Thursday, June 20, 2013

It is about time!


It is about time I did a post on the flowers in my own garden!


An ant ended up in the middle of my bouquet of peonies. Poor thing was in such a panic.





Gas Plant, Salvia and a spirea in the background.







Ninebark


White flowers of a Deutzia






Meadow Rue



Soft Purple and Mauve colored Dame's Rocket


The boys send their regards.

I am going to link this post to the Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage 
and Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time. To see other pretty gardens, click the links.

41 comments:

  1. Wow, your peonies are everything I love about peonies. They are perfect. The more I look at other gardens, I realize that I have a long way to go in my own garden. I need to do more companion plantings so my garden has the amazing colors like the photo of the gas plant, salvia and spirea. That photo is a dream! So is the photo of outside the red door. I love the fuchsia outside that door as well! Great work on your garden!
    P.S., thank you for your insight. I have some big decisions to make!

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  2. Jennifer, your garden beautifully blooms! I love Meadow Rue, I have the same one and a lot of bees are around it all the day, did you notice?
    The last photo of peony with ant is awesome!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  3. I just wanted to tell you how colourful and tasteful your garden looks, but than I saw your dogs, they are the real divas, and they are so clean.......did you brush their hair for the picture?

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    1. No, I didn't brush them Janneke, but they are do for a good brushing!

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  4. Jennifer,
    Oh peonies-you know I grew up with them all about and I now live a way too warm state for them to grow as beautifully as yours. The colors you have are just beautiful-your time and effort have made for an enchanting garden.
    Jemma

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  5. Looks like ones I have in my NH home

    Yours are stunning shot!

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  6. Hi Jennifer - what a gorgeous posting - love your colour combinations (the white and purple with pink spirea), love the peonies! I'm glad you finally shared some of the pictures from your own garden.

    And boy, it would not be the ant who was panicking but me!

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  7. Jennifer girl you have such a beautiful garden with such a charming entrance to your home! .. I have always been interested in those "gas plants" .. I have read they take some time to mature and become large and lovely. One day I may take the leap.
    The boys are very handsome too!
    I'm in flux here without a lot of flowers yet .. but hopefully soon they will start popping out for me.
    Gorgeous pictures !
    Joy : )

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    1. Joy, Gas plants are slow to mature, but when they do fill out, your right, they are pretty big. I would say mine of 3.5 ft tall by at least 3 ft wide.

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  8. Your boys are gorgeous! Tell me, why is gas plant called that? I've never heard that name before! Your garden is beautiful and the photography is superb - you even managed to make an ant look good!

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    1. There is a very good reason that Dictamnus fraxinella have the common name 'Gas plant'. They have a fragrant, volatile oils that will cause a flame to flair when held to the flower's mouth. In this post: http://threedogsinagarden.blogspot.ca/2011/06/mad-botany-testing-theory-about-gas.html
      there is a link to a video that demonstrates this. It is really pretty cool to see.

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  9. Oh, those peonies! How gorgeous! I so wish my peonies would bloom! Maybe one day. Your entire garden looks so romantic, soft, and colorful. And the boys are adorable!

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  10. Beautiful photos!!! And love the photos of the boys. =0)

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  11. You have a beautiful cottage garden Jennifer and the boys are looking their handsome best. Have a lovely day.

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  12. Gorgeous! and the flowers are nice too. ha! Love your garden. Can you tell me the variety of the peony in your header? It's one that I have that was mislabeled and I've never been able to find another like it.

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    1. This is a peony that I inherited from the previous homeowner Anne, but it is very much like 'Cora Stubbs'.

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  13. Your peonies are absolutely wonderful, one day mine will make large plants like yours, it must be wonderful to have so many blooms that you can cut them for the house! Nice to see long views of your garden and of the boys of course, they are looking so handsome.

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  14. What a stunning peonies you have. I think you gave such a beautiful garden.
    Great to see your boys. They are so cute.
    Have a wonderful day Jennifer.

