Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Walk Through My Garden

  Last year's drought really stressed things in my gardens but this spring we've had relatively cool weather and ample amounts of rain.  Here's a sample of how my flowers are looking this year.

  My Stella D'oro lilies are bold and bright!


     The clematis is blooming, as are the hydrangeas!

  I had to replace several of my hydrangeas after last summer.  I went with the Endless Summer variety.  I've had good luck with these in the past.
Guess you can tell I'm partial to my Hydrangeas!!!

   As I round the corner of the house, my day lilies take their turn at blooming. They don't want to be out done by everyone else!

This is a minature petunia. Isn't it pretty!   See the statue of the children in the background?  My teacher friends gave that to me when I retired.  It was the perfect gift  because I had been a remedial reading teacher for the last 12 years, and if you notice, the children are reading!!  It also is a great addition to my 'garden-scape' and something I'll enjoy using in different parts of the yard through the years!


  I'm also an herb grower.  I really like using them in my recipes.  Here are parsley, chervil and mint.
  I also use a lot of thyme, dill, basil and rosemary.  This year I'm also trying sage, tarragon and fennel.  (Well, I don't think fennel is an herb, but it's a new addition to my vegetable garden this year.  If it thrives, I'll give a report about that later.)  I have some of these other herbs in the veggie garden but also like to grow some on the back porch, just outside the kitchen.  I keep my trimming scissors on the herb bench, ready and waiting.

A planter with thyme, tarragon and chives.

   Now to put the camera away and get out the garden clippers.  I think it's time to bring some of these goodies inside to enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!