Monday, June 29, 2015

Another day, another bloomer

Another weekend past, a new week has begun and it looks like it will be a productive one around here. That means I have a lot of tasks on my "to do" list.  lol

While Josey was at the groomer, I baked a blueberry pie. I have an abundance of blueberries for the third straight year. There are plenty in the freezer already for two more pies - and lots of berries yet to ripen. I had blueberries on my oatmeal the past two days as well.

Of course I also had to take a garden walk....

 Another view from above - this one is taken from a second story window to give a broader view. My backyard is bordered by our neighbor's chain link fence on the left, and our other neighbor's wooden fence on the right - and in back, not visible, is farm fence topped with barbed wire. If you look closely a horse is barely visible in the pasture behind our house (look just above the garden shed).

Also in this photo you can see our triangular garden, where we have a Black spruce, a flowering crabapple 'Prairie Fire,' a buckeye tree, azaleas, burning bushes, and a few perennials.

In regard to the garden, you can see a line (it needs edging again, but you can see the line between lawn and garden). The edge of this large garden area goes over to the right and ends at the garden shed.

 Here is the cottage garden at dusk. Lots of color, and lilies (left in photo) are about to bloom.

 Speaking of lilies, here's oriental 'Eleana,' a double that is very fragrant and her beauty is captivating.

 This is Asiatic 'Paris heart.'

 I love coneflowers - one of my favorite flowers. They are abundant in my garden. I will have hundreds, maybe even a thousand, blooms this summer. Someone who knew of my love for coneflowers asked if I have any of the fancy ones. Not so much. I do have a white coneflower; yes, just one...

 ...and a couple of 'Cheyenne Spirit' echinacea,

 as well as a couple of Echinacea pallida (Pale purple coneflower)

Most of my coneflowers are from seed. I harvested seed at the Iowa State Fairgrounds years ago. My plants have self-sown prolifically over the years. Now, I know I've bought a coneflower or two over time, for they are not all the same cultivar. Some of them have a greenish stem and some an almost black stem.

 Hemerocallis, or daylilies are another of my favorite flowers. This garden room is Daylily Junction. There are many daylilies here, as well as true lilies and a few other plants along the fence row.

 This is 'Happy Apple.'

 'Double River' growing beside the bee balm

 'Bold Stripe'

 'Black eyed Susan'

 Name not known

 'Custard Candy' - love, love, love this beauty!

 Another candy: 'Blueberry Candy'
I also have 'Strawberry Candy' and 'Wineberry Candy,' neither of which are blooming yet.

 A very pretty red is 'Whooperie.'

 'Joe Marinello'


The cleome are just beginning to bloom too.

 Just another view showing our pergola. The stream and pond are in front of the courtyard and pergola, and are hidden by flowers in this photo.

 Rain lilies

Mama (or Papa) Wren with an insect to feed the babies residing in this birdhouse. It's amazing to watch the two wrens; they work continuously to keep their babies fed! 
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:26, 27

Have a great week in the garden - or wherever you choose to spend it!

Friday, June 26, 2015

The View from Above

Every once in awhile I like to write up a post that gives a broader view of our gardens, rather than just close ups of various areas and various flowers out there. Today's the day. I took photos out the upstairs windows to try to show most of our back yard.

Our home is a two story with a walk out basement. The deck comes off the main level. Below that, you can see (on the left) our courtyard with pergola, the water garden area, and our triangle garden (top of photo).

Here's a closer view of the water garden, consisting of waterfalls, stream and pond and the adjacent pond garden room. We are planning on adding plants and growing the existing ones to the left (west) of the stream; we're going for a more natural look...these things take time...

A close up of some of the flowers in the pond garden (east) of the stream. monarda (bee balm), Nepeta 'Walker's low,' rudbeckia, roses and larkspur - also an occasional coneflower or two

To the middle left in the photo is the area we just looked at in the prior photo.
The middle area which is surrounded by the flagstone path is our Cottage garden.
The area in the lower right corner of the photo is the edge of the Picket Fence garden.
The area by the shed, only slightly visible, is Daylily Junction, home to many daylilies and a few true lilies as well. 2 of our 10 raised beds are also seen on the right.

In the Cottage garden - here you see the monarda, coneflowers, Asiatic lilies, daylilies, and a raised bed full of green beans.

The coneflowers are blooming now and the lilies will be soon.

In the Rocky garden, I'm loving hydrangea 'Incrediball.'

A pretty color combination in the picket fence garden

First water lily

Stunning in the pond: water hyacinths

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The color of larkspur

Larkspur are similar to delphiniums, except they are annuals. Larkspur self-seed prolifically; plant them once and allow them to go to seed and you can have larkspur for decades! The ones you don't want are easy to pull.

Sow seed in the spring or fall. Plant them where you want them as they do not like being transplanted.

Here are the colors of larkspur at Sunsplash Gardens:




True Blue

Or is it?

 I refer to this garden room as "Lupin Corner;" perhaps I should call it "Larkspur Corner."

 Also seen in the garden - my first pond bloomer. It's a water hyacinth.

 We put a few tiny "feeder" goldfish in the pond this spring. They have really grown. This one is probably 5" long. He has white around his mouth, white fins and a white tail. Kind of pretty. The fish are all afraid of people. When they see us, they are quick to go into hiding under a plant or in the rocks.

 On the east side of the pond, the monarda (bee balm) and the annual rudbeckia have begun to bloom. Such glorious summer color!

 I've always liked coneflowers (Echinacea); they're one of my favorite flowers. I will have hundreds, if not thousands, of blooms this summer.

 This is a fun flower (Daisy 'Banana Cream'). The blooms start out as pale yellow and then change to white.

 The fairy is sun-bathing outside her little house; Heuchera 'Caramel' is in the background.

 I've got a question: Do deer like daylilies?
When I saw deer in the yard the last time, I applied a deer repellant to my true lilies and hostas, knowing they are very tasty treats on the deer buffet.

 No lily buds have been touched. (Good repellent! Repels All is the name of it.)
Now I've also sprayed the daylilies.

Have a good week, everyone!


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