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Early hardy primula. What variety?

I don't know what variety of primula this is. I got is as a gift from another gardener and she didn't know either. It is a pale mauve and blooms early -Mid March-to April in zone 5b. It multiplies...

Need help identifying this beauty early spring flower Zone 5b-6

My friend has this early spring flower in her garden. We can't figure out what it is

I can't wait for May

Hot colors for end of May garden which is part shade and moist

This red is unreal!

For more fall pictures of 2013 go to my blog post here:

Recent comments

Re: Spring in Verna's garden in British Columbia

This was indeed a delightful surprise this morning! Your spring gardens are spectacular! You seem to have every possible spring flower and spring bulb that I know of. I love the chionodoxa or Glory of the Snow mixed with wind anemone and hellebores. What a perfect spring garden you had mastered! I am impressed!
Thanks for sharing!

Re: Barbara's garden in Alaska, revisited

Gorgeous Meconopsis! I am trying to grow the blue ones from seed right now for the first time! I am seeing no germination yet and I've been waiting for 5 weeks so far. I love the first shot with the mix of perennials and colors. I also love the sculpture that can be seen behind the slipper orchid! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous views Barbara!
GloriaJ: The pink flowers with the yellow center are Pyrethrum Daisy (sun: Chrysanthemum coccineum or Tanacetum coccineum) or painted daisy. I have some in the garden and I am planning to start more from seed today.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

Lovely spring views Michaele! I have never seen so many Hellebores in one place! I love the see of daffodils and the massed grape hyacinths! What is not to like! I noticed some great looking purple pansies in your gardens. Watch out! If I can't find them around here soon, I am coming over to visit. Thanks for giving me a taste of what is still to come in our gardens up north!

Re: Need help identifying this beauty early spring flower Zone 5b-6

I researched Hepatica and showed my friend the folliage and she says that the folliage appears later and it matches! Thanks Linneaz!

Re: A video tour through Anne's Delaware garden

Wow! What a surprise and experience today! Loved the hot colors, the butterflies, the red cardinal, the brick path with the hot magenta coneflower and various phlox! Loved it all! I am inspired!

Re: Summer scenes from Carla's garden in Connecticut

Love the combinations you sent in today! I now have two new plants on my list for this spring: the two perilla that I never grew before! Love the foliage on that plant. I am also ready with my annual seeds this year and more excited now that I saw your results! Cosmos, zinnias, larkspurs and Love in the mist to compliment the existent nicotiana and cleomes that I had success with every year.
Thanks for today's pictures and plant names! Send more pictures from last year that we did't see! I know that you are holding back!

Re: Nina's garden in Montana, Day 2

Great gardens Nina and hubby! What a beautiful place for retirement! I can't wait for tomorrow's post!
I now have to find some hollyhock seeds!
Do you start your onions from seed indoor under the lamps? Great production!

Re: Summer in Nancy's garden in Maryland

Wow Nancy! Wow! Love the theme beds! love all the planting material..the blue delphiniums and the yellow accents of marigolds and yellow lilies pulling everything together!
Your shade border is magnificent! Those hydrangeas look so healthy along with hosts, ferns, heucheras! This garden has it all and a lot of work with all the tulips out and lilies back in!
Are the delphiniums surviving several seasons or you need to start them over and over every year? From seeds or you start with purchased plants? I am calling that bench for one day! I want to sit down and take it all in on a beautiful day of June or early July!

Re: Color in Daniela's garden in Ohio

JaneEliz: The yellow tall flowers you see in the background are from Ligularia "The Rocket". It is a very nice July bloomer for Shade to Part Shade for zones 4-8. It doesn't like afternoon sun so after a couple of moves, I finnaly found the perfect spot for it where the clump size increased and I was able to divide it in 2013

Re: Color in Daniela's garden in Ohio

GrannyMay- this past fall I followed your advice and inter-planted the inside border of the path with three kinds of narcissus : "Tete-a-tete", "Replete" and "Ice king" as well as a new white and blue blend of Grape hyacinth. Together with the existent Dwarf early irises, blue grape hyacinths and the snowdrops it should make for a nice white, yellow and blue early spring display.
In the outer border I added few groups of mixed color tulips and and the front of the rose bed got re-designed this fall with peach and red tulip varieties and daffodils.

Re: Color in Daniela's garden in Ohio

Thank you all for your very nice comments! I didn't see Michelle's warning last nigh that she will post my pictures today, so I was very surprised when I arrived here! Almost as surprised as you and it is my garden (:)

I also want to thank Michaele (meander1) for sharing my blog's address. She is my cheerleader as for all of you posting here on GPOD. She is my most dedicated follower and commentator for my blog. She is MY MUSE, and probably the reason I kept going in the beginnings of my blog when all I heard were the crickets!
I can't wait for spring! I am so restless that I picked-up Bird watching and picture taking as the winter hobby. But today is the day I will start some plants from seeds and give-up watching birds! My daughter who is 12 will help too! It is sunny and beautiful here in Ohio with record high temperature for this February of 44F.

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

I hear no criticism from Tractor 1 on your winter garden views! All those evergreens, shrubs and grasses look lovely covered in snow.

