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’

 

End of Month View – May

Well, I’m a couple of days late to the party but the photos were actually shot on May 29th and 30th, so close enough.

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I’ve yet to weed and edge this border, but this is the Circle Garden with the peony/rose border on the top and right and the Spring Border in the top left, edging the duck area.  In another week or so, the Circle Garden will be in full bloom.

 

 

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Bearded Iris ‘Autumn Circus’ with Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

 

 

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Bearded Iris Germanica ‘Innocent Star’ – a new addition last year
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Verbascum, allium and a lupine on the verge
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Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ (Snowball Viburnum) and Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Rocket)
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These are suppose to be red ‘Goliath’ poppies, but they are distinctly orange
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A batch of Bearded Iris ‘Hemstitched’

 

 

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The first bloom on the clematis ‘Miss Bateman’