With all the misty weather...the only way to describe my gardens..is lush. Everything is so overgrown and plants are spilling into one another with no definition. Here is the clematis that I planted late in 2011. It is called Princess Diana (a smaller flowering clematis)I made the trellis out of two tomato cages and attached it to the post that holds the birdhouse.I will train it along the porch railing and it will be enjoyed from our seats on the porch. It's easily trained and I can cut it back at the end of the season.
The little garden by the driveway is packed full of flowering plants. The spring bulbs are finished and it's time for summer perenials to bloom. There isn't much blooming in this picture, but before long the roses will bloom and there will be more color in this spot.
Around to the north side of the house...the Ajuga is blooming along the border of this semi herb garden. It was a very dark day, when I took these pictures...so not so colorful. Gloomy days seem to have been here forever....but before long that old Mr. Sun will be out and casting his rays with a vengeance. My gardens love the misty, overcast days.
Here is another picture of my Ajuga.When I planted it, a friend came by and said that I would probably not like it after it started to creep. She said it grows like a weed...and she was forever pulling it out. Well, I didn't listen to her...I went ahead and dug more up in the woods and transplanted it here. Just a few plants at first. See how it has grown! It's really an easy plant...it grows well in all kinds of weather, fills in wherever it grows, makes a perfect border, looks nice even without blooms, and most of all easy to maintain...I just rip it out, when it starts to take over. I love the way it grows around rocks and pavers.
Well, that's a mini tour for this damp and dismal day here in N. Illinois. As I look out my window, the birds are coming to the feeder...cardinals, indigo buntings, orioles, finches, woodpeckers, and of course the faithful varieties of sparrows. They keep me entertained during moments when my mind starts to remember. I have so many things that keep me busy....feeding the birds and tending my gardens is therapy for me.
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