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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's Possible


It's possible my garden is a spring garden...



I love spring blooming flowers,

wild or tame.


So each year I get more.

They crowd the beds

look gorgeous and then

there is no rainbow.

Just
green



or so it seems.....

The colors are subtle, and you must


look closely to see,


and appreciate the transition times....

Until the next wave of color arrives

to make you believe you have a summer garden, too.

Gail

"As the Garden Grows, so does the Gardener"

26 comments:

  1. I think the beauty of a perennial garden is its' ever changing nature! Love your progression. It is hard to get bored with a perennial garden.

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  2. Gail, Beautiful pictures and what a beautiful garden! I am always sad to see the spring flowers fade, but as you say, something else comes along to replace their loveliness. We have to "enjoy the moment."
    Just read your wonderful tribute to your mother for Mother's Day. She does sound like a classy lady indeed to have worked so hard without complaining at something she didn't enjoy. I recently transplanted some hollyhocks from my mother--the single flowering kind--that my grandmother probably had planted years ago. If I could gather some seed and find a way to send them to you, I would.

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  3. layanee,

    Yes, that is the loveliest part of perennial gardens and quite possibly the hardest. Sometimes the perfect vignette happens and then it's gone! But if we are lucky more arrive.

    Gail

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  4. Rose,

    How kind of you to think about sharing...it is like that with me...I would give all my blogging friends a start of the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox if they wanted one!

    Thank you,
    Gail

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  5. Hi Gail, I once read a garden writer proclaim that anyone can have a beautiful spring garden, there are so many things to choose from, and lots of people do just that. It is harder to continue the show throughout the rest of the year. I think August is the hardest, no fall color yet, the annuals look ratty, no mums or aster yet, daylilies are done. What do you think?
    Frances

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  6. You certainly have a spring garden Gail and I can't wait to see how your summer garden will burst forth in a riot of colour. But transition time is good too, time to relax in a very tranquil haven, far from the maddening crowds. ;-)

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  7. Just beautiful! I bet you have a splendid summer-fall-winter garden too!

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  8. Frances,

    I can't wait to see if I can continue the bloom! You are so right, August is a dreadful bloom time...even the Blackeyed Susans are gone to seed and they do look seedy! There are no Day lilies and it is too early for anything else...I guess that's why folks rely on annuals for bedding plants.I have begun to plant mant Salvias...mostly the pinkish ones like Dreamsickle and Coral Nymph...they are delightful.

    There is a wonderful rush to Aster in September and I have one that I adore...but no early peeking!


    Gail

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  9. Yolanda Elizabet,

    Yes, it is very springy and not so easy to get the summer bloom I want. So much shade once the trees leaf out, I am guilty of stuffing the front bed with plants and they desperately need to be thinned. If it's possible for one to to have a cottage glade garden, I do!.

    gail

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  10. Tina,

    Well, you do need to see it in person to get the full impact of wildness and why I still am guilty of a clown pants design sense! I am hoping that I have enough bloom for the summer...who knows!

    Gail

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  11. I am betting on lots more color this summer Gail.

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  12. jean,

    It is important to hold the image of Clown Pants in your mind's eye!

    Gail

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  13. Spring blooms are wonderful. It is my favorite time of the year because of the special spring blooms.

    But...when the cosmos and zinnias provide a riot of color in my summer garden, well, I really love that too.

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  14. Robin,

    That is exactly so and thank you for giving me a good idea...I need more zinnias and cosmos!

    Gail

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  15. I like these waves of color as they ebb and flow from season to season. That is the beauty of perennials, I think. Your spring garden is beautiful. :)

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  16. Gail .. I have been so busy in my garden I NEED a rain day to visit all of the wonderful ones I did before the madness took over : )
    You have a gorgeous garden with wild and cultivated plants .. if I had the room that is what I would love to do too.
    I have Autumn Brilliance ferns too !(I hope that is what I saw ? LOL).. a garden is a living work of art that is never finished untilwinter when it only rests. I try very hard to have something going on all the time .. I get some help from my plants too : )
    I hope you are feeling a little brighter yourself ? .. the garden helps tremendously doesn't it ?
    Joy

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  17. You write so well, Gail. This post is almost like a haiku. Enjoy your garden's subtle transition between spring and summer.

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  18. nancy,

    Thank you. I have enjoyed it this year, maybe having a new hardscape
    helps. The ebb and flow of perennials does make for change and new views.

    Gail

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  19. Joy,

    I am glad whenever you can stop by. It is indeed Autumn fern, all Autumn looking next to the Geranium 'Espresso'...which needs to be in your garden!

    I am doing ok...the garden does help tremendously.

    Gail

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  20. Pam,

    That is a nice compliment Pam, thank you...I have ben reading that Austin is deep in summer?

    gail

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  21. Whatever season your garden is, it's lovely.

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  22. Lisa,

    Thank you. It is a fun garden, most of the time. Right now we are having lots of rain and it is mushing my poor flowers.

    Gail

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  23. The spring colors look great Gail! I'll echo what Robin said about the zinnias. The hummingbirds like them too. I need to seed my zinnias very soon. I have some started but more prep work needs done. Maybe after the rain...

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  24. dave,

    Will you scatter the seeds directly?

    I am going to stop by my favorite nursery and get seeds today! Thanks!

    Gail

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  25. I love the ever evolving colors of the garden. Waves of changing colors are just wonderful.

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  26. cinj,

    They are nice aren't they...Gail

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