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    Posted 4 months ago

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    After I updated my account photo to show some pretty flowers in my yard, Broochman gave me a nudge of encouragement to post a few more of the same. So here goes:

    Every flower garden I have is planted for a succession of flowers so when one kind of flower is fading away, there’s something else coming up ready to burst into bloom.
    There are lots of perennials, flowering shrubs, flowering trees, vines, ground covers, bulbs, stepping stones, bird houses, bird baths, fairy gardens, yard art and comfortable places to sit and enjoy it all.

    The scene changes very frequently with blooms coming and going. There are always weeds to be pulled, flowers to deadhead, cuttings to root or to transplant.
    I only water plants when they are newly planted, and then it is with rainwater that I salvage from rain run-off from the roofs of my garden shed and screen house.
    Part of my yard is in an area with a high water table and I also mulch well.

    Picture # 4 is a 12’ X 24’ screen house.
    Growing along side it are Castor Bean plants which have bright red stalks and flowers and iridescent purplish green huge leaves. Their seeds are poisonous but beautiful inside their spikey red casings which hang in large clusters. The plants get all the rain water from the roof and will reach the eaves before Summer is over. They are annuals.

    Picture #1 is at the entrance to the garden path which winds around to the screenhouse.
    The bird feeder has Clematis (pink and purple) vines which will be climbing the post a little later in the season. There are lots of iris and lily bulbs as well as several rose bushes and Forsythia bushes growing along that side.
    The metal arbor also supports Clematis vines and, sometimes, Moon Vines and Morning Glories.
    My family and friends made stepping stones for the pea-gravel path.
    There are Spring bulbs, Encore Azaleas, Knock Out roses, Seven Sisters roses, Vitex trees, Gingko, Kwanzan Cherry, and Magnolia Soulangia trees, Angel Trumpets and several kinds of perennials. I’ve started labeling plants because I sometimes forget their names or accidentally dig up one thing when I’m planting something else.
    Picture #2 is a shrub that I only learned about a few years ago. It blooms in Winter of Zone 7 which is a real treat! About February, the big yellow and while clusters, about the size of a baseball, open and emit a beautifully sweet fragrance. Its called Edgeworthia.
    I have 6 of them. They are underplanted with Lentin Roses which also bloom in Winter.

    Picture #3 is a fiberglass birdbath that mostly collects rain water and falling cherry blossoms.
    It is underplanted with BlackEyed Susans, Purple Shamrocks, daffodils, Bell Flowers, Creeping Phlox and Aguga.

    I hope you enjoyed seeing part of this garden. It was hard to try to boil it down to only 4 pictures.
    A Yard Art post may be coming up in a few days!
    Comments are welcomed!


    1. fortapache fortapache, 4 months ago
      Looks like a fine garden.
    2. Newfld Newfld, 4 months ago
      Beautiful landscaping the shrubs & flowers go so well together, and I love your cherub birdbath
    3. Broochman Broochman, 4 months ago
      Everything is just gorgeous!! I especially like the Castor Bean...They are stunning! :)
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 months ago
      Stunning, to say the least! I love everything about your garden, and that bird bath is outstanding!
    5. keramikos keramikos, 4 months ago
      Watchsearcher, Beautiful.

      The garden you describe would be my ideal, that is to say, a garden designed such that something is either in bloom or in leaf all year long. :-)
    6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 months ago
      Excellent narration to go along with the photo's. My dad owned a nursery with perennials, shrubs and trees all his life and truly enjoyed it as you seem to. I think his favorite special plant was the moon flower. The blooms only open after dark and close again before sun up. Once he found them and introduced them he couldn't keep them in stock.
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 months ago
      Fortapache, I appreciate that! Thank you!

      Newfld, I’m so glad you like the garden! Thanks!

      Broochman, Thank you for prompting me to post this little garden. The castor beans are some of my favorites also except for opening all those seed pods. They are hard and prickly so gloves are necessary and a squeeze by plyers will crack the pod open. Each pod has 3 seeds about the size of a dried pinto bean.

      Jscotto363, thank you! I’m so glad you like it!

      Keramikos, just when Winter has the landscape looking bleak, there’s some cheer in the garden. Thank you!

      Fhrjr2, I can relate to your father’s enjoyment of working with plants. And Moon vines!! I’m glad he helped spread their beauty to others. I gave some seeds to a co-worker and she and her daughter each planted some in their respective yards - they each counted blossoms every evening in a little friendly competition and fun to see whose produced the most.

      I appreciate all the Loves and comments!

    8. foseatme, 2 months ago
      such a beautiful garden and you look lovely amongst the flowers!
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Foseatme, I’m flattered by the compliments!
      Thank you!

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