Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
All of the photos being posted this year of 2012 are new photos being taken as the stock plants recover from a freezing winter that took many down to ground level, and deer that ate many of the first attempts to bloom.
There wasn't much to offer this spring. But the collection is now at 265 upright varieties and since the season is over for safely shipping small starts, the focus is having all of those varieties available for next spring and most available by this fall for the warmer zones where they bloom year round.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
So years ago I named this one after my niece, "Abby Rose". And even if it turns out some day to have a name, this one will forever be 'Abby Rose' here.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This is a young bush, and as it grows I will prune it to stay off of the ground. I'd like to plant a low growing ground cover under the bushes, but for now, it is more important to keep a watchful eye for any gopher activity. So the ground will be kept bare until this winter when a heavy layer of hay for mulch will be laid down.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
They are all planted in big deep holes to provide lots of room for a deep layer of mulch and prevent water from running off instead of sinking in. I didn't think that layer of mulch was going to be needed here, but I was wrong. So this winter they will all be getting a nice thick winter blanket of hay.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
'Coachman' is doing so much better here in our new location that it practically seems like a whole different fuchsia. It had been in way too much shade and had been weak, with thin stems that barely supported it's blossoms. Making me think it may not be an upright at all.
Here it is now though, growing straight up, with thick sturdy stems supporting these beautiful salmon and red flowers.
The brown twigs in the background of many of my new photos are what remains of the trunks of the bushes before they froze after the move this past winter. I am leaving them in the first photos of each variety this year, to show people that fuchsias can and will come back up after freezing to ground level.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I know it is hard to make out much in this photo! The leaves and flowers of F. microphylla are so tiny! But not only are they abundant practically year round, this species is a winter hardy upright and a sunshine trouper. This one is growing out in the full sun all day long.
The dense foliage makes for great clipped topiary's, low hedges, and bonsai.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
'Sharkie' is one of the real winter troupers! No freezing damage at all, so it is now a four foot tall bush covered in these cute little blossoms with the blue twirled corollas. Looking at these, maybe you can understand why I prefer to call them "skirts." Don't they look like a skirt being twirled?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
'Crescendo' is blooming so close to the ground because it was one of those that froze to ground level. But at you can see, it is doing well now! I am guessing that the name refers to the second row of sepals that drop further down than the others as the flower matures. And I love the two color tones! The official description of the sepals is "Turkey Red Blended Peony Purple." Okay!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Another winter trouper! 'Cover Girl' lost a few twigs to the freeze this winter, but otherwise did very well and is in full bloom right now. This one looks like it is going to be one of the more compact bushes, probably reaching three feet at the most. Maybe four with age and the development of a woody trunk.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Here is the first new bloom of 2012! My camera doesn't do the vibrant shade of violet purple on this one. I am really looking forward to posting a rainbow of colors and forms here this year. The new crop is doing very well and ready to go!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Most people wouldn't think of fuchsias when it comes to bonsai, but there is even a website devoted to this! Here is my first effort. 'Amber Rose' is about three years old now and has three trunks twined together which you won't be able to see until I prune it this spring.
A task made difficult when they are blooming! So hard to bring myself to cut those off!
Some fuchsias grow so big so fast, it would not be a good idea to use them for bonsai.
Others like 'Amber Rose' grow slow and dense enough to make perfect candidates.
If you'd like to see her beginnings, you can check it out in the Fuchsia Forum of DavesGarden.com
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
'Dollar Princess' is another proven champ! She made it through the winter with no damage from freezing at all. It never ceases to amaze me how two plants just a few feet apart can have such different reactions to weather. Others, like 'Duchess of Albany' are still just a few inches tall after freezing to ground level.
Here she is out in the full sun of June 2012!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
'Los Angeles' is a new one to my collection and it is with great anticipation that I was finally able to see it bloom. It froze to ground level this winter before it was able to bloom after being planted into the slope last fall. So in this photo, it is still pretty close to the ground, but blooming away!! It was hybridized by Evans & Reeves in 1938. I am searching for as many of the older upright cultivars as I can find. Especially those named after cities. Let me know if you have one I haven't found yet!
Monday, June 4, 2012
'Leslie' is a stunning upright fuchsia! Why toss out hanging basket fuchsias every year when an upright fuchsia can live to be over 100 years old? Of course the hanging baskets types can live just as long, but it is much more difficult to keep them happy in those small pots.
Did you know fuchsias make great long lasting cut flowers in arrangements? Can't do that with the trailing/hanging types either.
But both also do well as floated flowers in bowls of water or fountains!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Sometimes trying to verify the identity of a plant can be quite a journey! I know this is Fuchsia magellanica 'chile' as it was given to me by a very knowledgeable source. I can see from my photo of it's flower and another one of it's unique foliage, that it is different from any of the other magellanica's. Of which there are over 30 variations. But only about 15 of those have photo documentation available on the internet.
But until I can get verification from a documented source, this one can't be added to the PlantFiles database of DavesGarden.com, and this is one reason why I respect their database.
So now I need to search for this verification!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
I am so excited! My new field of lavender has been growing beautiful long stemmed new flowers this spring and are finally beginning to show some color. It will be at least another month or two before they are mature enough to begin making lavender wands again. The flowers cannot be too young are they will not dry out inside the basket woven at the end of the wand. And if the stems are too young, they won't dry into a straight handle. If they are too mature, they will break instead of bend when I make them into the basket around the flower heads.
So you can see why they can only be made during a short period of time each year!
I am really looking forward to making wands again. And this year I have a few more colors of ribbon to work with. Like "plum", "wine", and "fuchsia."
This photo is actually from two years ago, the current lavender flowers are not quite this open yet :)