Flowers, Maine

A Look Around

For the next few months, the hubby and I have left Houston behind for Rockport, Maine. The two places are oh so different with a major difference being the plant life.

rhododendrons/flowersArriving in Maine, the first thing I do is walk around the yard where so many varieties of  blooming plants color the landscape. This year we missed the azaleas but were in time for the rhodendrons to be in full splendor.

lilacs/flowersAlongside them, the sweet smell of lilacs fills the air.

IMG_1365I was pleased to see the viburnum blooming more profusely than in recent years, but they also remind me how important it is to keep them trimmed or they can crowd out everything else.

peonyPeonies are staked thanks to advanced help and are filled with tight little buds that won’t pop for another week or two.  Just the thought of those beauties makes my heart race.

flowers/bachelor buttonTo my surprise, bachelor buttons had sprung up among the ferns.

flowersBeautiful alliums are hanging in there, but it will be only a matter of days before they are done and ready to dry for fall arrangements.

IMG_1355It is too late in the day to do more than look around, but that’s time enough to plan what needs to happen next.  And, with all this beauty, it’s impossible to resist cutting a few blooms to take inside where they add color and joy.  It doesn’t take much to make me feel right at home.

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Flowers, Gardening

Garden Bounty

While I may not be very experienced  when it comes to laying out a garden and choosing complementary plants, the garden does provide bountiful beauty from spring until fall.

Gardening is a learning process filled with errors and rewards.

The reward comes when the garden blooms making it possible to cut a few stems varied in color and texture.

flowers/rhdodendronThe rhododendrons are all but gone,

peony but coming in right behind them are peonies changing daily from tight little buds

peonyto partially open teasers

peonyto full blown beauties.

They don’t last long, especially if it rains, so I cut them and fill the house where they can be enjoyed.

Their differing colors and textures make each bloom a special gift.  Salvia, which tries to take over my little garden, provides wonderful contrast, and the alium which is past its prime adds an interesting texture.

So grows my garden.  It may not be perfect, but the same is not true for the beauties that grow there. 

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Gardens Galore



Second Time Around

  By the time we leave Houston, spring has come and gone, but the season comes late on Maine’s coast so when we arrive late May spring is just beginning.  Except for playing havoc with my allergies, experiencing spring a second time is a delight.

Rockport HarborThose first days here trees have barely budded, but after a couple of days of rain followed by sunshine they will sport their innocent green.

flowers/tulipsTulips are good for a few more days, and there are other flowers waiting to burst forth as they bow their heads until next year.

flowers/poppiesOvernight it seems, poppies are everywhere.  I have learned, however, that it is best to leave them on their stems as they do not hold up well after they are cut.

flowers/dianthusDianthus line the path along the rock wall

flowers/rhdodendronand rhododendron replace azaleas with their clusters of white, pink and fuchsia blooms. 

flowers/peoniesThe first peonies bloom

flowers/peonyand are teasers for all the glory that will appear in another week or so.

flowers/bachelor buttonBachelor buttons shyly say hello

flowersand then there are these

flowersthe names of which I have forgotten.

flowersMaybe you can help.

Yes, spring the second time around is a gift freely given and gladly received, and the good news is that here flowers will be, as my daughter says, brave and outspoken all summer.

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