Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Mid July Garden 2019

I am back with more garden pictures as promised!  Last week I shared how as much as I was looking forward to meeting my new grandson,  yet I didn't want to leave my garden because I could tell everything was budding and just ready to burst into bloom.  Well, I was right because when I returned home the color was jaw dropping.  

This is a side garden that borders my driveway.


Stella d' Oro Day Lilies are great plants for lining a driveway or pathways.



The impatient and begonias have done so well with this year because of all the rain we keep getting.


This year I planted a lot of zinnias.  About a 1/4 to 1/2 of what I planted died.  Zinnias love it hot and dry and it's been cool and wet until recently.  But the few that did live, turned out beautifully!




This is one of the gardens I renovated this year (still working on the other one, hence the wood chip bags you see in the upper left corner).  I want this garden to be mostly an annual garden as it the first garden you see when you arrive at our house.  I also have great views of this garden from my kitchen and living room windows.  There are some perennials in this garden, but it's mostly filled with zinnias, marigolds, and impatiens.


The next two pictures are aerial views of that same garden.  The pond is right next to my front porch.  I can hear the sound of water through my kitchen window.  All the neighborhood wildlife love to come to this pond for a drink.




This is a purple bee balm in the same family as the red bee balm.  It grows much shorter, and it's not as aggressive as the red version.  I think it's so pretty.





A close up of the purple bee balm.



I plant annuals up against the house, right next to the front porch.  These tall red salvias are planted here every year.  I put white begonias in front of them.  They go nicely with my red brick house and white trim.


Here is a longer view of the garden flowers shown above.  The Salvias and Begonias get the most sun, then from there it gets shady so I have planted impatient with shady begonias behind them.


In the corner I always have a climbing vine.  Every year it's different.  Last year I had a pink jasmine flower planted here.  This year I tried this annual flower and I really like it!  It's called Thunbergia.


The bee balm is still blooming in the southern retaining wall garden.  I told you it's a very long lasting  perennial.  It blooms for weeks!  The hollyhock have also started to bloom.



Last week I showed you a light pink Astilbe in bloom, this week my other varieties have bloomed like this purple one.


Yes, the clematis is still in bloom.  I love how the hot orange and yellow Asiatic lilies contrast so beautifully with the purple blooms of the clematis.


Here is a pretty fuchsia Astilbe.


A close up of an orange Asiatic lily.


Hollyhock blooms.


A close up of a Hollyhock bloom.


An aerial view of the sun room garden.


Aerial view of the yard looking down at the shed.


The two gardens lining the "driveway".  It will be a concrete driveway "someday".  Every year we do one section.  We do all the work ourselves, and it's quite expensive, so we can only do one section per year.


A white Asiatic lily.  One of my favorite lilies...so pretty!


Almost all the Purple Coneflower are in bloom now.  The butterflies have been very happy!


A close up of a yellow Asiatic lily.


Purple Astilbe in the shade sun room garden (it's a shade garden, but I call it the "sun room garden" because the garden can be viewed from inside my sun room).


I love Hosta blooms almost as much as I love Hosta plants.  The bees love them too.  I love to watch the bees go deep inside their blooms.


A sitting area in the sun room shade garden.  Notice the hanging water bucket?  I was at a garden center and saw they hung antique watering cans from trees and thought it was such a cute and novel idea I decided to try it in my own garden.  Of course, they hung many in their trees and I only have one.  If I ever find any on sale,  I'll buy a few more.


And finally, a red yarrow plant.  I have red yarrow, and a little white.  I use to have yellow yarrow, the most common variety, but it died out from lack of sun. :(  This one is sure looking happy in this spot.


I hope you enjoyed my little garden tour.  Come back next week to see more!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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32 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. When you moved into your house, were the gardens there or have you done all of this work yourself? and how long has that taken? I can see the vast amount of work involved. Give me some hope for my garden, we have only been here 2 years and there is so much to do.
    As for rain, you must be getting ours. We have had one rainfall of 1/4" in the entire month of July. Our water bill is very steep!

