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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

This morning the garden is shining after the heavy rains we received this past week. Our forecast is for more rain to begin tomorrow but today is glorious. My Camassia's are in full bloom, aren't they delicious? They really are supposedly delicious, the American Indians ate them.
This little woodland phlox has been in my garden for years. I don't remember it blooming well in quite awhile but this year it appears quite happy.

The colors in the front shade border are really popping. Unfortunately there's a big problem here. Right in the bottom is Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'. I've posted before about how she likes to scatter seedlings that revert to the invasive blue tradescantia. See them all around her? I think some tough love might have to go on in this area today.

I'm so happy with this little planting group. There's a sweet primula, lots of Polygonatum humile (dwarf solomon's seal) and a darling Hosta 'Tea and Crumpets'. This morning I'm going to go out and play a bit in this spot and thin them out a tiny bit so everybody can shine.

The bigger solomon's seal is just perfect right now. They were very popular at yesterday's sale. I was told that a local nursery was selling pots the same size as ours but they were priced at $19.99. Our pots were priced at $7.

Many people came in and exclaimed over how cheap everything was priced. It felt good to be able to share with everybody at a time when everybody's wallet is suffering from high gas and food prices.

A tiny little Epimedium in the front shade bed is shining away. I had a better close up of it but I wanted to to see how small it is by looking at the size of the pebbles at the base.

Hosta 'Sagae' would be my number one choice if I was doing a large landscape with one Hosta. It is so very elegant to me with it's upright vase shape.

Here's the house with the border primed and ready to burst into bloom. I took this photo in the evening yesterday, just before sunset. If you look at the largest window, my living room window, you'll see a tiny white dot.

Zoooooom in with the zoom lens and here we can see Calie the wonder-dog (labradoodle) watching my every move out the window. She has a much better view now that my husband trimmed a foot off the top of the hedge.

Now I'm off. My daughter Emily and I are taking the train to New York City (about an hour ride) where we'll meet my Mom. We're having lunch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then walking through Central Park. I'll be sure to have my camera with me and hopefully have some nice photos to share here tomorrow.



The Garden Faerie said...

Love all the photos, but especially the shot with the huge hosta! I'm yearning for the days when my garden fills up!
~ Monica

Cinj said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. I hope you have a lot of fun. I spent the day with my mom and MIL last weekend, but I'm sure I'll be giving them a call later. Kids and I have cleanup plans in town after lunch today.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

That is the cutest dog ever.

plantgirl said...

Your labradoodle is adorable. Love the hosta too - I need some of that in my yard!
~plantgirl of

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful plan for the day. Your shade pictures are lovely. I LOVE that huge Hosta.

Mare said...

Hi Mel! The garden looks glorious! I really wanted to go to your sale but Rich had to work yesterday. I'm glad to hear you sold out, I knew you would! Give Callie a big hug from me and I hope to see you soon! Happy Mother's Day! Mare

garden girl said...

Melanie, I hope you had a wonderful time today. Happy Mother's Day.

kathi~lavender, lace and thyme said...

Hello Melanie! Oh my how things have grown, how beautiful everything looks :). That Callie, she just puts a big smile on my face!

Happy Mother's Day!
Kathi :)

Philip Bewley said...

Happy Mothers Day! We had a very special day with my Mom and Dad. We were able to see my step daughter Noemi and her little boys on the screen via skype.
I love your blog, and enjoy your posts very much.

Debbie said...

Just beautiful! Can't wait to see that border in full color.

Anna said...

That was a fantastic tour. I hope you had a great tour too of NYC and the park. I love all your color combos in the garden. It flows so nicely. I sure can't tell that you divided a thing up and shared. It looks so nice and lush. Happy Mom's Day right back at ya.

Linda Lunda said...

Hi there! You have a werry nice blogg! And your dog is some thing extra!
I love hemerocallis... you can see some of mine on my blogg... far far down... last year I think.
Have a nice day.

Gail said...

Are you rested after the sale? I imagine that just being in your garden was restful after the presale pressure. BTW, your garden is looking good!


Nancy J. Bond said...

Everything looks very beautiful. I can't wait to see that long bed in bloom along the edge of the drive.