Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A Walk in My Garden

The gardens are in their glory right now with plentiful rain and warm temperatures at last! Each day is a delight and my flowers and I are both soaking up all the sunshine while we can!  😊 
I recently looked back through some pictures from March and can't get over the difference! Maine is almost a paradise in the summer months, a striking contrast to the winters...



Another view, taken this evening...


And again, this past March!


But let's forget about winter for a little while and take a walk through the garden. The Evening Dame's Rocket has really made itself at home! I thought I had thinned it out a little last fall and again early this spring, but not enough I guess. Most of this will get cut back after it finishes flowering to prevent even more self-seeding and in the meantime, I'm hoping it isn't choking out the annuals too much! I'm enjoying it for now though and the fragrance at night is wonderful!  


The 'Bridal Veil' Spirea bush is blooming more abundantly than ever this year! 


I have several self-sown Lupines throughout the garden, but they are hard to see from a distance amongst the taller Dame's Rocket. 


The Irises are lovely too right now and smell just like grape cool-aid!


The first Peonies opened yesterday. I don't know the name of this variety but I love its huge rich pink blooms! My 'Sarah Bernhardt' and 'Coral Charm'  should be opening any day now and 'Benjamin Franklin' in a week or so. 


The hardy rugosa Roses are really blooming well and I'm putting them to good use making rose water and drying the petals for herb pillows. 


But my favorite garden right now is the herb garden. The Valerian is just coming into bloom and I've been spending very enjoyable afternoons reading on the swing nearby with the breeze wafting that heavenly fragrance over me! 😊


Close-up of the Valerian...delicate pink buds open to pure white flowers.


Sweet William will always be a favorite!




Only a few of my Sage plants survived the winter. I have been pleasantly surprised by how showy their flowers are...



I also love the way it looks with my Heartsease...one of those rare moments in my garden when the combination is perfect! 😁


The Lemon Balm is thriving and almost as tall as the birdbath!


And finally, in the seed garden (which isn't looking quite picture-worthy yet), the Lovage has reached over 6 ft. high! I've never grown or even seen it before so I had no idea it was going to get this big!


I hope you are enjoying these beautiful days to the fullest as well! 😊

16 comments:

  1. Such beauty! Thanks so much for sharing.

    JanetLee

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    1. Thank you JanetLee! :) Early summer is probably my favorite time in the garden...or did I say something like that about spring too? :D

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  2. Looks like a fairy tale setting - wonderful, and so are your photos.

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    1. Thank you Arlene! I like gardens to have a whimsical, romantic appearance so I let mine run a little wild...maybe too wild sometimes! :)

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    1. Thank you! I do feel like I live in a paradise here this time of year. :)

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  4. Your garden is so lovely. We have been having in the hi 90°s here with feel like temps 105 to 110, due to the humidity. Just awful. The poor gardens just wilt over until late evening. I water everyday. We need rain. Just standing, the sweat pours off my brow. Our extreme heat and your extreme cold, not sure which is worse. Happy gardening.

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    1. Oh wow, that's too hot! I've stepped into my greenhouse on a hot sunny day and had the sweat instantly start pouring off me like that...can't imagine living with it like that day after day! We actually have a big heatwave coming through here the next 2 days with highs in the upper 80s-low 90s. We just aren't used to that and people were already complaining about the heat today when it was 75! :D

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  5. A real delight, and amazing how nature can throw off and spring into such growth in a matter of weeks. The scents in your garden must be very calming.

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    1. It really is amazing and I am surprised again each year! I think our deep snow acts as an insulation so as soon as it disappears the ground is usually already thawed and things are ready to grow...some plants already start growing before the snow melts!
      Yes the garden is a very soothing place to be this time of year. :)

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  6. Maine really is a paradise in the summer with its perfect temperatures (for the most part ;) ). I often use the contrast of winter to amplify my enjoyment of summer - it enhances my appreciation of the glorious here and now.
    Your gardens are looking lush and lovely. I wish I was closer to the ocean and beach roses, which make the best potpourri, IMO. Growing rugosa roses here isn't good, they get gangly and ugly. They thrive in the salt air I think and the wind keeps them low.
    Have a great Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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    1. Well, perfect temperatures for maybe 2 or 3 months out of the year.:D Winter doesn't even seem real right now though. :)
      I hope you have a happy 4th of July too!

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    2. Oh, remember those columbine seeds you sent me last year? I planted them last fall in the seed garden but by mid-May I still wasn't seeing any seedlings so thought they must not have survived the winter or maybe got washed away (that whole section of the garden was underwater early this spring). So I went ahead and tilled the bed again and planted Tansy there. Well, I was just weeding there today and noticed several little columbine plants popping up with the tansy! I'll have to move them somewhere else eventually before the tansy gets too big, but I'm so thrilled that they came up after all! :)

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    3. Oh, good news! I've got quite the crop of seed heads these days, so if you need anymore, let me know.

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  7. Your gardens look glorious! I just loved seeing the pictures of what it looks like now!

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