Thursday, June 7, 2012

New blooms

Last week, I was fortunate enough to nab a great curbside find.  I found this cute gate attached to some picket fence.  So far, all I've managed to do with it is this.

I still have these panels, minus the gate to figure out what to do with. . .until then, I'll just store them.

While I was out working in the yard, I decided to take some new pictures to show what has changed in the past month.  This bloom is from a Hydrangea that I think is my favorite plant in my yard.  It is a start from my Great Grandmother.  This one bloom, measures 11 inches across!

I have had a heck of a time with rabbits this year.  Here are a couple of my Purple Coneflowers they chewed down, along with some of my Asiatic Lilies.  I have a lot of the Purple Coneflowers, but they also chewed down a new one I bought last year.  As for my Asiatic Lilies, I don't know why they chew some but not others...needless to say, these will now have to have rabbit cages around them also.  Not the prettiest sight, but I can't always catch them when they are doing damage.  I have gone through 3 bottles of pepper spray so far, and I hate to say it, but I wasn't all that disappointed when we found a dead rabbit in the garden Tuesday.  Believe me, it was a FRACTION of the rabbits that come to our yard.

 Here are two of the Lilies they avoided.

This is a new Coneflower for me this year - it is called Tiki Torch.  After catching a rabbit chewing two of the buds off, I now keep it sprayed with pepper spray.

My Daylilies have started blooming, although they are a month early, like most of our flowers are this year.  This planter holds Stella de Oro Daylilies.  Thankfully, the rabbits don't like them.

This is another new plant this year.  Gooseneck Loosestrife 'Beaujolais'


I love my B I G Hosta

This is a new Hosta I got from a friend last Fall.  I was able to get two plants out of it and look forward to splitting it more in the future.

I love to add 'junk' to my gardens.  Some are antiques, some are not.

This has been a confusing year for our plants.  We had a very mild Winter, and a long Spring, which is fine with me. . . Spring is my favorite time of year.  I hope you are enjoying your gardens and yards this year!


  1. Hi Judy,
    I love that gate! I had to laugh when I saw the fence. That's how the neighbors' fence behind where I garden across the street looks, leaning, missing panels, and all.

    That hydrangea sure is a beauty! How cool you got it from your grandma!

    I've had a lot of rabbit damage, too. I've been using Liquid Fence and finished off the bottle of something similar. They seem to keep them at bay until I water or it rains. They are supposed to work longer than that.

    I'm glad you still have some nice blooms going on. Normally the daylilies are starting to bloom around July 4th. They are starting their show now instead.

    Happy gardening!

  2. What a great find Judy. I love the gate. Your hydrangea is so beautiful. Pasted down plants are always the best when they have a history to them. With me it is Grandmas lilacs. Your lilies are just so pretty. Love them.

  3. are making me MISS Nebraska in the spring and summer. I have the heat and humidity here so not missing that too much! I have my garden planted and am looking forward to some yummy veggies in a few months...hi and hugs to your mom..loveyou-

    and the tour of your sanctuary
    love the raised lily bed
    My daughter has sweet autumn clematis growing on a section of old fencing

    1. That's a great idea Suz!! I haven't had much luck with growing Clematis on the wire trellis I have...maybe they'd like a section of fence! Thanks!!