Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wildflower Wednesday - June 28, 2017

"One person's weed is another person's wildflower."
Susan Wittig Albert

 All flowers must have been wildflowers at one time and still are in some part of the world. So, here are some of the "wildflowers" that are blooming right now in Massachusetts zone 6B.

I love this Silene. It's such a beautiful shade of pink and spreads itself out around other plants so that the flowers pop up in unexpected places. What kind it is, I have no idea but, if you look at it in the picture below, you can see that it has a bladder.



Gaillardia is blooming away and will be for most of the summer and fall. It has seeded itself in various parts of the garden and makes a nice splash of color wherever it settles.

There are three kinds of Yarrow growing in the big garden now...I'm very excited about that. The above picture is Common Yarrow which is very robust and blooms forever.

White Yarrow is found along sides of roads and grows almost anywhere....except my garden! I've had a hard time getting it to bloom but, here it is in all it's glory!

All of the Yarrow in the garden are fernleaf which is so pretty on it's own. This little number nearly didn't make it. Being a rescue plant it wasn't in the best condition when I bought it but, it has rallied and is doing well.

Butterfly Weed.....it's so pretty and bright and the pollinators love it. It's easy to grow from seed and spreads like crazy because it's from the milkweed family.

Spiderwort or Widow's Tears are lovely. The white one above has a purple flower.....the blue/purple one below is almost florescent.


Surprise! A Columbine still blooming!

Needle-leaf Coreopsis is full of buds and they are slowly opening.

Campion in Rose and white. In mixing them together, I'm hoping to get some pink ones of various shades.

Shasta Daisies are so incredibly white and pristine when they first open up.

f/everfew has been in my yard and growing wildly for years before I took some for the garden.

I can't remember the name of this diminutive flower. It grows on slender stems and likes to push itself up though other plants and poke out. 
You can see by the above and below pictures that the "Susans" are blooming. Many of them were eaten down to the nub by the woodchuck and  won't be blooming anytime soon.




Evening Primrose adds color close to the ground.

Variegated Ox-eye Daisy

For the purpose of making the flowers happy, there was a rain storm last night. And, today is one of those incredibly beautiful and comfortable summer days that seem to be few and far between. The sun is bright, the sky is a perfect color blue with puffy clouds all around, there's a mild breeze and the temperatures are in the 70's F with low humidity. I couldn't ask for better weather. 
Today, I'm grateful for The Saver. He's a jack of all trades and a master of many. If it wasn't for his know-how and desire to make me happy (happy wife, happy life;), I wouldn't have my lovely gardens to play in.

Happy Gardening, 
Sally

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Garden Bloggers Foliage Day - June 22, 2017

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."
Pedro Calderon de la Barca


Big Blue....doesn't everyone name their plants?

Solomon's Seal

This is actually the biggest Hosta in the garden. It has thick rubbery leaves. This is the 2nd year in this location and it's doing well.

This is one  of the smallest Hostas in the garden growing to about 7".

The Dead Nettle is about dead....there's this one and one other patch....

I love the huge leaves of the Mayapple. A field of  them is a sight to see!
  
This is my attempt at creating a patch of Heuchera of all different colors. There are two other colors I'm looking for....
  
Helleborus foetidus has been in the garden about 3 years and has yet to bloom.
  
This Japanese fern is one of the energize bunnies of my gardens.

The Variegated leaves of Ox-eye Daisies adds great contrast and texture to the garden.

Idgies favorite......catnip.


Liatris is forming heads.

Plenty of Common Milkweed....where are the Monarchs??

Variegated Liriope

I was sitting on the bench looking at the woodland garden when I saw the sun shining on this one leave and it was bright red. Had to get the picture and a minute later the sun had moved enough so it was gone.....

I love this variegated Hosta with the white outlining the leaves.

I love this Hosta,too with the white in the center of the leaves.

Lambs Ears and miniature Thyme.

I've asked the Saver not to cut the "lawn" in the back of the house so that it will be a haven for bugs and butterflies.

It's an amazing day here in zone 6B Massachusetts. All of the windows in the house have been opened and the smell of honeysuckle is wafting in.....That's what I'm grateful for today. It doesn't get much better than this!!

Happy Gardening,
Sally 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oh yea, here comes the color!

"I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its name, where it got its life-but there was no one to tell me."
George Washington Carver


Idgie the garden kitty.

Peonies are passing but there are still some pretty ones. This plant has the strongest scent of all of them.

The roses are starting to pass, as well. This was taken a few days ago.

This is the fullest I've ever seen  these bells. Unfortunately, the blue ones were eaten by the wood chuck. 

Red Hot Poker is so pretty. I have two planted but don't think they are growing. I have had really  bad luck buying plants online and will only buy locally from now on.

Blue star flowers spread nicely....a great little filler.

This woodland phlox is blooming very late in the season. There's another one in another part of the garden that bloomed several weeks ago!

We have a visitor.....so far I've only seen him eating from the lawn. 

Purple rain salvia is starting to open. Its a great plant.

This Yarrow is finally blooming! A friend gave it to me 3 years ago.

One of the many Scabiosa in the big garden. This plant has self-seeded freely and I've transplanted  lots of them.

Blue Spiderwort in front of White Campion.

The big garden is so colorful now and there's more to come.

Petunia

Gaillardia with Spiderwort in the background.

Variegated Ox-eye Daisy leaves against the hand plow,

Butterfly Weed is another plant that seeds itself throughout the garden. It's getting ready to open....what a splash of color it adds!

Evening Primrose with a bit of Catmint in the back.

White and Rose Campion.

It seems like Rose Campion is one of  the few plants that will flourish under the Maple tree.

Marigold and Johnny-jump-ups.

White Campion with Spiderwort in the background.

Lavender is blooming.  

Honeysuckle by the dining room windows. It smells amazing  and attracts lots of critters. The Hummingbird comes right to window. I'll get some pictures eventually.

Today, I'm grateful that our new kitchen counters were installed and I have a kitchen sink after quite a time without it. Modern technology is good!!

Happy Gardening,
Sally