This Weekend in the Garden

IMG_7857.JPG“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”  — Rudyard Kipling

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Peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’

Peonies are opening all over the garden.  I’ve added many over the past couple of years — so many I forgot where I planted some of them until they began to pop up in early spring.  Although they bloom for only a brief time, I feel about peonies the way many gardeners feel about roses; I can’t imagine my garden without them.

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Peony ‘Duchess De Nemours’ with Alchemilla mollis
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Peony ‘Shirley Temple’
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Part of the Peony “Old Time Collection”

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.”  — Gertrude Jekyll

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Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’ with campanula

 

“Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.”  — Allan Armitage

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Penstemon ‘Pocahontas’ with bumble bee

 

Clematis are as omnipresent as peonies in the garden.

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I’m not sure what this is. It was supposed to be ‘Josephine’ as well, and clearly is not.

 

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Clematis ‘Josephine’
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Clematis ‘Belle of Woking’

 

“I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” — Alice Sebold

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Peony, catmint and foxglove

 

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Siberian Iris
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Sweet William
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Bleeding Heart
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Penstemon, catmint and Rosa ‘Grootendorst’

 

Obsession

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I’m slowly making my way around the garden borders for the first of the season clean-up — edging, weeding, dividing and relocating as needed.  Sadly, it’s already June 11th and I’m only half way there!

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I have no idea how I ended up with more than 13 mixed borders, a vegetable garden, an orchard (fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and currants), and a separate, rather large, pumpkin patch (thankfully planted over with a green manure crop this season to rebuild the soil).

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I think my garden has expanded past the size that I can comfortably handle…

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And yet, I’ve already enlarged the gazebo border this season (as in I’ve covered it with cardboard and straw to kill the grass; not that I’ve actually found the time to plant it out yet).

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I can’t seem to stop myself!  Reminds me of the following quote by Phyllis McGinley…

“The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation.
It becomes an obsession.”

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When, I ask myself constantly, is enough, enough?  I’ve made 3 trips to the local nursery this week AND ordered plants online from Bluestone Perennials because they wisely sent me a 50% off email – they knew I couldn’t resist the compulsion to buy more plants!  I feel like I need an intervention.

Yesterday’s Blooms

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Clematis “Miss Bateman” – such simplicity and such beauty

 

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard de Nerval

 

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Bearded Iris ‘Innocent Star’

 

A flower blossoms for its own joy.” – Oscar Wilde

 

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Bearded Iris ‘Raptor Red’ – bold and delicate simultaneously

 

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson    

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Lupines and catmint
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More lupine
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Anchusa azurea (also known as Italian Bugloss)
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Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’ – nothing subtle about this color

       

 

     

Butterflies are arriving

Now that we have so many flowers in bloom, the butterflies are back in force.  Nora captured some wonderful photos yesterday, including some of a very photogenic goldfinch.

 

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Monarch butterfly on Sweet Rocket
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Clouded Sulphur
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

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Love the dive

 

 

Late Spring

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“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening” – Wendell Berry

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“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.” – Aldo Leopold

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May is the month of great anticipation, but the garden truly comes alive in June.  Everyday brings new blooms, a subtle change in the pervasive shades of green throughout the garden, and returning bird, bee and butterfly guests.

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The energy is palpable as the garden prepares for its peak performance; everything sits vibrating with anticipation, on the cusp…