Sunday, April 23, 2017

Purple Haze in my Gardens

Yes...happening right now in my gardens is a Purple Haze. I have over 20 plants blooming various hues of purple, I know some of the may be crossing the line between purple, pink and blue...but I am running with it for the sake of these amazing blooms. So here is the list in no particular order.....


#1 Hardy Cranesbill Geraniums 

#2 Columbine (Aquilegia)

#3 Dwarf Crested Iris (Cristata)

#4 Wind Flowers (Anemone blanda)

#5 Wild Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne)

#6 Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

#7 Money Plant (Honesty  Lunaria)

#8 Vinca Major ' Varigated'

#9 Lilacs, several different varieties 


#10 Perennial Bachelor Buttons (Centaurea montana)

#11 Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica)


#12 Violets (Viola odorata)

#13 Globe Allium Bulbs

#14 Wisteria

# 15 Virginia Blue Bells (Mertensia virginica)

#16 Grape Hyacinths Bulbs 

#17 Purple Crocus Bulbs

#18 Red Bud Trees

                                                    # 19   First of the Bearded Iris


So here is my last choice, I can either take a photo of the Hen
bit Weed, which has a purple blossom and has been very invasive this year in my garden but instead I choose the 20th purple bloom to be one of my favorites Dame's Rocket. (Hesperis matronalis)  I see it opening up.....


So there you have it .....I have been in Georgia all weekend and came home to find more purple...starting to open. But I need to end this blog....ENJOY   Purple Haze is everywhere!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lilly of the Valley Makes My Garden Sing


I love Lilly of the Valley.(Convallaria majalis)  I know it is poisonous, it is invasive and has a shady  history. All of this does not keep me from wanting it . When we moved here over 20 plus years ago, I was thrilled to find Lilly of the Valley. It was scattered in some random shady spots. So when my son-in -law and daughter offered about 6 years ago to group the plants all together under the Big Siberian Elm, I was all on board. 
This was a win/win. For the tree it keeps the crazy lawn mower guy, my husband from getting too close and for me it has grown to be an amazingly fragrant gift this time of year. 
I fondly remember my mom singing to be about the "White Coral Bells, along upon a slender stalk,  Lilly of the Valleys deck my garden walk. Oh don't you wish that you could hear them ring, that will only happen with the fairies sing." 
So now every spring..I hear the fairies sing... 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yes..they are Trilliums



Yes  You were all correct…What is it Wednesday was Trillium. Here are some fun facts about Trilliums ( Trillium app ) 
#1 There are sone 39 native trilliums in the U.S. 
#2 Trilliums are slow to develop and spread but will live for over 25 years. 
#3 Plant this beauty in a spot that gets some early season sunshine love. They need the warmth, in spite of being a woodland plant. 

#4 They love a mulch of graded leaves.  This keeps the area moist and perfect to keep this beauty growing and continuing through the years. 

These are several different varieties...but they were all so beautiful... I love taking a walk on the wild flower side and viewing these special flowers. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What is it Wednesday ..is one of my favorites....


WINDFLOWERS (Anemone spp)

I love my Windflowers. I am so happy that someone many years ago planted a couple bulbs. Now my garden is full of these little beauties and I love that they extend out in my yard. They spread and bloom before the first mow, so all is good. 

They have daisy-like flowers that bloom above their fern foliage. It is a very low growing plant but just seems to lite up the spring garden. The blend between purple and white blooms is captivating. They blend so tremendously with all my daffodils in bloom, it makes a wonderful addition to any spring garden. 

Plus, my bees are all over them. A must needed early nectar flower. 

I hope you will find the bulb and plant some…they are very special. 

I am betting you can find them at White Flower Farm. 











Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Made the cover again, plus two articles inside....pick it up.  Lots of great information inside and some beautiful pictures.

What is it Wednesday?


Blooming today in my garden and "bee-ing enjoyed"    Check tomorrow for the answer.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea



This is Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea. (Spiraea prunifolia).  




I really cannot verify what the exact variety of my particular shrub because it was here when I brought this property 20 some years ago. I love it for so many reasons. When this shrub is in full bloom it resembles a fountain of amazing small clusters of white flowers. The blooms extend all the way down the arching canes. 

The name comes from the fact that the canes thru the ages have been shaped into a wreath and worn by brides as a headdress for the special day. Very Special!!








I transplanted a great deal of this shrub to the back fence row about 10 years ago. Now it puts on such an impressive show.  My variety grows to over 6 ft tall and is very full. It seems to prefer full sun but does fine in partial shade.  They love it out in the field and it provides such a beautiful screen along the fence row.  
This shrub easily transplanted and by doing this task, it allowed my Kerria japonica with its yellow puff blooms to magnificently fill in the gaps. Making for quite an impressive show in the spring. 







Thursday, March 16, 2017

Think about it Thursday???

This beauty is blooming now in  my garden, while at least it was before the cold snap. What do you think this shrub is?????

Answer tomorrow!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Love my Sweet Mock-orange


Thanks for all who chimed in on the picture I posted for "Think About It Thursday".  I hope you will think about putting this plant in your gardens...

I believe that this early bloomer is a Sweet Mock-orange Bush. It was already thriving here when we bought this property over 20 some years ago. I am not positive of the variety. It definitely is an older variety as the blossoms are single, delicate and breathtakingly fragrant.  So I am going with (Philadelphus coronarius).  However since this bush was first cultivated in1560, I am not putting a bet on this assumption. 
This variety is hardy in Zone 4-8. It is a very rapid grower . It can grow as much as 24” a year. Several years ago, after a very cold winter, I gave mine a  needed haircut. That has resulted in a more compact, more attractive bush and actually more blooms. 
This bush needs at least 4 hours of direct sun a day. So partial shade will do. It lives very happily in one of my “island gardens.”  This area shines in the spring as it has Forsythia and many different varieties of daffodils. In the summer this area host a wonderful Smoke Tree and a Japanese Red Maple that comes into its own under the shade of the Mock-orange. The daffodils are hidden under a wonderful living mulch of ferns. So little mulch is needed. Finally a very old Holly gives me shiny green leaves and bright red berries. My little “island garden” shines all year long. 

Some feel this shrub is boring except for the two weeks of blooms. But I love it for many good reasons. # 1 being my Mother had one in her garden and she was so happy to see one in my landscape.  Plus, according to Doug Tallamy, certain varieties of this shrub fit right into my mission to transition amy gardens over to more native plants. This shrub provides cover for wildlife, nest sites for birds, pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies and food for caterpillars. So what is not to love about Mock-Orange?




Monday, February 20, 2017

Blooms on February 20th!!

I am going to let these photos speak for themselves.... Is it really only February 20th?  I hope we are not in for a wicked March, because February has been delightful!!





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