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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Garden Views in the Middle of May

After a two week trip to Europe, this is what I see in my garden.

Rhododendron 'Honey Butter' is still blooming!

There can't be too many alliums in the garden!

Weigela 'Wine and Roses' is starting to bloom:

I was afraid I could miss this bloom (Meconopsis sheldonii):

Scilla peruviana:

Alliums are the stars in my terrace garden. That is why there are so many pictures of them.

Columbines are among those plants that spread easily and are problem-free:

Lupins are great, and I'd love to have some low-growing varieties:

Clematis blooms remind me of water lilies' flowers before they open:

Yes to clematis montana in my garden! After the dramatic haircut this spring, it blooms well:

I was surprised to see these tulip flowers since the plants were blooming two weeks ago before we went on our trip:

The size of the blooms is very impressive:

If I'm not mistaken, this is Meconopsis betonicifolia. I moved two plants from another location where they were sitting for a couple of years without blooming :

Forget-me-nots are blooming and seeding. I'll need to watch the seedlings. They can take over the whole garden!
And Thalictrum rochebrunianum (Meadow rue) looks very promising behind the little statue:

A day later, and I'd miss my blue poppy blooms:

Euphorbia always pleases me as a perfect companion for so many plants!

First thing after coming home, I cut a bouquet of lilac branches. Aroma is fantastic!

Freshly cut lawn makes the whole garden look better:

This is a feature in my garden that I haven't designed: clematis montana crawling on the fir tree and creating an arch:

Saxifrage blooms:

Beauty and the beast: beautiful azalia and prickly monkey puzzle tree:

The cat is treating some veggies with a lovely tune: I planted radish, green peas, lettuce, terragon, broccoli, cabbage, kale.

This is our older dog:

He is my garden partner:

All in all, I am pleased with how the garden managed to live without its owners for half of a month!

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. Che bellezza! Potrei starci per ore nel tuo giardino! Complimenti :)

  2. Moc zdravím,
    nádherná zahrada. pa Zmorkusovic

  3. Oh my gosh! Your gardens are so lush and beautiful, they make me want to get out to work in my humble gardens.

    You live in a bit of paradise on earth. Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

    1. Lorraione, thank you! I always enjoy the pictures of your warm sunny garden!

  4. Beautiful - very exciting to see what all you can grow out there!

  5. It's great to come back to the garden when it's looking this good.

    1. Thanks Alison! It needs some TLC, and I'm late with some plantings...

  6. Your garden looks lovely. I love the clematis, and the blue poppy fascinates me! Enjoy your time in that beautiful garden!

  7. That Meadow Rue is HUGE! Everything looks stunning, as always. How exciting that you got to see more fabulous gardens, and come back to this beautiful one.

  8. Gorgeous! How nice to come home to such beauty.

    I like how the turtle on the back of the boy statue makes it interesting from all sides.

  9. I always worry so about my garden when we travel, especially that I might miss some beloved bloom. But I have to admit that it's exciting to come home and see everything new. "Oh look what bloomed!" I'm sure you are familiar with that, right? Your garden is always so green and lush there in the northwest, but for once, I can relate, because we've had the greenest spring ever! It's nice to finally relate to your lush and rainy climate.

  10. Dorothy, I think this is the best time of the year...

  11. That last shot of your sweet dog is beautiful! He looks like a great companion. Yes, I would say your garden not only survived but thrived during the past few weeks, but that's partly because of your work in the past to make it a mature, healthy, sustainable garden. What an incredible place! Welcome home! I'll look forward to highlights from your trip!

  12. Everything is beyond beautiful. I especially love all the shades of blue. And those poppies! Wow!

  13. Your garden spent those two weeks cooking up a magnificent welcome home party.

  14. Your garden looks wonderful, despite your absence half a globe away. I love all your flowers and the complementary foliage.

  15. It is absolutely stunning there! : )

  16. It must have been wonderful to come home to all these great blooms!

  17. Your garden is stunning! I love all of your flowers, those blue poppies are amazing! As a dog person with my own old lab shepherd mix, I loved the picture of your dog!! :)


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