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Monday, May 24, 2010

Be Here Now

That's the garden talking to me~

It's saying don't miss anything,
Don't get bothered by things you cannot control~
like the weather.
It wakes me in the morning
just in time to catch the sun
as it peaks through the treesI want to make sure I see the roses before the heat of summer washes them out. I love the way the pink evening primrose moves in the breeze and truly,
I don't mind that they have found a home in the garden.
They have a lovely fragrance, too.I don't want to blink and miss the last blooms of the columbine. They transition so quickly to green pod and,then burst open to spill the little black seeds.

A warm sunny day is the perfect time to finish the fence.
It's almost finished and I love the deep purple in the shade garden.

and, I have to enjoy the last days of the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox They will bloom on and off until sometime in June~They've had a long run.

The penstemon is looking rougher then it did just a few days ago.But, that hasn't stopped the hummingbirds from visiting everyday.


I have dozens of photos of Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Victoria's Backyard to share,
but, right now,C&L is capturing all my attention.
It's not raining anymore!
I need to sit and look around.
There's work to do, lists to make...
and Wildflower Wednesday is this week.

I need to walk the garden,
because you never know what surprises lie around the corner.
Campanula punctata 'Pink Chimes'
Look what I found on the hill behind the witch hazels yesterday! I know someone gave me this delightful flower?
Was it you? It's very nice.



  1. It is all so wonderful, Gail. I love the thought of the garden summoning you on these fabulous sunny days with its surprises. The Campanula is striking, hope you find the source. The fence looks amazing, well done! :-)

  2. Hi Gail.....your garden is just full of beautiful blooms. It always looks so serene....a lovely space.

    The fence blends in beautifully, wonderful choice of colour.

    Great Dixter is also near my home.....and Sissinghurst.....I just wish that you had said you were visiting these places. I could have met you so easily and still be able to get back to my parents quickly if they needed me.
    Look forward to seeing your posts....my favourite is Great Dixter and I just loved Christopher Lloyd, a very sad day when he passed away.....

  3. Cheryl, My dear, we didn't know we were visiting them or I would. They were very last minute when the weather turned sunny and Victoria said we'll go there instead of Kew. I would have loved to see you.


  4. I love that purple fence. It's similar to the color I painted my shutters and doors. It's perfect for the woodsy area.

    I'm checking my columbines every day too. I want to scatter the seeds here and there through partly shaded areas that need more spring blooms.

  5. Tom, You do have to check frequently or they are gone! Your shutters and door sound wonderful! Is there a photo on your blog? gail

  6. Woo that campanula is so cool! I don't grow this type but have been seeing a bit. I really like the new look. Blue is so soothing.

  7. Gail,
    Your garden is so beautiful! Your sentiment is perfect--take it in. Live i the moment and don't miss what's right before you.


    PS We got home at 1:00 AM this morning and I took a flashlight out into the garden to see spires of larkspur blooming everywhere! Such a wonderful welcome.

  8. Gail,

    It looks great! That fence is looking very nice, it fits perfectly in your garden.

  9. Good morning Gail, love your campanula--I have a thing for bell shaped blooms.

    I do a walk around the garden every morning on my way to work. Like you, I have to see whatever may have opened during the night on early that morning.

    Mornings are the best time in the garden. Cool, quiet, and the early light is perfect.

  10. Beautiful, Gail! I love the purple fence. And what a delight the surprise campanula is! I'm wandering around looking at each and every one of our columbines now and praying the hummingbirds see them, too.

  11. Gail I wish I had given you that Campanula, it's beautiful. I'll have to check for fragrance on the pink Primroses. They've snuck into my vegetable garden border but I could care a less, they beat weeds for sure!

    I'd concentrate on my beautiful garden too if I were you; pictures from England can wait.

  12. Your garden is very wise, Gail. Mine is trying to tell me the same message, but I'm being a wuss (it's very hot a few miles from here but we're wrapped in cold wet fog ). So I'm enjoying other gardens (and our hummingbirds) from right here inside the house.

  13. Yes, yes - get out there and immerse yourself in the last of spring, Gail - it would have been a pity to miss the campanula! Your oakleaf hydrangea looks terrific against the purple fence.

    As for the photos (which we do want to see) just say you're going retro, pretending it's the old days when vacation film was sent off, not reappearing as prints until one was home for 3-weeks ;-]

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  14. Perfect campanula, and a lovely fence in the shade garden!

  15. Of course I love that purple fence color. I have a yard barn that I painted purple years ago. It blends right in. You will be so pleased when you are finished with that project. All of your flowers look marvelous. I can't wait for my PPPP and Penstemon to get some color. They look quite pleased with their situation here in IN.

  16. Gail you have such lovely blooms on show and I really like the thought of a purple fence.

    I must get my wildflower post ready too for Wednesday still trying to ID some of them!

  17. Being in the moment is such good advice Gail ... our gardens are in constant change and I love yours! All those beautiful soft tones of pink. Your penstemon and campanula are gorgeous! I am envious of your fence!

