Sunday, April 29, 2012

This is what part of this new bed looked like on March 24, 2012.  Last Fall, I'd put part of a load of dirt down here and laid some old rotted logs behind it to keep it from washing away.

This is a view from the side, looking towards the logs.  The homemade birdbath
(it was there when we moved here 9 1/2 years ago) will be moved.
I moved the little spirea (   ) March 24, 2012.

This photo was taken April 12, 2012.
"Mr. Shady" was given some old utility poles -which he cut for me.

I think they make a great "back border and preventer-of-dirt-washing-away!"

This is still April 12.

The photos below were taken April 26.
Not a whole lot of changes, but things are "rolling along." 

Below: A close-up peek at a hydrangea that was given to our family
after Dad died last Spring.

Below are the most recent photos of the back of the "Backyard Center Bed" ;-)
that I've been working on. 

There's going to be a somewhat grassy strip between the two beds. 

Hopefully you'll notice more changes before long.
Nothing "shady" about gardening in the shade.
:-)  SG

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's a Beautiful Day, But I Miss My Blog!

It's Spring.
It FEELS like Spring.
The weather has been "Spring-y"
due to the cooler temps

It's a Beautiful, Sunny Day!

My Heart is Happy
Here's Why:

This is the front of the Sunny Corner Bed (if you were driving to my house).
Surprise lilies in the "way back" with 'Husker Red' Penstemon in front.
Daffodil leaves, daylilies, etc.
Fern leaf peony (thanks, Aunt MEA!), dianthus and an allium, iris leaves,
daylilies and more iris in foreground.

Some beautiful  
Purple Columbine
planted 2010
(btw: what use might YOU have for the hose hanger in the background?)

Clematis - 'Nelly Moser'
Nelly was planted in Spring 2010.
First Blossoms!!

Corydalis - 'Blackberry Wine'
Planted Spring 2010
Epimedium 'Lilafee'
planted Spring 2009

Bleeding Heart 'Alba'
planted Spring 2011 - above links to Missouri Botanical Gardens info

Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart

One of several plants in the gardens

Bleeding Heart - 'Luxuriant'
Planted a week ago.  Click the title to view information
from the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Pulmonaria 'Milky Way'

Cute little Hypertufa with Hellebore in background

Thanks for letting me share! :-)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


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(Woodland Phlox simply make my heart happy each Spring!)

 (Grain?  Well, maybe.  But those ARE buffalo in the background!  
Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, Prairie City, IA)


 (Apologies... this photo has appeared on my blog before, but the photo of a wood tick on my husband's back has disappeared, hence...)

 (Our tribute: mine to my sister, my niece to her mom, created April 1, 2008)


(My Dad - August 27, 2008)

 Bubbles and Memories.

Hope you've enjoyed a pleasant weekend.  Many thoughts and prayers for those who have experienced loss due to last night's tornadoes.  SG

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Not your regular Jack-in-the-Pulpit!!

Arisaema sikokianum 
is considered the most stunningly beautiful member of the genus Arisaema.
You'll need more than one to start a "family." 
 After flowering, the foliage remains attractive until it goes dormant in late summer. 
 Arisaema sikokianum prefers a well-drained dry site in the garden.
Japanese in origin.
This plant was given me on July 18, 2008 by "Iowa Boy."
Located in Iowa City, this Consummate gardener and former blogger
is truly missed in the "blogging scene."

At any rate, this is the first appearance I've ever had of this plant since it was given to me!!!

Stunning, to say the least!!!

Happy Spring!

Nothing Shady here - yet. ;-)
The leaves are now sprouting on the oak trees, though.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Yesterday . . .

Barbie's Tree
(sister deceased October 2006)

Photo taken April 1st

Photo taken April 3, 2012

Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)

Daffodils 'Salome'

double yellow daffodil (maybe 'Tahiti')

Helleborus 'Peppermint Ice' Planted in Spring 2011 - first blossom!!!

Virginia Bluebells - looking towards Raised Beds

Virginia Bluebells in the Woodland Walk

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

Pulmonaria - Lungwort - 'Milky Way'

Dutchman's Breeches - my little colony is increasing!

Tirella - "Iron Butterfly"

Trillium Recurvatum Beck - 'Bloody Butcher' or 'Red Trillium'

Trout Lily (we have thousands)

Pretty view of muscari - grape hyacinths

Pretty tulips - Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' in the background

Mukdenia 'Crimson Fan'

'Pussy toes' in the grass

Yes, it's Spring.
Way early, but beautiful!