I don't get why and how Elmo got involved in the drinking business! Last show I watched it he was all about cookies. Or was that the Cookies Monster?
I have some ideas for you: Start blogging! or easier: winter bird watching and photographing

Re: Lori's gnome garden in Utah

I love the river, the gnome village and especially the fairies! Very well done! You inspired me!

Re: More from Lynn's garden in Wisconsin!

What a treat for the eyes this morning! Thanks Michelle and Lynn for getting these posted for us! I love your gardens and have phlox envy this morning! I could never grow phlox well in my gardens because of the soil and part shade conditions. What variety is that mauve phlox you have in your gardens Lynn?
I love your perennial/annual combo for the north side ! I will steel that idea!

Re: Lynn's garden in Wisconsin

Your gardens are so beautiful, serene and healthy looking. I am sure there was a lot of soil amending going on for your hostas to look that good! I like how you have tags everywhere ! It is especially helpful when you grow so many different varieties of plants! Thanks for sharing!

Re: Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

Finally! One of my favorite colors is in garden fashion! I used to wear this in my 20s but I feel is too much for clothing but not too much in the garden. I already have the Poppy Mallow or Winecups and this fall alone I added the Pow Wow Echinacea and Achillea "Saucy Reduction! Can't wait for summer!

Re: More from Jeanne's garden in Washington

What a beautiful collection of shrubs, trees, grasses! I love how the various textures play on each other!
Thanks for sharing! Can we see your vegetables and fruit gardens too?

Re: More from Barbara's garden in Alaska

I was mesmerized all morning by these pictures! Then I wondered what hardiness zone is Anchorage, Alaska and was shocked about the 5a result. Then the pictures of the poppies made me PURPLE with envy!! The Lauren's Grape poppy was at the top of my Must grow list in 2013 and I bought seedlings to make sure I do not fail to see the bloom. The color was right but the size of the blooms was nothing like Barbara's. I hope to get some more of these from the seed scattered!
All pictures show how talented and knowledgeable Barbara is. If my research on internet is correct, we are dealing with a Senior Horticulturist from the Anchorage's Alaska Botanical Gardens so there is much more that Barbara could share with us!

Re: Anne's garden in Quebec

I love everything you grow Anne! The overall design looks beautiful as well. The pink flower in the last two pictures (by the smoke bush) is Silene Dioica or common names: Red Campion or Catchfly. It seems to have a purple leaf from what I can tell so it may be "Purple Prince " variety.
That rose is exquisite!

tntreeman: I also planted a Zephrine Droughin this year! Mine was a freebie from a gardener who gave it away because she had too much shade for it(:) It is such an aggressive rose in the first year, that I think it wants to take over a whole bed for itself.

Re: Annita's garden and nurserywork in NIGERIA!

Thanks Michelle and Jeff for this post!
Anita, thank you for your pictures! Your plants look very healthy and happy! My favorite picture is the one with you between the plants!
Humbling and Inspiring for me this morning!

Re: Maurizio's garden in Italy! (6 photos)

Che un bellissimo giardino! Grazie per la condivisione Maurizio!

Re: Barb's garden in Wisconsin, revisited

Thanks Barb for sharing your garden again! My kind of garden in my kind of climate! Love your lake view and the water feature!

Re: The story of Daniela's shady garden path in Ohio (8 photos)

PattySpencer: the moss like ground cover is Blue Carpet Stonecrop ( Sedum hispanicum minus "Purple Form") which spreads as fast as the Yellow moss Stonecrop (Sedum acre) but has a better shape and has shades of purplish to blue in early spring.

Re: The story of Daniela's shady garden path in Ohio (8 photos)

Lots of great ideas from you all! Jeff: great suggestions! Now I have to expand my re-design to nearby areas to include all the plants that sound good right!
I will definitely try Hellebores, Solomon's Seal that need split anyway, some native early spring ephemerals, some evergreen bushes and some grasses! Planning and creating is the only way to get me thru the long winter after the holidays!
Tim Vojt: I make YOU tired?! The guy who moved boulders up-hill to make a rock garden and replaced grass with gravel to make the alpine garden!!! LOL!

Re: The story of Daniela's shady garden path in Ohio (8 photos)

Lots of great ideas from you all! Jeff: great suggestions! Now I have to expand my re-design to nearby areas to include all the plants that sound good right!
I will definitely try Hellebores, Solomon's Seal that need split anyway, some native early spring ephemerals, some evergreen bushes and some grasses! Planning and creating is the only way to get me thru the long winter after the holidays!
Tim Vojt: I make YOU tired?! The guy who moved boulders up-hill to make a rock garden and replaced grass with gravel to make the alpine garden!!! LOL!

