Strawflowers in the garden. I planted the rest of last year’s seeds in the fall and they grew throughout the winter. They’ll bloom this year and then come back again next year; however, I’m curious if they’ll continue to bloom all year long in our mild climate.
Beaujolais sweet peas in the garden. They finally started to bloom–I planted them months ago.
I have a collection of sun sculptures and decorations throughout the garden. What does a garden need? More sun.
Here’s one hiding in the sweet peas.
This year, I’m trying to incorporate a rainbow of colors in the garden. In the past, I’ve tended toward pink and purple shades. With the assistance of my clever 4 year old, I’ve incorporated more reds, oranges and yellows. The theme for this year: eye popping color.
Hydrangeas make me think of Cape Cod and the many happy summers I spent there as a kid with my family (including sharing a backseat with two large blue hydrangeas that my mom “had to have” for a long car journey). I have two pink hydrangeas in a new section of the garden, where I’m creating a cottage garden to attract bees and other beneficial insects into the rest of the garden.
Kale is not only good for you, it also looks great in the garden, too. It’s an architectural vegetable, with strong defined stems and leaves and heavy contrast between tones of green and purple.
I can’t get enough roses in the garden. Over the weekend, my 4 year old picked out this beauty at the store and I couldn’t say no. Its bright punch of color stands out in the sea of green sprouts and established plants.
What time is it? Garden time
This bulls-eye rose is the first rose of the season. It may look pink now, but the petals will become whiter as the center turns a deep pink.
I planted this peony a few years ago when we first moved into our house. It’s never bloomed. This year, I was surprised to see not one, but two buds. Can’t remember what color it’s supposed to be, so it’ll be a surprise.