dark fuschia peony and painted daisies

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This fuschia peony in the ‘Sissinghurst’ area of my garden is the second of 5 to bloom.  It is lovely but not scented.  Possibly the variety “David Harum”?

I love both these plants but not exactly where they are planted.  I don’t think the painted daisies are getting enough light.  Plus, why would someone plant painted daisies right behind a peony as they are the same height??

Since this is my first year in this house, I’m waiting to see what else is growing in this area of the garden and how well everything does, and I then I will do some moving things around in the fall.

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sizing up the vegetable garden

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Now that I’ve got most of perennials happily settled in their permanent places, I’m turning my attention to the veggie garden.  I’d like to put in two raised beds back here. I had raised beds at my old house and they were the best thing I ever did – you fill them up and have perfect, unwalked on, well-draining soil, plus you don’t have to bend over so far to weed and harvest.   The boxes will be similar to the ones at my old house, except that this time I’ll have a 4’x4′ and a 4’x8′.  We want to get them built this summer and filled so that they’re ready to plant first thing in spring – maybe even a fall seeding of a few things if we get them done in time!

 

And yes, those are dandelions in the grass.  The Edmonton infestation includes my own backyard.  😦

 

 

gardens of Copenhagen

I was fortunate to get to spend 3 days in Copenhagen last week, on my way to a conference.  There were many things I loved about that beautiful city, not the least of which were the gardens of course!

As a gardener, I don’t tend to take close-up pictures of plants anymore.  I’m more interested in trying to capture overall features of the design – I love layouts which include areas with specific themes or colour schemes, long views lined with simple hedges, and where certain focal points or beautiful buildings are either framed or revealed over time as you move through a garden.  And by “capture”, let me be clear that I mean “capture” in order to retain my memories of the experience and to inspire new ideas in my own garden, not “capture” as in the action of a real photographer creating an award-winning photograph.

With that said, here are a few of my favourite views (you can click on them to enlarge)!

Gardens of the Royal Library

 

Gardens of Rosenborg Castle

 

Botanical Gardens

 

Mini Gardens (ok 2 are florist shops but they’re oh so cute!!)

 

Which of these photos could inspire your garden?

gillenia trifoliata (Bowman’s root)

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This plant was shared with me by a friend in Calgary.  I love it so much it was one of the plants I brought with me when I moved.  The delicate, airiness of the flowers is just. so. pretty. and as if that’s not enough, the red stems and seedheads will add interest for the rest of the year.  This is definitely on my favourites list!  And it even goes perfectly with the brick background, n’est-ce pas?