In the garden right now

Ah, spring. You are so welcome at my house.

This weekend we had almost three days of sunny, 70 degree weather, and we’re seeing all kinds of growth in the garden. Here are some pics of what’s blooming now:

This weekend we went to our favorite nursery, Farmington Gardens, for plants to fill our annual containers. I’ve mentioned this before, but David and I have really different plant preferences. He likes what I call “dainty” flowers, ones that often comes in small clusters, have whispy stems, and are most likely pink or purple. I like showy flowers, the bigger the better. I also favor rich colors or unusual combinations. Here is how our container choices reflect our particular styles.

To the three containers on the sunny side of the deck, David chose purple blue bird nemesia, garnet twinspur, pink fuschia, and a green potato vine for the outside pots, and pink diascia for the center pot (to go with the overwintered dracena and silverdust). The effect is somewhat “country cottage”, and a far cry from my husband’s usual modern taste.

On the more shady back part of the deck is another container. Flowering plants usually don’t do very well in this area, so I chose some foliage plants, too – wine-colored coleus, heliotrope (it’s purple flowers smell like vanilla), silvery helichrysum, a white begonia (blooms even in mostly shade) and a lemon licorice to brighten the palette. David says it looks very masculine, and I suppose it does.

Luckily, there is room in the garden for both of us. 🙂

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4 Responses to “In the garden right now”


  1. 1 Sarah Jackson May 7, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Oh, it looks beautiful! I hope that weather holds – I’m going to be there in a week and I’d be so happy if the sun is shining. Of course, then I won’t want to come back home, so maybe it should go ahead and rain.

  2. 2 puremotif May 7, 2008 at 11:31 am

    That’s really cool that you both enjoy it and have different tastes. I think I like a little bit of both your tastes. beautiful pics!

  3. 3 Pina May 7, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    It is always nice to read posts about the flowers. 🙂
    A nice selection of plants you and David chose for the containers. Mine are far more dull. I bought heliotrope too but I have it on the sunny side of my house, and I planted yellow begonia for the shady part to go with the color of my house.
    I also like unusual combinations but eventually I plant lots of verbenas (my favorites) in containers every year…

  4. 4 pricklypearbloom May 8, 2008 at 8:06 am

    It’s funny how tastes mix. My husband and I are sort of like that too. In both decorating the house and planting.


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