What’s Blooming in my Garden…..

 

Flower Collage May 2017Double Pink Columbine; May Night Salvia; Allium – The columbine in my yard are all from my mother-in-law. She’s a great flower gardener and she gave me some dried heads from her yard and I just scattered them around. I have several different colors popping up here and there.  The allium is also from her. I love the tall purple flowers of the May Night Salvia, but it smells like a litter box so they don’t cut and put into flower arrangements.

Irises May 2017Irises – I have several varieties of irises in my yard. These are the ones that are blooming right now.  The giant peach one on the right is from my Grandma’s house.

Begonias May 2017White Begonias – These were part of the flowers I picked out for myself for Mother’s Day. They are in a very shady spot, mostly under a bush where not much of anything grows usually. I hope they work out this year.

Pansies 2017Pansies – A gift from my son and his girlfriend for Mother’s Day this year. Thank you, I love them!

Honeysuckle 2017Honeysuckle – It has crawled up the trellis and taken over the corner of my deck. I just love how  this smells.

Amy Roses      May 2017Amy Roses – I’m sure that there a several varieties of roses here, but they all bloom a gorgeous pink. They usually bloom in June, but we’ve had such a mild winter and spring they are early. They are also lasting much longer than usual. I am not complaining one bit.  I call them Amy Roses in memory of my cousin, Amy Rose, whose favorite color was pink.  The blooms were always iffy on these plants until my sweet cousin died in a car accident. Now they bloom like crazy and this year they don’t even have black spot. Thank you Amy Rose for helping my garden grow.

Rhododendron May 2017Rhododendron – This is the best that my rhododendron has done in 18 years here.  I don’t ever recall it having this many flowers and the last few years it has only had a handful. I am thoroughly enjoying it.

20170523_115205I don’t know what this is called. I have never taken the time to look it up, but I just love it! It looks just like grass with little white flowers that bloom. It spreads through the yard, mostly in the shady areas, and when they bloom it looks like I have a field of flowers.

That’s what’s blooming in my garden today. What’s blooming in yours?

 

Happy Gardening!

 

Gardengirl

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A Little Before and After

Before

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This is a boring rock “garden” on the side of my house.  Last year I planted succulents there and it looked nice, but still boring.  This year we tore out a pond and I have several pieces of flagstone that I need to find something to do with.  A walking path to the lonely planter of coleus in the back is what I decided on for some of them. I also added a few succulents again.  Unfortunately, they are not perennial here so I have to buy new ones every year.  Here is the after picture. I can’t do too much yet because my husband has to tear some of that up to install gas and electric to his new garage.  I really like how it has turned out so far though.

After

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It’s really hard to see the succulents, but they will grow.  The stone path made such a huge difference though. It’s hard to believe.  I also added a couple of yuccas from another part of  my yard to the top of the wall to make it look more tropical or desert-like.  I think that wall with all the moss growing on it would make a great backdrop for a fairy garden too!  The ideas they are a flowin’ this year!

Happy Gardening!

 

Gardengirl

Early Herbs

So I harvested my  first batch of chives yesterday.  I had two BIG bunches.  I love fresh herbs and I love growing them.  I was a little late with this first batch of chives and they had already flowered.  I hate wasting anything so I pulled out all the flowers and buds and filled two vases.  My daughter told me I couldn’t keep them in the house because it would smell like onions and that wouldn’t be good.  Psssh, what does she know.  At any  rate, the vases are outside on my  deck  and they look great! The picture in the middle doesn’t begin to show how much is actually there. That bucket is a good 10” deep and 14” across.  That’s a lot of chives!

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I also planted some of the herbs that I started from seed.  Mostly tarragon and Greek oregano now with some sage and rosemary.

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More little plants are waiting to be planted as soon as I have time.  I have also been planting some flowers around, as well as giving some away. More to come on that in another post.

Happy Gardening,

 

Gardengirl

 

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