"One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it brings."

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Front yard border in June.

Finally on Saturday I had a whole day to work in the front garden.  It was so overdue for a good weeding and cleaning.  I still have a ways to go, but I'm looking forward to a couple of days out front this week to get caught up.  You know you've gotten a lot done when you can barely stand upright the next day.  Mowing, edging, weeding, pruning, sweeping, planting and then going out in high heels for the evening will do that to you.
I took some pictures to show how the front border is looking.  It's by far the biggest of all the beds although I guess most of my backyard is also a flower bed as well.

This is my favorite view of our house, I used to have a similar picture for the blog header.  The Japanese Maple on the right is not looking very happy right now.  I'm wondering if it could be all the rain we've had and how wet the ground is still.  I have a few other plants looking a little on the yellow side now as well.

Looking down the front of the garden quite a bit is blooming with lots more on it's way.  To the right of this area is a Weeping Cherry tree and a huge pink Carpet rose.

Further down the bed Veronica 'Lilac Fantasy' is blooming with Lupine, Peonies, Oriental Poppies and Hydrangeas.

At the end of the bed Foxgloves, Red Valerian, Geum, Baptisia, Lamb's Ear and the Foxgloves that I swear are closing in on 7 feet tall.  The very tall plant to the right is Monarda 'Jacob Cline' that will reach far over 5 feet tall.  Coreopsis and Sedum will be blooming later in the Summer.  I've planted Cosmos and Bachelor Buttons here, but no signs of any sprouts so far.

 Back to the other end of the bed, this is along the inside walkway to our front door.  Roses, Spirea, Lavender, Knautia, Persian Cornflower and Campanula bloom.  Coming soon are Poppies, Lilies, Phlox and Nicotiana.  Most of what I've planted here a fragrant flowers.

A bit further down Hydranea 'Preziosa' and 'Endless Summer' are blooming.  The Daylilies need to be cut back.

 Poppies and Monarda will bloom here soon.  I'm still trying to decide what to do with the open space in front.

One of the Poppies 'Imperial Pink' has started to bloom.  I will be saving seeds from these and happy to share.  They were very easy to germinate and there are tons getting ready to bloom.

 The Butterfly garden area has Coneflowers, Liatris and Monarda close to blooming.  The Butterfly Bush will still be another couple of weeks away.

Rose 'Julia Child' blooms along the edge of the Butterfly garden.

I hope you were able to get out and enjoy your garden this weekend.  Nothing more therapeutic than letting your mind wander while you garden.  For some strange reason I had the theme of the Phantom of the Opera going through my brain as I weeded. 
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51 comments:

  1. Catherine, your gardens are FABULOUS!
    I love the Julia Child rose ... awesome setting.

    Have a lovely safe 4th ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  2. Send some of your rain down here Catherine! Although we actually had a pretty good storm Thursday night, I noticed the ground is cracking again because it's been so hot and dry since.

    I love the carefree cottage style to your garden. Hopefully, in a few years, mine will have a similar feel.

    If we get more rain, that is ;-)

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  3. Hi Catherine, How very pretty everything looks. The poppies are especially pretty. We have been in the high 90's this weekend with high humidity. I am able to get out early in the morning for a little while. I am trying to keep two little pots of million bells alive for a friend until Thursday for a friend! Wish me luck! I hope you and the girls are thoroughly enjoying this summer.

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  4. Wow, Catherine, it's a wonder anyone ever makes it to your front door! There is so much to see along the way. Everything looks fantastic. Your hard work has certainly paid off. you have some beautiful plant combinations!

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  5. Catherine ~ Your front flower bed is gorgeous! A wonderful cottage style. I love it. I love that 'Imperial Pink' poppy and your 'Julia Child' rose.

    Have a great week there in your little oasis.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  6. Hi Catherine. Your front bed looks so amazing and beautiful. I am in awe at all of the pretty flowers you have growing there. Your Lambs Ear is standing up so pretty. Mine has been pounded down by the rain so many times I think I am going to cut it off. Those Fox Glove do look so tall. Wow!Julia Child is a beauty of a yellow rose. My rose bed looks bare since I dug up all of those red roses LOL!

