Monday, August 14, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - 8-13-2017

"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, love by all men for their beauty of character, though few can decipher even  fragments of their meaning."
Lydia M. Child

Walking through the garden to choose flowers for the Monday arrangement is fun. This week, I chose Hydrangea, Butterfly Bush, Kent Oregano and Thyme.
I'm using the purple vase sooner than I really want but, it's perfect for this arrangement.

The hutch in the background makes the arrangement stand out.

 Kent Oregano in center with Butterfly Bush above it and Hydrangea beneath.

Sweet little Thyme flowers add a flash of color.

More Kent Oregano. You can see how unusual and pretty it is....

Today, I'm going to visit my sister, Pam, in NH for a few days. I'm looking forward to seeing her and her family and getting away for a couple of days.

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Happy Gardening,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Early August Garden

"August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time."
Sylvia Plath

I agree with Sylvia, there's something about leaves me a bit melancholy.....perhaps, it's because this is the month, here in Massachusetts, when we can feel summer coming to an end. There is, however,  still so much joy and satisfaction in the flowerbed. This morning the sun was bright and the air was cool and I was transplanting and potting up plants and planning changes. The big flowerbed is a bit of a jungle and needs training from time to time.

Yet, another Angel Trumpet seedling from Ellen, a friend down the road. I find it frustrating that they pop up all over her garden and I can't get one to grow.....but, I'm not giving up!

Heather is blooming again after I cut it back.

The jury is out on the name of this little wildflower.

When we look at the buds of the Ballon Flower, we know where it got it's common name.

Wild Geranium is still blooming merrily along.

The Woodland "Susan" is a volunteer that was eaten down to the ground this spring but has bounced back wonderfully.

Second flush on this sweet Rose bush. There are never many blooms but they sure are pretty.

It makes me happy that the white Echinachea is surviving the Woodchuck.

A late blooming Daylily.

What a difference a few weeks make. The chair was full of Shasta daisies as you can see by the picture below.
Early July

Red Helenium blooms at a time when the garden needs the color.

Close-up of Helenium

Bees Bum!

Big Blue Hosta flowers are attracting lots of pollinators.....

Indian Pipes have found the woodland garden hospitable....

They're popping up in lots of places

I wish you could see the size of the leaves on this Pulmonaria.....they are huge. It's growing in a galvanized tub.

Hydrangea is starting to bloom

Spearmint is blooming
My Butterfly bush seems to bloom later than may be because I'm always hacking at it because I planted it too close to the driveway.

They are so pretty close-up. I'm always a little surprised by the center.

From the back porch looking west. In front of the Butterfly bush is a teasel that is native to the Midwest, it believe. It's pretty tame here and is nice in arrangements.

Today, I'm so grateful that there was an avid gardener named Chris who lived across the street when I was a child and let me help her in her gardens. That was a seed well planted! 

Happy Gardening,

Monday, August 7, 2017

In Vase on Monday - The Colors of the Garden

"Time began in a garden."
Author Unknown
The lead crystal vase was a yard sale find. I can't say if it's hand cut as I don't know much about hand cut glass. I love lead crystal so I bought it.
Today, the bouquet consists of a lot of what is blooming right now. I tried to stay away from Phlox as I highlighted it last week but, I couldn't adds so much to the arrangement.
I took a lot of pictures in the garden. When I downloaded them I realized they blend in a bit.
I like this picture because the background flowers look like they're part of the arrangement.

My youngest daughter bought miniature rose bushes off the markdown rack. Now that they're established, they aren't exactly minis.....but the yellow rose is incredibly beautiful. Along with it is a Balloon flower.....a lovely contrast to the yellow.

The is a 2nd flush for the rose bush this little beauty came from.

Plumbago! I've never been able to capture it's true color on camera.

This Rose is from the 2nd bush bought by my daughter.

Solidago cultivar is starting to bloom. I notice wild ones on the side of the road are blooming also.

As the purple Liatris fades, the white starts to open.

Light pink Phlox with dark pink eye.

Sweet William is one of my favorites bringing back happy childhood memories,

The Woodland "Susan" is a volunteer. In the spring, it was eaten down to the nub by a woodchuck but bounced back like the wild flower it is.

Today, I'm grateful for the internet gardening community. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. It's fun to see gardens all over the world.

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Happy Gardening,

Monday, July 31, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - End of July

"The earth laughs in flowers."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The vase I'm using is a deep purple which doesn't translate well when it has water and flowers in it. It came from a neighbor who was moving and throwing it away.
Phlox is blooming away and attracting all kinds of pollinators.

The darker Phlox is the first kind I grew.

Salmon Phlox with a darker eye was from a friends garden many years ago.

The white always amazes me by how incredibly white it is.

I'm not sure where the pink-eyed one came from. It may have been a markdown rack rescue.

This sweet smelling little darling came the garden of an older woman who was tearing the garden out.

I can't capture the color of this Phlox. It's darker than this and stunning. The camera is new and I'm hoping I will be able to take better pictures with it over time.
Today, I'm grateful for yet another glorious day! Could the sky be any bluer, the sun any brighter or the air more perfume filled!
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wild Flower Wednesday - July 26, 2017

"May your life be like a wildflower growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day."
Native American Proverb
Mountain Mint has tiny delicate flowers. The upper leaves are whiter than the rest of the plant and look like flower petals.

Red Bee Balm is fading but, still eye catching.

One of the few Butterfly Weed plants that is blooming. I noticed that local nurseries are starting to carry them.

Joe Pye Weed is getting buds that are starting to change color.

This is the first Hummingbird Moth I've seen this year. It's enjoying the Liatris.

Susans are still going strong!

Gaillardia is another flower that blooms for long periods.

Prairie Smoke Geum is a new addition to my garden.

Hardy Geranium is weaving through other plants and showing up in unexpected places.

One of the White Echinachea that the woodchuck missed. I doubt he will have sinus problems this season! ;)

Artemesia Vulgaris or Mugwort is tenacious. I've tried evicting it but it keeps popping up. I think I'll let it stay.

White Achillea or Yarrow

Echinachea or Purple coneflower is another victim of the woodchuck. Some survived.

Bad Honeysuckle......Asian Honeysuckle that is very invasive. It has grown on our property since the house was built in the 20's and the Hummingbirds love it. It has an amazing scent.

Another new addition to the garden.....Gaillardia, Arizona Sun, I believe.

The tiny flowers of Catnip.

After two days of rain a really beautiful, sunny day with low temperatures. I spent several hours deadheading and planting. The garden is fading and my mind is occupied with what plants will bloom at this time in my zone 6b, Massachusetts gardens.

Today, I'm grateful for my yard that is big enough for me to garden in. Being surrounded by beauty is a must!
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