Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sing on!!

It recently occurred to me the other day, that my blog is a year old. It all started because I was forever blabbing on about my garden to whomever would listen, but was completely rotten about taking pictures and emailing them to relatives in other states who wanted actual proof that it existed. By creating a blog, I could share with them my daily joy in gardening. I never dreamt that anyone other than my husband and Aunt Marilyn would ever read my blog, let alone follow it.

A year later, I'm a better gardener for the hours I've spent soaking up the wisdom offered by all of you. I am continually amazed by the gardens I'm allowed to peek into each week when I visit your blogs. Inspiration seeps through all of them, skitters across the keyboard, and wedges itself in my heart and head as a quiet chorus that sings as I garden.

Dwarf white nepeta grows at the edge of my Dry Side garden near liatris and a group of pink silene called Rolly's Favorite. Both have already started blooming. I was really surprised. I wasn't expecting any action til later in the season. 




I've never grown silene 'Rolly's Favorite' before. I bought these off the sale table last fall. The flowers remind me of creeping phlox. I recently saw a pot of them at a nursery and the flowers were held above stalks about 10" high. I wonder if mine know they are a bit vertically challenged?  



Variegated japanese iris grow between a maurauding bunch of anemone canadensis and pink geraniums. Blue eyed grass is trying to peek through the crush of anemones while a bleeding heart seedling sprouts in the background. It looks like I'm going to have to garden mafia style tomorrow: Anemones, you bout to get whacked!



I have a large group of these wonderful daffodils in my front garden. They grow mixed in with the daylillies and remind me of popcorn.


Green and yellow variegated thyme

 Woodland anemones are different from the anemones above but similar in habit. These have invaded my sarcocca humilis, or sweetbox, but the flowers are so pretty I put up with their crusading ways. Plus, the seedlings are very easy to pull!

16 comments:

  1. First, happy 1 year! Second, I need that dwarf nepeta ... now ... time to go online and find it.

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  2. ONG - I bought it off a sale table and it spent last summer in a pot. It's cute and tough - kinda like a Girl Scout with numchucks.

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  3. Happy First Birthday, Casa Mariposa! I have enjoyed coming by very much and always look forward to your posts.

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  4. Congratulations on a year of blogging. I have never seen dwarf white nepeta before.

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  5. One year goes by quickly when you are having so much fun...happy 1 year! And, so glad that you started blogging because I really enjoy your creative writing and photographs. You have an amazing talent with words. I love the variegated thyme and the woodland anemone!

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  6. Happy First of many more! I too love the white Nepeta, I think it would grow here. I also love the woodland anemones - they would never make it here - I will just enjoy seeing yours.

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  7. I have the same variegated thyme. It has awesome sweet flavoring in food. Like chicken. It's funny how the parent plant (greener) tries to come back.

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  8. I have enjoyed finding you here. Isn't it amazing when you discover that gardeners all over the country and all over the world read and comment on what you write? Such a delight. Congrats on a year of blogging!

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  9. You have a lovely garden! I think I have those daffodils. They are mixed in with some yellow ones, and I think they look like popcorn, too.

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  10. Happy Birthday TS! I'm so glad you started blogging because I love your posts. You have a gift for words and I love your sense of humor :)

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  11. Thanks for the love!!!

    Greggo - My dogs love to use the thyme as a toilet. I don't think mine would taste as sweet as yours.

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  12. Mmmm! Between your popcorn daffodils and my twine eggs, we could season it up with the dog-soaked thyme and have quite the (yucky) feast. Congrats on your one year blogiversary!

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  13. A belated happy blog birthday to you! Amazing how quickly the time passes. I'm very glad you decided to blog as I've learned so much by visiting you and have had a number of laughs. Here's looking forward to another year.

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  14. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
    Happy Birthday! Your posts are always a great read!
    The creamy daffodils are so pretty! I have never seem the silene 'Rolly's Favorite'-I will have to check to see if it is hardy here.

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  15. Congratulations on a year of blogging;-) I've never seen dwarf nepata before...must add it to my list!

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  16. I love your popcorn daffs. They are beautiful! I had Calamintha for several years ~ not sure if that's what you have but it looks similar ~ and I hope I still have it.. the fragrance of the foliage is so refreshing.

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