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Our Delphiniums

Here are our delphiniums from last year.   They were very nice.  But its hard to find all blue ones.  The nurseries around here have been selling “mixed delphiniums”  the last couple of years.  Very naughty !   This is why we are buying from NZ this year.  I don’t want mauve,  I want BLUE ! And with a white Bee !


Time For Delphiniums !

Well,  its probably actually a little late to start from seed,  but I am just getting my act together and have ordered the seeds from New Zealand tonight!    I have been dreaming about growing Dowdeswell Royal Aspirations for years,  and now is the time !  This is a picture of their parent stock from their web site.  Go there if you would like to order some too !


Winslow and the Endless Summer Hydrangeas

Winslow and the hydrangeas in Fountain Valley

This is Winslow with the Hydrangeas.  They have since come into their full summer glory and I will post another photo of them as soon as I have one that does them justice.  I finally found the right combination of blueing and water that makes them blue but doesn’t burn them.  They are a darker blue now too, although this variety never gets too intense in color.   They are Endless Summer Hydrangeas:

Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer

First Bigleaf Hydrangea to bloom on new and old wood!
Another first – a Bigleaf Hydrangea plant with flowers that form on the current year’s growth as well as on old wood. Endless Summer® can bloom for more than six months in warm areas, especially if deadheaded regularly, and the flower heads – blue on acid soils, pink on alkaline – are up to 9in across. Unusually hardy as well.


Winters Mix – White Cosmos, Cinereria, Anemone and Sweet Peas

There is not much happening in the garden this January except for the sound of weeds growing.  They are feeding the worms, and so far I have managed to get them out before they seed.  But a few flowers have popped up to keep us company and provide a nice Winters Mix for bouquets:

Flowers of Winter Intermission in Fountain Valley garden of  artist Cathy Hatfield

White Cosmos are always a great filler for winter intermission.  Volunteers though they  be, they are still a welcome presence. Also great for small bouquets when there really isn’t much else around.


Cinereria make great potted plants for the winter on the veranda.  This is one left over from last year that is over under the tree.  Its not happy enough  to get put on the veranda.  But its great for wee bouquets mixed with cosmos and an occasional anemone when one pops up.     Will be buying a new healthy cinereria for the veranda soon.

Red anemone in artist Cathy Hatfield's Fountain Valley garden

I love these little red anemones with the white centers with a blue button on its throat.  They seem so happy and always make a nice wee patriotic boquet just in time for  Lincoln’s birthday and Valentines.   This year one is up early.   I didn’t plant any this year, bulbs were an outrageous .99 each !  Where did my thrift get me – by the time bulbs were down to a reasonable .24,  only bright pink were left.   So we will have some nice bright pinks in time for Easter !

Cupani sweet pea

And the last of todays four pictures of what is out this January,  my favorite sweet pea, a Cupani.  It is winding up through the lavendar, just one lonely but happy looking sweet pea.    I am planting some exhibition Spencers over by the back fence for boquets later,  because they have a lighter scent.   I love the Cupani’s sweet fragrance, but they are too strong for our sensitive noses in the house.   Doesn’t seem fair,  I have always favored the old varieties.   So always learning, have found a place for hybrids.

Insecta Palooza

I’ve never been to Insecta Palooza,  but I  LOVE their poster, so felt compelled to post a link for  you here:

Insecta Palooza


The Sonoma State University Field Stations & Nature Preserves proudly presents the 3nd Annual Insecta-Palooza!, set for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Sonoma State University’s Darwin Hall on Saturday, October 29, 2011. More information coming soon, in the meantime please enjoy a look at the 2nd Annual Insecta-Palooza!

April 2011

Iris and ranunculs growing in our garden on Jacaranda Street in Fountain Valley
This is April 3 in the garden and almost everything is up.  I am so happy that I found all those Iris Bulbs on closeout at Armstrong Nursery.  They are making a blue river all around the yard.  Mom was in the hospital when they started.  I wish she could have seen them appear, but they are all up now and she is home and can see them in their glory.  They are sharing the beds with weeds and ranunculas.  I haven’t kept up with dead heading the ranunculas and anemones since I am not bringing bouquets in due to allergies that Mom has been experiencing and it is just not worth the risk.   I will make some bouquets for photographing, and have been bringing them to some friends.

An Early Volunteer

An Early Volunteer, the first Flanders Poppy arrives in FebruaryAn Early Volunteer, the first Flanders Poppy arrives in February!

I haven’t seeded any this year,  and the garden is full of them, so we will see what happens.  I think they will all  pop well before May.  Of course if they are to thrive, I will have to weed  the bed…..

Our Friendly Opossum

Opossum in Fountain ValleyWell its Opossum season again, or still.  Winslow looks for these guys at night and almost had a coniption last night when he chased one under the fence into the neighbor’s yard.   The opossum was just the size of a nerf football.   Apparently the opossum is an ancient mammal and seems destined to follow us to the stars.   I would just  be happy if he kept the yard snail free and didn’t leave any fleas behind.  I read that they are highly resistant to rabies,  but it is probably too much to expect for them to be flea free.  But,  as Wikipedia says

“Opossums are omnivores. They eat carrion, worms, eggs, SNAILS, insects, snakes, crayfish, toads salamanders, mice, birds slugs, fruits, vegetables, garbage.”

Do you hear that,  they eat SNAILS.   They can stay.  I’ve named the new one Peter.

Working In The Garden

When I started this blog, I had meant it to be more a personal chronicle of my gardening activities and the state of the garden, so I’ll try to get back to that for a while.  Gardening gives me energy, even when it’s just weeding or digging.  I guess somewhere in there, there are still remnants of a farmer.      I came across an article (in the Schuylerite, of the Schuyler Co. Historical Museum) written about my fifth great grandparents, and about my fifth great grandfather, when he was 84 years old (in 1887),  it said:

Mr. Hatfield is enjoying good health, but is compelled to walk with two canes. He makes and tends his own garden: he says he must work so he can sleep well, and has offered to make his neighbors garden if he would take him to it.”