The Tuesday View July 26

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July 26, 2016

What a difference a week makes (compare to last week’s photo below). This week’s view shines with the mid-to-late summer exuberance for which this garden was planned (I have other beds, like the shade or spring/fall gardens, that show better at other seasons).

Threading through the center to the right of tall globe thistle (Echinops ritro), are orange, red and yellow daylilies (Hemerocallis) and several clumps of Astilbe taquettii.

Clockwise from right in the above photo: Bright red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer,’ pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina),  love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena), more coneflower, orange calendula (C. officinalis) and white and pink flowering tobacco. Behind them, more calendula, red (the pastels don’t show) sweet peas (Lathyrus odorata), sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), ending with pink phlox (P. paniculata) behind the globe thistle.

Back view

Back view

At the rear behind the orange tetraploid daylily, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana) mix with flowering tobacco and a smattering of yellow calendula. 

I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.

Below are some of the previous views for comparison:

April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

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June 11, 2016

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June 28, 2016

July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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Main Garden

One of the benefits of blogging is forming online friendships with like-minded folk. Occasionally, the opportunity presents itself to meet these ‘stranger-friends’ in person. I had the great pleasure of meeting Laurie (and her husband) from Notes From the Hinterlands for a short visit during a stretch of perfect summer weather.

We took a day to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, only an hour from her home. I had heard from a friend that it was a spectacular place and had it on my bucket list. Do click her link as she has created three great posts outlining the major aspects of the gardens. As I couldn’t top those, I’m free to post some of my own photos to round out the superb job she did.

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Waterlily pond – very Monet

The Children’s Garden was particularly noteworthy and not to be missed as we are all children at heart.

In the forest, there is a garden of fairy houses, where one is encouraged to build a house of your own with natural, non-living materials.

There are plans to expand the gardens over the next four years, as well as seasonal exhibits like the fairy light display during the Christmas holiday season, so I expect I will visit again. Who knows, we might create a Blogger Meet-up Day for other blogging buddies in the area, any takers?

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In A Vase On Monday – Sweet Peas

IMG_3561This week, I’m following the acronym K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Sweetie, or should that be Keep it simple, Sweetpea? IMG_3564

IMG_3563Two of my favorite subjects– cats and flowers – are featured on a slim pocket vase with a painting by C. Pradalie of a kitty peeking out of a flower bed.

IMG_3562I’ve stuffed it with sweet peas in shades of pale pink, lavender, and purple with one cerise as a focal point. As you can imagine, its scent is heavenly.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Silent Sunday

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Weekly Garden Highlights – July 22

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) with calendula and zebra mallow in background

A nice, temperate break in the weather mid-week, sandwiched between hot and humid. ‘Tis high summer!

Here are just a few of the highlights in my garden this week (hover over or click photos for ID):

Many varieties of Daylilies are in bloom :

The poppies are almost done, but the bees and I are still loving the last of them.

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Mauve and red Lettuce-leaf Poppy (Papaver somniferum)

And a few other lovelies:

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Wordless Wednesday

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The Tuesday View July 19

July 18, 2016

July 19, 2016

This week’s garden view shows quite a difference from last week (see last photo below). The orange daylilies (Hemerocallis) are rioting at the center and just to the left of it the pink phlox (P. paniculata) has started. Yes, I put pink and orange together!

On the lower right, behind the lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) the yellow daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’) is almost done. Bright red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is on the right. Normally, there would be a long border of it, but Peter Cottontail helped himself and ate the row down to nothing. I spread blood meal around, but it is a bit late to save C. ‘Lucifer‘ this year.

White and pink flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) and dots of yellow and orange calendula (C. officinalis) are in bloom (lower front left and across path) and sweet peas (Lathyrus odorata) are going gangbusters in front of the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), which have grown yet larger and are beginning to show yellow petals.

The blue of the globe thistle (Echinops ritro) in the center is intensifying and the coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) have begun to bloom. The white dots along the front are love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascene) which reseeds every year, but this year all I have is white. I will have to buy fresh seed next year to get blue back into the border.

I had to move the blue globe again as the jungle was engulfing it. I don’t think the calendula will threaten to overrun it and it can stay put for the rest of the season.

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View of the back of the border

At the rear, there are rose daylilies and pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana). Spikes of pink Astilbe taquettii have replaced the sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa), of which a few gold dots still can be seen.

I’m linking up with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.

Below are some of the previous views for comparison:

April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

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June 11, 2016

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June 28, 2016

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July 5, 2016

July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016

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