Friday, May 28, 2010

Foto Friday -- What's blooming

When we moved to the farm, the house garden was an overgrown mess. It was full of grasses and weeds and the perennials hadn't been separated or managed in years.

But you could tell it had been a well-loved garden once, filled with peonies and poppies, irises and lilies.

I've been told I should dig up the perennials I want to save, till over the beds completely and replant my prized specimens where I want them. I'll do that, eventually. But in the meantime, I'm cutting back the grasses, digging out the weeds and admiring the blooms in all their old-world beauty.

I love how a poppy starts like this...

... and then overnight, unfurls like a fancy flamenco skirt, all ruffles and grace...

... to open up like this...

and this...
... and this.

There's also the garden peonies...

and the irises.



I've also started adding my own favourites to the garden. This is Jack's lupine that I planted last year. I love how the blooms start at the bottom and bubble to the top.

And here's some Montana cornflower (Centaurea montana), tucked underneath a lilac...

... and beside a purple columbine.

Of course, I can't forget my absolute favourite garden bloom.

What can I say? The girl likes pink.

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5 comments:

Heidi said...

Beautiful. I really love your poppy pictures.

We just moved to a new house and I am having the best time watching new surprises bloom!

Fiona said...

Thanks, Heidi! I love poppies too... I only wish they lasted longer. And they're so early this year!
Congrats on your move, your new house and your new garden! Enjoy :)

Mama Pea said...

You are so lucky to have inherited all those lovely perennials! I think you're wise to just "watch" them for a couple of years and "live" on your land before you decide when and where you want to relocate them. Such beautiful pictures. Especially that last little pink bloom!

Erin said...

Beautiful! That is a big fear of mine, I live in a "questionable" neighborhood, and I know that when we move away someday the new people won't take care of what I have created and there won't be anyone like you to appreciate it! It's sad to think about!

Fiona said...

Thanks, Mama Pea! I think you're right about waiting. I want the beautiful cottage garden but I need the living time to figure out how and where to do that :)

And yes, Erin -- that is sad. But I think it's so great that you've made your current space so incredibly beautiful even though you know it's not your forever home. I always hesistated to do much at our previous houses because I didn't know how long we'd live there. In retrospect though, I lost some of the enjoyment of just being there in that moment. And who knows -- maybe the next family who inherits your space will be inspired by it!

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