I am loving the yellow pops of color from the two spirea Goldstrom in the distance
This false cypress mophead echoes the same golden hue:
Flanking this arbor I have a Ninebark and a Royal Purple Smoketree:
From the road view, you can see another Spirea that moved last fall. It's doing great! The center shrub looks golden now, but it is actually a Burning Bush which will turn bright red in the fall. I have a number of burning bushes.
I also have 4 Limelight hydrangea shrubs, 3 of which I moved last fall from other areas of my yard. They, too, are doing great. I cannot wait until they are all in bloom!
There are two of the Limelight hydrangeas in this photo. The Queen Alexander poppies are blooming under one that was moved last fall.
I am so pleased with all of the shrubs that I started moving into my garden about 8 years ago. I was unhappy with how the perennials looked good for a week or two and then they died and made the entire garden look bland and dull until the next plants came into bloom. The shrubs provide some needed constant structure.
I don't know if anyone is still following me here from the old days when I blogged all the time. If anyone is still here, I would like to say "Thank you" for following me all these years! Please leave a comment so I know you are still checking in now and then. Hope you get some enjoyment from my garden pics. You may notice that there has been a lot of change. Just last year we had 33 huge pine trees removed which takes me from almost complete shade on the far border to nearly full sun now! I believe we have had at least 70 big pine trees removed since I began gardening here 34 years ago.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my deck and gardens this year and I am not ready for it to end! I took a few pics to remember the abundance of rudebeckia and limelight hydrangeas. I hope they all return next year.
This one is in glorius bloom and most afternoons I sit in my glidder directly opposite and watch a humming bird flit throughout it. The humming bird's favorite is the tall one in the back, which is a salvia.
The orange dahlias are American Sunset and the reddish ones are Boom Boom Red (not really red to me, more burgundy).
I am also enjoying these dahlias under my front window.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.