Planting for 'abundance' -
I widened the perennial border along the kitchen garden fence which gives a greater feeling of 'abundance.'
|The widened border is on the right; the kitchen-garden border is on the left.
Looking from the other end of the fence, the widened border is on the left ...
Some old-fashioned flowers I added are: another variety of phlox (don't know the name), verbena (an annual here), and hollyhocks -- the latter given to me by my dear friend Katharine.
|New phlox with yarrow 'the pearl.'
There is a variety of annuals in a new bed that I will describe in detail in an upcoming posting ...
|Purple verbena dots the space above cleome and zinnia
I have two colors of hollyhocks ...
|Alcea. Red hollyhock
|Alcea. Pink hollyhock
... they tower above the new picket fence-
The fence that you can see behind the hollyhocks is new. We built it in front of the ugly pasture fence. The pasture fence's ugliness bothered me for years -- when taking photographs of the pond I would try to exclude it from my pictures. Now I don't have that problem ...
|The fence behind the pond sports a new arbor leading into the shade garden.
We also added an arbor to the kitchen garden's entrance ...
Plants in pots -
This is one element that changes every year. I move containers of flowers around to areas of need throughout the season. I sometimes take the hangers off a hanging basket and place the pot in a bed if there is a bare spot to be filled.
|Calibrachoa in hanging basket.
I used various types/colors of fuchsia in containers this year ...
|Fuchsia, begonia, and ivy in stone container.
I hang baskets of flowers on gates and fences ...
The five window boxes along the tractor shed are stunning this year. And the best part is they require no deadheading ...
|Supertunias, bacopa, and purple fountain grass
I am always on the lookout for whimsical items that will enhance my garden. This was purchased last year from a local nursery ...
|Praying fairy in the hydrangea bed.
Followers of my blog know I use mirrors in my garden. Here is my newest one acquired by H.H. from a flea market ...
|My latest mirror in the stone garden.
I am sure my garden will continue to evolve. It changes every year and I enjoy looking at photographs and making comparisons. It is difficult to work in the garden this week, however, with a sweltering heatwave in progress. The daytime temperature is expected to stay close to 100 degrees F. with high humidity for the next 5 days. I do my daily gardening chores very early in the morning in an effort to beat the heat. I hope you are experiencing more comfortable weather.
I am linking with Carol who graciously hosts this meme at May Dreams Gardens.
Wishing all my gardening friends a Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
|'Tie dye' clematis -- abundant as always.
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