Monday, May 24, 2010

~what's blooming...~


Hello friends!

first of all.....
a big fat thank you!!
I so appreciate all of your sweet comments
regarding my slipcover & lilacs!

you are all so uplifting and encouraging
&
 I am so grateful for the friendships I am forming
with my online bloggy friends....((big hugs)) :)

ok....

As somewhat typical of my posts....
I feel the need to update you all on the weather
here in the Pacific NW.....


one word...

UGH!

it has been raining, hailing, cold and windy
 for a solid week....

I can't take it anymore....
nope
can't.



ok there is some good news...
my David Austin roses are starting to bloom....
yummy
yum
yum.


and thank goodness they've been 
~mostly protected~
from all the nasty weather we've had!


this is the very first bloom....
it's scent is totally amazing...
absolutely delightful...
shall I say 2die4??

I have 2 of these bushes that are climbing a couple
pillars on our patio, framing the entrance to the garden eventually.

this is their 3rd season & they are just fabulous...

I could go on & on...but can you believe I can't remember their name?......if & when I figure it out
I'll let you know....

so, what else is blooming....

this gorgeous climber "cecile brunner"

this is the one year anniversary of my
cecile ...
also known as "house eater"
eek...
hope not...
it's got a pillar to climb too but it is ginormous
and is not slowing down one bit...
{it's to the top of our patio cover in one season...}
these are little tiny roses, palest pink & also
very fragrant....
love them...

in between the cecile & the david austin
is a knock out rose bush
it blooms bright pink &
fades to a paler pink
it doesn't smell at all :(
but it looks good for about 6 months..



here's a little shot of some of my boxwoods...
they are also growing like crazy probably due to the insidious amount of rain
growing a lot this year....

you can see the pool back behind the lattice screen
the lovely bright blue....lol
and upon closer inspection you might
notice old dried out blooms still on a hydrangea
....um from last year.....

but anyhoo...

on the lattice panels I have 4 different
clematis vines growing
2 are blooming now~




in the potager garden the chives are blooming...
I love chives....little purple pom poms!



along a brick path that goes to the front of our house
I have these planted...
snow in summer? avanlanche?
can't remember....so lame....sorry! :}
they're perennials & apparently are quite
happy because they have quadrupled in size
in one season...




in the front garden...


2 types of columbine



soapwort...the brightest pink~
happiest, sweetest blooms

alongside forget me nots...
warning.....these reseed insanely....


the forget me nots, w/ the white avalanche?, and
soapwort are all under my 'little kim' lilac bush



I know you already saw this but couldn't just leave her out since she did soooo good this year...;)

and lastly today....just starting to bloom
is this perennial geranium...



lots more on the way...
coming up is phlox 'david' ~it's white & wonderful
more roses
purple coneflowers
salvia
black eyed susans
shasta daisies
liatrus
a bunch of hydrangeas....

and more....I'll post as they bloom..


thanks for coming by today!
have a wonderful week everyone!


xo,



Shellagh

59 comments:

It's me said...

Woww Shellagh....your garden is amazing !!!!

So beautiful................all that flowers....................The rain makes them well!!!!

I enjoy your post today..................manny hugs from me...............happy i hope sunny week !!!

AuroraSuzette said...

Ok, if I didn't like you so much, I might quit following your blog from pure intimidation! You garden too? You are just one busy woman, I guess. I can almost smell the roses in your pictures. Love your weather updates..we have no rain so far in Chehalis, but cool and overcast.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful garden, so very inspiring! =) I hope the weather clears up for you soon, it's just become nice and toasty here in the Midwest.

Sherrie said...

Your whole yard is 2 die for! I live in the pac north west too and all is seem to be getting is mildewed/powdery leaves. What a talent you have!

Esther@fleurcottage said...

i have these same flowers blooming on the east coast! :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I so enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful flowers! So many plants won't grow here in Las Vegas because it just gets to hot. So it's nice to get to enjoy them virtually. :)
Hugs, Lisa

A Vintage Chic said...

What a beautiful garden, Shellagh! I love David Austen roses, too--I have WAY too many of them...they are my garden babies! Each blossom is incredible...and the scent....AHHHHH!

Thanks for sharing your beauties...have a wonderful day!

Julie

Lacy said...

very pretty

Suzanne said...

You HAD ME at the David Austen but I'm SO loving seeing your gardens! You live in a climate that flowers ADORE, so hopefully that offsets the inclement weather, somewhat! Here in Minnesota it is in the 90's today and sunny and hot hot hot. My temperament is more for rain and fog so we should probably change places {hee hee}! Although I KNOW it will be dry and hot in the 80's where you are before you know it and all the lawns will be brown and what you are experiencing now won't seem SO bad. I'll be out in August, so order up some of THAT Pac NW loveliness, okay? Happy Monday, sweet Shellagh!
xx P&H

SPLENDEROSA said...

