Tuesday, July 18, 2017

God must love the color green.

"Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy."
Terri Guillemets

There has been plenty of rain and sunshine. The perennials are very happy, lush and green. What a beautiful sight!
Echinops is amazing this year. It's huge and in need of division.....there are never too many Echinops in a garden.

Both Crazy Daisy plants are doing well. This one blooms later than the other because it doesn't get as much sun.

I'm so happy with the Balloon Flowers. They are bigger than ever and full of blooms.

Asian Lilies are starting to bloom and they are lovely.

Here's another one that's so beautiful.

Echinachea has a visitor.

I have no idea where I got this Phlox but, it's my favorite. 

Wild Mullein in the big garden. I was afraid they would be invasive but they are well-behaved.

Susan's bring a lot of brightness to my garden.

Liatris is opening. It adds height and great color.
I spent a lovely afternoon with my friend, Carolin. Mostly, we stayed in the house but, in spite of the heat, we had to take a stroll through the flowerbeds and a trip to Lowe's for the markdowns.  She got one Clematis and I bought two....we rescued them.....what kind of life were they going to have if we didn't?
Today, I'm grateful for retirement. It allows me the time to pursue the things I'm passionate about.
Happy Gardening, 
Sally

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hot and Humid.....July has come in all her glory!

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
Lady Bird Johnson

There are many more Daylilies coming. Here are the ones that are blooming now.
This little beauty is a first year bloomer that I got at the Daylily farm last August. It's about a foot tall. I love the color.

This is an old timer given to me by a fellow gardener the 2nd year I was gardening.

This is one that I bought at a garden club flower sale three years ago.

This is another one that was purchased at the garden club flower sale 3 years ago.It's a beautiful peach with green in the middle.....
I love the color of this pale yellow Daylily!

I love this! I love that it's fringed in the deep purple that is in the center. I don't know where I got this. It's fairly new so it has to be either the flower sale or nursery.

This is another old timer. It's tall and majestic. I love the color!

These Drumsticks are so beautiful! They pair beautifully with Butterfly Weed and Yarrow.

This is one of my favorite pictures looking SE at the big garden.

In spite of the wood chuck devouring the Echinachea as soon as it came up, its blooming. This particular plant  managed to be passed by. There are many more who are about a foot tall and are blooming.....Thank you, Mr. Woodchuck!

It seems early for the Phlox to bloom....This is the first plant to get flowers. The others are budding.

I love this little sweety! It's the 3rd or 4th mini bee balm I've tried to grow and the others all died. This one is under some larger plants and seems to be very happy.

Red Bee Balm is passing and the Susan's are darkening.

Crazy Daisy is happy where it is......

Echinops is bluer everyday.

There are fewer Campion blossoms everyday. They pair well with Helenium.

I love this pink Salvia. It's getting nice n big.

Kent Oregano is blushing. I love how unique it is.

Ox-eye Daisy is spreading nicely though out the garden.

White Obedient Plant is an early bloomer.

More Susan's. 

Gaillardia is still blooming along. It's a staple in the garden, blooming a long time and adding lovely color.

The only Hollyhock that bloomed this year.

What a crazy day of sunshine and thunder and rain. This morning, I was in the garden for a short time because that was all I could handle. 
How can 70% humidity be so stifling??  Right now, the air is so moisture laden, it's like a fog. How do people who live in high humidity stand it!?!
That being said, the garden is beautiful and lush. Every once in a while, I bend down and pull up a stray weed. They just can't find a way to squeeze in with so many perennials!
I hope you are all having a wonderful time in your gardens.
Today, Im grateful for my oldest grandson, Griffin. He had a birthday yesterday. He is kind and intelligent and talented and handsome. A real gift to us from God. We love you Griff!

Happy Gardening,
Sally

Friday, July 7, 2017

Carolin's Garden


"The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, 
Through the flashing bars of July."
Francis Thompson

Although Carolin and her husband, Carlton, haven't quite been in their home for a year, she has manged to put a beautiful touch on the gardens.
Beautiful display of annuals in an antique wheelbarrow
A stone path meanders through this lovely shade garden in a pine grove.

Here is a photo of the side and front of their antique cape. The water feature with a covered bridge was created by a previous owner who built it as a memorial for his deceased wife.

Daylilies and other perennials are blooming beside the bridge.

Waterfall
Two giant Hosta that are beautiful now but, will be amazing when they mature

Beautiful Begonia
Garden around the flagpole
More of the garden by the bridge.
Who doesn't love Water Lilies? They are amazing!



the waterfall from the bridge

Water Lily
Small garden by the house

More shade garden

Jack-in-the-pulpit

inOn the 3rd,  Carolin and Carlton had a cookout to celebrate Carlton's birthday. There was great company and great food in a lovely setting. 

Today, I'm grateful that these lovely people call me friend.
Happy Gardening, 
Sally 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

"My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July."
Rick Bass

July is here with all it's hoopla and excitement.  For us, it's crazy from the middle of June to the end of July. There are 6 birthdays and Father's Day not to mention the occasional wedding and graduation. It makes me want to run to my garden....of course, everything does! Getting out of bed makes me want to garden.
The flowerbed is at it's peak in early July....so much for the senses to take in!


I love this pale yellow Daylily and meant to move it to a part of the garden that's more visible but, I forgot. There's always this fall.

I was excited to see this rescue Helenium blooming. They are just unique enough to make me fall in love.

Pretty ruffled Daylily

This is a Yarrow called Sneezewort. It has a life of it's own. At one point I thought I had gotten all of it but, it keeps coming back.

I keep posting pictures of this Yarrow....it's a real success story and I love the color.

Isn't that cute? There are several of them around the big garden.

This vignette just happened....the mill wheel and the two urns were from a neighbor who moved, the stove was from the Saver.... 

Lovely Lavender

Crazy Daisy is opening. 

Close-up of Needle-leaf Coreopsis....it's beautiful!

Kent Oregano, a a gift from my friend, Carolin,  is so pretty and different. 

See that bee? It's almost all yellow. I've never seen one like it before.
This picture and the next one I love for the different focus of the camera in each of the shots.

This one has the best color. 
Crazy Daisy again with Campion in  the background.



It was a good morning in the gardens again. I've begun moving Hosta from a small garden that I'm emptying as well as moving things around in the big garden in an attempt to fill in bare areas. The woodchuck ate a lot of the Echinachea and Susans so they are only inches tall and some are getting buds on them. That doesn't help make the garden look full....
This morning, I noticed what I think are Foxglove plants. I've been very disappointed that the Foxglove and Hollyhocks didn't come back this year so it's great news to me that there are some Foxglove growing. About a month ago, I planted Hollyhock seeds. I'm not tending them, let nature take its course.....Both plants are biennials and, hopefully, Nnxt year, quite a few of the Foxglove will bloom......
Today, with July 4th a few days away, I'm grateful for the freedoms we have in the USA.

Happy Gardening and Fourth of July,
Sally