Photo Album One:

 Flowers I have grown: (new added throughout, since we moved)

  

A sky-blue iris that planted itself in my        Double hollyhocks in my favorite color:

garden the summer of 2006.                          a pale creamy yellow.

 

 

 

Single hollyhocks in a glorious pink.

 

 

My garden "tunnel", made of a climbing pink musk rose, a short fat wisteria,

Josephine clematis, and trumpet vine.

 

 

Close-up of a mixture of the roses and wisteria.

 

 

The musk rose coming down on far side of the tunnel, looking whiter

in the bright sunlight. This is all a single rose.

 

 

And THIS, on April 7, 2010, is the tunnel...gone, completely gone. The lilacs, too, are mere stubs. The huge rose, the wisteria,

the trumpet vine, the Josephine clematis...all gone.

 

 

A climbing red rose that planted itself under my bathroom window. My garden

does things like this.  Plants just...appear...strange as that may seem.

 

 

Close-up of the same red rose.

 

 

Josephine clematis just starting to open on the tunnel.

 

 

Vulcan rhododendron

 

 

Kimberly lilac...actually its name...is a whole different kind.

 

 

The Kimberly blooming May 2008 after we had moved in March.

 

 

Allium that decided to grow up through my purple magnolia tree.

 

 

Double angel's trumpet....really, really HUGE!

 

 

Pixie lilies.  Some of the only lilies the bunnies leave alone.

 

 

Two shades of hollyhocks.

 

 

Part of the old, old rhododendrons on the side of the house.

 

 

A single angel's trumpet with a hand to show the size of it.

 

 

Tall garden phlox...a bit scrawny this year (2006)

 

 

Oddly shaded hibiscus.

 

 

Forsythia heralding earliest spring.

 

 

 

Emily's angel (everyone has an angel) napping under the butterfly

daffodils.

 

 

Top of the purple magnolia...and, yes, it planted itself, too.

 

 

The purple magnolia on April 7, 2010, with its entire top sheared off.

 

 

I didn't even know it had planted itself until the day 6 or 7 years ago when I saw this one flower sticking up in the early spring garden.  This was its announcement blossom.  I had wanted one of these trees for years...and the darker, almost purplish ones, not the paler pink that are the most common.  There isn't one of these purply ones for at least a couple of miles in all directions from my house, so I don't know from how far away the seed was brought.

 

 

 

Some of the old lilacs.

 

 

Top of our house behind the old lilacs.

 

 

Almost the same view on April 7, 2010...sigh

 

 

Double kerria bush.

 

 

Kerria pruned way back in spring of 2008 after we moved. Magnolia is just beyond.

 

 

Lilac tops, taken out stair landing window.

 

 

One of the bridal wreath spireas which I lovingly call, um,

"stink bushes".  I hate their smell.

 

 

The spirea above is the same one as in the center of this picture taken after we moved. It

got pruned back to a nubbin. But the one just past the pine at the front corner of the porch

was still big...see picture below, which I took immediately before this one.

 

 

 

I especially liked this one of the hibiscus with the white phlox and the butterfly,

so it got...framed. 

 

 

Poppy in front of foxgloves.

 

 

When the lilac blossoms fall, they coat this side path and my

sidewalk beyond with a solid covering of pink.

 

 

Orange begonias

 

 

Spoon-shaped mum petals

 

 

 

Powderpuff peach hollyhocks...

 

 

And a peach rose...

 

 

Charlotte rose backed by daisies

 

 

Charlotte checking out some of the phlox...

 

 

Blue butterfly delphiniums...

 

 

Darker blue butterfly delphs with Pixie lilies and yellow daylily

 

 

Canterbury Bells...really BIG...

 

 

Bleeding heart...very, very old clump of them. I took a big chunk of this with

me when we moved.

 

 

Akebia vine, which would take over the world if permitted...

 

 

My favorite split corona or "butterfly" daffodils...

 

 

Delphiniums...blue is my favorite color for delphs

 

 

Special honeysuckle that climbs up pillar of smaller porch. I took this with us

when we moved in March of 2008.

 

 

Yellow hibiscus

 

 

I liked the shadows on this hibiscus...

