Happy Wednesday! Come along for a little walk with me to see what’s in bloom around the Potting Shed. This is a photo heavy post, so grab a drink and get comfy!
Welcome to the Potting Shed garden, I have some flowers that would like to meet you!
I shared this plant tag organization tip before, but it’s worth repeating in case you missed it!
I picked up some book rings at Dollar Tree and used a hole punch to add the tags to the rings. Some of the tags already had a convenient hole at the top.
I organized my tags by climbers/roses, perennials, and shrubs/trees so I can refer back as needed. . .
Depending on the size of your garden, you may need 3 ring notebooks instead of rings like my friend Jain :) but this is so easy to do rather than having them loose and thrown together in a messy heap in a box or drawer!
We planted an Amethyst Falls American Wisteria vine a couple of years ago to climb one of the posts of the Potting Shed.
The American wisteria is better suited for smaller spaces, grows at about a third of the rate of Asian wisteria. The twining stems quickly reach 8 to 10 feet long and over time may reach 30 feet.
The lightly fragrant purple blooms are heaviest in late spring, repeating lightly in summer in full to partial sun. It grows in USDA zones 5 – 9 (we’re 7b here in North Carolina). For new gardeners, a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. You can look up your hardiness zone by zipcode, here.
A lot of what is blooming now is in the blue – violet color palette.
Did you know that bees prefer flowers in the violet-blue range? Bees actually see color in the blue-violet spectrum better than other hues so growing blue flowers is the best way to attract them.
We have a couple of salvias that are blooming. Salvia ‘May Night’ and ‘Caradonna’ Salvia. These easy-to-grow perennials thrive in full sun! The deep purple flower spikes attract bees and butterflies and are deer resistant. Deadheading and a little extra watering help ensure re-blooming.
This is the first year for Clematis ‘Diamantina’ to bloom!
I was smitten with the purple-blue, double flowers!
They start out more pinkish-purple in color, with the blooms unfurling from a tight central ball to multi-layered pom-pom, fading to a bluish-purple.
I was amazed at the number of blooms and how long they have lasted. . .up to a month!
Clematis ‘Diamantina’ prefers full sun to part shade. For best results keep consistently watered, especially during blooming.
It’s hardy in USDA zones 4 – 9, and a Group 2 clematis for pruning. Deadhead spent blooms and prune right after first flush of blooms to encourage second bloom in late summer to early fall, pruning back some stems one-third to one-half by cutting to large buds or a strong side shoot immediately below the spent blooms.
Diamantina is also a good clematis for containers which might you might want to consider if you live in an area with hungry bunnies -> I’m looking at you Peter Rabbit! We were lucky that the bunnies stayed away from this clematis as they ate another variety to the ground last spring that didn’t recover.
Popcorn Drift Rose starts out yellow and fades to creamy white, reminiscent of buttery popcorn.
It’s comparable to the family of Knock Out Roses in disease resistance and low-maintenance, but smaller in size so ideal for small gardens or containers.
Pink Double Knock Out Roses have been especially floriferous this spring!
They’re fast-growing, long-blooming and drought and heat tolerant. While Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) can infect Knock Out Roses, they themselves did not spread it. You can read about it here.
(A favorite flower variety that grows in any soil or light conditions ;)
The window box on the Potting Shed front porch is planted with caladiums that enjoy the shade. They remind me of my dad who loved them for the showy foliage in his shady garden.
The foliage stays colorful throughout the summer up until fall until Miss October makes an appearance, when gourds and pumpkins replace them in the window box.
Common white and pink single petal peonies are the first varieties to bloom.
It was particularly blustery a couple of weeks ago and most of their petals were quickly blown away in the wind. Here’s a video of them in the breeze with the garden spinner whirling away.
I’m a fan of kenetic garden spinners! You can find them online or at garden centers. I found this one online from Home Depot last year.
The birds love to perch on it when it’s not in motion.
I’m anxiously awaiting the bloom from the other peonies in the garden. They’re a little bit later than normal this year with our cooler spring and late frost.
‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is one of my favorite peony varieties with pink double blooms that resemble old-fashioned roses.
As well as ‘Festiva Maxima’ with white double flowers with crimson flecks.
The first flush of blooms of Earth Angel Rose is always a sight to see and smell!
Earth Angel Rose is a fragrant old-fashioned rose with blooms varying in color from white to soft pink.
It takes several bloom cycles to produce peony-shaped flowers.
We planted Decadence® ‘Blueberry Sundae’ Baptisia (False Indigo) a couple of years ago.
