Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mostly pink and purple

The summer garden is always changing color.  Today it's mostly pink and purple with a nice contrast of white daisies.  My favorites today:

A clematis that we rescued.  Actually there are two the same...I think it's called 'Nelly Moser' which is one of the oldest named varieties.  In the spring after we bought the house, I noticed these spindly little tendrils that popped up under the fir trees.  They looked like clematis and we tried to encourage them to grow.  They didn't.  The next spring was the same story so that fall I dug them up and moved them to a new home.  I think they like it, don't you?

This clematis was purpose-bought.  I loved the name 'Etoile Violette' and it surely does produce hundreds of purple stars for us to admire. Since it grows over the deck rail we have the blooms nice and close.  But this is our neighbor's view - pretty nice.

The raspberries are not as good this year as last.  Only small amounts to go on cereal...if they last that long in the hand.  We'll have to do some work with them this fall.   

One of our blueberry bushes is loaded but the other we pruned right back this spring.  The theory being what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, I think. 

And this poppy is our summer surprise.  Many years ago we bought some poppy seedlings at a garden club sale.  They were called 'Springer Grape' and they bloomed for many summers.  Then they just disappeared  about five years ago.  This spring, we noticed a forest of poppies growing up amongst the leeks.  It looks like they are this same beautiful poppy.  Did the seeds lie dormant all those years?  Were they in the new soil we put down for the leeks?  No idea...I'm just glad they're back - and I'll save some seeds!


Rachel Cotterill said...

Your garden must be beautiful right now, with all these flowers blooming :)

Rudee said...

Your garden is gorgeous! Do you think the poppies were waiting for a cooler than normal spring?

Ginny said...

Your yard is like an Eden! I love clematis, but any variety we buy dies. But my favorite picture is the blueberries! So many different shades!! So pretty! i didn't even think you could grow all these different berries in your yard.

Rose said...

So, so pretty. Our blueberries produced a few berries, but we're hoping to get more next year!

Angie said...

Gee, your garden's looking good.

Stephanie V said...

Rudee - another interesting theory. They must have been in the ground already since the other 'new dirt' places haven't got them.

Ginny - all kinds of berries grow pretty well here as long as we get enough sunshine to ripen them.

Angie - thank you. It looks really good when the sun shines. We also get so much rain that stuff grows lush and green. Our growing season is very short, though.

Ma.links said...

Gorgeous flowers. Like the purple ones.

jeannette said...

As you can tell, I'm catching up on your blog:) The clematis is beautiful!! It sounds like you have more than one talent, friend!


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