Peony splendor

Hello! This week I found myself sorting through pictures that I’ve taken over the past couple of months. I take a lot of pictures, and I don’t usually sit down and go through them right away. So it is really nice when I am able to see the different aspects of the garden, and the different phases of the flowers through the memory of my lens.

When we first moved into our home ten years ago the yard was full of gardening possibilities – a blank slate, really. We had some lavender plants at the back of the house and that was it. Slowly, ever so slowly, I created bed after bed, all organically (I have this thing about chemicals). Were they all thought out and planned meticulously? The short answer is ‘no’! I confess that there were plants that I wanted to have and I threw them in beds as soon as I could, and Peonies were top of the list! Over time, I’ll get everything in the right place. In the meantime, I’ll keep on enjoying things where they are. 🙂

I have several Peony plants. The blooming starts around the second week of May for my early bloomers and will go well into June for the last of my plants. Not a bad season when you can stretch it that long! The first to bloom is an old fashioned redish colored plant which my Father-in-law gave me years ago (name unknown).

Peony red
The first Peony to bloom at the beginning of May
red peony and bluebells closeup
Red Peony with Bluebells

The red Peonies went into the only bed I had at the time, at our front gate. I’ve since divided them and they are now on both sides of our front gate.

Paeonia 'Hillary'
Paeonia ‘Hillary’

The next Peony to bloom was the Paeonia ‘Hillary’ which is an ‘Itoh’. Itohs are hybrids between garden and tree peonies. I bought this last year and it was full of blooms early on this season, but between gale force winds and other mishaps, only two buds were left when it was time to bloom. The weather was not cooperating at this stage, either, so I don’t think we’ve seen its best year yet. You can see how dry the soil is in some of the pictures.

Peony Hillary
Paeonia ‘Hillary’

I’m happy with this location for my ‘Hillary’ and I think it should do well here – apart from when we have gale force winds. The soil conditions are really good, and it is in full sun. The plant is an unusual color, a very soft redish-pink, and I think it suits this bed.

Peony Hillary + allium
Paeonia ‘Hillary’ blooming with the Allium
Peony Hillary
Paeonia ‘Hillary’
Peony Hillary side view
Paeonia ‘Hillary’

As the ‘Hillary’ faded, the next two plants started to bloom. These two are planted at the back of our house and get morning sun and some afternoon sun. The soil where they are growing is not good! But it has good drainage and I’ve started to give it more attention with compost. Again with these plants, it was the case of wanting to put them somewhere! They aren’t doing too poorly, thankfully.

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The first bloom is a full week ahead of the rest of the plant. White and pink Peony.
Peony white and pink + fennel
The white and pink Peony is planted next to a Fennel plant.
Peony white and chicken house
The Peony plant is on one side of our driveway while our chickens are on the other side.
Hosta and Peony view
Here’s a view from our back door. On the other side of the wall (and the Hostas) is the white and pink Peony.
Peony White and Pink pink flower
White and pink Peony.

I have this white and pink Peony supported. I like this support because I can put it in place any time (a lot of supports should be put in place before the plant is fully grown). Most Peony flowers are large and heavy and tend to droop if not supported.

Peony white and pink outside bouquet
This display is like having a bouquet of Peony in the yard!

Just two Fennel plants down from the white and pink Peony, and flowering at the same time, is Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’. The color reminds me of bubble gum. 🙂 On the other side of the Paeonia is lavender, while on the deck there are geraniums and my rain catcher / water butt.

Paeonia Bowl of Beauty lavender view
Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’ next to lavender
Paeonia Bowl of Beauty closed
Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’
Paeonia Bowl of Beauty upclose
Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’
Paeonia 'Bowl of Beauty'
Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’
Paeonia 'Bowl of Beauty'
Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’

There is a bit of an overlap with the next two Peony plants. The white and pink Peony and the ‘Bowl of Beauty’ are not yet finished, as the next two are starting to bloom. I’ll start with Paeonia ‘Kansas’ as it has two flowers in bloom. The location is at my ditch wall garden, which I’ve decided should be more wild flowers – so I don’t think it is ideal for this pretty Peony. The color is amazing – a beautiful deep magenta.