It’s another perennial in the blue-purple range that’s blooming now.
It blooms best in full sun to part shade and is hardy in zones 4 – 9. The deep blue-green foliage forms a more compact, upright mound to 3feet tall at maturity.
It’s drought tolerant once established, needs no deadheading, is deer resistant and an excellent choice for a lazy gardener like me. :)
Last but not least is Royal Jubilee Rose. It’s new in the garden, planted a year ago and is a David Austin shrub rose.
If you’re still here thorough this very long post, thank you, you deserve a prize.:) I’ll leave you with another favorite in the blue family, a blue bottle tree!
Bottle trees have evolved as garden art and you can find them at garden centers and online. The Southern tradition of the bottle tree is thought to have arrived with the slave trade from Africa, with the superstition that the bottles would trap and repel evil spirits. Blue bottles were most often used, thought to lure the evil spirits with their bright color. Once the spirits were lured inside the bottles at night, they were believed to be trapped there, destroyed by sun in the light of day.
We’ve had the most gorgeous weather recently, with cool crisp mornings with low humidity and highs in the low to mid 70s . . .
Otherwise known as bird-chirping weather! We’re warming up daily this week with temperatures in the low 90s by the end of the week.
“Flowers rewrite soil, water, and sunshine into petal’d poetry.”
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Where did you get the “hand” garden sign?
Amazon a couple of years ago; unfortunately it’s no longer available.
Love the garden walk through. I was not a fan of bottle trees until I saw an all blue one and my kids bought me one for Mother’s Day several years ago. It is almost full of blue bottles. I buy a German Riesling wine that comes in the blue bottle so I have enjoyed filling the bottle tree.😆🍾
WOW, sheer garden magic.
Thank you…I have been looking for some different blues! You provided two that I will search for adding next year!! Beautiful gardens too!
Mary, Your invitation to stroll through your garden was delightful. It’s absolutely beautiful. Your clematis blooms are fabulous. I’ve never had any luck with them due to the animals. They’re attacking the dahlias and peonies now! I think it’s ground hogs. Your roses are gorgeous! You have a lovely collection of plants, garden decor, and bird houses. I love the kinetic spinner. They remind me of the movie Twister. Enjoy your day sweet friend. Clara ❤️
Mary, love your organization for the plants. My comments are mostly on the newer plants but I enjoy each and every stop within the garden. The American wisteria – yankee ingenuity, that one is, and beautiful. The clematis – oh my, that is simply outstanding! The baptista is a great new addition for all the reasons you state, and even though not new, I have to comment on the beauty of that Earth Angel Rose. Even though I’m no longer gardening, I still take interest in all the plants simply because I have two local sisters, a daughter and a brother who do. My brother sent me photos of his peonies yesterday. They look much like your Festiva Maxima. My one sister (city dweller) has had her garden pretty much destroyed by deer (yes, in the city). I think Baptista would be a good one for her. Lastly, I’ve always loved caladiums but never had any shade to speak of in my gardens. They’re so lovely with their variegated colors. Thanks for the walk through!
Very beautiful❤️ Your photos bring me joy !! Thank you
So much beauty today Mary, thank you!! The Clematis is the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I’m wondering where I can plant one just like it in our garden. Our garden has very little shade, but I really want to make room for this gorgeous plant. the Earth Angel Rose is so delicate and pretty too. I am eagerly waiting for our David Austin Rose to have it’s first bloom this season. The plant is loaded with blooms!!! Really enjoyed your post today – thank you again.
Hi Mary, We were traveling throughout the South for the last three weeks and it was a beautiful time to be there! Cool temps, a few thunderous storms, and everything in bloom! Virginia and North Carolina are such beautiful states, with oceans and majestic mountains!
When we arrived home the buds on our rhodies and dogwood were just beginning to open. Hydrangea and peonies won’t be in bloom until June and July. It must be wonderful to have so much beauty early in the year as you do! Your garden is a delight! Linda
Hi Linda! So nice to hear from you! I’m glad you had good weather for your trip South. I think of you often and miss seeing your travels with your fellow ‘toters’ ;) Hope everyone in your family is well ♥
Mary, you have solved a great dilemma for me this morning…what to do with my flower, tree, and shrub tags. Just yesterday, I was contemplating a better way to store them. Thanks so much for the wonderful idea! I have so enjoyed my walk around your beautiful potting shed. You have so many gorgeous blooms. Wishing you a most happy and blessed day!
absolutely gorgeous! I have many plants like you posted and they make me happy!!! Love Baptisma, the Clematis etc. Thank you for the great tips and as always love getting up in the morning with coffee and your posts! Great way to start the day.
