Thursday, March 26, 2009

Katherine's garden has yet to notice her absence

I've mentioned before that my best friend Katherine is away on military leave. I haven't mentioned that she's the lucky owner of a home previously occupied by at least one gardener. Her yard has great no-care perennials and is especially beautiful in spring. I went by today and took these pictures so she (and you!) can see what's happening in late March:
The rose bush has lots of healthy new growth and multiple buds.
Daffodils coming up in the lawn, where there used to be a bed.
A really fancy purple iris.
Her confederate jasmine is doing its thing.
Does anyone know what this shrub is? It has these oblong blue fruits on top...
Azalea and wisteria - what a pretty combination!
These petunias survived the winter.

It's a beautiful yard/garden, isn't it?


Pyzahn said...

You have wisteria blooming in March? Wow.

Hope your friend gets to come home soon to enjoy her lovely garden.

Ginger said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Yeah, we have a short winter here. It was 80 degrees today!

Gardeness said...

You've got quite a bit going on in your garden. I'm just barely getting daffodil blooms. Your mystery plant looks like a type of Mahonia (oregon grape or creeping barberry) a native in the Pacific Northwest. Does it get little yellow flowers?

Ryan said...

Mystery plant is definitely a Mahonia. Wonderful scent on its yellow flowers!

Nice post!


Susie said...

I see you've gone and changed it again. I like this one for sure.

How nice to see all those blooms. It would be nice to inherit a yard where a previous gardener lived.

Thistledew Farm said...

What a great idea - Thank you for taking special interest in a military person. This idea of blogging about her garden periodically is very cool! I'll bet she really appreciates it! Love the pictures. So glad I followed Susie from Diggin in the Dirt to your site.

Dirt Princess said...

Giner that is so sweet of you to check on the plants :). The plant with the purple berries is a mahonia of some sort. There are tons of it out at Garden Lake. I am sure your friend appreciates your thoughtfulness

Ginger said...

Gardeness, Ryan and Dirt Princess,
thanks for identifying the mahonia! It's a cool-looking plant and can obviously take the deep south heat and humidity. Now to figure out how to propogate it!

Susie - Katherine and I bought our houses in the winter, and both are in old parts of town. Come that first spring, her yard came to life! Mine - not a single bulb or perennial! I was so jealous!! Now I'm trying to see it in a positive light as a "blank slate" - LOL.

Thistledew Farm - Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll be back!