Friday, 5 November 2021

GPE #2 : Rancho FirstNations

The Gardens of

R A N C H O  F I R S T N A T I O N S


'The Crap Fence'
 Now, Ms Nations got herself a new camera phone earlier in the year, and was so excited at the prospect that she had this to say: "Hold your horses, get ye ahold of The Mistress and Inexplicable DeVice and let them know the news:
FIRSTNATIONS HAS TAKEN PICTURES OF HER SPRING GARDEN!!!" and, consequently, was the first of you to provide snaps for the Infomaniac Garden Photos Event 2021.

 In fact, she sent me reams upon reams of garden photos - well, 48 or so - back in May!  (Now that's dedication to the cause - take note for next year, the rest of you).  But, in the excitement of the moment, the only thing she had to say about her garden was: "Here it is! Today everything began blooming! Squeee!!!"

 However, with a little research, I was able to find some of these photos (along with many others) on her blog, Steve.  Because 'Steve' is almost as a nice a name as 'Paul' was., and have lifted some of Ms Nation's comments from there to use here (linked to for your convenience).

 So as not to create a post ten miles long which would wear your scrolling fingers out to get through, I took the liberty of grouping some of the similarly themed photos together in what I hope are pleasing combinations.  Oh, and I'm sure you all know by now, just click the photos to embigulate them.  Or, right click and open in a new tab/window.  FYI, the photos on Ms Nations' blog are even bigger still, so if you see something that you want a real close up view of, just go there for a proper snoop.




Ms Nations wants us to know that, between the Camassias and the Narcissus,
"Here are my 'Black Parrot' tulips being sexy and deadly."
 
 
 
Right: "Welcome to Rancho FirstNations!" (same link as the one on the left)
 
Bearded Irises including "An utterly exquisite Iris germanicus 'Interpol'", and Japanese Iris at the end
 
 

Top left: Weeks rose 'Sunsplash'  Top right: "the very first 'Munstead Wood' rose to open"
Bottom left: 'Munstead Wood' again, and bottom right: Rosa 'Celine Brunner'
 
Sambucus niger, honeysuckle, and something else...

 Thank you for sharing your garden with us, Ms Nations.  What a riot - of colour!

 The next Garden Photos Event outing features a delicious surprise served up by Hound, so be sure to come back in a couple of days or so to dig in!

34 comments:

  1. Gobsmacked. So much work. Just Brilliant. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely...

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  2. All fine, but something's missing. I think a little Lourdes grotto would add that certain je ne sais quoi ...

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    1. Oh, I'm sure Ms Nations will unearth one somewhere.

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    2. 63Mago, you are never satisfied. I have a Geoffrey Shrine that draws cat devotees. Lourdes just attracts sick people.

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  3. Well! You know I'm salivating over your roses and peonies and irises.Oh heck! The whole damn' shebang.
    It's one thing to have a decent plot of soil and an idea.But where real gardening comes into play is when the gardener knows something's "not working" and is not afraid to fix it.Like a rotary cultivator that's had its day. You place it in the garden, right?

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    1. Dinahmow, there is no possible way I could top your astounding tropical wonderland. All of you need to see this womans garden pix. Ms. Dinahmow has taste for MILES. Her gardens are jaw-dropping, luxuriant, gorgeous...there are not enough adjectives, kids.

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    2. Well, maybe at the former house. This one needs MUCH work.Chips and chunks of concrete all over the place here!But if you scoot over right now you can see my Yucca. (I bet if a I wrote that on Facebook I'd be grounded!)

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  4. Love it all, especially her whimsies, that lorry is crying out to be filled with sempervivums.

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  5. I knew these would be gorgeous, and creative! Like Mitzi I'm taken with the whimsies and would really like something similar in my garden that the dog won't destroy. I can only dream!
    Sx

    P.S Also loving the mountains in the background.

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    1. I had forgotten what mountains look like.

      The flowers are gorgeous, and I love that fence.

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    2. Ms Scarlet and Ms. The Mistress: Thank you both so much!

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  6. What a gorgeous garden, just begging to be dug up. I particularly love the fence!

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    1. Hound of Hecate: I'll share divisions any time! I've already supplied half the people in my little town! Stop on by and bring a trailer!

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  7. I knew from reading her blog...this was going to be a treat to see. She had me with the poppies...irises...roses and peonies!!!!! Some damn fine specimens. And so Nations to have that eclectic garden trim of hoes and rakes and such for fun garden trim. Or is that how she stores them when done?

    And did I miss the weed fields?

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    1. Mistress Maddie: Gal, I grew weed for years until they legalized it here. Took all the thrill out of it, sigh. That fence with all the old garden tools is called 'The Crap Fence' btw!

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  8. WOW, WOW, WOW! Not that I am envious at all at all that lovely acreage of soil, bursting at the seams with lush flowers. You have outdone yourself, Ms FirstNations!

    We have to make do with pots. I do, however, have my Lottery ticket purchased for tonight. Fingers crossed. One day... Jx

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    1. PS The "something else" in the last photo before the depressed cat is Asparagus, left to go to flower...

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    2. Jon, your garden is ALL CLASS. You and your partner have done amazing things. My garden look like cheap carnival spin art compared to your Botticelli. I'm a plantswoman. You two are next level garden designers. Fact.

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    3. I'm blushing... Jx

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  9. Gorgeous!! I am seriously considering the photos I'm taking.:( BUT, me being me, y'all will see them eventually and I will hope they are appreciated anyway. *grumbling about why aren't dried flowers accepted) xoxoxo

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    1. I breathlessly await your garden photos!!!!! BREATHLESS I TELL YOU

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    2. I love you, sister! thank you! xoxo

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  10. Inexplicable DeVice, I so appreciate your time and effort. You really classed up my act.

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    1. It was a pleasure, Ms Nations! Especially as I had such a wonderful array of photos from you to work with. I'm so glad that you got a new phone this year, and thank you so much for showing us all your hard work!

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    2. P.S. Thanks for replying to everyone's comments too.

      Take note everyone else - the same is expected from you when your garden is featured!

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  11. Ms Nations...I cannot get past your "content warning" It might be one of those Wordpress v Blogger situations again. But I'll try later..

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  12. Lovely, very lovely! I do covet your 'Black Parrot' tulips!

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  13. The flora's divine, but you had me at crap fence.

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    1. Ms Nations certainly knows how to grab our attention!

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  14. Perusing the lovely photos of Ms Nations and indeed, Steve (" Because 'Steve' is almost as a nice a name as 'Paul' ") has been a joy and is a rather good start to the annual garden event.
    The use of the borrowed landscape in the first photo shows empathy and an aesthetic eye.
    Poppies, Aquilegia, Camassia and peonies what's not to love.
    I was taken by this garden with the first photograph. The 'old 1950's rototiller' works very well in the border especially with the quaint colonial cottage in the background. It could be a contender in next years 'Chelsea Flower Show - Artisan Garden Section'. It's Very on trend my dear.
    On top of all of that, then we then get Iris, Roses and a cat
    A fabulous start to the garden event
    Ttfn

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    1. I love that first photo! There was no way it wasn't going to be the lead image for Ms Nation's gardening showcase.

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