Friday, April 2, 2010


Well, I can't believe it is Friday already, this week has flown by. Not sure what is up with Blogger this week, I have seen other people saying they are being challenged by it too, so I won't take it personally (He! He!)

Anyway, just thankful I was eventually able to upload my Flower photos :) YAY!

April came in with the proverbial showers, followed by torrential rain, hail, wind and thunder, so the poor flowers have taken a beating this week but good job most are hardy and can tolerate the downpours, to a point. (Word to whoever, that is a hint to stop it raining now, had enough this week, thanks :)

For this week's Friday Flowers I decided to go with a theme as opposed to one species. Over the past month we have had a lot of Blue in the garden, I love Blue and the Blue in our Garden is a periwinkle Blue or pale Blue/Violet, depending on the way the light falls on these plants.

The first of Today's Blues is the Grape Hyacinth. WOW! Are they prolific. I most probably planted about 100, 6 years ago and now there are thousands. I always let them go to seed and of course we have seeded not only our Garden but some of the neighbours too :)

Here are just a few :) (click on photos for closer image)

I love the shape, how the light reflects, the strata of blues and hints of white.

At our previous home, I planted 10 Grape Hyacinth bulbs, I wasn't very familiar with them and money was tight but I liked the look of them in the catalog. Well, it turned out so did a little local wild Bunny. So, as soon as these flowered we would see him skip across the driveway at dusk, in front of our dining room window much to the kids delight and watch him chew his way thru the lot, I think it took several days and we were all very excited to see him every night. I wasn't concerned about not enjoying the flowers because we had our own little Easter Bunny coming to visit :)

They seem like very Happy Flowers.

On the top tier are the Grape Hyacinths and the lower tier Veronica Peduncularis "Georgia Blue" (please ignore the bald patch, I really have trouble getting anything to grow there except Dandelions, but working on it, ground is rock solid)

I love these little faces :)

The last Blue I wanted to share is Ralph Shugert Periwinkle ground cover. I love everything about these plants, the leaves as so smooth and multiple layers of greens, the flowers are a wonderful shape and Periwinkle (love that word) Blue, they look like kid draw sunshine faces :).

Can I say it again, I LOVE these Flowers :)

I hope you enjoyed this week's Friday Flowers :)

If you haven't had the time to check out Brad Stivers Art Giveaway check it out on Brad'sBlog :) or my interview with him :) on my blog.

Hope everyone has a Wonderful Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.


Got It From My Mama said...

Love your flowers the grape hyacinth is a bit like our bluebell. Mine are trying to come up but it's snowing here again.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flowers! The colors really compliment your house!

CathyH said...

I love periwinkle, your photos are so pretty!

The Lavender Daisy said...

Beautiful photos! That looks so relaxing to be surrounded by all of those flowers.

MARIA said...

wow! beautiful love the muscari

Pink Dandy Chatter said...

wow, those are beautiful!!

Bethany Dirksen said...

I love that story about the bunny! I think I would feel the same way as you. Who wouldn't want to see a bunny every night? Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos. Great job planting and photographing!

Jenni said...

I am jealous! My woodland hyacinths are not up yet. They are in a very shaded place and it's been rather dark..I'm with..note to whomever..turn off the facet!! Lovely pics T!

Victoria said...

Aww, grape hyacinths make me so nostalgic - my grandparents always grew them in their garden, and when I was small I used to pick them and pretend they were real grapes for my dolls... my grandma always thought they were getting browsed by animals until she found that little pile of wilted flowers in my room!

Lovely photos - and your house is beautiful, I love yellow houses!

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New Hampshire Gardener said...

All the blue is gorgeous. My grape hyacinth are not up yet but the vinca is beginning to bloom. Everything is early this warm spring.
Be careful with vinca, it can be invasive. I have seen it get loose in the woods and basically eat up the little native ground plants.
Happy spring.

Erica said...

how stunning :)

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh these are my favs. We don't have as much planted here as we did at our old house and I really miss all the spring blooms and our old crabapple. Love the pictures !