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June 23, 2016

While I Was Gone

We hit the 94-95 deg. and things really moved along.

 When we left last Friday to be gone for a few days these pink peonies were happily blooming.  I didn't stake them this year- just let them be natural.

While we were gone they finished and the white ones bloomed but they fell onto the hardy geraniums. 

My white ones are the strongest in smell!

Some lilies started blooming

I like their orange color next to the orange marmalade hosta.

This is a red version of my peonies.  I've been really lazy this year about this garden bed.  It takes care of itself but I feel bad that I didn't help the peonies stand up a bit better.

Tiny Bee Asiatic Lily blooming and soon the butterfly weed next to it will be blooming!

This red shrub rose surprises me each year.  The blue spruce is growing larger and larger and it's going to cover it up before long.  Poor thing gets neglected but keeps thriving.

The Stella d'oro day-lilies are just starting. 

Those are coreopsis all along the front. It's going to look magnificent when they bloom!

 These magic fountain delphiniums are just starting to bloom.  I just love them.  They get taller and make quite a show.

The Lemon Princess spirea on the end of the island are blooming and have bees all over them. 

The hydrangeas bulked up in size and I'm delighted they are full of blooms. The left side are Limelight Hydrangeas and the right side are Endless Summer Hydrangeas.

Once they get blooming it's going to be a great display.  Last year I had about 3 flowers.  Last fall I tied them up to help them take the snow load better and I didn't cut them shorter like I usually do.  Our winter wasn't quite as severe either so it looks like a good year for these.

On the deck I planted two of these with morning glories with a small trellis.  I've had bad luck with them in the past hardly blooming because where I had them there just wasn't enough sun.  My plan is that they will grab onto the railing and spread out- should be fun to watch them grow and pretty in the mornings once they start blooming!  Some little green caterpillars have been munching on them and the hydrangeas.

 The Annabelle Hydrangea really grew and has begun shading the fairy garden a lot.  I'm still waiting for the 2nd cottage I ordered.  The red bike is sitting on the pad I made for it.   Notice the green light hanging over the garden?  It looks real cute at night.  I'll have to take some pictures at night and show you!

The pink dianthus suddenly started blooming too!  Everything got larger in the fairy garden!

 This is a gold flame spirea.  I really cut it down last fall so I wasn't sure if I'd even seen blooms but it's starting to look pretty.

I'm so happy that I've seen a lot more butterflies this year than I have in a while.  Last year it seemed like I hardly saw any.  We also have had a lot of dragon flies and they seemed early this year.  Must be something to do with the temperatures.
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (missing part of a wing)

Well- you all have a great upcoming weekend!


  1. Everything is looking so pretty.
    I can just imagine it smells amazing.
    I can't wait to see your fairy garden lite at night.
    Linda C

  2. Your gardens are gorgeous! I love your Delphiniums and hardy geraniums (guess you can tell I love purple!). I bet you can't wait until thos hydrangeas bloom! Enjoy those beautiful blooms!

  3. ooh, this is exciting - i'm having the same experience w/my hydrangeas as you, except your endless summer is ahead of mine (which hasn't started setting flowerheads yet). and that's interesting because i think you're a good deal north of me. i'm in northeastern ohio, but near pittsburgh instead of cleveland. i've had only one bloom on my endless summer each of the last three years, so this last winter i had a piece of an old cotton sheet over it much of the time, it was mostly a milder winter, and i didn't trim old stems or winterkill until after it started putting out leaves this spring. it's turning into a beautiful shrub, even if it still doesn't bloom much. --suz in ohio

  4. Hi Liz, you have the prettiest garden around. Everything is so lush, green and healthy. You certainly have a green thumb. Can't wait to see your hydrangeas. I tell you the garden magazine people need to come and do a feature!!!
    Have a great weekend. xo

  5. I am blown away, your garden is truly beautiful. So many wonderful plants and flowers Liz.

  6. Your garden is so pretty.
    You have inspired me to try my hand at peonies next spring.
    Thank you for being at our Garden Party.

  7. Oh my goodness, how fun is your garden, Liz?! Love all the loving care and special touche that you've given it to create a personality all of it's own.
    I was on Linda's blog and she mentioned doing some updates for you so wanted to pop over. Everything looks so fresh and inviting!

  8. Good Morning Liz,
    I just bet you are already out in your gorgeous garden. You know what always amazes me is how your climate goes from snow and sleeping plants to this Oasis in such a short amount of time!
    I planted one peony plant last Spring, and I planted cosmos all around it to protect it from the brutal Texas sun-so we will see if that saves it.
    I love, love your gardens, such a lovely reflection of your spirit!
    Wonderful to have you join the garden party.

  9. Liz your garden is so serene. Like a lovely rose. Thank you for joining the garden party.

  10. Your garden is so pretty. Great color for the peonies and even the white ones are beautiful. I'm wanting to try peonies next year in my gardens. This year I added 2 hydrangeas so I'm hoping they make it for next year. The plans in my mind are huge but we'll see what all I can get done. I think it will take a while (few years) to carry out my plans.


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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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