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The Delphiniums Are Showing Off In The Garden But The Hollyhocks are Waning

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Delphiniums

The Delphiniums seem to get bigger and taller each year. Pretty amazing since all of them came from a little packet of seeds I planted in June four years ago. The first year they barely came up and were so little and spindly. The following year wasn’t much better, just a little taller. Last year though, they just decided to get up and grow and this year they are taller than ever, about 6′. The stalks are much sturdier too. I guess Delphiniums were meant to teach me patience because I sure wasn’t impressed with them at first. Glad I decided to just leave them alone to see what they would do. (Check out the picture to the right, that was the 2012 version.  See how much taller and fuller they are this year?)

Now the Hollyhocks on the other hand are not as prolific and showy as they were

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Hollyhocks

in past years. The first year was sketchy because they are biennials, which means they come up the first year and bloom the second year. When they did bloom, it was gorgeous, with big beautiful flowers and lots of lush foliage.

This year, and a little last year, they have many problems. The leaves are covered in rusty looking bumps, the flowers are small and sparse and they are only reaching about 6′ at best, many not even that tall. Since they reseed so freely every year, I don’t want to continue with this crop so soon I’m going to rip them all out and clear out the bed and replant fresh seeds. I think if I can get them to grow a couple of feet that they will bloom next year. We’ll see.

Summer Flower Garden

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Front gate with Clematis

It has been a nice, warm summer so the flowers are thriving this year.

The arbor built over the south gate a couple of years ago has finally been covered in roses this year.

All of the Clematis are finally maturing enough to really begin to put on a show. Most of them are 3 years old, some are 4 years old.

Here are some shots of the garden that include roses, clematis, hollyhocks, catmint, salvia, peonies, irises, feverfew, centranthus, lavender, daylilies, oriental lilies, snapdragons, hostas, dogwood, delphiniums, larkspur and many others. (Click on picture to enlarge)

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Astilbe blooming in the shade of the back yard garden

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New Dawn rose covering picket fence by driveway.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roses under the Aprium tree.

New Dawn roses covering the south gate arbor. Queen Elizabeth roses in the background.

New Dawn roses covering the south gate arbor. Queen Elizabeth roses in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Larkspur, Roses and Delphiniums with Feverfew in early morning sun

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Lilies planted spring of 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clematis on the picket fence by the Roses and Feverfew with Hollyhocks in the background.

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Sally Holmes roses in the back garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walkers Low Catmint in front garden

 

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hostas in front garden

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Lamium blooming in the shade of the front garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapdragons grew from seeds thrown from plants last year.

Snapdragons grew from seeds thrown from plants last year.

 

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Grape vines covering the arbor. Many, many grapes coming this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clematis blooming on a post of the arbor over the deck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Full Moon Rising roses blooming on the picket fence by the driveway

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Full Moon Rising roses

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Full Moon Rising rose bud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreaming of Spring and Summer

After being inundated with a couple of feet of snow (which has been on the ground now about 2 weeks), and being house bound

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Delphiniums, Asian lillies, Yarrow,Hollyhocks and Centranthus

because of the ice storm yesterday that left a quarter inch of solid ice on driveways, sidewalks and roads (the interstate was closed, as well as all the runways at the airport) I am SO ready for spring and summer.

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Sweet smelling Phlox and Roses

It’s times like this that I’m so glad that I’ve taken lots and lots of pictures of our garden so I can, not only enjoy looking at them during the cold days of cabin fever, but to also evaluate the garden to see what’s working and what might need some tweaking.

Here are a few shots of warmer times in our garden.

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Queen Elizabeth roses reaching about 8'

 

 

 

 

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Fresh flowers from the garden

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Grape vines covering the arbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clematis on gate and Phlox

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Hollyhocks

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Purple Cone flower and Day Lilies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iris, the perfect flower

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Sugar Snap Peas beginning to grow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grapes ripening on the arbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heaven on Earth roses

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