Knockout Roses

I love all roses but the knockout roses are the easiest to take care of.

You do not have to trim them but we trim ours a few times a year.

They smell good but not as good as regular roses but they are disease and pest-resistant.

The beauty of each rose is special and unique.

Irises are blooming

My Louisiana Irises are blooming and they are beautiful this year.

My grandmother would be so proud since she gave these to me many years ago.

These are the ones in the bog and as you can see we have to remove 3/4 of these after they bloom. Bogs can not work properly if the plants are too crowded.

Luckily my sister needs about 75 for a project so she will give them a new home.

I want to take some to Livingston to plant at our future homestead.

This time of year something is blooming on every corner at the Lira house and I love it.

Supercal Sunset Orange Petunia

This is a new variety of Petunia and I was able to snag 3 hanging baskets at Houston Garden Center.

I have no idea how much I paid for them I just wanted them lol.

This flower truly looks like a sunset.

These are supposed to be a bigger bloom and a rounder larger shape for the plant.

I love flowers, especially petunias. These will be planted in the ground for their visual impact.

Details of a rose

There is something about the small details of a rose as the morning dew sets on the petals.

The delicate nature of this flower, the veining on the petals and the contours of each layer.

A roses beauty is all in the details and being able to capture that beauty is all in the angles of the shot to show off the dimensions of the flowers.

Blooms

My favorite part of the spring and summertime is when everything is blooming.

These day lilies always put on a show.

More blooms in our yard

Here are a few more blooms from our yard. We plant all colors of flowers but have more pinks and purples than anything else.

These first flowers are Petchoa it is a new cross between the Petunia and the Calibrochoa. Since I love both of these flowers I wanted to try this one out this year.

This planter is one my hypertufa one in the backyard I had made a few years ago using a exercise ball for the mold. Normally I plant petunias in it. So far the container has held up okay but I have learned a few things about making these planters to try next time. A tree limb fell on my one in the front yard and broke it.

The second flower is the Rose of Sharon also known as Althea. I love althea and this week will be going to the garden center to find a few more colors of this colorful bush. This Althea was shared with me by a twig with rooting solution and it has grown like crazy ever since. These blooms remind me of the Hibiscus.

The third flower is one of my favorites the Knock our Roses. They bloom like crazy in the spring and summer and if you want them to bloom more they love left over tea grinds. We save all our tea grinds for our acid loving plants.

Blooms in our yard

I will be doing several post about blooms in our yard.

This post is about the Day Lilies, Texas Trumpet Vine, and the Yellow Cana Lilies.

The Day Lilies were started from a few bulbs our youngest sons 4th. grade teacher Mrs. Oberg gave the class at the end of school.

The Texas Trumpet vine grows wild here and my husband drug this home from work about 6 or 7 years ago and now we have it several locations and it never lets me down. The hummers love the trumpet style flowers but it needs a place to crawl like a fence.

The Cana Lilies our daughter dug me some up from a rent house they were in about 9 years ago.

Flowers can brighten your day and put a smile on your face plus they add to the landscape of your yard no matter how big or small it is.

Our yard has a little splash of color at every turn.

Crossvine is blooming

We have this same variety of crossvine in several different locations in our yard and this year it is blooming like crazy.

The hummingbirds love this vine and you will see them often getting nectar from the flowers.

The paperwhites, wisteria, azaleas, and now the crossvine have all bloomed this year. I honestly thought the freeze would stop everything from blooming. It just goes to show you never doubt mother nature.

Flowers come in every color and shape plant different varieties and colors so you will always get to see something new.

Pink blooms are everywhere

Even after the great Texas freeze of 2021 the George Tabor azaleas are blooming their hearts out.

I have two of these plants on the right side of the front door. On the left side in the front of the house is the Pink Formosa they are not blooming. I feel like they will not bloom this year due to the freeze. They were hit much harder by the 13 degree temperatures.

My azaleas are 38 – 40 years old. I wanted Azaleas so badly because my grandmother had them. Every time they bloom they make me think of her. My grandmother had some planted under pine trees she said they liked the acidic soil the pine straw created. She also had some in the front of the house. She told me to give them coffee and tea grinds for the acid and she said they would thrive. I always give our plants the coffee and tea grinds.

The beauty of flowers in the landscape can put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.

Wisteria blooms

The paperwhites are always the first to bloom then the wisteria and the azaleas.

That is how you know springtime is here in the Texas gulf coast.

By the time the wisteria is fully leafed out, it is through blooming at the stage it is right now there are more blooms than leaves.

Taking pictures of the flowers as the bloom each spring is a passion of mine.

The beauty of nature surrounds us all we just have to take the time to appreciate what is right in front of us.

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