Joyous!

I decided to call my post today “Joyous” because when I was out walking the dogs early this morning I couldn’t help but feel exactly that!  I can smell Jasmine and Viburnum everywhere and the weather is the kind of weather that makes you just want to spend every waking hour outside, which is exactly what I have been doing for the last couple of days.

Plants are responding to the lengthening daylight and the warmth and sunshine are bringing out the best in  the garden.

 

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Bougainvillea by the front sitting area

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Lots of the Cosmos started to flower in the last couple of weeks.  I love the range of colors and the fact that they keep blooming as long as you pick.

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This is Cosmos Double Click

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My favorite color!

Other flowers from the cutting garden that are blooming happily are the Calendula.

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Again, I keep picking and they respond with more and more!

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Calendula and a few Dahlia

In the back garden the orange terrestrial orchids are still flowering – they go on for months.  This back bed is waking up too.  I use lots of hot colors in here as it is the main color bed in the garden during the summer.  Yellow and orange Lantana spill over the wall and there are various Canna lilies and Hawaiian Ti plants too.

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Amaryllis or Hippeastrum from Christmas’ past get put in this bed as well and its fun to see them flower year after year in the spring.

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In the bed where I am growing most of the new roses I also have various Salvias.  Salvia Amistad has been fantastic this spring and is usually covered in bees.  It’s always interesting to note how bees take a particular liking to a certain plant.  This Salvia is always covered in a black bee which I haven’t seen before and yet the regular honey bees are not that partial to it.  Unless perhaps bees get territorial with their flowers and don’t like to share?!

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Salvia Amistad with Le Vesuve Rose in the foreground

The last two photos are of a new pillar rose I am trying called Mier y Teran.  An Earthkind rose, it is supposedly tough and disease resistant.  I have loved watching its blooms unfurl this week.

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I know from Instagram that many of you from more northern areas have seen cold and even snowy weather in the last week and I have actually felt guilty for posting sunny and flowery photos!  I’m sure Spring will be with you soon….It has certainly been an interesting year for weather, but I will be joyful about ours while it lasts – Hot and humid is not too far away for us!


32 thoughts on “Joyous!

  1. Today certainly was a ‘joyous’ day and your photos help show that. I love your cosmos. Do you start your annuals from seeds?

    My orange reed orchids are blooming all over and other things as well. It’s a wonderful time of year. I am so glad for this extended cool weather that we are enjoying, it is a blessing.

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you sweet Lorraine! Aren’t we lucky with this wonderful weather?! Yes I start mine from seed and just direct sow in rows and thin them out accordingly. I have fed them a compost tea and they have been very happy! So glad you enjoy your reed orchids too – such a happy and easy plant. Enjoy your week xx

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  2. Yes, it’s certainly wonderful to be able to enjoy all the beautiful weather now — we’re getting a reprieve with some rain here (most unexpected!). Your orchids amaze me, and I love seeing how your Hippeastrum are taking their places in the garden. I think I will select mine with one eye on the garden in future! Love your seed-grown annuals. And your newest rose is a beauty!

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  3. Your gardens are beautiful, and joyous looking!

    We are still in spring flux weather here in western Oregon. Had some 80 degree days recently, and today was back to mid 40s to mid 50s at the high point.

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  4. I would feel joyous if I were able to sit or work in your beautiful garden too Kate, its true your plants are more advanced than ours here in early Spring, but in the meanwhile while we wait to catch up, I can just enjoy yours and dream of things to come!

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  5. Kate, all your flowers are so lovely! Especially those cosmos and roses — they look so bounteously blooming. And don’t feel guilty about sharing your wonderful weather and flowers with us — we get to enjoy them vicariously and as a preview of our own nice days as they soon arrive (we really haven’t had it so bad this spring here in Iowa, although to the east of us they’ve had more cold and snow). Thanks for sharing your beautiful scenes! -Beth

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    1. Thank you so much Beth! I am glad you enjoyed this and you are right, hopefully our lovely weather is a preview of a beautiful spring with you. I so enjoy seeing your garden and it will be lovely to see everything you have growing this summer when things slow down here. :-))

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  6. joyous indeed, Kate. I work part time in a plant nursery (career change and dream job!) and it has been so nice to work outside in the spring sunshine after weeks of polytunnel jobs. I have sown Cosmos Double Click for my cutting patch for the first time this year and it is great to see a preview of yours. So pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much Ann! Oh you really do have a dream job…It must be wonderful to work with lovely plants all day and you are probably learning so much too – a great career change! So glad you like the Cosmos – every flower is a little different so its fun to see them open and it is really prolific!
      – xx

