Saturday, May 5, 2012

OUR GARDEN IN THE SKY


Our spring garden has really started to shoot up...




Up to the sky, that is.


We planted a wisteria bush about six years ago on the gazebo in the back garden.  Everything I read about wisteria said that it took approximately seven years to produce blooms.  Well, the first year it had quite a few blooms on it and we thought, "Oh, pooh, THEY don't know what THEY are talking about!"




The second year there were no blooms.  As far as the third, fourth and fifth years went, there were no blooms either....Then on the sixth year, there were blooms.  We were so excited and thought then, that THEY really did know what THEY were talking about!






Beautiful, right?  But then to our amazement:
   




We saw that there were blooms on the left side of the gazebo only.  It appears that THEY were only half right.


But, if you lean back, shade your eyes, and look way, way, up there, I think you might find the missing blooms.






It appears that THEY were right after all.  THEY just failed to mention that the blooms wouldn't all be in the same place.

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I'm sure, by now, that you must think that I am totally obsessed with lilacs...And you are... probably... right...But, please indulge me one last time to showcase the most beautiful blooms in my spring garden...I promise this will be the last time...probably!




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Now, that we have our two feet back on the ground, here is what is happening at the Cottage in the rest of the spring garden.




The crepe myrtle's new leaves are glistening in the sun.




A David Austin rose bud peeking through the leaves.




Three, sleepy, California poppies will soon be joined by a cast of thousands.




The valerian stands guard by the garden gate.




Speaking of a cast of thousands!  When these pretty, but pesky, little flowers bloom, I'm hoping that someone will know their names.




The other side of the walkway with the mystery flowers.




The walkway leading to Jacob's Garden, with still more of the mystery flowers.






One lonely little Cecil Brunner rosebud, with lots of little buds waiting in the wings.




Another mystery plant..care to take a guess?  It is a very pretty filler, but is very prolific and hard to get rid of.


Well, there you have it.  It's not very colorful yet, but there are some beautiful shades of green, and in the blink of an eye the soft shades of pink, yellow, white, and purple, will emerge along with the flying of the red, white and blue, mixed in with the  orange of the California state poppies...A regular rainbow.

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Lady Banks rose over the trellis by the Cottage wall



"You are nearly as beautiful as the cascade of roses that spills over a gatekeeper's tiny yard, covers a gardener's cottage, or lattices the wall of a country inn, here, there, wherever they show, for us to marvel at..."

       ------Colette

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Hope all is well in your spring garden...Judy

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On Monday, I will be drawing the name of the lucky winner in the Little Bird give away...

Good Luck!!!



I am linking up with:
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Also I have been having trouble leaving my thank-you's to a lot of you dear ones. When you leave a comment on my post, it shows up on my g-mail account and that works out well to reply to your nice words.  But, if you are listed as no-reply, than the way I was getting back to you has changed for whatever reason, and it is a problem for me, because I don't want to forget anyone. Therefore, I am going back to the old way of leaving my thank you's under your comments on my post if you are listed as no-reply.

Hope this makes sense to all, as I truly treasure your comments, and want to acknowledge all of them.         





























  
  





37 comments:

  1. How pretty all your flowers are. I absolutely love the Lady Banks Rose. No idea what the first mystery plant is - might do when it flowers. The second one looks like comfrey. I have this on my allotment and it has a very deep tap root. The flowers are beautiful though and the bees love them. The leaves can be used to make an organic plant feed when steeped in water for a few weeks and then diluted (I warn you though it smells awful) or they can be used as an activator if added to the compost heap if you have one.

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  2. OMGOSH- It is all looking just gorgeous! I LOVE it...and how funny about the wisteria! Love that it now decorating your tree. BEAUTIFUL...like everything else in your garden.

    I am obsessed with lilacs, too! xo Diaba

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  3. ...greetings and merry meet! ~ i'm in agreeance with above comment by ~ Jacqui Wise ~ the fifteenth image is comfrey!... ...i do sO love your beautiful garden! ~ thankyoU for the share! ~ blessed be!...
    ...xXx...

