Thursday, May 9, 2013

We're In High Gear Now!!!



Although it took a while for spring to get here, the garden is sure in high gear now! It's changing daily with new flowers blooming and shrubs filling out. I hope you enjoy today's walk through my garden.

This is the East side of the house. 




This Columbine looks so beautiful growing through the Clove Currant!



Iris, Iris everywhere!



German Chamomile and Dianthus. The Chamomile self-seeded all over. I love it!



"Wine and Roses" Weigela.



This little path goes to the pergola and ends in the Hidden Garden.



Pyrethrum Daisies.



"Brown Lasso" Iris.



My very good friend Angie gave me this Peony. Isn't it just beautiful! I think it's happy in its new home!



"Sorbet" Peony.



"Carolina Moonlight" Baptisia.



Paths are such an important part of a cottage garden.



We've been walking for a while...let's take a break under the pergola. There is a gentle breeze and the scent of Roses and Iris wafts through the air.



On the front path, "Batik" Iris in the foreground and "Prissy Miss" Iris in the back. Trimming these shrubs is on my "to do" list. (My "to do" list never seems to get smaller!)



The first Poppy of the season! Soon there will be dozens and dozens more!



"Kinkajou Shrew" Iris.



Hello little angel...don't be shy!



Along the front path looking toward Morrow Park.



My Crossvines are finally taking off...I'm so happy to see these flowers!



And finally, this little cutie is a windchime and he has a "whirly-gig" in his tummy. He smiles at all the visitors who come through the side gate!

I hope you enjoyed spending time with me in my garden today. I better get back to my garden work (play). Today I'm planting more plants (yes, I am obsessed), mowing, weeding and finally planting my seeds! What are you doing in the garden today?

Happy Gardening!

Words and Photos Property of Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden.



41 comments:

  1. Looking BEEutiful Christy! So much color and beautiful irises. I am amazed how you know all those iris names. Awesome!

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    1. Hi Tina....Thanks so much! I think the Irises are particularly pretty this year. If I bought the Iris I know the name but there are many in the garden that were given to me so I don't know the names of those...wish I did. So glad you visited with me today!

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  2. That white columbine looks like fine porcelain, so clear and lovely. And all the irises are wonderful in their big swaths all around. The whole garden is looking so good right now!

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    1. Hi Laurrie....Thanks for such nice comments! I really like that Columbine and I don't even remember planting it! My Iris are really doing well this year, some of them blooming for the first time. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  3. I like your bee too Christy. She is such a happy girl. The garden is really blooming and colorful. You have a lot of ornament too which would make for discovery walking those paths.

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    1. Hi Donna...Thanks so much! I just couldn't pass up that bee, she is a happy girl! I like having some whimsy in my cottage garden. I think it really adds some interest! Thanks for visiting with me today!

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  4. The Chamomile looks great where it's seeded. Really like the baptisia too.
    What a sweet angel.
    Your garden is really looking good.

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    1. Hi GoSS....Thank you so much! The Chamomile didn't do much last year but this year it really seems happy! I have several different Baptisia and can't wait for the "Dutch Chocolate" to bloom! I thought that angel was just precious! So glad you came by for a visit!

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  5. I puttered and planted after work. :o) Your secret garden sounds intriguing. :o) Everything looks so full and colorful. You must have excellent soil. :o)

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    1. Hi there...thank you for your comments. My goal with this cottage garden is to have it really full, but still be able to see the individual plants. I'm getting there in some of the more mature beds...but it will come! We had our soil tested and since this used to be a farm field, we were very lucky that the test showed the soil is excellent. So when we add our compost and manure, it's only getting better! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. You have so much lovely colour in your garden. Mine is a few weeks behind here due to our very cold spring and still looks quite green, but it's starting to catch up now. Your pergola area looks like a beautiful place to sit and admire the wonderful garden.

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    1. Hi Paula...Thank you so much! I do have a lot of color in the garden. I plan it so I have color most of the year. I really enjoy taking breaks under the pergola...it's cool and there's so much to see around it. I can't wait to see your garden when it starts blooming! Thank you for visiting today!

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  7. Your gardens are glorious, Christy! Love the sedums and iris bordering your home, as well as the weigela and peonies. Very nice garden design!
    xo Beth

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    1. Hi Beth...thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I really appreciate it! My garden is really
      maturing into what I envisioned....and that sure makes me a happy gardener!! So glad you stopped by!

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  8. Wow! Your garden just exploded! I especially love all the irises. Just gorgeous. I think I could sit under that pergola for hours!

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! I don't know why, but the garden really did explode! The growth has been incredible and I've never had the shrubs look so good.....maybe they know I'm going to put their picture on my blog!!! I enjoy taking a break under the pergola. I also like that it's kind of hidden which makes it very relaxing. I might have to put a hammock under there....hmmmm....another idea!! Thanks so much for visiting today!

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  9. Wonderful way to start my day - walking through your garden! I'm especially impressed with all those irises - wish I had the room to devote to them and the sunny area. Irises are my husband's favorite flower, so we love them.

