Not complaining, but these downpours really put a damper on going out to see what’s blooming in the garden, so….
on these rainy days I brought some of the garden indoors.
sink above, is a new addition in utility room/downstairs potty/ mud/ laundry room. Mirror will be painted & antiqued with Annie Sloan paints and the room will be painted. Still contemplating colours.
Pictures taken between the raindrops, here is what’s in the garden …
Styrax obassia delightful, fragrant, small tree that shades the entrance to the Potager
Chinese Snowball Viburnum ( Viburnum macrocephalum)
Azaleas (Rhododendron indica ) and Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum opulus ) always good companions. LOVE the lime green phase of this shrub.
Viburnum ‘Kern’s Pink is what the label said. (Viburnum picatum ‘Kern’s Pink’) My plant has never seen even a blush. Beautiful none the less.
A few Clematis too.
is once more looks ing like an impressionist painting. Swaths of blue native phlox (Phlox divericata) make their way between the daffodil foliage and the ‘Wake Robin’ ( Trillium cuneatum) .
are now play ing an important role, so the focus changes.
This is The Meadow viewed from the driveway on west side of the house looking east. (Above)
Soon the weeds & wild grasses will cover this
all and it will look wild & wonderful. Then the hum of beneficial insects, bees and butterflies will fill the air. After the plants set their seed it will get the annual cut. This meadow gives me 12 months of joy!!
© all photos 2011
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And yet another southern beauty…
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
The fragrance is indescribable! It does, however, conjure images of iced sweet tea , enjoyed on the veranda.
© All photos and text 2010
My latest plant crush is with Clematis. I have planted many at the feet of shrubs & trees and to my delight they make wonderful companions in the vase with Peonies.
Not all Clematis have large showy flowers. Some, like Betty Corning (below) have nodding bell-shaped blooms & fabulous fragrance.
Some, like ‘Josephine’ (below).
And ‘Belle of Woking’ are fully double.
These plants may take several seasons to make a great show. Be patient, you will be richly rewarded.