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  4. Just found your blog:) Your gardens look lovely already. I'm not much on knowing the names of flowers/plants when I see them although I usually plant lots of things each year. It gets so hot here in south GA though that by July most things are burned up! I'm off the check out some more of your blog and I'm sure I'll like what I see. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

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  5. Hi Judy! Thank you so very much for your sweet comments on my blog and for being a new follower! It's so much fun meeting new bloggers from all over the US and the world! I adore your sweet blue heavenly California cottage. So very sweet! And your garden is just beautiful! That wisteria is going to be amazing once it covers your gazebo. Part of the fun is just waiting for that day to arrive! :) Looks like you certainly have a green thumb!! Have a blessed Sunday and we'll chat again soon! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  6. What a beautiful garden! My wisteria isn't even in leaf yet. Last year there were a few blossoms, so I'm hoping for a bonanza this year.
    The second mystery plant is one I have in my garden - comfrey. If you pick some leaves and put them in a bucket of water, cover and let sit for a week or so you will have a wonderful fertilizer 'tea' for the garden.

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  7. Your garden is beautiful judy....what a sea of flowers!!!!!
    Here is a woman with a green thumb behind it ..... otherwise this is impossible to do!!!!
    I enjoy your flowers post.....I can smell it from here.....hihi
    I wish you a wonderful Sunday and with warm regards,
    Silvia

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  8. Hello Judy! Well here I am again on a Sunday morning cup of tea in hand and reading your beautiful blog! It has become something of habit - a good habit that is! Aah your garden is simply stunning, I can imagine how amazing it will be in full bloom!I can see you have spent a lot of time here, very rewarding I bet! Oh and I love David Austin Roses!
    Have a lovely day!!
    Marina xx

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  9. I really love all of the purple flowers of wisteria and lilacs that you have. I only have some purple iris in my yard. I'd like to have more purple like you do. I've never had wisteria before. Looks like it is mature enough to give you a show every year now! I didn't realize that it took so long to bloom.

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  10. How i wish i could grow lilacs.. yours are beautiful Judy, your garden is really lovely.
    sorry cant help with names..i am hopless as you may have realised with names of flowers.. some i know.
    My son has Wisteria. It only flowers once a year, that i know. But if i am not mistaken..it gave flower all the time, from when planting it.You know i have many roses. Again dont know the name of them.
    super post Judy
    Happy Sunday
    val

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    1. Hi Val: Thank you for your sweet words always. I've had two replies about the second mystery plant, so we now know it is called Comfrey. I like the sound of that name. I have quite a few roses also but don't know the names either, I know that a couple are David Austin but don't know the proper names. Val, I know your e-mail shows up on my g-mail but when I try to get through with it, it says it is no longer available. It has done that ever since I started, so that if why I'm leaving my many thanks to you here..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  11. Hi Judy,

    I love your gardens.... Especially that lady banks rose. So Beautiful. I can't wait to see it all in full bloom.

    Blessings,
    Amy JO

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    1. Hi Amy Jo: Thank you for your sweet words. Those mystery flowers really are quite showy when in bloom. They are all white but really pretty until they start to get leggy, but they last for quite awhile..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  12. Hello Judy
    Your garden is beautiful, we had a very old Wisteria in our garden in Kent, It bloomed in the spring and after a light prune it bloomed again in summer, it is so pretty.
    Thea x

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    1. Thank you, Thea. Your comments are so special to me. I have never cut this one back, so maybe I'll try that, probably would keep it growing lower..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  13. Dear Judy,
    I am getting your replies.. they come to my blogger inbox. I am not sure how to do add the reply button below the commen t.. but i reply to everyone who leaves a comment. After all, thats what blogging is about. to socialize in cyberspace..see all the lovely blogs . Their gardens,ceramics, country homes.. its all lovely.
    thanks for the e mail

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    1. OK, Val: So if they are listed as no-reply than what method do you use to contact everyone. I certainly don't want to miss an opportunity to thank everyone and maybe you know of something easier..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  14. Hi Judy, When I brought up your post I could almost smell the Lilacs!!! They really are a beautiful flower and is your wisteria bush! wow! The rest of your garden is just as lovely. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

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  15. I love all your flowers~ I love all flowers! I would love to have all those lilacs, we planted wiestera over 10 years ago, and not one blossom, ever... Will be stopping back to see how your flowers are doing! I'm visiting from Debbiedoo's newbie party and I'm now a follower

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  16. How pretty Judy. What lovely flowers and pictures. Thanks so much for sharing with the newbie party.

