Monday, July 11, 2011

Blue in the garden

Blue is one of my favorite colors. Blue is less represented in the garden than colors like pink, purple or yellow but it is there if you look closely enough.

Here, for example, you can see the blues of (beginning with top photo and going clockwise): Pulmonaria, lobelia, Virginia bluebell, Siberian squill and nigella, and in the center photo, a blue 'Currier and Ives' cup filled with nigella.

Other blues in my garden

Abundant, fresh blueberries in my garden
I began growing blueberries a few years ago after seeing them in someone else's Iowa garden. I planted 5 bushes. I understood that one should buy more than one variety for better pollination, and that blueberries need acidic soil. The best thing to do is to measure the pH and adjust the soil as needed prior to planting them. Instead, I planted them and work on the soil regularly, using aluminum sulfate and coffee grounds along with generous amounts of compost.

When you grow blueberries, you can make a fresh blueberry pie! Find my pie recipe by clicking here.


Art in the garden

More garden art, in a patch of nigella

Hydrangea, one of the Endless Summer cultivars

Larkspur and nigella comingle in the rocky garden. No, I did not mean "rock" garden. It's a garden area that has many rocks, but it does not meet the criteria for a rock garden. Rock gardens typically feature alpine plants and this one does not.

Today I am linking with the following:

Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House
 Bloomin' Tuesday at Ms. Green Thumb Jean
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer

Warm Regards,


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