Re: The story of Daniela's shady garden path in Ohio (8 photos)

flowerladydi: Thanks for all your suggestions. Epimediums is a great idea for structure and dry shade! but I used it a lot in different dry shade area of the same back border around a large evergreen tree. It worked wonderful together with Hakonechloa Aureola for accent.
Yardmom: I use all the ephemeral plants you mentioned in adjacent sections of the same long back border. I will check-out Carolyn's shade garden blog again for ideas
Michaele: I added a few wheelbarrows of leaf-compost to that clay to improve the moisture retention and mulched as well. But dripping hoses may be what I need to do next for July-August time when it gets really dry under the large canopy of the trees

Re: The story of Daniela's shady garden path in Ohio (8 photos)

Good morning everyone and thank you for your comments and likes! We have two inch of snow on the ground and it is still snowing! That will make for a white Thanksgiving this year! By the way Happy Thanksgiving for all of you reading this!

I do encourage your ideas and opinions for this spot! I think that I already got a couple that I like a lot!
Jeff, Hypericum inodorum is a new fall addition to this border already. I placed one plant for trial, one foot to the right of the chartreuse tradescantia. I love the seed pods late fall interest, reason why I also bought some for my Thanksgiving centerpiece arrangement.
I also like the Hellebores idea a lot. I have a very large clump in a different shade border I never get to see it. I will split it and try it here! Also the Japanese Painted Fern is a huge favorite with us! I could add some here too!

Re: A few years in Linda's garden in Washington state

This is a glorious park like garden! Love it! I love the aerial views! It gives a clear sense of the layout of the pathways and beds! It also how well thought out you placed the shrubs and trees!
My guess is that we are looking at an annual Lobelia for the blue flower by the Blue cobalt pot!

Re: Catherine's garden on Vancouver Island

Very charming garden! I love the first two pictures! The gate screams: you are entering a cottage garden! I love the lush hollie to the right of the gate!
Did you get any pumpkins this year?
More pictures please!

Re: Karen's garden in Illinois, through the years

We've got to love and cherish the multi-talented husbands of ours! And off course they've got to love the multi-talented, sensible artistic gardener wives of theirs!!
Love love the arches and all the plantings you showed us! Please send in more pictures!

Re: Marybeth's career-changing garden in New Jersey (12 photos)

Congratulations! Great design work Marybeth! I like how you created different garden spaces with different styles and feel! From the first more formal space with the splendid wisteria arch going around into less formal shade gardens! I love your waters feature! So well done! It looks very natural! We want more pictures please!

Re: Deb & Paul's garden in the Wisconsin woods

Is that a Sambucus Black Lace in the first picture under the window? I want one too! I love all the shade plants you have in your gardens! Apparently the fence works! You have whole hosta leaves and daylily buds!

Re: The far side of Niagara Falls, in August

I was there in this park taking lots of pictures in August as well! But I guess that I missed the pond and some of the informal gardens. Most of my pictures capture the formal gardens. This garden is located across from the Hard Rock Cafe and it has great views of the falls. If any of you want to visit, the best and easiest way is to park at the Duty Free shop as you leave Canada and take the stairs from the parking lot directly into the gardens.

Re: Bill & Linda's garden in Pennsylvania, throughout the season (12 photos)

Fabulous landscape! Love the large Maple tree! and the Tree peony! and roses with digitalis! and of course the Sum and Substance hosta with the columbines!

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

What a a nice surprise to see more beautiful scenes from your garden Michaela! The view from your kitchen window is superb! I also like that frothy pink grass and the mini barn house placement and background plantings! We got a contorted blue atlas cedar this spring! I am curious how it survives the first winter here since as Jeff will put it: is an "iffy" for our hardiness zone

Re: This red is unreal!

I am so sorry tntreeman! I didn't want to hurt your feelings! I just wanted to brag a little! Mine turned directly brown for the last few years so I have to brag when I can (:)

Re: Fall in Nancy's garden in Oregon (7 photos)

Splendid colors and textures! The Callicarpa is a new favorite for me but unfortunately I hacked it all the way to the ground last winter and now is very small and limp. Never listen to nursery men who post videos on-line!
My Oak-leaf hydrangea has barely turned colors and today the snow completely covered the foliage. I hope that snow will melt fast and we get a few more days of fall.

Re: Fall in May's garden in British Columbia

Oh sorry May, the black metal item was not a chair but the gate! Now that I finally read your comments!

Re: Fall in May's garden in British Columbia

What a pleasant surprise to see your fall garden this morning! So many foliage colors in your first picture! I can't stop looking at it! Great design! I give you the title of queen of shrubs and flowering climbers!
Great artistry in your pictures! The picture with Lacey walking down the path following you is my favorite..or maybe the one with the chair...oh! I can't decide!

Re: Karen's garden in Missouri (4 photos)

A shorter link for a mature "Skyland" pine is here:

Re: Karen's garden in Missouri (4 photos)

I like the unusual plants and combinations! What a cornucopia of colors! That Cissus Discolor "Rex Begonia Vine" is on my list to get but now I need to add the "Skylands" pine! I saw a mature specimen on this website and I am in love!'Skylands'.JPG

Re: Fall in Gail's Rhode Island garden (5 photos)

Superb fall pictures! Bravo!