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  15. You certainly have a lovely garden Jennifer - I don't know why you don't feature it more often. Love to your beautiful boys.

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  16. Wow! Your garden is stunning! The peonies are breathtaking and the ninebark is amazing! I just planted one in my garden this spring and will look forward to seeing it look like yours. The boys are adorable! It is nice to see them enjoying the garden too!

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  17. Your garden is full of bloom and glory! Those peonies look so cheery. It looks like your dogs enjoy your garden as much as you do! So cute.

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  18. Oh what can I say....heavenly it is....those blossoms are to die for. You really do take superb pics!!!

    And as for the boys....ADORABLE they are. Give them a huge hug from me.xxxx

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  19. GORGEOUS! As always. :o) I'm convinced our dogs love our gardens as much as we do.

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  20. Beautiful! I have a double-flowered Deutzia, I like the flowers better on yours. Really love the Meadow Rue also, I've got to get some of that!

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  21. Gorgeous... Gorgeous... GORGEOUS!!!

    We've got that ninebark here, too. I like to lie down underneath it. The peep likes it 'cause the ladybugs LOVE it! Keeps 'em coming back year after year.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  22. Beautiful blooms, and handsome dogs throughout your garden. I have the pink gas plant and it is maintenance free. The only problem is, I touched it with my arm one year tying up the peony beside it and my arm blistered. I've heard of others that have had a chemical reaction too.
    I like your granny screen door painted, mine has a wood stain so I'll have to work on my hubby to paint it.
    Meadow rue is such a pretty airy plant, great for the back of a border. Love this time of year, especially with the peonies scenting the yard.

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  23. Your boy is so cute! What a stunning pic of him! Jennifer...your garden always takes my breath away! You have such a beautiful palette of colors in your garden! You are one inspiring gardener!

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  24. You should write about your garden more often. It's just as beautiful as anything else you feature. Your peonies are the quintessential peonies - big, pink, and fluffy.

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  25. Thank you for showing us through your garden. It's such a wonderland of colour! Love the shot of you soft pink peony ... great lighting in all those fluffy petals. And your little sheltie seems to be enjoying the scents in the air under the arbour ... so cute ;) Wendy

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  26. What a beautiful garden you have. Those Peonies are simply gorgeous. I just love all the colour out in your garden at the moment. Stunning!

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  27. woow....your photos are stunning :)
    and do not miss......

    MIDSUMMER PARTY

    it is FUN :)
    WELCOME
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous! (And your photos, as usual, are amazing). I hope you have a wonderful summer! :)

    Sheryl @ Flowery Prose

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  29. Looking wonderful. I am intrigued by the gas plant.

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  30. You are right, the light pink peony of yours look just like mine! I wish I had room for a whole peony bed like you have, but that would mean sacrifice some other plants, not sure if I can, not for something that flowers for such a short time :-)
    I also love the Deutiza, wish I had room for one! Beautiful pictures and your dogs are so cute!

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  31. I am so glad you showed your garden...I love the peonies and that pergola. Such stunning arrangements in the garden and vase.

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  32. I don't think you can have a peony without at least one ant. Gorgeous photos!

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  33. Your garden i so lovely - thanks for sharing! :-)

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  34. Great pictures and sumptuous Peonies. Gas plant?

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    1. Sorry Alistair, I was a bit lazy in this post and did not include the latin names. The proper name for a 'Gas Plant' is Dictamnus fraxinella. The fragrant, volatile oils of a 'Gas Plant' will cause a flame to flair when held to the flower's mouth, hence the common name.

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  35. Those peonies really steal the show, don't they? Love their strong perfume (I guess the ants do too.) I really like the photo of your dog lying down, turning his face to the sky. It looks like he's appreciating the beautiful day :)

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  36. Your garden is SO beautiful Jennifer, you could post about it every time and it wouldn't be enough. I love the photo of your garden with front door (?) in background. It's really a sanctuary. Your dogs are so lucky to live in such a beautiful space.

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