Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Garden

It's been a couple of weeks since I last updated the flower photos from our garden.  My husband has been busy finishing a new patio area and repairing the deck (decks don't like New England winters).  Lots of lilies are blooming now.  I thought the way the sun caught this one was very pretty.

The Clematis vine along the side of the garage is nearly finished but the hydrangeas are getting full now so we have some color.

I thought that the color of hydrangeas is determined by the soil but we have both white and blue growing on the same bushes.  The blue is one of my favorites.

The snowball bushes (vibernum) are overloaded with blooms.  I cut a few that were falling on the lawn but they don't last very long in a vase.  I can see these from the kitchen window.

We have a few coneflowers (echinacea) blooming.

These have a pretty pale purple color and the centers are raised in a dome shape.

Do you remember this photo of the ferns that were starting to come up in early May?

Here they are now - very full and fluffy.

There are more hydrangeas next to the ferns - once again in a mixture of blue and white.

This is the stone wall that my husband finished building today.  We needed to raise up the ground level between the two trees where we hang a hammock in the summer.

The wall curves a bit and there is a step up and to the right where we now have a small patio - just big enough for two Adirondack chairs in a shady spot that catches some breezes.

This pink astilbe grows on the side of the house.  The flowers are so soft and delicate.

There is clump of another variety of lilies near the garage.  These have a more ruffly edge.

This is my favorite photo from yesterday's walk around the yard with my camera.  This is a type of dianthus (common names, pink, sweet William or carnation) and I just happened to catch a bee that landed on the flower.

Today would have been my mother's 89th birthday.  She was an avid gardener and ran the flower show at the Grange Fair for many years.  It's been 17 years since she died but whenever I see a pretty garden or an interesting flower I think of her.

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  1. Diane, beautiful garden! Looks like a great place to relax (and work). I am also glad that my Mom left me the love of flowers, as did yours. I loved looking at your beautiful flowers.

  2. Oh, how lovely.
    Your flowers are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous garden pictures with us.
    Your pictures look like they could be in a magazine or even be made into some very pretty cards

  3. Your flower garden is beautiful!

  4. Just gorgeous photos-the flowers are so beautiful, and how nice that something so lovely brings back such fond memories of your Ann Marie

  5. It's normal for them to blend from blue to white - the soil pH can actually change them to white and pink! I remember my grandmother always pouring the leftover pickle juice on hers to make the soil more acidic... I don't remember whether it was to make them pink or blue, though. Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow everything is so green and beautiful. Here in Wisconsin, well were I am, every thing is toast. I never saw the lawn so brown and dry. TFS

  7. I absolutely love your garden pictures! I would love to know what camera you have - it captures the smallest of details - beautiful!!

  8. Beautiful photos Diane. I have blue hydrangeas. They start out as white. Our property was an old farm and had a barbed wire fence on it. Whenever I find a rusty piece of that old fence I stick it into the ground around that plant and that makes the flowers a real deep blue. They love rust.

  9. Thank you for sharing your garden. It takes my breath away as your photography is outstanding. I live a few blocks from the Pacific beach and have very sandy soil. There is a hydrangea bush with these colors: pink,lavender blue,and cream. It sure makes a lovely bouquet.

  10. Oh my goodness, your landscaping is divine! Your backyard must feel like a sanctuary...... Gorgeous!

  11. Diane, your garden is beautiful...ty so much for sharing please keep the photos coming...really enjoy them...:0) Mary ann

  12. Hi Diane, I so love seeing photos of your garden. I can't believe the incredible photo with the bee gently posing itself on the flower. I am taking notes of all your flowers and preparing for next year. I did not know that you could change the color of hydrangeas with rust or even pickle juice. Hope you had a great weekend. We are making great progress with your yard... I even have a small flower garden island.
    Have a great week.

  13. I love seeing the pics of your gardens! They have really inspired me to attempt photos of my own flowers. I don't really have any photo editing software at home, but do play a little with the pics at Archivers--but theirs is quite limited. Thanks for the inspiration!


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