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    1. We bought the house in 1998 and there was only one garden down by the shed but it was very full of weeds. I spent the first summer just digging up and dividing the perennials in that garden and weeding it. After that, we added a garden a year. It took around 7 years to complete all the gardens. We've done all the work ourselves. I wish I could send you some of my rain! I feel we are drowning here. It's pouring right now as I type this. :(

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  2. Oh my goodness your garden is gorgeous! I tried to plant an "English garden" at the front of my house and tried to pick native plants so they could tolerate the hot and dry. Apparently they can survive it, but that's about all they're doing. I guess I need to give them a little more care and trim and fertilize them (I do not have the most green of thumbs). One of my favorite things to do when I'm sitting on the patio in the evenings is watching the bees go into the flowers. I do love that new vine and the watering can in the tree - what a cute idea! Why is cement so expensive? It's just ridiculous for what the stuff is. Good luck with that project!

    Ruth
    www.VogueFauxReal.com

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    1. I love to watch the bees too! Yes, why is cement so expensive? Good question!

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  3. Such beautiful gardens! I always wished I actually enjoyed gardening more as I'd love to have beautiful blooms but find it is just so much work.

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    1. I really don't enjoy all aspects of gardening. I just love the results. I love looking out my window every morning when I wake up and see my own little "Garden of Eden". But the work is hard. I often get tired of the bruised knees, the bug bites and stings, the constant dirt on my hands and under my nails, the aches and pains. And most days I wonder if it's all worth it. But then some beautiful flower blooms, or I see all the hummingbirds and butterflies flock to my yard, among other creatures, and then I'm very grateful.

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  4. OMYGOSH Amy, your gardens are absolutely breathtaking!!!! I love them...God sure knows what He's doing, right? Your gardens is a full-time job, I'm sure, but it is sooooo gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much Sally. Yes, it's definitely a full time job. I could be out there from sun up to sun down and still not get everything done that needs to be done.

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  5. Your garden looks stunning. you have quite the green thumb

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  6. I always love tours of your gorgeous yard. Your plants are so well thought out that there is beauty everywhere, every season. I would so enjoy sitting in the Adirondack-type chair with a good book and some raspberry tea.

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    1. Thank you! I wish I could just sit and enjoy my garden too...but there is always something to do!

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  7. Your garden is stunning, Amy! I found you on Your the Star and would love to have you share your talent on Farm Fresh Tuesdays! Hope to see you there!
    https://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2019/07/farm-fresh-tuesdays-12-and-getting-rid-of-mosquitoes.html

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  8. Your garden is beautiful! I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful flowers. It's inspirational, my garden needs some attention. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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  9. You were so right. The colors are amazing. Your years of work have a big return in beauty! Pinned this post and visiting you from unlimited-monthly-link-party-3, where I posted Awesome Reasons to Eat Celery with Prep Ideas.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I'll be over to check out your post soon.

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  10. I love your garden. It must take a lot of work but is so worth it. I am waiting for Michaelmas daisies to flower here.

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    1. thank you, yes, it's a lot of worth, but so worth it as you say.

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  11. Beautiful. And (as I know from my far less impressive garden) a lot of work.

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  12. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 3! Shared.

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  13. Hey dear friend, back to say thank you for linking up with us for the Blogging Grandmothers link party. I have shared your post for all the world to enjoy.

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  14. Your gardens are truly spectacular! So lovely. I could spend a lot of time enjoying each one.

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  15. Your gardens are gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash: http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/make-it-pretty-monday-week-303/ Hope you have a lovely week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you! That is so awesome! I'll be sure to add it to my "Where I've Been Featured" page.

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  16. Wow - what a gorgeous garden! Everything is blooming so beautifully! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. Your post was one of my features this week! I will also be pinning and adding to Instagram stories this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and have a great weekend!
    Shelley

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