Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thursday Thirteen - 223 - 13 Views of the Garden 2011

1 - Biggest garden thrill this year: I planted two lilac bushes several years ago, and this year one of them bloomed. When I first saw the buds early in the spring, it was like spotting-my-teenage-heartthrob time.

(That would be Les McKeown, from the Bay City Rollers, in case you didn't already know that.)

2 - The next big thing for us was the emergence of our daffodils. I'd planted these a few autumns ago, but they'd never turned up the following spring. Mom and I chalked it up to raiding squirrels and left it at that.

Suddenly, this spring - voila. Daffodil.

3 - Forsythia and tulips in the front rock garden.

4 - Kolkwitzia, a flowering shrub we planted in the backyard beside the deck

5 - Pink clematis in the backyard, a gift from my sister, and dark blue clematis in the front yard, which came with the house

6 - Lady's mantle, which just appeared all on its own

7 - Angelica, which I planted outside the backdoor

8 - The Monster Rose Bush, otherwise known as an American Pillar rambler rose along the side of the house (which I grew from cuttings,) a delicate Rugosa rose which my sister and got from the side of the road by Grand Pré in the Annapolis Valley (in the front rock garden,) and the Aunt Sheila Rose, also known as a Subzero Brownell rose.

9 - My mom's container gardens, featuring some gorgeous purple lobelia and her favorite, pansies

10 - Orange lilies, originally from my husband's great-grandmother's Ontario garden, daylilies in the front garden and heritage lilies at the backdoor which I got at a farm museum plant sale.

11 - Hostas in the back woodland garden

12 - Wild asters near the rugosa rose bush

13 - Balsam near the back door, at the edge of the woodland garden


Melissa Bradley said...

Wow!! Your gardens are extraordinary. Such beauty and color.:)

Janet said...

Jealous! The colors, the lushness, the beauty - thank you for sharing, Julia :)

Anonymous said...

Your pics make me believe I could be a gardener! Though, I don't have the staying power. :)

Akelamalu said...

Your garden is beautiful Julia!

I have a huge lilac bush in my garden and the smell is heavenly. :)

Brenda ND said...

Oh, what beautiful flowers. I'd love to visit yoru garden.

Jennie Marsland said...

Gorgeous pictures, Julia. Isn't Lady's mantle amazing? Our gardens are full of it. It just seems to appear everywhere.

I am Harriet said...

Wonderful photos!

Have a great Thursday!

Candy said...

Great post!
Love your garden
You gave me an idea for next week's Thursday 13 - hope you don't mind. My parents have so many different types of roses!

Happy Thursday!

Xakara said...

Beautiful! I have garden envy :)

Happy T13,
13 Polys

sherilee said...

Lovely pictures; you've given me an idea for next week's Thursday 13!

It's been a great summer for gardening, hasn't it? I'm more sad than usual to be here in the middle of August, ready to plant the fall stuff...

Happy TT!

Arlee Bird said...

Such beautiful plants. I'm jealous. Most of the things I plant seem to not thrive well or just die. I have managed some hearty piquin pepper plants and a rubber tree plant that is starting to scare me with its rapid growth.

Tossing It Out

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