I would be in total heaven if I lived in the Pacific NW, no matter the weather. Your flowers are beautiful beautiful because they have so much wonderful humidity and the right amount of sun. In Houston it is just so hot for a very long time, we have lovely landscaping but it must be watered continuously. Love your blog, and love those slipcovers in the previous post.
Marsha

cityfarmer said...

YOU have a pool ... my bags are packed it's HOT and HUMID here today ... I wanted spring first and then summer

Blondie's Journal said...

I am in flower heaven!! You have the most amazing gardens!! I love all the pinks and blues!! I have to remember your forget me nots since I think our winters are sort of similar. Love how your boxwood are turning out...ours are finally starting to close the space between them so they look like a hedge. I just love how shiny the leaves are.

If I had all this blooming outside I would really be wishing that bad weather away!!

xoxo
Jane

Shannon said...

It looks so beautiful!! You make me want to get outside and plant like crazy but most of the plants I love so much don't do to well in the heat out here :(

Marydon Ford said...

Shellagh! As a former native PNW, you KNOW that nothing is EVER going to change the weather out there ... you are going to have to get a huge ladder, climb to the sky & brace it open with your hands to see that sun ... chuckle.

Your gardens are fabulous, lush! Amazing the things that the eruption of Mt. St. Helens planted in many a garden out there.

Have a lovely week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Beach House Living said...

Your Cecil Brunner is lovely. It really grows that fast? I will have to check the light level the one side of our arch doesn't get full sun so the Madame Alfred Carrie has a long way to reach up and over.

I'm liking our David Austin too a small shrub it is year 3 or 4 for that one. Lastly the rose I've been waiting for 4 years to bloom finally opened it's so pretty. The reason it was 4 years was the first time it was the wrong rose I would have kept it but the color was wrong and donated to a neighbor that loves it, the second one died, the present one didn't have a bloom last year. It's supposed to be Eden climber in pink. I have a feeling it isn't an Eden at all once again but whatever it is it's beautiful!

Crystal said...

All I can say is gorgeous!! I just love all the flowers (especially the roses)!!

sissie said...

Your garden is so lovely, I wish that I could grown flowers like yours. The rose bushes are 2die4!! The most delicious shad of pink I have ever seen. I love it all. I bet your garden smells amazing.

hugs
Sissie

Carolyn said...

Your garden is looking so pretty! I love the roses.I wish we could have a little of your rain-it is very dry here.

Carolyn

country rose corner said...

Lovely,lovely garden Shellagh, we have had extrememly hot weather here in England this week, a bit too hot,but its not expected to last. Your pink David Austin looks beautiful, its not Heritage is it? Jealous of your Cecile Brunner, I have it, meant to be the climbing form, but think it must be the bush form, it hasnt got above 2ft in two years, but the tiny blooms are magical. Love the box globes with the white trellis and obelisk in the background, its very striking, best wishes Betty xx

Lin said...

What a lovely collection you've shown us! I thought at first that the David Austin was a peony! I have one, too, but a very slightly brighter pink: Sir Walter Raleigh. LOVE it! Thanks so much for this walk in your lovely garden!

Creative Carmelina said...

oh, thanks for taking me for a walk through those gorgeous blooms...there's nothing better than a beautiful virtual stroll, or should i say scroll to stop and smell the flowers!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Cabin and Cottage said...

OHH! So gorgeous! Glad I had a chance to stop by!
Jacqueline

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful garden..thank you for sharing it with us!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Shallagh!
Wow...your garden is gorgeous!! There are so many plants that you've shown that I want for my garden now. Thanks for the inspiration!!
Hugs ~ Jo

P.S. I love the way you write...you're so funny! :)

Beatnheart said...

total lovliness..

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Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Stellar...plus all the above! Now I know that your weather has been kinda yucky.....but....look at what it produces! You can grow all my "dream" flowers. I've never even seen a lilac, and clematis won't grow in Florida, and the only peony I've ever seen was at a florist shop! Oh, I can grow coneflowers, black eyed susans, etc....but only as annuals. Okay, so I'm having a little pitty party! At least I can look forward to your future posts and dream, dream, dream!
Your Poor Pitiful Friend,
Susie

Pamela said...

Hi Shellagh,

Could your rose be Evelyn? She has the most beautiful perfume and will climb a pillar if given some encouragement. DA describes her as apricot but all the bushes I've grown here in Australia have been the colour of pink silk.

Btw, I have just stared a blog and have a FREE GIVEAWAY so would love some more visitors.

Thanks for your lovely pictures. Pamela

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Beautiful garden even with the dead hydrangeas ;0)
We call Columbine "grannys bonnets" over here, do you call them that in your country too? And that clematis looks like "Nelly Moser" my favourite clematis!! they grow like weeds up here. Thats if my husband doesnt whipper snipper the bases!
alicia

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Inspired-Simplicity said...

Shellagh,
Your garden is beautiful. Yes..I love my David Austin roses. Those are just perfect. So many petals and I really love the beautiful pink. I really enjoyed this post and will look forward to more.
Blessings,
Carolyn

Linden Townhouse said...

