Friday, August 26, 2011

A Garden Tour

My garden is where I love to be. 
It is just my place to unwind, get a little exercise, enjoy the fragrance all around me, and gather things for dinner.
I am also a HUGE garden snoop when visiting others.
I have been known to stop on the side of the road to check out someone's garden the embarrassment of my poor children:).
So, since I love to snoop, I thought I would give you a little peek at my garden:).

It is slightly untamed, but the weeds can't poke through!
I love the cottage look: chock full of little surprises and a mix of colors and textures.

 I have a lot of Echinacea growing along with Bells of Ireland, Cosmos, and Feverfew. They compliment each other so well.

 Sedum is also one of my staples and "David" phlox.
I have 4 raised beds in my picket garden, as I call it, and planted 24 tomato plants this year...mostly the Roma variety.
They are doing really well.

 Don't you just love Hollyhocks?
They are so delightful and I love the way they dance in the wind.
 The huge plant in the center is Lovage, an herb and celery substitute.
I have Cilantro planted in the boxes. So far, my escapee chickens have not eaten it.
I planted lettuce and spinach 4 times....and it seemed to be better than chocolate to those chicks!
 Does anyone know what this pink flower is?
I have planted it everywhere and it is so prolific, but have no clue what it is called!
This particular plant I transplanted last fit in a 4 inch pot.
No joke:).
 My row garden is coming along!
I love to plant Zinnias and pick them weekly for my kitchen table.
They are so bright and cheery.
We are starting to harvest onions and potatoes, raspberries, basil, and green beans.
My sweet friend Beth came over for the day and helped me pick all of them!!
Thank you Beth:).

It is so neat to be able to eat fresh and organic.
I HAD to include puppy pictures.
They are three weeks tomorrow and just a bundle of fun!
For those of you who don't know, they are a Border Collie/ Golden Retriever mix.
There were 10 of them...we lost one:(.

 This is Spanky. 
He is super smart and a little naughty...haha.
 He can climb out of anything, does not like to nap, and barks at everyone to wake them up.
He also waves.

Aren't they adorable?
I hope you are enjoying these last days of Summer!
We are gearing up for a big week at Fair with the pigs and the kids are so excited !

Have a lovely day!!



Joy said...

What a beautiful garden! I love all of your artistic and inspiring photos!

I've been following your blog for several months, but I don't think I've ever commented before. Love it! :)

Denise said...

I think your mystery plant is saponaria...or soapwort. It spreads like crazy!

Marianne said...

I want all of the puppies! (Not that I have anywhere to put them, but they're so cute! Your garden is beautiful, and what a view.

Julia said...

Thank you for all of your sweet comments!! And thank you Denise for naming my mystery plant. spreads everywhere!! I keep trying to give it away to friends:).


Anonymous said...

Your garden is beautiful this year, Ju! I'm so jealous and can't wait to get my own going next year!

Oh, those darling puppies.....


Sharon said...

Hi Julia :)

Your garden is just beautiful! Thanks for letting us visit.

A friend of mine harvested soapwort. Here is a link if you would like to check it out:

Have a Blessed day!

Ironstone and Pine said...

Julia your garden is breathtakingly beautiful! I can almost smell how clean the air is there,mmmm
ps, the pups are adorable, so so cute!!

Kate @ Bliss and That said...

Gorgeous!! I LOVE the cottage look of your garden and adore the prairie and hill views. And the pups? I'll take two, please! :) Have a great weekend!

Amanda said...


It's certainly a wonderful sight.

And have mercy for those mountains in the backgroud. Shew Wee.

It makes me want to pack up my bags, hitch up my horse and buggy and travel across the states to woller in your garden goodness with you.


Gumbo Lily said...

I love your blog. I'm so glad you let us snoop through your garden. It's magnificent! The puppies are sweet as ever.

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Rachel said...

What a great garden you have!! :)

Svr said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing. The horrible drought here in Texas has killed everything unfortunately water rationing finished off most of it. I love your garden thanks again for sharing.

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Cailan said...

Oh my, Julia! It's so beautiful - that picket fence! And so wonderful flowers! I can't even imagine being responsible for creating something that lovely.

Sandy said...

I love your garden. This is what my "dream" garden should look like.
Thank you so much for sharing Julia.
And uhm. is Spanky one that is staying?
They are all so cute.
Are you going to be canning all of those tomatoes?

Carissa Anne said...

What a wonderful peek at your garden.
Really Lovely!!! Love the view of the mountains in the background,,,

I love zinnas too! :-)

Thank you for sharing, such gentle beauty for my eyes to look upon!!

Love carissa

Anonymous said...

I know the flower as echinacia. I take it sometimes in tablet form. It helps keep colds and flu away.
Fun blog. I wish my garden would do so well.

Karen Andreola said...

Billowing clumps of flowers are my favorite kind - those that steal the sun away from the weeds and sway in the warm breeze - like you say. Yes, I like your hollyhock. Your picket-fenced garden is breathtakingly beautiful. I am also a garden snoop. That is why I clicked on your "garden" label. We are surrounded by gardens here in Amish country. Most of them are large with "useful" plants but a row of bright flowers will edge one row - zinnia usually. It is a favorite here in PA.
Karen A.

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