Saturday, June 16, 2018

A walk through the garden ...

Happy Father's Day Weekend Everyone!

I don't have a card to share with you today so I thought I'd take a quick
walk around the house and snap a few photos of
a few of the perennial flowers that are in bloom as well as a 
couple of my favorite container arrangements.

 First I'd like to share these beautiful Sweet Williams.
I planted them in honor & memory of my Dad!
Growing up, my dad had a flower garden planted in the middle of our semi circle driveway.
Across the front were spring flowers like daffodils & tulips that would pop up first thing in the Spring.  He had something blooming all spring/summer long!  But, I always LOVED that the entire semi circle was planted in every color of Sweet Williams.  They were GORGEOUS and attracted so many amazing butterflies!
What wonderful memories I have of my dad's flower garden!!!
And I'm sure that's where I got my love of flowers and green thumb!  

Next are three of the different Asiatic Lilies I have planted here and there.

A friend of mine gave me a small bunch of these purple Spiderwort a couple years ago and they have doubled in size.  I also have some lilac colored Spiderwort in one of my flower beds up in our picnic area.  They are beautiful in the morning but don't like the sun so close in the heat of the day.

 Next are a couple of my favorite containers.
This is a wooden planter that my younger sister made for me many years ago for my birthday!  I plant it with different annuals each year and I always get compliments not only on the flowers but on the planter itself.   Guess I should have taken a photo of the entire planter so you could see the bottom too.  Oops!

 And last but not least, this is a concrete rose urn that we purchase at a greenhouse when we lived in Toledo.  When we moved here to Akron 15 years ago, the moving men were quite surprised when they went to pick it up to move ... they thought it was plastic!  SURPRISE!  (this thing weighs a ton!!  lol)
 I have found that geraniums do very well in this urn so each year, I simply choose a different color but always geraniums.    Gives me the height need for such a large container.

I hope you've enjoy a glimpse of one of the things that makes me happy!  With being on vacation the entire month of May, I'm really late getting everything planted but I'm almost finished and it is looking great!  Once they've had a chance to take hold I'll take photos and share.  I love having flowers on my front porch and back deck!  Heck I like flowers everywhere!!  LOL

Thanks for the visit and have a FABULOUS weekend!
As always . . .


Esther Asbury said...

What beautiful flowers, Darlene! I enjoy working in my flower beds and try to add a few new things each year.

Verna Angerhofer said...

All are so very gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow, such fabulous flowers in your garden!! Amazing shots, all these colours feed my eyes and my soul!

aussie aNNie said...

Good morning my friend. Heavenly Bliss, what a gorgeous garden and one I would love to sit in all day long...the Sweet Williams are also a favourite of mine and I can imagine the beauty dad showed each year with his love of his garden. sending you a bit of cold Aussie weather..xx

Miranda Slagboom-de Groot said...

Oh you have a lovely garden. The flowers are so pretty.
Hugs Miranda

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my word, those Sweet Williams are so vibrant and pretty! Your description of your Dad's garden makes me want to run out and buy a bunch in different colors. I'd have to do a potted garden. Speaking of which... that urn! Wow! I love pots of all kinds and rely on them now that my garden is full. That pot must be monstrously heavy, but a fabulous garden accent and gorgeous full of those luscious geraniums. The planter your sister made is so cute and another perfect example of what makes a garden interesting. Love that! And the lilies, sigh... my garden used to be full of them. Again, lost so much of my sun, not that the garden isn't still beautiful, but limited as to what I can plant in spots. Today I'm getting some flowers in the ground, watering everything thoroughly, then spraying with deer repellent before we head out first thing in the morning. When we return a week later a lot of things will be bloomed out to greet us. So much to do today, but I'm happy I got to see your post this morning. It makes me feel better about spending this beautiful day mostly in the garden. Thanks, Darlene!!

Conniecrafter said...

Your flowers are just gorgeous, I love the lilies and how wonderful to have flowers that attract the butterflies. Love your different planter styles you have too!!

Diane said...

Gorgeous seeing a bit of the beauty of your home. I can never get sweet williams to grow, funny as when a child we had them everywhere. Love that urn, it is a beauty heavy or not...all the flowers are gorgeous!

Donna Phelan said...

What a lovely walk through your beautiful gardens, glad I had my coffee in hand! ;) Fantastic flowers and fabulous colors! WOW!!! Now last Fall was so crazy here that I was not able to get to those Balloon Plant seeds, but I will try my best and grab you some before the birds get them this Fall!