An online journal inspired by the antics of our four children and a passion for my zone 6 Kansas garden.
This blog is a lot like a box of chocolates. . .You never know what you're gonna get (modified from Forrest Gump)
Sunday, June 20, 2010
One of my favorite flowers is the daisy--hands down. Last spring, I found a daisy collection in Roots and Rhizomes and I knew that I had to have it!! My favorite kind of shasta daisy are the funky petaled ones!! This collection specialized in them!! Two varieties didn't make it, but my favorite varieties did!! They are all in full bloom now and I am loving them. This variety is Sante. It ended up in a great location, as the pink hollyhock is blooming behind it, and the Karly Rose grass is blooming next to it! There is also a pink achillea (yarrow) and a little mugo pine, backgrounded by some variegated tall grass in view. It is a spot in my garden that finally looks finished, lots going on, and few bare spaces.
Close up of Sante
This shasta is "Aglaia." It has pure white petals with fringed tips like shaved coconut. Very pretty!
Below is the oldest daisy I have. This is a shorter variety--only about 12-18 inches tall. I think the name was "Becky."
This taller version I found on clearance a few years ago. Variety Marconi. There are a couple clumps in my front flower bed. I like it best because it is so tall. I divided the clump and moved some to my new flower bed when I was flower shopping through my yard--they are getting ready to bloom too, so it must not have shocked them too much! This one is peeking out around the bottom of the new "old" slipper slide we put in.
And, so far, my favorite variety is Old Court. It has the craziest petals. It looks great in a vase with lavender blooms too. The plants are looking quite healthy, and should be ready for me to take small clumps out of them to move or give away next summer. I can't wait!
It was nice to have some time to wander through the gardens. The veggies are coming along well, though the only thing we have eaten has been chard, which we actually liked quite well, the pickled beets and a handful of strawberries. The flowers are really blooming up a storm, and I have tons of bloom pictures coming this week. We got some rain last weekend, not as much as some of you, but around 3 inches--which is plentiful around these parts. And, with the rain, comes weeds. Ick!! Have a great Father's Day!
My husband and I have been married for 22 years and have been in the process of raising 4 rambunctious kids--3 boys and a girl--for a long time now. Two have successfully grown up. .And now we look like the American iconic family of 4! I work part time in health care and the rest of my time working with others-both in my home and in my community. We are active in our church and our local 4-H club. I have a lot of passions--but the ones you may find most on this blog are my family,my gardens, and my love for God! Hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoy writing!