Jun 28, 2011

Gardening up Front...

I thought you might like to take a stroll
up in the front garden today?

I have mentioned before that although...
I live in a very small town,
I also live very downtown...

So I usually hide out in the back a lot....

(click photos to enlarge)

It looked so pretty today
I thought we would take a peek....


it wouldn't be a cottage garden,
with out a Cottage Rose....


I am crazy for the tall spikes of Delphinium
and this lavender is a favorite....


when you look close,
you see the lavender is surrounded
by a soft sky blue under petal...


another Delphinium,
in the brightest blue ever!

they are always cheery
even on the cloudiest day...


Valerian...


Pincushion Flowers...


up close...


a friend to bees...


the Ballerina Rose dances a pas de deux
with Feverfew...


nearby a rose that was lost over the winter,
has come back as her
wild below the graft original self...

breaking up the soft harmony of the garden,
I really should pull her...


the other side of the fence,
 the last Columbine at the foot of the fence...


a long view,
April in Paris at the front of the line....


the very last of the Peonies,
petals thrown all the way backwards,
she reminds me of a bird in flight...


Ladies Mantle frames a porch view of my


I also lost my Memorial Day Rose,
this wild thing took her place...

she is unruly,
but such a rugged beauty...


I filled my small double bucket with her...

I use this little bucket when I weed and prune,
to gather the snips,
for bringing in to make bouquets....


too pretty to waste...

we should go around back....


so you can get a peek at the Eden Rose...


reflect...


and admire....


The Queen Elizabeth is once again
reaching sky high!

see there are blue skies in Seattle,
once in awhile:-))


The Snowbell tree is in full bloom!
an ocean of petite flowers...


filling the air with their citrus scent...


Today I am joining...

and

Thanks for strolling today....


38 comments:

Tete said...

Pretty...thanks for the tour of your gardens...had a wonderful time here today.
Hugs- Tete

NanaDiana said...

Bella- I guess I never realized that you lived right in town. I'll bet neighbors and passerbys are always gaping in front of your house. I would probably be hiding in the back too! Love your flowers...front yard or back yard theya are all jusst gorgeous! xo Diana

stefanie said...

just gorgeous!!!!!

Ozma of Odds said...

...not just beautiful ~ Bella beautiful!!!
xo, Rosemary

Kate said...

What lovely flowers you have growing in your garden! Just beautiful.

laurie said...

what a beautfiul post,, just lovely

Marilyn said...

Your lavender delphinium is lovely!!♥♫

Cindy said...

Your garden is absolutely breathtaking! I love the first pink cottage rose, it's such a perfect shade of pink, and oh how pretty the delphinium is... and i most certainly will watch for a ballerina rose after seeing how precious yours is. I enjoyed the walk through your garden so much!

Cindy

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Bella, everything is sooo beautiful... I love Delphiniums too... one of my very favorites and yours are gorgeous! I hope you decide to leave your little wild rose... I love it... a little free spirit like me... xoxo Julie Marie

Jean said...

Beautiful soft colors in your garden. Love it! Jean

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You must be very popular in the neighborhood! Well, of course you are! I'd stop and look every time! The variety in your garden is amazing. And gorgeous, of course! Love your little double bucket! xx

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, your flowers are so gorgeous! I love all the pink roses, even the wild one. The picket fence with the roses and other flowers looks so pretty and like 'country in the city'. Have a great week! Pamela

Deborah said...

And what a lovely stroll it was!
Thanks Bella!
Beautiful garden and blooms!!

Deborah xoxoxo

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

It's all so beautiful. I love that Eden rose, all those the lovely petals. I bet the scent is heavenly. I love walking your gardens with you.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
Your roses and other flowers are all beautiful. It must smell heavenly in the front and back when they're blooming. A house like yours would make make my day for the morning walks with Topaz.
Hugs
Judith

Deb said...

I love the feverfew and Ballerina rose together. And all your lavender colors are beautiful. You have a very lovely garden.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I adore your garden!

Deanna

Bernie said...

Beauty everywhere! It would take all my strength to leave the garden to do the household chores!

Maija said...

So beautiful, love it!

Riet said...

What a beautiful garden you must have. Your flowers are all gorgeous and so are the pictures. Wonderful.

Farah Muzaffar said...

It is something more than beautiful... your flowers are gorgeous but your photograph is more perfect to capture the true beauty of them... I cant name any one or two flowers they all are blooming in my heart Bells ... I am going to link up this to my FB page for my flower lover friends... its simply out of the world...
Visit me whenever you can
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
Love
Farah

Roselle said...

It's like taking a stroll thru a beauteous English country garden. The sky blue underside of the Delphinium is amazing. I could stare at that all day!
xo
Roselle

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Thank you for the tour of your beautiful garden! Bella!~Hugs, Patti

Becca's Dirt said...

You have some gorgeous roses. Delphinium is one plant I plan on adding to my gardens. They have such awesome blooms.

Cathy and Steve said...

It is such a visual treat to visit your blog... I can almost smell the gorgeous blooms. Spending these few minutes with you is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea!

shopannies said...

very pretty post beautiful colors of flowers oh love the real nature of the bugs that were found as well come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com to see what is going on in our garden

Atelier de Charo said...

A lovely garden, with wonderful flowers of differentes colors!

Hugs
Charo

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow, Bella - you sure were born with a green thumb, girlie! LUV those old blowsy roses you have. What a heavenly place to hide! :)

xoxo laurie

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your Eden roses are to die for. I *heart* them! I also like the blue of the delphiniums.

Jann Olson said...

Hi, Popped over from Outdoor Weds. Love all of your flowers. I blogged about Delphiniums today also. Don't you just love them? I don't have a Lavender one. It is a real beauty. I'm going to have to track one down. Yours is the 2nd post today that I have seen a picture of the Snowbell Tree. I have never heard of it. I love the sweet little blooms. I'm thinking it must not grow in my zone 5. Love all of your roses! I am now following you. Come visit if you get a chance.

Lounging with a Latte said...

Your garden is so pretty..very cottage, I love the colours. The Eden Rose is gorgeous!

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Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
Beautiful post. Your garden is just lovely.

Karen said...

So beautiful! thanks for the tour..
Do you know the name of the Delphinium,
the lavender and soft shy blue one?

new to your site,

glimpsesofglory.blogspot.com/

Shirley said...

Such lovely garden photos! I really quite like the "wild thing" rose! Your cabbage roses are so very pretty too.

I am joining this meme for the first time and hope you will stop by.

The Gardening Life

debbie said...

beatuiful!!!

rosesandgargoyles said...

Just gorgeous! I'm visiting from Cottage Flora Thursday...your blog is beautiful!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's at Fishtail Cottage! I absolutely love that delphinium - gorgeous. wanted to let you know that i had 3 purple poppies open this past week - hoping for more so i can snap a photo! so pretty! (thank you!!!) xoxo, tracie

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the garden, how amazing that you were able to get a bee in the picture too!