Thursday, May 30, 2013

Flying Frog Farms, where hostas rule

Recently we went hosta shopping at Flying Frog Farms. There are 1000 hostas, plus other shade plants, plus   gifts. What a fun place to shop! Come see!

 'Hanky Panky'

 'Brunnera Variegata'

 Fairies and gnomes live amongst the hostas!

 The gift shop

I bought this Jack in the pulpit. The owner told me it came up in the middle of one of her hostas! She said they have many of these growing in their timber, and when they brought in some soil from the timber they must have transported the bulb from this Jack in the pulpit.

We enjoyed our trip to Flying Frog Farms, and came home with several hostas, my Jack in the pulpit, and a heucherella.

Linking to Fertilizer Friday and Open House

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tea and the garden

I wanted to have tea in the garden today, but it was raining.

 I did take a little walk through the gardens, though; here you see iris, allium, and honeysuckle.

 The lupines are beginning to bloom. They're one of my favorite flowers.

 In the background, lettuce and radishes grow in one of my raised beds.

 A fairy garden in progress...

 Clematis 'Nelly Moser' is filled with blooms!

'Multi Blue' also is blooming profusesly.

I have a few angels in my garden. I adore them.

On the potting bench, a few items from our trip to the hosta farm that are waiting for the rain to stop so they can be planted. My next post will be about the hosta farm. Stop by Thursday and see.

In the meantime, back to tea. I think you'll agree that the garden would be a lovely place to take tea, provided the weather is cooperating.

Today we'll have tea inside, though.

 The cup and saucer are unmarked.

 The floral cream and sugar belonged to my mother-in-law.

 The creamer and sugar were made by the Edwin M. Knowles China Company. The numbers "36-6" indicate the year (1936) and month (June) produced.

 I just took this homemade rhubarb pie out of the oven. Would you like a slice with your tea?

Today I'm linking to Tea in the garden, Tea Time Tuesday, and Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Yellow in the garden

Currently there is a lot of green in the garden. I've noticed a few touches of yellow too.

 'Goldfinch' Tree peony

 Sedum in bloom

 A beautiful purple and yellow iris

 Archangel, a type of lamium

 Creeping Jenny is an interesting groundcover; it's green in shade,

 but yellow when grown in full sun.

Purple with yellow centers, the pansies have amazed me in that they are still thriving this late in springtime.

Join me for my upcoming posts on Tea Time Tuesday, and my visit to Flying Frog Farms, where there are 1000 varieties of hostas for sale!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Made in the shade

Most of my flowers grow in full sun, but shade and part shade exist on the property and we make full use of it in the gardens.

 Near the step from the patio into the cottage garden, a hosta and Japanese maple intermingle.

 An area of dappled shade around this young pin oak

 Heuchera 'Key Lime Pie' and lamium 'White Nancy' at the base of the oak tree

 Shade plants ring the oak tree. Here you see Heucherella 'Stoplight.'

 In the same area, heuchera 'Fire Chief'

 A few feet from the oak tree is a rose and a birdhouse with clematis 'Nelly Moser' climbing it.

 In another shady area, I'm using primarily ground covers. Here, Archangel, a type of lamium, and Creeping Jenny.

 Archangel is lovely when it blooms.

 Our largest shade area is what we fondly refer to as the hosta farm.

 Variegated Solomon's Seal

 Pinellia Tripartita - isn't this a cool plant?

Thanks for visiting the shady area with me today. I hope to show a lot more as the season progresses.

Linking to Fertilizer Friday and Open House


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