Hi Peeps! I'm sitting here on the sofa, breathing the scent of Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' aka, "Gertie." Life is good. I know I read like a broken record but, what's not to love about this time of year in the garden? With our incredibly fabulous weather this year thems some happy plants out yonder. How's that for a little variety?
Call me weird and old fashioned but I've become enamored of Columbine, Aquilegia 'Clementine' because of its puffy, double flowers.
|Aquilegia 'Clementine' red.|
|Then I found this little gem at a plant sale. |
Wouldn't it be fun if the two plants crossed? I'll keep you posted.
|Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’|
A few years ago, my obsession was Verbascum. I planted about six seed packets and have had tremendous success. And 2013 is a stellar year.
|My Verbascums are reacting positively to the warm weather.|
|So pretty. I should have gotten a photo of the foliage.|
|My sweet dark pink California poppies.|
|And more poppies. Yes, I love pink.|
|Silene in front and Jupiter's Beard behind.|
|Same thing from the other side plus 'Niobe' Clemmy and 'Knock Out' rose.|
|Straight back is Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue' looking better than ever.|
|With my Tetrapanax being a no-show, I planted artichokes for a fabulous foliage filler.|
|The outer pond is barely visible with all the plants.|
|The north side of the garden|
|I re-sculpted the edge on this bed, thanks to exuberant turf.|
|Here is my latest project. It's a full-sun, hot area. I'm still debating on the plant choices.|
I've got several in waiting.
|My Thalictrum ichangense ‘Evening Star’ is blooming but who cares?|
It's those sweet leaves that are so alluring.
|Zip is waiting for me to bring him catnip.|
Now, if you don't mind, I'd like to change the subject for a second. I've never been thrilled with tooting my own horn but I am compelled to announce the release of my memoir, Reaching. If you'd like more information, visit my writing blog. The link is on my sidebar. Life is good.