May 18, 2011

Around The Garden...

The good news is...
I am not gonna talk about the rain today!

Because we are having some beautiful weather :-)

Come on... we'll go look around,
the garden is lovin the sun as much as me!

(click photos to enlarge)

I picked up these fun galvanized flowers last fall...


they add a nice height to the Pansies...


while we are on the patio,
a chippy dish tucked in to a planter...


I love Jacob's Ladder
they smell just like grape juice...


another shorter variety of Jacob's Ladder...


these pretty double Lilacs are an almost,
in bloom....


as are the Roses...
anticipation!


the Weigela pond side is on the almost list too...


the Columbines are popping open everywhere!

I have let them be in charge of themselves
and they really are everywhere...

these are right at the base of the fence
in a tiny strip by the sidewalk...


they were so pretty,
 I just let them be...


more
 dancing in the sunlight...


I have a lot of varieties,
I have no idea how they have all gotten here..

but I think I like each better than the last!

I am hoping to photograph them all
 in a collection to share...


this plant must have snuck in,
in the pot of another plant...


it's proper name is Centaurea Montana...

but it has a whole lotta nick-names
Bachelor's Button, Blue Cornflower, or Mountain Bluet...


some one has shown up
 in a blue so pale it's almost white...

this little rabbit is all tucked away in the Garden Phlox...

all the beds are filling in so fast!
I am amazed each year how quickly this happens!


The Cherry tree is raining pink petals everywhere...

My little old man Twiggy
 took his fuzzy blanket out to sunbathe...
 and got one stuck on his nose,
he didn't seem to notice or care,
I am not sure which!

but he just sat there like this forever...
until I just had to get my camera and take a pic,
then I had to wipe it off:-)

Today I am joining...
and

Thanks for strolling with me today...

42 comments:

ONG said...

I love those blue columbines, wow! I also just planted some bachelor's buttons seeds in a container today, anxious to see how they turn out. Thanks for the sunny tour, nothing but rain here.

NanaDiana said...

Those columbines are amazing! I love that your "old man" posed for a picture for you! Hugs- Diana

One Heart said...

Oh my, these are gorgeous. From the flowers to Twiggy, I loved all the pics but I especially loved that dish tucked in the planter. You've given me a great idea.

Thanks for sharing this simple pleasure.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your beautiful columbines! Twiggy is a cutie. What kind of dog is he? He looks like a deer with those ears. Cute. ;-)

A Garden of Threads said...

Amazing columbines Bella, I love all the different shades of blue. I also let them volunteer where ever they want. I do not have as many colours as you, must fix that this year. Hope the weather stays nice for you and you get out in the garden.

Angel said...

Your garden reflects the beauty of your name. Thanks for sharing the lovely pics!

Ms.Daisy said...

Wow, how beautiful those blue Columbines are! Everything is so lovely - thank you for letting us take a stroll along your garden paths! Your dog is so cute posing for you!


~Jean

A Rosy Note said...

Look at all your beautiful flowers. You sure have a bunch. I love the lilacs and the columbines. Great photo of the dog too...aren't they funny sometimes?!

~tricia :)

Larry said...

Very beautiful in all aspects... but especially the blue columbines... Larry

Red Gate Farm said...

Loving Twiggy with the petal on his nose :)

I must say, I don't think I've ever seen a double lilac before... it's beautiful! And Jacob's Ladder smell like grape juice? For real? I must check mine out ;)

I too can't wait for roses and peonies!

Thanks for another beautiful walk through your garden,
~Chris

Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

Your columbines are so dainty and sweet! Beautiful lilac and the bachelor buttons, you are inspiring me to put some seeds out!

Faded Charm said...

I so enjoyed strolling through your garden. I notice most of your flowers are further along than mine, but i have that anticipation to wait for them to bloom into all these lovelies you just shared:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

Shannon said...

Beautiful garden photos! Love lilacs and wish I could grow them out where I live but it's just too hot.

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

All so very beautiful!
I love the blue and purple shades of your flowers.
My lilacs and columbines are asleep down here in Australia - your photos make me wish it was Spring here too!
blessings..Trish

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such a nice stroll through the garden. So many beautiful delicate blues. I love bachelor buttons. Probably because they are so easy to grow that they can even turn up by accident! Twiggy is a darling. Look at those eyes and ears! So glad you are getting some lovely days. xx

Linda said...

