Garden Photo of the Day

A Glimpse of a CT Garden

By Kim Charles

Here is a garden snapshot from Beatriz Ayala.

"Hi, l'm a gardener from CT. I love plants, and I like to take care of my garden.  Yes I confess, I'm still learning. When I move into my home 11 years ago I did not have any idea what was what, I'm getting better, there is so much to learn.  For me gardening is fun, it's gratifying and relaxing. I'm sharing with you some of my garden pictures, I hope you like them. Enjoy!"

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  1. wGardens 09/06/2016

    Lovely variety of daylily. I am sure your garden gives you much pleasure. So much enjoyment in planting, nurturing and seeing the results of your efforts coming together. Best wishes for a pleasant autumn!

  2. sheila_schultz 09/06/2016

    Good morning Beatriz... after looking at your photos, I'd say you've got a pretty good handle on this gardening thing! Your combinations of colors, leaf shapes and textures is beautifully done. The most important thing about gardening, in my mind, is to have fun, and it certainly seems like you've got that nailed!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/06/2016

    Gardening should be fun and relaxing, and it definitely looks like you've gotten into the swing of things. I like the Rudbeckia in the last photo; Henry Eilers or Little Henry?
    I never understood the appeal from photos, but saw a large swath of them blooming last summer and it was a stunning display and great texture.

  4. frankgreenhalgh 09/06/2016

    Hi Beatriz - We are all still learning about gardening. It's called continuous improvement. The main thing is to have fun, and it's obviously working for you. Love that bench seat! Cheers, Frank

  5. wittyone 09/06/2016

    Oh yes, there is a lot to learn about gardening but that is all part of the fun. And like you I love the "taking care" part of it as well. Too many people go out and do a bunch of planting forgetting that these little babies do need at least a little bit of nurturing to really show off. But be careful----gardening is very, very addictive and before you know it your whole yard will be filled with little babies needing your care and protection.

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    treasuresmom 09/06/2016

    Beatriz, everything looks so pretty. Love your bench and would love to sit there, look at the flowers, and drink my morning coffee.

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    meander_michaele 09/06/2016

    Hi, Beatriz...sounds and looks like you are a natural born gardener. I love the deep purple color (at least on my screen) of the variety of spiderwort that you have near the bench and making such a great contrast with that clump of beautiful daylilies.

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    LindaonWhidbey 09/06/2016

    Beatriz, it looks like you've come a long way in your gardening skills. That's a beautiful day lily and since I'm thinking of adding some rudbeckia, I was wondering if that variety gets powdery mildew like some of the more common ones. Thanks for sharing.

    1. dianesgarden7 09/06/2016

      Hi Linda, I believe the rudbeckia you are referencing are in the third photo. If so, these appear to be Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' (Sweet Coneflower). This is a delightful, though underused plant with very distinctive petals. I've had this in my perennial beds for 5+ years (zone 5a). It is a trouble-free plant, no mildew issues, low water requirements once established, about 4-5 feet high & wide when happy and left alone. Well behaved, no seeds sprouting up all over the place. I've successfully divided mine twice in September. Have not harvested seeds for sowing. Lovely companion with plants like Joe Pye Weed, Soldago 'Fireworks' and ornamental grasses.

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        LindaonWhidbey 09/07/2016

        Thanks, Diane. I appreciate the feedback. We grew Rudbeckia ' Goldstrum' in our WI zone 5 garden and it was a bit of a nuisance so it's good to hear that this one is more well behaved. We're developing a new bed that is part screening with grasses, a few trees and some perrenials so we're doing research now for next spring.

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/07/2016

          I've been trying to rid myself of a nuisance Rudbeckia for some time! I do love 'Henry Eilers' and it is nice of Diane to share that it has not seeded about for her. Since my garden is so small, I am thinking about adding 'Little Henry', a much smaller version of the same plant. Cheers.

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            LindaonWhidbey 09/07/2016

            That sounds like an even better option. Thanks, Tim.

      2. wGardens 09/07/2016

        Hi Diane, I also appreciate the info. I have not grown that variety either. But sounds like a good choice!

  9. user-7007498 09/06/2016

    Hello, Beatriz. Glad to hear you're having fun with gardening. You can learn so much by observing the small differences in your garden and how plants react to them.

    There are also fantastic gardeners on this blog who are very helpful.

    The bench in the 2nd photo is beautiful and looks very inviting. I was also drawn to the 3rd photo, as was Michaela, of the Hemerocallus and Tradescantia combination. Lovely color echo. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

  10. grannieannie1 09/06/2016

    Lovely, colorful flowers; lovely bench, and everything looks lush and full. I'm guessing in the years ahead, if you're like the rest of us gardeners, you'll be finding many more flowers and less lawn in your yard!

  11. deeinde 09/07/2016

    Thanks for sharing! The daylily looks similar to my El Desperado daylily. I love it with the tradescantia. Very nice!

  12. annek 09/07/2016

    I love your color sophisticated!

  13. Cenepk10 09/07/2016

    So pretty. I just love spiderwort. Just keeps blooming & blooming no matter what.

  14. perenniallycrazy 09/07/2016

    Looks like you've found tranquility in gardening. This quality shines through your garden photos today. Can't really tell you've been gardening only for 11 years.... been gardening for about 9 years and there's still so much to learn and love out there.

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