Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I love plants

I love plants. When we found this house seven years ago we walked through it and could see the potential beyond the darkest dark wood paneling that sucked all the light out of the room, the 40 plus year old shag carpeting- everything in the house was original to the day it was built in 1962, pink toilets and all. (our neighbor had lavender toilets! Ah the 60's!) As soon as I hit the backyard though I knew we would buy the house. It is a nice big yard with all kinds of old plants and trees that wrap around the yard and gives us privacy from the neighbors. I spend a lot of time out there now getting it just so and enjoying the quiet outdoor space.

Here are some of my favorites. Looking at my garden I realize how much I like foliage. I am a leaf girl. I loooove flowers but I think a gorgeous leaf is as lovely as the most beautiful flower.

But these flowers are pretty spectacular too...


My favorite geranium- Ann Folkard.

I love this little patch with the bugbane and the purple sage. That crocosmia (the really bright red flower)is the best for getting the hummingbirds to hang out at our house. Could you imagine how sweet to be a creature who eats from beautiful flowers all day?

I look at this and marvel (in not a good way!) at how behind the garden is from the cool and rainy spring and summer we are having.






I found this ornamental basil at my favorite local nursery. You can eat it but the flowers are so lovely and the plant itself is beautiful so I just admire it.

I have three big pots of hydrangeas right out the back door. I love to look out the door and see all that gorgeousness.


Banana plant...

Pineapple sage- if you rub the leaves it smells just like pineapple!

This is Ligularia. I loooove the leaves- Giant gorgeous leaves. This is the bud which I also love. It opens up to a cluster of bright yellow flowers.





5 comments:

gchaney said...

When you're back from your trip- it's time for fun at Mo's! Love your yard too!

Sara said...

Love to garden too friend! What is the flower above the ornamental basil?

Heather said...

if only i had your green thumb.... ( now that i think of it) your cooking skills, drawing talent, or crazy crafting abilities... yeesh, now i'm depressed! thanks gosh you give good pep talks too!

hehehehe...
X, H

Violet Craft said...

Just gorgeous Mo! I want to spend more time back there :)

aneela said...

You might be a leaf girl but you give good flower too :) I now have dahlia envy though, they don't like my garden :(