Re: Jeff's season finale in Tennessee

I enjoyed the pictures you sent in! That Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is a beautiful specimen! And what a great shape and size! Here in Ohio it turns bright red right after Halloween if the temperatures at night continue to stay low!
The first picture list Alternanthera..which one of the plants is that? I only know the one behind the metal pole that has burgundy, green and white in the foliage: Persicaria Red Dragon - not very hardy here in zone 5b
Have your camera ready for when that beautiful Japanese Maple turn bright red!

Re: Petra's part-time garden in Vermont (8 photos)

The foliage fall colors are spectacular! I can't take my eyes from the picture with the climbing hydrangea up the trees! I try to imagine how lovely the view is when this vines are in bloom!
You've done a marvelous job with the part time garden!

Re: Nancy's garden in Oregon, revisited

I love your garden! I can't decide which picture is my favorite! I like the stairs with the bellflowers so much! What a challenging site you had and what a heavenly garden you created! I probably like the Rohodos picture because that is my favorite time of the year with the large blue hosta specimen and the Japanese Candelabra primulas blooming on the right bottom! Great job!

Re: Daniela's garden in spring (12 photos)

Michaele: I had to smile when you said that my cherub statue is located perfectly. So I thought for a few years but then I got annoyed with its whiteness and size. This spring with the approval of my husband it got relocated deeper in the woods between taller ferns and Solomon Seal (:)

ancientgardener: if you are asking if brunnera is common, I will say so and so. All the extensive shade gardens I visit have it but it is not easy to buy it. It is hardy and will come back for you. If you like the forget-me-not look, buy some seeds of Myosotis sylvatica and scorpiodes (the bi-annual you saw in my pics and last one a perennial that blooms later in the summer) and you are covered in Forget-me-nots for the most part of the growing season. Check this link out:

terieLR: thanks for sharing your experience with ajuga! I know it goes crazy when it is well but I will never be upset with it, call it names or take it for granted ever again (:)

Re: Daniela's garden in spring (12 photos)

Good morning all and thank you for your kind words again!
Wow Michelle! I tried really hard to remember what April pictures you have from my garden! It must have been February or March that I submitted these! This compilation of pictures comes from various years...some are very old but still my favorite April pictures. In 2008 - I lost all the ajuga you see in the pictures to a disease; It took me 5 years to get some large patches going again. It is the perfect plant as an edger since it holds the soil in place and tolerates drought caused by the tree roots. Since 2012..the drought summer I lost almost all woodroof (but a small piece I had protected by mulch). It will be a few years again before I can recover such large clumps but I will be patient. It will happen!

Re: Daniela's newly fenced veggie garden in Ohio (12 photos)

quinque: we love the gravel paths! I also like that when we blow leaves in the fall I don't have the mulch pushed around as in other beds It stays put. We used landscaper foil under the gravel and we had no weeds on the path this year. Slugs hated that too! Too hot to hide there!

Re: Daniela's newly fenced veggie garden in Ohio (12 photos)

Michaele (meander1): the Pocket hose meets all of the claims the manufacturer makes: it is light weight, you can hide it in a large pocket, it stretches to three times its original length but doesn't retract as new. If you create a nick in the hose it could bursts. If you leave it in the sun under pressure it could bursts. Out of 5 I bought this year I lost three. The biggest complain I have with these brand is that the threads are so bad that you must use some lubricant before attaching a spray end to it or you will never get it off again. I like mine for the garage and garden but not everywhere else.

Re: Daniela's newly fenced veggie garden in Ohio (12 photos)

Jeff: garden tour every year?! no no no! I can't handle that! It was too much pressure and my family complained that I worked way too much in my garden this past year! We like the result of all those hours of work but we also like our family time outside of the garden

tractor1: thanks for your reminder to blow out the water from the garden line! and your suggestion with alternate in-ground materials is most welcome

studio27art: in 4-5 hours of sun we grew: green onions, carrots, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, zucchini, squash, cucumbers,sunflowers, raspberries, blueberries,alpine strawberries, figs in a pot, peas, bush beans, pole beans, and herbs: oregano,parsley, thyme, chives, dill, basil, lovage, mint, nasturtium, catnip and valerian

Re: Daniela's newly fenced veggie garden in Ohio (12 photos)

Good morning everyone and thank you again for your wonderful comments.
mainer59: the two bars at the top of the fence was a clever idea we saw in a different garden. The widest chicken fence material that we found for sale determined the width of the bottom two bars so that it can get stapled properly. In addition we buried the fence an additional 6 to 10" in the ground. We still see tunnels of voles under the fence. We should have gone even deeper. We tried to get additional height after that knowing that deer will not attempt jumping thru the top gap but as we walk around the garden and want to see what is growing we don't look thru wire.
studio27art: indeed we do not have enough sun in this garden but that hasn't stopped us for trying. Some areas of the garden get 5 hours and some only 4. Onions, herbs, garlic, beans are not an issue in part shade. Tomatoes and peppers on the other hand would like more sun but the harvest of tomatoes this year was plentiful! I guess that bright light adds to the during shady hours helps as well. There is no other area on the property that would have given us more than 5 hours, so we settled here and I encourage anyone with only 5 hours of sun to try growing something fresh. The taste, satisfaction of growing your own and convenience is unmatched by shopping at any organic market!

