Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

We are in mid summer by the thermometer! The sun is shining and the temps are in the 80's during the day and major thunder storms during the night. Just what the plants want, sunshine and rain.
The large side garden is blooming with lupine, bachelor buttons and wild phlox.

This bunch of lupine is about in the center of this garden and is really putting on a show.

There is a sea of purple along the neighbors garage in the bed with the rusty wheelbarrow. This wheelbarrow came from a friend's camp the kids and I spent a lot of time at.

Purple Iris and wild columbine are adding all the beautiful purple shades. I have snow!

Snow in Summer, that is!

The Star of Bethlehem has popped up everywhere. This clump is under a Rose of Sharon in the middle garden. I don't believe I ever planted any but I'm always grateful for any volunteers.

If you'd like to show off your bloomers, just add your name and permalink to Mr Linky and add a link to this post on your blog. After a long holiday weekend we are all happy to sit with a cool drink and relax while touring your garden.
Sorry, I don't know what happened to Mr Linky but he's up now!

1. Tallulahs Antique Closet
2. Bella's Rose Cottage
3. Zoey in Michigan
4. Rosemary
5. Darla, North Florida
6. Racquel
7. daisy
8. Happier Than A Pig In Mud
9. Garden Pinks at Saltbox Treasures
10. Marlee
11. Linda's Lunacy
12. Corner Garden, NE
13. A view through the window
14. Fishtail Cottage
15. Candi in Georgia

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Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!


It's Bloomin' Tuesday and I have actual blooms this week!
The Burgundy Glow Ajuga is a mass of purple today. As you can see this is on the side of the driveway, which is in front of my house.

On the other side, in front, my Azalea is beautiful this year! The color looks so vibrant against the newly painted house.

Even the holly bush next to it is full of tiny white blooms. There should be lots of berries this fall too.

Under these 2 bushes are grout weed and lilies-of-the-valley. My Grandma had these 2 plants outside her back door so I had to have the same combination.

As you round the corner there are more lilies-of-the-valley but these are pink.

I never knew there were pink ones but one of my customers gave them to me. Of course, the scent is amazing!

Going down the gravel stairs to the beauty shop you get another lovely scent. The wood hyacinth are in bloom.

Most of them are white but I do have a few purple here and there.
The Solomon Seal in the shade garden is over 4 feet tall . I love the 'grace' of this plant. The header is a close up.
The variegated don't get as tall as the other but they are just as pretty. They don't get as much sun so that may be the reason. Click the pic to get a better view. They are between the fern on the left and the hosta on the right.

Here you can see the white 'bells' under the leaf.

Last but certainly not least is the peony tree.

This shot was taken a day ago..

...and this one today.

I like the tree because it doesn't droop in the rain as the old fashion ones do.
News Flash! Those of you that remember my daughter and her husband from Miss Flower will want to take a hop over there to hear their BIG NEWS!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit to see what's bloomin' in NY. If you'd like to join the party just add your name and permalink to Mr Linky below. Grab a button (click the one on the sidebar for more options) and add a link to this post on your blog. I'll see you in the garden!

1. Shae @ Confessions of a Dishaholic
2. Racquel
3. Jan in Oregon
4. Blooming Today: Azaleas
5. Linda's Lunacy
6. Betty @ My Cozy Corner
7. Darla, North Florida
8. Happier Than A Pig In Mud
9. Rosemary
10. Beccas Southern Garden
11. Fishtail Cottage
12. Our Enrty Garden
13. Small Holdings Farm
14. daisy
15. Bella's Rose Cottage
16. Corner Garden, NE
17. Deb, VA
18. Black Eyed Susan

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

It's more like 'Almost Bloomin' Tuesday in Western New York. We went from 80's and sunny to 40's and rain over the weekend.
The Burgundy Glow Bugle Weed is just starting to bloom. This is a very aggressive plant that is great if you have a hard to mow area like a bank. I just pull out what I don't want and try to give it away.

There are a few buds on the peony tree. It seems to get about one new bud a year.
I think there are 3 buds this year.

The Iris and the Columbine are looking good. The neighbor is painting his garage tho and I planted right up to it. Hopefully everything will make it. He wanted to paint earlier in the season but that's been impossible with all the rain.

The Dead Nettle around the tree in the shade garden has gotten about as full as it can. There are a couple pink blooms but no white ones so far.

Both the variegated and the regular Solomon's Seal are well budded.

I love this plant in all it's stages. It is so tall and graceful it really adds to the shade garden.

Well look at that! I actually found a bloom!

The Jack-in-the-Pulpit are all out.

You need to really look for these blooms. They are hiding under the large 3 leaf foliage in the back of this shade area. Since they grow in the woods I guess they don't mind our
dreary weather.
I'm hoping that you have some spring blooms to show me . Just add your name and permalink to Mr Linky and add a link to this post on your blog. I need to see some bright blooms to warm up the cold rainy week ahead!

1. Flowers & Fountain
2. Bella's Rose Cottage
3. Tulips at Temple Square in SLC
4. green in the garden
5. Fishtail Cottage
6. Rosemary
7. Debbie J @Homemaking Dreams
8. Ladybugs and Roses
9. Happier Than A Pig In Mud
10. Linda's Lunacy
11. Beccas Southern Garden
12. Desert blooms
13. Carol at Our Sears Kit Home
14. Dawn
15. Deb ~ VA
16. a planting I will go! @ SBNR
17. Elaine@Carafaye
18. Angi, Southwest Cottage Designs
19. Lona @ A Hocking Hills Garden
20. Carol Samsel

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Favorite Things Friday

I newer collection I have started is Shawnee Pottery.

The last 2 pictures are miniatures that I've had for several years. I just found out a few months ago that they were Shawnee.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cottage Flora!

There may not be a lot of new blooms in my garden but that doesn't mean nothing is happening.
Everything just gets greener and taller. Seems like every time I look I see something new coming up. This is the side garden. All the blue you see is forget-me-nots.

A week has really made a difference in the shade garden. The white on the right is the trillium and the Barrenwort is in the lower right corner.

This is the other side of the shade garden. If you click to enlarge, you can see a burgundy and a golden color coral bells. The new coral bells add so many interesting colors to a shady area just by their foliage.

At first I couldn't figure out what this huge plant in my middle garden was. I got several new plants last year and figured it was one of those. When it grew so fast I figured it was a weed.
It is actually a volunteer money plant. I want to move it but it's quite dry now so I think I'll wait until it rains again.

The Bergenia is blooming now even tho most of its leaves got ruined last year during the house painting. The leaves are leathery and stay all winter. Some have a burgundy color to them.

The Barrenwort in the shaded area is full of tiny blooms this year. The bloom reminds me of Columbine.Both the green and the variegated Vinca are full of their pretty purple flowers.

If you would like to check out some more spring gardens go over to Fishtail Cottage and take the tour.