Paeonia 'Kansas'
Paeonia ‘Kansas’ among Foxgloves
Paeonia 'Kansas'
Paeonia ‘Kansas’
Paeonia 'Kansas'
Paeonia ‘Kansas’
Paeonia 'Kansas' with Small Tortoiseshell butterfly
Paeonia ‘Kansas’ with Small Tortoiseshell butterfly
Paeonia 'Kansas'
Paeonia ‘Kansas’

The last of my Peony plants to bloom are my ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ plants. I have two, and one is still only buds, while the other has one fully open flower with a few others starting to open. The one in flower is in my Rainbow garden and is happy – and I am happy where it is. The ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ Peony is pink – as in cotton candy pink! I love the stand out color.

Peony Sarah Bernhardt
Peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Sarah Bernhardt Peony
Paeonia ‘Sarah Bernhardt’

We had very little rain this spring. Thankfully, the rains have returned, somewhat, this past week, which has been a welcome relief to my garden.

I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’ve planted a few more Peony plants this year, so we’ll all have those to look forward to next year!

In Peace,
Dana

In my tasty June Garden

allium purple sensation is now “finished” in the garden

When it comes to the garden there are changes going on all of the time.  Just like in life, time moves forward whether we are ready or not!  The garden has moved from showing off spring flowers on to growing our fruit and veggies and showing off some early summer flowers. We live in County Louth, and although other parts of the country have had rain, it has missed us for the good part of 4 weeks.  I can really see and feel the dryness in the garden.

A very dry veggie and fruit garden

Look at that grass! Granted, we don’t pay any attention to the grass other than mowing it (probably too short, I might add), but it is usually *green* and not yellow.  Anyway, this is an early June look at our pumpkin and zucchini (courgette) plants, along with our blueberry and strawberry plants, and our pear tree.

organic zucchini (courgette)

The organic zucchini plant was given to me in May.  Actually, I did a little bit of a swap, and traded sunflowers for zucchini.  It is great to find someone who grows organically and likes to share! We mixed in a good amount of our compost when we planted them.

organic pumpkin plant

The picture above is of one of my pumpkin plants.  Pumpkins LOVE compost.  We worked in as much compost as we could into this bed.  The seed for this plant is actually from the pumpkins I grew in 2016.  While I did try to grow from last year’s seeds, they didn’t produce anything.  So I then tried the seeds from the previous year, and “Bob’s your Uncle” – they grew! 🙂

blueberries

The blueberry plants are overladen with berries this year and the berries are growing to a nice size!  I am still trying to figure out if my soil has enough acidity for blueberries, as some years they do well and some they don’t. I’ve given them lots of my compost early on in the season, and I’ve kept them watered during this dry spell.  We’ll see how it ends up!

green strawberries

The strawberries are still *very* green, and not very big.  They, too, were lucky recipients of our compost (there is never enough compost, so I have to pick and choose which plants get it!).  I’ve also made sure to water them, so again, I’m hopeful that over the next week or two we’ll get some nice color in them (and a little bit more growth!).

baby pears in early June (strawberry beds in the background)

Our pear tree is doing well again this year.  It is only in the past few years that it has produced fruit, but boy was it worth the wait!  These guys are teeny tiny right now, and only the width of a small finger.

This picture is of our pears in September 2017 (they were delicious!)

another look back at our fall garden of September 2017 with sunflowers, pumpkins, pears, and blueberry plants which have pretty red leaves

a full bed of sunflowers early June 2018

I have tried a new location for sunflowers this year.  I’ve alternated garlic and potatoes in this bed over the past few years, so it was time for a change.  We apparently didn’t dig up all of the spuds last year, as there are some growing up between the sunflowers…  These lovely plants are all grown from my sunflower seeds from last year. My father-in-law kindly started them for me in his greenhouse.  They have really shot up over the past number of weeks, and look to be quite happy!

You have to be sure not to wait too long to collect the sunflower seeds as the birds LOVE them and will clean out the entire flower heads before you know it! (sunflower from our garden Fall 2017)

I really should write a post just on compost, because it is so beneficial!  I’ll put that on my to-do list.  Here’s a look at our “summer” compost heap:

Compost heap (top layer is all new season grass) with a fab overhang of Elder trees!

Underneath all of the new grass is aged compost from last season

It is worth digging the good stuff out from underneath the grass!

I have a separate tumbler for food compost, but I think I will leave that picture for another post!  Thankfully, no one can really see our compost heap, and the sight of it certainly doesn’t bother me given how good it is for the garden!  But I really don’t want to end with pictures of my compost.  I’m going to first show you a picture of tulips and our Hawthorn trees when they were beautifully in bloom with white flowers.  This year I really think the flowers came and went too quickly!  And then I’m going to end with a picture of an early summer plant (peony).

