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,


  1. I do love all of your blues and you certainly have some. I agree that there aren't enough blues. I love blueberries and have put mine away in the freezer. I'm gonna check out your recipe.

  2. Hi Beth
    It is hard to find a true blue in the garden but yours has many shades of this beautiful colour. I like your garden art, to me it just adds that extra pop of colour and interest.
    The nigella blossoms in the teacup are a nice touch especially such a s special one as a Currier & Ives.

  3. A great presentation of your blue flowers.

  4. Beth, I love all your pretty blues! Now I'm running right over for your pie recipe!
    xo Yvonne

  5. The blues of late spring and early summer are just about gone from my garden, so I thoroughly enjoyed yours!

  6. Love the blues in your garden! I think they give a garden a unique look, as they are not as common as the other colors! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Beautiful blues...especially the "metal" ones! lol
    Have a beautiful week!!!

  8. I so agree about blue! I just makes the pinks prettier, as well.

    Love that hydrangea!

  9. How wonderful all your blues look, Beth! I love that color...I used to grow bachelor buttons as a child & I remember that deep, rich Barbara Bush Blue color.

    thank you for sharing your blueberry pie recipe. My sister's (Dad's) bushes will soon be producing & I'll be sure to try it.


  10. It's my favorite color too and you have some great examples this week! :)

  11. I love blue in the garden, too, but have a tough time growing anything blue. I love your Endless Summer hydrangea. I have one of those, but it has not bloomed in the three years since I planted it. I just have no luck with them--I don't know what I am doing wrong!

  12. I love blue everywhere, but particularly in the garden. Maybe it's because it's that much more unusual. Thanks so much for brining your blues to Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  13. Blue is my favorite color too - but I don't have many blue blooms in it. What a beautiful garden you have.

  14. That's a very bright mosaic Beth, just beautiful:@)

  15. Such lovely blue colors! They would brighten up any garden. Jean

  16. Love, love, love ALL your blues! Your collage is so very pretty, and your garden is lovely. (Also thanks for the link to Buster...I just clicked over and now the doggy diary is on my reading list--I have to find out what happens to that precious doggy!)

  17. Lovely display of blues. Can't wait to try some of these!


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