 

 

Hibiscus seen through phlox

 

 

Hibiscus and black-eyed susans

 

 

Hibiscus at the far end of the sunshine garden

 

 

The end of the sunshine garden in late summer

 

 

Gaillardias

 

 

Goose-neck loosestrife

 

 

Daisies and phlox in front of the kitchen window

 

 

Verbena, lupins, and a bit of pink penta

 

 

Mallow and veronica

 

 

The musk rose on the tunnel close-up in sunshine

 

 

Top of tunnel loaded with buds May 24, 2008 on my visit back after we moved.

 

 

Peony poking through pink spirea

 

 

Darker peony

 

 

Peppermint rose

 

 

Daisies and phlox

 

 

Bi-colored phlox...I took this when we moved.

 

 

Pinks, strawflowers and one yellow dahlia

 

 

Some orange daylilies past the red gladiolas

 

 

A red lupin

 

 

Bi-colored rosebud impatiens

 

 

Pale red roses

 

 

A little shrub rose

 

 

Spoon-petaled osteospurmum

 

 

A tigridia...they come in all colors and only last one day

 

 

Later in the summer when the pink is gone from the tunnel, the orange of

the trumpet vine begins to take over.

 

 

Sometimes the trumpets look upwards...

 

 

but more often they dangle at the ends of long bits of the vine like this...

 

 

and this.

 

 

These are extra-large trumpets, too.

 

 

Azaleas and spirea

 

 

I never really thought I'd want a Victorian lawnball, but when I saw this bubble,

my mind changed...and that's what I call it, a "bubble" and not a lawnball. The

flowers around it change as the seasons progress.

 

 

With lupins and delphiniums...

 

 

...to various members of the daisy family and phlox.

 

 

again...

 

 

...or black-eyed susans seen THROUGH the bubble...

 

 

...giving me something more to play around with with the ol' camera/

flower combo. 

 

 

Cranesbill and blue flax (is bluer than shows here...a nice sky blue)

 

 

Charlotte visits a neighbor.

 

 

Dark pink filipendula

 

 

Filipendula leaning over evening primroses

 

 

Morning sunlight through pink primrose petals

 

 

More sunlight and primroses...

 

 

In the shade, the primrose pinkness shows better...to their left is osteospermum,

behind them are Solomon's Seal leaves

 

 

Sunbeam coreopsis

 

 

White and yellow in late summer

 

 

Zebra malva

 

 

Creamy yellow daylilies

 

 

Wood violets I moved from the edge of the woods up near the lilacs, where they

are so happy they wiped out the sweet woodruff

 

 

Josephine clematis at end of tunnel with wisteria just coming on.

 

 

The Josephines have 3 definite stages...when they first open, they're darker pink

with small centers...

 

 

Then the outer petals begin to grow paler pink as the centers fluff out...

 

 

And then the outer petals let go and fall, leaving only the now really fluffy centers.

 

 

And the centers themselves are actually large...

 

 

...and make quite nice flowers all alone.

 

 

Aruba lilies that can knock you over with the magnificence of their scent...

 

 

Sunflowers in our back yard in the grey house...with Laura, who was growing, too

 

 

This is the saga of my rose garden I put in the year after we moved to Pittsburgh. In the early spring of 1975 I took talcum powder and outlined the shape of what I wanted and paid a neighbor teenager to  dig it up for me...top picture.  Then I planted lots of rose bushes...middle picture. Then later in the summer you see a view back toward our house through the garden. The first two pictures were taken from that little porch you see. When we moved in 1979, the new owners took every bit of this completely out and replanted grass.

 

 

More of my gardens at that house.

 

 

The one on the right is from the middle of the rose garden looking back toward the house.  The one on the left is at the right-hand corner of the house where I started a rose arbor.  There's Laura behind a rose bush.

 

 

At the grey house Carl and I moved to in 1979, there was a really old greenhouse built onto the back. I used it, but it was in bad shape. Then Carl restored it for me.  Here you see the inside of the old roof and Carl there during the restoration process.  Nice legs!

 

 

This is the ceiling after he restored it and then the whole thing with its new look.

 

 

Here are two pictures of the inside of it. I rather filled it full, eh! The people who bought this house from us in '86, tore off the

greenhouse, though. Such is my history of flower attempts.

 

 

These are from my garden here where we live now.  These are my three favorite types of the huge hibiscus. 

Well, now that would be at the house we left in March of 2008, to bring the sentence up to date.

 

 

Sometimes I'll bring a single blossom inside and pose it with something.

 

 

Or someone. (Kimberly, here)

 

 

I love the Nora Barlow columbines.  These ones are solid pink.

