Monday, August 24, 2020

The Colorful Summer Garden

When last we met in the garden it was late April, after the spring bulbs and shrubs had brought delight to the front gardens.

May arrived with Japanese, bearded and Siberian irises in shades of purple and white.


 Hot pink florets cover resilient shrubs, that had survived encroaching shade from a cherry tree.


For the summer, the garden emphasis moves to the back yard, where most of the action is in containers. Why? Well first of all, the backyard is undergoing a near total renovation, from the deck to the patios to the pond. And secondly, the furry ones (our labs) firmly believe if something new has been planted, they must remove it from the soil! Neatly, to be sure! So flowers especially are definitely safer in containers.

 
Except for the blooming succulent, the backyard continues the purple/white/pink color scheme.











The garden's frequent visitor -- who decimated my day lilies!

Thanks for visiting!

 

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26 comments:

  1. Your planters are filled with such beautiful flowers! You have a green thumb, for sure.

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    1. Thank you! We've had a lot of rain this summer which certainly helps!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! They are really stunning as one after the other blooms.

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    1. Thanks, Maristella! I wish I could send you a few!

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  4. You have quite a green thumb, so pretty!!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! I suspect the higher than normal rainfall this year made the difference!

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  5. Sandra,
    Absolutely stunning flowers! Just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, glad you liked them! Take care

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your garden with us. It's so pretty! I was not happy to see that crazy flower eating deer though!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Gardens are a work of love. We have an uneasy relationship with that deer and her two friends. I try not to freak out when they eat my day lilies and hostas, and in turn they eat every acorn that falls from the three large oaks!

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  7. Sandra, your garden blooms are GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! The garden is having a good year!

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  8. I loved taking a tour of your garden. Your pictures of your beautiful flowers are amazing. Looks like you worked hard but definitely reaped the benefits!

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    1. Thanks so much! Hard work, more than enough rain for once, and a bit of luck thrown in!

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  9. Your irises are beautiful. My neighbor just gave me some of her plants and I can't wait to see what they look like next year. Enjoy your garden. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks, Donna! In some years my front garden is a sea of blues and purples, with the odd white or peach one thrown in.

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  10. Sandra, this is so beautiful. The pictures of the flowers are stunning! The purple irises - so pretty, and I love the purple-leaf plant, although I don't recognize it (probably wouldn't grow in Calgary anyway). Just lovely.

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    1. Thank you! I think irises are my favorite. I'm not sure what the purple-leaf plant is (my husband was helping me and tossed the tag!), but it was sold as an annual here.

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  11. Sandra,
    I love all of your flowers, especially the Irises. Congratulations, you are being featured at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope to see you there. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/09/thursday-favorite-things.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Bev, thanks so much for featuring me! A lovely surprise!

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  12. Your garden is beautiful, Sandra! I love the irises in particular, and your colour scheme is right up my street. I did enjoy your comment about the furry ones - isn't it funny how animals love to dig up new plants?!

    Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful week!

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    1. April, thank you! Such a delightful surprise! I seem to return to this color combo year after year. The furry ones take seriously the notion of retrieve in their names: Labrador Retrievers!

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  13. So beautiful! I love a well tended garden! Thank you for linking up at Embracing Home and Family!

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! My flowers have enjoyed how much rain we received this summer, even if I've been felling water-logged!

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