Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Walk in the Park!

Now that Jerzie is out of preschool we have more time for fun. Monday we took a walk in our local park. We have talked about all the garbage along the trail by the creek so I took a garbage bag, Jerzie put on her gardening gloves and she picked up trash. Payton picked up a little but was more interested in exploring. There wasn't too much this early in the season but she didn't give up until we got to the play ground.

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

There's (Mother of Thyme)
(Creeping Red)



and Wooly Thyme.

but the best thyme is
We'd love to see what you have blooming!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Pile of Junk!

I bought an old weathered 1 wheel cart at a household sale for about $3.50. By the time I got it into and out of the car I had a pile of junk! I worked on it for a few hours and ..this is what I ended up with!

I love it and hope to get some old weathered wood to rebuild it the right way but this will do for now.

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!


Today I'm going to show you my side garden. This garden is to the right of my house, the walkway is to the beauty shop. Now that the Lupines and Bachelor Buttons are

done I have lots of yellow.

I dug things out of this garden last year and love finding blooms I forgot I planted like this Globeflower, Golden Queen.

It has an orange tint and shows up well against the Yellow Loosestrife,

I discovered this Gallery Red Lupine on the far side of the garden, next to my neighbors driveway. The pink behind it is a volunteer foxglove.
This shot is looking done from the top of the garden. The white flowers are Beard Tongue, Husker Red. The stems are reddish and the blooms are really a very light pink inside. A friend gave me money years ago when my Grandmother died and told me to by a plant. I got this because my Grandma loved red and the my friend loved white flowers.
Some of the Beard Tongue decided to move to the bottom of the garden with daisies and yellow Sundrops.

I found this Dianthus, Heart Attack last year. I love the color! The pink you see in this picture is from a Cranesbill Geranium that has spread here and there throughout this wild garden.

This shot is the true color.

As you can see I love color! In my mind there is no clashing in the garden. If you'd like to show me your colors, just add your name and permalink to Mr Linky and add link on your blog to this post. We'd love to see what's bloomin' this week where you are.
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2. Savannah Granny!
3. Stokes Aster
4. Tallulahs Antique Closet
5. Cozy Home Scenes
6. Bella's Rose Cottage
7. Donna's Designs
8. Zoey in Michigan
9. Darla, North Florida
10. Rosemary
11. Deb ~ VA
12. Raw Thoughts and Feelings
13. Racquel
14. daisy
15. Debbie
16. Vegetable Garden update
17. Suzanne
18. Around the Yard (Shanon @foodfarmhealth)
19. Mary
20. Dawn
21. Linda's Lunacy
22. Our Country Home
23. Flea Market Lady
24. Porch. Patio and Plants
25. Fishtail Cottage
26. Happier Than A Pig In Mud
27. Peony @ SBNR
28. Debbie@The Friday Friends
29. Bet in SC
30. Carol at Our Sears Kit Home
31. Gardening Obsession (Tracy) MASS
32. debbie
33. my garden of herbs and things!
34. Out & about in the garden
35. Studio Stuff
36. Homemaking Dreams

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I wanted to show you that I do really have blooms and not just shade garden plants.The foxglove aren't as tall as last year but they are still beautiful.
They have been blooming for about a week now.

This spot is right by my front door.

I just bought these giant allium last year and was very happy to see them bloom this year.

Siberian (?) Iris in the day lily bed.

Monday, June 13, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Welcome to my shade garden!

I had some questions about shade gardens last week so I'm showing more of mine this week. I hope I answer all your questions. Click on the pictures to enlarge and get a better look. This tree and a huge maple in the corner of my neighbors property make for this shady corner on my lot. The sign says 'Time spent in a garden is well spent', which I certainly believe.

The pink and white Dead Nettle around this tree just keeps spreading. There is a concrete circle around the tree but that didn't stop it. As with everything that I don't need, I just pull it out.

To the left is the actual entry to the garden. There are a few stones showing the path with some ground covers between. The tall plant right behind the left post is Solomon Seal.

The white peony on the left, just before the entry was beautiful this year.

The plants I depend on the most to fill this garden are Coral Bells, Hosta and Ferns. They survive our long, cold winters, fill in more every year and add color and texture. Here you can see a hosta behind the Heuchera (Coral Bell) Melting Fire. I love the new colors of Coral Bells like the "Carmel' on the left behind the fern.

I think the Soft Needle Fern, on the left, is my favorite fern. I love how soft and frilly it is. It is next to a Japanese Painted Fern.

Brunerra is another reliable shade plant. It is a nice mounding plant that adds some white to the garden without being stark against all the greens. This one is Jack Frost. There are ferns behind it and a Toad Lily on the right. The yellow flowers are a creeping Sedum.

This shot shows the Toad Lily, on the left with variegated Solomon Seal behind it, a small leaf hosta and a Brilliance Autumn Fern. The fern turns beautiful shades of rust, orange and browns in the Fall.

The last picture is on the way out of the shade garden. I have a Remember Me Hosta on the left, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, a bright green Hosta, and Coral Bells, Molly Bush. The plants in front are Prim Roses that line the path. They have gotten huge this year.

I also use Bleeding Heart, Astilbe and Solomon Seal to add blooms to the shade garden but there is plenty of color even when there are no blooms. The plants have grown so big this year I would need to expand it if I find any more shade plants and I'm running out of shade. I hope I have answered your shade plant questions. I might add Miracle Grow once a season but I like a woodsy feel so I don't clean up all the leaves and tree debris which are also good fertilizer.

That's my Western New York shade garden for this week. What is bloomin' where you are planted this week? Just add your name and permalink to Mr Linky and add a link to this post on your blog to join the fun.