Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Finally My 2nd Cottage

I ordered this new cottage on May 9th and it took until now for it to arrive. 

I had prepared a foundation for it this spring so all I had to do was to set it in place. 
I had chosen a bright green roof so it wouldn't match the red roofed cottage. 

I asked for a brown door, bleach shutters and the little scrollwork piece in black to go above the door.  Thankfully they got it all right!

The bright green sedum was planted there knowing I had the cottage coming. 

I found another garden cart like my old one that was crushed in my little accident I posted about the other day.  I decided it would show up better on the bright green sedum.

I've relocated a few fairies. 

When I fell last week the new cottage would have probably caused me more injury and likely have been damaged.  Perhaps it was divine intervention that caused the cottage to be delayed so long?

The little guy on the bench lost part of one leg. I can't find it either - must have gone deep in the ground.

I've had to start trimming the alyssum as it is really taking over.  Not complaining because this is the way I wanted it to look.

I planted some Moss Rose here too and I love their little flowers mingling in with everything!

Next year I'll probably set things up a little differently and create a new look.

It just rained for five minutes and now the sky is clearing!  It cooled things off.  It's been pretty hot here- how about in your area?
Thank you all for your kind comments on my previous post.  I appreciated hearing from you.

Continue Reading

Monday, July 25, 2016

Crashing On my Fairy Garden

I debated on sharing this story but since I feel my blogging is a bit of a diary about my life I decided to go ahead and share it.

 Early last Thursday....
....we were under a severe thunderstorm warning.  Since were were warned of high winds and possible haile I decided to use this spare umbrella to cover my hydrangea so it wouldn't get damaged.

Continue Reading

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Eary Morning in the Backyard Garden

I did a quick run around the backyard this morning to capture a few more pictures. 

 Standing a ways back I use my zoom and focus on the white impatiens which ends up creating a softened background.  I love that affect- kind of dreamy :-)

I know you've seen this view before but I like how the path was lit by the sun...

Turning around to this pie shaped garden area that the garden pathway follows and is one side of the patio.

 Love how this hosta took over this area.  I believe it was 2 or 3 hostas that were planted next to a tree that used to be here.  They've converged and made a very large clump!

These bright green hostas are called Amber Tiara.  They're a good border size hosta.  I'm planning to move them (early fall)  over to the area shown below in the next picture.  These guys are getting crowded out here.

 These two hostas were new last year.  They're doing very well this summer and I'm quite happy with them.  Notice how the day lilies are all pointing towards the West...looking for the sun!   I think I am going to lift these lilies and move them closer to the wall and then center these two hostas since they will eventually get a lot larger.   The amber tiara hostas from above can be planted in this area close to the stones and I think it will look great.

These are called Gypsy Rose.  Reading up on it I found it's a sport of another hosta called Striptease which I also have on the hosta island.

 Dappled sunlight for a few moments each morning. 

Notice the white lily in the forefront?  I broke down and replaced the one that was there before that the voles ate last winter.  I ran across it at Lowe's.  

 A few hours later I went out for a better picture of this are.  The white campanula has been blooming a good week now.  The sedum I planted a few years ago are all doing well.
 Notice my visitor- Mr. Chipmunk?

They're always so cute to see but they do anger me.  They dig holes to bury sunflower seeds that they find on the ground by the bird feeders and I've had to tidy up the fairy garden because of them. 

These Annabelle hydrangeas are one of my absolute favorites.  We had a good rain the other day and it caused them to fall over a bit.  That's the only negative to these big mophead type hydrangeas- they can be too heavy for their own stems!  I'm going to go out and add some stakes to them to keep them from breaking.

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Continue Reading

Friday, July 15, 2016

Island Out Front- Mid July

I took a few more pictures in the early evening of the front island.

 Don't you just love it when a bunch of your flowers are blooming altogether!

When I first spotted these Shata Daisies at the garden center I liked how their flower heads stood straight up facing the sky and they start out a soft yellow and grow to a white color as they mature.  I cannot find any notes on the name of these which disappoints me greatly.

 I'm so pleased that this delphinium keeps coming back each year.  In the past I've had some that seemed to go for a couple of years and then just disappear.    Now I want another one, or two or three!

The coreopsis is at it's best right now!

 On the right is a large patch of Black Eyed Susan's that will be the next pop of color!

 I'm glad I made this border of coreopsis- they do well and make a great display.  

 We have been a little neglectful about keeping the edge of the island looking groomed this year.  We decided to forgo getting mulch this year- we'll catch up on it next year!

 I'm so tickled with the Butterfly Bush plant- it's gotten larger each year and makes such a nice display.  Great summery colors- orange, purple and yellow!

The purple looks so good standing next to the yellow.
Speedwell- Veronica and Zagreb Coreopsis

 When we created this island it was to cut down on some of the noise from the road out front and it has helped.  The blue spruces were much smaller then and I thought I had made enough room for their growth.  We've expanded the island 2 times afterwards and the spruce tree keeps getting larger!  I love seeing the branches go to the ground but it does present a problem with mowing around it on the other side.  I'm debating removing a few lower branches.  I just don't want to ruin it's looks so I need to be careful.

I'll leave you with this bouquet of flowers and wish you a very happy weekend.


Continue Reading

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Morning Sun

I could see the sun highlighting the pink Astilbe from the kitchen so I sped outside to take a picture.  This one is called Amethyst.

Creeping Jenny has found it's way around my gardens and likes to creep along the stone walls.  You can see it on the ground in this picture.

Tucked down in there is a daylily called Orange Buttons.  It needs full sun and don't ask me why I planted it here.  I should move it and give it a better home.  The hosta behind it is called Bright Lights.  I've had it for years.  The ones that follow the curve of the fountain area are called Gold Standard.  Both of these have been super reliable.

The giant Sum and Subtance Hosta never failes to amaze me.   The pink plant in front is called Astrantia (Great Masterwort)  Star of Fire. 

These bi-color impatiens seemed to take forever to amount to something but they finally are now.  

The Japanese Forest Grass Aureola (Hankonechloa) took a long time to fill in.  Several years back I split it up to spread it across this whole area and then it seemed to take years for it to amount to anything.  It does like to be well watered so I don't recommend it if you aren't good about watering.  The dark plain green hosta is called Fujibotan.  I wanted to create a consistent color to be next to the Japanese Grass.

The little wagon of white impatiens is getting real nice and full now.  I hung a watering can on a shepard's hook near it.

Have a great day!

Continue Reading