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May 30, 2017

Late Spring Bits and Pieces In the Garden

It's becoming more beautiful each day and feeling more and more like summer. 

 The trees have been shedding their seeds and pollen and it's been very messy!  The giant Sum and Substance hosta is huge and the Empress Wu to the rear is getting larger each year.  Something (likely a deer) chewed off part of it so it would have been even larger.  The hostas are still filling out so they'll be getting larger yet.

I went with red this year as my predominant color.  I just got the border planted around the fountain area.  It's going to look great once the plants start to fill in more.  I also chose a lot of other colors for my planters.  I wanted to be surrounded with a lot of color. 

 This is a path area to the rest of the back yard and it was being overtaken by the Sweet Woodruff plant.  This morning I removed a bunch of it to open the path back up.  The Sweet Woodruff has a hairy root system that sends off runners but it's not real hard to remove.  The roots are not real deep and pull away easily enough.  I like how it fills in and softens things.

Further out back a big ash tree fell and got hung up on some maple trees.  It's at least 50 ft. tall and now we have to decide on whether and how to remove it.

By the deck I planted a Sarah Bernhardt Peony (which I don't think is going to bloom this year), two Pink Columbine plants and further down some Cleome.   I call this my pink garden area!  The Dutch Iris are coming on strong so it won't be long before they're blooming.

 I bought some Variegated Sweet Iris and planted two of them out front on the island.  I think they compliment the blue spruce tree and the hostas.  There are two milkweed plants that jumped  in by the daylilies.  I'll leave them since we are all trying to be more conscious about the Monarch Butterfly's needs (although I may regret it in my garden).

Orange Marmalade Hosta- has been slow for me but this year it looks really good.  I credit the easier winter that we had for most everything looking good this year.

I found some peony cages and the Peonies are doing quite well with them.  The third one you can barely see is to the left and almost eaten by the Blue Spruce.  I keep saying the spruce is done getting wider, but each year it continues to widen out!   I really have to move that peony this fall.  They all have flower heads so it won't be long before I can enjoy them!

 The columbines are blooming now.  The big blue spruce is moving in on them too!  Dan suggested we may have to open up the bed again and move the plants.  I would love to do it although it's a huge task.  We shall see!

I had Dan remove two Yew shrubs from the front area of the house.  I have been changing this area up for a few years.  I have some older Arborvitae (cedars) I want to yank out too that are around the corner.

We put in a Minnesota Snowflake Mocorange.  It's not supposed to get larger than 5 to 8 ft. tall and the same for width.  It has buds all over it so I can't wait to smell it.  We're looking at hiring some strong young men to clean out all the lava we put in there 20+ years ago.

A couple of quick shots of the fairy garden.  It's in slow motion so I won't show it all yet.  Still waiting for the tulip plants to die back a bit so I can shear off the plants and finish the fairy garden.

 See the little purple viola to the left.  It came back from last year and I relocated it back there.  I just love their sweet little faces!

These are some Pansiolas I put in.  It's a new crossbred pansy and viola that are supposed to be more heat tolerant, don't need dead heading and should bloom all summer.  We shall see!  A lot of my annual plants quit blooming because of the stretched out cool spring weather we have had but they should be blooming soon!

A quick picture of the back area.  Things are steadily filling out.  The lilac topiary is about to flower too- can't wait since this one smells divine!  As soon as my other annuals start flowering better I'll show you my planters.

Thank you as always for your visits!


  1. Liz, your careful placement of all of your plants is so eye catching. We've had to move many shrubs in our yard when they get too large as well. We enjoyed seeing how Dan removed your's. You have a nice variety of hosta and columbine. It's always fun seeing your lovely gardens. Have a great evening. ♥

  2. thank you for sharing, hostas are beautiful!

  3. Liz, I enjoyed your garden tour this morning SO much. I'll be very interested in your snowflake mocorange planting and how it fares. I am envious of yours & Dan's having the equipment and his ability to do the heavy overhauling. My landscape is mature (14 yrs), and I need to do that with several of my plants, including some yews. I've been transplanting, staking, planting....it's a bit of a love/hate right now, given the task list and my desire to cross things off that list and the hours in the day (and rain!). I love all your shade plantings (mine is mostly full sun). Those columbines are so dainty and pretty, and your varieties of hostas make for a beautiful tapestry through your grounds. Beautiful, Liz! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Liz, your garden is always a source of inspiration. Loved this tour. Everything is so lush and beautiful. Your fairy garden is lovely. I really love those violas too and the color pops off the roof of the little fairy cottage. Great to raise on bricks too. I was using some terra cotta saucers but I like your brick idea better. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week.

  5. So beautiful and inspiring! I love watching your progress with your projects and the progression of how your gardens evolve throughout the season.

  6. Beautiful garden. - Loved the fairy gardens too.


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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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