Mary, wandering about your garden must be sheer delight! I’m always glad when you take us on a virtual tour. I’m still plugging away, well, mostly waiting! My large stone urns have yet to be replanted. I’m so ready to have the garden back in order as well as our home.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden. I could linger for hours and hours.
What a joy to see and read about the many beautiful and unusual plant varieties in your exquisite garden! Thanks for an outstanding post!
Absolutely beautiful. You always have the best ideas. Keep up the good work.
Heavenly. Your organization is so nice. Love the clematis! We just bought another one recently, bright purple. Such a beautiful time of year to walk around and enjoy all of your hard work.
Mary, I would love to spend a morning in your garden! It is beyond beautiful and amazing. The clematis is breathtaking, I don’t think I have ever seen a prettier clematis bloom. The peonies are showstoppers, and I know the Festiva Maxima has a heavenly fragrance. I don’t have enough shade for caladiums, but I love them. What pure joy to walk through your garden…every picture is gorgeous!
It was my pleasure to stay until the end of your lovely garden tour. Everything looks absolutely beautiful and I picked up good tips and information too. That clematis is gorgeous!! We lived across the street from Lake Norman for many years. No longer have the lake views, but still in the area. I can’t help but wonder if your garden is ever featured on local garden walks?
Hasn’t the weather been fabulous? I can’t remember ever going this far into May without having to turn the A/C on. We knew the 90s were coming sooner or later, but I sure have been loving this cooler (less humid) weather. Great for gardening.
One of the best cups of morning ☕️ coffee ever! Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to see your friend Jain’s garden organization – like yours her garden 🪴 is beyond stunning!!!
Oh Mary, I so enjoyed my tour through your potting shed garden area. The wisteria and the clematis are wonderful. I took pictures with my camera to share with my youngest son who is wanting some more roses. Thank you for sharing all the beauty with us. 😊
I loved our walk together around your gardens and Potting Shed. Those Clematis blooms are spectacular!
And your organization of the plant tags is fabulous! Thank you!
Have a beautiful week, Mary.
Gorgeous! Such a respite! Thank you:)
Such a lovely garden, no wonder Peter Rabbit is a full-time resident! I do wonder, with a garden so beautiful, if you have boaters that pull up behind your house to “ooh and ahh” at your spectacular flowers. That garden must be the envy of the neighborhood!
Thanks for working so hard to grow and share the garden!
Oh did I love this! I did laugh about 3 binders, I have master lists all over the place, just wish I thought about tags day one, my arms would be like steel punching holes all day long!
You variety is wonderful, not only do we share dishes, plants too 😉 tell me does your wisteria travel? I’m terrified to plant one here since they show up acres away via underground rooting, I would think in your climate they would be just as aggressive. I love them but can’t spend my old age getting strangled by blue vines!
Love SO many of your shots, the red can with the caladium ❤
Love your clematis, I have multi blue and blue light with their puffy centers and I can’t get enough of them! thanks for the deadheading tip, I love the seed pods but I will be spending my morning pruning a dozen young vines, how did I not think to prune them for MORE!
adored your garden visit, I get so much joy from color, great way to kick start my day!
Your green thumb has certainly been busy Mary, and oh my so many beautiful blooms! The tag storage rings are brilliant and I love the quote at the end of the post 🌺🐝💐
Oh my! So Beautiful! You have so many unusual flowers , like that awesome Clemantis, with its special color and shape! How proud you must be with this showpiece of a garden. Also you are hardly a “lazy gardner” . Thank you for such a lovely garden tour!
Mary…thank you for the tour of the garden. I’m forever in awe of it. Loving all of the purple flowers and did not know that bees are attracted to that color. The rings are a great idea! I have mine in a baggie as my garden is young and not very large. One day…in the meantime I shall live vicariously through your magnificent gardens.
Ahhhhhh! How i enjoyed the beauty of your garden & helpful information. I’ve used the key ring to keep flowere/shrub/tree tags for years & attach it to our garden notebook’s binder rings. P.S. You take gorgeous photos!
What a delightful walk through your mesmerizing garden today. I’m so in awe. I’ve only been in my new house a year, but thanks to you, my garden is getting ready to flourish. Your site is my very fave post on all of the internet. Have an outrageous day, knowing you made mine. Hugs, Kathy
I love the beautiful flowers and garden art. Thank you so much for this pleasant tour :-)