Now we wait for it to bloom.
After reading some of the blogs I decided on a David Austin order for my namesake plant-- David Austin Rose 'Janet'. It came bare-rooted and dormant but quickly started to sprout.
My husband's plant is due to be delivered in October....Paeonia 'Charlie's White'. This was a tough one to find in stock. Will post about its arrival this fall.
Our daughters, Rachel's and Rebecca's plants have been planted close by 'Janet'. Clematis 'Rebecca' is a repeat bloomer. First blooming in May-June time frame and then later it will bloom again in August. It is Pruning Group 2...prune lightly in early spring just above new leaves. Remove dead or broken branches. It is a gorgeous red bloom.
Rachel's plant is a peony, another tough to find plant....but I finally was able to buy one and it is now in the ground. Paeonia officinalis 'Rachel' is another red bloom--a big, double crimson slightly fragrant bloom. I will have to wait until next year for it to bloom....this one is still pretty immature. This season will be root and foliage production.
We will be having a wedding next summer, welcoming Alex to the family as Rachel's husband-- and will need to find a proper Alex plant. There is an Alexander Fleming peony...a possibility. Anyone have suggestions? I have been looking around to see if I can find a good Alex to add to the family garden.
If you are thinking of doing a family garden there is a nice website that can get you started on some of the plants with 'people' names. The downside of the website is that it is an English site and not all the plant material is available in the States. Royal Horticultural Society.
Have fun with it!!
A little follow up on the cicadas... the ones in my neck of the woods are the 13 year cycle species -- in the northern part of the United States there are the 17 year cycle species. There was a question about the size of these ugly bugs-
And an interesting photo-- one of the cicadas emerging from its exoskeleton.
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