Because I just can’t help myself, here is a look back at RDR’s late spring and early summer in 2010 going backward in fact. I’m working on an article on annuals, so this morning, I’m perusing my summer photos.
This shot looks good because the creamy white blooms of H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’ echo off the rusted, white arbor. Several years ago, Bill bought two arbors for me on our wedding anniversary. A hint, always ask for garden goodies you wouldn’t buy for yourself for holidays. Then, go with your love to pick them out. You’ll receive something you’ve always wanted for the garden while making a lifelong memory in the process.
In fall and winter, Annabelle’s now brown blooms pick up the color of the leafy path and the rust on the arbor. It’s a win-win year round. Color echoes are so important don’t you think?
When I took this photo of Spiraea bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’ in June, the assassin bugs were already on patrol. I know they are supposedly beneficial bugs, but I don’t like them, and honestly, I cut some of them in half each year with my pruners (before they can fly and bite) because they eat a lot of bumblebees and butterflies which angers me. Sorry to all those who think I’m an Assassin bug assassin. Bwah ha ha. ‘Anthony Waterer’ is an older variety of spiraea, but you can still find it at Forestfarm. If you don’t get their catalog, you should because they have wonderful beautiful things, and they package their plants as if they were sending them to their best friend. (I get nothing for saying that by the by. I just like them.)
This shot is taken from the lower part on the north side of the back garden on an early morning in June. It isn’t too early though because the daylilies in the foreground are already fully open. They need heat to open well. You can see the back of our log house.
Pictures like these make my heart yearn for spring and early summer. I can almost smell the roses, peonies and daylilies. Did I mention I planted several peonies last fall?
I bought them from Klehm’s Song Sparrow nursery because I wanted more for the narrow pink and yellow daylily borders below the deck. Please note in designing your own gardens, the borders should be wider so don’t do as I did. These are this narrow because the path was retrofitted to the space. I still like them.
My selections were pink and had names like ‘Angel Cheeks,’ ‘White Cap,’ and ‘Flying Pink Saucers.’ As long as I was there clicking, I also bought two tree peonies, ‘Guardian of the Monastery,’ hybridized by William Gratwick. His father built their country home, Linwood Gardens, outside of Pavillion, NY, and the younger William created beautiful peonies there. I also bought ‘Shintenchi’ which means New Heaven & Earth. Pretty names for very pretty flowers. Years ago, Roy Klehm gave me a long interview when I was writing about Br. Reckamp and his daylilies. Mr. Klehm sent me a beautiful tree peony, ‘Brocaded Gown’ because he said I would love it. I have been a loyal customer ever since. They also package your plants as if they were precious cargo.
The peonies usually bloom in May with the tree peonies blooming a bit earlier. I’ve heard La Pivoinerie D’Aoust peony nursery in Quebec, Canada, is another wonderful place to buy peonies, but I’ve yet to buy from them. Need more places to plant peonies I guess. For those of you who grow peonies, have you tried the Itoh’s yet? I just haven’t been able to justify the price, and I hope once they are a bit more popular, their tags will come down a bit.
Aren’t vintage watering cans the most photogenic of things? You can put one in any picture, and suddenly it speaks of warmth, home, times gone by, and good gardening. Something to consider when you see one in the flea market. Of course, you’ll have to beat me to it.
The last photo was taken in mid-May last year. It’s not so long until then my friends. Mere weeks, only thirteen in fact. While the weather is better this week (in the south anyway), let’s get out there and do a bit of fluffing to save us so much work in spring.