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Sunday, May 22, 2011

This One Is For Karen

My buddy Karen over at Ow, My Angst is not feeling well and she is also feeling down about not being able to get out in her own garden.  

So, I thought I would share some more of my garden pictures from last year to help cheer her up.
If you were to visit me, I would gladly walk you around showing you my gardens, talking nonstop about my favorites and the ones that drive me crazy. 

I am not the by the books gardener, I like to plant TOO closely, that way by the end of summer my garden is full each year.  I do not trim at the end of the season so my flowers will reseed.

I even like to weed.

These roses are wild roses that can be found at the side of the road or in farm fields. 
All of mine I dug up from the field behind us and transplanted.  They are great climbing roses, I just wish they would bloom more than once during the season.  I fix that problem by planting Clematis or another reblooming climbing rose.

Hardy white Hydrangeas that can stand full sun. 
I try to transplant shoots that under root if that makes sense.

Sometimes I find that I don't like the way a bed turns out after a couple of years and I have to change things around.  In this garden the ivy was taking over, solution, rip it out, dump new dirt on top and start with new plantings.  Already this year I have added some perennials to this bed to help fill it in. 

Karen I hope this brings you a smile. 
 Remember I am just over the border, so if they work in my garden, they will work in yours.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Me, I am going to my father's home to celebrate my belated birthday with my family.
Yep, that means CAKE!


  1. Your garden is stunning. I love everything. Hugs, Marty

  2. You really have a green thumb!! I love all of your flower beds, but especially your foxglove. They are SO pretty. Thanks for all of the great advice, too!

    Hope your friend feels better soon!


  3. FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS. Thank you Alaina! I loved every picture. Was that russian sage in your one pic, with all the pretty spritzy purple flowers or something else? I love, love the pathways too. They really make the garden. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I enjoyed the tour through your lovely garden- I can see it is well loved!


  5. Oh so beautiful!!! Alaina, your home is gorgeous inside and out!!!
    Have a lovely Sunday.

  6. LOVE it! Is that Salvia in the first pictures? I really like it but didn't have luck with it in the past.....maybe I'll try it again!

    Thanks for the tour!!

  7. I'm sure you've made Karen smile, because you've made me smile with all the beauty. You truly have a green thumb and your garden is one to bragg about for sure.

    It's what I call an English Garden.


  8. Alaina your garden is gorgeous!!!!! So lovely. I know you can't wait until it looks like this again this year.
    sending hugs...

  9. I'm so glad I found you! It is raining in New Jersey, too. This brought a smile to my face. Hope you liked your cake.

  10. This is one of the prettiest gardens I have ever seen. Love it. Just the perfect cottage garden!


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