Seems summer has exploded in our back garden. I suppose it has for most gardeners by now. (Except perhaps for our northern neighbors).
A couple of things I was happy with this spring;
The Blushing Lady tulips I ordered from Brent and Becky's Bulbs.
They are number one on our list of things to order more of this fall. I planted them in the metal gazebo (see below), but only on one side. We've decided we need more of them, and on both sides. I'll move the parrot tulips I planted opposite.
Blushing Ladies are tall, elegant and gorgeous. Kim just loved them.
Also our wisteria vine did well this year. We've had it for, oh, probably going on ten years now. And we love the flowers, but most years we receive one last late frost which manages to destroy most, if not all, of the blooms. This year was a warm spring and the wisteria really did it's job.
They are also heavenly scented, providing a great intro into our garden as one steps off the back porch.
The metal gazebo the wisteria grows on was an idea I came up with a few years ago. We purchased it when I received my first promotion at Micron. I had read a gardening article (really? who hasn't) which promoted the idea of a pause in the garden; a provision to stop and appreciate, and this was my idea of such.
To back up a bit, as one steps out our back door, to the right they immediately see our Mediterranean, or, as we refer to it, our Tuscany garden.
(it will look better when I add some potted plants)
The T. garden is always shaded, especially during the hottest part of the day.
To the left, and peeking around the corner a bit, one will see our Asian shade garden which includes seating for just one.
Then, as one proceeds into the back garden the metal gazebo provides the pause.
Straight ahead, through one "window" one can view the pond and stream.
Then a choice must be made. Either moving to the right side;
or to the left;
The gazebo as seen from the garden;
So, it's been a great spring. The many columbines I started from seed last year have been blooming for the first time and we've been enjoying them.
And in case you think we always have successes, I'll post a picture of the tree we killed this year sometime - still waiting to be dug out and replaced.