Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Never Complain About The Rain

Rainy days always get me down, in a good way. Rest is what I need and with the outdoors being windy, rainy and the heaviest of greys, it is easy to allow myself that rest.



Oh how I love that pair...


The photos I'm sharing today are ones snapped yesterday.  I've been busy planting and I can hardly wait to show you photos in July when all of the annuals I've put in have filled out.

Blooming right now are the irises, of which I'm growing two types - Japanese and Bearded.  They are short lived, but oh so lovely. I adore the blooms on the Bearded type while the foliage of the Japanese lends itself better as a backdrop for the entire growing season.




Coral Bells are great in that they keep to themselves.  They stay compact, do not spread, and their foliage is lovely.  Most are better suited to dappled shade, but the type I'm showing here does very well in full sun.



Ninebark, you gorgeous thing...I love you in all your forms. I have several of these shrubs growing in my yard.  The close-up I'm showing you is of a flower bud and this particular specimen is covered in them, ready to put on a spectacular show, (more photos later).



The hops are going to have their most successful year yet.  They are growing like mad!!! In front of the hops which are crawling up the fence, are sem false spirea, and wedding veil spirea.



This rock bed, I finished this year, and it is unlike the other flower gardens I have in my yard in that it is mostly rocks, which my son recently said make the best perennials. I would have to agree, but just to add interest, I tossed in a few plants here and there.





Off on a walk, less than 1/2 mile from my home, I caught sight of this lovely family.  Mommy was making a lot of noise, so we didn't linger.



Scaring the pants off me the other day, a lovely specimen of a female mallard duck took off from the daylilies right behind my greenhouse. It takes a lot of noise to lift that robust, little body and she waited until my back was turned to give the scare its full effect. Upon closer inspection, I did learn that she has decided that the daylily patch was a great place for her nest. Oh Dear. I will try my best not to disturb her and keep my big, nosy dog out of there too.  I do hope this story will have a happy ending. I will keep you updated.


15 comments:

  1. So good to catch up again with you, Andrea & admire all the hard work you've put into your gardens! They look super already! & yes, the rain is needed too!
    Hope you have the joy of watching those little ducklings hatch!

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  2. Hi Andrea, Oh how lovely your flowers are. I have not seen the nine bark - that is gorgeous! Best wishes with the mallard duck! Have a pleasant evening.

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  3. I do love garden posts! I can't wait to see your finished look in July. I think my flowers look best around the end of July and all of August. A local nursery is having their clearance sales this week and tomorrow I'm heading over after work to check out some buys to do more fill in...love Spring and almost Summer!

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  4. Awwwwwwwwwwww...you're going to have baby duckies soon. How cool is that.

    We've had some crazy rain today. I wish I could have just sat inside and watched it, but sadly, today was a work day and then we had to go apply for our mortgage. Driving home in the rain on the highway was no fun.

    Rain is good, but NOT when I am driving. LOL

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  5. Your garden looks so pretty and I love irises. These are beautiful. Your rock garden is also pretty because I like the surprise of the flowers there. The duckies are cute and I hope you will see little duckies soon

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  6. Hi Andrea - no wonder you love gardening ... gorgeous looking place and your rock garden area is a delight ... as too the rest of the garden ... and wildlife - can't live without those ... hope there is a happy ending - cheers Hilary

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  7. Hello dear Andrea. I so enjoyed reading your blog post today. I love rain and misty weather along with clouds. But, down here in southern California we are in the midst of starting a big time heat wave for the next few days! The photos from your garden and nature walk are so lovely. I hope you are having a wonderful day! Pat xx

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  8. I can't complain as I have escaped our rainy season in the Tropics however I did see in a Bangkok cafe a message which made me smile. It said: 'do not be angry with the rain, it simply does not know how to fall upwards!!' The rain looks like it has been appreciated by the garden, your Irises are lovely.
    Stay dry!
    Wren x

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  9. Hello, after a having a drought I would never complain about the rain. I may be a little grumpy. I need sunshine. Your flowers are just lovely, I love irises. The coral bells are a pretty color. Lovely post. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  10. We are finally getting rain, it has been dry for months. Love your flowers and rock garden. Hope those babies hatch and don't get eaten!

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  11. lol, I confess, I whimpered some....but we did get a couple of sunny, beautiful days before the clouds rolled in again! Oh well, we need the rain....

    Your flowers are looking pretty and by July they will be lush, no doubt! I didn't do as many annuals but they are doing well. I am always sad when my peonies are through flowering....such a short time to admire their beauty! The rain always knocks the petals off...hoping to hear about a happy ending to your little story....have a nice weekend and thank you for dropping by!

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  12. lol, I confess, I whimpered some....but we did get a couple of sunny, beautiful days before the clouds rolled in again! Oh well, we need the rain....

    Your flowers are looking pretty and by July they will be lush, no doubt! I didn't do as many annuals but they are doing well. I am always sad when my peonies are through flowering....such a short time to admire their beauty! The rain always knocks the petals off...hoping to hear about a happy ending to your little story....have a nice weekend and thank you for dropping by!

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  13. We're getting more than our normal share of rain this year. It seems to come every day in between sunny, hot times, then suddenly ... splash!!! Very odd weather, but I'm not complaining either.
    Your gardens look amazing! How nice to have so much room to spread out all your favourites. I have an affection for rocks, and am in awe of your rock garden! I have collected enough over the years to line a couple of gardens with them, but nothing compared to yours. Your iris are beautiful! My iris are just about finished now too, but they are the highlight of my gardening adventure ;)
    Wendy

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  14. Lots of lovely stuff in your garden. I like Coral Bells too, I have the red one & a white one. - Irises are gorgeous. How sweet to have duck eggs, I hope they remain safe.

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  15. Hi Andrea. Your yard and gardens are spectacular as always! All of your hard work certainly shows. If I could be so bold as to ask, I would absolutely love another yard tour sometime!

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