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June 12, 2016

Walk Around The Yard and Gardens

I did a walk around the gardens and snapped a few photos.
 My Dwarf Korean lilac topiary tree continued blooming and since it was the best I've ever seen it I just couldn't resist taking lots of pictures.

The fragrance has been amazing.  Butterflies have been visiting it and I'm very thankful to have enjoyed it's beauty this year!

On the side of our driveway where I planted things to create an alcove of privacy these  Donald Wyman Lilacs have done their job.  They're a very late bloomer and have a nice fragrance but only if you come up to them closely to smell.

These Summer Wine Ninebark shrubs are coming up very poorly this year. We had a somewhat dry spring early on but these have been here for 3 years and they're supposed to be somewhat drought tolerant.  

 The island out front.  These are some spirea (Lemon Princess or Gold Mound) are a great filler next to the Limelight Hydrangea. I cut that down severely last fall and crossed my fingers that it would come back okay.  So far it has leafed out nicely so I'm hoping for the best!

 The peonies are ripe!

These hardy geraniums (Max Frei-Cranesbill) are the best- so reliable and not fussy.

 There are daisies coming and the purple salvia has started to bloom.

The Zagreb Coreopsis are getting larger every year which I love.  I think it will be a few weeks before they're in full bloom.

This hosta is called Orange Marmalade.  It's been a slow grower but always looks nice.  

The columbine are blooming.  

Butterfly weed will be blooming and the Stella D'Oro Lilies that outline part of the island are coming along nicely.  The blue oat grass is always reliable.

The giant blue delphinium is coming along nicely but a ways off before blooms.

This weigela was getting very unattractive with it's shape so last summer I really shaped it up after it was done blooming.  It's not loaded with blooms this year but it's shape is far more attractive.

The iris have been blooming very nicely too.

Nearby my frog planter is filling out nicely.  This guy makes me smile!!

Out back I re-arranged this area a bit.  The old wagon got moved to the right side and the garden bench that we finally had re-finished is now sitting by the maple tree. 

We had it sand blasted, welded back together and powder coated so the finish should stay good for a long time now.  This is a cameo back garden bench circa 1910-1920.

The impatiens are just starting to grow and so is the ivy.  Should be looking good before long.

I'll give your eyes a rest and end this here though I have more pictures to come!


  1. Thank you for the wonderful tour in your garden, it all looks so promising and fresh. The French lilac is blooming gorgeous, love it.
    Regards, Janneke

  2. Beautiful pics of your garden Liz. My irises are completely done and now I mostly have daylilies blooming and roses. Your blue delphinium is growing nicely. Be sure to show us the blooms when it happens. Thanks for the tour.

  3. Your garden is stunning, Liz! That bench turned out so pretty and fits in perfectly.

  4. Hi Liz, you have the best garden in Michigan. Love your gorgeous French Lilac. It has to be one of the prettiest I've seen. All your photos are an inspiration. Love the bench and where you placed it is beautiful and so peaceful. Great spot to take a break and enjoy your beautiful garden. Have a great week. xo

  5. Liz, this is beautiful! You just have the magic touch when it comes to your gardens. I get so excited whenever you post a tour! Ok, now you've got me motivated to get out and plant more things! Lol!

  6. It was a beautiful walk around the garden with you!

  7. Liz girl everything is looking so lovely ! That bench is a beauty I love the style of the cameo back. The frog planter makes me smile too .. very cute, I have a thing for frogs as it is.
    No wonder you took so many pictures of the lilac standard .. it is gorgeous!
    I tend to do that too because you want to have evidence of how pretty a plant was .. you never know if you will capture it like that again!
    The layering affect is what I do too .. you have it with the peonies and geraniums (I have Max as well and he is a "peach" ? LOL) .. I layer with clematis, geraniums, lamium in a center planting .. it is a great affect.
    Beautiful gardens girl .. take care !
    Joy : )

  8. Loving all the beauty that I see, your flowers are wonderful!

  9. You have a beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  10. Bonjour chère amie,

    J'aime beaucoup votre jardin... Vous avez des fleurs magnifiques. J'aime beaucoup les pivoines et les vôtres s'annoncent belles.
    cette année les miennes ont malheureusement beaucoup souffert de la pluie et n'ont pas eu le temps de s'épanouir à leur juste valeur. J'étais bien triste.
    Je n'ai pas d'ancolie dans mon jardin. J'ai la chance d'en apercevoir au bord des chemins en promenant Icarus mon dalmatien. Elles sont très belles à l'état sauvage...
    Je ne les cueille pas, je préfère les admirer dans leur écrin.

    Gros bisous 🌺

  11. Liz, You sure are a good gardener.I love all the wonderful hostas and colorful flowers you have. Plus the little added pieces to sit on or look at. So pretty. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  12. Your garden is so very beautiful, Liz. Some people do have an eye for design!


  13. Your garden is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. Things look amazing...what a fun party ...


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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