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Old April 23, 2018   #16
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Old April 24, 2018   #17
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It was a slow start to spring but stuff is waking up!

This is the Mock Orange (Philadelphus 'Natchez') at the back corner of the house. It's in full bloom and what a scent!



This is an 'Amethyst Falls' wisteria, which is a relatively dwarf type. Unlike the insanely unruly Chinese wisteria that wants to take over the world, Amethyst Falls can be easily kept pruned to a bush shape. Behind it is a Knockout rose.



Any day now there should be a few irises opening. I think we've finally turned the corner and winter has given in.
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GoDawgs I do hope that you have a window that you can open by your Mock Orange to allow it's incredible scent into your home. I had one at my old house and just loved it. Thanks for bringing back the memory.
I have never heard of a dwarf wisteria. I am going to look into this one. How old is yours and how tall is it? Do the deer prune it at all?
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Old April 25, 2018   #19
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GoDawgs I do hope that you have a window that you can open by your Mock Orange to allow it's incredible scent into your home. I had one at my old house and just loved it. Thanks for bringing back the memory.
I have never heard of a dwarf wisteria. I am going to look into this one. How old is yours and how tall is it? Do the deer prune it at all?
The kitchen window above the sink is right there by the plant. Know what? I've never thought to open it! It's a small window and kind of hard to reach over the sink to open but I'm sure gonna do it today!

Gosh, I'm trying to remember when I planted the Amethyst Falls. I worked for a large grower of ornamentals for 18 years and have been retired for seven so it's at least seven years old. I'd say it's about 3' tall and maybe 4-5' wide. The only pruning it gets is after it blooms when I cut off any "wild hairs" and shape it a bit and maybe a few more during the growing season. It's not aggressive at all, unlike the regular wisteria I foolishly planted about 15 years ago. It took four or five years to eventually kill that sucker off!
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Dawg, is that an antique rose behind the wisteria?

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Old April 25, 2018   #21
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When I bought them they didn't have tags.

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P.S. I saw my first hummingbirds today. I don't get very many in Spring.
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Dawg, is that an antique rose behind the wisteria?

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Just plain old Knockout. I about gave up growing roses because of the constant battle with disease. Don't need that hassle! But I gave it one more shot with Knockout due to its supposed disease resistance and although they still get a bit of funk on them now and then, it's tolerable.
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Just plain old Knockout. I about gave up growing roses because of the constant battle with disease. Don't need that hassle! But I gave it one more shot with Knockout due to its supposed disease resistance and although they still get a bit of funk on them now and then, it's tolerable.

I have 2 double Knockouts (pink), an apricot colored "drift" rose, 3 minis, and an antique red rose that I forgot the name of (bad grammar). If the rose is not a shrub, I can't/won't grow it.

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The big Chinese Fringe (Loropetalum chinensis) is starting to bloom again after already going through one round earlier in the year. It first blooms during the first spate of warm spring temps, usually late February or early March. Then the next cold wave puts an end to that nonsense!





This is 'Major Wheeler' honeysuckle. It's another early bloomer that gets snapped by cold spells but by now it's probably going to bloom all summer. I think it and the Loro have an early blooming contest going! It's on a trellis next to the garden where I can remember to keep it trimmed.



That's probably the last of the new bloomy stuff for now until the hydrangeas do their thing.
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Gorgeous Iris! That's my favorite iris color combo.
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Thanks, I bought the plant because it's suppose to bloom twice.
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My pomegranate is in full bloom and I might get fruit this year.
The pomegranate has one of the most vivid red blooms you ever saw in your life and is water friendly too.

Vitex starting to put out blooms.
Red yucca that is really an agave is in full bloom.
Purple prickly pear bloomed.
Bluebonnets bloomed and now have seed pods.
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Yay......Today I had my first Dandelion bloom!
Spring is on it's way.
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