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Bedford, MA Garden

By Alexandra Dittrich

I really don’t know what this rose is.  I have 3 bushes, side by side, and they’ve been in my garden for 20 years.  I just love them.

Lil Holloway is constantly working to improve her garden.

"You may remember my garden from past summers.  This year my husband built a brick walkway for me, which has reduced weeding by half.  I have also concentrated on Hybrid Lilies, pulled out a lot of “large stuff” and put in new Siberian and Japanese Iris.  I'm hoping the Iris will be a feature next year.  This year is a time of transition, but I am pleased with the results and, like most gardeners, I keep moving things around, deleting, and adding."

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Asiatic Lilies, love the orchard one.  Most of these are new.

Just love Catmint, hides the weeds at least for a while.  The Yellow is False Indigo and of course Japanese/Siberian Iris.  Can never tell the difference.

This rose is “Oh My” a prolific bloomer.

This robust climber is “Winner’s Circle”  Blooms for long periods then rests awhile.  Been there for about 8 years.

Black Eyed Susan looks outstanding this year.

Brick walkway my husband installed and Black Eyed Susan that completely surprised me this year.  Started from 2 plants.

One of many Daylilies in amongest the hybrids.

Dayliliy and Hybrids.  Sorry I don’t know the names, I’m really bad about that.

Another view.  The frog is hiding his eyes because the Clematis didn’t do well this year.  Another problem to solve.

Isn’t she a pretty one?  More will bloom end of July/August.  Casa Blanca, a tall white come out in August and is what inspired me to plant more.

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  1. NCYarden 07/20/2016

    Lovely garden. Great to see your successful transition, though I know you're only in the midst of one...the garden always seems to be in flux. The Asiatic lilies are spectacular, and agree - especially the orchard colored one. So nice to be surrounded by such beauty as you stroll on your new path. Thanks for sharing.

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    meander_michaele 07/20/2016

    Oh, the fun of it...planting new lily bulbs and seeing, in person and for real, the flowers that tempted you to buy the bulbs in the first place! Yes, that soft orchid one is a it fragrant as well as beautiful. And, its unopened almost burgundy colored buds are quite eye catching, as lush and full of potential. Your "crop" of black eyed susans are the subtle variations in the color patterns of the eyezone.

  3. user-4691082 07/20/2016

    Lovely, Lil. I hope those Asiatic lilies are fragrant. I just love to outside and take in that jasmine fragrance. It doesn't seem like you're in a transition, it all looks beautiful!

  4. mainer59 07/20/2016

    Lots of color is great! You have white Siberian iris. Siberians bloom earlier than Japanese, usually with peonies and tall bearded iris. Japanese bloom a bit later, in July here in Maine. Japanese iris love water and can be tricky to grow, in my opinion. Their blossoms are gorgeous, generally flatter looking although some Siberians flowers have now been hybridized to have that look. Siberians do well planted among other flowers.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/20/2016

    Great to see your full-of-flowers garden again, Lil. Looking great. I, too, have fallen hard for lilies. So much to choose from; heavenly fragrance, great colors and one can have lilies blooming virtually all season long. Tall ones, short ones, big ones, small ones: all beautiful.
    Your iris and black eyed Susans are gorgeous. Enjoy your transitions. We gardeners always have something to which we can look forward!

  6. greengenes 07/20/2016

    Beautiful flowers! I love your pink rose too! One thing about gardeners... we can change the design, content and hardscape! So many choices and so much fun! Your lilies are so gorgeous and rewarding! Your roses are so healthy and robust! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. clculp1961 07/20/2016

    Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing a walk in Your Beautiful garden!!!

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    LindaonWhidbey 07/20/2016

    Lil, your garden transition seems to be quite successful. A friend gave us three Asiatic lily bulbs last fall that I half-heartedly planted since they looked questionable, but, lo and behold, they are growing and about to flower so we just hope that we see the flowers before the deer eat them:) You have some really nice combinations of plantings. Those Black Eyed Susans are beautiful as well as the Baptisia. I hope you'll share your garden's progress.

  9. schatzi 07/20/2016

    Roses, lilies, iris, so much color and beauty to enjoy!

  10. user-7007498 07/20/2016

    Lil: thanks for sharing the photos of those beautiful lillies. I don't have any in my garden, and I can see what I am missing. Terrific.

  11. Meelianthus 07/20/2016

    So beautiful ! Your photos are great and the colors are just stunning. How wonderful to stroll through all of those amazing fragrances too. Quite obvious how much you love being in your gardens and you have so many beautiful combinations. I think a garden is always in transition because as gardeners we just keep finding new things that we just can't live without and so must 'fit' them in or 'rearrange' amongst all of our beloved plantings. Thanks for sharing all of your beauty Lil.

  12. Cenepk10 07/21/2016

    Gorgeous- such beautiful photos & garden.

  13. janmillerrubelmann 07/25/2016

    This garden is beautiful. One of my favorites I have seen on here. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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