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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mid May in the Garden




Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
William Wordsworth

I'm so in love with Forget-me-nots! They've spread nicely through the back corner of the garden.

Saxifraga is new to my garden. It was rescued from the markdown rack at Lowe's and is doing very well.


Looking NW from the back of the big garden. I snagged the driftwood looking wood from our wooded area....

Rhoddy's are one of my favorites. I have only one and it gives me a mandatory 3 blossoms every year!

Wild Geranium is starting to bloom. It goes well with Creeping Phlox.

Cordyalis seems to be a slow grower. It was a gift from Fran. She took it from her garden and said she only shares it with serious gardeners....

Lovely Bridal Bouquet has been in front of the house since well before I was born. I love it but The Saver has mentioned pulling them out several times.....I'm very sentimental and will die on that hill....
One of my rescues...a sad looking Boston fern.

Phlox running the length of he driveway. 
Pink Lily-of-the-valley is blooming. 

My Dad's hand plow is aging nicely in the garden.
This is the start of the woodland garden.....kind of sorry looking but, give it another year or two and it'll shine.

I still have a thing for white quartz and shadows. I love this rock and the shadow being cast by the Heuchera.

We are getting a good rain today. It's gentle enough not to disturb seeds but steady enough for a good soaking. I'm looking forward to the next few days. There are so many plants on the verge of blooming and this rain should make it happen.
Saturday morning, Andy and I attended the Brockton Garden Club plant sale. We were told the prices were good and to get up early because it sells out fast. It was very organized but, a bit crazy....people running around trying to get the best plants. Andy had to guard my finds as someone tried to take them! I purchased a large pot of variegated Lily-of-the-valley and Dianthus as well as 3 Daylilies. It was a good day!

Today, I'm grateful for the rainy day.

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Monday, May 11, 2015

What an exciting time in the garden!


“Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.” 

 Rudyard Kipling
Silene and Forget-Me-Nots
Idgie admiring the Candytuft
More Forget-Me-Nots. 
A close-up of Candytuft (Iberis)
Last week, I purchased Isotoma fluviatilis (Blue Star Creeper) 
The mini Irises are starting to bloom.
Creeping Phlox
I found Silene growing in the wooded area of our yard and transplanted it into the big garden....I don't know where it came from but, I love it.
Mystery plant no more! Aubrieta 
Woodland Phlox
Spurge
Bleeding Heart. One of the plants I want to divide but am afraid I'll hurt it.....
I'm so surprised. I was about to have The Saver remove this Lilac and it finally bloomed.....Yipee!
 White Lilac

I've had so many wonderful mornings in the garden! It's so much fun to see what is coming up and what's getting ready to bloom.....

With such an extreme winter, I was afraid I would lose a lot of plants but it looks like there were only a few that didn't come back. Not to worry about the Violets!! They are thriving and I'm pulling them out as fast as I can. They self-seed like mad so I'm going to try deadheading them as well.

My car keeps taking me to Lowe's garden center! Honestly, it's like it has a mind of it's own! And, it doesn't care how I look! Dirty, worn tee shirts, no make-up, hair sticking up everywhere.......Once there, it's really hard to not adopt those poor little markdowns who desperately need some TLC
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Today, I'm grateful for my family who were so loving to me on Mother's Day!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Little Bit of Color This Week

Show me your garden and I shall tell you who you are.
 Alfred Austen

Spring has arrived. The trees are getting their leaves and the flowers are working their way out of the ground. 
I've spent the last couple of mornings cleaning up the gardens and doing a little transplanting. There are a multitude of baby Campions! I need to start giving them away....
Everything is spreading into everything else......why do I find it hard to separate them??? I know it's wise gardening but, I'm afraid of damaging the ones I cherish in an attempt to untangle them from the invaders......That goes for dividing as well.....It's hard for me to do because I'm afraid of killing off the plants.....Guess I'm gonna have to bite the bullet or have a wild mess on my hands.
The Creeping Phlox opened two days ago.

Leopard's Bane in all it's glory!

Euphorbia or Spurge is very reliable.

This Purple Clematis is coming up nicely.

Pulmonaria is in full bloom.

Potentilla....it lights up the garden.

I saved all the name tags of plants I bought last year and I can't find them so I don't know what this is......can anyone help?
The gardens are pretty barren but there's a lot happening close to the ground!

This lovely little bistro set was a birthday gift from Fran......I love it!

Another long view of the garden......the Saver has promised that the green car will be a thing of the past shortly......YES!!

Today I'm grateful for the sound of the birds singing....it really is music to my ears!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hey Spring, the doors open...come on in!!

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. 
Geoffrey B. Charlesworth


 It's been a chilly week....mostly in the high 40's and we are getting our share of rain. I've still gotten out a few times to clean up the flowerbeds....

Spring Sky

Lovely little spring blooms

The few Daffs are blooming. I think most of the bulbs were dinner for moles....

Pulmonaria is so beautiful this time of year....

Pulmonaria buds.
White Nancy or Dead Nettle
When the snow melted, I was horrified at how many "toys" I had in the garden....it looked really messy. I rearranged some and got rid of a few. It's better.......

I'm pretty excited. The saplings arrived from the Arbor Day Foundation! There are 2 Sargent Crabapple, 3 American Redbuds, 2 Washington Hawthorn, 3 White Dogwood and 2 Crapemyrtle. 
The following pictures are from the internet.






Tree Image Gallery
Crapemyrtle


Sargent Crabapple

American Redbud


White flowering Dogwood


Now, where to put them!! The pictures make Crapemyrtle look so pretty but it says they're frost hardy only to zone 7 and we're zone 6! Anyone out there who lives in zone 6 and is growing Crapemyrtle? Hawthorn gets winter berries for the birds so that's a plus and the American Redbud likes shade so I will have plenty of places to put it.  The information that came with them says that the Crabapple and Hawthorn have high wildlife interest......There really isn't room for all of them so I'll offer the ones we won't use to friends and neighbors.

Today I'm grateful that the birds are singing and the trees are budding!
Happy Gardening!

Flower Freak


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nature is Waking!

Follow your passion, and success will follow you.
 Terri Guillemets


It rained during the night and was overcast this morning when I took these pictures but, the temperature is so mild!!

This is the first Gold Finch I've seen. I was planning to cut back all the dead plants but, after this winter, the critters need the seeds.....



Although nothing has bloomed yet, there are a lot of plants making their appearance. It's fun to go out and see how much they've grown and what else is coming up!

Iris and Shasta Daisy

Columbine

Buds on Daffodils


Something has been nibbling at the Candytuft and Rhody. We haven't seen any deer but they have to be hungry.
Candytuft

Rhody

The Catnip is coming along nicely. Idgie is thrilled!





More plants coming to life.

Lamium

Lilac budding up.

Forget-me-nots, there are quite a few coming up.

Clematis peeking through the ground.

Yarrow,....Old Faithful!

I'm not sure what this plant is but I like it.....

Today I'm grateful for the rain we had last night (it's liquid, not solid!) and the sun starting to break through.....a perfect combination for the gardens!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak