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GBBD April 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day
April 2014

Lots of blooms here in Southeast, MO USA
The wind and rain have taken their toll on the daffodils and tulips. Still, I have gazillions. And as delicate as they look, they have taken this cold wet weather and still stand proud.

The show stopper is the Doubletake Scarlet Storm Quince. Just came out last year. I bought two. The survived the winter. The head gardener came through and cut the other one, off at the ground.

Doubletake Scarlet Storm Quince

Doubletake Scarlet Storm Quince

Still, I love this flower. It is such a clear red and lasts longer than most spring blooms.

Bigger than most and so bright. I think this is Carlton

Bigger than most and so bright. I think this is Carlton


These sweet flowers kind of wide the waves of wind. For some reason, they just make me happy.










This is a little smaller, but also taller.There are usually two blooms on each stem.










Poets daffodil.

Poets daffodil. N. poeticus recurvus, PHEASANT’S EYE

The wind blew the peach blossoms of the tree pretty quick and I was not fast enough with the camera. So, I am sorry that I couldn’t share all those pink peach blossoms.

Magmolia.I always wanted to live somewhere that I could have magnolias and pine trees. So, now I do!

Magmolia.I always wanted to live somewhere that I could have magnolias and pine trees. So, now I do!

Yesterday. I ran out to take this photo. I am glad I did. There are probably half the blooms this morning.

this is infront of the porch. You can see these when you walking  on the next street over..

this is in front of the porch. You can see these when you walking on the next street over. The while ones are “Thalia.” They have two blooms per stem also. And they are fragrant.

The tulips are scarce this year. Was it the severe cold or is it just too early?

And finally, one more time for the quince. The crowd goes wild!  It is a small shrub and could fit into most any sunny garden.




GBBD October 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2013

We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence.

Oct 15  was a rainy day here in Zone 6a, Southeast Missouri.  Not much blooming here. And this post is a bit late. It was raining here on Oct 15.

Lots of things are still growing. Since the rain, we will have to mow again. And then, it’s time leaf drop. I seems like we are a week or two behind.

4oclock pink

4 o’ Clocks read more about the fragrant annual: Becky’s flowers.

These flowers are blooming and producing lots of seed. Since they are heirlooms, the seeds will reproduce looking just like these.  This summer, they out grew their space, taking over the sidewalk. There was only room for folks to walk one at a time. (No walking side by side, hand in hand.) Your job is to stroll along the sidewalk and admire the fragrant flowers. I can never have too many four o’ clocks.

Morning glory

Grandpa Otts Morning Glories are dusted with pollen. The bees were here earlier spilling pollen on the petals. Photos PBH.

I planted three or four varieties of  Mourning Glories. Twice. But it was a long, cool, very wet spring. The only Glories to come up were the self seeded Grandpa Ott’s four o’clocks. As they bloom, they create a blooming privacy fence. On the North side of the patio, the street side, humming birds and bees will continue to delight up to the first frost.

The hibiscus are in continuous bloom.

The hibiscus are in continuous bloom.



Want to join GBBD?  Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget on Carols page.

Garden Blog Bloom Day

GBBD July 15,  2013

Having moderate temperatures and plenty of rain makes for a happy garden.
Yesterday, a neighbor a couple of houses down said, “Your sunflowers look like they are just smiling at us when we are sitting on our  patio. We enjoy them so.”

tall sunflowers

Tall sunflowers and the LBND.( the little boy next door.)


“Your yard is putting on quite a show for us this year.”


I grow these for the birds. The squirrel thinks they are his own private picnic.

I grow these for the birds. The squirrel thinks they are his own private picnic.





I have hundreds of these. Maybe thousands. Or at least it seems like it.

I have hundreds of these. Maybe thousands. Or at least it seems like it.



I love cone flowers.So do the birds.

I love cone flowers. So do the birds.

It’s been a mild summer and we’ve had plenty of rain. The  flowers are at their best and there are so many more. You are always welcome in my garden. We will have another flower post as soon as I get out there and get done picking beans and squash.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit Carol’s blog May Dreams Gardens 















Garden Bloggers Bloom Day August 15, 2012

GBBD 8-15-2012 Hot, Hot, Hot August

Cut and come again bright pink zinnias stand 3 feet tall.

With vivid colors and long stems, theses zinnia make excellet bouquets lasting for a week or more.


Morning Glories are at their best. Morning Glory, “Grandpa Ott’s”

Seed for Morning Glories and Zinnias are from Renee’s garden

Lots of ruffled lettuce leaves which held up longer in the spring than most lettuce. When lettuce bolted, these lovely lavender flowers will soon produce seed.

The bright green lettuce was in a mesclun mix. I do not know what it is. Or, I would buy more. I let it go to seed and it’s bloom those lovely lavender flowers. Anyway, I hope to gather a few seed in a couple of weeks.

Senorita Blanca™ Spider Flower Cleome hybrid.

The cleome is a great flower to show off and contrast with vivid colors.

Supertunia® Watermelon Charm has been a hummingbird magnet this year. It’s self cleaning and easy care.

