Thursday, June 14, 2012

June garden morning and giveaway win!

Color in the cottage garden - June 15, 2012

I'm loving the looks of the cottage garden this summer. It's full of color and lushness.

I raise my vegetables in raised beds; top to bottom: tomatoes, Chinese miniature gourds (aka 'Jack Be Little' or 'Munchkin'), zucchini

Zucchini blossom - did you know you can bread,  fry , and eat these? I tried them last summer, but have to admit my preference for zucchini vs. squash blossoms.

Like everything this year, the tomatoes are ahead of schedule.

I love, love, love coneflowers and have many throughout my gardens.

Echinacea Big Sky series 'Sundown'
This photo does not do it justice. Its' orangeness positively glows 

Purple in the garden:
Clematis, unknown, possibly 'The President'

A small stand of lavender 

Surfinia petunias in the window box on the garden shed

Allium 'Giganteum' 

 An Endless Summer hydrangea framed by a snowy astilbe

On the same bush, pink AND blue on this particular bloom

Also on the same bush, pretty in pink

Did you know that our gardens take up a very large amount of our backyard? Nonetheless, there is always room for more plants. Just sayin'

Beebalm and white shrub roses look nice together.

Speaking of shrub roses, look at this rambling Knockout. 'Spose I could prune it, but it's just so pretty as is...

 Kitty in the garden: he comes for the Meow Mix!
We do name "our" strays. This is Oreo 2.0 (pronounced "Oreo Two Point Oh"). He resembles a prior Oreo, hence the name.

Speaking of cats, this is my sweet Gracie.

I am blessed to have won Snap's Summer Curiosities giveaway. I received lots of fun items: a novel, a lovely photo, fish candle holder with candles, fish plaque, mermaid tree ornament, pretty stationery, and a duck teapot! I'm enjoying them so much. You can visit Snap at Tales From Twisty Lane.  Thanks, Snap!

"Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?" ~ Betsy Canas Garmon

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