Monday, May 6, 2019

Enjoying the garden ~

In all of the years I have been gardening here at Rose Arbors I can never remember a season that has brought so much beauty as this spring; it is of course due to our abundant winter rainfall.

I don't expect we will see much more heavy rain this year but last week during the night we were blessed with a nice sprinkle. In the morning I went out and took these pictures. There is nothing like the sparkle and freshness of rain to enhance the beauty of a garden. And this year because of the super bloom - oh my!

An early morning view from the deck.

The lavender walk in the far back more wild reaches of the garden, augmented with poppies seeded by the wind.

A lovely example of David Austin's Ambridge rose in a front border.

A gravel pathway, higgly-piggly with bloom.

Alongside the pond in the back, roses and foxgloves, two of my favorite flowers combine together.

Valerian, in the deck border, I pull it out every year, then wish I hadn't, then it surprises me and comes back. I just recently read that it makes a good cut flower, but I haven't tried it yet, maybe this weekend.

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 It will get hot again this summer I have no doubt and gardening will become more of an effort and less of a pleasure but right now I am really enjoying my garden

Je suis très chanceux

(I am so lucky)



  1. Oh your garden looks amazing! So lush with blooms and I love how the paths curve as they weave their way through the plants.

  2. Thank you. It really is amazing what a difference rain makes in a garden...wish we could have lots of rain next winter too...sigh! probably to much to hope for.

  3. You really do have a golden thumb for decorating and gardening. Everything is lovely around you.

  4. Adrienne, beauty abounds and your garden certainly benefitted from all the rain. Your valerian is weeks ahead of mine, just tiny buds are appearing now, and the wisteria, which was so prolific last season is now down to 3 or 4 flower clusters. Rain didn't help my garden but your is always incredible in my eyes..Happy Tuesday..Judy

    1. Thanks again for your last visit and hope you have a very Happy Mother's Day..Judy

    2. Thanks again for another visit, Adrienne. This is how I have to answer everyone now but that's OK. We are having rain today so it seems to be settling down the pollen a bit, at least I can see it washing down the gutters so that is helpful. My lilacs are through but I am still bothered so it is nice to know that it wasn't entirely their fault. They are certainly my favorites..Happy Wednesday..Judy

    3. Adrienne, thanks for your last visit. Kai is doing much better and I have noticed the valerian in my garden and neighbors and it is not as bushy a bloom as it is supposed to be. Rain seemed to have the opposite effect on gardens around here..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  5. Luck? I don't think so. I love to garden so I know how much work you devote to your fabulous garden. I've been digging up, transplanting and calling friends to offer free plants. Smile. Rain does make a world of difference.

  6. How lush and beautiful! Those roses are so gorgeous. I bet the air is scented all around from them.

  7. Your garden is so beautiful! It has been an amazing spring out west! We had rain three times this month. One day it even rained twice. Last year was the first time it rained in May. This year crazy. I love it! Rain makes everything look wonderful. xoxo Su

  8. Your garden is lovely! Yes, I also see the wonderful results from our winter rain, and we actually have had heavy rain again this weekend (which wasn't always that good for my flowers). I love that you plant roses with other flowers and they're not a rose flowerbed only. I think that valerian is what I call Jupiter's Beard?

  9. That is quite the garden you have there.

  10. These photos are so beautiful , Adrienne. We have been blessed with rain this year, and these overcast days help keep the soil moist as the moisture does not evaporate. Thank you for sharing.

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