Hello gardening friends and welcome to Gingham Gardens! Perhaps you’re a regular subscriber, or you popped over from Pinterest, or you stopped over from a link party, or you just happened upon my website. Anyway, I’m glad you all are here. Have a look around the gardens and make yourselves at home. Today I’m sharing more Spring Flowers. In case you missed last week’s Springtime in the Gardens tour, be sure to check it out before you leave.
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Let me tell you we’ve had some crazy weather this past week. On Memorial Day, we topped out at 102 and several days before that we were in the 90s. I’m in Minnesota and that’s crazy hot! Spring Flowers just don’t like that kind of heat, so they come and go very quickly. Now, the past 2 days we’ve had some storms move in to cool things down, but you all know what the heavy rains do to peonies. Anyway, despite the heat, I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in the gardens. Gardening is not for wimps! So enough of my weather woes, join me for a walk around the gardens and let’s see which Spring Flowers are putting on a show.
On my front porch is this little spring vignette I put together using an old step ladder that was my Dad’s. I’m surprised the pansies survived our recent heatwave, but they’ve held up pretty well. When they start getting tired looking, I’ll swap them out for some other annuals.
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Next, I’d like to show you all my peonies. Oh how I wish the peonies lasted longer! Their fragrance is heady stuff.
Also in the front yard, are these incredible perennials called Gas Plant (Dictamnus Albus). The flowers give off a flammable gas, which is the source of its common name. Along with the peonies, it’s one of the treasures that were left by the previous owners amidst the weeds. To see what I mean about the weeds, check out Garden Makeover #1 and Another Garden Makeover.
The foliage remains looking beautiful even after the flowers are done. Below is a picture of a pink Gas Plant. The shrub in the background is a Japanese Barberry.
These are hands down the best gardening gloves I’ve ever had!
I’m going to order another pair, not because they’ve worn out,
just because a gardener needs more than one pair of favorite gloves.
They’ve actually held up very well, even after being washed and dried a few times.
Up next are the Irises. My apologies, I do not know the name of this beauty.
Up next, some sweet wild Geraniums (Geranium maculatum).
Just a few more perennials that I want to show off. A few weeks ago a “wrascally wrabbit” thought these were delicious and pretty much ate them down to the ground. I sprayed them a few times with Liquid Fence and this is the result. The stuff works. Bachelor Buttons are awesome because, if deadheaded, they just keep blooming.
As I was doing a walkabout taking pictures, I walked by this cute little shade vignette and had to stop and snap it. These are two of my favorite shade plants – Maidenhair Ferns and Caladium! The galvanized bucket planter is filled with Caladium, Coleus and Impatiens that I grew myself. I’ll include it in a future post once it has filled in more.
If you made it this far, thank you! I’m leaving you today with a sneak preview of an area we’ve been working on. Stay tuned for a makeover post in a few weeks. Here is the before (sort of) picture.
And, here is the after (sort of). Already a huge difference and I can’t wait until it’s finished so I can reveal the entire project.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking the tour of my Spring Flowers. Lots more tours in the works and it won’t be long until I have more full garden shots (my favorite garden pictures). I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. What’s going on in your gardens? Do you have any projects planned?
Feel free to hang out for a bit and make yourself at home! Do you need some awesome gardening ideas? Then check out Flower Garden Eye Candy, or Garden Decor Ideas. Flower Garden Design Tips has been hugely popular too. Or, if you are new to gardening, or just need some help, check out Flower Gardening 101 or Vegetable Garden 101? And, you can find my favorite gardening tools in Essential Gardening Tools. Come back soon!
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