Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Changing taste in the Garden

I don't have much variety with my own peonies, and last year I was not happy with the color I do have, but this year they seem to fit in so much better.

 It's amazing how our taste changes.

Last year I was ready to tear out everything yellow or red, especially if they were growing together.  Now I am so delighted with my ladies mantle and my dark red sweet willium.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kilbourne Grove - How it must feel to be Away

I visited Kilbourne Grove again today.  I do it because I remember the agony of missing my ever changing garden while I was up north beyond where the roads go.  I needed to see pictures of my garden in bloom.  I'm guessing, so does Deborah.

Her peonies were gorgeous.

If these were in your garden wouldn't it be awful to be away, even if you were spending your summer in a  tropical paradise?

See also: A visit to Kilbourne Grove

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Clematis and Siberian Iris

I planted a pair of clematises together and the effect is striking.  Since the roses haven't quite started their show yet, and the irises are mostly past their peek, it's nice to have this wow spot in my cottage garden.

Just to the right of them is this Siberian Iris that my daughter found for me.  I have had it for a couple of years and I finally get to see what it looks like.  I love it.  It almost looks like a painting in this shot.

The soapwart is another old faithful. I started the mother plants from seed three gardens ago and kept bringing volunteer seedlings from place to place.  This one actually made a detour to my daughter's garden making this at least the fourth generation of seedlings.

Behind the soapwart is the beauty bush I just planted this year.  The spot is under an awning and gets very little rain.  There was a small orange rose bush there, but I didn't want orange in this garden, so I gave it away and got the draught tolerant beauty bush. 

What I wasn't told was that the center of the beauty bush flowers are orange. I give up!  What good is a cottage garden without a little color variety anyway!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Irises and Columbine

Today my garden is a show of irises and columbine.

None of them cost me a cent.

Mostly they were gifts from my daughter, but she didn't buy them at a nursery either.

The columbines were volunteer seedlings, and the irises were mostly castaways from other gardeners.

These gifts bless me and all those who pass my garden.

More than gifts from my daughter, these flowers are gifts from a God of detail who created us with a love for beauty.