Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gardens past - June 2016

"And what is so rare as a day in June?  Then, if ever, come perfect dreams."
James Russell Lowell

Oh, these lovely old fashioned Irises!

I wanted to say Veronica but, by the leaves, I'm thinking Salvia. What do you think?


Majestic Peonies

Coreopsis and Coral Bells. To the right, you can see Deep Blue Columbine.

Foxglove is interesting in that I never know where or how many there will be in one given year.

Peonies are queens of the garden!

Lovely Irises.

Gaillardia and Coreopsis are happy neighbors.

Beautiful Nine Bark! Another markdown prize.

I've known and forgotten the name of these bell flowers so many times. I give up!

Hanging pots really fill in bare areas.

This first year Clematis from a discount store was a wonderful surprise.

Ah, roses! I adore them but, they are a challenge for me.

Torch Lily barely caught my eye. If it wasn't on markdown, it would still be at the nursery. It's grown on me as it's very hardy and spreads nicely.

Evening Primrose is an amazing pop of color. 

Scabiosa has taken off and is easy to grow.

I love Lupine and have tried to grow it for years. Here's one that made it. Let's hope it dropped some fertile seeds!


When first started the flowerbeds, there was one strip down along our property line. Then, we added another strip along the edge of the road. Then, not satisfied with that little space, we did most of the side yard. 
Adding plants was a task I wasn't prepared for. Generous gardeners kept supplying me with new plants and I plopped them in the ground, willy-nilly because I wanted them to take. Without any knowledge or thought as to height or sun-shade desirability, it was a wild garden. To this day, I have no garden style. I'm constantly working on bringing smaller plants to the forefront and bigger ones to the back. 
The end result has been called a Cottage Garden. I accept that explanation! It really takes the pressure off to have a perfectly symmetrical area.

Today, I'm grateful to God for the sunshine in the middle of a cold and dreary winter.

Happy Garden Dreaming,
Sally

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

August 1, 2017

"Just living is not enough.....one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Anderson


 As February marches in, it's nice to look back and see what beautiful blooms grew in the big garden last summer.
Scabiosa


Daylilies 


Helenium



Asian Lilies




Echinachea with Globe Amaranth in background

Phlox just starting to open

Ummm.....some kind of Bell Flower

Love Hummingbird moths 

White Echinachea and Plox
Monarch butterfly on Ecinachea

Pink Daylily

Double orange Daylily

Blue Bellflower

 Today, I'm grateful for my amazing big sister. Her love and generosity have been such a blessing.

Happy Garden Dreaming,
Sally

Saturday, January 20, 2018

More Garden Dreaming - July 2017

A dream doesn't become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
Colin Powell

With the cold and snow of January, it's been a welcome escape to go through garden albums and remember the beauty of last Summer.
A Black Swallowtail enjoying the nectar of an Asian Daisy

A Tiger Swallowtail on a Daylily.


Liatris and Phlox were a beautiful combination

Deep red Daylily


Daylily against Coleus

Kent's Oregano is so beautiful

Black-eyed Susan's and Bee Balm

A perennial mix


Black-eyed Susan

Ox-eye Daisies, Liatris and Black-eyed Susans

Asian Lily

Balloon Flower

Echinops

Teasel

Daylily

Long-shot of garden

White Campion and Helenium

Cone Flower just starting to bloom

First year Drumstick Alium

Rose Campion and lemon yellow Daylily. I love the combination

Blanket Flower or Gaillardia

Yarrow

Siloam Dayliy

Butterfly Weed and Ox-eye Daisy

I'm so pleased with how well the Helenium grows.


Sweet William

Butterfly weed
Today, I'm grateful for the beauty that surrounds me even in the cold of winter.

Happy Garden Dreaming,
Sally