Monday, March 2, 2009

Green Thumb Sunday - OOPS

(I'd named this GBBD, accidentally!)

First of all, I had such nice suggestions as to the name
of my beautiful new violet!

My "official" botanical-looking name is:
'S. Blushing Raspberry Icee'

(In Daylily terms, S. stands for Sieboldia... in My terms, S. stands for Shady's) I believe I'll call her "Icee" for short. ;-)

Now... for a look at what I found outdoors yesterday.
Please click to enlarge.
In this photo, you may just find 5 or 6 little
'Lady Sheila Ann Germaney' Iris
Here are just a few more things I found.
What do you think?
Dianthus is green all Winter, I think.

Yea!! Spring is on its way. :-)


joey said...

Yea spring! So happy your violet has a name ... now we all can rest happy :)

Sue said...

I enjoyed your post. You may have posted it early, but I'm reading it late. LOL Kris has a post on winter sowing, too. I'm not sure how to put a link on a comment, but I copied her blog address. It's and she also has information on bees, I think in the same post.

I did some fall sowing by taking spent flower stalks off of plants here and there, and laying them down in my new flower bed. I may try the jug method, too, but haven't decided yet.

I enjoyed looking at your yard pics. If the area gets enough sun, there are different kinds of creeping and trailing thymes that could go in the cracks. Is the new growth in the one pic hyacinths?

Happy March!

Gail said...

Sheila, Lady Sheila looks good, even beautiful, dressed in her late winter greens! I love Icee...she is pretty!

Now I have to go back outside and she if it is still winter! (it is!)


Darla said...

I believe the general consensus is that old man winter needs a long nap!! Looks like spring is springing!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Three cheers for spring. Your violet is pretty too.

Anonymous said...

There is hope in them thar greens!

Love "Icee."

bobbie said...

Yes! there IS hope! Even with the 6 plus inches of snow out there.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

It won't be long and we'll all be gardening all the time again!


Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Or, looking at it another way, you're EARLY for GBBD! I actually have some tiger lilies coming up--ever so hesitantly. They're always one of the first things to peak out, but then take a long time to venture more than an inch above ground.

Nutty Gnome said...

Nice post - love the photos.
Spring is happening over here too - I had a lovely weekend clearing up and found so many plants sending their first tentative shoots up. My snowdrops are fantastic this year - they must have liked the snow dump the other week!

Rose said...

Yup, those look like spring flowers to me! I would get excited, too, about such a sight; in fact, I keep checking my own garden every few days for more signs of spring, but they're awfully slow.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I just love seeing those little things poking out of the earth. They say "hope" to me.

troutbirder said...

Yea indeed!

Anonymous said...

Super Saintpaulia - nice name! Loved the sprouts and greenery... must be nice, not having a 10" blanket of snow, with cold wind and temps in the twenties! (Well, that was just a little too bitter sounding!) Thanks for making me think that spring may still come, even to Massachusetts./Deb

Shady Gardener said...

Joey, I'm sure everyone was hanging by a thread on that one! ;-) ha. But I do think it sounds pretty good. Yea! Spring indeed!

Hi Sue, I'm wondering about little plants between the stones... I may try that first. It's very shady in that walkway area, however. Thanks for the address. (I'm not sure how to make a link in a comment, either.)

Gail, I think you may be receiving more winter weather right now than we are! It will disappear soon, though. :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Darla, Thank you for visiting. I believe you're right - old man winter can take a nap! ;-)

Hi Lisa, Thanks!

Grace, Yea! I found a number of packages of seeds today... :-)

Bobbie, Hope allows us to look forward, doesn't it!

Cameron, Isn't that a great thought! :-)

Kylee said...

Love the name! :-)

And your signs of spring are so encouraging! If it's coming to Iowa, Ohio cannot be far behind!

Shady Gardener said...

Monica, That's the way to look at it! :-) You'll have to show us your Tiger Lilies before long!

Nutty Gnome, These first few tentative days of Spring, before it's really time to be "up and at 'em" are exciting!

Rose, What you saw here is all that's happening in my yard so far. But that's okay, we're a pretty patient lot, aren't we? :-)

MMD, Hope is where it's at! Every year we enjoy that same hopeful spirit. :-)

troutbirder, I'm very curious as to whether you're seeing much up there in MN, yet!

Oh, Deb! It's soon on its way! I know that once the weather is nice and it's time to actually work outdoors, I really won't want to do much of anything else! So, perhaps we still have time to get our planning and other projects finished! :-)

Kylee, I keep my eye on your posts for the same reason!! :-)

garden girl said...

Yea Spring!

What a pretty violet. Makes me want to get one (or ten!) I haven't had an African violet for many years, but seeing blooms like this makes them mighty tempting.

kate smudges said...

Icee looks beautiful ~ gorgeous colours! Those are wonderful signs of spring. We still have so much snow here that it is hard to imagine it will ever leave!

Shady Gardener said...

Garden Girl, (I know what you mean! My mom has Many beautiful plants... which is why I succumbed to buying this one.) ;-)

Kate, I'm so glad for your visit. I'm sorry about your snow. Do you know, we really aren't exempt at all from snow during March. In fact, it would be quite normal for us to receive it... so, I'm always a little nervous when these little signs appear so early.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Spring really is on the way! Yeah!

Shady Gardener said...

IGW, Thanks for your visit. I haven't been to visit you for a long time! :-) Once we get through these few days with COooold temps, we should be on our way... the excitement is palpable!