Queen of the Night tulips with a backdrop of Hawthorn trees in flower

Paeonia Bowl of Beauty – all four pictures are different flowers but from the same plant

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of my June garden. Anything tasty or pretty growing in yours?

In peace,
Dana

Contentment… and a perfect visit to the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin!

National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin

A slightly tilted photo of one of the glass houses at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin

Contentment. Do you ever think about whether or not you are content? It is something I’ve thought about a lot over the years. These thoughts on contentment all first started while I was in the throes of really struggling with my strong-willed toddler.   I attended a parenting course in the hopes of finding a magic solution to the challenges I was facing.

one of my favourite flowers... peony

one of my favourite flowers… peony

Turns out the main discussion in this course was actually about contentment. When the teacher started talking about contentment I had too many “yes, I’m content, BUT…” thoughts in my head and more importantly, in my heart.

National Botanic Gardens

Gladiolus

I wasn’t “there” yet; that place where you find peace no matter what the circumstances are.  It would take me quite a few more years to be able to feel contentment.

National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Gardens

My life has been so full and I just feel so fortunate, even through the many ups and downs.

National Botanic Gardens

Iris

Recently I was lucky enough to steal away for an hour to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin. (http://www.botanicgardens.ie) It was a perfect afternoon for a relaxed stroll through the gardens.

water lily

water lily

The weather was amazing; warm but not hot, sunny but not too sunny to bleach out photographs!

statue in the gardens. National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

statue in the gardens

I love this statue.

Best Night Ever Sign Best Night Ever closeup

Their faces sure look content to me!

unusual daisy-looking flower

unusual daisy-looking flower

It was just me and my camera, and we had a ball together!

inside a glass house

inside a glass house

I was following two elderly ladies on part of my walk. Not in a  stalking kind of way, but simply because I entered the garden behind them.  I loved their conversation about the different flowers and where they source their own flowers, and the new varieties!  O.K., maybe I was eavesdropping a little bit! 🙂

interesting color combination

interesting color combination with this bearded iris

I was enjoying my time of peace in such a gorgeous garden.  That is when a wave of complete contentment came over me.  I even sent my husband a text about it!

These remind me of pretty birds flying together...

These iris remind me of pretty birds flying together…

I was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing.

Lamb's ear: these colours remind me of winter.

Lamb’s ear: these colours and textures remind me of winter.

I know I’ve said it before, but I have the most amazing people in my life.  I actually had a motto for a while: “People First”.  I think at the time I was struggling with some issues, and the clarity came when I started saying “people first” to myself.  So simple, but so important.

National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Gardens

I’m happy with the decisions I’ve made over the years, especially with regards to being a stay-at-home mom, working from home, and finally working outside of the home.  I’ve done it all, and I have enjoyed it all.  I’m not saying it was a piece of cake, but it was all worth it.

heron by the water

heron by the water

herron

heron

Life is still full of challenges but along the way I’ve managed to find my inner peace, my contentment.  What a huge difference that makes!

geranium

geranium

geranium

geranium

Being content doesn’t mean I’ll stop trying to improve myself, or work with less effort in the many projects I’m involved in. Not at all.

foxgloves

foxgloves

fox gloves in front of fern

foxgloves in front of fern sculpture

fern sculpture

fern sculpture

It does mean I have a much better attitude about everything!

from the rose garden

from the rose garden

I hope you’ve found your contentment, too.

In peace,
Dana

 

In a Vase on Monday: Peony Pause

Peony and Bluebells

Peony and Bluebells

Peony are such lovely flowers.  It is a shame how short their lives are!  I have to be sure to pause and take a moment to really enjoy them because all too soon they will be gone.  My plants have finally established themselves enough for me to cut a bouquet to enjoy in the house.

Peony in vase

I had a couple of monkshood stems left from a bouquet I had made last week (which I never posted about!).  I like the purple and red together, although the two stems seem to me like antenna.  This is the first year that I have been able to fully see that hosta on the left.  Normally the slugs eat it completely!   I rather like it.

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Up close and personal.

among the plants

among the plants

The vase is among the plants due to the high winds we’ve been experiencing!  I do really hope that warm weather comes soon.  I am linking up with Cathy at Rambling in the garden  https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/in-a-vase-on-monday-pink-and-proud-of-it/ for her “In a vase on Monday” meme.  Won’t you visit and join us?

