Sunday, May 13, 2018

Digging in the Dirt

"In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
Margaret Atwood
Pink Catchfly or Silene and Forget-me-nots

White Lilacs

Solomon's Seal

Azalea 

Lenten Rose or Hellebore is passing but still beautiful

Bleeding Hearts in full bloom 
Pink Creeping Phlox



Hellebore Foetidus is a bit behind the others.

The plant with the yellow flowers is Spurge. Not a very popular plant but, I like that it's an early bloomer. The white flowered plant is Candytuft. Another favorite because I grew it from seed.

Cinquifoil is a faithful spring bloomer but not very prolific.

Prairie Smoke Geum is starting to lift it's blooms to the sun

It's an overcast Mother's Day Sunday. A good day to look at the albums of garden's past. I'm trying hard not to look at flower catalogs because I'll buy and fret about where to put them after. Seriously, I'm running out of room and will have to take more of the Saver's lawn.

The big garden is shaping up. There's a lot more work to be done but, I've pulled up a lot of the problem weeds that make an entrance every year regardless of getting them before they go to seed.  Hairy Bitter Cress is my worst garden enemy along with a couple others without names that are just as tenacious.
 It's fun to see the perennials coming up. As usual, my memory is so poor, I forget some of the plants and it's like Christmas to discover them. 

Many of you not only are into planting season, but are busy harvesting. Here in New England, it won't be safe to bring out the plants started inside until the 3rd week of May. Growing from seeds has never been easy for me but, this year we got a sun lamp and everything is coming along nicely. 



Today, I'm grateful for my children.

Happy Gardening, 
Sally


Sunday, May 6, 2018

With May, Everything is Waking-up

"What potent blood hath modest May."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I won this gold-leafed Bleeding Heart two years ago at a garden club plant sale. It's doing very well.

I love these pale yellow Primrose.

This Primrose seems to change color every day!

Things aren't cleaned-up yet but, Creeping Phlox doesn't care.

Creeping Phlox, So beautiful!

This little no-name blooms faithfully.

Here's another one whose name I forgot.

Fritillaries are blooming Unfortunately, I planted Daffs over them.  When the blooming is done, I'll dig it up and replant.

Catchfly or Campion is an early and long bloomer.

Hellbore blooming late because of our crazy Spring.

This Violet is a ground cover and fairly new to the garden. A gift from my friend, Carolin, I'm so happy it's surviving.
I'm thrilled this yellow Violet is growing. Another gift from Carolin.
White Bleeding Heart that I thought didn't make it.
 May Apples get one bloom that becomes a small edible fruit. Only one per plant.

Azalea starting to bud up.
Apple blossoms.
There's nothing quite so pretty.....
Forget-me-nots are blooming. I thinned a bit too much last year and there aren't many....there's always next year




 As you can see, the plants are coming up and starting to bloom. It's so much fun to go out there in the morning and see the daily changes. You can also see there's cleaning up that needs to be done. I confess, I'm a bit overwhelmed with it.
 The Saver and I are winding up a year long house renovation and are straightening, cleaning and putting things where they belong so, I haven't been in the gardens as much as I need to. Weather permitting, there'll be headway made this week and I'll stop feeling like there are hundreds of little  plants suffocating under dead leaves! Did you get a mental picture of that? :)

Today, I'm grateful that it's warm enough to crack the windows and cool enough to be pleasant.

Happy Gardening, Sally


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring is here......maybe

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
Gertrude Jekyll


Prairie Geum is new to my garden. There's only one plant. I need to research to see if it self-seeds. If not, I'll buy more.

I got a great deal on English Daisies. It's been so cold, they weren't doing well at Lowe's and didn't look very pretty so they marked them down.



Some garden junk

There are 3 Hellebore blooming or budding up and I'm very excited to see this early spring beauty.







Just a few Daffodils are blooming. Maybe more next year!

I love this Primrose. There are a  couple more getting ready to bloom.

My garden buddy....Idgie is really an indoor cat but, loves to be out when I'm working in the garden.

It's hard to believe it's been so long since I've posted. This has been a nasty spring here in zone 6B Massachusetts. It's been unseasonably cold and we've had some terrible wind that's knocked down trees and left many without power. Everything is late blooming this year.

We  bought a grow light! I have lots and lots of seedlings. Here's the list, Lupine, Echinachea, Cleome, Marigold, Gregg's Mistflower, Fennel, Dill, Tomatoes, Sweet Peas, Blackberry Lily, Yellow Coneflower, Bells of Ireland, Hollyhocks, Iron Weed, Zinnia, Wild Bergamot, Statice and Gypsophelia. I'm a little obsessive. Watch out lawn.....here I come!

At the end of March, we lost my only brother. He had been ill for some time and I was his go-to person as he never married or had children. Our other sisters are much older and not well so, I've navigated through the funeral process. He was a sweet, gentle man who is deeply missed. I need to plant something in the garden in his memory. Any suggestions?

I hope all my garden blogger friends are doing well and feeling blessed.

Happy Gardening,
Sally

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