Sunday, August 21, 2016

Some Late August Pocono Blooms

It's hard to believe August is more than half gone. The days are growing shorter and the nights a bit longer. Late bloomers are just starting to strut their stuff.

Marigolds are so pretty! They seem to glow in the late summer sun and will last all the way til frost.

Yarrow is another flower that starts in late July and keeps on blooming through late September.

Then there is Tall Garden Phlox. This is my first year growing them. They bloomed once and and then I cut them back. They are now producing a second flush of flowers. They have a lovely intoxicating scent ....

           I spotted my first Heavenly Blue morning glory today.  Just love the color.

I have Moonflower vines planted with the morning glories, but they still have awhile to go before they flower. First time growing them this year.

I still have a few Lauren's Grape poppy flowers yet to bloom, but as you can see, the spent flower heads are lovely in their own way.

And what would a garden be without Roses? This is one of the red mini roses that I purchased from the bargain bin after Valentine's Day 3 years ago. I have 3 lovely little bushes planted together in a large pot that spend their summers outside and then spend their winters in the garage. I also have another rescued pink mini rose planted in a smaller pot that is 4 years old that I treat exactly the same way.  They all are very happy!

Nasturtiums are just wonderful. This one is a tall climbing variety planted in a larger flower pot. Before long it began to run out of room to ramble. I used a garden rake as a quick fix.

                  This is another variety of Nasturtiums, Empress of India,
                                  which are growing in a window box.

This is a hanging pot of Calibrachoa, or Million Bells. I think I have pruned them about 3 times this summer  Most annual flowers will look tired  by the end of the summer. Regular haircuts keep them rejuvenated!

My Black-eyed Susan Vines are just starting to produce flowers. They have such cheerful little faces.

Hope you enjoyed the stroll around my Pocono Garden!

Friday, July 22, 2016

In My Pocono Mountain Garden You Can Find ... Turkeys And Chipmunks And Bears ... Oh My!

Wildlife is exploding all over in my Pocono Mountain Garden this summer.
Fawns are feeding with their mothers
Bucks are in velvet
Chipmunks are scampering about
Young Ospreys are stretching their wings
Bees are pollinating
Wild Turkeys are showing off their poults
Hummingbirds are flitting from feeder to feeder
And Bear Cubs are experiencing their first summer!

Life Abounds

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

One Person's Weeds Are Another Person's Wildflowers

I'm sure you've seen these growing in empty lots, along the edges of a dusty roads, and maybe even tucked into a tiny corner of your own backyard.  Weeds? Wildflowers? To me they're wildflowers ... daisies  ... and I love them! They bloom here in the Poconos for about 3-4 weeks every summer, and every summer I cut bunches of them and bring them inside to enjoy their simple beauty.

Daylilies or ... ditch lilies, as they are sometimes called, also bloom in the summer here with abandon. Found along many roadways and in many open fields, masses of tall orange flowers sway in the breeze and shimmer in the summer sunshine. A single flower lasts only a day ...

                                        but, oh, what a gorgeous flower it is!

Crown Vetch. It grows prolifically along highways, in backyards, in fields. It can be unruly, but take a moment to look at a flowerhead up close.

                                                         How beautiful!

                                  I don't know what these other lovelies are

                                                but they are just as pretty!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Late June In My Pocono Mountain Garden

It's been a slow start to summer in the garden, but things are looking up.
 My red mini roses are doing great. They spend the winter in the garage and then summer on the back deck. This is their 3rd year. This spring I had potted them up into a very large pot and moved them into morning sun with afternoon shade. They seem very happy!
 My pink peonies were short lived, but very pretty. The plants doubled in size from last year.
 My moon flower vines are coming along. I started seeds inside in mid-April and planted the seedlings into a large pot outside when things warmed up at the end of May. I have them climbing up the supports of a large tomato cage.
 Of course I needed a hanging basket near the front door. I love this color purple.
 The pink million bells petunias are doing great in this little planter.
 This is a front view of the house and a view of some of my plants and chotchkies!
                                   My little fairy garden in the front.

 My front porch rail garden. The other day I bought 2 lavender perennial phlox plants to plant in this little garden. I'll have to move things around a bit to make room for them.
This is what I call my "Boulder Garden".  It's a small area filled with rose campion, reddish yarrow, cosmos, and pink/purple/white alyssum edging the front. I had recently added 3 purple sage plants ... that I had the misfortune to find partially eaten the very next morning.  I might have to re-think those.
This is the garden off to the right of the back deck.  Got lambs ear, shasta princess daisies, rose campion, some hollyhocks, and yarrow in there. Well, that's what's growing in there, now. As you can see it's fenced off. Groundhogs abound in my neck of the woods. They ate my coneflowers and chewed on my oriental poppies.  So, up went the fencing. So far so good.  I still have to contend with the slugs and ...
the deer, though.  At least the deer are pretty to look at!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Early June In My Pocono Mountain Garden

Bleeding Hearts may seem more like a spring blooming perennial, but here in the Pocono Mountains it's much cooler than the lowlands of Pennsylvania. Things take a bit longer to get going.
Ajuga, more commonly know as buggleweed, brightens up a corner of a shady garden with its pretty blue spikey flowers.
Lupine seedlings are finally starting to pop up from an early spring sowing.
The hummingbirds have been back since mid-May.  There are now 3 birds fighting over the feeder.  Time to put up a few more feeders.
Peony buds are swelling.  Flowers should be along in a week or so.
The mini roses that wintered in my unheated garage are healthy after their long nap. Buds should be forming soon.
        This year my little Fairy Garden is sporting a different color scheme.
Alyssum, foxglove, and columbine in shades of  purple and white dot the stone walled edges of the garden.
Oh, that's Patch sitting behind the tree.
The front deck garden is starting to slowly fill in. The daffodils are finished and the peonies should be blooming soon. Later in the summer I'll plant some Angelonia plants in this garden to fill in the empty spots.
The focus of the front walkway garden is Bleeding Hearts. Because of the shade and cooler climate, they remain green all summer. After the flowers fade, I usually trim the leaves back and plant begonias among them for summer color.
The back corner garden is coming along nicely. Lambs Ear, Shasta Princess Daisies, Lauren's Grape Poppies, Rose Campion, Candytuft, Red Yarrow, Hollyhocks, and Siberian Iris are this year's bright spots.

Hope you enjoyed the short tour of my garden beds ....