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What’s Blooming!

So many blooms now! Yay!  The other evening I was out taking pictures of the front gardens. I was crouched down in the bed for macro shots and I saw a woman walking a stroller coming up the street. I said Hi as she went by and she just looked away really fast and kept walking  – and maybe a bit faster LOL! Yes, I’m creeping at my own house 😀

Here is a shot of the newest garden bed and its tiny plantings:


I finally got some mulch down. That should help with the weeding.  There are 3 baby hyrdrangeas in this bed and then foxgloves and cardinal flower. This will look really different in a couple years, but all garden beds start somewhere.

Here is the foxglove up close:


I love these flowers so much!

The cardinal flower:


These are only just starting to bloom.  They attract hummingbirds and sphinx moths.

Also up front are the cosmos.  cos27-21 I must have picked up a different kind this year because these are really tall. Much taller than the ones I had last year. This one is next to my tippy pots:cos7-21

These coneflowers are right next to the above cosmos.

Lots and lots of blooms from my seedling snapdragons.  A lot of them are white and yellow. I don’t think the parent plants were all yellow.


When they freely seed themselves, the baby plants can be really cool colors, like this one:


Very cool.

Around back, the sphinx moths are back on the bee balm. There was a pair of them and they will be around the rest of the summer on the nectar plants that will be coming up.


This shot you can see the moth’s long tongue starting to unfurl:


They are very cute, actually. And not afraid. I was 3 or 4 inches away taking pictures. It’s just super hard to focus since they move around so much!

More foxgloves out back.


I’m finally getting the hang of editing my pictures to look better. I still use the free version of pic monkey, but it does a decent job, I think.

I’m loving the Heuchera still. The plants are bigger this year and the foliage is starting to really look nice.


This is called Spellbound.  I think the purple leaf ones are my favorite, but maybe that’s because they are the biggest right now 😀

This is gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia).


These actually were in the back bed when we moved in (where our water feature is now), so I moved these to another spot. I think they can be aggressive, so I will need to keep an eye on them.

I had my telephoto lens on one day hoping for bird pictures, but I decided to take flower pictures anyway. These are in my neighbor’s yard:


The zoom lens can create some interesting backdrops.  Look at how this picture came out:


It almost looks like a watercolor background. It’s a mash of my garden and the neighbors. I don’t know what about the zoom made it do that. Wish I did because I would like to recreate that.

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I think I mentioned last week that my garden is my happy place. I go out almost every day with a empty plant container and pull weeds, which actually are under very good control right now (thank you). It’s soothing to me and you get right up close to nature and see all the little things you might not notice like the ants scurrying around or a caterpillar inching it’s way around or even Mr. Toad.  I notice how the blooms change every day and it always provides me with something new and fresh to look at every time I go out there.  It’s also a good place and time to think about whatever is going on and frustrations roll away when I’m out there. Maybe the solution to world peace is gardening. It’s a common thread and creates harmony. It’s hard to hate when you are in a garden.

These are the flowers this week:

A random lily.  This is why you shouldn’t buy bulbs from a loose box in a big box store. Oh so tempting, but this is not what I thought I was getting.


I planted these in the fall of 2014 and they didn’t come up until this year. I actually had forgotten about them. It’s supposed to be a turk’s cap lily (orange with black spots), so I don’t even know what I got.  Live and learn!

Shasta daisy of some type:


I think this will get moved in the fall or next spring to a spot closer to the front of the bed.

More beebalm:


They look like Raggedy Ann or some sort of muppet, don’t they? See how nice and full my neighbor’s yard is in the back? Some day.

I love the black satin petunia.


It’s really striking in person as well. I hope I can find it again next year because I don’t want to try to save seeds and all that.

In the front, the hydrangea blooms are getting bigger.


They haven’t started turning pink yet. I think it’s supposed to start at the tips, so it will be a while.

My other balloon flowers are open. Remember how I said they were white? They’re not. They are pink.


Sure enough the tag says Astra Pink. I don’t know why I remembered them as white. CRS, I guess.

The blue balloon flowers are exploding!


I love these. Guess I should get more?

Lots of cleome now.  This picture makes it look like my garden is a huge meadow when it’s not.


Volunteer snapdragons.