Happy start of summer!  May the warm weather find us soon!

Peace,
Dana

 

Peony in a very special Vase

 

In the beginning...

In the beginning…

I started this post as a “Wordless Wednesday” idea.  But I just have a really hard time not adding text!  So I am going to forget about the wordless Wednesday part, and I’m just going to tell you about my peony.   My father-in-law divided his peony plant for me a couple of years ago.  Peony are fussy, so the first year nothing happened with my plant.  The second year we had (maybe) a couple of flowers. Finally, this year we have a full shrub of flowers.  Good things come to those who wait! 🙂

Peony in vase

Peony flowers

I had enough blooms on the shrub that I didn’t mind cutting some.  I actually waited a bit to cut them, so they were nearing the end of their lives anyway.

Peony in vase

Peony in a water jug

My parents live in New York, so while Skyping with my mom I showed her my peony arrangement.   Maybe you heard her gasp???  You see she gave me that beautiful vase. Well,  I think it is a water jug but I used it as a vase. There are two to the set.  But never would she imagine that I’d actually *use* it!  They are quite special to her (and now to me), and beautiful, and more than 100 years old.   Honestly, they’ve sat up high on my bookshelves for way too long.  It was time to bring some of that beauty into our living space.  I love it.  And I think the peony flowers look lovely in it.

My special vase

My special (water jug?) vase

I promised my mom I’d be careful with it.  The peony flowers have since faded and the vase is back up high in its safe place again…

Peony in the garden at the front gate

Peony in the garden at the front gate

I still have a few peony just barely hanging on to life in the garden.  Even now they are providing a lovely splash of color.

Peony with rain

Peony with rain in mid May

I tend to take lots and lots of pictures of individual flowers and close-ups.  I like to be able to really focus in on one thing!  But I actually have a picture of the area around our front gates as I had been working on one of the beds this past weekend.  I hate taking pictures when weeds get in the way! (that explains why so few full bed pictures…)  So this is a current picture of the peony flowers.  Very, very, very near the end of their lives.  But oh so beautiful even still.

Peony at the gate

Peony at the gate

I wonder what flowers I will put in the special vase next?

Thanks for visiting!
Dana

June is for Allium, Peony, Iris and Hawthorn! And the last Cherry bloom.

Cherry Tree the beginning of June.

Cherry Tree the beginning of June.

The nice thing about going away … is coming home.  Missing two weeks of garden growth at the end of May and beginning of June is like missing a marathon!  So much is happening.

Cherry tree in early June.

Cherry tree in early June.

I quickly snapped away with my camera to capture the very last blooms from our cherry trees.  I was lucky to have a pretty sky too!

Cherry tree in early June.

Cherry tree in early June.

Pink is my favorite color, and I love to see it in the garden.  Our Hawthorn trees had a bit of pink in them this year.  They were lovely all in white bloom, with sprays of pink.

Hawthorn in full bloom.

Hawthorn in full bloom.

Sprays of pink in the Hawthorn blooms.

Sprays of pink in the Hawthorn blooms.

It’s funny how everything looks better in sunshine, but with too much sunshine everything looks bleached!  I won’t be complaining (ever!) about the sun, but I’ll have to work a bit harder trying to get the pictures right.

Allium posing in front of the Hawthorn trees.

Allium posing in front of the Hawthorn trees.

We were quite lucky with our Allium this year.  The wind has held off for the most part, and I’ve enjoyed their long showy splendor for a few weeks now.  Last year they were knocked completely over in their first week of blooming.  This one garden is transforming into a purple garden!  I think the Allium and Erysimum go really well together.

Erysimum Bowles' Mauve

Erysimum Bowles’ Mauve

My Erysimum (Bowles’ Mauve) plant is really showing off now.  It has a great spread, and is simply beautiful. It seems quite happy.

Another view of the purple garden.

Another view of the purple garden.

On the right of the purple garden I have a globe artichoke plant (Cynara Scolymus). You can just see the wire support.  I’m not sure how this is going to go, but I’m always hopeful!

Blue Geranium.

Blue Geranium.  This plant is in my “wait until I have a space” garden.  I will be moving it to my new purple garden as I love the color.  I might just  switch it with the pink Geranium I currently have there.  Or I might put  both there!

Tree Paeonia Renkaku.

