Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Goodbye Spring

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.


garden girl said...

How lovely everything looks! The wisteria is fabulous.

It still feels like winter here in the Chicago area! We've had a very cold spring so far. I'm still waiting to say hello to spring!

Jane O' said...

I love the metal gazebo. We had a wisteria that we cut down (and are still cutting down every year) because it was so strong that it pulled our arbor right over. They can be extremely powerful and they never stop coming back, which irritates my husband a lot. But I still love wisteria.

mmichele said...

wow. what a great garden. i love wisteria, one of the first flowers i could name because my piano teacher had a vine (and an english garden) when most people had rows of marigolds. i thought it was magical.

Anonymous said...

Your garden is amazing! You must spend hours every day working on it. A labor of love.

Rosemary said...

What a beautiful tulip!
Your garden looks so beautiful I love your Asian garden spot.
It is all gorgeous.
Here in Canada it has been an usually cold spring in fact frost this AM

Fightin' Mad Mary said...

All the lovely photos of your garden make me want to sip a nice sauvignon blanc.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Gorgeous.

Wurzerl said...

I love all photographs and every look in this beautiful garden. The color of the wisteria is great.
Have a good time

Anonymous said...


Your garden is truly beautiful. Thanks for the tour.

Bek said...

You have such wonderful gardens! Thanks for the tour. I love looking at the wisteria, but heard such horror stories about it, that I don't want to have it in my garden. I really like your Tuscany Garden with the bright yellow wall. Great color.

Genie said...

Wow, those first two photos are AWESOME! Your garden is divine, truly divine. And those wisteria, wow! You almost make me wish I had a back yard to turn into a garden!

Connie said...

You have created some very lovely 'garden rooms'!
Thanks for the tip on pretty Blushing Lady tulips...I am planning a new bulb bed for next year.
Weather is still unseasonably cool here, which means I can work in the garden all day instead of just morning and evenings....so I am exhausted...but the garden looks great. :-)

Anonymous said...

It's been crazy hot here! I watered all day long! I grew wisteria once. Yours looks a lot better than mine did. I had to cut mine so often that it never got a chance to bloom. We had to cut it every week. I like the views from under your arbor. It looks cool and inviting.

Marrisa said...

Just stunning!! I love your photos, especially the first one! You must have some amazing soil there to grow stuff, the soil here at our home is more clay and its flippin' difficult to do anything!! xx