July 01, 2024

Garden Miscellany in a Vase on Monday

vase 1

Here we are at the start of July, and the garden is full of choices for vases. Just on a whim, I toured around and grabbed elements that caught my eye. They're not necessarily elements I'd usually pot together, but they seem to work.

Lilium 2

The Lily hybrids (Lilium spp.) are beginning to bloom, including this magenta one that serves as an anchor for the arrangement.

Lilium 1

The ivory Lilies are great fillers, and oh so healthy.


I added several foliage items. The mixed Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia spp.) are finished blooming for now, but the foliage is great for framing potted arrangements.

Matteuccia struthiopteris

I inserted an Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) branch, but it didn't last long--I guess they aren't the best for cut arrangements. It worked for a few hours.

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Also, a pot of Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) needed thinning and complimented the Calla Lily foliage, so the cut branches were perfect for the arrangement.

Hosta buds

Hosta flowers are budding and beginning to bloom: I think this might just be my favorite stage with this genus.

Allium sphaerocephalon

Drumstick Alliums (A. sphaerocephalon) are dotting the potager garden, and I picked one for a quick focal point in the arrangement. Maybe I'll add a couple more on the sides.

Heliopsis helianthoides

False Sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) add a golden touch and tie in some of the brighter elements.

Echinacea purpurea

Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), a pollinator favorite, are just starting their months-long display.

Zinnia 'zowie'

And, finally, 'Zowie! Yellow Flame' Zinnias (Z. elegans) carry over the bright gold and reddish highlights from some of the other blooms.

vase 2

In different light and minus the fern frond...I expect this little composite will last a few days and brighten its little corner.

I'm linking in with Cathy's In a Vase on Monday meme over at Rambling in the Garden. Head on over to see some amazing arrangements.

June 25, 2024

A Climbing Rose That's Captured My Heart

rose 1

I wish I'd known more about this Rose years ago. It's Rosa setigera, with the nicknames Climbing Prairie Rose, Illinois Rose, Climbing Wild Rose, and several others. While it's not technically native in my county, it's native two counties to the south and east, and it's now found often in S. Wisconsin. Its native range stretches from New York state in the northeast, west to Iowa and south to Texas.

I purchased the Rose three years ago to climb on the backyard arbor. It wasn't happy with the drought last summer, but it continued to grow and is really coming into its own this year.

shifting shade

Climbing Prairie Rose grows well in open, sunny prairies, but it also thrives in partial shade. So the spot on the arbor is perfect for it. This summer, the buds and blooms are plentiful. The flowers are gorgeous, 2-3 inches across, and they have a slight, pleasant scent.

arbor entrance

Here you can see the plant on the arbor (which the fishman constructed in 2009), leading into the backyard. I've grown many things on this arbor--mostly annuals like Hyacinth Bean Vine (Lablab purpureus) and the perennial Kentucky Wisteria (W. macrostachya), which was here when we moved in more than 20 years ago. I now grow the Hyacinth Bean Vine in another garden location. The Wisteria is still on one side of the arbor, but...long story for another post.

bud 1

I'm in love with this nearly native Rose, as a perfect climber for the arbor, and because of its hardiness, easy care, and beauty. The day I took these photos, the buds I saw in the morning were open a couple of hours later. It was fun to observe their unfurling, like a time-lapse movie.

couple 1
9:57 a.m.

couple 2
12:02 p.m.

Same "couple," in the morning and at midday.

rose 2

What can I say? I'm in love, and I'm thrilled that Rosa setigera is settling in on the arbor.

I'm linking in to Wildflower Wednesday over at Clay and Limestone. Check it out!

June 17, 2024

Roses in a 'Vase' on Monday

bowl 1

Many of the Roses are blooming at the same time this year! They do tend to begin blooming in early to mid-June most years, but generally on a more staggered schedule. I'm loving the deluge and the bounty, probably due to various weather factors.

So, I put several in a bowl all together for happy viewing.

at last 2

The star in the middle is the hybrid tea Rose 'At Last,' which is so stunning, fragrant, and disease-resistant.

double pink

The outer ring includes the prolific and beautiful Oso Easy Double Pink.

sweet mary 1

Also, I included Fred's 'Sweet Mary,' my great-grandfather's hybrid. This Rose is particularly lovely as a full, lush bud.

sweet mary 2

But beautiful, also, when fully in bloom. I don't spray/treat my Roses, so some years the outer petals are a little brown on this one. But, oh my, the scent of 'Sweet Mary' is unequaled!

shrub rose

I didn't include this lovely shrub Rose in the bowl, because the color didn't seem to work, but it's a beauty, too. It was here when we moved in, so I'm not sure of its identity.

bowl 2

I have a limited collection of Roses in my garden, because of the shade conditions. Two others are not quite blooming yet, but I'll share their beauty in the coming weeks.

Rose blooms signify summer to me, and pleasant thoughts. I'm linking in to Cathy's In a Vase on Monday meme. Join in with your vase creations!

June 08, 2024

Nifty Garden Views and Vignettes

potted oxalis

Do you ever notice appealing (and sometimes surprising) vignettes, plant combinations, and pleasing views? It's been happening to me a lot lately.

By the time I've gotten around to photographing them, however, several examples have passed...I tried to capture a few others. With some, I stepped back to get a broader view, and then photographed single blooms or smaller groupings.

The play of the light on the Alliums and Fiddlehead Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) was fun the other day:

ambassador 1

With morning indirect light, they were warm and glowing.

ambassador 2

Same plants and roughly the same angle--but with more cloud cover and more overhead light, the colors are totally different. And the shadows and variations in exposure are lessened.


The Alliums currently blooming in this particular bed are 'Ambassador' and...


'Globemaster,' which starts blooming earlier and is a bit shorter. I love them both, and the rabbits don't eat them. Yay.

mixed pots

We've had plenty of warm weather and plenty of rain, so most of the plants seem happy. The potted arrangements are coming into their own. Soon they'll be lush and full and spilling over the edges for the rest of the growing season.

calla lily

The Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia spp.) are full and bright. They're from a mixed grouping, so I'm not sure which species/varieties they are. They overwintered in the sunroom, so they had a head start when I started watering them in March.

impatiens and coleus

Many of the pots have various Impatiens and Coleus combinations.

mock orange and sumac

The Mock Orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is full of bright blooms and framed by the Staghorn Sumacs (Rhus typhina).

mock orange

The blooms are so graceful and gentle.


In addition to the potted Oxalis (O. vulcanicola 'Zinfandel') in the first photo of this post, I noticed several more "happy" plants. This Bigleaf Hydrangea (H. macrophylla) is full of blooms--more than I can remember from the past. Perhaps it's not surprising with all the rain and mild weather we've had this spring.

red admiral on allium unifolium

Another quick vignette--a graceful red admiral butterfly on American Garlic (Allium unifolium).

 It's a beautiful season! What scenes are catching your eyes these days?

Because I've included six basic "areas" of the garden, I'm linking in with "Six on Saturday" at Garden Ruminations. Head on over to view scenes and amazing plants from around the world.