In Bloom

Not only was my knitting a little neglected this summer, the garden was as well.  I had enjoyed spring blooms with daffodils, crocus, tulips, and pansies.  When they were gone, my rosebushes and day-lilies perked up.  Then somewhere along the line, everything stopped blooming, the weeds seemed to invade, and some of my potted plants went crispy in the sun.  I suspect this transition began when we were out of town for two weeks in June.

Over the weeks I have slowly been reclaiming the flower beds and am happy to say things are looking lively again.

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Since we bought our home in 2008 I have been trying to stock the beds with hard working perennials, based mainly on what I see thriving in neighbor’s gardens.  These Black-eyed Susans are new, purchased at the garden center end-of season sale.  Now is a great time to stock up on perennials on the cheap.  I also picked up a couple conefloweres (Echinacea) at the sale.

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My favorite find, however, was a lush little pile of lavender.  I have been looking to buy lavender for two summers and could not find it anywhere!  I even attempted to grow some from seed last spring, and only have one 2-inch plant to show for it.  This is a welcome addition to the garden and is in a pot by the front door.

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It’s supposed to be searingly hot here this weekend, so I’m not sure how much time I’ll spend tending to the garden.  It’s likely I’ll be inside with my knitting near the air-conditioner.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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6 thoughts on “In Bloom

  1. Lovely plants. Let me know how it goes with the lavender. I planted my own this year and hope to dry the flowers (if I ever have any) to put with my yarn/fiber.

  2. I am guilty as charge on neglecting my garden. Sigh… The stupid vines are going nuts and I should really trim it down, but just don’t find the motivation! I guess in the middle of move doesn’t help. Oh well.

  3. I have somehow managed to acquire six tomato plants in my back garden that I didn’t plant this year. Some of the tomatoes fell off last year and re-seeded themselves. I’m not complaining because this weather is going to net me a nice little bushel of tomatoes that I didn’t even have to plant!

  4. I wish I could have the skill and magical talents of gardening! Your photos are beautiful and I am so impressed. I think gardening is a genetic gene that I am missing.

  5. Such beautiful flowers! Don’t feel bad about having let them go for a while – sounds like you have a very busy life!

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