Re: Scenes from Bonnie's Pennsylvania garden in 2013 (12 photos)

Bonnie, your garden and pictures are so clear and warm! Made me happy just looking at them!
Your blog is beautiful! I need to go back and enjoy it when I have time.
Aarchman07030 - thanks for suggesting that I am a only talent with color is when I deal with blooms or plant material..for all other color needs we refer to my hubby who is the color guru in our family (formulated hair colors and interior paints in his past career)

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

GrannyMay: Thank you for your suggestions! In the summer I added a large patch of iris reticulata received from a neighbor by the climbing hydrangea. I have snowdrops somewhere by the stairs...I will definitely start shopping for narcissus of all kind and short tulips.
tractor1: I am not worried about the winter look because the last three winters either I didn't even step in the garden using the path or the garden was under over 1 ft of snow from November to end of March. The views from the house are pretty decent because I see the trees, hemlocks and evergreens by the woods. I had tried evergreens in these borders at my husband's insistence few years back but then kicked them out because I needed the real estate for more perennials(:)

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

Carla: Astrantia in my opinion is the PERFECT plant in my part shade garden. It has a gorgeous deep green foliage that no insect, slug or disease touch. Significant foliage presence was visible in April's pictres. It has an interesting and very long bloom starting mid June and looks better and better every year. It then grows faster so that you are able to divide it and multiply it. It likes the rich semi-moist composted new beds that we created. If you remove the spent blooms it may re-bloom in the fall as you can see in my blog pictures taken yesterday in the garden. I will say that Astrantia was THE FAVORITE during the June garden tour this summer. By day two we had to label it 'cause we were tired of saying and spelling the name for visitors.

I say BUY Persicaria Painter's Pallete or stop by my garden! It has a gorgeous foliage that complements hostas, heucheras and lady's mantle. It tolerates heavy clay and dry soil by the woods and it seeds giving you a few new plants each spring. Some gardeners hate the seeding part. I don't. I had it for 10 years and haven't run out of places to use it in nor did I run out of interested gardeners to give the seedlings away to.

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

Good morning Carla, Michelle, tractor1, briandowns, jagardener, annek!
I am no superhero and my garden didn't always looked as good as in this year's pictures. Last year in August we found out that we were selected be part of the local garden tour for 2013. After I panicked for a few days and nights I pushed my self to a higher gear I didn't know I carry (:). While the kids were in school and me no longer carrying a day job (that is how I do it Michelle and Carla!) I worked in the garden until my butt and legs were hurting! Then I cooked, did laundry and then smiled when family was home (notice I skip organizing and cleaning the house here). I use rainy days like today for shopping and indoor work. I stopped watching TV during all days of the week but Fridays when is family movie night. All year while others watch TV, I work on my hobbies (photo organizations, reading garden books and blogs and , keeping my plant database, take notes in a garden journal and planning my next changes/additions to the garden. I take care of the indoor plants, propagate annuals from cuttings and start veggies and perennials from seed under lamps.
My kids are no longer so small and in the spring and fall they help with chores around the garden. My daughter now 11 planted all veggies and herbs seeds in the garden and she waters my pots occasionally. She also learned to mow grass and likes to weed in dry shade areas (?!) My son likes to weed the driveway and patio weeds (safer there from pulling a real plant out) and blow leaves in the fall! My hubby does all the heavy work as paths building, fences, trellises, leaves, and cleaning the mess the rest of us create in the shed and garage.

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

Good morning Nancy the Queen of Part Shade (HellofromMD)!
You have to share the "crown" of Queen of Part Shade because 80% of my gardening is in part shade. The closer to the house foundation, the less hours of sun. The closer to the woods the less hours and sun and less moisture. That left border gets in the sun only at 12:00pm and by 2:00pm, half of it is in shade already. The rest gets between 3 and 4 hours depending on position. I guess you can say that I specialize in long blooming perennials or plants with foliage that look good for a long time. I've been trying for years various Salvia varieties because I love the blooms and deer don't touch..but the blooms flap and the foliage is devoured by slugs! My focus for the next years is more flowering shrubs with good form and foliage and slug and insect resistant plants that don't look like shredded cheese at the end of the season. That will be my next "specialization"

Michaele: thanks for checking out the blog and encouraging others to look at it. My latest posting lacks plant names and commentary because it was done late last night. It will improve as the week progresses (:)

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

Good morning Harriet! I agree with your comments about the commentators! For the longest time I thought that my gardening addiction and obsession is somewhat unique and not understood by my friends and acquaintances. Since I discovered this blog and my local Gardening Club I no longer feel guilty or eccentric!

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

Good morning Jeff, Tim and Michaele!
Thanks for your nice words!
Jeff: I don't know why I started the blog this fall! I really don't have time! Something always doesn't get done in the days that I garden or blog! I just have to pick something that nobody in the family notices! Oh well!

