June 15, 2008

GARDEN BLOGGERS' BLOOM DAY



Thanks to Carol at Maydreamsgardens
for starting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the 15th of each month . These are but a few of my favorite things :



Flowers followed by fruit on my Asian Pear ree


Annuals for this year are Dianthus


One of the rare white blooms in my garden : Astilibe



I know, I know : It's invasive but I love Spiderwort



Pee Wee Oakleaf hydrangea



Peppermint Striped Geraniums


'Bee's Jubilee ' Clematis


Now that's what I call a planter !

Haven't had much time to spend in my own garden since this is my prime season for doing other people's. What a difference a month makes, especially since Chicago has been having the craziest weather ever - rain, humidty and extreme heat.

23 comments:

  1. Love your planters! I just saw a very large oak leaf hydrangea in a Master Gardener's test plot. Is the Pee Wee, as the name suggests, small? I might have to consider that one.
    I am downstate, but I think the weather in the Midwest has been trying for gardeners everywhere this season.

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  2. Thanks, Rose. Yes the Pee Wee is a dwarf at 4 feet instead of the 8 to 10 normal Oak Leaf Hydrangea.

    The Midwest is a disaster area with severe flooding in many places. The corn and soybean crops are in danger and you know what that means : even higher prices and great losses for the farmers.

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  3. Your Asian pears look a bit like green tomatoes. On your profile I noticed that you loved Fried Green Tomatoes too. I went to school with actress Mary Stewart Masterson – she was really nice. You and I also share a love of art and reading. How nice to find your blog.

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  4. I love your planters! Such pretty combinations. And the Pee Wee hydrangea is more the size I could have in my garden. We in central Il. are having a really odd year too with all this wet and heat!

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  5. Thanks, Sarah. I loved Mary Stuart in the Fried Green Tomatoes movie.

    I have been enjoying reading your posts on your life in England. My father's family comes from the village of Aldridge, just outside Birmingham and I visited there many years ago. The English countryside is very beautiful and charming.

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  6. Hi Beckie and thanks for stopping by. Your garden is lovely as well.

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  7. I too love Spiderwort and mine isn't invasive at all. I must have it where it doesn't want to be (Ha ha).

    I'm looking forward to joining you on the 1st for Muse Day.

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  8. I love the arrangements, such beautiful combinations.

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  9. I love spider wort also. Sometimes you gotta do it even if it means pulling a few more volunteers.

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  10. Ah yes, very pretty planters. Such exhuberance!

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  11. Your containers are great, I really like the moss on the last two. Everything looks so lush, thanks to all the rain. If Spiderwort makes you happy, let it run amok a bit.

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  12. Thanks, Cindy and I look forward to having you join our Muse Day.

    So sorry to learn about how the deer devastated your garden.

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  13. Thanks, Phillip. I must go and visit your garden as well.

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  14. You are SO right, Jane Marie. I have a Wisteria Standard that has to be plucked constantly to keep it in bounds but I love it so much that I spend extra time on it.

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  15. Thanks, Layanee for visiting and leaving your nice comments.

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  16. Hi, MMD,

    Thanks for stopping by. I must visit your garden as well.

    Yes, I must keep the Spiderwort in check but I love it so much in the Spring.

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  17. I have spiderwort, too, and I have to really keep after it. But I do enjoy the blooms.

    I also love your planters. Gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day and showing us a bit of Chicago in bloom!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  18. Thanks, Carol. So glad you started GBBD!

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  19. Beautiful blooms Carolyn. I love your mossed urns. We sell those at the nursery where I work, and I've lusted after them for some time. I'm usually the one that re-mosses the ones customers bring back for replanting. We can usually just add some moss to the bare spots without having to replace the entire liners. The customers do appreciate that, as the liners are not inexpensive. Yours are beautifully planted. They look so lush and colorful.

    Phew, I can relate to not having enough time to tend my own garden! It's hard to tell there's a recession in this line of work. It seems there is no end of people around here who need help in their gardens and are willing to pay for it. I was concerned about how the economy would impact my business plans. So far though, I have all the work I can handle. I'm expecting it will die down a bit mid-summer, and pick up again in the fall. Time will tell!

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  20. It all looks great, but those containers are fabulous. I recognize some of the plants, but not all. Our weather is crazy too. Five inches in the rain gauge since last night.~~Dee

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  21. Hi Lintys, and thanks. Slow down in the Fall ? Make that July and August with business booming September to November !

    There's NO recession in the plant world. I think people tend to stay home and enjoy their gardens.

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  22. Thanks, Dee. Rain is definitely something we don't need more of right now !

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  23. The containers are gorgeous! I planted spiderwort last year and it isn't doing well at all. I hope it perks up.

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