It’s still winter here in Minnesota and I’m so over it! We just got another 9+ inches of snow this week, but I keep telling myself only a few more weeks… I decided what I needed this week is just a good dose of pure Flower Garden Eye Candy! I had so much fun going through my garden pictures and putting this post together. I’m sharing some flower garden pictures from last summer that I don’t believe have been shared on the blog before. Perhaps they will give you ideas for your flower gardens, or they will soothe your winter weary soul like they did mine.
I’m joining with gardener’s from all over the world for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, which takes place every month on the 15th at May Dreams Gardens. I’m sort of cheating because our ground is still covered with 8+ inches of snow, so I’ll just share my Flower Garden Eye Candy for those of us that are simply dreaming of spring.
Now let’s kick back and enjoy some Flower Garden Eye Candy! For those of you who are new to Gingham Gardens, be sure to check out the makeover of this tiered flower garden.
Here’s a different angle of the same tiered flower garden bed. I love balloon flowers. They are one of those flowers that just keep blooming once they start. Other perennials in this picture include, rubeckia, Julia coneflower, coreopsis and yarrow.
And another picture of the same bed, featuring an array of perennials (Zagreb coreopsis, black-eyed Susans, yarrow, balloon flower) and annuals (nicotiana and alyssum).
Here is an area on the side of our deck that still needs some work, but here’s a little vignette featuring a Pee Gee Hydrangea.
Here’s a closeup of the Pee Gee Hydrangea.
And another closeup. I love watching the color transformation of hydrangea blooms over time.
Here are a few bouquets from last summer. I love picking flowers from my gardens and enjoying them in the house.
Shasta Daisies make the best cut flower bouquets.
This vintage milk can makes an appearance in my garden every year since I purchased it at a flea market several years ago. There are some more pictures of it in Garden Vignettes Using Flea Market Finds.
Gaillardia (blanket flower) and Butterfly Bush make a showy combination of bright cheery colors and definitely some Flower Garden Eye Candy.
The color combination in this picture of Veronica and Marigolds (lemon drop) is stunning and it just flat out makes me happy!
One of my favorite, new to me, perennial finds last year was this Meadow Blazingstar Liatris.
Besides being Flower Garden Eye Candy, Meadow Blazingstar Liatris is an amazing butterfly magnet. If you’d like to see some more pictures of my monarch butterfly covered Meadow Blazingstar Liatris, check out my post on Monarch Butterflies.
My color of the year for annuals was coral. I love the coral colored petunias in this flower pot. I initially thought the color combination was sort of random, but it grew on me.
Hopefully, you enjoyed my Flower Garden Eye Candy reminiscing as much as I did. Are you still in the throes of winter like we are in Minnesota? I’m doing my best to combat winter blues by doing some Seed Starting and getting some Summer Bulbs started. I’m also working on some Garden Planning for this spring and summer. Speaking of garden planning, be sure to stop by my Free Gardening Printables resource library to print some handy garden planning charts and worksheets.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by today! I do appreciate your visit. Leave a comment and let me know what you’re up to.
Happy gardening (or dreaming about it),
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