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  7. Your beds and borders look wonderful. I was not able to grow Julia Child in our area. I am so glad that you are finally having some sunny weather.

    Eileen

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  8. Flabbergasted here ! Gorgeous , gorgeous borders in your garden. I want to know where you went in high heels? Gina

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  9. What a beautiful garden full of flowers! The colours are so harmonious. I remember how it looked in winter. You have done wonders, Catherine!

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  10. That is a BEAUTIFUL front yard. How nice to come home to it. And that poppy! I felt like I could crawl into the photo.

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  11. Your garden is so beautifully designed and balanced. The rose and poppy--wow!

    I cannot believe the height of your Jacob Cline. Mine are 4 feet high, then I deadhead them and they rebloom again.

    Is that a spirea 'Neon Flash'? I have three and they are favorites.

    Thanks for your note. I'll send you an email.

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  12. You always do a great job of keeping things blooming in succession. Everything looks fabulous! Love that poppy, would love to have seeds. The Breadseed poppy seeds you gave me came up, then stopped. I think they got shaded out by the other nearby perennials. I'll try again up front.

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  13. Thanks for the lovely tour of your garden beds. Like you, I spent a lot of time in the garden this weekend - the weather cooperated and it rained at night - how convenient is that?!

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  14. Everything in your garden is lovely...including that Imperial Pink poppy! I'd love to poppy swap with you when the seed's ripe. You can see my varieties (all volunteer) at http://muckabout.typepad.com/mucking_about_a_northwest/2010/05/peony-poppies-the-easiest-beauty-youll-ever-grow.html

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  15. Wow, Catherine, your front garden is so beautiful. How wonderful to have a pond in the backyard and a cottage garden in the front! I really love that 'Imperial Pink' poppy. It is splendid, I think, though I do find all poppies wonderful and exotic. Just when I'm thinkin' we don't have a single plant in common, I make it to the bottom and see your 'Julia Child' rose. Bingo! I actually have one of those!

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  16. Wow! And Wow! Your flowers look so amazing! Spectacular!

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  17. Lush and full, my favorite kind of garden, Catherine. Your stone edging looks really tidy. Love the Spirea and the 'Pretoria' hydrangea. I hope you're getting some sunshine.

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  18. Hi Catherine, I can see why it's your favourite. It sure looks great! I haven't been around much lately so I'll have to try to cath up with all the posts I've missed here some day =)
    Our weather seems finaly to have changed and summer has arrived - hurray!!! Today we've got almost 80 degrees and I'm heading out in the garden. I think that we've all had enought rain for the rest of the summer. Some of my maples also looks weard so it might be the weather. Have a nice day / gittan

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  19. Mrs IG has started on our front garden. I'll get her to look at your pics for inspiration!

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  20. Those foxgloves are huge! What a beautiful garden. I am hoping to find some time in mine today. It needs a little love and attention :)

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  21. The front garden looks divine, Catherine! If I was walking past it, you would probably call the police, (or come out and chat!) because I would stay there for hours just looking at everything. I was looking for the foxgloves in the shot, not realizing they were at the top, now those are some tall players! Sign 'em up to the team, pronto! :-)
    Frances

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  22. Wooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww it looks like a magazine garden !!! so beautiful......enjoy these summer days.........love Ria.......

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  23. Catherine girl you struck a cord in me .. my front garden is in bad need of a tidy up as well .. I don't have such a large area as you though and how true is that ? about knowing how hard you have worked when you can hardly move the next day ? LOL
    Your garden looks gorgeous !
    Joy : )

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  24. That Imperial pink poppy is a beauty! Everything is looking fabulous in your garden.

    Love Phantom too. Now I think you got that stuck in my head now.

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  25. Your garden and photos are beautiful Catherine!

    Funny... it feels like I am writing to myself! ;)
    xo Catherine

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  26. i'm surprised to see your lamb's ear looking that good with all of the rain. put me on the list for poppy seeds please. typing one handed here...

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  27. It's so beautiful Catherine. Makes me want to just wander thru and check out all your beauties.

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  28. Your garden is breathtaking. Your hard work truly shows. That poppy is stunning.

