Our purple irises are stunning right now!
What a contrast from the soft white small Stars of Bethlehem.
What is blooming in your garden?
Spring blooms came late this year, but with a sudden wave of heat, the may flowers quickly showcased. Then there was a snap of cold and again sudden heat. Fickle Mother Nature has drastically affected all the blooms. The delicate cherry tree blossoms have disappeared, and the sweet smell of lilacs shrubs and black locust trees are now fading. My alliums bursting with vibrant color. A few of my red coral bells are opening.
The red roses are raring in ruby…
The sweet scent of black locust blooms delicately drift around…
Bright buckeye blooms beckon butterflies…
Stunning salvia showcases in the sun…
Delicate daisies dance down the front bank…
What is blooming in your garden?
One of my favorite things to post about is my garden… Spring was especially difficult for me. Now that we’re homeowners again, I no longer need to wistfully dream of gardening. This summer, we’ll be updating and putting more energy into the house than the outdoors. Even though a few junk plants need to be ripped out, there are difficult to landscape areas and several overgrown features, I did hunt for the few hidden gems that the previous owners left.
A small maple stands guard at the top of the hill in the front of the house.
A few mountain rocks add framework behind faded irises.
One young oak dances at the top of the back hill, taunting us with his cool relief.
In the far back corner, native day lilies hide with chagrin in the shade. Don’t worry, I’ll soon replant you where you can flourish.
There are a few flowering shrubs and a lot of work needs to be done!
A lilac bush stands alone along the road, the hostas are chewed and lonely, an azalea is hiding beneath a vine, and a fire pit needs some love. I also remember in the spring, seeing a few daffodils in the front and a few grape hyacinths in the back. I can’t wait to see what else awaits us…
Which is your favorite?
PS… This is my 400th post!
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An indoor succulent garden is the perfect gift for the non-green thumb, they can even forget to water it for a while. Succulents are forgiving, adaptive plants, that vary in color and texture. This indoor garden can be a great Christmas present, house-warming gift, or centerpiece for the party’s hostess.
Glass dish (I used a leftover centerpiece bowl from our wedding), garden soil, succulents to transplant, river rocks (or marbles, or gem rocks)
Clean glass dish and pour a layer of dirt on the bottom. Depending on the type of succulent you use, remove any dried leaves and extra roots. With the chicken & hens, I trimmed the root to 1″ long. Arrange the succulents in the soil. Remember they will fill out as they grow. Carefully arrange rocks around the plants, covering the soil. Drizzle or spray plants and rocks to dampen the soil, keep damp for the next 7 days.
Chicks & hens, snake plant, jade, sedums, living stone, cacti
What is your favorite succulent?
With their ruffled edge petals, deep pinky-raspberry tones and yellow center of the purple d’oro day lily, it’s no wonder these day lilies are quickly becoming my new favorite. I planted them from roots last summer and they have really filled out this summer. They were planted alternating with the golden stella d’oro day lilies (and yellow sedum behind). I can’t wait to split them and grow more!
How do you like them?
One of my former university advisors (from graduate school) and his wife stopped by a few weeks ago to enjoy my garden. The semester I had finished at the university, I had just started my front perennial garden. He loved listening to my trials and tribulations and I was planning and planting my first garden. Now I have a side garden, island garden, shade garden and back garden (partially) to show! He commented that he likes to see how I grow as a professional and as a gardener.
My magic carpet rose really have some abracadabra power, pink, red and yellow blooms are still bountiful. I have vases of them throughout the house and I take a few to work with me each week. My day lilies are blooming with their endless season of blooms. The heather is blooming and giving a soft look to the garden. The berries on my groundcover winterberry are turning red. The purple coral bells are still blooming, yet the yellow yarrow is beginning to fade. The cool crisp mornings are followed by warm afternoons (except last weekend) which fall into chilly evenings. The leaves on the japanese maple are turning vibrant vivd colors. I hope my camera is fixed before these colors fade.
It’s time to rip off the browning leaves and trim up my evergreens. The spiders have been so busy the past two weeks, I’ve spotted many beautiful webs in my garden. I also spotted two huge praying mantises (I remember one day , when I was a kid, I spotted three of them in my parents garden before anyone else had time to discover them first), I’ll have to keep my eyes open for an egg sack hatched this spring. I still have more chicks and hens and seed pods to share with friends. I’m also anticipating the delivery of my fall bulbs.
Next year, I’m looking for some fall flowering perennials to plant. Any suggestions?