Monday, June 24, 2013

The beauty of Mid Summers Eve.

Welcome to Frog Hollow.... I just spent four days away at a Rotary Youth Life Leadership conference.    
It was an amazing time but I was certainly happy to return to the sanctuary of my garden. As I walked around the tiredness eased and a calm seeped into my body.... I hope that my garden will do the same for you.  Enjoy!

Have a fantastic week. 
Thanks for stopping by....
Im linking this in with Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie time....
because there is just no time for a whole new post!...


Thursday, June 13, 2013

This day changed my life forever.......

Another day started with me sitting out on the deck having my morning tea watching a sleepy foggy morning stretch and yawn..... The flower"s blooms nodded in repose lifting towards the warmth of the sun as it struggles to thread its  way through the denseness and lift the fog....
The fish even began to swim around and leave the security they feel while hiding under the water lily's

The ever changing view of my garden beckons me to wander and enjoy...

 Each day brings constant changing and growth to add to the lushness and contrasting textures..

Its a glorious day about to unfold... The pleasures and challenges yet unknown but eagerly anticipated...

Im still in my house coat and bare foot yet I've grabbed my camera and like a seasoned sleuth I advanced on each colourful grouping snapping pictures as they prepare to take front stage in the next act of "Summer of 2013"

I try to calm the nerves of the first blooms and encourage them of their ability to captivate and tantalize their audience...

I hide the fact that Im fighting with dead batteries and squeezing out each shot.

My breath held as I beseech to get just one more pose over and over again..

Finally I realize that the mosquitos have enjoyed a hardy morning buffet with me their distracted prey!.
I admit defeat and tell myself that while searching for new batteries that the remaining cast can practice their lines and then I will be back to recapture those precious last minutes as the curtain of fog fully lifts and the spot light pins points each dew moisten star of the day.....

There are further storms expected tonight and I know that these peonys will not be looking as good after the storm. This bed is viewed from my kitchen window.

I love how the centers are so yellow when they first open and the dark green of the foliage.

This bed has certainly filled in. Its a good thing I transplanted three of the peonys that were here to other areas of the garden.

The dark glossy green of the peony foliage adding to all the contrasting foliage going on in this bed after the first act of the columbine

The Cupids darts are really starting to send up their flowering shoots and Im very excited to see what they will add to the next act. The didn't flower last year as they had been planted in an area long over grown with trees and too greatly shaded.

The Chuhuly rose viewed from the grassy sward looking up through the Siberian Iris has a whole different look

I've not caught the colouring very well here. There are however several more buds forming so I shall have more opportunity in future acts to follow.

The yellow climbing rose that was a gift in memory of one of my best friends who went to his final resting place in my garden. Binx my dog continues to be missed and at times I still find myself expecting to see him come and lay in the shade and watch me garden.

This rose was sadly attacked by some kind of leaf munching bug.. I've sprayed it and hopefully it will gain healthier foliage.

The poppies have really grown this year. Im leaving the seed pods to encourage them to self seed and perhaps I will have even more next year.

This white one looks great up against the dwarf Alberta spruce.

The Siberian Iris here are just about to take their final bow and leave the stage for this summer.

Mermaid was heard "tutting" as we spied this chipmunk be even more cheeky then usual.

Its only the 13th of June. A most memorable day in my life... 29 years ago I became a mom for the first time...... My life changed forever..
Happy Birthday daughter #1....

I can't wait to check out who else has linked up over at Tootsie time for Fertilizer Friday.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Here's to my gardening therapy......

I have always found gardening very therapeutic. Its what I do to relax or work my way through mental stress! Its also a very creative release. I like to think that I paint the landscapes via the placement and timing of the plant material blooming. Its like a song playing in my mind with dramatic changes like drums and strings or winds fighting for the solo's.  I'm also doing hot yoga for a physical work out with number two daughter and I'm loving it. But my gardening will always be where I feel the closest to god! Im mindful that I have all this through his grace.

The pond is now very clean and clear with the help of the UV light that I finally got installed and flow adjusted to the right setting....Thank you Jason! The 7 remaining fish are happy and the water lilys and other water plants are thriving. I actually have my first water lily bloom yesterday but I don't have a picture to share... My eye is still too sore to try to take photos.
If you have read any of this springs previous posts then you know that I have spruce needle rust and had to limb up the trees in the middle bed. I decided to embrace the change and I put in a path that helps me now walk through the bed and reach all areas easier without walking out into the bed. I then transplanted some of my perennials I had in other beds and planted in 100 bare root hostas that had been ordered with another idea in mind.  Im very happy with the "mature" look that the plants are already bringing to this bed. From all sides there is something deeper within the bed that draws your eye in and invites you to go and investigate.

The original hostas were all planted in straight rows of five or seven of the same species which I divided and then transplanted around mixing them all up so that their foliage would dance and tease and ultimately please my senses.

This bed which was so amazing with all the tulips and creeping phlox in the spring is going through a quieter transformation... quiet for now maybe but there is incredible contrast in foliage textures and forms and the odd pop of flowers.
the same bed viewed from the left side... how much more texture could one bed possibly hold... This bed actually will "shine" brilliantly again in the later summer or fall show.

This gas plant is in this bed along with the flowering sage that you saw preciously.

Diantus waves and greets you as you drive in...dainty and delicate amongst the harshness of the cactus!

This is a variagated sea holly. Artemesis or worm wood behind it and a couple cupids darts!

This is a great example of how limbing up the spruce changed the whole bed. you use to have to walk around the bed to see what was on the other side and now blooms beckon you to come and see them!

Poppys have pushed up taken their turn in the limelight. I have a collection of pinks,oranges, reds and I even have a white with a purple center getting ready to bloom. If you look at what is around these photos you can anticipate what will come next!

I've tried to create almost a sense of tension and drama with the placement of sharply contrasting colours and textures.  You have to admit its amazing that just 10 days ago this garden was vastly Monochromatic....

How can I not smile among all this colour. I find it very invigorating  
Even when playing with hues of the same colour the shapes of the flowers and the texture of foliage are very interesting. I have pinks (is it politically correct to say for the girls?)

(blues for the boys!)
Here you can see how fast the bare root hosta are growing. I've already been able to start mulching in some areas. I need all the help I can get with keeping the weeds down.

Diantus peaking out from in between the foliage of daffodils that will soon disappear and the hosta
Ohhhh  here come the Peony....

One of the big leaf host planted last year flowering white and the Rodgersia is growing 
wonderfully. both huge chunky leaves to stand out and give a interesting back ground to the mermaid when viewed from up on the deck.

Im happy to share my garden with you and I do have so very very much more to show you. Please stop by again. Leave me a comment. A suggestion. Perhaps share a vision or creative idea that comes to mind when you view my garden.  Why not follow me....that way I can stop by and follow you too!
Im off to sit on the deck sipping my hot chocolate and listening to the frogs.... another storm is rolling in and I love the fresh cleanliness of the air and the lightening.