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19 July 2011

Garden blues

I might have landed in a little hot water for volunteering my mother's garden as a possible candidate for a future garden walk. I told her that she can always say "NO," that they can't force her to participate.

Just beginning

Can they?

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One of the problems is that her garden -- the show piece being a wildflower garden that fills the ravine -- looks best in spring, not in mid-July. Wildflowers are early bloomers!

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I had the July=Blue of Project Spectrum in mind on this year's tour. There's no arguing the true blue hue of Virginia Bluebells and Forget-Me-Nots (some of those early spring-blooming wildflowers), or even some lovely Morning Glories, but it's decidedly more of the "violets are blue" hue in the garden at this time of year.

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There were a variety of gardens, from wooded and sprawling rural-ish, to orderly and subdued suburban, to compact and effervescent urban. I found some unusual items growing in the garden...

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...of the whimsy variety!

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Lively!

I want a yellow chair! This simple, colorful grouping was one of my favorites! I just love all the color.

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Time's up! That's all for now.

Comments

I probably sound like a broken record but your photos today are stunning. I love the yellow chair and container garden, too.

...and what exactly is your mother's address? My mother's garden is gorgeous, too...but hers is all pink...and tended to perfection...not a water spot on a petal to be found (due to her hand-watering).

Your pictures are eye candy to those of us who cannot visit such a garden in person! Every picture is better than the last, but I am a little attached to the first!

I love those pops of blue in the garden. . . but that yellow chair? Oh, yeah. It's perfect in every way!

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