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Spring has finally made her appearance here in N.E. Pa. and we are soooo happy to have the yard and gardens at Edgewood looking pretty again. The hard work of spring clean-up has paid off in spades. It is time to sit on the patio or porch and savor a cup of coffee or sip a glass of wine and enjoy the fruits of our labors!
Well, the worst of the nasty weather is over and spring has arrived in my yard. My daffodils are multiplying nicely and the grass is greening up. Let’s all get outside and enjoy the wonders of nature unfolding like the petals of a flower….
Seems like just yesterday I took this photo of a butterfly on my Bee Balm. This morning I look out through the patio doors and see the over-bloomed Bee Balm all dry and gone to seed…just like summer! It’s a bit depressing but it is also a sign of the beautiful fall pleasures that are soon to come our way. Time passes, blossoms bloom and fade, seeds fall to the ground only to be born again…in time
The Rhododendron in my front garden is in full bloom right now and it sure is magnificent! The (3 varieties) of Coreopsis and the Purple Cone-flowers are also about ready to bloom right beneath the Rhodie. You can even see how the pots I planted just over a week ago have begun to fill out nicely already!
Here’s a triple header. In the foreground is a beautiful Clematis vine, behind that are the bearded Iris and beyond that you can see the stunning Siberian Irises. I have hundreds of them and they are just starting to come out. I LOVE them! Such eye candy!
My Son’s Clematis are also in bloom. I planted these years ago when I owned his house and they are still thriving (on his neglect I might add…lol) The Hummingbirds and bees are very happy around our yards! Hope your garden is also alive with that wonderful music…hummmm, buzzzzz
I always enjoy filling the pots around the house and garden with annuals and taking pictures to compare with later photos of the same. Right now they all look pretty because we are so starved for color after the bleak winterscapes we’ve been seeing through our windows. But truthfully, they are just “okay” until they start to fill in and radiate with color.
I do put a good variety of flowers and colors in my pots but this year I went a little heavy on the Snapdragons for some reason. When I went to the nursery, they took my eye because they were so huge. I got bright yellow and white ones and a flat of a different variety that were mixed colors but had not yet popped so they will be a surprise! The center always gets a nice tall flower…in this case dark violet “Angelface” which I have come to love. Of course they are surrounded by other flowers including my favorite…Verbena. I love the graceful fall of the stems of Verbena and the beautiful fluffy booms in so many beautiful colors. I’d say that they are always the “star” of any pot!!
Couldn’t find any Polka Dot plants to put in the side pockets of my strawberry pot where I always plant a variety of Coleus so I planted some Bacopa which will cascade and form a pretty frame for the Coleus.
I’m predictable with the hanging plant that I put next to the shed each year because the good old Fan Flower, which is like a hybrid weed, really looks nice and does well in that location. I seriously think you could grow this plant on a door knob!
I went with these pretty Fuscia hanging plants for the front porch this year primarily because I couldn’t pass up the bargain price of $6.99 a pot!!! YIPES! They were in a tent sale at my local supermarket so I snapped them right up. =)
My son-in-law made this divider to hang plants on for the patio. I put a nice variety on it and in another few weeks they will fill out and form a floral “wall” out there. A nice backdrop for patio dining!
Growing down across the road from our house you can find a nice selection of wild things in bloom. Well, things that over the years, have naturalized themselves to the surroundings. In this photo, you can see Flocks on the right, some Columbine on the left that seeded itself all along our road and a beautiful pink Honesuckle bush in the background. Here’s a closeup of the Honeysuckle. There are a lot of white/yellow bushes and vines along the road as well. The bees and Humming Birds love them too!Years ago I used to purchase Vinca Vine to put in with my pot arrangements and would then put them in the ground at the end of the summer. So now whenever I want to put them in a pot, all I have to do is go dig a few out of the garden! I noticed that a plant this size sells for $5.99 at the nursery!! Yipes, I have a gold mine in my yard. lolThis mound of beautiful little white flowers is an early blooming perrenial in my front garden and I cannot remember for the life of me what it is. I have to look when I go to the nursery next time to see what it is but it sure is pretty and is spreading nicely.So, just like these Oriental Poppies that are just ready to “pop”, things are really starting to bloom around the garden and I am really enjoying my morning walks…with cup of coffee in hand! Hope your garden is blooming as well. Get out there and enjoy every bud and blossom because , as we all know, it will soon be a snow covered memory……
I came home from visiting my Mom last evening to find this lovely arrangement of freshly picked peppers sitting in the middle of the dining room table. My husband is proud of his garden and this little harvest of veggies prompted him to set up this lovely display on a pretty plate. I was touched by his wanting to share the beauty of this bounty. To me it was as lovely as a big bouquet of flowers!!