Tree Paeonia Renkaku.

My tree peony had one flower this year.  It was truly a lovely flower, though!  It arrived last year as an eight inch tall stem. As in one stem!  It must be quite hardy, as it survived the winter, grew, and produced such a lovely flower.   It was worth the wait.

Tree Paeonia Renkaku

Tree Paeonia Renkaku.

It is rather delicate looking, but I think it is quite hardy!

Tree Paeonia Renkaku.

Tree Paeonia Renkaku.

My regular peony plants didn’t do too badly either!

Peony.

Peony.

Peony.

Peony.

Peony.

Peony.

Dutch Iris Blue Magic.

Dutch Iris Blue Magic.  I was trying to capture the Iris without having to go over the fence.  So I tried looking down on it.  I like the different look it gave!

Dutch Iris Blue Magic.

Dutch Iris Blue Magic.

As for fruits and vegetables, I’m pleased with the progress so far.  I know for some people growing vegetables and fruit comes so easily.  But it has been quite a learning process for me!  We planted too many strawberry plants last year, and they were too close to one another.  The netting was cumbersome to remove, which was problematic.  This year, I am hopeful (always!) that we’ll get to enjoy the fruit.  It looks beautiful now!

Strawberry plants.

Strawberry plants.

Strawberry plants.

Strawberry plants.

We added in some stepping stones into the strawberry beds, and a wee bunny.  I’m sure he’ll definitely scare any birds away…

The fruit orchard view in June.

The fruit orchard view in June.

Vegetable beds in June.

Vegetable beds in June.

Our vegetable beds are filling in!  We have newly planted main crop potatoes on the right. On the left we have fencing for our pea plants.  In between the pea plants, some potatoes have decided to grow from last year’s crop. I’m really not sure what to do with them!  I’ll probably earth them up when we do the main crop of potatoes, and see how they turn out.

Sarpo Mira Main Crop potatoes.

Sarpo Mira Main Crop potatoes.

We love beets!  But this is the second year now that only a few beet plants have come up.  I’ve tried a second planting, so maybe we’ll still get some more. (will I mention that hopeful word again???)

Organic Golden Detroit  Beetroot (beets).

Organic Golden Detroit Beetroot (beets).

My family thought we had too much chard last year, so I’ve scaled back on it this year.  I’m hoping to still keep it in our summer menu, but not too much that the family go running when they see it!

Rainbow chard.

Rainbow chard.

Swede (turnips).

Swede (turnips).

Now here is a vegetable that loves to grow in my garden – Swede!  Every single seed that I have planted has germinated.  I’ve thinned them out and passed the extras on to my neighbor James.  Thankfully, my family like swede. Good thing, too, as we’ll be having it a lot this winter!

Organic Yellowstone carrots.

Organic Yellowstone carrots.

My carrots are making themselves seen.

Cristo garlic.

Cristo garlic.

It turns out that most gardeners plant their garlic in the fall/winter and harvest in the summer.  I seem to have it a bit off.  This fall I’ll see if I can manage to get some in the ground.  It might be nice to have something growing in the winter.

A view of the back field.

A view of the back field.

This last picture was taken just a couple of weeks before the veggie pictures above.  So much growth in so little time!  You can just see the white from the Hawthorn trees lining the field.  It’s such a lovely sight (and site!).

I hope your garden is full of growth and beauty!

Dana

Family, Friends, and Flowers.

A "heart" for family & friends!

A “heart” for family & friends!

There’s really nothing like going home.  Little things bring back fond memories: could be a special smile from your brother, a hug from your parents, or simply seeing your old home.  I thoroughly enjoyed a lovely visit back home this spring.  I have my original home where I grew up, and where my parents still live.  But I also have my adopted second home where I lived for ten years after getting married.   I was able to visit both homes this trip, which was just wonderful!

My brother and I were home for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary.

My brother and I were home for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

The people in my life are simply amazing.  I had so much fun being with my family.  It is logistically difficult for all of us to get together, so the fact that we were all together was awesome.   Given that we were celebrating my parents’ 50th Wedding anniversary made the time together that much more special.

The six grandkids were so good.  As always, my brother was their favorite Uncle, deservedly so as he is incredibly silly with them!  Everyone had a good time.  And then, too quickly, it was time to leave…

Two very special people in my life!  At 92 Monsignor still has a wonderful sense of humor, and incredible words of wisdom.

