How Does Your Garden Grow

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This week’s walk around the garden featured a few lovely surprises like this Asiatic lily. Multiple blooms on hearty stems peppered across the backyard truly stand out. Orange is the new black for a reason and so worth the dirt under my nails.

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Aptly named “goat’s beard” this hearty shrub is a wonderful back drop to those colorful lillies. So worth my aching back.

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Low growing dianthus spreads an electric pink carpet along the border. It’s sweet fragrance is just a bonus. So worth me feeling my age.

 

A shady area allows these astilbe to thrive. These feathery flowers come in many gorgeous colors. So worth the sweat on my brow.

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I get pretty excited when the fruit and vegetables show themselves. Please local deer keep away!

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Like small jewels these French strawberries are something special. I love them for breakfast or floating in a glass of wine come evening. The best is letting my granddaughter pick them. She pops them right into her mouth. How fun is that?

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The rock garden features a bounty of succulents. Interesting shapes and colors and easy to care for “chicks and hens” are quite a contrast to the rest of the garden. They need no help from me to flourish.

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Like all good things in the garden the perennials need to restore their root systems. After a bounty of delicious asparagus I must let some stalks mature into ferns. As they replenish themselves the ferns create the most lush green screen along the fence. Those unpicked spears grow about 6 feet tall and later develop eye-popping red berries.

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Have a beautiful week. Plant some seeds. Stop and smell the roses. Tell someone you love them.

 

21 thoughts on “How Does Your Garden Grow

  1. Gorgeous flowers 🌸 Lisa, Rob tries so hard here but the hot sun & no rain it’s hard. Happy Father’s Day to Bill! ♥️

  2. What a beautiful and diverse garden you have! I have no asparagus knowledge so that was just fascinating. Please post more photos of the “asparagus progress”.

    • The asparagus starts out as 2 or 3 year old bare brown roots that are planted in shallow trenches. The asparagus grows but no harvest until the roots are about 4 years old and established. Then each year more and more Spears grow and I harvest only some of them and let the rest grow into ferns to replenish the roots for the following year. I give them a little fertilizer every spring and surround them with hay to keep the weeds down. If I cover the emerging stalks and don’t let them get any sun then I get white asparagus

  3. From your friend Carol (aka “black thumb”) I sure do admire your skills in the garden. The pictures are incredible! I’ll never forget the size of your basil plant when I was down visiting a couple years ago, it was like a shrub! Miss you mama…Hugs xoxo
    PS: we took Tommy strawberry picking at Lyman Orchards, he too loved popping the sweet red “jewels” into his little mouth! So cute!

    • Very different than my garden in CT. Everything grows like weeds here and with less effort. Still I am feeling my age. So glad you had fun strawberry picking with your gran-babies ❤️

  4. I knew your gardens would be beautiful! You are so talented… did not know anything about asparagus… . I’d love to see the tall fern like growth at its peak! Very cool

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