Monday, May 27, 2019

Sweet Spots in the Garden

As I was sitting here on the patio this afternoon I thought about how nice a few places in the garden are looking at this time. I thought I would show you and I will be able to look back at this lush when the heat and drought sets in later.  All of the tropicals on the patio are loving this hot wet weather. They sulked a couple of weeks when it was really too cool for them at night. We don't have to worry about that now.
The very fragrant honeysuckle 'Scentsations' is in it's glory. Even standing way over here I can smell it.
If you look over to the left you can see the unnamed red rose blooming quite well despite the dead limbs up the middle. I am wondering what in the world happened? I hope it isn't the dreaded rose rosette disease that is happening in a lot of places. 
The double blooming mock orange is showing nice with the pink flowering spirea and yellow rose. Do you see that tiny blue bud down in the center left? Just across the path you can see what it will be. 
This is our native iris, Iris virginica sheveri. It is such a beautiful blue. 
If you look close you can see that it is attractive to pollinators of all sorts, ants and bees seen here.
Another native beauty is the white Penstemon. It is blooming like crazy now. The bumble bees really like this one too. 
The Oak Leaf Hydrangeas are gearing up to bloom like mad. 
Do you remember the Waterleaf that had taken over this flower bed? You can see that here if you didn't see it before. It has now been tamed. You can see the other plants beginning to spread and grow. 
The mouse trap is filling with it's denizens. Geranium Biokovo has been blooming up a storm. On the left that dark leaved plant is the small Ninebark Little Devil. It is actually blooming also but it is difficult to photograph. 
I don't know what Blogger has done to our photos but if  you click on the photos they will show up on a slideshow and not be so fuzzy looking.
I will leave you here. I hope you had a lovely long weekend. 

29 comments:

  1. How lush and creative ~ wonderful place to sit and enjoy nature's beauty and your hard work ~ love it!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Hi Carol, Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by. Cheers.

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  2. Your garden looks lovely, Lisa. I adore that Iris. I hope the hot, dry conditions hold off a bit longer yet.

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  3. Hi Lisa, I wish I could smell your honeysuckle. It is beautiful! I don't think your rose has the rose rosette disease. That manifests itself with stunted but excessive growth, sort of like a witch's broom effect. It is eventually fatal but takes a while. I have unfortunately seen a lot of this disease in my area, but fortunately not in my own garden. The roses most susceptible are those with multiflora rose in their genetic make-up, including Knock-out roses.

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    1. I am glad to hear that you don't think it is the rosette disease. It could be that Annie crashed into it breaking a couple of canes chasing rabbits. This rose is very tough and will withstand something like that.

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  4. It's always good to sit back once in a while and admire your own garden. I envy you that honeysuckle.

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  5. Oh my! I bet it does smell good. I love mock orange. At our previous place I would ride by and sniff them as I was mowing:-)

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  6. Lisa your garden could not look any more lovely. I had never heard of that rose disease. Unfortunately I do not have good results with roses...I love them so but where I live they don't seem to like. So glad you shared all your beautiful photos. Hope your Memorial Day was good. Hugs!

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  7. Your garden is so lush and full of life Lisa. Your Iris virginica sheveri blooms are especially beautiful, but I love them all!

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  8. Looking good! The Honeysuckles are blooming here, too, and the air is sweet. That Iris is truly special!

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  9. Looking at your photos, Lisa I imagine how you are sitting and relaxing and enjoying your garden. This is time that we are waiting for months. I like your hydrangea, very pretty. Mine has big leaves not buds yet.
    Happy days!

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    1. Nadezda, the rest of my hydrangeas are still growing their leaves. The big mopheads are no forming on most of them yet.

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  10. Beautiful floral shots and places of your lovely garden ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. Absolutely wonderful!!!! I wish I could see an overhead view of your whole garden. I think I remember you saying your house is on a corner?? Is the traffic loud, or is it as peaceful as it looks? You are really a good gardener!

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    1. You are too kind Nan. You have a good memory, we do live on a corner. I wish I could show you an overhead shot of my garden. That would be fun for me to see also. Yes, the traffic is a nuisance. It can be very loud as we sit on a curve to boot. Sometimes people like to pretend they are driving a race course. This is why we have planted trees and shrubs between us and the road. It helps but not as much as I had hoped. I have had people tell me they never dreamed there would be a pleasant place to sit so close to the traffic. That I feel is a compliment as I try to make it peaceful as can be.

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  12. Tienes muy bonitas flores. Saludos.

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  13. Your garden is looking fantastic. Hot and wet weather certainly agrees with your plants!

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  14. Our weather has been wet but unusually cool rather than hot. That Penstemon is a great plant.

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  15. Hi there Lisa girl !
    Everything looks great in your garden .. the iris is so pretty ! I planted Cherry Garden by my little dry stream bed with Mouse Ears hosta and a pretty amber coloured heuchera in the middle ..
    I also just planted two honey suckle on either side of an arbor .. so I am hoping in a another year or two I will have fragrant blooms too.
    I don;t have tropicals but I enjoy seeing other gardener's .. I dread the intense heat humidity we get later on too .. but you are ahead of me with the blooms we have had cool wet weather so far .. but that has been good for working in the garden and getting plants in.
    I just planted 5 new hydrangea so it will be interesting to see what happens with them fingers crossed ! Bobo and Berry White do your thing ? LOL

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  16. The iris is a beautiful colour

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    1. I so agree Sue. A beautiful blue for the garden.

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  17. Love all those tropicals on the patio! Looking good!

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  18. Wat een kleurrijk geheel, hoe groot is je tuin eigenlijk ?
    Groet Jan(Wilde een Tuin)

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    1. My garden is very small compared to yours. The whole lot is 110ft x 170ft. The house, garage and yard barn take up quite a bit of space. I really just garden on 90x110 feet.

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  19. Definitely a very 'lush' garden ~ and I do think some painted rocks would look nice in your garden ~ try it ~ think you will enjoy painting rocks ~ fun!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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