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  17. Hi Judy,
    Just want to thank you for your sweet comment and for stopping by my blog. It is certainly a pleasure to meet you and become your newest follower!
    Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful cottage and garden you have...the wisteria, lilac, roses, and everything else are incredible! I'm looking forward to visiting with you often!
    Take care and have a lovely week watching the wisteria!
    xx
    Debbie

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  18. You have quite a vining Wisteria - I am sure the fragrance is heavenly! It is fun to rediscover your garden each year! Gorgeous blooms! Not sure of the mystery plants. Perhaps there's a Master Gardener in your area!
    Have a great day,
    Kathy

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  19. Judy, thanks for shaing photos of your lovely garden! It is beautiful, happy Monday, xoxo Jean

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    1. Thank you, Jean. Your comments are always special to me..Hope you are having a Happy Monday..Judy

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  20. Judy,

    Pretty blooms! I just love all flowers -spring is certainly such a magical time.

    I'm visiting from Debbie Doos linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

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  21. Judy,
    You are really such a sweetie! And I am just blown away by your beautiful gardens! We have a wisteria plant, and to our knowledge it has never bloomed. My neighbor seems to think it is planted in too shady of a spot in the yard. We are currently tearing out much of the ancient landscaping and will need to start new, how about a trip to Ohio? :-)
    Dee Dee

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  22. What a beautiful garden! I love wisteria, but had no idea that it took so long to mature enough to bloom. Yours is beautiful! :)

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    1. Thank you Michelle: I appreciate your nice comments and thanks for stopping in for a visit. Evidently, I'm one of the lucky ones, because some say they have had theirs a lot longer and never have had any blooms..Happy Monday..Judy

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  23. Hi Judy
    I see you have identified your mystery plant. I have the common herb like yours and a dwarf variegated one. This plant is an excellent
    excelorator for compost piles.
    Thank you for the tour of your garden, gorgeous roses.
    Judith

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  24. beautiful garden, judy! love that climbing rose:)

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  25. OUTSTANDING GARDEN!!! Just a joy to puruse:)Loved it all:) Deidre http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com stop over and see whats blooming in the North country!

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  26. Oh - i am so happy to have you participate over here at the Cottage Garden party! that Lady banks rose is amazing! thank you for sharing all your beautiful blooms! xoox, tracie

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  27. Your garden is so beautiful and lush and just waiting to bloom. I had wisteria at my last house and the first six years were off and on with blooms but after that it really took off and was amazing. I can see that your wisteria is healthy and happy and will reward you with many, many blossoms in the coming years. Your entire garden is gorgeous. So nice to meet you, I am visiting from Cottage Garden Party.

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  28. Just came back to say I understand your passion for lilacs. The previous post I did was all about the different lilacs in my neighborhood and I just can't get enough of them. An exquisite and romantic flower! I think we are so fortunate to be able to appreciate such beauty.

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  29. Love the wysteria. I have a neighbor who has some and I covet it each and every Spring. Maybe it's time I try to find a place for some on my own property. Love your blog and I'm your latest follower, and a fellow newbie! Found you from Debbiedoo's newbie party! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Thanks Peggy: Thank you for joining me at the Cottage. I appreciate hearing from you so much. Wisteria is beautiful but just be sure you have a strong structure to grow it on and that you don't mind sweeping up after it or you are not allergic to bees and then, just enjoy. Smells heavenly too. Thank you for your kind comments and I'm going over to yours now..Judy

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Your comments are so special to me...Judy