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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 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

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Spring 2014

The crabapples were beautiful this year. 

Their fragrance amazing.
I am so to see them fade away for another year.

This is the Centurian crabapple in it's earlier stage of bloom.

This is what it looks like as it ages a few days.
I enjoy it in any stage of bloom, but is most fragrant as the blooms mature.

The lilacs are in bloom now and are so pretty that I will be sorry to have them go.
This lilac is called Sensation.
I like the white edges on each floret.

This is a double lilac that is un-named in my garden and is truly a beautiful
one when it blooms. The bush is small as far as lilacs go, but it is always packed
from year to year.
It has a Sensation on either side of it and both flank the gate leading to the clothes line.

The white lilac is Avalanche. It blooms profusely and the bush is huge.

This is Beauty of Moscow in it's early stage of bloom.
LOVE this lilac!

This lilac below is President Lincoln and it is a beautiful periwinkle blue
in color. 
It's flower tends to be a little loose and frothy and I like that about it.
In the photo below you can see how loose it is and how it looks as the sun bleaches
it's color.

This lilac below is Charles Joly.
It smells heavenly and the bloom is compact and tight.
This photo is when it first bloomed out and is a magenta color.
As you will see in the following
photos that it fades to a more purple shade in the sunlight.

Charles Joly several days after.

The Snowball Viburnum  are starting to bloom this week.  
These three little shrubs are young a barely my height and
it's the first year that they have ever bloomed this well.

and all I can say is "finally"

So many things are starting to really come alive and things are looking very lush here.
LOVE this time of YEAR!