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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Put On Your Walking Shoes....

I have seen several butterflies and hummingbirds this past week, here is my first butterfly photo this Spring. First we will start at the mailbox. Clematis and it is loaded with blooms.
At the bottom we have Petunias, Pansies...
Liriope Grass, Snapdragons and Four O'clocks....can you say MESS?
Let's walk around to the other side of the yard in the back by the potting shed. We have Petunias, Marigolds, Cyclamen, Primroses, Liriope Grass, Zinnia, Black Eyed Susans, Purple Coneflower and Cosmos seeds up on the sides of the shed and around back with two Pineapple Sage in the back as well. No photo of the back and sides.
Between the potting shed and the fruit trees we come to the red brick castle wall garden.
Petunias and more Petunias with

Sunflowers coming up through them. Alyssum, Diantus and Red Salvia, White Butterfly Bush, Bromeliad, Red Shrimp Plant, Nandina and some bulbs not photographed.


Now we will walk up the hill to the curved bed out by the street. Ornamental Kale, Stock, Daffs, Petunias, Double Knockout Roses, Dianthus, Candytuft, Four O'clocks, Irises, Glads, Lambs Ear, Rosemary...there's more up to the left as you curve around.

Now, back down the hill to the other side of the house is the large full sun bed, this was taken on Feb. 25, 2009
See the bare tree to the left?
One month and a day later...........big changes. Didn't it come back strong.......Rose of Sharon.

Now let's have a look see at what's happening in this garden. Some Blue Bedder Salvia started from seeds, a Rose of Sharon Tree that I rooted.
Look at all of the Purple Conflowers growing!

Snapdragons, Rosemary and some Cosmos started from seed over the winter.
This is the large Mum, (I love it), Red Verbena, Cleome, Salvia coming back to the right and some Nasturtium and Forget Me Nots in the barrell.
Pineapple Sage

Four O'clocks, Zinnias, Cosmos, Glads, Canna Lilies, Hyacinth Bean Vine, Sunflowers and Cleome.
Down this way we have Lupine, Foxglove, Larkspur, Verbena, Gerbera Daisy, Black Eyed Susans, Ivy around the tree and trying to grow on the Lattice along with Black Eyed Susan Vine and more Hyacinth Bean Vine.
More Vines......Sweet Pea, Morning Glory and Hyacinth Bean Vine.
Back to the Red Brick Castle Wall.........look at this healthy Bee Balm!

Okay now down this last hill by the basement door where my husband had to build this up with railroad ties to keep it from washing away is a wildflower mix.

Although we didn't look at all of the flower beds I do hope you enjoyed seeing some of what's happening around my yard. I know it sounds like a lot of plants in areas, I love the over crowded look when it's all in bloom. Wonder how much it will change in the next month? I also have Common Thyme, Phlox, Alyssum, Bush Morning Glories and Sedum scattered around. We didn't even cover the containers with Geraniums and such, Hydrangeas, Jacobina, Mints and, and, and. Oh I almost forgot..........I have Coleus seeds up!! Have a great gardening day! We are expecting some much needed rain today, hope it doesn't rain 7 inches all at once.

30 comments:

fishing guy said...

Darla: What a fun show and what a beautiful butterfly. I saw a black butterfly two times last year but it didn't co-operate by stopping for photos. I'm glad I could share yours.

Sugarplum Cottage said...

We've already had Butterflies too, but I've not seen any hummingbirds. I enjoy my walk thank you. Rosemarie

Chrissy said...

Well....that was a great tour and boy you sure are much further into spring than we are... no sign of "life" here yet. Your garden is lovely, you must be very proud of it!!!! All the best, Chrissy

Sara G said...

WOW, everything is just so beautiful. I can't wait until spring arrives here like that!!!

tina said...

It all looks so beautiful! Rain is always good too. I am trying to plant before we get hit. Here's to happy gardening!

Lois said...

Everything is so pretty Darla! I really like those logs you are using to sit the plant containers on. I'm hoping we don't get any dangerous storms with this rain. I'm also worried about Saturday's parade because my daughter is marching in it with her band (she's the band director) and I had planned to take my grandkids.