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  29. Your garden looks gorgeous, so many beautiful flowers! I love the wonderful cottage style!
    The Julia Child rose is so lovely!
    Have a nice day!
    /Margot

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  30. I love the first photo too! Such a beautiful and welcoming garden. Everyone who visits you must be enchanted.

    You have such a huge variety which is great because there are always sever thing blooming.
    Marnie

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  31. More incredible pictures! If I lived nearby I would be drawn to your yard like a moth to a flame! :)

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  32. Catherine you front garden is looking lovely and I do remember it from your old header which I always liked.

    Despite or because of your rain the garden is looking particularly floriferous.

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  33. You know Catherine, you garden is so beautiful, it is so hard to pick out just a few favorites. You have a very good eye for design and have created beautiful beds. If I have to pick out a few favorites, I would have to say the foxglove, roses, poppy and of course, your hydrangeas are just lovely :-)

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  34. Goodness Catherine, I'm convinced your garden never takes a breath! It just looks better and better every time I see it. Your hydrangeas look lovely, and that Julia Child rose is to die for!

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  35. Catherine, Your front garden is looking so fabulous! That Imperial Pink poppy is stunning. (I'm tempted to ask for seeds, but I've never had any luck growing poppies here; they'd just be wasted on me.) When we had so much rain in June and early July last year, a lot of the maple trees suffered from some kind of fungus. It didn't do any permanent damage to the trees, but the leaves did turn brown and fall off; I wonder if something like that is bothering your maple. -Jean

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  36. How beautiful, I love the endless sumer the best.

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  37. Love your "full" and overwhelming garden! Just the type of garden I would love to create. If you still have seeds to give away from Imperial Pink I love too have some... Or can you tell me where to buy some, please?
    I have an allotment in Sweden and is restoring the garden and at the same time creating something new and "bloomy"

    /Kolonistan

    http://kolonistan.wordpress.com

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  38. Your garden beds are just so beautiful ... I love the way they're simply filled with great planting combinations.

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  39. It's all so lush, cheery and gorgeous. I would never be inside the house. I'd have a tent outside and would be sleeping amongst all that beauty - seriously. That poppy is stunning.

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  40. I would LOVE a few of the poppy seeds! That is a beautiful poppy. I am just starting my first garden this year in our new house and it is so much fun watching yours change through the seasons. I have been stalking your blog since this winter and I LOVE your feel of it. I hope mine will look half that good some day. :)

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  41. I sure wish the front of my house resembled yours! It's so pretty out there.
    Brenda

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  42. I love the Poppy and fabulous yellow rose.. Your garden makes me Day dream..so pretty.

    Can you believe that June is over!
    Where did the time go! Can't wait to see your other flowers you're anticipating for July..

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  43. Catherine..you are like a garden magician...so gorgeous..superb combos.and just breathtaking beauty...i truly fall in love every time i visit! Lovely and inspiring!
    Kiki~

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  44. Your garden looks so lush and colorful! Love the rose and the poppy. Is this the year for tall foxgloves? Mine are really tall too.

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  45. Your garden is stunning, Catherine. Wish my flowers were that high too already... Love love yours!!
    Hugs for a wonderful Wednesday! xx

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  46. Lovely a always. Is a front border as lush as this typical for your neighborhood? I would imagine a lot of people stop and ask about it when you're working outside.

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  47. Thank you everyone for visiting! I will be trying to visit your blogs today, just haven't been home much.
    Everyone that requested seeds I'll be glad to share. I think the only person I need a way to contact is Amylia, if you don't mind sending me your email.

    Susan - There are a few gardeners on my street, but most don't have such a big front yard to garden in, they have bigger backyards and do a lot of their gardening there.

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  48. Hi Catherine.
    I had to go back and catch up ~ I've missed so many posts (and so many gorgeous blooms). I have to say tho, I am positively gawking at those incredible foxgloves. It might be worth having 60 degree weather if that is the result. You're definitely doing something right ~ everything looks so happy and beautiful.

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  49. I love your garden! Seeing your garden it feels like I'm in an enchanted world! I like the julia child. It really grew nice! The color combination of your flowers makes your garden more beautiful.

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