In The Garden

It seems like there is a lull in the garden. Nothing looks quite as bright and shiny as it did in the first flush of spring. And then I read on a garden blog that June is often like this for gardeners–a down time between the beautiful spring flowers and the bright show of summer flowers. I hope so. Because I’m doing a lot of watering just to keep the plants happy.

So here are the happenings worth reporting in the past week or so.

MLG was here working on yet another building project. I am pretty excited about this one. I saw a picture of a “patchwork path” in a garden magazine and wanted to make that. This was one of the few flat areas in the garden. But in order to make it work, we needed to make a raised bed to the left of the path, so that is Phase One. There were a few of the stones left over, so MLG put them on the other side of the path. I am always so pleased when he comes up with these little extras.



The pots won’t stay there. We just put them there so it wouldn’t look so bare. And to try to keep me from buying more plants to water 🙂DSCN3026

I went to Home Depot to get some of the stones for the patchwork path. They mucked up my online order, so I ended up loading about 100 stones weighing over 400 pounds onto a cart, and then lugging that to the checkout counter. Where I asked that they call someone to help me load them into the car. No one ever showed up, so I loaded all of these into the car by myself. I took this picture and texted it to MLG, with the caption “I now officially hate Home Depot!”


Of course, once I got home, I had to unload all those stones one more time. Since I was already too hot and too sweaty, I decided to finally add the coat of stain to the wood surrounding the Japanese maples. I really was glad to get that done.


This purple-blue flower is a type of wild geranium. I have had it for years, but have never had it in the right location. Looks like I finally got it right this time. I was so happy to see it blooming.


Here’s a better look at the yellow flowers behind them. It is a gaillardia. They are perennials, and quite cheerful.


And yet another plant that I do not know the name of. It is a very interesting plant. I thought the spikes were supposed to be red, and I thought that it bloomed in late summer…


Another “morphing” plant. Last year this daylily had a white bloom on it. I moved it, and it is doing better in this location, but the flower has changed color!


The hydrangea is getting into full bloom. It wilts every afternoon, but it looks pretty in the morning and evening.


An early morning photo–the Teddy Bear sunflowers look like they’re in a parade! All facing the same direction–towards the east, where the sun rises. Do all sunflowers do this?


The double daisies have started blooming. You can see where I keep trying to get a blue and white thing going here. I had some delphiniums here, but they did not make it. So I planted some little lobelia this spring. And then I just got another salvia to put in here, since they have done very well for me in the sun garden. I thought I’d try them over here.




Sophie caught in the act of flower munching.



She likes to walk along the top of the stones. Cracks me up–it reminds me of how kids like to walk on ledges or curbs.
We have hit a real hot streak out here. I spend a bit of time most mornings and evenings, just trying to make sure each plant gets enough water. Stay cool, wherever you are, and enjoy your weekend!



15 thoughts on “In The Garden

  1. Debby….I SO like to “walk” thru your gardens with you. The yellow spiked flower looks like a plant called “red hot poker” but it is usually a hot red with a few yellow petals on the bottom. Interesting. Love your double daisies. Can’t wait to see the finished walkway. KEEP SHARING!! mickie in maryland

    • Well thank you! You encourage me to go out and take a walk through the garden myself. We are going to work on the new walkway this coming week!

  2. I cannot tell you how much I love your garden – it’s so natural-looking, and everything just flows so well. The paths you’re doing (well, you and MLG but you get huge props for being the mover of stones!!), the raised beds, the plants…it all looks just beautiful!

    • Thank you for the mover of stones props! I’m claiming that as my only weight lifting work this summer 🙂 Thanks for enjoying the garden. I tend to just look at what’s wrong, and what I need to work on, and how I should be doing better… sounds a little like my endless “I should lose weight” tapes, come to think of it.

      I do make myself go out just to look at it and enjoy it sometimes.

  3. Your garden is beautiful, as usual!! I wish we had more shade. Of course, I wish Texas summers weren’t so hot, too! Love seeing your pictures, and I love a good DIY project too. Planting plants is almost zen for me!

  4. Red Hot Poker Debby…. i think there are a few different varieties…. Hydrangeas like shade …. perhaps they are getting too much sun?? I have always thought that sunflowers follow the sun all day… but i have had people disagree with me on that… 🙂 Love seeing your garden my dear… unfortunately the deer seem to eat all mine… Hugs! deb

    • The hydrangeas are in the shade for the majority of the day. I just think the long hot days wear on them. Yes, I think maybe some of the sunflowers are following the sun! And deer–I wouldn’t have a garden if I hadn’t put up a deer fence years ago. I only put it up to keep the dogs in. But I’m glad I have it now 🙂

  5. Yes – red hot poker. I am jeaous because I have tried to grown them and cannot get them past a winter!

    You and the stones. I cannot believe how much stone lugging you have done. I bet you have muscles now 😀

    • I have a few more loads to go. If I am smart, I pick them up the day before MLG arrives so that he can unload them for me.

      Okay, with three votes, I had to believe that I had red hot pokers. But I was pretty sure I didn’t buy a plant named that. So I googled it, and sure enough, there are 70 varieties of red hot poker, and some of them are yellow. There is one called pineapple popsicle. I like that. Also, it had very nice foliage, which is one of the things I like about this plant.

  6. I hurt just thinking about the stones!
    I really enjoy seeing your garden. There is something charming and magical about paths, enticing one in to see what surprises are beyond. Uh. Sorry, didn’t mean to go all poetic there.
    There used to be a GIGANTIC sunflower field on the way to my friend’s farm. I mean, commercial size. I love, love, loved going past in the morning and having their faces all greet me, and then having them face me again to say goodbye as I drove home in the evening. Maybe some varieties follow the sun and others don’t?

    • I am enjoying all the stone sympathy 🙂

      I love your poetic voice about the paths.

      I love the giant sunflowers. I might try to grow them again next year. But the weirdest thing about them last year was that they were sterile. Really. ALL of the seed husks were empty! Isn’t that weird? I felt like maybe they developed a variety like that so that we would just have to keep buying the seeds.

  7. Your garden is so beautiful!

    We are heading towards record breaking heat too this week. They predict the record of the warmest ever, which was in 1944, will be broken. Can’t say I look forward to that 🙂 Such heat in the Netherlands isn’t fun at all 🙂

  8. You’re getting too much summer and we’re not getting enough. We are seriously running about 10 degrees below normal and it has been raining just about every other day. No fun for a summer lover like me.

    As usual you and the MLG make a great team. It is so fun to see how far your garden has come over the years.

    P.S. I hate Home Depot and I didn’t even have to haul stones to hate it.

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