Re: A season in one border in Daniela's Ohio garden

bee1nine: I was asked many times this year, how do I remember the botanical names of my plants. The reality is that I don’t know more than 30%..I probably do know part of the name or the first letter...he he he. The past winter I realized that I now have so many plants that I don’t even know anymore where and what plants I have. So it was time to get organized. Since I temporarily stopped working two years ago, time became available to me so I started a spreadsheet (in Excel – I am an engineer by education) with only three columns (at the beginning). I entered Botanical name short, Botanical name long (with variety added) and Common name from all plant tags that I kept over the years in a bag in the laundry room. The rest of the plants I had to identify online or in gardening books. Painful process I know but I felt that I needed it for this summer garden tour. I didn't spend more that 1-hour at a time on this project because it gets tiring and boring but little by little (as the garden is built) I created a masterpiece with 450 varieties and 15 information fields that can be searched or easily filtered and sorted in many possible ways. It is like a mini personal catalog or database of plants. I normally keep the file sorted in Botanical name order but I got fancy and created a duplicate copy that is organized by garden bed…yeah I had to name my beds with this occasion. It is not complete with all information that I ultimately want to have at my fingertips but it is work in progress like everything else. When I need to write a caption with the flower name I only Copy from my spreadsheet and Paste.

Re: A season in one border in Daniela's Ohio garden

Thanks Michelle for posting these! Organizing my thousands of pictures that I've been taking is quite a task. I usually do it late fall and winter when the kids are in school or in the late evenings, but then I always get sidetracked researching a plant, bug or disease and I can't believe that I pulled this sequence off myself before end of October! I had this idea in my head since last winter when I looked at the pictures and developed the list of to do for spring..It is then that I noticed that I am missing a few months of pictures of this border from the same angle so I made a mental note to take MORE pictures of all borders and plants this year. 70% of my recent improvements in the borders came from looking at the pictures that I take during the growing season. The rest of the changes happen on the spot when I need to squeeze something newly purchased in the borders and plants need to shuffle or find a new owner to make space.
Thanks everyone for your compliments! Getting likes and positive comments from this group is the ultimate praise for me! I am blushing!

Re: Marilyn's Missouri-inspired garden in Minnesota (12 photos)

I like you garden and your plantings! I especially like the combination of creeping Jenny with the dark purple petunias! PIN IT! done

Re: Carol & Bill's FOR SALE garden in Georgia

Amazing! There is so much work that went in this garden! My back hurts for you and especially for your husband! It must be so hard to leave! I love all the plant choices and I am so jealous of your gorgeous irises! I can't have such clumps and blooms! Probably not enough sun for me!
Good luck with your sale and move and thanks for sharing!

Re: Revisiting May's garden in British Columbia

I like how you use perennial plants in pots! So smart! Your hardy fuchsias are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your garden again!

Re: New plants in Kathy's Missouri garden

I don't know about others but I couldn't take my eyes of the Zepherine Drouhin rose picture! That rose in bloom is stunning! You have a beautiful garden!

Re: Late Summer Sprawl: Tomatoes and Tomatillos

I love your story ! What to the Black Krims taste like? They looks so so cool! I've got to get my hand on some of that seed!

Re: Harriet's swimming pool garden in Maine, in August

Lovely August garden! I am envious for all the phlox you have! Can't wait to see your veggie garden!

Re: Jeff's patio is done!

The patio looks great! I like the large stone and I am surprised you didn't leave space between them to plant moss or stepables plants (:)
I also like your citrus tree! Is it a Meyer lemon or something else?

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut, Day 1

I like all your combinations and definitely need to get my hands on that tall thalictrum and the purple leaf plants you have

Re: Tatyana's garden in Washington State, revisited, Day 1

Love the froggy playing chess! I also notice the pot with the red Lucifer crocosmia! What a great idea! That plant is a magnet for hummingbirds in my garden.

Re: More containers from Jeff in Tennessee

I like all pots but I also like how you position your camera to take more than one pot in a shot. The first picture with the succulents pot has a Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) in the background. I never seen one look so loaded with blooms!

Re: Kathleen and Don's garden in Pennsylvania

Your gardens have classic beauty! We should give credit to Don for golfing so often so that you Kathleen got so much accomplished! Your garden looks so healthy right now! Do you have problem with slugs? How do you keep them from eating the beautiful shade foliage?
I noticed Crocosmia foliage by the white obelisk! or it could be gladiolas. Crocosmia is another underused plant that more gardeners south of zone 5b should grow more for this time of the year.

Re: Katie's garden in Ohio, revisited

I love love your garden! Do you happen to have it open for public this summer? I missed to visit it when it was on tour! We like the same kind of the plants but yours is more matured and I can look at this pictures over and over for inspiration.
We have a cat now for two years. I agree with Greenthumblonde about cats! Our cat is an indoor/outdoor cat. She helped a lot with rabbits, voles, moles, mice and chipmunks. She brings them to us case any animals friend is reading this.
What is a tall purple flower behind the magenta and pink pot? Is it a starchy variety or a agastache?

Re: A garden meetup!

We don't mind looking at you two for three days!
Michelle, congratulations on your great gardener matchmaking!

Re: Laura's garden in Connecticut

I love the urn with the sun dial and the pot with euphorbia. I have the same pot so I will steal this idea for next year!
I miss the camaraderie with a neighbor gardener that moved to Florida two year ago. I fell that 10% of my plants came from her and 50% of the inspiration.

