008 @ 4:44 am

  5. Yes, you’re right it’s an anole. I’d almost forgotten. We tend to call them geckos in happy memory of geckos climbing up the windows in Costa Rica.

    Comment by karen — March 22, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  6. Beautiful pictures! I have just planted my garden but it is veggies not flowers. Any good tips for a first time gardner?

    Comment by — April 1, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

  7. I have veggies, too. At the moment I am battling with cutworms for my pepper seedlings. My only tip would be to keep it small and simple. It’s so easy to bite off more than you can chew in the first flush of spring. Then you and it wilt in the heat of summer.

    Comment by karen — April 2, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  8. I’m hoping to get one of those Tangerine Beauties this year. I just love it.

    Comment by — April 3, 2008 @ 11:13 am

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