Wow, I didn't know you are a gardener also. Just gorgeous!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

So pretty, thanks for the tour, I wish I had a green thumb but no luck there (;
Hugs~Kelly

FILIGREE MOON said...

Oh, thank you for the beautiful florals. You've got quite a green thumb! ~ Angela

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

It looks just like Heaven, Shellagh. :-)

Hugs,
Anne

raggygirlvintage said...

Such a treat, amazing how hardy our plants are! I counted 26 buds on my one and only peony this year and I was so worried about it in that stormy weather, everyone else was running around securing awnings and garden furniture and I was just worried about my peony. It survived, and the buds are just beginning to open...
Tracey

Rosie said...

I am a sucker for a pretty rose...this one is delectable...smile on Rosie

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That is a beautiful garden post! And the pink roses are ever so gorgeous. And who dose the amazing job of prunning all the boxwood? Thanks for sharing your garden...Julian

Flaviana said...

Shellagh your garden is so romantic.. I love it! I wish I could camp on it!
I just have a small patch of dirt which I'll be pretentious if I wanted to call it garden but.. you supplied me with some lovely inspiration for it!!
Have a lovely day, I'll try to send some sunshine your way:-)

xx Flaviana

ZAIRA said...

Dear friend, Those roses are superb, LOVE them!!! And they are my favourite you know. I hope to have a garden like your someday...
Hope you can see the sun very soon, in Italy summer seems to have burst finally!!!

Hugs xoxo

Paddywack Designs said...

So love the garden... I have no roses in mine... I'm just so intimidated by them... but your post is tempting me. Also love the clematis... such beautiful flowers.

Morning T said...

I am SO jealous of your beautiful garden Shellagh! You captured some great photos of those blooms as well.
Happy day my friend,
T

Charlene said...

Enjoy the cool!!!! We are already in the 90's down here. Looks like it's gonna be a HOT summer for us. Oh how I WISH I could be in the Pacific Northwest. I fell in love with it & am trying to convince Huuby to buy a trailer so we can come that way when it is hot here in the summer. DREAM BIG IS MY MOTTO! :) Love your blog! Charlene

Fern Valley Farm said...

What beautiful garden photos Shellagh! You and I must have the same taste in plants. I have almost excactly the same plants growing in my garden, though you seem to be just a little bit ahead of me. I am praying my David Austen rose will bloom this year. I thought it had died last year, but it is coming along well this spring. Do you have any secrets for growing such beautiful roses?

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Miss Shellagh~You have the Magic Touch.Simply reach for the Skies Girlfriend! You Rock~Cheers Kim

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hello Shellagh, Thanks for stopping by today. And yes the Iceberg roses are easy to grow. Or at least down here in So.Cal They do quite well with the heat they have down here. I must congratgulate you with all that prunning. We have some also for borders and ours also need a little trim. Of course im the one who does it also. Have your self a great day in the garden...Julian

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Shellagh, I would love to just walk around your garden, it is just so beautiful!!

So happy I found your blog, your photographs are wonderful.

Nancy

Angela said...

Wow those are some gorgeous roses (and the others as well) I'm lovin all the pink!
Come on to NE we've had some sunshine and temps up to 90 this week! ;)

Elyse said...

greetings!

just found your beautiful blog!

if you have any advice on lilacs, please leave me a comment. i recently planted a bush and ... it's not lookin' so good. :)

xo
elyse

The Zhush said...

Your garden is as beautiful as a Monet painting! Did I read you have six daughters? Wow! I will follow you anywhere! :)

Tina said...

Shellagh, your garden is beautiful!! I love that we have the same roses in our gardens:) Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

FEDERICA said...

Oh my! Love them all! These flowers are stunning!

Cashon&Co said...

wow! amazing!!! i wish i had a garden like that!

Faded Charm said...

Your flowers are all looking so beautiful. I guess all this rain is good for something. I just wish the sun could come out sometimes too. The boxwoods look great. Still can't believe you got so many for free!!

Hope you are doing well.

Kathleen

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Shellagh, your garden is gorgeous, probably due in part to all the rain you are sick of. The David Austin rose is one of the prettiest I have seen. I enjoyed your blooms makes me want to go out and work in my garden. My flowers are looking pretty good too, but the weeds are taking over.
I love the formality of boxwoods, but love that you have the random cottage garden look too.
Whatever you are doing is working. It is breathtaking.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hello Shellagh,
I love the english Cottage garden feel to the planting placement of the beautiful pink roses.
Your garden is beautiful.

xx
Dore

Burlap Luxe said...

Ooooh! don't feel like the lone ranger there we have awful weather as well, It seemed we were heading out of spring into early summer getting pretty hot, then the big weather turned on us to cold winds and over cast days now for about almost a week!! Oh well, will hope for the best to come :0
xx
Dore

mimi said...

your garden is absolutely gorgeous!! You win the green thumb award!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Oh, your garden is so very pretty! I love everything you have blooming right now! Can' wait to see more!
Londen

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