Friday, February 18, 2011

Blooming Friday ~ Fanciful

This time of year I think everyone has flights of fancy that take them to springtime.

Where there's not just one iris in bloom

or two or three

but dozens.

There are lots of flowers that look like they should be in some sort of fairyland. Foxglove would have to be there

as well as Columbine, especially these double ruffly ones.

Do Beardtongues not look like they should be homes to
tiny magical creatures ~ although, they already are!

Eastern Gray Beardtongue (Penstemon canescens )

Gulf Coast Beardtongue (Penstemon tenuis )

Penstemon 'Midnight'

I don't think it's possible for anyone to dream up the magical shimmering colors on larkspur to be any more beautiful than they already are.

No flight of fancy would be complete without roses!

Clotilde Soupert



Crepuscule on arbor and Hansa in background

There are roses in the vegetable garden, and in my imagination the Black Russian tomatoes thrive.

The white climbing rose is Sombreuil, with Hansa and Rosa rugosa rubra on the left.

Veilchenblau and Rosa palustris scandens

Isn't it wonderful that there are roses and daylilies that are actually purple?

'Tupac Amaru'

Pink daylilies that look like confectionary

Strawberry Candy x Larger Than Life

and daylilies and roses the color of wine?


Hybrid China

Happy Friday, and join Katarina at roses and stuff for Blooming Friday, where the theme this week is "fanciful".


  1. Wow, so much wonderful flowers in a wonderful garden.
    Have a nice weekend.

  2. I'm telling you, everyone of your posts sends me into a happy place. Your irises, your daylilies, your roses. I really miss my Crepuscule, and I just love your Veilchenbleu.

    Happy Gardening to you there in your lovely bit of paradise.


  3. Now this is the kind of Spring I'm talking about!!! In your first rose photo, in the foreground does that two toned iris smell like rootbeer when it blooms? I have some that do..

  4. I may put these photos in some sort of slide show and watch them in succession for the next four hours or so. Thanks for taking me away from work a while this afternoon!

  5. Ooh, I loved this trip to fairyland! My garden is not so fanciful even in the height of summer. I sometimes imagine how wonderful it would be if nothing had seasons, and all the plants did their thing at once. Oh, I do love that daylilies come in purple!

  6. Really fanciful pictures you show! Lovely:)
    Have a nice weekend,

  7. Ooh so many beutiful flowers, it's like a sea of flowers. the iris are so blue and wounderful / Suss

  8. ooohhh aaaahhh wow !!!! You bless my cold winternight with joy :-)
    Wonderful pictures, thanks !
    Have a nice weekend
    Lisa/Lisas trädgård

  9. So many lovely fanciful flowers...
    Have a great weekwnd ;)

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! Penstemon is my favorite rose companion, thanks for showing yours. Crepuscule looks wonderful with Hansa. What a charming beautiful garden you have. What is the rose in the last picture?

  11. Mmmm, all those rich purples and you capped it off with the deep wine daylilies and roses in the last photos. Very warm, very deep and intense. A perfect winter fantasy!

  12. Gorgeous flowers, Sweetbay! Looks like summer!!! Such beautiful colors!

  13. Just lovely...

    "Gardeners , like everyone else, live second by second and minute by minute. What we see at one particular moment is then and there before us.
    But there is a second way of seeing.
    Seeing with the eye of memory, not the eye of our anatomy, c
    alls up days and seasons past and years gone by."
    - Allen Lacy, The Gardener's Eye, 1992, p. 16

  14. Sweet Bay, I was just thinking of coming here to see what was new and then your comment popped up on my blog.

    I must be the only person in the USA that doesn't grow irises. Your iris photos make me feel like I'm really missing out on something special.

    Luv your double ruffly columbine. I planted a new columbine last year, 'Songbird Cardinal'....can't wait to see it this spring.

    Do you know the name of your purple daylily? Last fall I put in a 'Canadian Border Patrol' just to see what it looks like. Should have creamy flowers with a bold purple eye and ruffled purple edges.

    Wishing you the best, donna

  15. You have a lot to look forward to! I love all those fairy tale flowers and sugar-sweet colors. You do have a dream garden!

  16. So many beautiful flowers! That iris looks amazing

  17. I do like your choice of fanciful flowers! I love them all and I grow most of them...with sheer delight!
    Happy weekend1

  18. Those are lovely photos - I think roses in the veg garden would be a wonderful thing! Love that larkspur especially, since I haven't had success with it - maybe one more try...

  19. I'm afraid that if you don't stop teasing us, I will have to take my viewing elsewhere. Beautiful!!

  20. A stunning garden with gorgeous flowers!/Anja

  21. Thank you everyone for your comments!

    Masha, the rose in the last picture is a mystery rose nicknamed 'Delia's Purple', a passalong. I think it's a Hybrid China. I need to do more research on those type roses and post more pictures to see if anyone can identify it.

    Donna that daylily is 'Tupac Amaru'. It's a very nice daylily. I have another purple too, Indian Giver, which so far has been a lovely pinkish-purple.

    I will amend the post to include the names.

  22. I like this flight of fancy! Roses and irises-nothing can be better. Your garden is so pretty!

  23. That's a wonderful spring fantasy. So much life and color! The snow is coming down here today, so it's a good time to think spring and enjoy the fantasy.

  24. You always have lovely images, but this post has a group of really pretty shots. That iris opener is so very beautiful and I like the image of the columbine flowers. They make me think of ballerinas.

  25. I feel warmer already just looking at your summer pictures. Lovely to see so many Roses growing so naturally rather than looking very formal.

  26. Nasturana looks so beautiful, I thought I could lean into the monitor and catch any rose scent it might have had~ A beautiful post Sweetbay!

  27. I am so ready to see this some of this in my gardens. This will be my first year for Iris and I am looking forward to them....

  28. Ah roll on spring. I was studying parts of the garden yesterday wondering if anything has survived. Of course pretty much everything will but I need evidence!

    Your photos are stunning.


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