Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!!

I hope everyone is having/had a great Easter! This was always a special holiday for us when I was growing up. We always went to church then we had a big dinner with family. Hunting Easter eggs was fun too but I think dying them was more fun. We always drove mom crazy when it came to dying them. We were always asking her, " are the eggs ready yet"? We hated waiting on that boiling part! We probably ended up with more dye on us than on the eggs.

Today for hubbie and I, we went to the early service at church which was fantastic! Now we are getting ready to head over to hubbie's brother's home for a get together. So far it is beautiful here but we are expecting storms tonight. Since Easter reminds me of flowers or that could be the other way around, I wanted to show a couple of beauties.....This is a new salvia I am planting in the next day or two. It's called Oceana blue. Sorry I don't know the species. We are selling them at work as annuals but the grower told me he thought it might be a perennial. I surely hope so.Here's a close up. It is a true blue color. It's so stunning I just had to have a couple.This caught my eye this morning before going to church. I just planted these Iris' two/three ago and it's blooming. I couldn't believe it. I planted these in my "wet" garden by the birdbath. Here's the close up. A friend/co-worker gave me a few of these from his garden. Aren't friends great?Lastly, this is a picture of my azalea in bloom. I have 4 of these that are just now opening up. I don't know which cultivar this is but it is always the last to bloom.

Happy Easter everyone!

38 comments:

deedee said...

When I think of Easter I think of flowers too. Happy Easter :)

Mildred said...

Happy Easter Susie. Your plants are looking so pretty. I love the salvia - such a pretty blue. Have fun at the get-together. Hope your storms won't be bad. Friday night we had tornado warnings most of the evening - lots of rain, hail and wind but no real damage thankfully.

Beth said...

Happy Easter Susie - those azaleas are very pretty.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Very pretty! I'm going to keep an eye out for that salvia, I love the color. Have a nice day with your family!

perennialgardener said...

That is a fabulous color of Salvia. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one. :) Happy Easter Susie!

beckie said...

Susie, I love the yellow iris! It just shouts spring. And the true blue salvia is gorgeous. Haven't seen that one yet. Azaleas aren't in bloom here yet so I am enjoying seeing them on several posts. I need to see if my little one survived the winter?? Hope your Easter is wonderful.

Milah said...

Happy Easter!

I love the salvia. I think it will be striking planted with something yellow.
I love when friends share flowers with me. I can walk around my yard and remember where everyone came from. Thanks for sharing!

Dorothy said...

Hi Susie,
Hope your Easter is Happy! It's so good to be back. I've really missed my friends here.

Susie said...

Thanks Deedee!

Mildred-I heard you guys were getting some pretty rough weather. Glad everything is okay.

Thanks Beth Happy Easter to you!

Catherine that salvia is such a striking color. Everyone at the nursery loved it.

Racquel-This bloom is very similar to the black/blue salvia.

Beckie-I hope more of the iris' bloom but since they are so young I don't know if they will or not.

Milah-It is fun to have plants that friends give. The plants are great reminders of friendships.

Dorothy-I'm so glad you are back in blogland.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Happy Easter, Susie. Love seeing your flowers. So beautiful!!!! Our azaleas are not nearly ready to bud... We have two the same hot pink color as yours.

I love Irises also. We have quite a few in our yard--none of which have begun to bud...

Hope you all have a great day today!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Lanny said...

Happy Easter to you too Susie! Your flowers are lovely especially your new addition. I like working blue into my garden to help with the crazy vibrant reds, oranges and tropical corals that I gravitate to! But I need some blue with height, I always appreciate a perennial and this fellow (I just now looked it up because I love your picture of it) most certainly is, for you and I, I am sure, for you must be in zone eight at least? Salvia patens 'Oceana Blue' is hardy to 10 degrees! Good news eh?

Again, I pray that you are blessed with a splendid Happy Easter!

Karen said...

Brilliant colors! God is such an artist! Have a great day. Happy Easter

Susie said...

