Birthday Gifts

Birthday Presents 003

Yesterday was my birthday and my family got me this wonderful Arbor w/bench seat for the garden.  This is the spot I’m thinking of putting it.  I’ll dig out the grass so I can plant some type of vines to grow on it.  I’m still thinking about what that will be, some choices I have seeds for are:  an unknown Jasmine vine/white flowering Hyacinth Bean that Jamie and Randy sent me earlier this summer, Cypress  and Thunbergia.  Of course I could go with something more permanent such as a Clematis or Climbing Rose.  In addition, Grandma gave me some mad money (as she puts it) and I found this wonderful Ninebark ‘Coppertina’ by Proven Winners at Lowes,   otherwise known as Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Mindid’.  I saw this the other day when we went to pick up some plumbing supplies.  For sometime now I’ve been wanting a Ninebark for the garden, their foliage is gorgeous.  And you just can’t go wrong with a Proven Winners selection.  Here’s some info on this new addition to my garden:

  • Foliage emerges in spring a copper color
  • Transforms to a rich red in summer
  • Easy to care for, trim to maintain desired size
  • Hardy in zones 3-8
  • Full sun 
  • Adds interest spring -fall
  • 6-8′ tall x 5′ wide
  • Pink flower in mid-summer
  • Hybrid of  Dart’s Gold & Diablo
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Good in mass plantings, perennial border or containers
  • Native to Americas
  • 2005 Award Winner 

Oh my Mom sent me some seed from her Zinnias that I think will look great in the Red Washtub container next summer.  You can see a picture of them here.

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25 responses to this post.

  1. HAPPY Birthday!!!! Ok.. not on the BIG day… but anyway!
    That was a great birthdaygift!
    What a famaly!
    Lucky You!
    Linda

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  2. Happy birthday, Racquel! It sounds like your presents are going to be a huge source of enjoyment in the weeks to come. Best wishes, Victoria

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  3. Happy Happy Birthday Racquel. What great birthday presents. I have the Coppertina in my garden, it has the most amazing fall colour. You made a great choice.
    Deborah

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  4. What could be better than this gift for a gardener? And I think a sweet-smelling jasmine will be wonderful. I know you had a great b’day:)

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  5. Hi Racquel, now that is an excellent gift! The Coppertina should be fantastic in your garden too, I have Summer Wine and love it. That copper foliage made me wish I had gotten that one instead. Have fun with that arbor birthday girl! 🙂
    Frances

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  6. I hope you had a great birthday, and I like what your family got you. If you just plant annuals on it you can change them out if you end up not liking them. Whereas perennial or woody vines are a commitment and you would certainly want to be sure you like them before you put them in. (Can you tell I have been through this before?)

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  7. Racquel girl I love that bench arbor .. there is nothing like beautiful wood to compliment our gardens with eh ? I have Coppertina ..my luck with it has been bad .. it has suffered (along with Center Glow) from powdery mildew (I hate that stuff) .. so make sure you have this in a well “aired” area to keep that from happening .. I have 4 Ninebark .. and I absolutely love them but these two have given me problems. I just want make sure you keep an eye out for that ? .. other wise my two good ones are BEAUTIFUL .. and if you have no problem with Coppertina .. you will be amazed how gorgeous it will be for you !
    Happy Birthday again girl : )
    Joy

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  8. Love it Racquel! I have been trying to talk hubby into getting an arbor for the back, but there is just not enough room. So, I will enjoy yours!
    Happy Birthday..and sorry I am a day late with my wishes. My life has gotten way too busy! 🙂

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  9. Beautiful and a happy birthday to you!

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  10. What a nice birthday present Racquel! I think anything you put on it will look great!

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  11. Yay! It’s nice when family understands what gifts you will like and doesn’t give you crappy gifts like, say, diamonds, LOL! (Seriously.)

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  12. Great Arbor!! What a great gift. I know you will find the right vine to put on it.
    I cannot believe you found a Coppertina at Lowes!!! GREAT bush. It almost sparkles. Sounds like you had a good birthday.

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  13. You have trained your family well. Gifts for the garden are always my favorites. We have a ninebark here at work and it’s a great shrub.
    Marnie

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  14. Happy Happy Birthday Racquel.

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  15. Racquel, What a thoughtful family! They chose an absolutely perfect gift for you and your garden. It will look beautiful covered in flowering vines! Climbing roses with clematis climbing over them is classically beautiful! gail

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday Racquel!!! Great gift!!!!!! Can’t wait to see how beautiful your choice of vines makes it!!

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  17. Happy belated birthday. It looks like a wonderful gift.

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  18. I hope you had a wonderful birthday and how spectacular to get an arbor as beautiful as that! What a wonderful gift! You will always remember this birthday each day you walk under the arbor.

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  19. Posted by Racquel on September 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks everyone for you wonderful birthday wishes. I can’t wait to get this area planted next spring with the vines I choose for it. It’s going to make a beautiful addition to my garden. Even though I won’t have time to respond to each & every comment today, I will be around shortly to visit all your blogs.

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  20. What a lovely gift, Racquel! This will look beautiful wherever you put it. I bought myself a metal arbor and bench a week ago with a gift certificate I received for my birthday in June. Now I’m trying to figure out where to put it! Maybe we should compare notes about what types of climbers to plant. I am definitely leaning toward some Sweet Autumn. You’ll love that ninebark, too. My non-gardening son and daughter-in-law planted one last year, and it’s really grown this year; it’s a lovely shrub.

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  21. Happy Birthday Racquel!!!! Looks like you had a fabulous day. The arbor is gorgeous ~ you will really enjoy it in your garden. If you want to try an annual vine on it, consider the Cup & Saucer vine ~ it is a vigorous grower and the blooms can’t be beat. Coppertina is another great choice. I’ve been admiring it at our Lowes too but don’t know where to put one?!! I bet it will do well in your garden. Gifts for the garden are great, aren’t they?!!!

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  22. Happy birthday, Racquel,
    I meant to come tell you as soon as I got the email from blotanical, but if I don’t do something right away, I may end up forgetting.

    Well, I’m glad you had a good one! What great gifts! You did great with your mad money.

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  23. Posted by Racquel on September 24, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks Rose, Kathleen & Sue for the Birthday wishes. Looks like we both got what we wanted for our gardens Rose, it will be fun comparing what we choose to plant. I think SAC would be a lovely addition to yours, it needs to be sturdy though cause it’s a massive vine. Thanks for the suggestion of Cup & Saucer Vine Kathleen, I’ve been admiring the blooms on other blogs all season. I think I know exactly where I’m putting this Coppetina. It will be a surprise for the rest of you.

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  24. What an awesome gift! Happy belated birthday!

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  25. Hi Racquel,
    i want to wish you a happy belated birthday. The gift is over the top. Can’t wait to see pictures next year. Hope you had a wonderful day.
    Balisha ((hugs))

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