Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blooms, Beans and Browsing

The first dutch iris of the year opened March 30....

while the wisteria is getting close to peak bloom.
Fave beans have appeared as if by magic...I checked what seems like days ago and saw no evidence of the pods. The beans are held in an upright manner right at the stalk.
Saturday I tried to go to the local Arboretum sale and found the parking lot empty...the sale is next week! Being all primed for retail therapy my gardening friend and I continued on to one of our favorite nurseries...Capital Nursery in Sacramento.
There were lots of annuals and perennials...

and also lots of roses! I stopped myself from forcing people to put the tomatoes and peppers back on the shelf. It really is too early for those, tempting though they looked.
I came away having done minimal damage...2 sixpacks of foxgloves, a six pack of allysum, a nemesia, 2 new carnations, an abutilon and a thornless evergreen Boysenberry.

13 comments:

Tatyana said...

Is it your wisteria? It's gorgeous! I don't have wisteria because they say it needs a very strong support. I doubted that my metal arches will be able to hold such a plant. After looking at your picture I think maybe I should get one and train it like a tree.

Patsy Bell said...

How old is the wisteria? So beautiful. Seeing you garden is so inspiring. It's lie a preview of what is to come - in about 4 weeks here, I think.

Carol said...

Yes, it's tempting at the garden center to try to step in and help when you see people buying something they shouldn't buy yet.

That wisteria is beautiful.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Your Wisteria is so perfect, enticing one to enter the garden. Absolutely lovely.

Doreen said...

I love the wisteria too! I live in Lodi and was considering planting wisteria on an arbor since it does so well in this area. How difficult is it to control? Have you had it there for long? It looks like it's running along the fence too. Anyway, it's lovely!

Leslie said...

Thanks all! The wisteria is one of the first things I planted when we moved here almost 29 years ago. We had had one at our previous home and I loved it. It does need a strong support of some sort. That fence was the original 1965 fence until we replaced it about 3 years ago. I do a fair amount of pruning (but easy to do) after bloom and through the summer to keep it up off the path...it's about 40 feet long now after a big pruning during fence reconstruction. The arch is at the end...it's planted 40 feet down the fence line.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

The wisteria is absolutely breath-taking! I'm stopping by to say hello and that I'm looking forward to meeting you at Spring Fling!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I love wisteria. It is often a victim of late freezes here though. Good that you didn't buy tomatoes & peppers. :) ~~Dee

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

That wisteria is such a thing of beauty. I like Tatyana's idea of training one like a tree. Hmmm ...

donna said...

Does wisteria smell as delicious as it looks? I only ever see wisteria in books/magazines/blogs. Yours is lovelier than lovely.

Christine said...

I can't help but echo the others: that wisteria is gorgeous! How long will it bloom?

garden girl said...

The wisteria is gorgeous! I can imagine how beautiful its scent must be.

EAL said...

I'm surprised that they would put that stuff out when it is too early to plant it. Shame on them. I am so jealous of your wisteria. Mine is not nearly as floriferous--I did not train it correctly.