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’

 

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