Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bloom Day...sort of!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens invites us to share what's blooming in our gardens on the 15th of the month and bloggers around the world join in this sense of community to appreciate each others' work and species and climate.

There are just a few things blooming in my garden on this Bloom Day. This geranium is just the most delicious color of salmon that I had to have it. It's another of today's nursery purchases, along with a statue and a Japanese maple (no blooms there - just sticks!)

These little phlox love the cooler weather. (I can barely keep them alive in the heat of August), so they're happy now.
Even in our temperate Texas climate, most things in my garden are starting to sprout up, but haven't sported buds or blooms yet.
Here is my partially completed fence! We still need to put a gate on and then I'll put an arbor in front of the gate.

While they were hammering away, I was fantasizing about little brackets for hanging plants and garden decor, finials for the tops of the posts, and other decorative touches! I guess a fence isn't just a fence to me.
And this is my new-found friend. I fell in love with her while doing some Spring Fling business at a fabulous local nursery, the Great Outdoors, (they have a Blog, too) and just couldn't walk away from her. She's intruiging, and I knew I had the perfect focal point spot for her at the end of a river rock pathway. So, she's mine, now. I want to name her; still mulling over options -- something classic, yet unimposing, warm and inviting -- any suggestions for naming my new garden friend?


Carol said...

Going to town out there in your garden, I see. New fence, new plants and a new "friend". You'll think of the perfect name for her in time.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!
Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Frances said...

Love your fence and agree it would be enhanced with hanging baskets, nice and low for easy watering too. You will find a name for your pretty miss. Our ground phlox looks just like yours, without the blooms just yet.

Frances at Faire Garden

Annie in Austin said...

The fence does demand some flowers, Diana - gardeners insist that any vertical surface must be used! I haven't tried the spring creeping phlox - kind of forgot about them.

Since you can't be out in the garden every minute but your scultured woman can be there... how about naming her after the Greek goddess 'Artemis', the counterpart to your Roman goddess Diana?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Brianna said...

Hi, Diana! I found your blog through Pam's page. I like your new statue, and the fence, too. Are you guys installing it yourselves, or is someone doing it for you? Just curious, since DH and I will need to replace our back fence in the not-too-distant future.

-Brianna at Seeds

Diana said...

Welcome Brianna--glad you like my statue - I think she's fabulous. The fence is actually being done by some masonry guys I know - they aren't real fence guys and I was kinda worried about it. I wouldn't use them to do a real fence. I like your blog - I've added it to my Austin blog list!

Nan Ondra said...

Hi Diana! Good for you to have anything blooming right now. But may I say that your "other pink rose" is the prettiest of all? Watching her bloom must be your greatest joy.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I'll be trying to find some focal pieces for my garden this year too, love your new sculpture! I was planning on saying something about your little girl too, but I'll just ditto what Nan said, she has a much better way with words!

Diana said...

Thanks, Carol. I love GBBD - you're so creative. Can't wait to see you in April.

Frances - thanks for the comments on our fence -- I can't wait to start decorating it! Your phlox blooms will come -- and mine will be gasping for breath in August when yours are so much happier!

Annie - is that it -- every vertical surface must be used? Is that why all my fences have angels and lizards and other miscellany? I love the suggestion of the name Artemis! That's inspired...

Nan & Robin -- It just hit me like a V-8 at the nursery that my statue would be a perfect focal point for a long pathway. I guess that's impromptu planning and design! Thanks for the sweet comments about my little monkey -- she's such a sweet girl, I have to show her off every now and then!

kate said...

Your new fence is coming along well - I had to laugh when I saw the barriers!

Your new statue is beautiful - how about Flora (goddess of flowers) maybe?

Diana said...

Kate - well, you know, we had to put up the extra lounge chair barriers to keep the dogs away from the wet concrete around the new fence posts. Knowing my stupid dogs -- they'd stick their noses right into it! They just get more mischievous the older they get. I thought they were supposed to get smarter and better with age. Not mine!

Flora's a great idea for a name for my garden statue -- I'll put that in the pot to think on! Thanks.

Salix Tree said...

I like that lady statue as well, how about Blodyn .. it's a Welsh name meaning "flower"

Lori said...

Oh, I love your new sculpture. We must be thinking alike, because I just bought something similar from The Natural Gardener-- a Roman-style head with a planting pocket on top that I've filled with sedums. I'm going to have to take a picture to share, since I love it.

As for a name for your sculpture, how about Persephone, since she'll be standing watch over the changing seasons?