Betsy-We've had a great Easter, hope you have!

Lanny-We've had a wonderful Easter. We live in zone 8. If it doesn't return I bet it will seed.

Thanks Karen God is a fantastic artist.

Daisy said...

Happy Easter to you and yours, Susie! The flowers you have there are gorgeous.

Dirt Princess said...

I love the blue salvia. Its so hard to find a true blue flower. Hope you had a great Easter! I went to early service to...and now I am pooped!

Terri said...

Happy Easter, Susie! Loved the flower pictures - aren't you lucky, working around plants all the time?

Jen said...

Easter Blessings to you and your family Susie!
Your blooms are beautiful!! Enjoy.

George said...

Happy Easter, Susie. Thanks for sharing these beautiful flowers with us, but I must admit that I'm somewhat jealous! You already have iris and azaleas in bloom -- we're still weeks away.

Becky said...

I love all the pretty colors you have going on in your yard right now. Nothing going on here but green!!!

Happy Easter Sissy! I LUV you!!!

Miss Sandy said...

Susie,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend! Yes, the storms reached us early this morning and kept up most of the day. Things have finally settled here.

We had a wonderful family get together yesterday and it was sunny and beautiful. I love all your blooming beauties! I have never had much luck with azaleas, they seem to be quite fussy in their care. Of course it might be the gardener and not the plant ;c)

Have a great week!

jen said...

That blue really is stunning!! Lot's blooming in your neck of the woods...still waiting for tulips here!!

Happy Easter Susie!

Jen

Jacquie said...

That salvia is just stunning. Love the deep blue. I wish you were my neighbor... you could teach me a thing or two about making my yard look beautiful.

Happy Easter to you and your family, Susie.

Rose said...

Happy Easter, Susie!. The blue salvia is just gorgeous; I've never seen one with such a true blue color to it. I hope our local garden centers stock some.

Elise said...

I like that blue salvia. I love blue flowers. I hope you had a nice Easter.

Darla said...

Ah, the colors of Easter! Love the new Salvia.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I love the yellow iris. One of my favorites. The salvia is a lovely color. I plan to look for some this summer.
Marnie

marmee said...

i have very fond memories of easter growing up too. similar to yours...church(ususally in a homemade dress my mom made) big dinner after and hunting for eggs until dark. happy easter dear susie.

Anna Colleen said...

Your flowers are pretty, It sounds like you had a great Easter.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Happy Easter to you too, Susie! We had a lovely Easter with family. The grandkids do the same thing-- impatiently waiting for the eggs to be ready to color.

We went to Houston for the weekend, and Saturday went to an Earth Day Festival downtown. They were giving away free plants! Two of the plants we got were the Blue Salvia you posted about! I can't wait to see them bloom.

Leedra said...

Lovely flowers. The yellow iris is so vibrant, sure it is an eye catcher in the garden.

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Deb said...

Beautiful blooms!

TC said...

I absolutely love that shade of blue in 'Oceana Blue.' I've always wanted blue eyes, and if I could make my brown eyes blue, that's the blue color I'd want them to be.

Nancy said...

Susie, It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter!!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend coming up! Nancy

Karen said...

OOoh, That oceana blue is gorgeous. I once did flowers for weddings. Wouldn't that blue be lovely in a bridal bouquet?

Zindagi said...

loved your blooms specially the azaleas they are so beautiful

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Just Add A Little Water said...

The Oceana Blue salvia is gorgeous. I bought one plant years ago and have been growing it each year since from seeds I collect from the plant and its offspring. In March I put a tablespoon or two of growing medium in a disposable water bottle (the 16 oz. size), water it a bit and add a few of the collected seeds. I let the salvia grow in there until they are about to the top. Then I cut off the bottom and transplant them into the garden. I recommend pinching out the salvia once or twice in the summer to get more blooms and have a bushier plant. Good luck! It's one of my favorite blue finds!

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