Plant snapdragons once and you will have them for years.  I dead head them right into the garden so the volunteers pop up wherever. There are actually of lot of them, too. Only a few blooming now, though.

The supreme cantaloupe is in full flower right now.


I have a thing for the ruffed coneflowers.  Although saying that, the Cheyenne Spirit coneflowers are racing up my favorite list. They are gorgeous!


The multiple colors on each plant is so cool.


I may get more of these.  Tomorrow one of my favorite garden centers is having a tent sale. I was scoping out last week what I thought they might put on sale. Usually it’s flowers that are starting to get pot bound and a little gangly. I’m okay with that. A good shearing and they are good to go. I have a birthday gift certificate to spend there and I will be hunting for some Agastache and possibly balloon flowers. Yay!

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In times when I need peace and quiet and soothing, I head into the garden.  I’m lucky that I have a happy place to go to.


Right now, there are a lot of things in bloom. I will be posting more on my garden blog this weekend since there are so many in bloom right now.

It’s about coneflower time.  The supreme cantaloupe has been blooming for a while and now the puff is starting to appear in the middle.


I have a thing for specialty coneflowers as I’m sure you might have noticed. This year I put in some new ones in the front bed we renovated. These are called Cheyenne Spirit and they are multicolored on the same plant!


I have 3 of these (2 pictured) and they are going to look amazing when they fill out. Hopefully they will live a while. Sometimes the specialty ones have a short lifespan.



The stem color is a little strange in the picture; it’s not that dark IRL.  These look like feather dusters to me:


More exploding balloon flowers:


The white ones should be blooming next week. I am thrilled with how these are growing!



I have them on both sides of my bird bath and the ones on the side that gets a bit more shade seem to do better, even though these are full sun annuals:


This is the 2nd year for this hydrangea. It’s called Vanilla Strawberry. I wasn’t expecting to see any blooms this year since it was so tiny last year.


It certainly likes this spot. It tripled in size. The flowers on this start white and then turn pink.

In the back garden the bee balm is blooming.  It smells like oregano, too! Very fragrant (it’s the leaves).


It’s a really tall plant. Here is me for reference:


I probably should have put it closer to the middle, but it can always be moved.

The foxgloves out back are blooming. These plants were $2.99 at my local nursery and they were small, so any blooms are exciting!


I’m in love with the floxgloves.

A month or so ago, I did that spilled pot of flowers and the impatiens have really filled in now:


It’s so pretty.  I was just looking to fill space while I decided what to plant here, and it turned out really nice – if I do say so myself.

Looks to be a rainy weekend, so I don’t know how much water feature work will get done, but maybe we’ll get lucky.

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Happy  July everyone!

You know, I still haven’t figured out why my pictures don’t show up in feedly. Nobody seems to have an answer for me, either.  If there is ever a problem that is rare or strange, I always seem to be the one who has it. Sorry if you can’t see these pictures in your reader.

Flower time! Fair Bianca is on the tail end of blooms for the first flush of the year. It sent out this spectacular cane:


This is sticking way out from the top, so I will prune that cane back after these are done. I am loving this rose!


The Supreme Cantaloupe coneflower:


Sorry about that sun shot. Normally I don’t take flower pictures in full sun, but I happened to be out there with my phone.  This is a big boy. I am going to have to move it probably next year because the calycanthus bush is getting big behind it.


Such a pretty color.  I guess I say that about all the flowers 😀

The balloon flowers are just starting to peep out:

Bud one night:


Popped open the next day:


These are such a cool flower.  And I spy John’s legs in the background!

Check out this blue:


There aren’t a lot of truly blue flowers out there, but this is one of them.

In the back shade bed, I have one astilbe blooming:


No signs of blooms on the white ones yet. It is possible they may not bloom this year since they got eaten to the ground last year and might not have recovered enough to bloom. Maybe later.

Day lilies:


Those are my neighbors hostas there. This is right were the fence used to be, so we have 2 gardens back to back. Hers are much more mature than mine!

Potted million bells:


These bloom all summer and are self-cleaning, like impatiens.

I have a couple fauna pictures as well.  This toad hopped all the way across the patio like he was on a mission and stopped right in front of John’s foot. Not sure really what he was doing, but then I think he realized we were out there and got very still.


