Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

WHITE GARDEN...Maybe Someday

The shrubs along this walkway have been full of bloom the last couple of weeks. I have always wanted to have a white garden but just can't seem to accomplish it. I always end up needing a space to put a newly purchased plant that isn't white.

Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake'

The mild winter has created an abundance of blooms on these shrubs. I don't remember another year where there have been so many. I limbed up this shrub to give myself a little more room to plant and was quite pleased with the way it looked this year.

Deutzia gracillis

There is one of these slender deutzia on either side of the viburnum each loaded with small bell shaped blooms. I took a couple of rooted pieces off these shrubs last fall. Because they were planted in a less protected area, the late hard frost that we had ruined most of their blooms. I look forward to next year hoping to see them as loaded with blooms as these. 

There are many other white flowering shrubs and perennials growing in my garden. Maybe someday they can all be blooming in one place place and I will have my WHITE GARDEN.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Clematis and Roses

Clematis 'H. F. Young'

Clematis are fairly new to our garden. The more that I add the more I enjoy them. This is the second year for H. F. Young and the blooms so far have been beautiful. I added four new clematis last year and there are three more on the way to plant this year. So far most of them are paired with roses but I read about letting them climb through other shrubs so that may be the next combination I will try.

Zephirine Drouhin

The first bloom on Zephirine Drouhin will be followed by many more from the look of the canes. This rose is supposed to be a repeat bloomer with a strong fragrance. I have often admired the pictures of beautiful roses climbing on arbors full of blooms. I will post pictures later when she is in full bloom.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bleeding Hearts

Dicentra spectabillis 'Alba'

There are some flowers that evoke memories from childhood. They are often the ones that were from my grandmother's garden. A lot of then aren't often seen in modern gardens and have only recently found their way into my own.

Dicentra spectabillis

The pink colored one was the one grandmother grew. It grew by the front walk and I always enjoyed seeing it bloom in the spring and marvel at how much the plant deserved it's common name.
After its bloom is finished the plant will disappear during the heat of summer. I have placed my at the edge of the hosta garden which allows me to enjoy their beauty while I wait for the hosta and ferns to unfurl their leaves.

Hope you have plants that will always remind you of a garden from your childhood.