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Saturday, July 4, 2015

July is Here

Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose.
Author Unknown




Here's what happened in the gardens this past week.


Crazy Daisy is blooming under the diningroom windows.

My bold purchase.....a Larkspur. We'll see if I can grow it in this climate.

I purchased this little creeper in May and it's still blooming and growing very well!

This Spring, I gave the Lavender a good haircut and all the plants are doing great.

Gaillardia is a nice spot of color throughout the big garden.


Dahlia's are starting to bloom. 


Ox-eyes and Shasta Daisies
Old reliable......Yarrow!


Daylilies are coming!
I think this beautiful Lemon yellow Daylily was a markdown rescue.


A deeper yellow Daylily

What a beauty, huh? I don't know it's name but remember it was a gift from my gardening friend Linda.
I purchased 3 Daylily roots at the Garden club plant sale in Brockton in May. They took hold very well and are actually going to bloom! I didn't expect that!

Let's hope the Shasta Daisies fill out by next year!


Critters

There are a good amount of carpenter bees and other pollinators in the garden but, very few butterflies.

I'm disappointed at how few butterflies I've seen this season. I've been careful not to use anything toxic but I know that's just a drop in the bucket.
A few weeks ago,  I saw a couple leaving Lowe's with Roundup....I almost stopped and told them how bad it is for the environment. Would you have talked to them about it?

Another butterfly. 

Fluorescent green bug. I don't know what it is but it's pretty.

There's a bee nestled in the Evening Primrose.

This bird yelled at Idgie and I while we enjoyed the garden the other morning. It gave us "what for" for a good twenty minutes. I looked around for a nest and couldn't see one. 

Here's Idgie eyeing either a bird or squirrel.

It was a great day with family today. Between the middle of June and the end of July we have 6 birthdays to celebrate! We cooked out and enjoyed one another's company.
I'm so grateful for my family.....I feel like I hardly deserve to be surrounded by these lovely people!
Happy Gardening! Flower Freak

Monday, June 29, 2015

End of June 2015......Wow! Color Popping Everywhere!

        A morning-glory at my window satisfies me                 more than the metaphysics of books.
Walt Whitman

It's been a while since I've posted so I have lots of pictures! We've had a couple of good rain storms since I visited here. They were much needed and the gardens are happy.
                                           
Looking SW through Spiderwort.

The Yarrow looks like a row of plants but it's actually one plant.

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The plow is being buried in flowers.


Geranium and Daylily


There's a bench behind off of the blooms.

There are 4 or 5 healthy Milkweed just waiting for a Monarch or two.....actually, I've seen very few butterflies and no honey bees...

A Shasta Daisy hiding her pretty little face....

Lamb's Ears are lovely this year.

Butterfly Weed........it lived up to it's name by sprouting up everywhere!

Lamb's Ears and Rose Campion....There are only a few Rose Campion that came back this year.


Coreopsis and Catmint

One sad little rose bud....

The Shasta Daisies are so beautiful right now.....

Scabiosa....do you see the bee?

Red Echinachea

A rose right after the rain

Yarrow with Butterfly Weed in the foreground.

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Daisy on Daisy. I love the leaves of the Oxeye daisy

More Butterfly Weed (I told you there was a lot of it!) and white Campion in the background. 


As you can see, there is plenty of white Campion, alba. I was unhappy with so many and ripped a bunch of them out but, as they bloomed I began to like the way they look....

More Campion and Salvia

New to the garden, Morning Glories

First bud to open on the Crazy Daisy

Things have been different around here. The Saver got a part-time job. He is enjoying being busy. I'm getting more done and enjoying the solitude. Seems to me this is a win, win.
Saturday, Fran and I had fun visiting a great garden center in her hometown. She got two beautiful Bee Balm. One is pink and the other a purple. She also got a beautiful Coleus with heart shaped leaves with heart shaped centers. I got the lovely red Echinachea you saw the picture, Coleus and the Morning Glory that's in another picture I posted. We divided the Coleus...they were huge. I hurried home to get them in the ground because there was a big storm. And, it did rain like crazy.
On the way to and  from church I pass right by Lowe's...how convenient! I stopped in and rescued two Alpine Asters and two variegated Phlox.
Early this morning, I got them planted. I ripped out a large part of a Sneezewort plant that had gotten huge and planted one of them there.
So many flowers have bloomed or are getting ready to bloom. It's just breath taking everywhere I look......what a blessing to be able to enjoy the outdoors!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Eveybody Needs Beauty

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. 
John Muir


We're getting some much needed rain today. It has given me a chance to catch up on my blog reading and write this post. I took last week off from the internet and was surprised at how little I missed it! Below are the pictures I took last week......


White Campion has become a pain in my garden! It's everywhere! I'm attempting to give pots of it away. Everytime one gets ready to bloom, I pray that it's rose colored! So far, there are very few Rose Campion.....can the white crowd them out?

Peonies are passing. I love the way the petals look on this piece of driftwood.

This is the garden under our diningroom wimdows. I'm not sure I've ever taken a picture of the whole garden before! It's small but full of great sun loving perennials. 
Three of four years ago, I planted a packet of seeds that were suppose to be prairie plants. This was the only plant that survived but it never came back until this year.....in four places! I posted the picture on Plant Identification group on facebook and found out what it is....it's Dianthus armeria,
Deptford pink! How about that!

Foxglove....pretty in pink!

Milkweed is doing well. It's getting ready to bloom....I'm hoping it will attract a Monarch or two....

I was so disappointed that the pink Primrose didn't come back this year....it really filled in otherwise bare spots. I broke down and paid full price for some. I divided it and put it in two different locations hoping it will have a better chance of making it....

The Pincushion plants are doing really well. They made babies this year so I have two more plants!


 
Beautiful and simple Evening Primrose.

I'm trying to remember the name of this daisy......anyway, I love the leaves....

Purple Rain Salvia is going strong. 

Nine Bark is prettier all the time!

I love this time of year. The gardens are different every day. So much is getting ready to bloom as other flowers pass.

Today, I'm grateful for the rain. We have needed it for a while.

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak