|Partial view from my back porch|
This may be a lame GBBD post since I don't have much time but please forgive me. At least this time you'll get a few longer views instead of the fun close-up ones. The spring garden is starting to hit all its cylinders, as they say.
|Poppies, larkspur, and sweet peas|
This bed looks rather like a cottage garden. In reality it's a bit of a hot mess what with the plants stomping on each other. But I'm still enjoying it. The red poppies are 'Legion of Honor', the sweet peas are 'April in Paris', and the larkspur, just now starting to bloom, are 'French Alouette', all from seed from Renee's Garden (I should mention they were freebies). The sweet peas are not my most favorite ones I've grown. There is a ton of green growth and the delicate purple rim on the blooms gets lost from just a few feet away. But they're nice and fragrant and long stemmed. Next to the larkspur are some opium poppies I got from the Chelsea Psychic Garden in London. I can't wait to see what they look like when they bloom. But soon I will be ripping this all down to make way for some herbs, a new trellis, and to give the other plants such as the black-eyed Susans some room.
|Flowering tobacco and gaura|
Bloomers today in this bed include 'Pink Fountains' gaura, a dwarf form of guara, and flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sp.). Also, that tall, skinny purple thing is Verbena bonariensis. The hummers have been hanging around here. The large mound behind this bed is 'Black and Blue' salvia just starting to bloom.
I have lots more blooming in my other beds including roses, daylilies, amsonia, coreopsis, 'Victoria Blue' salvia, Lanai Bright Pink verbena, a late-blooming daffodil called 'April Queen', and even my lettuce and arugula, ha! I hope you hop on over to Carol's blog to see what else is blooming around the world on this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2013. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.
All is neatness and order. No plants in the pathways, just in the beds. I think I will follow your example next year. It really looks lovely.ReplyDelete
I love your collection of poppies, larkspur, and sweet peas. :) LOL-My lettuce is blooming too--I've been trying to grow it from seed, and so far, I've only had a few plants come up. I was out of town for a while, and by the time I got back, it had just gotten ridiculously leggy and started to form buds, so I figured I would let it go to seed. Maybe I'll get some hardier starts from this batch of seeds. It's the saddest looking thing you've ever seen though-definitely not recognizable as "lettuce" to anyone just passing by. LOL!ReplyDelete
Don't apologize. I love the long views. These are lovely.ReplyDelete
Jenny (Lancashire Rose) - Ha, ha, it's not neat at all. And you just can't see the plants that are seeding out in the gravel paths. I'm always pulling Verbena bonariensis out of there, and the 'Coral Nymph' salvia is just starting to grow there, too. I let a few of those bloom since they're so nice and not as aggressive.ReplyDelete
I love that Gaura...so beautiful...Happy Bloom Day!ReplyDelete
Lots of stuff blooming for you!ReplyDelete
I really like the raised beds with the paths in between.
Nice view from your porch. I could just sit there and listen to the windchimes!
It's looking good in Louisiana! From what I've seen on the radar, recent rains have graced your area as well as mine. Isn't it delightful?ReplyDelete
Yes Cindy, we've had a very wet spring. Haven't even turned on the sprinkler system yet! It's definitely a nice change of pace.Delete
It's fun to see the long views of your garden, Jean. Everything looks so neat and tidy with the exuberance of all those blooms as contrast. Mine garden beds are so messy right now I only show close-ups of mine:) But all the rain this spring has made it difficult to keep up as everything is growing by leaps and bounds. I've enjoyed getting free seeds from Renee's, too, but watch out for the nicotania--mine all re-seeded last year, and I was pulling excess plants all summer long!ReplyDelete
Rose, I've been pulling nicotiana seedlings for several years now! But I really like them.Delete
I love the long views. Thanks for sharing them with us for bloom day!ReplyDelete
Love your neat garden beds with all the flowers blooming. I'm a sucker for red poppies. I'm reminded I haven't seen my Verbena bonariensis this year, I hope it is coming back.:-(ReplyDelete
Great garden planning.. Very organize and pleasing to the eye.ReplyDelete