Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Picture Day In The Garden


In spite of my Elm seed woes I am enjoying some blooms right now. It is interesting to see how the different trees, shrubs, and plants have reacted to the 90 inches of snow and super cold that we had over the winter.  It appears that the blooming trees were effected somewhat negatively, and my hydrangeas had to be cut back entirely, but plants like hostas that hibernate seem to have really enjoyed the winter cold.

In a weird streak of fortune, the day that I ended up stranded in the rain at Lowe's, they were practically out of every annual in the store. I ended up looking at some things I usually bypass. I bought 6 geraniums off of the dead/almost dead rack. 

They are bouncing back nicely.

I also went ahead and got some poppies. They were all identified as "champagne mix". So far I've had 4 yellow blooms, and one slightly deformed coral bloom. We'll see what happens with them.

I've never had much success with poppies.

But I love them.

So if they grow - well get ready.

For lots of pictures.

I know that pansies are cool weather plants, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they will stay nice until July here in Michigan. Other annuals don't really fill in here until almost July.

Last summer Jennifer and I transplanted several irises from her parents farm.

I think these were originally from her grandmothers garden. I love recycled plants!

We also transplanted several peonies, but they won't be in shape to bloom for a few more years.

Two of my clematises are blooming. 

This one will re-bloom lightly in September.

I love this one - how it is one color all the way through.

The Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce that I planted last year seems to be doing well. This was a splurge for me. Kind of a birthday present to myself.

I also planted a replacement for my beloved maple that died. It won't be as big as the other one was until long after I'm dead. Dangit.

But it is pretty.

The weigela is in full bloom. It will also re-bloom lightly in late summer.

And the hostas are huge.

This Blue Mammoth has leaves that are 14 inches long.  

All of these hostas came from one plant that was in the garden when we moved in in 2006 (2007?). Plus I've given lots of them away.

I'm loving these Mouse Ear hostas I planted last year. All these came from two plants.

Below left is a Sum & Substance hosta - another very large leafed hosta.  Below right is a Stained Glass hosta. Be careful with the Stained Glass - the slugs love'em because they are very tender and juicy!

I had to do some replacement planting where a large azalea was killed by the snow. These two bushes are Potentillas. They should get filled with little pink flowers for the entire summer. Right now the flowers that are on it are VERY pale. I'm hoping they get a little more saturated as it gets warmer.

I'm a freak for ferns. I'm trying to transition from Ostrich ferns (not shown) because they take over the whole garden. There are a lot of varieties that are more special and don't overgrow everything else.

This is an Autumn Fern.

Japanese Painted Ferns reproduce a little more quickly but they are so pretty you don't really care.  

Plus they lay low and so they don't intrude on the surrounding plants.

And then there are the mushrooms....

Ummmm. Yummmm.

I still have some shopping to do to fill the ends of my front window box.

And yes, that is a paper bag temporarily holding the dirt in here.  Note all the elm trees that are growing.....

And that reminds me - my friend neighbor looked at me this morning and said "can I say ANAL!!!" It took me a minute to figure out what she was talking about. I was glad to hear from some of you that you are equally frustrated by your various seedlings, and that not every single tree reproductive element in the world ends up in my yard.

Have a great week!

Tomorrow is peony day!

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White Lace and Promises said...

Your mop bucket is perfect for a planter.

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...


The dead/almost dead rack? ahahahahaha. I will look for those.

Let's have a moment of silence for my weigela. I killed it. Overzealous pruning.

Teddee Grace said...

Wish I still had a garden. Yours is lovely. Those look like toadstools to me. Be careful!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

So pretty Karen! You are making me long for the landscaping here!

fiona anderson said...

Everything looks so great, I love all the different planters and wish I was as green fingered as you !

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Your garden is spectacular! I have so much to learn.

Maureen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! So happy you shared! Maureen @ redcottagechronicles visiting from Fishtail Cottage!

Maureen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! So happy you shared! Maureen @ redcottagechronicles visiting from Fishtail Cottage!

Fishtail Cottage said...

everything is just so pretty! love that you divide your plants too...makes a little go a long way, right? Thank you so much for linking up to this weeks Garden Party over here at Fishtail Cottage's! oxox

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Great tour of a your garden....and I'm so jealous! The rabbits ate my poppy's I just bought, the little dirty so and so's...I stumbled it too :-)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Everything is looking fabulous! I lost a Japanese Maple this year also. Just replanted a fernleaf one. Two of my friends gave me a bunch of Hosta starts and they are all doing nicely. I had a few, but like you; I love them and wanted more! I love getting and sharing plants with others. I have Iris that came from my sweet Mothers garden. I think of her every time I look at them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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