I know that many of you have summer gardens that are in their prime by this date on the calendar, but here in Rochester, Minnesota, I’m still planting! I admit to getting off to a bit of a late start this year, but I have learned that it’s okay to be a little late when it comes to gardening this far north. We still had nights below freezing well into May. Anyway, everything is awake and blooming and I wanted to plant a few things to round out the front garden bed.
I typically plant annuals along the walk, but I decided to go with some perennials this year in the hopes that they’ll do what they do and just keep coming back. I planted some bellflowers last year and they came back beautifully this year, so I decided to get some more of those. I didn’t find them at Home Depot, but I found some Lamb’s Ear and decided to get those to mix between the bellflowers…
I’ve planted three different kinds of clematis on that trellis (I bought it HERE) because they kept not coming back, but this year, two varieties reemerged! I know one is called firework clematis, but I’m not sure about the one with the white flowers.
The sweet autumn clematis is growing like crazy this year. I keep joking that this is the year it’s going to eat the house. I can’t wait to see it in full bloom. It has the prettiest white flowers.
Did you spot the cat?
Cats have a reputation for being aloof and some are, but these cats are so friendly and interested in what we’re doing. The animals parade down the steps with me in the morning and parade back up each night. They wait by the window for me and Sebastian to get home from walks and they’ll “yell” at us if it’s their usual lap time and we’re not sitting down. We’ve enjoyed them so much.
Anyway, the Annabelle hydrangeas are on their third year in these beds and are loving life there. I need to trim up and shape the boxwood hedge at some point.
As a reminder to me and you, here is what that bed looked like our first Spring in the house…
In fairness, I think that picture was taken in April, so things hadn’t filled out yet. The garden is looking much more like my style now, though.
As a little side story, I don’t know much about the family who lived in our house before us. The sale was managed in such a way that we never met. But, I did hear a lovely story from one of our neighbors. The gentleman of the house had a flower garden in the back (it was overgrown when we moved in because the house was vacant for a year) and he would water his flowers with a ladle. When I’m out watering with a hose or a 2-gallon watering can, I think about the tenderness and patience it took to water all of the flowers with a ladle.
Anyway, I also picked up some impatiens for the concrete planters by the door and the garage. These planters came from my Oma’s house. They are chipped and cracked, but I love them. They are always in the shade, so I thought I would try impatiens this year.
I needed to pick up something for the larger urn in the center of the garden, though…
…and some more bellflowers.
So, Jeff took me to the local nursery today and I picked up some bellflowers, alyssum for some pots out back, and a few other plants to try.
I planted it all yesterday afternoon and I’m liking it so far!
I got a trailing baby’s breath (Filou White) for the urn to see how that looks. It’s a perennial, too, but I’m not sure if it’ll get too cold in a planter over the winter. We’ll see…
When I was outside yesterday afternoon, I was just soaking it in. It was in the 60s, breezy, and sunny, an unusually cool day. I loved the dappled light falling across the yard. I stood there for a good, long while, just enjoying it.
To me, it looks inviting and clean, but not overly fussy. Like a crisp white shirt and jeans.
As one last reminder, here is how this garden looked our first spring in the house…
It’s come a long way…