Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Weekend Garden...part 2

My cherry tree is loaded with berries this year. They are almost ready for picking.

 At least I think they are...I have never actually picked any berries from the two 4-yr old trees I have.  The few cherries I've had in prior years have all gone to the birds. I saw some Robins in there pecking at them yesterday.

That old branch is some of new garden "art" I added yesterday. I have such fun using nature's free items in my garden. These Alberta Spruces are slowing mending. 
 
I am loving the ornamental Kale I planted in many of my large containers this year.  The stuff is HUGE and gives a nice lacy texture to this pot of calla lilies and Tropicanna 'Gold'. 
 There are no blooms yet, but I don't miss blooms with the spectacular foliage. Here it is from the back side where you can see the striped leaves of Trop 'Gold'.


 
I am enjoying the 'Magic Fountain' delphiniums I planted last year - all three of them survived the winter. They are a dwarf  variety that should stay about 3 feet tall.

I think they look nice with the silver Lamb's Ear.
Same area with a longer view down the garden:




 I also like them with the new Ninebark I planted last weekend.

Six weeks ago, I planted my first wheelbarrow garden. I used zinnia seeds. I almost never plants seeds and now I remember why -- hardly any germinated and they take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to bloom.  I went around the garden and removed some red petunias to add to the wheelbarrow so it would look at least half full.  Hopefully the zinnias will produce beautiful bursts of assorted color and the petunias will spill over the edges soon.
 
I planted some Tropicannas directly in the ground behind this Blue Oat grass. Tropicannas do well in containers for me, but they struggle to survive in the ground.
If those red/pink/gold striped leaves were huge (as they should be by now), they would be a great contrast to the silver/blue grass and its feathery seed heads. I will be hitting them hard with water and Miracle Grow this week to see if I can get them moving.

Here's a tall slender new  shade container I added this year.  It's planted with a rex begonia, purple fountain grass and creeping Jenny.

 I added two of these containers that were never meant to be outside holding plants.  Later in the season I will show you what they started life as about 35 years ago. You may be surprised... :)

13 comments:

  1. I agree about the seeds. Too little too late. Love those blue balls, what are they?

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  2. I'm baaaack. Saw that you posted more....if I lived there, I would just sit and look around again and again.
    What a double treat today.
    Balisha

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    1. Thanks, Balisha. Hope you had a great weekend.

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  3. Your garden is so lovely and right now I would love to take a stroll though it. It would be so relaxing I bet.

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  4. Lovely combinations of plants with colors and bloom times.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. I just loved viewing your garden. It is so personal and just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Jayne. I am glad you stopped by.

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  6. Your garden is delightful, such lovely combinations of plants and colours! So glad I found your blog and I look forward to reading your future posts.

    Paula@SpoonsnSpades

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    1. Welcome, Paula. I look forward to having you stop by again.

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  7. Those Robin's eggs are HUGE! I'd run for your life when they hatch! LOL

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    1. LOL, Patti. I guess you call that color, "Robin's egg blue". :)

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