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Saturday, August 15, 2015

"I'm thirsty!" said the Big Flowerbed!

Every dew-drop and rain-drop had a whole heaven within it.
      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
Last week we had a good downpour. I checked the gardens afterward and some parts of them were dry as a bone right under the surface soil! We desperately need rain. This morning, I gave the big garden a soaking and hand watered the smaller ones. It's so dry that, thirty minutes later, I took these pics and many of the plants were already dry!
As a side note, the Hydrangeas are doing nicely. Their scent is so strong it can be smelled all over the yard. Heaven!

Phlox


Phlox


 Mallow

Pollinator watering hole on Sedum

Blue Fescue

Columbine

Artemesia

Succulent whose name I don't know.

Geranium

Lobelia

Sedum

Lady's Mantle

Echinachea

A close-up

Fran and I had fun yesterday. We visited Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, MA. Unfortunately, it's mainly a Daylily garden. There were acres of fields that must be eye-popping when it peaks. We will go back next summer in early-mid July. I really wanted to buy some lilies, as there were some lovely ones that were blooming but,I promised myself I would only buy only Fall bloomers. I got a lovely Joe Pye weed with deep purple leaves and stems. It will be amazing next year.

Today, I'm grateful for Air Conditioning! It's sooo hot out:(
Stay cool and Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wow! The Summer Has Flown By!

Methinks I see the wanton hours flee,
And as they pass, turn back and laugh at me.
George Villiers


Here are some pictures of parts of the garden over the summer. 

Coleus



The woodland garden



Coleus Fran and I bought and split.


(Sorry about the hazy picture!)

Butterfly Weed


Coleus in front of the lattice room


Begonia wagon




Milkweed



As I was looking at pictures I'd taken of the gardens over the summer, I found these. They show how much some plants have grown and changed.....
August certainly is here in all her glory! We are really needing rain but I'm grateful that there hasn't been a water ban so I can give the beds a good soaking when they start to droop. The air is changing, another August trait. It's cooler at night and the sun is lower in the sky. Fall is right behind the curtain waiting to make her appearance......
Speaking of Fall, Fran and I are taking a trip to a garden center we recently heard about next Friday. It has acres of plants and lots to see. We're on the hunt for plants that bloom in August, September and October. 
Wish us luck! 
(Pictures to follow)
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak








Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trying to "Be"! End of July Musings.....

Yes, I will try to be. Because I believe that not being is arrogant. 
Antonio Prochia, 1943

While I was out in the gardens this morning I realized that I'm losing sight of the purpose of the garden. I enjoy the work that comes with it, but, really wanted a haven to get away from the hustle and bustle. I find myself, more and more, sitting in the garden and, instead of enjoying the beauty,looking around to see what needs to be done and making plans to get it done.....or not sitting at all but doing, doing, doing! I've determined to sit in the garden and just "be".  Morning is a glorious time and it's going to be my time to relax and enjoy the gardens. 

Echinachea is still lovely.
Lots of "Susan's"
Pollinators love Bee Balm
The little wagon is full of Begonias
Here's a close-up
I grew Sweet Peas!
Meet Susan Weber! Isn't it beautiful??
The jury is still out on what this volunteer is.....
Plumbago is such a beautiful color blue!

The Phlox is blooming!
Not as much color.....
I'm pretty sure this is Veronica...but, it could be Salvia.....I get them mixed up!
Hydrangea is going to be glorious!
Thyme 
One bloom each!

August is on the horizon and I can see changes in the garden. There isn't as much color. Lot's of blooms are past and not as many are coming to life. Fran and I have discussed this and we both know we need more bloomers for August through Fall.....that will be our next garden center trip......

Today, I'm grateful for all my wonderful gardening friends! 
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak