How Does Your Garden Grow?

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I’m spending a lot of time in the garden this summer. I’m happy for the rain we’ve been having, but a little sad that we’re short on sunshine because things seem to be taking longer to get good on strong, particularly new plantings. I’ve taken all the grass off my lot and replaced it with a planting of mostly perennials. I don’t have a colour scheme per se; I plant what appeals to me. But I seem to have ended up with a lot of purple, like these:

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The bees are very happy in my garden, as are the chipmunks, squirrels, birds, lady bugs and butterflies. My old veggie garden bed has a mass of milkweed so the Monarchs are hanging out with me this summer. And in the front, bumblebees the size of quarters are supping:

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I love adding little surprises to my garden, like this hedgehog:

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And under my beautiful ferns, a delightful mushroom:

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I have another at the front of the yard where more ferns grow despite the full sun. Happy beside the periwinkle and this lovely pink accent, I’m hoping the fairies find some shelter from all the rain:

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11 Responses to “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. You mentioned chipmunks. They are cute, but don’t they dig up your ground with lots of holes?
    They annoy my husband to no end.

  2. Gardeners need a sense of humour because Mother Nature will laugh at them, if they don’t. As you say you need more sunshine and less rain, I am desperate for more rain and a little less sun. I know I should invest in more drought resistant plants but the last time I did that we had a wetter than normal summer.

  3. I have spent hundreds on plants over the years and have being able to kill most of them.
    Some people ( me ) should call it a day and stick to tomatoes. I constantly walk by lovely gardens and wish I lived there. Right now my two petunia baskets look really sad and droopy.

    Have a good gardening day Gail.

  4. My garden is a riot of hostas, lilies, iris’ and some evergreens. It keeps spreading and I enlarge or lengthen the beds.

    If you have a like minded friend or neighbour you can exchange plants. I am in my early 40′sand thought myself too young for serious gardening (thought it was an older persons hobby) but I love a little putter about. Plant new things and watch them and if you are smart, it is a cheap hobby. There are usually local clubs that have exchanges or cheap sales, and I’m sure it lowers my stress level

  5. Enjoy your garden. Sometimes the unplanned gardens are the best.

  6. avatar Backyard Pets Says:
    July 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Re chipmunks. They typically have one den with 2 entrances/exits. They do not dig lots of holes (that’s voles!). They also don’t enter houses or climb inside walls (that’s mice!). They may eat some of your raspberries… Enjoy and appreciate the wildlife. They’re part of nature, and we share it with chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, birds, etc., etc., etc., all of which are a joy to watch. Happy summer!

  7. Yesterday, I dug out part of the crappy little front lawn and mixed soil and peat moss. I carefully planted four rows of flower seeds, only to come home this evening to a garden full of birds! Erm…we’ll see what grows….

  8. avatar Brittany Says:
    July 3, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I am moving to a new apartment at the end of the month, and I was trying to get a south-facing view so I could have a little balcony-garden, but alas, the one we liked best was north-facing. Hoping I can find some nice shade-loving plants to spruce up the balcony! I miss my old veggie garden from a few years ago.

  9. avatar Bernadette Says:
    July 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Even in the best gardens things make it or they don’t….this year I have been missing things from last year…..even the best gardeners lose plants….sometimes you have to move things around….finding who likes what in soil quality …..I have a neighbour down the road that splits their perennials up and sets some extras out to the curb for others to enjoy …..if you are near the sea . Seaweed is a super food to your plants….purple flowers look great in any setting and yellow (though in the past wouldn’t be on my list ) now sets some spectacular contrast ….Yellow Loosestrife is a hardy perennial with great foliage and pretty colour to ad to the purple …cheers

  10. You have a lovely garden Gail! Gardening is something I’d like to do more of but we have a pretty small lot. I’d love to have a vegetable garden. There’s nothing better than a fresh heirloom tomato on a summer salad. Do you have any veggies?

  11. avatar Elizabeth Says:
    July 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Gail :-) So, I love the garden surprise mushroom but I am wiping away the tears of laughter over the hedgehog!! So glad to see you are expanding your collection ;-)
    Great big hugs & lotsa love from all of us.
    e:-)

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