Tuesday, September 9, 2014

views around the garden in August

Would you like to take a little garden tour with me?
The gardening season is winding down here and I am so far behind in
sharing photos of what was blooming when.
-----but this post is full of the garden in August.
above and below is an un-named rose in my garden

the clematis Josephine

Bombshell and Limelight hydrangeas 

crab apples in foreground and Bombshell hydrangea in pot in background

drifts of echinacea in a bed at the back of our property

White Swan echinacea

 double oriental lily

the same lily after a little fading in the sun
pots and planters around the garden

Comtesse de Bouchaud clematis

the same rose as before---I just love it so much I had to post another photo of it :-)))

a lovely jumbled mess!

Gardenview Scarlett monarda and Comtesse de Bouchaud

a struggling clematis on the gazebo----it's pretty, but a skinny little thing.
That's what happens in too much shade. I could move it, but I kind of like
it's sparse look here.


David phlox
Edsel the Garden Cat

I'm so glad you could join me in the garden today.
...and so is Edsel!

Friday, August 22, 2014

cutting the late August roses

We have had tons of rain lately, which is badly needed, so I knew that I had better cut many of the
roses and enjoy them in the house since they wouldn't fair well in the downpours we've been having.
I took my little bucket out and cut lots in a bed near the back door. 
I snapped a few photos (in horrible light) before making bouquets to put around the house because 
I thought they looked kind of pretty all wild looking.  

The light pink rose is Morden Blush and the darker pink is Guy de Maupassant.


No sunshine in sight for better light to take pictures, and too lazy to use the tripod, I was able
to capture a few shots of the bouquets.

Morden Blush and Annabelle hydrangea in an enamel pitcher.

My computer finally gave up the ghost, so I have been unplugged for what seems like
a month (about 10 days, but it felt like a month :),
so it feels great to get a post done and get back
to blogging.

Wishing you all a great weekend!!!!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014


In the garden I have a couple of perennial sweetpea vines growing and although
this variety of sweetpea has no scent, the flower is so pretty.
It can become very invasive, so think twice before adding to your garden.
I've tried to dig out a mature vine in one of the beds twice without any
luck of getting the root. (they are deep,deep,deep) and stubborn))
Look how pretty the flower is as it fades over time. 
It's almost prettier past it's prime than in the peak of it's bloom.
(at least I think so)
((but then, you know how much I love drieds))

When you see these photos it may make you wonder why would I ever want to
eradicate the lovely little bloom? :)
I don't really---I just want it where I want it.

Of course I had to take a few shots of them when they dried.
Isn't it strange that they were so pink, but dried a deep blue?  
It's been so much fun to see how the garden has flourished this year.
Every year I say, "this is the prettiest it's ever been" and then it has to go and show off.

I'm not good at taking wide shots of the beds...the lighting never seems right to capture it well,
and I don't have a good lens for it,
so my favorite thing to do is shoot little vignettes all over and share them.
I have taken a ba-zillion photos this summer,
so I will be back to share a half a ba-zillion with you soon.

I wish you all a wonderful week!