Friday, July 11, 2014

An Impressive Garden Season

The backyard grass is finally filling in, probably will be beautiful by fall.  Lake Michigan has higher water levels because of all the snow and rain, and I have not had a problem with indoor ants or seen a Japanese Beetle yet!  Oops, just saw them today!!!

Superstar Petunia with Lavender Rose Calliope Geraniums

A visit to Northwind Perennial Farm in Wisconsin displayed an unforgiving winter with many plants damaged or lost.  However, a gardener's life goes on and there is much planting to do repairing a wondrous garden.


The phlox is massive this year and only Blue Paradise is blooming right now (it is the first and last to bloom).  I am not really sure what all of these varieties are that have filled out so much, I wait with much anticipation.

More than one variety of phlox together

The lilies are just beginning with my only Asiatic the first to bloom.


I have mostly Orienpets, love the size and fragrance.

Orienpet Altari
Lilies ready to bloom in front border
Allium Summer Beauty
Kim's Knee High Red in back border
Back south border (lots of layering)
Back middle island
Comtesse de Bouchard on north side (first year plant)
Miss Amelia with Arnie's Choice
South side raised bed
I ordered some of my container plants from Park's this year, already in combinations and sent as plugs.  They have all done great!  I have just about given up on pre-planted containers (only one this year as a gift).
Hayracks with succulents this year
Superfina Petunia Heavenly Blue (blooms all along stem)
Ordered as plugs from Park's


Zoey said...

Comtesse de Bouchard first year? Wow!

I always love to see your containers. They are always so creative and spectacular!

Balisha said...

I too am impressed with the Comtesse. Your yard must be a show stopper. What lucky neighbors to have such beauty right at their front door.
Your garden is spectacular.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Wow! Eileen, your summer is so colorful! Beautiful!
Love your lilies. I have both Asiatic and oriental lilies. The last have so many blooms on each stem and get a bit messy. Yours look great!

Paula@SpoonsnSpades said...

What a stunning collection of plants! Your lilies are looking wonderful, and that Comtesse, just wow, it's spectacular. I'm happy I found your blog and look forward to more of your posts :-) .

Paula at Spoons 'n' Spades

rebecca said...

Such wild, wonderful colors - so vibrant & strong!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl that clematis Comtesse de Bouchard ? is absolutely gorgeous and even more striking as a first year plant! I will have to keep an eye open for that one even though I went over the top with buying clematis this year ... hope it pays off for next year !
I love your layering ... it really works well ! .. I try to do that too.
Well done you !
Joy : )

Beth said...

Your gardens are so full of color! Comtesse de Bouchaud looks fantastic! I have one too but yours is more spectacular. Your garden is looking spectacular! Impressive indeed!