“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” — Rudyard Kipling
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.
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” — Gertrude Jekyll
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
Penstemon ‘Pocahontas’ with bumble bee
Clematis are as omnipresent as peonies in the garden.
I’m not sure what this is. It was supposed to be ‘Josephine’ as well, and clearly is not.
“I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” — Alice Sebold