It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. Robert Louis Stevenson
The flowers of summer have arrived. It is a delight to see the garden progress from spring blooms to those that will grace the garden with color this summer
Most of the roses have been spent, some will send a second flush. These diminutive roses are such a delight! I will probably move the yellow rose – it is not thriving where it is. Right now, the job at hand is to keep an eye out for the Japanese Beetle.
A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. Liberty Hyde Bailey
Some of ths statuary show that there’s a lot of overgrowth occurring in the garden. There were so many wild vines growing here when we moved in that it remains a constant battle to control them. Which leads me to share I have discovered that although gardening is a very pleasant occupation, there are times you have to make tough decisions. Some, like moving plants to a more amenable spot, are easy decisions to make. Others, deciding when a plant is just not going to thrive at all, is a very difficult decision. I have two roses that I am having to let go. One, I was told, is a noissette that despite all my effort cannot shake mildew in this humid, hot southern air. The other rose is a climber that has produced no more than three roses per season. I have given this rose the best spot, the best soil and well watered – it seems that it just is not going to be a healthy rose. I will remove this rose, find a more hearty climbing rose for this spot – one that thrives in the southern summer heat. My general rule of thumb is check plant optimum requirements; make sure sun exposure, soil and water requirements are met; give them three years in a spot; if the plant is not healthy or growing – it needs to be removed. I will remove this rose, find a more hearty climbing rose for this spot – one that thrives in the southern summer heat.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulnes; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. Gertrude Jekyll
This Agapanthus survived the winter – they’re sensitive to the cold. I love the contrast of the blue to the yellow Daylilies and Monarda in the background.
I plan to add more Hydrangeas. I have taken cuttings from my Mother-in-Law’s bush. Hers is full of blooms, I can see the eastside garden just filled with Hydrangea bushes – this one pictured is an Endless Summer I planted a couple years back. It is just now performing beautifully.
One of the other things I find endearing about a garden are the volunteers. This is one of the Snapdragon flowers that popped up. I have a hard time not leaving them where they first begin to grow – sometimes that is between two bricks in the patio.
If I have the option of what flower to add to my garden – Geraniums are among the first that come to mind – I love the variety of colors and growing habits – I am loving the draping habits of the Caliope Geranium this year.
The garden changes from week to week, I am delighted by the gift of gardening and the many things we can learn from it.
I am sharing this post with these Delightsome blog parties:
Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Be Inspired @ Common Ground
Open House @ Bernideens Teatime Blog