What a difference a week makes in the garden


That is – or was – my Autumn Sunset rose.  It long ago reverted back to its stock rose – which is lovely in its own right.  I love when the roses start blooming in the garden.

This year was a little wacky with weather and my Rhododendrons, which usually bloom around now, started a little early.  The first bush is already on its way out but the second one is in full bloom.

I can’t tell you how my little Monty Python loving heart just sings when the lupines come into bloom.

(Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, riding cross the land . . . . . .)

And it is hard to find a flower more glamorous then an iris in full bloom.

These yellow ones were given to Chip by a friend who was digging up his garden.

The camera somehow lightened the blue of these siberian irises – which are actually a deep deep blue against darker green leaves.  Gorgeous.

The Knockout Roses are due all of the accolades they are given.  They seem to bloom all summer and when other roses are struggling with disease or bugs, these roses keep shining.  We get great blooms every year with them.

Another favorite of mine are the bushes of little white species roses we have that grow along the border of the property.  The smell that comes from these bushes is amazing.  They are almost at the end of their first bloom of the year.

While the majority of the lilacs have finished blooming, Donald Wyman is just starting.  He’s a late blooming lilac and I so look forward to him when the others are done.

Growing up, our next door neighbor grew “pinks” – dianthus flowers – and I just loved them.  One of my very favorite flowers are carnations because I love their scent – but I was never able to successfully grow them.  In pinks I found the same wonderful scent in something that would germinate for me.  Woo Hoo!!  We lose some every year and add some more every year.

The Peonies are in bloom again.  They just opened up yesterday.

More of the clematis are coming out too.

Vash will be happy – the strawberries are almost here!!!  Babies are on the vines and some are even starting to turn red.  Vash loves to snack in the garden on his way to the house after school – and he loves the strawberries.  We have two raised beds full of plants.

Chip has not been able to spend as much time in the garden this year – he’s been working on finishing the barn.  The roof blew off of it about 3 years ago and Chip has slowly been working on rebuilding the entire structure from the foundation on up.  He added alot of what you see here this past week.

He is also adding a new window into the top of the back wall in there too.

He originally thought about the window for the front of the building but decided against it for support reasons.  Eventually the barn will hold his workshop/store.  He needs a place to display his work.  It has been packed away too long.

Wishing you all days filled with flowers.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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One Response to What a difference a week makes in the garden

  1. Barbara Antonelli says:

    That was just wonderful!!!!! I so enjoyed looking at the flowers.. I can’t wait to see what will be in bloom in a couple of weeks…Vash better save me some strawberries! Keep those pictures coming…Love,Mom

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