Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Around the Garden

As warmer weather prevails, more flowers are blooming and the lilacs under the kitchen window make me want to stand there and find things to do.
I've not had much luck with lupines before so we'll see how they survive the winter in this new location on the south side of the house.
The early yellow daylilies are starting to open and this un-named variety is quite fragrant.
My all-time favourite hosta is 'June' a thick waxy leaved gal that the slugs never bother.
Coral bells look like miniature bonnets that the fairies might wear.
The deep purple spikes of iris pallida emit a scent like grape crush that you can smell a long way off.
I've often used a trailing fuchsia in pots but also like the way this upright one looks in a hanging planter.  The hummingbirds like it too.
I'm linking with Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday.


  1. It's all so beautiful. I love fuchsias and would love to grow lupine. They defy domestication here though, preferring to grow in the ditches and fields.

  2. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures (and naming them too) of your garden flowers.

  3. Your lupines are looking fabulous! I have very sandy soil which means my lupines grow like weeds! I even ended up with one way far away from the original!


  4. Pretty flowers in your garden. Thanks for sharing.~ Julie

  5. Lilacs in June - I remember that when I lived in the northern climates. My lilacs were lovely here in Southern New Jersey this year in April - just in time Easter. Bloomed at the same time as the azaleas. But, when I lived in South Carolina, the azaleas were huge and were out by March! What a lovely mature garden you have. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Beautiful photos!! I haven't tried lupines yet but have been wanting to find some to try!

    You mentioned about June giving me some of her poppy seed.That is the only problem with hybrids is that they revert back to original or close to original form. June's pretty pink poppy seed does not come back true to form. There are several varieties that the seeds do retain the pink and the plants I bought were supposed to be those.

    The white echinacea is so pretty- it is too bad it reverts back also.

    Bee Blessed!

  7. Hi Judith, I don't know about you but I am glad that the temperature has dropped today.Your pink lupin is especially pretty. I hope it likes its new location.

  8. It all looks so lovely, Judith! Love the color of your lupine!
    Wishing you a happy day,

  9. I enjoy admiring your beautiful flowers. The flowers I have are very different. Topaz is a cutie.

  10. Don't you just love summer and all the beautiful flowers that it brings? Yours are all so pretty.

  11. The pink lupine is beautiful, as are the coral bells. We like 'June' too. You have a lovely yard and gardens. Happy Thursday!
    Hugs, Beth

  12. Your gardens are lovely! Visiting from Cottage Flora Thursdays today.


  13. I love the color of the lupin-hope they winter over for you.


  14. Everything looks lovely. I was surprised that you've had trouble with lupines. They are usually so hardy. A hosta that is slug proof is a very good plant to have.

  15. Hi Judith, Your lupins should do Ok on that side of the house, your soil holds more water then mine. Mine on the north side of the house and get shaded afternoon sun and they have been there since we moved in. Enjoy your weekend.

  16. Hi Judith,

    Beautiful blooms! I have several "June" hostas and they are striking. Good luck with your Lupine mine were attacked by aphids.

  17. Amazing the lupines, it's a perfect color! I just love lavender and love the name of your cottage of course. I just posted about lavenders in my garden too.

    Stopping by from Cottage Flora Thursdays. Better late than never, right?

  18. Hi Judith!
    I'm from Ontario Canada too, it's nice to meet and fiollow you and your beatiful blog!
    Flowers just speak to women's hearts, don't they?!

    Stop by to visit me sometime.

    Ciao Bella!


  19. Judith,

    Beautiful photographs. I never had luck with lupines when I had gardens. The would be covered with aphids. Ugh. Loved seeing the coral bells.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  20. thanks for sharing over at Cottage Flora Thursday's garden party! Your lupin is just so pretty! xoox, tracie


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