Summer garden flowers

So as the Summer is ending, my garden is winding down as well.  Many of my favorite flowers are faded or have ceased blooming.  I still enjoy photos of them and just had to post some of my new favorites for this season. Every year is a different experience and a chance to try a…

drying summer flowers

Not only do I enjoy my summer garden while it is in bloom, but I usually try to save some of the flowers of the season.  I simply use my garage greenhouse and old sheet pans.  I put out flowers from summer floral arrangements and also from my garden throughout the season. I allow them…

Rhododendron

One of my all time favorite shrubs is the rhododendron.  Sometimes I have heard gardeners call them “rhodies”, which may refer to a variety of many different types of shrubs in the species.  There are also various sizes of these plants, but my memory takes me back to some of the most beautiful rhododendron that…

Summer garden update

Our Michigan chilly Spring temperatures moved slowly into pleasant Summer weather and suddenly, I looked up, and my perennial garden was back in bloom.  Anyone who gardens with perennial flowers and herbs knows the feeling when the garden looks flat just after the Winter season breaks. I look outside and think, will my garden come…

Lenten Rose

Well worth the wait is the Lenten Rose or Helleborus.  It has taken around three years for my plants to really take hold and offer up beautiful flowers.  I love my three plants, and this Spring they have produced a lovely effect in my shade border. Michigan is a great location for these plantings, as…

garden visit — chanticleer gardens

recently, we visited the chanticleer gardens just outside of Philadelphia. the chanticleer estate was built in 1913, and became a year-round home in the early 20’s.  it was originally built as a summer home just outside of the city, to be reached by the main line railway. the 35 acres, open to the public, are…

garden tour

 i had the opportunity to tour a lovely arboretum this week just outside of Philadelphia.  the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a 166 acre historic public garden that began as a private estate in 1887.  it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The garden is arranged in landscape plantings,…

red amaryllis

i potted a red Amaryllis just before Thanksgiving this year and had beautiful blooms by Christmas.  the lily like blooms on tall stems look very tropical to me.  i have only planted Amaryllis one other year, as i often forget to plan ahead and purchase the bulbs.  this year, a friend of mine was selling…

perennial mums

throughout the fall, gardeners are always thinking of what needs to be done to put their gardens to bed for the winter.  the leaves begin to fall and our focus turns from everything blooming to only a few that are favorites.  i must say that one of the best decisions i made many years ago…

daisy and roses

this year, i planted some daisy near my knock out roses.  i really admire how the flowers complement each other.  they have been blooming side-by-side for several weeks now and with weekly dead-heading have been continuing to bloom and look pretty at the back of my home. although this site is not full sun, it…

garlic chives and globe thistle

another favorite herb of mine happens to be garlic chives.  the white flowers attract both bees and butterflies to my garden in the late summer.  these garlic chives, which are sometimes called Chinese chives, have garlic flavored leaves which i use to flavor Asian inspired dishes. the plant is from the Allium family and garlic…

monarda

monarda is technically a cultivar from the mint family.  bee balm, grown in many herb gardens, has an unusual flower, often described as ragged clusters of blooms.  my plant attracts all the neighborhood hummingbirds, and i often see at least two at a time by the petals.  my bee balm grows in two colors and…