I love having a toad, although I wish he would either eat more mosquitoes or invite some friends over.

Then there is Mr. Chippie. This is the guy that put a hole in our newly paved driveway last year. He has several channels around the house and one is out back. I was sitting on the patio and he came running by and scooted into this little hole; then turned around and peeked out at me.


So cute, but so destructive, the little booger.

We *finally* are getting in a cupcake ride on Saturday! Yippee!  The weather is going to be perfect and both of us are home.

What’s Blooming!

I am so glad it’s Friday.  I’m so tired! I haven’t been in the gardens too much this week, although I did get in a good weeding session to catch up, but I took pictures before that LOL.

Fair Bianca is loaded with blooms:


For a second year rose, this is doing fantastic.  This rose will actually stay on the smaller size, around 3 feet or so. I hope it gets a bit wider than this, but you never know.

The roses in back are doing good and the squirrels haven’t eaten the buds. Maybe that Repel’s All really works. I thought this rose was a goner, but then it started growing one cane on the side.


I hope I can coax it along to grow more.


More of the Enchanted Evening:


I just love the color of it. The buds open a pinky purple and then darken to lavender.

It’s been hot and dry here and the garden has needed to be watered more than I like to do.  I planted 3 hyrdangeas in the new front bed. They are under a canopy of trees and even when it rains, they don’t get a lot of moisture. One of them is doing fine (annabelle) and the other 2 wilt a lot.  This is David Ramsey:


I picked up a couple of these from a big box store and I hope I don’t regret it.  Note the weeds in this picture!  They are gone now.

The flowers on this hydrangea are blue. I’m not sure if they will stay that color because I don’t really work the soil to keep them blue.


Very pretty.

I still haven’t cut down the Star of Persia aliums. I know I should, but they look neat even dried up.


The tops look like fireworks. The rest of the plant looks like a dead squid, though.  I think once the liatris blooms next to it, I will cut them down.

You know how you get plants you weren’t planning on? Last fall I got some of those cheap mums and stuck them in the ground for a fall display. Imagine my surprise when they sprouted this spring!


They are the 2 on the right. The 3 smaller plants to the left are my balloon flowers, which are just starting to get buds.

The supreme canteloupe coneflower is starting to open up.




These are tall cosmos. I should have pinched them back when I got the 6-packs. I also have some cosmos growing that self-seeded from last year. I’m letting those grow.

On the tag end of the foxgloves. I am letting them go to seed to hopefully grow more.


The cleome is starting to bloom as well.


These plants spread lots and lots of seeds and I must have hundreds of baby cleome sprouting. I keep pulling them up and more grow. I let a few stay to fill in some spots, but they aren’t anywhere near blooming. Or even that big! I also have a bunch of self-seeded snapdragons. All you have to do is buy snapdragons once, then deadhead them in the garden and you will have them forever!

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Yay, more blooms this week!  The front bed is just doing its thing now. I planted a couple replacement Agastache since all mine seemed to have died over the winter. Boo. Other than that, I haven’t put anything else in new. Time to just let it grow.

John got some new solar lights for the front. We didn’t want to go with cheap lights in the front, so he spent a little more and got these beautiful copper lights:


Excuse my weeds. I’m a little behind on that front. I’ll have to have him put in the link on Amazon for them.  There are six in a set. The coolest thing is the light pattern at night. It’s almost like a daisy and very pretty!  Now hopefully no one will steal them…

This is year 2 for Fair Bianca. It’s filling out nicely and looking pretty healthy. It has so many buds on it.


You can actually smell the blooms from the driveway. It’s heavenly!


I have a pot of geraniums that is going gangbusters as well.


Isn’t that amazing? You can also see some ant hills forming next to it. Our soil is sandy and the ants really seem to love it. Ugh.

I’ve spent a good amount of time working the shade bed in back. Now it’s starting to look like something.


This is what it looked like when we first moved in:


Much different. Sometimes when you are amidst the weeds, so to speak, you don’t see the progress that has been made.

I did a fun project that I have been wanting to do for a while. One of those pots with spilled flowers. It’s behind the hosta in the picture above.

It needs to fill in, obviously, so hopefully it will look good in a couple weeks.