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut

There are so many beautiful "rooms" in your garden. I love the first two pictures with the sitting area, but as much I love the ones with the water fountain, the new white pergola and the river view. It is all lovely!
For climbers I suggest a Red climbing rose as "Blaze" that I grow or a purple clematis as "Purple Velvet" or both. I also liked the suggestion of the Honeysuckle but I suggest the variety "Goldflame" which is also not very aggressive and you have the bloom picture on the blog

Re: May's garden on Vancouver Island in British Columbia

Lovely garden! I am so so envious for your wisteria! After trying for 7 years I took mine out and replaced it with smaller flowering variety- "Amethyst Fall: that has been blooming now like the clock for 4 years.
Are you growing a fig tree in the large navy pot?

Re: Gail's garden in Oklahoma

Love your garden and love your blog! I know what I am going to do tonight after the kids go to bed!
Thanks for sharing your garden with all of us!

Re: Sue's garden in Ohio

I love you garden Sue! The hostas, hydrangea, ferns and especially the grasses! I need to get more grasses in my garden!
Your birdhouses are so pretty and elegant! Who made them?

Re: Carla's garden in Connecticut, revisited

I love your gardens! Thanks Michelle for the old links. I got to see it for the first time in three different seasons. What a treat! We now want pictures of the roses in bloom and the hostas wide open!
Great garden! Keep up the good work!

Re: Spring at Winterthur, Day 2

Lovely pictures! My favorites will be the first one and the last one!

Re: Spring at Winterthur, Day 2

Lovely pictures! My favorites will be the first one and the last one!

Re: Spring at Winterthur, Day 1

trashywoman62: I also grow Virginia Bluebell but after the peak of its bloom it turns light pink. My trillium does the same.
I love today's pictures! Especially the masses of Anemone Blanda or Grecian Windflower and the Japanese Primulas which are ideal for wet shady areas

Re: Push Th' Little Daisies

It is never to late to plant bulbs! I have friends who plant theirs in the middle of the winter and some right before the last frost. Keep us posted on the daisies field! It sounds so good!

Re: White clematis at night

This is Larkspur or Annual Delphinium! I love it! I get a few every year in my garden!

Re: Spring in Daniela's garden in Ohio

tractor1: Thanks for sharing the picture with the cats. So nice that you have 2 so that they can keep each other company.
I think is time you paint that barn a different color or you may want to plant some green shrubs by the foundation of the barn and then the daffodils in front! There is a solution to any gardener problem.

Re: Spring in Daniela's garden in Ohio

tntreeman: I planted tulips about 6 times in the last 13 years. First time I prepared a display of 100 bulbs at the front entrance in front of the shrubs. The first spring display was stunning. I didn't cut the foliage back or anything and left them in. Next spring: NONE. I searched the soil for any leftover..there was nothing there. I blamed the clay and the wet summer and moved on.
Another time I prepared good soil in the beds and planted them near the patio in best soil you can wish for. Second spring I had two flowers left out of 40 bulbs. Similar issues with crocus protected in a wire net with small holes and no luck second spring 1 flower left in the closed tube of wire.
I verified with others in this area and they all had similar issues so I now treat tulips as annuals.

Re: Spring in Daniela's garden in Ohio

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! You guys have away with words that makes all who post here on GPOD feel so welcome!
tractor1: thanks for your compliments on my photography. Luck is large contributor to my pictures as I can't arrange the sun, the cat or the fly in the position I want when I want it. All I was able to do is take a steady shot and sort it out of many.
Vojt: you made me LOL. My husband can't take his hands off large rocks either. He actually moved the two in the last picture from the side of the woods to the current bed by the driveway. He had some help from neighbors and friends of course but it looked like the impossible task at the time.

Re: Barbara's shady circular garden in New York

I love love love your shade garden! I am especially envious on the Woodland Phlox, and the the wild red columbines! I can't seem to grow those well! I will have to work on my soil! Thanks for the inspiration!

Re: Our 2nd visit of the season to Pauline's garden in California

Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed your spring blooms tremendously!
What beautiful specimen trees you have!

Re: Our 2nd visit of the season to Pauline's garden in California

Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed your spring blooms tremendously!
What beatiful specimen trees you have!

Re: Katie's garden in Ohio

I love everything about your gardens! My favorite picture is the clematis wall with delphiniums in front! Too bad that I didn't get to see it in 2007! I had a toddler at the time! I also love the white picket fence and the plants in front of it! It add such a great background for the plants to shine!

Re: Camellias in Pauline's garden in California

Wow! Thanks for sharing. The last one is breathtaking!

Re: Jon's sculptural lawn in Ohio

A few year back, I mowed a heart shape in the front lawn on my wedding anniversary! It was perfect because my lawn is inclined and the heart was huge and visible from the street. My husband was furious because it took them several other cuts to make the heart disappear. It still makes me smile!
What you are doing is very very cool! I will try something similar on my next wedding anniversary!

