fascinated with my hibiscus
(Zamboanga City, Philippines)
These are some of my collections.
My hibiscus blooms are so beautiful and I love to see them every morning, their colors are so exotic.
At the Garden's Edge
A Hairy Woodpecker looking a little worse for the wear.
An old sumac that has seen better days stands at the edge of our garden.It is a favourite place for the birds and butterflies to land as they fly to and fro to feed in the flowers.It also provides much needed food for the winter birds,and those that return too early in spring. Here sits a Hairy Woodpecker,looking a little worse for the wear himself,as he emerges from a molt. He was just passing through checking things out.
Camoflauge is everything.
We have weeping willows,belonging to our neighbour, hanging over a corner flower garden. Because of these trees it is very difficult to get plants to do well under the trees because of the shade and lack of moisture.We have learned to let it seed itself down each year. The results are plants that will survive in this environment .Many are cosmos,brown eyed susans(the wild type) with some cone flowers mingled in.Altogether this produces a rather thick under growth. This big old toad decided that it was a great place to live, cool and protected.
Colorado High Mountain Retreat
by Dotsy Gigliotti
(Steamboat Springs, CO USA)
Come Sit Down
At 7400 feet elevation my garden is built around the walls of a circular brick courtyard so that I can dig, weed and water without my feet leaving the dry brick.
Beyond is natural growth and a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
Bear, moose, deer, porcupine, red fox and coyote are regular visitors.
A drip and soaker irrigation system surrounds the courtyard and allows us time away without fear of anything getting too parched. Now if I could just get the big annual pots in the system, too!
My very first Garden
I am Hooked on Gardening!
My first hand at Gardening to my surprise all has gone very well. The one problem I am having is finding any info on the large plant, the blue plant on the trellis, that was already planted when we moved in.
It seems not one person can tell me what this plant is. I planted most every other ones, Pansies, my favorite, The Dwarf shrubs, Black Jacks, Lavender, Chives. People can not believe the size of my Pansies and how long they have lasted.
I planted them rather early in the spring with most saying it was too early but they made it just fine.
I'm planning to turn this garden into a rock garden next spring. The yard isn't that big so it is perfect for my plans. I can hardly wait to get this going.
Over the winter I will design this and pick the plants I would like to have.
(salt spring island, B.C., Canada)
I love these guys, and they look especially nice in the late afternoon. They were a big hit with both bees and spiders. Put out a baby plant this year that will find another place in the garden this Fall.
A volunteer in a container of Rose Campion at a plant exchange...
(Dorchester, NB, Canada)
This Teazel has grown to over 5' and dominates my hillside garden, I am not certain that I really want it, but it does provide some interest.
I took this one May morning after a rain shower, and it just looks so fresh and alive. I feel like I could reach into the picture and touch it.
Old Rose Taking a Milk Bath
by Heather L. Black
This is a rose that was growing in my yard when we bought our home. I've never known what it is exactly, but after I bought a rose at a garden center, this rose started fighting black spot. This picture is proof that with diligence one can be successful with organic gardening practices. (Look closely for the milk on the leaves)
My purple flower beauty
by Michelle McFadden
Taken on one summer evening
I'm not sure what kind of flower is this. I do know its's one of my favorite
by John Bullivant
(Bainbridge Island, WA, USA)
Afternoon Sun through Delphiniums & Acer
I took this picture in June this year just as the mid-afternoon Sun backlit the delphiniums and Japanese Maple. Backlit plants can be really spectacular.
This new ceramic pot was potted up with a variety of plants. The canna grew bigger than I expected. Next year I have a semi tall yellow grass that I will try with it and a orange/yellow begonia.
Riley and the flowers.
(Gold River, Nova Scotia)
My Greatgranddaughter Riley in one of my gardens smelling the flowers.
A Watchful Eye
This past week the hummers have been feeding heavily ,not to mention the chasing and the bickering that has been going on among them , as some try to dominate the feeders and the flowers. They will soon be ready to fly south , only to return next spring. Here is one hummer as he keeps a watchful eye for intruders of his own kind.They have a habit of ambushing one another from among the flower foliage .
These moon flowers came up by seeding themselves from a plant 4 feet away. As you can see, they are taking over the walk.
Goldfinch nibbling on bachelor button
I was standing in my enclosed porch and noticed several goldfinches enjoying the plant. I took the picture from behind glass doors, so it is a bit cloudy. I would have lost the moment if I had opened the door and gone outside as they were just about 15 feet away from my position.
My Son's Den
WELL, MY BETTER HALF MADE OUR SON A ARMY DEN. IN OUR BACK YARD.. LUCKY MY NEIGHBOUR HAD A PASSION FRUIT GROWING ON THE FENCE.. SO I TRAINED IT 2 GROW OVER THE DEN.. NOW IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD..
Chicken feeder with portulaca (moss rose)
This is a chicken feeder that I bought several years ago and decided to plant these salmon colored moss rose in. They have done so well in it.