 

 

Tiger lilies.  Sometimes a gal just hasta lie on the ground to get a picture against the sky!!!

 

 

I also adore poppies of each and every sort.

 

 

This is "Strawberry Ice", an Exbury azalea.  Those are my favorite  kinds as they bear rhododendron-sized flowers.  I first planted this one in the house on Sunset we had before this  one. It's beginning to peter out a bit now, alas. I think our winters are a bit hard on it.

 

 

In the spring of 1999 I decided to put in a vegetable garden on the far side of the big lilacs. I had put some daffodils and a few perennials there a year or two earlier and there was, my goodness, all this perfectly useless LAWN there that needed to be dug up!!! So I took my talcum again and

drew my shapes on the grass...a very excellent way to do such a thing if you've never tried it!  I left lawnmower-sized paths between the 4 areas.

Then I mostly dug it myself with a bit of help from Carl. Then I dug in a lot of this super-duper manure stuff, among other things as the soil looked

like it could use a bit of help.

 

 

I built some supports, being optimistic, and planted all different kinds of tomato plants and some other veggies, and marigolds to help keep the pesties away.  The bottom picture is early summer and everything is growing well.  I had to add wooden supports to the green ones as the tomatoes

really LIKED their manure and after this picture was taken, they kept on growing and growing and growing and eventually went 6 feet up to the top of the supports, back 6 feet down to the ground, and halfway up again.  That's the lilacs and our house beyond the garden. I had a new dehydrator and had a blast figuring out how to dehydrate all sorts of things that year.

 

 

This is Kimberly and Melanie picking tomatoes later in the summer.  I thought it was a good experience for the kids to see how veggies actually grow!

 

 

Then, because I guess I had, um, over-tomatoed the year before, the next spring I did something entirely different with that area.  First off, I got rid of the lawnmower-sized paths, making it all one big dug-up area and expanding it a bit.  Then I made paths of peach-colored gravel set with stepping stones. Then I got 3 green metal arches which I assembled and lashed together to make that archway.  You can see how far out it is from the end of the path nearest that white side door.  Now, of course, it is quite solidly one long tunnel the entire way.  This first year, though, I just planted all sorts of morning glory seeds at the base of it.  That's Melanie on the path, by the by.

 

 

Then I made another path of just butterfly stepping stones into the center of the largest area of dirt, where Melanie is standing.  Kimberly is by the birdbath.  Then I started planting things.  In the area just behind the large white angel in the upper right of the picture, I moved my musk rose.  It had been climbing up the maple tree and I pulled it out...which is  more easily said than done as it was perhaps 30 feet tall at that point.  I cut it back to about 15 feet when I moved it.   Now it forms the basis of the tunnel that is between the metal arch and the lilacs as well as arching over the lilacs and the metal part, too.  In the last year (2006) it decided to go the other direction as well and now arches from the lilacs to the house and over the little roof above the white side door and into the rhododendrons there.  If you look back up  at some of the earlier pictures on this page, you can see again how this area looks now.

 

 

The area in the picture above this one, later in the spring.

 

 

These guys just dominate everything when they do this late in the summer!!

 

 

I had always wanted a really yellow Exbury azalea and found this one, which was quite spectacular its first year, but it turned out  not to be terribly hardy and bloomed very little its second year and has now completely kicked the bucket.

 

 

This is it again.  It turned a bit more golden as the blossoms aged.  That's Strawberry Ice behind it and the whites are money plants that spread around until I ripped them all out.  I had just gotten one plant of them, but they seed themselves all too well!

 

 

The last four houses I've lived in I've always planted a double pink flowering almond bush.  I moved this one here from Sunset, too, and it lived for about a dozen years before biting the dust. I've now planted a small one out here where we moved in March 2008, but it's struggling as the land

here is really bad and even though I add good stuff when I plant something, the rain sits and puddles in this whole area and tends to drown

things.

 

 

Lupines,  a really beautiful purple and white iris, and then the taller foxgloves....three of my favorite flowers. That's a yellow iris bud on the right.

 

 

Gloriosa daisies

 

 

Red powderpuff hollyhocks

 

 

I have a lot of outdoor angel statues, but sometimes I take indoor ones OUT and use them with the flowers just for photographs.

 

 

Phlox, tiger lilies, and a few blue balloon flowers.

 

 

You see why I don't have to weed...no room for weeds to grow!

 

 

And you thought I couldn't do colors that actually go together, didn't you??

