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Grace Gardens is...

This blog's purpose is for me to keep a garden journal of sorts. To detail some of the things that I accomplish in the garden and a little of what I do in my home as well. It will also be a place where I will post the photos that I love to take so much. Maybe a place to post my overflowing of pictures that I particularly like or find artistic. Some posts will be wordy...and some may have no conversation at all. Just a post to bring back to mind a lovely day or a meaningful memory. I have disabled the comments on this blog, but feel free to e-mail me for any questions about what you see here. My e-mail address can be found in my profile.

Monday, February 2, 2015

last spring's garden - lilacs and peonies and others

I needed a little color in my life today so I decided to post some of last spring's garden
on this poor little neglected garden blog of mine.
Starting with some of the beautiful lilacs in the garden.
Posting these make me so excited for the lilacs to bloom once again.
I can imagine the smell of them right now while writing this.



bleeding hearts blooming in the secret garden 

Mock orange and a pretty early spring rose mingling together.  

 Watermelon poppies and Jupiter's Beard in the background.

Perennial foxglove along the front walk, with a clematis in bloom 
in the background.

Caesar's Brother siberian iris with variegated dogwood in the background.

I took so many peony photos last year that I wasn't able to post so I am sharing them here.
"Can't have too many peonies", I always say!


Friends in town always ask me if I am excited to get back into the garden
this year and my answer to them is always that I am grateful for the break that
winter allows me. I love this time to go over photos of it that I have taken 
throughout the summer and decide where I want to move a few things to.
I make lists of what needs divided and what needs to be moved and 
the plants I would love to add. 
I dream of a little playhouse for my granddaughters to be added somewhere, 
I would love to do it before they are all to old to have fun with it.
We'll see if it ever gets added to Grace Gardens and where.
I think I'll go draw up some plans right this minute!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

what a beautiful summer

Blooms in Grace Gardens in June. 
This clematis 'The President' is blooming out near the horse corrals now and 
all the roses in the same bed. 

 A view in the front garden

'Husker Red' penstemon- I love this plant!

 The Syringa (Idaho's state flower) otherwise known as Mock Orange has almost finished
it's bloom for the year. 

 Watermelon oriental poppy in one of the beds

Under the Red Jade crabapple blooms half of a John Cabot rose.
I'm surprised at how much this rose tolerates shade. A lot of this rose is under the tree and 
gets a little sun in the morning and yet it blooms so well.
 Another view from under the crab apple shows a few more blooms in a bed 
in the front of the garden.
You can see the weeping limbs of the Red Jade which becomes a large
wide canopy of green and covers much of the front bed.

I totally redid this bed last year and I'm so glad I did. It is lovely now. 
Half-way along this bed is a large arbor covered with a riverbank grape vine.
North of the arbor, this long bed continues and it is in full sun so this is where
many of the roses reside.
There are John Cabot (in the foreground of this photo) roses, William Baffin (in the background), 
a few Morden Blush, Bonica, and many more. 
This bed is about 100' feet long and is a barrier
from the busy highway we live along. The house sits back from the road
about 100' so there are many flower beds between.
It makes a wonderful buffer from road noise and gives us lots of privacy. 

 Henry Kelsey rose

 A young John Davis rose on the pasture fence.

 I think I'm going to really like this rose!

 Colette rose

 Some tall delphiums along the back fence. 

 roses along the house
  Blaze and Flutterbye
  and another Colette

 peachleaf bellflower (campanula) 
next to a gazebo steps