Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's All About the Pinks

Thanks for stopping by Beyond The Garden Gate, where I blog about my garden, my table (especially tea), and my life. I'm so glad you came; be sure to leave a comment so I can stop by and visit you too. Welcome to my new followers as well.

It's like summer has begun already in my midwestern garden, and today I'd like to focus on a color that is now predominant there:  pink!

This is Buck Rose 'Carefree Beauty.' Buck roses were developed at Iowa State University by Dr. Griffith Buck, and are extremely hardy.

Here I'm showing clematis 'Princess Diana.' This is her second year in the garden. It's been said of clematis that the first year they sleep, the second they creep, and the third they leap. I can say she's probably doing a little more than just creeping! And I love her!

 Did I ever tell you that foxglove is my favorite flower? Well, foxglove along with lupine, echinacea, hemerocallis and nigella.

Most foxglove are biennial, meaning they die after the second year. In another area of my garden, I shook seed from two existing plants last fall (Camelot series) and I have over a dozen new plants coming up. It remains to be seen whether they will bloom this year or not. Some foxglove are green only the first year, bloom the second, and then die.

There are other foxglove that are longer-lived, such as the yellow one shown in this post.

These foxglove may be of the Camelot series; I'm not certain.

I've had success growing foxglove in part sun as well as full sun.

An insect has taken a liking to my foxglove too. Speaking of insects and other things creepy crawly, there seem to be more of them at this time than ever. I've had untold numbers of anthills in the yard and garden, ticks on the outside cat (and me), and yesterday I came upon an Eastern tent caterpillar in the lupines. We've had a lot of trouble with rose slugs too, something I'd never seen before. Mosquitos are bad too, although our record dry conditions (17 straight May days without rain so far) should decrease mosquito populations. No Japanese beetles yet, but I'm prepared with my trusty garden gloves and a bucket of dish soap.

Would anyone care for tea in the garden? lol
This is yard art!

Pink Nigella

Do you like repetition in the garden? I do. I think it unifies your space. I have a lot of coneflowers, mainly purple coneflowers but a few others as well.

This is the end of today's pinks in the garden, but I have a few other things to show you too.

Daisies - an example of repetition in my gardens

Love this color contrast: Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'

Larkspur, a self-seeding annual with a definite cottage garden flower look

Primula - Danova mix

 White rose in the Moon garden

Achillea 'Paprika'


Every little flower here will someday be a blackberry! Mmmmmm...

"Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?" ~Robert Brault

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