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Barb’s Favorite Photos

Beautiful scenes from the garden

Hello, I am Barb Mrgich, a Master Gardener from Adams County, Pennsylvania, in USDA Hardiness Zone 6B. I love to garden, and I love to take pictures, so today I am sending some of my best shots.

Dark hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum, Zone 4 – 9), gold sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Zone 5 – 8), lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina, Zone 4 – 9) A study in texture and color—nearly all from foliage. Dark hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum, Zones 4–9) with bold leaves in the front contrast with the gold sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Zones 5–8) behind it, while lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–9) bring big, silver leaves behind that, surrounding a beautiful blue container.

Cloris, the Greek goddess of the flowersCloris, the Greek goddess of the flowers, watches over my pollinator garden.

Bumblebee on Mexican sunflowerBumblebee on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia, annual)

monarch butterflies visiting the Mexican sunflowerTwo monarch butterflies visit the Mexican sunflower blooms. I have often seen a butterfly fly upside down. In fact, I have several different pictures showing it. I have always thought it is some kind of a mating ritual but have never read anything to substantiate my thought.

red salviaA female ruby-throated hummingbird absolutely loves the red salvia (Salvia splendens, Zones 10–11 or as an annual).

Brazilian verbena, penstemon, perennial sunflowers, Shasta daisies and milkweedBrazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7–11 or as an annual) and penstemon (Penstemon digitalis, Zones 3–8) tower over soon-to-be-blooming perennial sunflowers (Helianthus species), Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–9), and milkweed (Asclepias species).

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  1. nwphilagardener 01/13/2022

    Thanks, Barb!
    I needed a hit of botanical beauty. Loved seeing the fauna, but my eye was trying to identify everything in sight! In that discussion of foliage texture, was that a form of nepeta - before first bloom - that edged the brick walkway?

    1. nwphilagardener 01/13/2022

      ...or is that Monarda? or even Lamiastrum galeobdolon 'Herman's Pride'?

      1. barbmrgich 01/13/2022

        Yes, you are right. It is Hermann's pride. I love that plant. I have read that it can be invasive, but I have had it for years, and it has never once wandered. I sometimes dig up the clump and divide it to get more. It makes a wonderful border plant. Little yellow flowers in the spring. After blooming, I shear it back, and it stays nice all summer.

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    treasuresmom 01/13/2022

    To those who may be interested, Barb has a previous submission.

  3. [email protected] 01/13/2022

    Beautiful garden, Barb. I love the way you’ve incorporated the high and low plants in your long border.

  4. cheryl_c 01/13/2022

    Love your first shot, and those with the pollinators! Lovely statue of Cloris. Thanks for sharing!

    1. barbmrgich 01/13/2022

      Thanks for all the compliments. Like I said, I love gardening, and I love taking photos. This year I hope to take some photography lessons.

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    simplesue 01/13/2022

    So happy to learn about "Cloris, the Greek goddess of the flowers" from you.
    Your garden is beautiful and full of life with the butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees!
    My kind of garden for sure!

    1. barbmrgich 01/13/2022

      Thank you. I'm glad you like it. It has never been more important to cater to the pollinators. Once you experience having them, any garden without them just seems boring.

  6. user-6861263 01/18/2022

    Beautiful- I love how your blue birdhouse echos the blue spruce. Great color repetition and beautiful garden!

  7. carolineyoungwilliams 01/26/2022

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden Barb. I love your selection of plants and the color combinations that you used. of course the pollinators were a beautiful bonus. Thank you.

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