I have a multitude of Siberian Iris in bloom right now in my back garden. They are so beautiful and they have spread like wildfire. I know that could be troublesome for certain areas in a garden but it’s just perfect for where they are in my yard. I wanted to cut some for in a pretty cut glass vase but I needed something else to put in with them so I took a walk with Maggie and we brought back a nice bunch of Flocks which grow along our road in great abundance in many shades of white, pink and purple! I tucked a few of the Chives which have gone to flower in there for another shade of purple. You will notice that I also found a few “Yellow Flag” Iris to include in the bouquet. They too are growing wild along the road. At some point, the Township dumped a load of dirt and there must have been Iris tubers in the dirt because they have been spreading nicely through the years. We also have loads of columbine in a myriad of colors growing along the road. I feel so lucky to live where the flora and fauna have so much to offer.
In this shot you can see the Siberian Iris spreading among the Bee Balm (not yet in bloom), the Chives and the Coreopsis which will soon be popping out with waves of bright yellow flowers. It is so beautiful back there right now and this is only about half of the Iris!
Here we are again..it’s Spring and we are on the garden path. To be exact, we are on the back garden path. This is the area of our gardens that sits above our back patio. In the foreground you can see a circle of flat(ish) rocks that form a little area where we have a metal fireplace for bon-fires. We have a garden bench that will go next to the fireplace when we get the energy to haul it off the front porch, where we keep it (relatively out of the elements) for the winter. To the left of the path is the mulched area that is under the bird feeder and that goes up to the treeline beyond which is woods. (and the animal cemetary) On the left of the path is a line of Hostas which, you may remember, I divided last spring and planted all over the neighborhood. As you can see, they could be divided again as they grow well there! The path itself is small red rock and (especially after a rain) it looks so pretty between the lines of green. The right side of the path is the bank that rises up from the patio below. That bank is covered with Creeping Myrtle, which right now, is covered in tiny purple flowers.
Here’s the back birdbath (we have 2 others). It’s next to the woods and conveniently, right next to the back bird feeder…a sort of one-stop plaza for the wildlife! Notice the circle of transplanted Hostas from last year! In the background you can see an old fashioned “tiller” and no, my hubby doesn’t use that kind in the garden! It’s just a decoration. =)
Also in the area of the feeder and the tree line, because they do so well in a partially shaded environment, I have these gorgeous Bleeding Hearts. If you have them in your garden, take a look at them up close. They are so beautiful with the droplets of moisure showing through the tender transparent part of the blossoms! What a treat for the eyes!
One of our side gardens is pretty shady. The whole mound is mulched so a lot of the mulch is just bare texture which I love to see in a garden as it gives it some visual interest. In this particular shot you can see where the Lilies of the Valley are just marching right through the Euonymus fortunei, Emerald Gaiety. And what have we here? A lovely baby pine tree has taken root right in the midst of it all. I don’t know if I have the muscles necessary to dig it out and transplant it but I guess I’ll have to try or “deal” with it when it gets out of hand!! =( Here is another bird bath for those discriminating birds, squirrels and chipmunks that might like a little more privacy….=) Notice, again, the hostas! lol!
I am so thrilled with this flowering almond bush that I transplanted from it’s former location on the back bank where it just did nothing for two years. Since I relocated it, it is such a happy, pretty little shrub! If something in your garden is just not thriving, move it to a new local and you may be surprised at what happens!!
You know that Fall is can’t be far away when the Sunflowers start to bloom. The Donald planted a nice little patch of them..where else but up in that hodge podge garden on the back bank! They really do look pretty there peeking out from behind the over bloomed Bee Balm though.
I always think of the Sunflower as that little voice reminding us that Summer is winding down and we’d better enjoy these last warm days while we can!
All around the county you hear folks complaining about their tomato leaves curling up and dying. The Donald’s garden is no exception. As you can see, there are no lush leaves surrounding the lower tomatoes on these vines. That’s because the wilt starts at the bottom and works it’s way up. He picks off the wilted leaves when they become too much of an eyesore but, as you can see, the tomatoes are still growing pretty nicely.
Even the small varieties like the grape and cherry tomatoes are subject to this leaf wilt. While at the Farmer’s market recently, the Donald asked the Master Gardeners about it and they said that he would have to get rid of the soil and disinfect the pots next year and start with fresh soil. That sounds like a pretty easy solution to me but I guess that’s a lot of potting soil to replace when you think about it!! Oh well, the potting soil companies have to survive too. Small price to pay if you are serious about getting rid of the wilt. Happy gardening!
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