Monday, June 6, 2016

Rattlebridge in Bloom

 As June begins, I'm celebrating the hydrangeas at Rattlebridge. After two bloomless summers, the shrubs bounced back, surprising me with drifts of pink, blue, and purple. They're plump and gorgeous, adding color (and a bit of magic) to the shake and stone cottage.
If you're hydrangeas are blooming, I know you are rejoicing, too.






 I'd planted zinnias in April, and they're finally starting to grow.

Wisteria is long gone on the trellises, but the vines had a surprise or two.


Here in the trellis garden, we have delicate blooms: salvia, an old fashioned rose, foxglove, zinnias, and the trumpet flowers. The birds empty the feeders every few days--and they're still enjoying suet. Two weeks ago, I spotted an Indigo Bunting. Wish I'd gotten a photos. I'm still enjoying my birds. 


After last week's rain, the daylillies bloomed.

Yellow lilies are blooming in front of the potting shed.

Lantana and marigolds have tripled in size.

The grocery store French lavender is flourishing in the trellis garden. I love the orange and purple combination.



I trimmed the foxglove and may need to deadhead again. The delphiniums pooped out, unfortunately. As a result, the trellis beds need freshening. I stopped by Home Depot and Lowes today, looking for coneflowers, but they aren't in stock. I didn't find anything that would work in the back of the raised beds. Yellow lantana and orange mums are in the front. If you have ideas, please let me know!
Hope your week is off to a great start.
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27 comments:

  1. How lovely your garden is. I never get my hydrangeas to grow so big,they are lovely and to get the 3 colours is lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanette Ann. I've never seen a tri-color, either, though I've read about them.

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  2. How pretty! It is an absolutely adorable garden full of beautiful flowers! My hydrangeas always had problems and mostly died.. so I really appreciate when someone can display a lot of them especially if they are this beautiful!

    Aria

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    1. These hydrangeas were planted several years ago by a previous owner's landscaper (bless them all!), and each shrub receives part-sun, and a few are in a rather shady spot. I've had trouble in the past, but I planted them in sunny spots. Despite a daily watering,the shrubs just couldn't get enough, and they didn't thrive.

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  3. Beautiful hydrangeas! Mine are somewhat underwhelming (I pulled out 3 mature plants this year), but I am happy to see blooms (hoping they continue). Love your varieties in your garden.

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  4. Beautiful! So many people had bloomless hydrangeas last year, I wonder why...

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    1. I asked a few Master Gardeners about this, and they said the Polar Vortex didn't help. But they also pointed to a hydrangea that had been pruned: it didn't boom for five years. Supposedly, hydrangeas grow along the old canes? I don't know if this is true for all varieties, though. I haven't fed mine this year, because I fed the roses, and they stopped blooming. LOL

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  5. We live in the MidAtlantic and last year was a bad hydrangea year for us, too. This year they are coming along, a relief since we had some hard freezes after they'd begun to set blooms! My foxgloves have never been so tall (6'!) and I need to go deadhead mine, too. The roses (knockouts) have been blooming but the foliage doesn't look so good so I am about to whack them off. Wish you lived closer, I'd give you as many purple coneflowers as you want!

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    1. How do you prune your foxgloves? I ended up staking mine, but they still keeled over. LOL You've inspired me to prune my KOs and other roses. They have pooped out. I fertilized them with a special KO formula, and I don't know what went wrong, unless it had too much nitrogen. I bought another brand that has a larger concentration of phosphorous, which is supposed to encourage blooms.

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  6. My hydrangeas are doing extremely well this year also. The last few years - not so much. Your flowers and garden are beautiful.

    Judy

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    1. Judy, I'm so glad your hydrangeas are blooming! They're smile-makers!

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  7. Your hydrangeas are outstanding ! What a beautiful garden you have, and you seem to enjoy it so much. Up here in Cleveland, Ohio, we are no where near blooming - my hydrangeas are still getting their green leaves.

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    1. I'm sending good garden wishes your way for many blooms!

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  8. Everything is beautiful. Happiness. Sheila

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  9. Wow! Love it all! Spectacular!!

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  10. Everything looks lovely! Can not believe your hydrangeas....mine are yet to even have a bud....that's Wisconsin for you! ;)

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  11. Wow indeed you should celebrate! Those hydrangea blooms look fantastic! Love the cheerful zinnias too!

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  12. The hydrangeas are stunning, Michael Lee!

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  13. Looks like you have a wealth of hydrangeas to celebrate. Wow, what a show!
    Your garden is looking fabulous, Michael Lee. I'd say you have a green thumb, master gardener!

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  14. Just gorgeous, MLee. Do you have Black-eyed Susans anywhere? They have taken over half of my perennial bed along the driveway (near garage). Reseed easily and the yellow finch love the seeds too. I enjoy watching them feed. I leave dead stalks all winter and cut back early spring so the birds can enjoy. Allison

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  15. All of your flowers are gorgeous! I'm always amazed at how prolific hydrangeas are in the south. Here in northern IL, mine are still getting their leaves (just like the reader in OH mentioned)! And the hydrangeas here don't grow as huge and full as they do in warmer climates. I'm thrilled if I just get some small shrubs!

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  16. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! I miss my great big bushes. I have 3 hydrangeas here but no blooms yet. I also can NOT find zinnias anywhere:( Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

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  17. Thank you for sharing your beautiful hydrangeas. I was born and raised in Connecticut and I love hydrangeas. Unfortunately they cannot grow in Phoenix where I know live. I have tried to raise them on the north side of the house but to no avail. So I got to live vicariously through you!!!

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  18. oh i so much miss my old garden life, it gives me pangs to know the joy you are know enjoying! i know you must be so very happy surrounded by color!

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  19. Oh Michael Lee, Your gardens are coming along so beautifully!! Can you grow cosmos or allium in your zone? They would both be nice in your terraced gardens I think as they are tall, or maybe some type of echinacea or delphinium. I know you will find something perfect. Our hydrangea haven't bloomed yet. Some bloom on old wood, others on new, and some are not fussy. There are so many varieties. Our peonies are just finishing and lilies will be next. I wouldn't put more lilies in your beds unless you are good about dividing and eliminating them! They are gorgeous but the deer love to munch on the unopened buds. I am always chasing them away! I'm looking forward to watching your garden bloom all through the summer and fall. Thank you for sharing. Linda

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