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Spring Flower Garden Planning

This photo was taken end of summer 2018 and I’m planning big changes in this area for 2019.

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I’ve been working on my gardening journal the last couple nights and have almost got a layout and what flowers will go where when spring arrives.  I’m planning on having Cleome (Spider Plant), Coneflower and Hollyhock in the back corner.  First I will dig up all of the sedum and daylilies and move them to new places in the yard or outside the yard fence.

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Cleome, Queen Mixed Colors, , large



Poppy Flower


Blue Columbine Songbird Bluebird, Aquilegia


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I’ll plant 18 x 18 inch clusters of each of these three.  As I move to the front of the triangle I’ll plant 12-18 inch tall plants such as Columbine, Lupine and Poppies.


The columbine is already in the ground and one of my favorite perennials.  I also have primrose in the bed and they’re usually the first to bloom but the bloom doesn’t last too long so now I’m trying to find something to plant between each primrose plant to keep the garden blooming all year.

Can you tell I”m anxious for spring to get here and to dig in the dirt???


It’s really JUNE 2018???  I thought sure that May would slink by slowly and it rained most every day leaving us with a total of six inches in the rain gauge.  May was wet but beauty abounded on our farm and I’m going to show you just a touch of it!!

Pink rose from my daughter.

Pink Sweet William. It’s a perennial for me and this area is three years old and it’s reseeding every year.

Dark pink with outer layer of light pink Sweet William

I have a small area in my rose garden with Sweet William which was my grandmother’s favorite. I have several colors of this plant in the rose garden.

New rose in a beautiful deep pink/scarlett.

Mauve and cream bearded iris.

I have peonies blooming all over the yard and along the fence as you enter our yard gate.

I think this is one of my favorite with the pale mauve and pale pink.

Yellow and white iris group

Vibrant purple iris

A different yellow and white bearded iris

White and purple iris

This view shows that hint of yellow-orange.

Lavender iris with a hint of orange-yellow in the bottom of the petals.

I absolutely love this color!Peach, orange and yellow, great idea for a quilt.

This red rose has continued blooming since Mother’s Day and I think it will all summer as long as I keep pinching off the spent blooms.

The wild rabbits killed most of my roses during the winter so my wonderful children gave me 10 new roses for Mother’s Day. This beauty is one of them.

Pink and lilac bearded iris. I love iris but when it rains the blooms only last about a day.

The glass shimmers when the sun hits them and they’re a little subdued when the sunlight is not hitting them.

This is one of my new glass flowers, a new hobby. I make flowers for my garden out of old dishes. They add color between the different seasons of the flowers.

A touch of red

A touch of gold

Darker pink columbine. Hummingbirds love all of these beauties.

First year of white columbine, even more delicate! I think there is a yellow columbine and a red that I need to add to my collection. I’ll look into that.

Second year of pink columbine, so delicate.

Gorgeous blue columbine. I started out with one little columbine plant about four years ago and now there’s a multitude of them!!

More columbine

Yellow-white bearded iris

A different yellow and white bearded iris

Gerber daisy in a hanging basket that Eddie got me for Mother’s Day. One week later it had out grown the basket because it had four plants in it. I separted them into two large pots beside my front steps.

Gerber daisies after repotting.

A bouquet of peonies

A bouquet of salmon iris

An unusual iris bud of dark purple

Two year old rose that the rabbits didn’t destroy!

A wheelbarrow of marigolds and zinnias

Old fashioned rose that has been on the farm for over twenty years and every year it’s pumps out the blooms


Old rose bush full of bloom and blooms most of the summer.

Yellow now but as the bloom ages it turns white

Siberian iris-this grows so fast that I have to divide it every spring.  And this isn’t all of them but I think you get my point about May flowers!!