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  7. You shouldn’t feel guilty for giving us such a lovely view of your garden. How bright and sparkly the light is in your photos and the colour schemes you have chosen are perfect! The new pillar rose is such a pretty colour. Have a lovely week Kate xx

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    1. Thank you so much Clare! We are really lucky with the light here, especially in the early morning which is when I try to take most of my pictures. That’s fine when I am around the back but at the front the neighbors probably wonder why I am wandering in the middle of my flowerbeds in my pajamas! Haha! Always enjoy your visits – Thank you!
      – Kate xx

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  8. Everything is looking so lovely Kate. Love that cosmos Double Click. We are getting some much needed rain this morning. I hope it keeps raining all day as we are very dry here.

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    1. Hello Pauline! Thank you so much – I am really loving this Cosmos as every flower is a little different. I’m so glad you are getting some rain as there is nothing worse than the garden drying up and looking tired after all your hard work. Hopefully you are cooling down a bit too and can enjoy a lovely autumn. Looks like you had a lovely visit to NZ !

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  9. Just beautiful, Kate. Your garden always looks so inviting with your lovely sitting areas. And color, wow, all my favorites…I love that bed of hot colors. We have certainly been blessed with beautiful weather this past week, and I completely agree with you about wanting to enjoy every minute of it. _Janice

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    1. Thank you very much sweet Janice! I love being outside and I like having different areas to sit..The cat seems to sit there more than me though! I hope our weather continues. I don’t mind it getting hot but I will miss the coolness in the mornings – I think that is my favorite time!

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  10. It is a joyous time of year, and I am like you – I want to spend all those glorious moments outside. Too soon the heat and humidity will arrive and will drive me into the air-conditioned house. Your flowers give you plenty to smile about. Thanks for posting the photos; they make me smile, too! I love your sitting area. I would sit there until a butterfly on a cosmos pulled me up to get a closer look!

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    1. Thank you Deb! I love to have different sitting areas – but I mainly look at them! Lol! Here’s hoping for a lovely long spring before the humidity arrives. :))

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  11. I love learning about flowers and their names. I took second look with the name “Double Click”. I almost double clicked the photo to enlarge its beauty! Thanks for sharing your wonderful garden!

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    1. Thank you so much Heather! It’s kind of a funny name isn’t it but they really have been fantastic this spring. Hope you are enjoying our lovely weather and being able to go out and paint.
      – Kate xx

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  12. Hi Kate! Your flowers are all so beautiful! I sure wish I had room to grow picking flowers – you are making absolutely gorgeous bouquets! I don’t recall seeing a double cosmos before…it’s wonderful! I always enjoy seeing your lovely garden and home. 🙂

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    1. Hello Lynn! I hope you are doing well..Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m happy you like the cut flowers as I am trying so many different ones to see what works, so its been a lot of fun. I wish you could grow some too. I actually have some growing in quite a small raised bed and those ones are actually doing the best – I wonder if you would have room for one of those as its amazing what I have packed in there!
      – Kate xx

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  13. I have had yellow and orange cosmos the last few years. This year, I bought a few inexpensive packages of cosmos in white, red and pinks and planted ALL those colors in the same bed. They are now sprouting out of the ground. My favorite photo was your front sitting area.

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    1. Glad you liked the little sitting area – it’s one of my favorite places to sit in the morning – I just don’t get a lot of time to do just that though! That cosmos bed is going to be spectacular!

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  14. Joyous indeed! Your garden is so beautiful and I love the cosmos, I’ve not seen the two toned one before, it looks as if it’s been dipped in raspberry juice, soooo pretty. Such a well planned garden too, lots of hidden places to sit, always important even if you can only dream of doing just that 🙂 And I so enjoy your writing and beautiful photos. Just lovely. By the look of it I’ve missed lots of posts, I had been getting emails to say when you’d posted one but don’t seem to have had them for a while, so I’ll be ticking the boxes again and hoping they come through, don’t want to miss out on any more! xx

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    1. Hi Viv! You are so sweet to visit and I always love your very generous comments. Never worry about missing anything- life gets very busy. I have such a hard time keeping up with everything myself, so never feel obliged. I so enjoyed your own post the other day. You and Eliza are both so talented! Thanks again – see you on IG! xx

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