Here is the post on how I did it.

The shade bed has some blooms. This is Jacob’s Ladder:


The bloom is flopped over, so here it is:


I think it actually gave me a couple seedlings, which would be nice. I always like free plants!

The lupines are still blooming. It seems each plant puts out one big bloom and several smaller ones:


I do find that they are somewhat fragile and I think once the plants get filled in they will support each other more. That’s the border between our house and the neighbor behind the lupines. She has some nice plants there, so it kind of adds to the garden, although the mulch line is a little obvious.

All of the roses are blooming now.  My 100 pound rose:


I actually thought this was dead, but then it came to life. I did lose one rose, but it was the free one I got with an order last year, so it’s all good.

The Enchanted Evening:


Lots of blooms on this one:


Now to be patient and let this fill in.

Waiting is the hardest part – there’s your ear worm! 😀

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I am slowly getting used to my phone. I think when Windows put out their phone, they made every action the opposite of the iPhone. It’s going to take a lot of getting used to. Not to mention remember all the passwords for my various apps 😀

The summer flush of blooms is beginning now. The star of Persia allium are starting to fade now, but the blooms kept getting bigger and bigger. They have to be at least 6 inches across!persia2

The only thing about these is that the foliage is yellowing as they are blooming. You can hide that by planting them among perennials that have slow growth so their green will cover the allium foliage, but not block the blooms.  I need to do that.

I did cleome from seed and then I bought some because they are much further along than my seedlings and they are flowering:


That mushroom still makes me smile whenever I look at it. The rustoleum really held up over the winter, too. Bonus!

Pam’s choice foxgloves:


I was trying to be artsy with the composition.

The Fair Bianca rose is ready to burst. There are over 2 dozen buds on this plant!


It smells heavenly.

The calycanthus bush I planted last year is actually flowering this year:


These blooms smell kind of like apples.  It grew a ton in the past year. I did comparison shots on my garden blog.

Also – my peonies bloomed!  I purchased 2-year-old peonies last year and was rewarded with blooms this year.


Out in the back, it’s a little slower, but coming along. I was worried last year because slugs got to my astilbe and munched them to nothing. However, they survived and here they are:


I need to buy some Sluggo this year, now that I know they are rampant in this bed.

Heuchera Spellbound:


It’s blooming here, but it is really hard to get a picture of the bloom and the plant together.  All that stuff on the surrounding ground isn’t mulch, that’s leaves and bud debris from the ash tree that shades this bed. It’s a very messy tree.

Night ruler:


The irises in the back are still blooming, which is nice since not much else is LOL!

The other exciting thing is lupines!  I planted babies last year, but I had no idea if they would do okay here.  2 of them died, but 3 came back.

Maturing buds:


The full flower.


I had mixed colors of lupine, red, yellow and blue. Two of the survivors are the blue ones and the other one is really small and doesn’t look like it will bloom. So, blue seems to be hardier.

Doing a treat for myself on Saturday. Visiting Rosewood Gardens. It’s a nursery with an English garden display. I wanted to go my birthday weekend, but it was too early for the roses. Now they are in bloom and my Rebel will be getting a workout!


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Lots of blooming going on around here now.  Foxgloves:foxglove

This is the one from Debby. The one to the right that is just starting is Pam’s Choice split.  I am really hoping these seed themselves so I have lots of foxgloves. Foxgloves are are classic for a cottage garden.

These are Star of Persia allium:


I love these! The blooms keep getting bigger and rounder, too. It’s hard to get a picture of them because the blooms are airy.  The size of the blooms is about 3-4 inches across? These were bulbs planted in the fall. I will be ordering more for sure!


The tippy pots are starting to grow now. They are planted with allysum and million bells. Hopefully they will trail more. This is the beginnings of a new bed:


The plant at the left is the climbing rose. It’s in its 2nd year, so probably not until next year for it to climb. This bed is where the new path was made.That little Azalea will grow big and strong, hopefully. Now it’s tiny and I have annuals planted in front of it 😀  Eventually it will be 4 feet tall.

