Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

Bloom Day, July 15, 2011

It’s been a day!  A friend and I launched Cookies and Hostas today at Grand Rapid’s Fulton Street Market.  We had hostas and other perennials from our gardens and I baked buckets of cookies to sell.  This idea began back in a blustery March when snow still hid our gardens and my friend pointed out that between the two of us, we probably had enough hostas to divide and sell.  And because I AM the cookie lady, another friend suggested we sell cookies and hostas.  Hence the name.  My friend sold several hostas.  I, on the other hand, sold tons of cookies.  I sold out of the red velvet cookies first.  The oatmeal cherry pecans were popular all day and I only had broken cookies by the time we packed up.  The oatmeal cherry chocolate chip were pretty popular, too.  My friend will be out of town next week, but I’m going back with more cookies.  It means I have to prepare them in a licensed kitchen, but I have access to one and will do a marathon baking session.

But today is also Bloom Day, and the garden is, indeed, blooming.  Below are pictures of most of the blooms.

A Ruby Stella Day Lily That Has Hybridized With A Yellow Lily
Prairie Blue Eyes Day Lily and Crocosmia
A New White Echinacea That I'm Too Tired To Look Up
Red Carpet Rose, Zagreb Coreopsis, Echinacea
Crocosmia with nameless yellow day lily and First Night Day Lily (far right) and Crystal Pinot Day Lily (far left)
Zagreb Coreopsis and Rosy Returns Day Lilies
Kim's Knee High Echinacea
Annabelle Hydrangea with Dark Knight Caryopteris Just Beginning to Bloom

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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