Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SPRING IN FULLERTON< CA

IT'S SPRING TIME IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA




This rose is First Prize and I wanted to share my roses and iris's with you today.


               



Do you see the dew on this lovely rose looks like they have diamonds in them..



This lavender rose is one of my favorite and I can't remember the name of it, but it smells wonderful.


These are such a pretty shade of light orange and I get so many blooms from this rose.




This is such a pretty shade or orange to a light cream color in the center.


They are such a creamy white and smell so good.


Meet Lucille Ball and she does remind me of her


These roses produce so many blooms and are a terrific color.

Here are my garden helpers, always on the look out for lizards and bees



Here is Lili taking her daily sunning 







This is Waldo the CEO of this household, looking to see what I am up to.





Waldo must have spotted some birds


Some of my different colored iris's



Isn't this a pretty color?  See the dew on them, looks like I sprinkled sparkles on them


Look at the veining on this iris, almost like someone painted the veins on.



Oh so soft and pretty.  They only last a couple days after they bloom - I wait for 11 months only to cherish them for such a short time.



This is my red Eden rose, so very pretty.  That plant is right next to my French Lavender bush.  My pink Eden is just now budding.



I just wanted to share with you my gardens this year.  Everything come into bloom so early due to such a warm winter.  I am really surprised since we had very little rain and we need it so baldy,  I am hoping they don't burn up this summer.  Maybe we will get some rain in April.

Waldo, the CEO, Lili, the Diva Queen (and she is a bed head in the morning) and I hoped you like our lovely roses and iris's

We just planted two flats of cottage garden flowers, so stop back again and see what's happening in SO CA.  We love to read your comments.

Mary, Waldo and Lili


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SPRING HAS SPRUNG




                                                                         Waldo - he is getting gray over his eyes
                                                                         Lili is younger than Waldo

Spring has come to So CA.  So I thought that I would share a few of my flowers that are in bloom.  We have had such an unusual winter - no rain and very warm days.

My little helpers LOL ... Waldo loves to be in the garden with me helping and Lili, if she thinks you are going to turn the hose on she is gone.......... sitting in the living room looking out the window.  Waldo would stay out side with me all day long unless it gets too hot then he goes into the house and watches me out the window.


This is my Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant.  It starts out a pretty purple flower , the second day it is a lavender flower and then the third day it is white.  The smell is so wonderful and you can smell it the minute you step outside.

Sorry this picture is a little blurry.



Some of my purple iris in bloom - it's one of my favorite flowers.  The purple ones are always the first to bloom and the different color ones come next.  I have peach, brown and lavender, white, black and a very light shade of lavender.





Look at the pretty different shades of purple and the markings on the petals.


The Daisy's color goes so well with the purple iris.  I see that my flamingo is looking for bugs in the lambs ears.  I don't know why, but I just love to have a few flamingos in the yard.  Wish they were real.


One of my orchids in bloom - I have about 12 plants in all different colors and some Moth orchids.  The wind broke off a few of the spikes.


Another view of the garden with my garden angels working the soil.



This is one of my 99 cent roses in bloom - I have a few that are blooming already and the rest of my rose bushes are full of buds.  I can hardly wait to see them all in bloom.  I think the first bloom is the prettiest of the season.  What do you think?


My red camellia bush - see all the buds ready to open.  It is a double bloom.  I don't remember the name of it but I have had it about 25 years.  It is in my front yard beside my little patio.





A few of my calla lily's - have quite a few in the front yard. They are always some of the first blooms in Spring.



Some more of my iris - I always wait so long for them to bloom and it's only once a year and they are gone within a couple of days.



A view of the front of the house - my roses are ready to bloom and the lavender is in full bloom.  Smells so good when you walk up the driveway.  I can always tell when the dogs have been in the lavender and rosemary - they smell so good.



A few of my lavender bushes in the parkway.  I have the English, French and Spanish lavender.  So lovely when in bloom.


My Chicago Peace climber -we had very strong winds and it blew this branch of of the trellis.  Such a pretty color and it produces many many blooms.

I understand that we will have the Santa Ana Winds again tonight, so it should be interesting to see what damage will be done with the Devil Winds.  That's what they call the Santa Ana winds that come in off of the desert.

Hope this post has brought some Spring to you who live in cold areas.  Hopefully your Spring is just around
the corner.

I hope you will leave a comment as Waldo and I are always interested in your comments.

Mary


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

Now that all my Christmas decorations are put away for another year I thought that I would share a few of my favorite things that I love.


Just a few of my favorite things.......


Yum yum -how I love chocolate and frosted sugar cookies - the are delicious.



I love my rose books and are always looking for another rose bush.  You know a gal can never have enough roses in her gardens.  Most of my neighbors are always asking for roses for a bouquet.


I got this wonderful rose tea cup for my Birthday many years ago from  friend.  It really holds a big cup of tea and I love to have that close when I am searching for another rose bush.  I really don't need another one as I have about 150.



This beautiful rose is from Jackson and Perkins and was in their trial rose program.  I received three bushes with no names on them and had to plant them and send reports on how they were progressing.  I love how they are peach color buds and as they open you can see the beautiful cream colored petals.  Unfortunately, the rose didn't met their standards, but it is one of my favorite roses.  Maybe I should name it "My Favorite Things"


These roses are the last in bloom as the gardeners were here today and were dead heading my bushes.  They still have about 25 more to finish up next week.  I found this tea pot at a garage sale, minus a lid but it works so well for a bouquet of roses.


One of my rose books that shows so many wonderful climbers.  I really prefer David Austin's climbers as they have so many petals and their perfume is so nice.


My favorite rose tea pot along with my big tea cup and my favorite perfume bottle along with my pearls.



My beautiful statuary that is very dear to me of Mother and Child.




You all know how much I love roosters and chickens.  I got this pillow for Christmas from a dear sweet friend who knows my likes and dislikes.  She always nails it for my Birthday and Christmas.  It is a beautiful needle point pillow.

So these are a few of my favorite things - what are your favorite things?

Please leave a comment as I read all of them and try to reply to all.

Mary

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Friday, December 20, 2013

CHRISTMAS TREE CLOSEUPS 2013


I thought it would be fun to show the tree really close up...sometime it's hard to see all the pretty ornaments from a distance,....

This is my newest ornament from my friend Teryl.  She knows how I love chickens and roosters.  Isn't Henny Penny beautiful.. I just love her.


Packages all wrapped for my granddaughter and son.  I had to put them up on the bench because Waldo chewed the end off of one of them, didn't hurt the gift but I have to rewrap.



More ornaments - do you see the little gold baby - such a sweet face.



See the beautiful candle stick and red wine glasses on the coffee table -   Phyllis from Around the House and I had our little gift exchange yesterday and that was her gift to me - they are simply beautiful.  We had a grand time talking and munching  on a few goodies.  Of course we had some delicious wine too - it was very festive and such fun.



Here is a better picture of the candle stick and wine glasses


Posted by PicasaSo there you have a few pictures of the ornaments on my tree - see the birds nest with eggs.

Today it's baking and finishing up Christmas cards, then Saturday packing the car and Sunday I'm on my way to San Jose, just like the song....

So my dear blogging friends, I wish for you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
I have enjoyed this past year blogging with you and look forward to 2014.

Mary

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