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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, July 23, 2012

Mid-July garden

Some of the daylilies blooming now.

Carolyn Criswell

another Carolyn Criswell daylily in a different bed

a pretty double daylily.

Prairie Blue Eyes

Some of my clematis

Gardenview Scarlet monarda

House Hybrids scabiosa

echinacea with veronica

Strawberry foxglove

One of the many views of the garden in mid-July.

Lambert Closse and Morden Centennial in background

hollyhock  and William Baffin rose

Annabelle hydrangea with lavender and daylilies

Morden Centennial

Little pot of pansies by the front door.

Many of the hydrangeas are starting to bloom, so I will be back
with more pictures.

Thanks for visiting the Grace Gardens!!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July garden

Up the front walk are foxglove and delphinium
blooming under the bedroom window.

More delphinium and lavender as you approach the front door.

Annabelle hydrangeas are in the same bed as well as
 peachleaf bellflower.

I also have two clematis that grow up the side of the house.

In another bed I have sweet peas, lavender and roses.

In the background are one of my Japanese tree lilacs 'Ivory Silk' in bloom.

sweet peas and lavender

In another area of the garden is John Cabot rose on an arbor with William Baffin rose
blooming in the background.

I love this rose!

I have six of these hardy Canadian John Cabot roses in the garden now. 
Three of them grow along our long driveway and make such a beautiful show.
It does so well here and is such a reliable bloomer.

The red rose in the background is the Adelaide Hoodless rose.
It grows to about my shoulders, but this year I chopped it and now it's about to 
my waist and by the end of Summer will be back to shoulder height again.
It has a very light fresh scent to it.

An arbor along the driveway.

Under the arbor with John Cabot : O

As far as hardy geraniums go...this is by far my favorite blue one.
It is named Rosanne and has a very long bloom time.

A little Bonica rose and Johnson Blue geranium.

I can't remember for sure which Griffith Buck rose this is, but I think it is Winter Sunset. Or it may be Prairie Harvest. I have them both and don't know which they are unless I get out my garden map.

Mr. President clematis and Morden Ruby rose.

And one of my favorite delphinium colors.

My little volunteer violas in the same iron urn as last year. They just keep self-seeding.

 And lastly...
a little tin pitcher of peonies and lady's mantle. 

 I just love this color combination!