Monday, May 21, 2012

White flowers!


Chokecherry shrubs are almost like weeds where I live.  But I've grown to luv them.  These have always been on the west wall of the house.  When we moved here I tried to get rid of them, not realizing that they respond with even more suckering.  I finally gave up and over time I've appreciated the morning sounds of birds in the branches, some even sitting on the window sill.  They smell lovely also.


A brief walk about the yard shows the candy tuft survived my transplanting.


My Solomon's Seal is spreading away. 


The hostas are doing their thing.  I can't believe I originally rejected them as part of my plant arsenal.  Good grief, they are hardy, low care and slowly expand.  I even like the flowers which were disparaged once upon  time.  But I'm more for foliage than flowers.


These are some kind of little bulb that multiplies like crazy but most of the year just looks like grass.


The Labrador violets are a cool ground cover and the white lamium is probably here to stay as it resists weeding out.    This is pretty much from my white section although the weeds are making everything into a white colour scheme. 


The variety of weeds in the flower beds astounds me.  When I feel like I've got one kind licked, a new one takes over in the next year.  This year I have an incredible array of what my farmer says is stink weed!  From my Girl Guide days I can also identify Shepherd's Purse! :(


                            There is also some yellow which is turning into some real dandy white fluff.  :(


This is Prairie Smoke, a wild flower.  Also low care and the seed heads will be fluffy white.  It also goes by the name, Old Man's Whiskers.  See the bee, lower left.  He is busy.  My farmer, who has retired from farming, is joining the flower bed brigade and we'll be busy as bees ourselves restoring order to the flower beds.  He likes big, fat, blowzy flowers!  I'd threatened the weeds with the lawn mower but the Rooster says we have to preserve our mental health so we'll be keeping the flowers.  Shoot, I was all set for mixed shrub beds!  
 
He isn't quite up to snuff so after his nap we'll do the walk about and I'll be taking note of the new head gardener's plans!  The upside means the flowers will come from his budget now and I can buy coloured art supplies from my allowance!  yippee skippee


And while he naps I'm getting ready to spread some colour on my white pages because the next section for the Altered Book tutorial is colour!  Luv it!!! 

6 comments:

Katie said...

I love Solomon's Seal! I too have those little yellow ones that turn into fluff.....

Mary Ann said...

That white bulb looks like an alpine flower I planted in my rocky about 30 years ago. It keeps on coming back each year. I thought it was Edelweiss but when I googled it the picture looks different. Oh well:)

Grandma Coco said...

I really like that Prairie Smoke. I've never seen it before. I'm not much of a gardener. Fortunately Mr. Coco is.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Elle, Elle, how does your garden grow?! Love your white gardens! Those hostas are truly gorgeous. They would make a great sketch/color journal page, wouldn't they? Hint hint! Sure wish I could pop over for a visit, and help weed your garden! :) But we both know that wouldn't last long before we'd be playing in the beautiful paint!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Dandelions go will with Daisies, you know! For years I thought Hostas were some exotic plant that required lots of shade and care...not so! I really like them now. Have you ever made Chokecherry Jelly? Me either, but I've heard a lot about it...guess it is really good. So, if you can get the Rooster interested in art...do you think he'll pay for the art supplies, too?

Createology said...

I am enjoying your garden photos. The white flowers are so beautiful against the green. I love hostas as they are so easy to grow and come back year after year...if the deer don't eat them to destruction. I had 13 different species until the deer killed them all. Now I have four new ones planted in the back with fencing. Just embrace the weeds...my horticulture friend says they are merely plants with no home. Your colors are looking like some fun art will happen soon. Hugs dear...