I consider my hens to be a part of my garden landscape, so this is a slight departure from previous featured garden images. Here is one of my favorite photos from February 2014. We had a rare snow event here in 2014 the Willamette Valley, and these girls saw snow for the first time.
This is my front yard, where I put a great deal of my garden time, because this is what people see when they come to the front door. Flowers in this pic include catmint (Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’) around the wisteria arbor, Red Valerian (Jupiter’s Beard, Centranthus ruber), Veronica ‘Crater Lake Blue’, alliums, yellow broom, lilies (not Read more
This image is a reminder of things yet to come. Despite the sadness in the world, spring will still arrive, and with it, come the flowers. I love the drama from these custom hanging basket towers (I have 2), which hold 4 hanging baskets each. With baskets, we can all create a miniature version of Read more
As is evident by the name of my blog, I love poppies. Here is a photo from June highlighting some of my favorite annual poppies. ‘Lauren’s Grape’ is the dark purple poppy. It is an opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), and it is so gorgeous. The easiest way to grow poppies is to directly sow them. Read more
Behold the glory of pansies! The reason I chose this image is to encourage you to love and plant pansies (and violas). They are magical plants here in the Willamette Valley—because they can bloom almost any month in our luscious zone 8—alas, this photo was taken in late June! Pansies and violas are some of our Read more
I chose this image to show the same border in the spring that I referenced in the recent post “Salvia and Yarrow Continue to Shine”. This photo was taken May 25. Plants in this successful border planting include Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’, Achillea (yarrow) both ‘Moonshine’ and ‘Paprika’, Salvia guarantica ‘Hot Lips’, and Penstemon ‘Husker Red’.
I chose this image because I talked about the summer hummingbirds in my yard in my recent post “Salvia and Yarrow Continue to Shine”. I captured this photo of a hummingbird visiting my Linaria purpurea (photo taken in the month of June). This is a plant that appeared in my yard a few years ago. The Read more
This photo was taken in May 2013. After years of waiting, my Wisteria finally bloomed in 2013 after I applied super phosphate to the roots in the winter. Due to our winter rains, our soil can quickly become depleted in phosphorous. Phosphorous is essential for flower development. My wisteria has bloomed faithfully ever since. Read more
This photo was taken June 2013. These are climbing roses, ‘Dublin Bay’. These are placed at one end of my pathway through my raised beds, berries, and small orchard. The fencing keeps the deer away from the fruit and vegetables.
This photo was taken in July 2015, and features my garden shed, chicken coop, rudbeckia (black eyed susan), monarda (bee balm), phlox, and corn poppies (papaver rhoeas). Our 2015 summer was so hot, and the heat contributed to having these particular perennials blooming at the same time.