Monday, August 28, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - August 28, 2017

 Love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies.
Gertrude Jekyll

It's becoming a challenge finding flowers for arrangements as the flowerbeds start to wane and plants that normally are thriving are dying back because we are in desperate need of rain.....It was wonderful to take in the amazing scent of the Hydrangea and hear the bees buzzing. They were all over the two bushes.
The vases were both gifts. The large one was given to me by my daughter, Allison and the small vase, which I think is cobalt, was given to me by an elderly neighbor many years ago.

I'm not sure the large arrangement is very photogenic. It's a combination of Hydrangea, Lobelia and Obedient Plant

The artwork was done by a friend and the small bouquet is made of Mint, Caryopteris and Hosta.

The room I took pictures in faces north and west and is painted a soft yellow with light blue trim. I found the golden hue it gave this arrangement interesting.

Hydrangea is one of my favorite blooms.

Mint is blooming and will soon be dropping seed everywhere if I don't cut them back. We all know Mint needs no help spreading!

Caryopteris gives much needed color in the woodland garden.

Hosta blossoms aren't given enough pretty is this one?!?

Obedient Plant is so pretty that I overlook that it is a garden thug.

Lobelia seeds itself all over the garden.

The little room I took pictures in is my haven It's very small as it was a front porch originally but it's big enough for a chair, bookcase and wooden file cabinet. It's a great place to escape to, in the morning, with a cup of coffee.
Why don't you take a stroll over to to see what is in vases all over the world.

Today I'm grateful for that private space in my home.

Happy Gardening,

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Garden Bloggers Foliage Day - August 22, 2017

Green is the prime color of the world,
And that from which its loveliness arises.
Author Unknown
My biggest Hosta with a dark green center and lime green edge has the branch of an American Beauty Berry bush.
The dark leafed Nine Bark turns a lighter color in the Fall. It was a markdown rescue.

The Euphorbia was cut back a while ago and is rewarding me with healthy new leaves.

Little Joe-Pye-Weed adds a lovely purple color to the garden.

The newest Heuchera.

The smallest Hosta in the woodland garden. the leaves are about the size of my thumb. It came from the garden of a friend in Vermont.

Heuchera and Hosta are happy (flower)bedfellows!

This is the largest Pulmonaria I have seen. It seeded in the pot and I let it go. It has company....a couple of weeds that I like the looks of.

The green/gray leaves of Sage.

Needle-leaf Coreopsis.

This male Holly wends its way through the back of the woodland garden.


This hitchhiker came in a pot of rescue Liriope and I liked it so much I kept it.

This American Beauty Berry is in direct sunlight. You can see the leaves are much lighter than the one in the woodland garden. It's also starting to turn.....

The serrated leaves of Obedient Plant.

I was fortunate to get several variegated Liriope for $1 the markdown racks!

Today is overcast. It makes for interesting light and challenges me to get correct color with my camera.
Take a stroll to Christina's blog to see what is green in gardens around the world.


Monday, August 21, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - August 21. 2017

Even if you think the Big Bang created the stars, don't you wonder who sent the flowers?
Robert Brault

During a trip to Niagara Falls back in the late 70's, I purchased this dark peach and turquoise art deco vase at an antique shop in Canada.

This mostly wild arrangement has Joe-Pye-Weed. Gaillardia.....

Ferns from our wooded lot, Trumpet Vine......

Honeysuckle having a 2nd flush......

The last of the Daylilies......
Red Helenium, Thistle......

Golden Rod......

Pods from Butterfly Weed and Lobelia

I enjoyed choosing this bouquet. I knew I wanted to use the vase and consider the color a bit of a challenge. Although the garden is fading, Golden Rod, Joe-Pye-Weed and Helenium and Lobelia are at their peak.
To my amazement, the orange double Daylily blooms for at least 6 weeks and I love the texture the Thistle  and Butterfly Weed pods add.
Take a stroll over to Cathy's blog

to see what other gardeners are arranging this Monday.
Happy Gardening, 

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.

Don't forget to visit the In a Vase on Monday meme to see what's in vases around the world.

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,