Fuchsias, Hollyhocks, Columbine, Strawflower, Mallows, and More

There are more exciting plants this week with some I have not expected and some I have been waiting a long time for. I just celebrated my birthday this week so with the arrival of these flowers, they are the perfect surprise gifts. I also got a gift card to a local garden center and logically I should go right away to use it but I held back. I wanted to THINK about what I REALLY, REALLY want this time. I have so many plants so I wanted this purchase to be really meaningful.

Part of me wants to buy hanging pots for epiphyllums, but then I wanted to buy a cute orchid too. Would it be better to buy much needed fertilizer instead or a houseplant? Hmmm, too many choices.




Did you notice there is a grasshopper eating the leaf in this picture? I watched him gobbled it. It was pretty cute so I let him have it, plus there were many leaves on the plant, I should share. I love this black hollyhock and grew this from seeds several years ago. I have not seen the parent plant for a season or so but last year these came up. They didn’t flower until this season. I have two tall hollyhock plants next to each other and about 12 feet away from where the parent plant used to be.


This alstroemeria is a surprise because I planted two years ago and it looked dead last year. This year it came up nice and tall. What a beautiful dusty pink color!


The golden yellow rose is the “At Last” rose and the pink is the Princess Charlene de Monaco rose. The At Last roses is mixed in here with my purple foxglove and pink geraniums.


What I love about this Chicago Peace rose is that it changes from a dark orange, melon colored, to light pink. This year it is blooming the best it has ever bloomed. The flowers are about 5 inches across.


This cape mallow is one of my most prized trees. When I see it, it makes me smile and gush about how adorable it looks. It is about 6 feet tall and bloomed more this second year, it’s still not the best blooms but I expect as it gets older it will get more prolific. I LOVE the deep purple in the center with white petals.


This shrub has been growing for almost two years and finally bloomed for the first time this year. It is about 7 feet tall with lots of bright pink flower like below and about a million little buds getting ready to bloom.


The purple is the “Rocky Mountain” and the yellow is grown from seeds mix called “Mrs. Scott Elliot”. That yellow columbine is a major surprise because I thought it died last spring when it disappeared after it was planted in the ground. What an AMAZING recovery! Beautiful yellow flowers in the midst of my mostly pinks and purples garden.



That’s all the flowers for now. More to come soon! Have a nice week ahead.

More Bearded Irises

As promised, I have more bearded irises to show this week. These past few weeks have been a real treat to discover new flowers in the garden!

The garden is bursting with all kinds of wonderful things that I haven’t seen since last spring. There were also things that I thought were long dead because they didn’t come up last year but came back this year. I’m so glad I didn’t dig them up. Moral of the story is that: don’t dig or throw out dead looking plants until after two seasons!!!

“Montmartre” Bearded Irises

“Wine Festival” Bearded Irises

NO ID Bearded Irises

This container had two kinds of bearded irises growing and both of which I have no idea what they are called because I inherited it from my mother-in-law after she passed away.

” Loveliness” Lavatera Trimestris

This is the plant I mentioned earlier about it coming back this year after looking dead for a whole season. It came back and grew three times bigger and more prolific than ever! The bush is about 3 feet tall with hundreds of flowers and buds.

Lord Waggles is taking a break from eating figs. My dogs kept stealing figs off of our tree and they have done it for years. I read that figs promote digestive and heart health.

Anyway, those are all the new irises this week. There are more to come. See you soon! Have a nice weekend!