Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Little Gardening

I am such a control freak.  I add plants to my garden so that I'll have a little something blooming all through the year.

One of my favorite things about  May 15th through June 15th - Day Lillies!

I learned that trick from my neighbor, Angelica, who lived next door to me in Germany.  She always bought at least two, sometimes three or more, of the same plants and planted them around her garden.  If someone gave her one plant she would divide it so that it grew in more than one place.  Nothing about her garden looked skimpy.  Bunches of daffodils bloomed in different spots - all at the same time - and it was very pleasing to glance around her garden and see patches of yellow here and there. A few weeks later her tulips bloomed, then other plants - each in their own time.  In mid to late summer roses bloomed and were glorious - 'scattered' here and there.  In every season her garden was beautiful.  I learned a lot from my German gardening neighbor.  All it takes is a little planning and anyone can create a beautiful garden.

Even though I have not been out in my garden it has continued to grow, following it's own schedule and not giving a thought to the outside world.  My hibiscus (a gift from Patti that I posted about last summer) is starting to bloom. 

Once again this beautiful plant is on the patio - getting a little morning sun
and protected from the wind.

My day lillies are at their peak.

The yellow day lillies are the first to bloom in my garden.
Then a couple of weeks later all the other colors join them.

I am always amazed by how life goes on.  My children grew with minimal effort - sure they were fed and clothed, but honestly I didn't have to stretch them at night - they just grew.  Each year about this time when the garden is a riot of color I am reminded that living things just do that.  Follow their course and grow and bloom at their appointed times...

Here are the Hen-n-Chicks I got from Mom back in February.  They have added a couple of babies.  (Not sure what those white dots are - the next picture I took was of the cone flower in the daisies and there are no dots in that picture.)

Of course there are show offs who bloom early -

check out the only purple cone flower blooming the first of June - purple cone flowers aren't "scheduled" to start blooming until the daisies in front of them are cut back... looks like someone couldn't wait. 

Maybe I'm not in control of things...



TexWisGirl said...

very pretty - controlled or not. :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous flowers that arrive when they want to...with a little help from their friend Joy :)

Chy said...

Your garden looks great! I miss my hens & chicks. When the landscaper dug up our old tree, he also dug those up, so on the lookout for some to transplant. Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

The flowers are beautiful. The squirrels went nuts yesterday and jumped into my pot of tall lilies, breaking off (or perhaps biting off!) buds and several stems - scattering them all over the deck, was I ever upset!!!!! Love daisies - such a clean, bright flower.

Hope you're doing better by now. Take care dear. I'm off on Friday and will miss staying in touch for a few weeks but will stop by when I return.

Hugs - Mary