Photo… Saturday – 11 July 2015

It’s time for Photo Friday… ooops! I mean Saturday!  Here’s part of what’s blooming in my garden today.

HappyReturnsDaylilyThis is Hemerocallis Rosy Returns… a lovey reblooming daylily that lives just outside my front stoop.  Fragrant too!daylily2I am a victim of poor record-keeping, self-inflicted of course… I think this is Hemerocallis Heidi Eidelweiss.  She’s a tall girl and looks fabulous against my dark brown house!
ParsleyI should have pulled this volunteer parsley plant when it first appeared but I have a weakness for their Queen Anne’s Lace-like blooms… shown here arching over the Hakonechloa.

So… I’m sorry I’m late but I was out and about yesterday, sketching and painting with two delightful artists… now friends… I met through Sketchbook Skool!  More on that later!

Have a great weekend!


Photo Friday – 03 July, 2015

It’s the first Friday of JULY!  Oh my… the weeks are going so fast!

Here’s my Endless Summer Hydrangea with blooms in various stages of development. I’m taking this as a sign that this’ll be a good year.  Some years it turns out to be more of an “Endless Bummer” as my friend says… she’s had horrible luck with hers.EndlessSummerHydrangea1 EndlessSummerHydrangea2 EndlessSummerHydrangea3


It bloomed better once I learned to prune back the dead stems only after the new growth had started… looks ugly ’till then but it pays off in the end.

The Astilbe are just starting to bloom too.  I have them in a range of colors but the pinks are always the first!

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Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Photo Friday – 26 June, 2015

Color in the garden doesn’t always come from blossoms. Take this ab-so-lutely fabulous shrub… it’s a cypress.  Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Sungold’.


I couldn’t leave without showing my pink spirea. You can see it on the far left in the first image. Spiraea japonica ‘Dakota Goldcharm’. I can’t tell you how many photos I took trying to catch one of the bees on a blossom. I took a video showing the multitude of bees buzzing about… and if I can figure out how to save and upload I’ll be sure to share!

Dakota Goldcharm Spirea


Photo Friday – 12 June, 2015

This week we celebrate the last of my white peony… ‘Festiva Maxima’
Peony 'Festiva Maxima'


… and rejoice as ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ joins the fun!

Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'


The Baptisia is still hanging around… is there any doubt it’s in the pea family?



Geranium 'Max Frei'I have many different hardy Cranesbill Geraniums in my garden but this was a cutting from a dear friend and neither of us know the variety… I’m just guessing… ‘Max Frei’ ???  If you have a better guess please leave me a note!