Speaking of baby gardens, this is part of the shade garden in the back:


Right behind those hostas is where our fence used to be. Now we just see the weeds behind our neighbor’s house! It doesn’t look that great, so we might need something to block this area. This bed has the heuchera, bleeding heart and columbine in it (and daffodil remains). All baby plants. This will look fuller this summer and next year should be cooking along.

The columbines in this garden are blooming:


I love the spurs on the blooms


Hopefully these will reseed and spread. Or that’s the plan anyway.

Also in this bed, although not shown in the picture above, is the incarvilea, aka flowering fern.


Ferns don’t flower, so this is a misnomer, but the incarvilea look like ferns, don’t they? I got these tubers at the flower show earlier this spring and they actually came up!

This is Brindled Beauty Iris:


For a first year iris, it has a lot of blooms.


The last one to open was Night Ruler. Yes, you do have to say that in Movie Guy voice, too.


It’s such a deep purple and looks black from a distance.


So pretty!  I am happy with all of my new irises this year.  It’s so hard to be patient waiting for the gardens to mature and I am happy to be getting any blooms!



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I am glad the weekend is here. I will be working on Monday, but at least I’ve got a weekend. 😀

It’s been sooo hot here. July/August hot.  Everything is now all greened up.  I’ve been working on the back yard beds now. The main bed is pretty much weed free, but I need to get control of the rest of the area around the trees and where the fence was.


I spent time delineating the bed edges. It looks better from afar than up close, though LOL.  Our neighbor has a line of plants that she had along the fence, so that’s kind of nice to see.

The Lily of the Valleys are in full bloom now and when the sun hits them, the scent wafts around.


I complain about the LOTV, but I do love them. Just not so many of them. There are plenty of these along with daylilies on the side of the house.


The property line with the neighbor on this side runs down the middle of all the green. It’s mostly shade over here because of trees and our house, so the lilies don’t bloom a lot.

Irises are also blooming! Those on Facebook saw these already. This is the Boysenbery Buttercup:


That one I had at our old house. This is one of the new ones I planted last fall. This is Batik:


isn’t that lovely?  I can’t wait until it multiplies.

My unknown iris types are blooming in the front as well:


Those were the ones I divided last year and sent pieces out to people. Anyone who got them, let me know if they came up for you!

In the back shade bed, the bleeding hearts are really coming along. I love the white ones.bh4

And the red ones. Or pink, I guess:


I have some columbine planted as well. One isn’t blooming, but one is. It’s funny how when you buy a baby plant, they will sometimes put out baby blooms. This is called Winky Blue:


It’s so tiny and cute, about an inch across.

I’ll have more irises next week once they open up. It’s going to be a little hot to be working much in the garden and we are going for an early long ride tomorrow to beat the heat.

Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Weekend!


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The garden is really starting to pop out now. There will be lots of blooms coming up soon – most likely next week. Yay!  My peonies survived the winter and look good. They will bloom this year for me. I’m so excited because I’ve never had peonies before and they are so pretty.  There are a lot of flowers that I haven’t had before now that we are at Radiance Manor. I have so much room! Although, it’s seems to be running out fast 😀


You can see our sad lawn there. We should be able to lay seed in a week or so.

The centaurea are really going strong. These were 3 tiny plants last year and this is how they look already in May.


This will bloom periodically over the summer, too, which is nice.

Remember my yellow Antoinette tulips from last week? Look at them now!


I knew I wasn’t crazy thinking they were pink — whew.

My irises are almost ready!


You can see some annual cosmos peeking out there. I planted them in the tulips so they will fill in that space after the tulips die back.

We are pretty happy with how the front of the house is looking. The plants just need to grow now.


I have been getting annuals to plant. This is my ‘cauldron’ full of geraniums:


Another pot with a geranium and some dark sweet potato vine:


Pansies still going strong:


The back of the house seems to be lagging behind the front. I think is just is cooler back there in general because it gets the sun an hour or two after the front bed.

I have 3 different kinds of bleeding heart in my shade bed. Fringed:


Then the classic kind. This is the red one:


And the white one!


Those are the very early blooms and there should be more. coming.

My “I don’t care about you” hostas are doing well:


I just dug these up from another spot in chunks and stuffed them in the ground in the shade bed. I didn’t care if they came back. I swear, I can’t kill these things! I think they actually liked the move. Go figure.  😀