Your garden looks wonderful...the chippy little plate is a great addition! Twiggy is adorable! It is still rainy here!

Ana said...

Oh Bella, I loved our stroll through your beautiful garden. So many gorgeous flowers I had never, ever seen before. And how cute is Twiggy...Sounds like he likes to bathe in the sun as much as my sweet girl, Cookie :-) How very sweet.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Bella, Your garden is looking beautiful. We just recived some unexpected rain thease past two days. Which is odd for So Cal this time of the year and also along with some cold weather. Well enjoy your garden and Thank You for sharing....Julian

Clarissa said...

Oh my,I adore your photography and your garden!Thank you for taking me for a stroll at your garden through your pics.How lovely!^_^

Donna Heber said...

Hi Bella,

Your cottage gardens are just gorgeous! I can't wait to see more pictures. Twiggy is just adorable and what a sweet photo.

flowersandhome said...

I love your galvanized flowers and the colours in your garden. Over here ,it's finally raining today, after months of no rain whatsoever; bit the opposite of where you live I guess?
Bye,
Marian

Carolyn said...

Hi Bella,
Your garden just keeps getting better and better! I love your columbines-such pretty colors.
Enjoy your sunshine-finally a beautiful sunny day here too.
Carolyn

Cindy said...

So glad the sun is shinning Bella! Beautiful columbine, I've never seen these colors before. I only have white. Your puppy is precious! Hope today will be another sunny day for you! ;)

sarah said...

very beautiful....

Jessica said...

I really enjoy nice weather...I know we have to have rain but I love nice weather!! LoL

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Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

So glad you got a little sunshine so we could explore your early spring flowers...I noticed a few Forget-me-nots to...Before you know it your entire garden will be bursting with color.

Thank you for stopping by and leave a sweet comment and becoming a follower.

Blessings From your newest follower.
Kelsie

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

You are so right, each photo is more beautiful than the last. Your garden is just beautiful.

Becca's Dirt said...

I wouldn't have been able to resist a photo of the sweet baby too. Cute. The columbine is beautiful. Your bunny looks like he is hiding.

Kay K said...

Thanks for the tour of some beautiful flowers ...purples are my favorite colors ....

Susan said...

Hello Bella! What a lovely blog. I love the periwinkle colored flowers! Gorgeous.

Thanks so much for Following my blog,too. I joined yours as well. Stop by often. Sincerely, Susan

Darla said...

Such strong plants with the most delish dainty flowers!

Linda Makiej said...

Beautiful simple pleasures post!!

Dayle said...

Fabulous, Bella. Just fabulous. My daylilies are just starting to bud. I'd all but given up.

Paula said...

WOW amazing blooms! Thanks for sharing all of these pictures! Paula from Idaho
http://bucketideasforgardening.blogspot.com/

Debbie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this simple pleasure! You have flowers that I don't see around here. I really loved the shades of purple. You have a gorgeous garden.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Oh Bella, you flowers are absolutely gorgeous... and Twiggy is so adorable, what king of dog is he?
hugs~~~ Daphne

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Sorry, meant to say what kind of dog is he?
Daphne

sheila said...

Your flowers are beautiful,and your little Twiggy is so sweet.

Blessings form your newest follower.
Sheila

Fishtail Cottage said...

Bella.....thursday's garden party has reached a new record of 50 entries..so very excited! & you my dear friend have been there from the very beginning of my blogging days! Thanks for always linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's & sharing the garden party opportunity with your friends.....i always love seeing your garden photo's (no matter what stage it is in)you always make everything look beautiful! Hugs...Tracie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love the beautiful garden pics!! And those galvanized flowers are just darling!!
And your sweet doggie is just too cute!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Hi. Found my way here from Cottage Flora Thursday. Such pretty flowers and I love your sweet doggie!

Marydon said...

What an elegant & wonderful garden.My gardens are probably at the same stage as yours ...

Nothing like a dewy spring morn, a cup o'tea & a walk in the garden, just me & He.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~
Marydon