GBBD: The Garden Welcomes Me Back

Thank you, May Dreams Garden, for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  It’s nice to feel welcomed back into my own gardens.  And it’s nice to hop on over to the GBBD website to get inspired.  There are gorgeous gardens to wander through at the click of a mouse.

 

Though the echinacea are not particularly attractive, the rudbekia are. The catmint got a haircut a few weeks ago, but a few new blooms are starting to appear. I like the contrast between the blues and yellows.

Our weird spring that brought blistering May days followed by near freezing May days may have alarmed the echinacea. This is the best of the lot. But Fragrant Angel is pretty bedraggled.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rose of Sharon is doing its gorgeous thing, and, of course, creating lots of seed pods that ensure a place on next summer’s weeding ritual. The zinnias are low maintenance and bring an explosion of color that lasts until frost. I love State Fair zinnias because they are tall and bouquet-ready.

This and Strutters’ Ball (below) are the last of the daylilies. I wish I knew this one’s name. My guess is that it was planted last summer and that I bought it online. But surgery, chemo, and radiation have turned my brain into a mush of vague memories.

Such a vibrant pink.

 

 

 

My neighbor’s mother-in-law gave me divisions from her shasta daisies and they are very healthy.  In Norse mythology, the daisy is Freya’s flower.  Freya is the goddess of love, beauty and fertility.

Tardive and Limelight are both bountiful havens for pollinators. I was once told that bees are most attracted to white flowers. I have made some beautiful bouquets from these two large bushes. Notice that Tardiva is in tree form. It forms an effective shade canopy so I’m going to once again divide a large Elegans hosta and plant a division under Tardiva. I fear that Elegans is plotting to take over the universe. Again.

Limelight got a heavy prune last year, and that doesn’t seem to have done it any harm.

This and the gold and maroon daylily are the last to still have blooms. It’s called Strutters’ Ball. I’m always sad to see the daylilies fade away.

~ by garden337 on August 15, 2018.

10 Responses to “GBBD: The Garden Welcomes Me Back”

  1. Your garden is beautiful!

  2. Greetings to you from another cancer survivor! I had chemo in 2014 for Leukemia. I lost almost a year (Feb to Sept) from my garden, and I missed it terribly. I am glad to see you looking well and enjoying gardening again.
    I love your beautiful Zinnias!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    • It certainly is a scary diagnosis, though I was pretty sure what I had. Treatments kept me out of the garden all last summer. Though I could walk through my garden, it didn’t feel like it belonged to me. I had no strength to even pull weeds. I’m glad you and I are back in our respective gardens. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    • Thank you, Lea. I suspect the freedom of retirement will help me stay in the garden longer than I have been able over the years. It used to be that once school started, my focus was on lesson planning, reading papers, and more lesson planning.

  3. Thanks for sharing your blooms and Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

  4. I enjoyed seeing all of your blooms. It was a lovely tour.

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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