Friday, July 29, 2011

The Side Deck Garden

I don't think I have shown many pictures of the side deck garden this  year. I do nothing to this area except clean it up in the spring.  It used to be my best area. Unfortunately it faces my nice but messy neighbors.  I see no reason to spend time making it lovely when they give me nothing decent to look at in return.  So now I just let it do its own thing.

It is the only area where I still have some bee balm.

Looking at the same bee balm in the opposite direction, you can see my liatris (blazing star) blooming in the top deck planter.


Walk a few yards back and some purple phlox is just beginning to bloom.


Up on the deck I spotted this shaggy dahlia just about to burst open. It must be one of the new ones I planted as I don't recognize it. I think it is going to be a very interesting dahlia!  I love flowers that are slightly different from the norm.  It looks like it will be huge.
I will show what it looks like when it's completely opened this weekend.

12 comments:

  1. Lovely Zoey. I have one of those neighbors. Oh wait that's right, I have two of those kind of neighbors. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Well, I'm the NUT in the neighborhood because I'm the only one that does anything with their yard. So, I just look at yards online!
    :D
    Even though you say you don't do much with that patch, it's still very pretty. I'll be watching for the Dahlia open!

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  3. No need to do anything to that area, it's great as is! Maybe that is a dinner plate dahlia, oh la la...

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  4. LOL, Cher. I am glad I have no neighbor on one side.

    Hi Sue, Every now and then that area looks better than those I spend hours working on....go figure!

    Darla,
    I wonder................I kinda hope not because I don't like flowers so huge they need staking.

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  6. We ALL have neighbors like that. Mine let their ferns and wisteria and everything else run rampent on my fence line. yeah...makes me happy. Your pics are gorgeous.
    Jeanni

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  7. I can't wait to see your dahlia!
    As for our neighbor-he planted evergreens and blue spruce between our yards-helped the robbers who broke in our house go unseen 15 yrs ago on a Saturday afternoon and he was out in his yard!

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  8. Brooke,
    Thanks for featuring me on WebGarden. I went there for a quick look and found myself checking out 2 or 3 other links. What a great place to find new blogs. I will certainly be back for more!

    Jeanni, I wish I had a fence line between us! I guess we all have neighbor issues. Luckily mine is minor compared to some I have heard about.

    Dianne,
    Me, too. I am going to run out there now to see if it opened last night. Oh, dear, sounds like hidden neighbors may not be a good thing.

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  9. Zoey, At least the messy neighbors are nice! The worst is messy crabby neighbors! Maybe even ones that tie their poor Boxer puppy to the swingset for hours at a time??? Good thing you don't have THAT view!!

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  10. I love your lawn...and garden...so pretty.....

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  11. I have just come across your lovely pics ... trying to get some ideas for our new property, which has a quarter of an acre, mainly in lawn, with just 3 medium-sized trees & a few canna lillies, but lots of nice agapanthus along the house-side of the driveway, & along the house on the other side too. Nothing else apart from a hydrangea bush at the front of the house, which is a glorious shade of crimson. So in need of lots of inspiration & have enjoyed your pics. I live in New Zealand & we have just recently down-graded from a half acre property with a very attractive 1928 villa, to this quarter acre with a 1910 villa (five bedrooms, so a good size & still has some of original sash windows, but front veranda has been replaced with 2 extra rooms, which takes away the graceful lines of the old villa). So it needs prettying up! I can see wisteria, lots of climbing roses, foxgloves, delphiniums, lupins & dainty ground-cover, along with a lilac tree & some hebes. Have old watering cans, Victorian cast iron chairs & a Georgian well-head ... all from the many years I lived in England. Will keep an eye on your pics ....I am not overly fond of dahlias, but looking at the one above, I have decided to put a few in! Best Regards

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  12. Oh goodness ... I have just seen that you live in Michigan. I have just returned from a three week visit with my two sons, who live there with their wives & children. Planning another trip for September 2012. Meant to say that I love your deck with its white trellis walls. My husband is planning to build a large deck & I am very keen on having some sort of walls, so that trellis has given me some ideas. thanks Zoey.

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