Monday, May 29, 2017

End of May

"I love the smell of rain and growing things."
Serina Hernandez 

The dining room garden

More dining room garden. Coreopsis, Columbine and wild geranium
It looks like the Wild Cherry tree is going to be full of fruit this year.

My first Poppy

I love the combination of colors. Bachelor Buttons and Poppy
There is more color in the big garden everyday.
These Columbine are amazing. I wish I could capture the true color. They are a deep navy blue.
Garden by the house, Wild Geranium and Coreopsis

The one and only Rhoddy is still not blooming very much. It may need to be transplanted to a shadier spot.
Slowly, the Irises are opening

The woodland garden.
This Hosta is a monster!
Two in one. 
Beautiful rescue Hosta

Mystery Silene. It just showed up in my yard one day!
Color! Poppy, catmint, coral bells and coreopsis
Coreopsis and Columbine
Bachelor Button
I love the color of the not quite completely opened Bachelor Button.
Solomon Seal and a native wildflower whose name I forget!

The last few weeks, there has been more rain than sunshine. Everything is lush and so,so green. There are so many plants waiting expectantly for sunshine. When I look at the waiting buds, it reminds me of a pregnant woman who is overdue. They look like they are about to burst. And, I want them to! How amazing the gardens will be when the Clematis, Peonies, Campion buds and so many more beauties open up and smile at the sun!

Today, I'm grateful to God for the rain.
What are you grateful for?

Happy Gardening, 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wildflower Wednesday - May 24, 2017

"In my garden, care stops at the gate and gazes at me wistfully through the bars."
Alexander Smith

Spring has reluctantly arrived here in zone 6B Massachusetts. The weather pendulum swings wildly back and forth so that one day we have the air conditioner on and the next day the heat. That and the drought of last year has taken it's toll on the gardens. In spite of that, the good news is that there is still color in the garden. Perhaps, I've been spoiled by the amazing blooms of the past!
Creeping Veronica is a pretty pop flash of color.

White Woodland Phlox

Bleeding Heart

I purchased this Blue-eyed Grass this past weekend.
Blue-eyed Grass is full of buds!
Snow-in-summer is more like Snow Flurries!
This Columbine is the darkest blue I have ever seen. 

Mayapple in bloom 

Pink Columbine

Blue Woodland Phlox
This Rhody will turn bright white.

Cherry tree is starting to bloom.

This sweet little wildflower will bloom very soon.

Forget-me-nots are still blooming.

Variegated Lily-of-the-valley 

First year Viburnum sargentii has bloomed

Solomon's Seal

Unnamed Wildflower

Wild Buttercups

Sweet Woodruff

Sensitive Fern grows wild in our backyard and woodland lot.

Wild Geranium and Coreopsis

Today, I'm grateful that I'm learning that, like everything in life, my gardens will ebb and flow.
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Happy Wildflower Wednesday, 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - May 15. 2017

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."

I wish there was more growing here in zone 6B, Massachusetts. It's been cold and the gardens are in slow motion. Much of what I post here I've had in recent posts......but, the plants have filled out nicely.

Sweet little Forget-me-nots are filling out nicely. 

White Columbine is the only one with opening blossoms.
Candytuft is one of the first to bloom and one of my favorites for it's unique blossoms.

This Primula is new to the woodland garden.

Catmint was one of the first plants to bloom. It has seeded itself around the garden.

Bluet is a wildflower native to MA. I dug several of them from a neighbor's lawn before she moved. This is the only one that made it....

Pink Lily-of-the-valley makes me happy.

So far, this is the only woodland Phlox that has bloomed.

White Lily-of-the-valley and pink creeping phlox.
After many days of cold, wind and rain, the sun is breaking through with promises of summer like weather the rest of the week. It will be fun to see all the buds bursting open. They are overdue!

Today, I'm grateful for my lovely daughters, Julie and Allison. They are much more than I deserve!

Happy Gardening, Sally

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