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New Space, New Garden

Missing an old garden, but making a new one

Nancy Hoffmann shared pictures with us last year of her former garden that she, unfortunately, had to move away from. But just as the flowers of spring return every year, gardeners keep making new gardens even when they have to leave an old garden behind. So today Nancy is sharing images of her new garden, and it is great to see the space beginning to fill with flowers.

I sent pics of my old garden that I still miss terribly. But my new garden is really starting to flourish. The purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9) are so very brilliant, almost neon. The bee balm (Monarda sp.) is very happy and spreading right along. I am really glad I discovered sneezeweed (Helenium sp.) because it’s one of my favorites and it blooms all summer. A dear friend gave me the beautiful lilies that I think are Asiatic. Just like in my old garden there is cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis, Zones 3–9) EVERYWHERE! It hasn’t bloomed yet, but I will send more photos when the next wave of late bloomers arrives. There is still a lot of plants to get, but a gardener’s work is never done.

A white Asiatic lily, painted with just the lightest dusting of darker freckles.

Another Asiatic lily, this one dramatically marked with a dark pattern over the white petals. Huge and diverse, the Asiatic group of lily hybrids includes some of the brightest colors and most interesting patterns to be found in lilies.

The new garden is beginning to fill in this bed running along the fence.

Plants in flower and spreading to fill in the space.

The huge red flower heads of bee balm dominate at the moment, with cardinal flower waiting in the wings to carry on the show later in the season.

Purple coneflowers so bright they almost glow.


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    meander_michaele 07/24/2019

    Looks like you are bonding beautifully with your new space, Nancy and filling your garden beds with colorful favorite plants and whimsical garden ornamentation. The lizard attached to the fencing brought a smile and is a cute touch. Best of luck continuing to nurture and expand (yes, we gardeners always keep making our beds a little bigger) your new garden.

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    simplesue 07/24/2019

    Your perennial bed is full of color and variety! Look'n good! I like your appreciation for colored glass in the garden also! Very pretty!

  3. cheryl_c 07/24/2019

    Such a great start in your new garden! Already we can see the promise of gardening seasons to come, with echos of the garden you left behind. You garden must be buzzing with pollinators and animal life. What joy to walk among familiar plants. And thanks for the shout out for the sneezeweed - you've triggered some interest!

  4. Doxnmomx2 07/24/2019

    You must be destined to create another lovely garden because you're spreading more joy! It looks likes you're getting that bare ground covered quickly! Bountiful and beautiful!

  5. btucker9675 07/24/2019

    Beautiful - the lilies are especially wonderful with the water droplets looking like pearls!

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    bdowen 07/24/2019

    Looks like you have been very busy- already such beautiful gardens! Intrigued by your attractive fencing- is it high enough to discourage rabbits? I’m losing my battle with them and looking for ideas.

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