 

 

Melanie and Kimberly through the foxgloves.

 

 

Hibiscus, April 2007, in pots on the porch

 

 

The old, old apple tree at the edge of the woods comes into bloom.

 

 

The first poppy of 2007.

 

 

Shortly followed by others in a deeper color.

 

 

Getting ready to bloom in late May 2008 after we'd moved. It was sorta like paying a visit to family you've had

to leave behind in the custody of people you have grave doubts about their desire to care for them.

 

 

Early foxgloves.

 

 

Clematis and fat wisteria at the end of the tunnel. May 2007.

 

 

Wisteria at the tunnel's end, looking down toward the woods.

 

 

Standing in same place May 24, 2008 after we'd moved. The laburnum was blooming nicely...I'd tried

to dig that up in early March, but the taproot was going to break so I left it...and the fat wisteria buds

are coming out.

 

 

Before the musk rose comes on, it's all wisteria and clematis, though the clematis

suffered terribly since last season and there are very few blooms this year (2007).

 

 

Then, before May is out, the roses add their presence to the side of the tunnel.

 

 

Sprays of the musk rose spread everywhere...this one has spanned 10 feet of

lilac top, reached the chestnut and is draping from there, with rhododendrons

in the background.

 

 

Same view as above and below this one, which was taken May 24, 2008 after the owner chopped back the rhododendrons.

 

 

A more distant view of the same scene as above, only with sunlight shining through.

The bittersweet vine on the side of the porch is really thick and fat. It's completely gone in the

picture above this one. Sigh. I should probably not go back and look, but I always want to check

and see how things are doing.

 

 

And on April 7, 2010. The darker V under the black wire and just to the right of the trunk of the chestnut is

what's left of the huge crabapple.

 

 

This is not the same rhododendron as the one in the two pictures just above, but is

closer to the front end of that side of the house. I took this from near where my

main hose is attached, looking down the sidewalk toward the mailbox, lilacs on

the right hand. I do like the effect of "tunnels" in a garden and so have deliberately

either let things naturally grow into them, as near the mailbox with the evergreen

and the lilacs, or pruned the rhododendron so I can still (almost) walk on the sidewalk

while letting it arch over my head.

 

 

Same view in May of 2008 when it was all pruned after we moved.

 

 

Ah, well, I know the colors don't match, but the Vulcan rhododendron right at the

edge of the steps up to my little porch has now grown up into the old bushes and this

year has formed rather a belt across them.

 

 

Same bushes in May of 2008 after owner chopped them.

 

 

Vulcan is darker red when it first comes into bloom, but then fades so that the contrast

is not so great.

 

 

One corner of the little porch, with the clematis as well.

 

 

Some of this year's blue butterfly delphiniums with a bit of yellow allium. The sun

was really too bright to show the colors properly.

 

 

The blue iris that appeared in the angel garden last year are back, only with twice

as many blossoms.  Because they planted themselves, a Jerusalem cross is

growing up right through them as it was there first. I did try to take this whole clump

when we moved. The Jerusalem cross is doing ok but the iris is struggling.

 

 

Turkeys wandering up the slope along the edge of the woods, intending,

no doubt, to stomp through the gardens. They love to knock over the

angel statues. 

 

 

Delphiniums, lupines, strawflowers start the season around the bubble.

 

 

The top of the double kerria bush, which is getting to be gigantic!! I took a clump of this, too,

when we moved and as it is very hardy, seems to be making it. It was so hard to dig anything

up because the ground was frozen and I ended up with buckets filled with brown blocks of

frozen earth.

 

 

The Strawberry Ice azalea, which decided to be fiery orange this year...backed

up by bridal wreath spirea.

 

 

The far side of the house where I don't really garden...dominated by an old

bridal wreath spirea.

 

 

Heliotrope in another corner of the little porch, with geraniums beyond.

 

 

 

Still another corner of the little porch...double rosebud impatiens on the column,

New Guinea impatiens on the floor.

 

 

Strawberry Ice, with yellow gerberas and hibiscus on the porch.

 

Below are some other pictures I took on May 24, 2008 in my former yard:

 

 

 

 

 

The "thicket" under the evergreen was gone as the lower branches were all pruned off

and the animals thrown away.

 

 

 

 

 

The laburnum blooming. I was so glad to see I hadn't killed it by trying to dig it up in

March of 2008.

 

 

Top of the maple tree near front porch.

 

 

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