Two very special people in my life! At 92 Monsignor still has a wonderful sense of humor, and incredible words of wisdom.  And Lisa, well, she’s one of those really good friends who always knows what I need to hear!

But I left the family to move on to seeing my friends.  Most of these friends I met through play groups when my kids were small, or through our church’s women’s group.  And all these years later we are still as close as ever.  Well, except for the fact that I live across the ocean!  There is something incredibly special about friends who really care about you, and who’ve been with you through the ups and downs of life.  I’m blessed to have met and befriended so many wonderful, unique, and talented women.    And most of them have beautiful gardens, too! 🙂

At 85 years, both Betty and Harold are doing great!  You should see their garden (you will, pictures further in the post)!  We miss our former neighbors for the gems they are.

At 85 years, both Betty and Harold are doing great! You should see their garden (you will, pictures further in the post)! We miss our former neighbors for the gems they are.

"Home".

My childhood home.

There’s no wonder that I have a love of flowers.  My parents always had flowers in the yard, lots of annuals, but even more of pachysandra!  I can remember my mom planting the morning glories and marigolds along the pool fence every year.  She would save the seeds from the marigolds, too.   Mom has a very natural looking garden, where things even grow in nooks and crannies along paths.   She is still adding to the garden every year, which is fun to watch!

The morning glories have been replaced with lovely Clematis.

The morning glories have been replaced with lovely Clematis.

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But some things  are nice to stay the same.

But some things are nice to stay the same.

Our front yard has something rather unusual: a flower Ferris wheel!  More than 50 years ago, my grandfather (on my mom’s side of the family) made this flower Ferris wheel for my grandmother for Mother’s Day.  It is made from large old wagon wheels, and piping, with wooden flower boxes.   Years later, my grandmother gave it to my mother, and it has been in their front yard ever since.  The boxes have been replaced, and it has been painted, but everything else is exactly how my grandfather made it.  I love seeing it freshly painted and filled with flowers when I come home!

My mother's flower Ferris Wheel.

My mother’s flower Ferris Wheel.

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The flower Ferris Wheel and maple tree.  The last of the old trees in the yard.

The flower Ferris Wheel and maple tree. The last of the old trees in the yard.

The bird bath has always been a part of the garden.

The bird bath has always been a part of the garden.

We had some rain, too.

We had some rain, too.

I clicked away during all of my visits with friends and family.  I tried to capture as much as I could with my camera.  I love looking at the pictures of friends.  I’m bummed that I didn’t get pictures of everyone!

Gorgeous Iris in Robin B's garden!

Gorgeous Iris in Robyn’s garden!

Betty and Harold's beautiful back garden.

Betty and Harold’s beautiful back garden.

The sailboat that Harold made (garage Blacksmith!) for one of Betty's flower show competitions!  It is beautiful in the garden.

The sailboat that Harold made (garage Blacksmith!) for one of Betty’s flower show competitions! It is beautiful in the garden.

Hellebores & Hostas.

Hellebores & Hostas.

Betty's ruffled pansies.

Betty’s ruffled pansies.

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Peonies!

Peonies!

I did get quite a few pictures of flowers and gardens!  There are so many different varieties of Hostas!  I need to create some shade in my garden to plant these beauties.

Ellen's figurines were too cute!

Ellen’s figurines were too cute!

I have to say I really liked Elaine's garden ornament, too!

I have to say I really liked Elaine’s garden ornament, too!

I love Ellen's beautiful front walk.

I love Ellen’s beautiful front walk.

A collection of hosta.

A collection of hosta.

A beautiful weeping birch and welcoming bench at Lisa's!

A beautiful weeping birch and welcoming bench at Lisa’s!

A lovely collection of hosta among the rocks.

A lovely collection of hosta among the rocks.

Judi and Lennie have created something so peaceful and beautiful in their back yard!

Judi and Lennie have created something so peaceful and beautiful in their back yard!

More of Judi and Lennie's garden.

More of Judi and Lennie’s garden.

A bird's eye view!

A bird’s eye view!

What I enjoy is seeing gardens which are created and tended to by someone who really cares about bringing beauty to all of us.  That is what it is all about, right?  Creating something beautiful, and sharing it.    Just like our friendships.

Robyn's beautiful front garden.

Robyn’s beautiful front garden.

Here’s to all of the beautiful flowers in your life!  Both the human kind and the botanical kind!

Dana