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Not any better, I think if I could go play outside I'd feel better. I have to go a bunch of test today, sounds like fun doesn't? Rosemarie

bennie and patsy said...

Thanks for the tour, your yard is a park to love.
Patsy

Leedra said...

The butterfly is beautiful, had me reaching for the reference book. But I really don't have time this morning. So I set it back down.

Love the stroll, was looking for the front view of the cottage. Love the view you showed us. Like those boots and tree stump.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love seeing 'before and after' pictures. Isn't it amazing what difference there is from one month to the next? I love your yard. You are doing such a great job.. Do you ever open your yard for visitors??? They have "Open Houses" in some of the more gorgeous yards up here once or twice a year. People always love showing off their yards. Yours is GREAT.
Hugs,
Betsy

perennialgardener said...

Thanks for the walk through your beautiful garden beds Darla. I love seeing all the changes since last month. Things are really popping in your garden right now. How lucky are you to have your first butterfly shot of the season. No flying flowers here yet, but soon...maybe. :)

niartist said...

Darla, it's gorgeous. I'm so jealous! I was going to go around and take pictures today of the things in my yard coming up slowly - VERY slowly, now if the weather cooperates I definitely will. How great that you have those pictures to show how big of a change you get in just a month! Thanks for the inspiratioN!

Deb said...

I love your gardens they are so natural and the flowers are so pretty, I've been seeing alot of butteflys already, no hummingbirds yet.

Carla said...

I had to 'click' over and see where you are-Flowerville, (how cool is that name) Florida!! You are just a little ahead of us, here in East Texas, and the future is bright! Hope you get a great soaking rain from this last storm system (I'm sending it your way:)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I can't believe what you have going on there! So much! It looks great. I can't wait to see a butterfly here.

Aerie-el said...

Thanks for the tour of your yard--it is lovely. It's especially fun to see before and after shots!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I like a lush, full look in the garden too.

I'm anxious to see your bush morning glories when they are in full bloom. I've seen them for sale and wondered if I'd like them in my garden.
Marnie

Dennis said...

Love the tour. Next time I could use a glass of Iced Tea please.


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Lori said...

Very pretty! i worked in my yard this week and stayed home from work yesterday and cleaned my yard. We are getting rain now and it will rain until Sunday! Yuk! I wish all my pretty flowers were coming up like yours, but they are not. It is probably still a bit to cold.
I put my hummingbird feeders out with fresh food and I'm waiting.
Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

Mildred said...

Everything is looking great Darla. I loved seeing all your plants and the butterfly is so pretty. I just put my hummingbird feeders out this week. I have my fingers crossed!

salmagundi said...

Oh my!! My garden won't look this filled in until August, then it will be time for a freeze. We don't get butterflies until August either. Thanks for sharing your yard, and thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit. Sally

Twisted Fencepost said...

I enjoyed the walk.
My goodness you have a lot of flowers. I couldn't remember all those names.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Hummers already...... ohmygosh I better start cooking up some sugar water..... I so enjoyed my walk in your MOST lovely gardens.... it really shows that you enjoy playing in the yard.....
HUgs
Linda

Rose said...

Wow, so many blooms! Butterflies and hummingbirds, too; now that makes it perfect! We will have to wait quite a while to see either one here in the Midwest. Thanks for taking us on this tour--you have a beautiful garden, Darla.

Rusty in Miami said...

Nice tour of your garden, I have not seen many butterflies in my garden this year but we have plenty of bees.

flowergardengirl said...

It looks fantastic! You made me want to plant some of my stuff in a nice wavy pattern like you did-=I like that idea. I can see you have worked hard and now it's rewarding you with lots of critters and pretty blooms. Congrats.

Sue said...

Thanks for the tour. I love those red snapdragons! Everything looks great!

easygardener said...

Thanks for the tour around the garden. It is nice to see the bigger picture. Your garden is looking almost summery compared to mine. That's why it's always interesting to see gardens in different parts of the world.
Love the butterfly too!

Happily Retired Gal said...

What a lovely Spring walk along with you in this post!
Hugs and blessings,

Msrobin said...

Wow, you sure have a lot of flowers already. Where are you located? I can't wait for the hummers and butterflies to come back. I think it's just about time to get my hummingbird feeder back out.