Saturday, May 2, 2009

Buzz on Over to MY Garden - Revisited

Here is another
Sunday Favorite
hosted by
Happy to Design

This is a chance to revisit
a favorite post from
the past
and share it
with all of our new followers & friends.

This post was one of my first offerings
and it was originally posted
July 25th, 2008.

Buzz on over to my garden. It's mid-July and the garden is just about at it's peak! Wow, I love how all the flowers have merged together. It is really pretty when I look out my dining room and porch windows. It's definitely not your classic "English Cottage Garden". I know it contains all the common fair. However, the flowers are not separated, they are co-mingled. I am not a fan of mulch. I hate the color. The only mulch I could possibly be interested in is the black mulch. I want the plants to drop their seeds. I want the flowers to spread. Bring it on. I thin them out. It is hard to do. I love them all. It's even hard to chose flowers for bouquets. I transplant them when I can.
My absolute favorite are Oxeye Daisies. Jacob picked a few for me from a field near our home. He dried them out and planted the seeds last fall. I have the most beautiful daisies. This year he is harvesting the seeds from the deadheads. I also throw some spent flower heads back into the garden. I have several varieties of Mondarda "Beebalm". We have the bright pink that again came from the "wild" so I can't share it's name with you. I have the red "Jacob Cline" (I love the name...), and a bright lavendar. I have the "False Sunflowers" Heliopsis. They just keep on blooming and blooming all the way 'til fall. Of course, I have the Echinacea Purple coneflowers. I have a few varieties. I have to hurry to gather a few of their seeds before the finches tear it apart. Another plant the goldfinches can't resist is the Anise Hyssop. My dog loves it, too. Jacob introduced it to him a few years back. He will mosey back to the garden and help himself to a leaf or two. It tastes like black licorice. They are a member of the mint family, so I don't need to tell you that it can get out of control. Right now that is okay with me, because I have a large space that I like to keep filled. They transplant nicely. I even moved them to a shade area of my yard and they are going strong. The companion plant in this photo is called Soapwort. It is also known as Bouncing Bet. It gets that rep from the fact that it moves about the garden. It spreads by rhizomes. I have an abundance of it. It all started with one tiny little plant from the Farmer's Market. They bloom profusely. It is sweet. Even the dried seed pods are pretty in the fall. I am glad that I have discovered it. It really is cute.

The plant in the second photo is Spiderwort. The cute little flowers only bloom in the morning. I have two varieties - a darker purple and a brighter blue. Interspersed throughout the garden are my Dad's favorite. The Dahlia. We plant the tubers in the spring. I know that you can pinch off the "suckers", however as stated before I just can't bear myself to do it. I love all the flowers great and small. I don't care for the dinner-plate sized heads in my application. I had a neighbor that grew the prettiest dinner-plate sized heads, but he had them in a large separate garden all clustered together it was gorgeous!

I'll wrap this up by showing you the view from my windows, and tomorrow I'll share with you my shady garden and my patio. Ta Ta!

I hope you enjoyed this
Blast from the Past!

Jacob and I have been/will be
"tooling around town"
so I will check
in with you guys later on
Sunday Night!



Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Great post! Perfect timing for some garden talk.

xinex said...

I really enjoyed yourpost, Robyn, first time I have seen it. Glad you reposted it. You are so good in remembering the names of the flowers. I have a problem with that that is why I plant the tags along with them, but I still can not remember. Your garden is gorgeous....Christine

KBeau said...

Now that's my kind of garden. When I lived in my previous home, I had lots of plants that had been dug from the woods and the side of the road with a friend.

The pink version of beebalm I believe is called wild bergamot. I wish I could plant spiderwort at this house, but my yard is a deer magnet. I've tried, but they keep mowing it down.

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

This is just beautiful...I bet you can't wait till July again...!
Thanks for visiting my post and for your nice remarks..Stop by anytime

Happy To Be said...

Awesome post my friend...I am so glad you did this because I was not a blogger at that time and missed it...thanks so much for coming by and seeing me my friend..How is Jacob doing?? Mine is coming home on Friday from Army boot camp can't wait to see him...May you have a great weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Vivienne said...

Oh that is so pretty! I love the whites and the purpley-blues planted together. It's so beautiful and soothing.
Thanks again for visiting me!

Chari said...

Hi Robyn...

My friend, I'm so happy that you decided to join in with the "Sunday Favorites" fun again this week!!! And thank you for the sweet compliments that you left about my tablescape!!! think that this post that you chose was from nearly 2 yrs. ago!!! You've been at this blogging thing a long time, my friend!!! I loved seeing your beautiful flower gardens...they're are gorgeous!!! So many wonderful varieties and beautiful colors!!! I have Bouncing Bet planted the full length of my house (up next to the house)! With living in the northeast corner of Colorado, we need to plant things that are fairly drought tolerant! They really thrive here...and multiply...I love them!!! They always attract the hummingbird much fun to watch them! I loved your beautiful garden and this post, my friend!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!!

Have a super Sunday!
Warmest wishes,

mbkatc230 said...

I loved this post! Your flowers are just gorgeous, and that view is just lovely. Thanks for stopping by, glad you got a laugh. Have a fun weekend and congrats to Jacob on getting his permit. Kathy

Mrs. B. Silly said...

What a beautiful garden! I'd love a view like that!

marty39 said...

What a beautiful repost. I missed this the first time around, but what a treat. I love your yard and all the flowers. So Pretty!!! Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments on my Kit.Redo. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Smilingsal said...

Still pretty.

imjacobsmom said...

OOps Chari, I had a typo - this post was from last summer. Thanks for pointing that out to me! ~ Robyn

Helen said...

Hi Robyn! Love your garden photos and can't wait for more ... if you sat at 3,600 feet as we do, you would have to worry a tad about spring snow slush. Be glad you don't..... On the bright side, a little over an hour later, the snow/rain is looking more like rain.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

R, I love , love, love that bee! I would love to have one of those. Your border is so lush and full. I hope my is that way in July. We get so dry and hot here that is wishful thinking...thanks for the sweet note that you left today.

Chandy said...

Great garden, Robyn! Glad you reposted this...

Bellamere Cottage said...

How lovely......and cheery too!


Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Running late this week visiting blogs....Hope you had a Happy Pink Saturday ~ Susan