I’m very excited to share my Flower Gardens – Late Spring Blooms with you all. Actually, our spring has been crazy hot even for a Minnesota summer. So, the spring blooms are basically here today, gone tomorrow. Through the heat, we’ve been working on lots of outdoor projects and I can’t wait to show you all the changes we have made, so be sure to check back over the next several weeks.
In the meantime, grab your favorite beverage, kick back and join me as we take a virtual stroll around Gingham Gardens.
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Just outside our front door and to the left under the huge picture window is this equally huge window box. I’ve always wanted a window box and hubs made this one last year to add some character to the front of our little square box house. He also made the shutters. The annuals I planted a few weeks ago are filling in nicely. The recipe for this window box is: Pink Close Up Calibrachoa, Yellow Butterfly Marguerite Daisy, Burgundy Empress Flair Verbena, Raspberry Swirl Headliner Petunias, Yellow Charm Bidens and Blue Indigo Angelonia. I’ll be sure to post an update of the window box in a few weeks once the spillers start spilling.
Let’s take a little hike to the far southeast corner of our half acre lot. Soon I will show this complete flower bed and perhaps the entire makeover. The plants are filling in nicely, but not much color yet. Note to self to add more late spring perennials to this bed. Anyway, here’s my old whiskey barrel planter. The flowers in the barrel include: Snapdragons, Pink Halo Marguerite Daisy, Picasso in Blue Supertunia, Yellow Calibrachoa, Creeping Jenny and a Geranium. You can see what the whiskey barrel planter looked like last year here. I like changing things up every year.
The Asiatic Lilies are just starting to pop. Don’t you just love Lilies? They are definitely one of my favorite flowers and very easy to grow. The only trouble with them is that the blooms don’t last long enough. Below are some of the Asiatic Lilies that are blooming in my gardens now.
This little grouping is from a bag of mixed Asiatic Lily bulbs. I’m not sure if I like the combination (I’m not showing you the red mixed in), but it might grow on me.
I do like this combination of the deep red and bright yellow Asiatic Lilies. As the lily season continues, we’ll be seeing lots more lily varieties here on future garden tours.
Back across the front yard as we make our way to the back, here between the porches is a flower bed that I haven’t shared before. It was hard for me to get a vision for this area like I have others. It’s just a rectangle shaped area that had no character at all. It was full of a big overgrown shrub of some kind up against the house, some other scraggly shrubs that weren’t doing great and some dreadful overgrown ribbon grass. I really wish I had taken a before picture.
I think I’ve made it a welcome entrance into our home, but I’m not completely satisfied with it. Like I suggest in my Garden Design post, I really should try and sketch the area out on paper. Oh well, maybe next year. The flowers planted here include: Delphinium, Clematis, Becky Shasta Daisy, various Daylilies, both pink and blue Salvia, Coreopsis, Loosestrife and various other perennials and annuals.
Here’s a close up of Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia Alexander). The yellow flower is a standout in the garden and I love the variegated foliage.
The delphinium will be opening any day now. This Sapphire Indigo Clematis took a beating from recent heat and storms. As soon as it gets some sun, I think she’ll perk back up.
A close up of the Clematis and she’s definitely a pretty one.
Lets walk around the corner to the deck. I bought four Deck planters very similar to this one. To keep the cost down on the plants for these planters since there were four, I just purchased annual packs instead of specialty annuals and I love the way they turned out. The colors are so bright and cheery. The plants include: Marigolds, Salvia, Verbena, Gomphrena, Petunias and Vinca Vine.
A close-up of Ageratums, Marigolds and Petunias in another one of the deck rail planters.
In a shady corner of the deck is this little grouping of galvanized planters. Little vignettes of planters like the one below make a deck or outdoor space look so homey. These galvanized containers are filled with Coleus, Caladium, Impatiens, tuberous Begonias and Lobelia. I grew several of these plants from seed and started some from bulbs.
As we wrap up our Flower Garden – Late Spring Blooms virtual garden tour today, I have to show you these Pacific Heights Delphinium. I usually procrastinate getting these beauties staked and this year was no exception. The day after I took this picture, we had strong winds and rains and three stalks of these broke. Oh well, they did make it into a bouquet indoors and I did get this picture. I do have others that were staked that we will get to enjoy.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by Gingham Gardens today. Please feel free to hang out for awhile in the gardens taking in some virtual garden tours (the latest include Springtime in the Gardens or More Springtime in the Gardens) or reading up on some more gardening tips. In case you missed it, Flower Garden Maintenance has some good practical tips for keeping your flower gardens looking great all summer. If you have any questions or comments, you can use the contact form or you can leave a comment at the bottom of the post.
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