Re: Christine's bayside garden in New York

I absolutely love your gardens! Your are a very organized gardener keeping track of all your plant names and taking the time to label them outdoor as well!
Each garden has a different style and feel. I too have shade, part shade and sun gardens that look and feel different. Please provide us with more pictures! I would like to see early season and late season pictures of your beds. What kind of epimedium and ligularia plants do you grow?

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

Ambowers: Thank you for your comments. I have two public photo albums of my garden at the following addresses. See if you can open the links and see more of our garden.

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

janetsfolly: Candelabra primulas or Japanese primroses thrive in moist soil and while the spent flower are unsightly I do not cut them all so that more seeds drops in that area. I do the same with foxgloves. If the seed likes where it drops it starts new plants before fall and next year they bloom. I loose many Japanese primroses when the summers are dry or due to borers and or other pests or diseases but if I let some of the flowers go to seed I will for sure find some young healthy seedlings tucked somewhere in the bed ready to bloom next spring or even in the fall when the weather gets coller.

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

tractor1: Thanks for your advice on the garden fence. I plan to build the garden fence with chicken wire and double it with bird netting. I will also cover the top of the structure with bird netting to protect the raspberries. I will give up on growing strawberries since after netting them on top, the moles, voles or chipmunks got all my fruit. This is how we pay for gardening near woods.
The pink flowers 5th picture down on the right are foxgloves indeed.

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

Daisy8: The delphinium you see in the picture is delphinium elatum. Since is a favorite is placed in my sunniest bed which I also mentioned that is a raised bed with good drainage garden soil. I inspect the plant very frequently and I have to admit that I always find something wrong with it. If it is not black aphids is slugs damage or wind damage... I spray frequently with a solution of neem oil to control the black aphids. I start in the spring by applying organic compost to most of my plants (instead of mulch). Then I add broken eggshells to the base of the emerging leaves for slugs prevention. When the flower buds appear I spray with neem oil solution first time. I apply a slow release fertilizer in the spring as well. I always stake the blooms individually and after the first round of flowers I cut the stalks to the first pair of leaves so that I can get a second flush of blooms. Once these are spent I cut the stalks a couple inches from the leaves. Only after the first frost I cut the rest to the ground. What can I say other that this beauty is a high maintenance plant! Good luck!

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

janetsfolly: start the lupine seed directly outdoor in the early summer in the spot that you want them in. Do not thin them and do not move the seedlings once they show-up. Lupines do not like to be moved I gathered. Make sure you amend your soil with sand and organic compost to have good drainage and watch for slugs. Second year apply a slow release fertilizer to promote large blooms.
good luck!

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

shineday: Thank you for your interest in my garden. I also take a lot of notes these days as I read blogs and conversations on garden blogs. I have an excel file where I log plants that I have and a tab for plants that I want with any information that I collected about them.
I should have mentioned what the orange beauty is: It is an azalea shrub (or deciduous rhododendron) that I bought many years ago at a local nursery and I lost the tag. It may be the variety "Flame" but I am not sure.
The pink flowers above the yellow light green Hosta foliage are foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea "Camelot mix"). Most of my walkway beds are in part shade with semi-moist and organic soil and foxglove thrive in that. They also drop seeds and multiply year after year.

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

Do we have deer? Oh yes we do have deer, rabbits, groundhogs, raccoon and squirrel. Seven years ago we installed a 5 foot invisible fence through the woods and sides that has helped a lot with the deer damage. I also spray with Liquid fence as often as I remember. A lot of the plants that we added over the last few years are not liked by the deer but the tulips, hostas, daylilies and my vegetable garden are under constant attack. This year we are planning to add a taller fence around the vegetable beds because this is the year I will not share my tomatoes and peppers with the deer!

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

Thank you everyone for your much-appreciated comments!
To respond to meander1: yes those are lupines and yes this plants are very short lived and difficult to grow in Ohio. I will probably surprise you again sharing that these were started from seed as well and bloomed like that the second year. All the lupines and delphiniums that I bought over the years, I killed. I took a break for a few years and then tried again. The success came after we installed the roses bed. It is a RAISED bed with lots of sand and organic compost added to the soil and it is the bed where I can grow anything... for a while. I lost some of the lupines but more re-seed every year so we have a fresh supply every year. The delphinium you see in the picture is now 4 years old. We will see how long it will last.

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

Bee1nine: Thank you for your comments. The path has no annuals filling out gaps because there are no more gaps (smile). The walkway plants you see are all perennials. The bright chartreuse color is provided by Creeping Jenny (Lysmachia nummularia), or small Hosta “friends” that had been multiplying easily. Golden edge sedge (Carex brunnea “Variegata”) , heuchera, hardy cranesbill ( Geranium canatbrigienese), blue carpet stonecrop and yellow corydalis we found that are ground covers for edge that provide foliage interest all season long. Some edgers that provide some nice blooms are balloon flowers and several varieties of bellflowers.
Most years, the only annuals we buy anymore are for the pots around the garden. Some of the re-occurring annuals that re-seed themselves are cleomes and nicotiana. We also winter thirty or so pots of frost sensitive plants in our sunroom and these provide flower or foliage interest all year long.