The Senorita Blanca™ Spider Flower Cleome hybrid and Supertunia® Watermelon Charm are trial plants from Proven Winners and will be available next spring (2013).

Lycoris squamigera (resurrection lily) is a plant in the amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae

Lycoris squamigera’s (resurrection lily) sudden late summer appearance is reflected in its common names: surprise lily, magic lily, and resurrection lily.

The lovely lavender bloom is an eggplant flower. Photo by PBH

We can have flowers nearly every month ofthe year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

Our Host Carol always has a beautiful site.

Last months GBBD

Vegetable garden report. August 15, 2012.

The drought has shown no mercy on the vegetable and herb gardens. Then heat wave and drought broke. We got some rain, so the peppers and tomatoes are productive again. With the deluge of tomatoes, I made small batches of salsa and all my favorite tomato dishes.

 What did come out of the garden became spendid dishes like gazpacho, tabbouleh, bruschetta, canned salsa and the following baked egg in a tomato cup.

I found this baked egg in a tomato on Pinterest. My version, of course, has herbs. Chives, basil, chervil.



The original baked egg recipe  is on Pinterest.

I loaded my tomato with extra cheese, herbs or real bacon bits.








Then, I made Heirloom Tomato Quiche. This easy quiche was very good. The recipe is on my Hub Pages.

Next time you make BLTs, cook a little extra bacon to go in this quiche if you like.


All ratatouille ingredients are home grown.


The recipe for this French vegetable medly is on my Hub Pages.  Ratatouille is my gardens signature dish. Eggplant, peppers, squash, tomatoes, onion, garlic and herbs all come from my garden.



I’m sowing some chervil, chilantro, a bit of arugula and lettuce, looking forward to cooler days.


Bloom Day September 2009

Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Cape Girardeau, MO USA
This is the last of the hardy standby rudbeckia blooming.

This is a gifted rose from the storybook series. It’s a prolific bloomer, no fragrance, but the color stands out from a distance. I never saw these on the market, too bad because I would buy more. They are faithful bloomers, even gracing the Thanksgiving table last year.

I still have a lot of food crops blooming. “They won’t have time to make”, as grandma used to say.

This tasty English cucumber is still producing long skinny, thin-skinned. cucumbers.
Pinky WinkyHardy Hydrangea or Hydrangea paniculata is growing in a couple of places in my yard, The one that gets more sun does the best. Hiding behind thee hardy hydrangea, is Buttered Popcorn day lily, Hemerocallis Buttered Popcorn. It’s a repeat bloomer and the brilliant yellow blooms always get noticed.

About now, I should tell you that I’m using the camera/phone, and I have no excuse for the photo quality, except I can’t keep it steady enough for good photos.
Crown Princess Margareta, a David Austin Rose. Once it is cut, the heavy blooms tend to droop, so is it not a good choice for bouquets. Still it is so fragrant and lovely, it’s hard not to bring a few cut flowers indoors.

These creamy poppies were a garden surprise, I forgot that I had planted the seed. California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is native to grassy areas, in CA. Here in MO. it must be treated as an annual. But it is beautiful and easy to grow. It is California’s official flower and has it’s own day. April 6 is California Poppy Day.

Gaillardia Amber Wheels is hardy and some times self sows on my patio. I saved seed last year and planted the seed again this year. It’s a hardy flower, still blooming it’s little head off. Next year I will grow more of these because the color is brilliant and they have a very long blooming period.

Petunia, Old Fashioned vining, (Petunia multiflora) a fragrant single petunia. Fragrant blossoms from June until after frost. This soft color would go with anything. I hope to collect seed and grow several of these next year. A hundred years ago, it was common in gardens, this is now considered a rare heirloom.



Garden Royalty


Crown Princess Margareta, has loads of fragrant roses in late spring, then a few more continue to bloom, except in the hottest of summer. And, now there are even more light blooms that will continue till frost.
This little bloomer has many, larger flowers in spring. The roses are neatly formed rosettes of apricot yellow.

It is thriving in what I thought would be a temporary location with poor, rocky soil. But, it blooms where it was planted. So, the princess has found a permanent home. Each year, the top soil around the rose it gets a layer of leaf mould and compost. And because it is surrounded by asphalt on three sides, it always has a heaping helping of water-saving wood chip mulch.

In the spring, there are so many golden-yellow/apricot blooms, it perfumes the garden air.

The blossoms last month were petite and looked like miniature roses. Occasional blooms will appear now through the first frost. Blooms are just under 3″ across.

Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and was an accomplished landscape gardener who, together with the Crown Prince (later, King Gustavus VI Adolfus of Sweden), created the famous Swedish Summer Palace of Sofiero in Helsingborg.

David Austin Roses are a favorite of mine. After fifty years of rose breeding, David Austin’s English Roses combine the form and fragrance of old fashioned roses with the repeat flowering of modern roses. They are very easy to grow, healthy and reliable. I have very little disease problem with David Austin roses.

Find David Austin roses at Jackson & Perkins

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