Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Little Something About Nothing

 Part of the shade garden

Sometimes I just don't have a story,

 Mini clover is my favorite ground cover.

 a joke,

 A bumblebee on the lamium 'Pink Nancy'.

 or anything introspective to say. 

 Looking towards the rain garden from another shady area.

Of course,

 Waiting for the horned rampion to bloom.

 I'm usually asleep when that happens.

 I have a lot of shade!

But when I went out in my garden this week

 Etoile Violet clematis

this is what I saw and

 Peggy Martin roses and false spirea (sobaria 'Sem')

I loved it so much

Lucy on the lookout for squirrels.

 I decided to share.

I bought this Louisiana iris purely for its name - Red Velvet Elvis.

That's all.

60 comments:

  1. Tammy, lovely violet clematis! Your garden is full of flowers, roses are very pretty. And the your new red velvet iris, I've never seen this wonderful color.

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    1. Thanks! I've had the iris for a while but it just hasn't made it onto the blog.

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  2. A lovely post. You can always let your garden do your talking.

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  3. You have a really beautiful garden Tammy, the shade gives a lovely dappled light and as Lisa said your garden does the talking in this post and very eloquently too.

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  4. I especially loved the eagle-eyed Lucy ! Our two, Gus and Ruby, spend their lives with their heads squeezed into the tiny gap under our garden gates, as it is the only way they can protect us from enemy invasion in the guise of postmen and passing dogs !!

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    1. I can just imagine that! I think Lucy would, too, if her head fit. :o)

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  5. Hooboy, do I need one of those Louisiana iris(es)! I think you could rent out your garden as a distressing zone - it is so lovely. I really like the mini clover and the adorable dog mascot...

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    1. It's a pretty relaxing place. It's a stress sucker.

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  6. Sometimes the garden makes you so happy you just have to share! Yours is looking beautiful. I loved the shot of Lucy on the look-out for squirrels. My cat Pipig assumes a similar posture looking toward the bird (squirrel) feeder during her brief morning outings - she gives chase but never catches anything (thank goodness!).

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    1. Thanks, Kris. :o) Lucy dreams of catching a squirrel but never will.

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  7. Love the bumblebee with its Lamium hat :)

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  8. There are huge rewards for all the work in a garden. It's like a hug every time you step out the door.

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  9. When I see photos of your garden, I smile. It seems a very contented place. And knowing that it brings you joy makes me even happier. Thanks for sharing! (Love 'Red Velvet Elvis'!)

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    1. It is a contented place. I love how balanced it feels. :o)

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  10. All that fuss about Elvis leaving the building...and come to find out he's strutting his stuff in the garden.

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    1. He never left at all! He's just in hiding, except for when he blooms. :o)

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  11. A stunning photo essay about the beauty of your garden and the happiness it brings to you and all of us!

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  12. Lots to love in your garden--enjoy it!

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  13. Sometimes a photo can a say a thousand words ☺

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  14. I am glad you shared such beauty, and those gorgeous flowers and plants don't need a lot of words. :-)

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  15. So beautiful, such a calm oasis of lovely blooms and foliage. That doesn't happen by accident, lots of hard work and planning and vision behind it all. Take a bow, my friend!

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    1. I did and fell into the riverbed. ;o)

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  16. I just couldn't resist coming over to your blog to say hello ... and what a lovely garden you have.
    I enjoyed looking at your photo's, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  17. Tammy girl I love "Lucy on the look out" ! .. that dry stream bed is gorgeous .. I feel like an idiot most times when I post .. I want to say something witty and disarming but the brain cells just will NOT cooperate .. damn !
    Take care ... put that pirate suit on again for a laugh girl ! LOL

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    1. I have a funny post in the que... ;o)

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  18. With plants like this, who needs words? (Except maybe to identify them, to make it easier for us to shamelessly copy the beautiful plantings in your gardens....) Best, -Beth

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    1. Thanks! Are there any plants you'd like names of?

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  19. If I walked out my back door and saw all of that beauty and peacefulness (instead of edging to do, weeds to pull and a pile of mulch on the driveway), I would love it too :)

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  20. You have such a matured beautiful garden with such unique flowers. I got two from you and going to check out the lamium for my shade garden. How old is this garden?

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    1. This garden is 12 years old. Lamium loves shade and it very easy to grow.

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  21. And another question. How do you keep weeds at bay? And, how do you make sure that the grass don't invade your river?

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    1. I pull weeds whenever I see them and start as soon as they sprout in the spring. Native carex grass is invading the river bed but I pull loads of that, too, although I'll leave some of it. The lawn does creep into the river bed, too, but my husband uses a trimmer to keep it out.

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  22. So glad you did share. I planted some mini clover seed in my lawn this year and I'm anxiously waiting to see it mature. Lots of beautiful stuff in your garden - is that Gillenia (Bowman's Root) in the top picture?

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    1. Yes! It's one of my favorite partial shade perennials. In Toronto, it was growing in full sun! My mini clover has taken off. It loves all the rain we've had.

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  23. I love all the photos from your garden, the close-ups and the overviews, the plant-jam-packed ones and the really serene ones – they all have a story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure they all do. Too bad I can't feature them as guest writers. ;o)

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  24. Your garden is an absolute delight and full of so many beautiful flowers - You must be so happy stepping out there everyday! I loved the Peggy Martin rose - isn't that the one that survived Hurricane Katrina? Red Velvet Elvis - Love how that just rolls off the tongue!!
    - Kate x

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    1. I love my garden. It's a source of total joy. :o) Peggy Martin is indeed the rose that survived Katrina. What a legacy. :o)

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  25. So beautiful! You got to love Red Velvet Evis! I recently planted Peggy Martin in my own garden, after hearing it does well in lower sunlight. So far it is blooming away and looks very healthy. Time will tell if mine looks as good as yours!

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    1. I'm so glad you added Peggy! She's awesome! :o)

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  26. Sometimes it is ok not to have a story...your pictures tell quite a story of their own. I love the bumblebee :)

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  27. Oh....how gorgeous, the post and your garden! I love it too and am so glad you shared. It's late here but you have me wanting to run outdoors and check what's flowering!xxx

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    1. Thanks, Snowbird! I've run outside in the dark before to see what my garden is doing. It gives my neighbors something to talk about. ;o)

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  28. Beautiful! I can see why your garden has left you speechless.

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    1. Thanks! But right now I'm just speechless about how dry it is. We've gone from deluge to drought and the rain barrels are empty. :( Hello, soaker hoses!

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  29. Hello Tammy, I love the Clematis, I need that Clematis, I really like the expanded Rain Garden, I need that too. In fact, I need all of it, bring it over when you come!

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