Monday, June 27, 2011

Blooms in the Garden

I was out in the garden today cutting off the spent peony blooms, most still soggy from all the rain.  Fortunately, there are still quite a few to open and their fragrance can be enjoyed for a few days yet.
The un-named pink variety at the front has some pretty blue drumstick alliums flowering in front of them.
A couple of weeks ago I did a post on pocket hostas that you can find here and now that they're starting to flower, I thought I'd show one.  They're just minis that will stay small in a tufa trough or get a little bigger when planted in the ground.
There are a couple of mini hostas in the bottom right tufa trough.  Making one or several of these is a great workshop for a group of gardeners.  I leave mine outside all winter with the plants inside.
I'm linking with Jean at  Bloomin' Tuesday and Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday.

33 comments:

  1. I Judith, I am liking those sweet little hostas. I must look for them down here. Please don't send us your rain. We've really had enough already. Thanks. :-) Have a great week. Blessings, Pamela

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  2. Judith, I like your tuffa containers. I had no idea there are hostas small enough to fit in that size container. I like your drumstick alliums. I had some last year, but they did not survive the winter.
    Hugs, Beth

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  3. Good morning Judith!
    The soft and subtle colors of petales look fragile! Thank you for sharing your precious time with the flowers! Here in Nara Japan,the rainy season still remain,but many flowers are growing here and there. So I do not complain of this rain!
    Have a great week.
    Tomoko. A beginner student of English.

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  4. Beautiful blue and pink!
    I have a couple of the Tuffa troughs, but have decided I need a larger one - I wonder if I can talk The Great Dane into making another....

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  5. You have a beautiful garden.

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  6. Your garden is stunning. Wow, thank you for sharing it. Blessings, Martha

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  7. Hi Judith,
    Those mini Hosta ghave some tall blooms, how fun!!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  8. Hello Judith,
    I love the drumstick alliums and mine start to bloom right now. I have never seen mini hostas before. They look so cute but I think, they have no chance in my garden full of snails, which ate all my big hostas.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  9. Beautiful flowers and love your container gardens.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  10. Love all your blooms....but I think Topaz is my favorite in your sidebar. :)

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  11. The hostas are so sweet! I've never seen the small ones. We have the big ones here in NC and as long as they are in the shade...they get huge! ♥

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  12. I love hostas too. They are so lush and beautiful and do so well in the shade -- which is one thing I have a lot of in my garden!

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  13. Hi Judith,
    I love your tufa troughs.

    I have a couple of mini hostas. I don't where I ever picked them up, but they stay quite tiny, though not as tiny as the one in your trough. It looks like quite an art to find plants that will fit and you have done a terrific job!

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  14. beautiful garden!!
    so there is such a thing as a mini hosta! i wondered! i have a couple here. no matter what i do they stay small! glad to know that!hahaha, my minis are the varigated one like yours, ive not noticed any in the full green ones. loved looking through your garden!

    debbie

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  15. I love your Tufa troughs and the adorable little hostas in them. :)

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  16. You have some nice looking blooms, there. I love the blue alliums.

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  17. How cute the pocket hosta is! I love your tufa troughs! I made a few last year and love them. Welcome to Bloomin' Tuesday! Jean

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  18. Everything looks sooo green! Loved going through these beautiful pictures, especially your pocket hosta looking so pretty and I must say I love those tufa trough.. did you make those? I love the textured-leaf plant next to your hosta, I would love to know what kind of plant is that. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I enjoyed reading it. Have a wonderful week!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  19. Tufa troughs - beautiful! Never knew the name for it.
    Gorgeous blooms!

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  20. hi Judith, Your peonies, soggy or not are still beautiful and the color is lovely. I'm sure the hostas and your other green plants make a beautiful backdrop for all your blooming plants. I love the little tufa trough planters. The do make a great way to add a mini garden anywhere, and it great you can leave them out all year. Give Topaz a pat on his beautiful head for me. I always enjoy visiting your lovely blog.

    ~Emily
    The French Huch

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  21. How pretty! My lavender is blooming as are my hydrangeas.

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  22. I can't think of a prettier color combination that pink & purple! Obviously, you agree, as I look around your beautiful blog, Judith. *Grin*

    I'm happy to hear you'll be getting mail soon. I sure hope your swap package arrives intact & in a short time. Its killing me not to post photos of what I made for you! LOL


    fondly,
    Rett

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  23. What a delight to have those beautiful peonies and I love the little trough gardens. I will have to give them a try. Your blog is beautiful and I am following now.

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  24. Judith your plants are beautiful, we have warmed up so things are changing rapidly here and my Hostas are all done. I love the Tufa style planters and plan to make them with my gardeners group, thank you for sharing. I am new to the "Flora Thursdays" so I will be checking back again ~ Jacque

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  25. Hi Judith,
    I'm new to your site from Fishtail Cottage.
    Thank you for the tour, just lovely!
    I will be back!

    glimpsesofglory.blogspot.com/

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  26. Your tuffas are very nicely composed and planted! L

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  27. Dear Judith,
    Your peonies are beautiful! I have four peonies that I don't know their names, and I just planted two more, Sarah Bernhardt and Sorbet. Can't wait to see the plants mature and in full blooming, specially Sorbet.
    Have a lovely day!
    Hugs,
    ~*~Wendy~*~

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  28. With most of my hostas growing crazy this year (have one that's over three feet across,) a smaller version would be most welcome in the garden. Interesting post, Judith. :)

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  29. Visiting you is always a lovely moment!
    Hugs

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  30. Judith I like your mini hostas and tufa troughs or garden containers. You are a true gardener. I liked your comment on my blog ... you do take time to enjoy nature. Your little mini gardens remind me of when we used to make ornamental gardens in old pie pans when we were kids. Moss was the grass. :-) Hope you have a good weekend!

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  31. Your troughs are incredible. Lovely photos! I am visiting from Cottage Flora Thursday.

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  32. Thank you so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's at Fishtail Cottage! You have some fabulous hosta's - so glad you shared! Happy 4th! xoxo, tracie

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