  18. Everything looks lovely, and I really like the purple fence!

  19. I love mornings in the garden as well. Your flowering plants are just lovely. I did not know the evening primrose had any fragrance. I will have to pause to smell them next time I see some :-)

  20. Gorgeous gardens. I love that Purple fence.

  21. The plants are beautiful, of course... but I ADORE the way that purple fence turned out! Outstanding! :)

  22. I think the ever changing garden is what charms me most. I love to start my day with a cup of coffee and my pups walking around with me to see the changes. Some things are disappointing (beetles eating the Tickseed down to the ground!), but most are breathtaking and exciting. One things for sure--never boring. LOVE the passionate purple fence--it really pops!

  23. I have to say, the purple fence is a winner. That primrose of yours looks good enough to smell from here!

  24. I am smitten by your fence and of course all your lovely flowers.

  25. I love surprises in the garden, and you have some lovely ones, Gail. The penstemon is lovely; I keep looking at a new plant in my butterfly garden and wondering if it is a penstemon. I have so many different plants I don't remember planting, so I'm often surprised by their blooms. Your purple fence really adds a nice touch to the shade garden.

    I didn't realize you went to Sissinghurst, too! While you were gone, I posted a book review about a novel that takes place in part at Sissinghurst. I'm really excited to see your photos of this garden!

  26. Hi Gail, Sorry I haven't been commenting as much as usual. I've been very distracted by real life. Anyway, love the columbine seed pods. My Campanula aren't blooming yet, but soon. My peonies are just ready to open, probably yet today! I try not to see the weeds. The PPPP is blooming full force now, in a little corner of color, near some bright orange Geum, blue Centaurea, and yellow sedum. It's awesome!

  27. It's all wonderful, Gail. And your pictures are very nice as well. I love the vivid pink roses and the columbine seed capsule pixs.

  28. Me again, Gail. Just had to tell you that I was working out in the garden all morning and checked out the butterfly garden. My mystery plant has blooms, and yes, it is a pentstemon! It must be one that you gave me last October. I'm so excited; I'll be sure to post a photo of it when it's fully in bloom.

  29. So true, Gail. In a few months we'll be saying goodbye to our gardens again... the time passes so quickly. We must enjoy the Present, as Jan would say.

    My PPPP look fabulous, still!! I wasn't aware of their long blooming time. The P. divaricata that I've struggled to grow, are finished blooming already. Yours are going strong. I love how many bloggers write of their PPPP... kind of connects us all in a nice way, don't you think? You are the quintessence of plant sharing which is the best part of gardening.

  30. Gail such a lovely flowery post. Am the same way here, can't believe that things change so much in just a day and I don't want to miss any of it - short of sleeping out there with a flashlight. I adore the whacko little curls on the aquilegia seed pods...something else I must not miss!

  31. Beautifully expressed! I try to get out to walk in my garden as often as possible. Things do change quickly! i have learned there is almost always a surprise to be found.

    Your garden is beautiful! I love the purple fence and the bench amid the ferns. Happy gardening!

  32. Pretty flowers! Wish I know all of them. Anyway, thanks for sharing.


  33. I was going to do the wildflower post this month, but forgot. Now, I have used up all my current wildflower shots. Oh well, next month for sure.

    It is so nice to read of someone getting such joy out of their garden. I understand completely!

    I looked for the showy evening primrose seeds, but couldn't find them. Another thing for next year.

    Great photos!

  34. I'm with you on this one. Love to post more about Malvern but also want to write about Bliss. Glad you decided to show your own garden today as it looks fab. Not blogging much at the mo too much to do. There is however a post up at Biscuit blog. Vid doesn't work but you'll find one that does in comment section.



  35. That fence is perfect; just enough color to add to the scene without distracting from the plants. Perfect choice!

  36. I can hear your garden talking from here! It looks wonderful. xxx

  37. "Be here now" has become my mantra the last couple of years. (I keep thinking I should track down that book with the same name; I think I have it.) After having an experience like you did in England, it would be easy to drift instead of enjoying the current moment. Everything in your yard looks so incredibly beautiful. I especially like your fence - it's great!

  38. Yes, this is a wonderful time of year in the garden, and I always enjoy seeing photos of yours.

    I have a bellflower like that, which reminds me, I also have some Octopus bellflower, which is looking to be almost as aggressive as the dark blooming, I think, maybe the wild kind, which I also have some of. I let some grow in the raised bed under our front tree, and pull it out when it goes too far. I tried looking it up, but couldn't find it. Some are about to bloom, so I can take a photo for you if you want. If I sent some of that, you'd want to keep it contained, or it would try to take over your property. I love the blooms, though.

  39. I was so looking forward to seeing all those things and more for myself this weekend. I will get there eventually!

    I had no idea the evening primrose had a scent. I'll have to go out and see if any are left in the rose bed for me to sniff. Do keep an eye on them, Gail: they look deceptively sweet and innocent but they are sneaky little spreaders!

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