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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Garden



July is here! I'm having a love/hate relationship with my garden right now. The Mondardo bloomed beautifully, and for a very long time. Once it's blooms were spent I chopped it all back, which left just a bunch of sticks. It had covered a rather large area, so now there is a pretty big bald spot. I stuck an impatience in a pot there, but I miss the impact of all that Monardo!

I have loved the gravel. I had one bad run of lots of rain and the grass came up heavy. I finally sprayed with Round Up and have been able to stay on top of it. I am on a heavily shaded lot, and I am surprised at how many sticks and leaves fall every! single! day! You don't realize it unless you have to go out and pick them all up, (oh my aching back!).

I really hate the urn planting (the tall one in the garden). The flowers are just too small, and they're mostly white. I had a caladium in there too, but it was not growing so I removed it and put it in a pot. I also have Bacopa in it, and it's not doing much either. I wanted to plant Dichondra, like I had last year, but I got such a late start this year and I missed out. Darn! This will be all for the garden this year. I didn't plant many annuals and the ones I did plant didn't do anything.  Now I'm already looking forward to fall and tulip planting for next Spring! I can't wait to see the pretty blooms surrounded by the pea gravel instead of red mud! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at this photo heavy post! I hope you've had a great Thursday.


  1. Well, I don't see what you do, only the beautiful flowers. Your garden is lovely. xo Jenny

  2. Your garden looks wonderful! I love it!
    Have a nice summer weekend, Monika

  3. Lots of lovely color in these pics. that is one fine clump of Monarda. Very pretty

  4. Beautiful and the woods so lush and green. Gorgeous!!

  5. Your garden is beautiful! So much to see and such a lovely space to relax in.

  6. Leslie girl your garden is gorgeous ! I too am a fan of gravel but I get it ... about how much you have to pick up and maintain with it and grass that struggles through it.
    The bee balm is so striking but I also get it about what to plant as a companion to cover the empty spot when the been balm is finished .. that is a hard one.
    But over all ? it is such a pretty garden , you should be very proud of it.
    I am just trying to pull a post together and to show you a longer shot of the mirror vignette.
    We are having a rain day here ... and need it! It is so dry now as usual ;-(
    Take care !

  7. Your garden is beautiful. You're your worst critic, the rest of us just see the lovely curving pathway, the woodsy setting and the colorful flowers.

  8. A tapestry of color, very beautiful Leslie. It is always a work in progress, believe me, I know.