Dahlia Bulbs Coming Up in the Garden

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Back when I ordered my Rheinland Astilbe dry root, I also ordered some mixed buttercup bulbs and some Myrtle’s Folly Dahlia bulbs. The bulbs are promised to show flowers by summer. I have been diligently watering the bulbs and this morning I saw a green shoot.

Careful not to get too excited, I gave the shoot a good looking over. Is it really the beginning of a dahlia or just a weed? It seems pretty thick, and does not resemble the other weeds in the area. I think we have success!

My latest idea is to take a photo every morning of the dahlia plant as it grows. My son (a photo wiz) can then help me create a time laps of the growth of my dahlia plant. However, if I know the rabbits around here, I had better act quickly and get my plant fenced in and safe before sundown.

Planting Bare Roots in the Spring

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I ordered a bare root Rheinland Astilbe this spring. When I got it, I was a bit tired and put off planting it until the next day. It looked like a dried up root with bean sprouts protruding from the other end. Not too attractive. I read the instructions and put it in the soil and gave it a drink.

The next few days left me worrying about my plant. It didn’t look very happy. The bean sprouts were drooping and I did not think it would make it. However, I kept watering it.

One day, I went out and the bean sprouts had turned to beautiful green leaves! Wow! How did that happen? I won’t ask questions, I’ll just be thankful it is thriving. Now, every day it grows a bit taller and a few more leaves are growing.

I should have taken pictures in the beginning. But anyway…here is what it looks like today…

If all goes well, it will have beautiful pink flowers in early summer. As always, Happy Gardening!

Spring has Arrived and the Bluebirds are Back!

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Ah what a glorious day it is! The kids and I just got back from a walk and my son noticed a bluebird on the birdhouse. Looks like another family is moving in. My husband confirmed this is indeed the case, as the birdhouse door was ajar and a nest was inside. As not to disturb the nest, but to keep the door shut, he made a quick fix with some twine. I can not wait to meet the next generation of bluebirds!

The flowers are also thriving in the yard. Such beautiful colors right now. My favorite time of year for our front yard plants as everything is blooming, budding, and brilliant.

The orange and lemon trees are full of fruit. That means plenty of orange juice and fresh lemon pies! I picked 25 oranges and it does not look like I touched the tree!

Happy Spring!

Botanical Building and Lily Pond – Balboa Park

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The Botanical Building in Balboa Park (San Diego, CA) was built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. Inside the building one can see collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, tropical plants and palms. Summer is a great time to visit the Botanical Building as many of the plants will be in full bloom. Outside the building is the beautiful Lily Pond. Koi fish and ducks can be seen swimming among the lily pads. There are usually a musician or two playing outside the building adding to the atmosphere and hoping for a few coins tossed their way. The site in front of the Lily Pond looking at the Botanical Building is one of the most photographed places in the park. One can see why as the splendor of one of the largest lath structures in the world is reflected into the water of the colorful Lily Pond.

Inside the Botanical Building

The Beautiful Rotary Botanical Gardens

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The Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin is one of the most beautiful gardens I have visited. Full of interesting plants, colorful flowers, and fun sculptures, it is well worth the trip. Let me give you a tour…

kaleidoscope to view flowers – so cool!

The Rotary Botanical Gardens is developed into 26 garden spaces on over 20 acres of land. Some of my favorite garden spaces are the French Formal Rose Garden, the Sunken Garden, the Shade Garden, and the Japanese Garden. I also was delighted by the interactive kaleidoscope sculpture that allows you to look at flower petals through a kaleidoscope.

A view of the Japanese Garden

I went in the summer, however, the Gardens would be wonderful to see in other seasons as well. The plants are changed out for different seasons so there is always something new to see. Along with different seasons come different hours of operation. Be sure to check the hours and days they are open before making your trip.

The Gardens are a photographer’s dream. Tons of beautiful flowers, interesting backdrops, sculptures, and insects make it well worth the trip. Charge your batteries before going and be sure to allow time to take in the gardens. There are plenty of benches throughout the garden to sit and enjoy nature or to take a break.

The admission to The Rotary Botanical Gardens is reasonable and they have events and classes throughout the year , so be sure to check-out their calendar. One can also have meetings or weddings held at the Gardens. How nice that would be! On the way out, do not forget to stop in the gift shop. A nice selection of garden merchandise is available for purchase.

So, if you like gardens and find yourself in Wisconsin, be sure to stop by Janesville and enjoy an afternoon at the Rotary Botanical Gardens. You can bring a lunch and have an enjoyable meal on their terrace. Remember to stop and smell the roses.