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    1. Beth...that just made my day...that is so sweet of you! Since they are your hubby's favorite, I hope you have a least one or two Iris in your garden. When I was growing up my father was a member of the San Diego Iris Society. Our yard was filled with Iris and he would hybridize them. One year they had a garden tour at our house and there were so many people they came in Greyhound buses...I'll never forget it. I think that's why I love Iris so much! So happy you came by for a visit today!

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  10. Your garden is more beautiful with each passing week! What an amazing array of irises you have. The pink peonies are so pretty too.

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    1. Hi Jennifer....thank you for such a nice compliment! I swear that the garden is changing daily...sometimes I just can't believe it. I wish my blogging friends lived closer to me because I need to divide all the Iris and I could share with everyone. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  11. Wow...you're way ahead of us here on Long Island...but we are catching up! Beautiful blooms in your garden! I love the spread of irises-eye catching! Always a pleasure to visit.

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    1. Hi Lee...Thanks so much! The Iris really took off this year. I will need to divide them after they bloom. We will be taking a step back tonight as the forecast is 37 degrees! Just crazy weather. Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. I would enjoy sitting under your pergola listening to the birds, smelling the sweet fragrance of your garden, and enjoying the lovely views. Happy spring!

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    1. Hi Deb...Thanks so much and happy spring to you too! I do enjoy sitting under the pergola. It is hidden on three sides, so I feel like I'm in my own little flower world. I really appreciate you visiting today!

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  13. Oh my Christy how gorgeous everything is...I hope my later May and June gardens are as lovely!

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    1. Hi Donna...Thank you so much for your wonderful comments...I really appreciate them. This year has been extra special in the garden. I'm not sure why other than lots of rain and a later spring. We have also had 3 late frosts (we've never had one in the 8 years we've lived here) and we expect another one tonight! I know your gardens are going to be wonderful too! Thanks for dropping by today!

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  14. Just one word...beautiful!!! Thanks for stopping over and commenting on my blog!
    Ann @ Cairn Cottage

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    1. Hi Ann...Thanks so much!! The garden is really looking great this year and I'm a happy gardener! Thanks for visiting!

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  15. I love spending time in your gardening. It's amazing. And you manage to keep track of the names of all the varieties...:)

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    1. Hi tb....that is so kind of you!! I love having people visit my garden, either in person, or on my blog! I don't know all the names, but chances are if I bought the plant (rather than someone giving it to me) I know the name of it....it's something I try very hard to do. I'm so glad you came to visit today...thanks so much!

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  16. I've been out weeding (a never-ending job!) and planting some new native plants I bought this past weekend. A walk in your garden was the perfect break! I need to keep coming back to this post whenever I can't get motivated to work, because it's such an inspiration to me, Christy. I love cottage gardens, and yours is beautiful. I'm still amazed how much it has changed in the past few weeks. Gorgeous irises!

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    1. Hi Rose...Well, you just made my day!!! That is so very sweet of you. I have to tell you that I'm actually very amazed at how quickly the garden is changing...there's something about this year that's making all the plants look great!! I agree that weeding is never ending...that's what I spend most of my time doing. If you don't have a hula-hoe you should get one...I love mine! I still have to post a picture of the Big Surprise. We've had 4 late frosts (we've never had one in the 8 years I've lived here and now 4!!!), so I had to re-do pieces of it a couple of times, but it's almost ready to show!!!Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and for taking time to visit my garden today. I really appreciate it!!

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  17. My goodness. TAlk about a riotous display! It looks like spring came in like a lion in your garden.Your Carolina Moonlight baptisia is gorgeous. I planted a small one last year and I have hopes that it has come through.

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    1. Hi...thank you for your nice comment! There's something about this year that's making all the plants go wild! Things are changing daily! I've found that the Baptisia are pretty strong, so hopefully yours is fine. I recently bought two Dutch Chocolate Baptisias and they're starting to bloom. They are so pretty! I also have Purple Smoke. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  18. So many Irises! They look wonderful in drifts like that. You are about one to two weeks ahead of me, it looks like. Your garden's design is fantastic!

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    1. Hello and thank you for your nice comment!! The Iris have grown so much in one year since I planted them (the ones in the front garden). I must divide them this year after they bloom. However, there are some beds that don't have any Iris, so I'll move some of them over and then give a bunch away. I really appreciate that you like my design. I just love Cottage style and as the garden matures I'm really starting to get the look I'm after. Thank you so much for taking time to visit!

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  19. Hi Christy,
    Your place is looking awesome! You are ahead of us I see. Isn't spring grand?

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    1. Hi Sue...so glad you stopped by today! Thanks so much for your nice comment. I agree...spring is grand! Flowers and shrubs are changing daily and it's so fun to watch!

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  20. Hi, Christy, Your garden is spectacular!!!! Cannot wait to see it for myself. You are a miracle worker.

    Helga

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