Saturday, May 19, 2012

Welcome back!

I took a walk around the yard today to see what was in bloom.  I love love love this time of year, when perennials make their appearance!  Three years ago, I bought one of those cheapy packets of snapdragon seeds for 25 cents.  You know, those packet of seeds that you see at the grocery store and you have no idea if they grow into anything. I was a newbie gardener back then.  I sowed the seeds and hoped for the best.  Well, let me tell ya, it was the best 25 cents I ever spent.  Year after year, the snapdragons come back in the front garden.  Snapdragons are not perennials, but they self sow pretty easily.  Every year, they multiply like crazy, last year it looked like this.
This year, now look at it!  So pretty!  It's amazing that these are not perennials!  But they are actually different plants that grow back from the seeds left behind from the previous year!
In the same front garden, the purple and white salvia has come back as pretty as ever.  I love this flower.  It's such a reliable perennial, totally low maintenance and comes back without much help.
The climbing rose bush that I rescued 2 years ago is blooming pretty well!    This bush was dug out of a Brooklyn garden and replanted here, and to my surprise it loves the space it's in.  I thought it would struggle with being transplanted, but it wasn't effected at all!
It's a very good bloomer!  Just look at all those flowers!
The Nancy Nora peony is blooming too!  I love this flower.  It smells just amazing, and the pale pink bloom is stunning!
In the side yard is this blooming bush.  I have no idea what the name of this plant is.  The previous owners of this house planted it.
Here is a closeup of the flowers.  Do you know what it is?  The scent is incredible!  It is really fragrant!
The spider worts are also back!  I love blueish colored flowers.  This one is a great perennial.  Also extremely low maintenance and does well in partial shade.  I love the punch of color it adds to any garden.
As I walked around, I had my clippers, so I snipped some flowers to make a bouquet.  The scent of this arrangement is incredible.  How beautiful is this?  Proof that a lazy gardener such as myself can grow a beautiful arrangement with very little effort.  Just plant perennials, or (self sowing plants)!  You will welcome them back year after year!


  1. I'm glad your got bang for your buck with the snapdragons! I had some last year that resowed also....heavily despite a rock covered area. Love it! Congrats on your blooms. I love peonies as well. Mine has not bloomed yet. Waiting patiently...

  2. I'd say the mystery blooming bush is a Mockorange, Philadelphus sp. I've never seen an orange tree in bloom, but I'd guess that this bush is named for the resemblance in flower and scent.

  3. Gorgeous! Everything looks nice and healthy! I love Peonies and wish mine would finally bloom!

  4. Looks great Mimi! I love the rose you planted, such a pretty color, where did you plant you tree peony? I need to move one and wanted to move it from East side of the shed to front of the house (south). That reminds me I got a lot of stuff to move and divide. I love how i make more work for myself!

  5. I think I'm going to pick up some snap dragons now!



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