Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's Bloomin' Tuesday . . .

It's been forever since I posted for Bloomin' Tuesday. Spring in Colorado this year seemed almost nonexistent. We went from cold-coolish days to the warm days of summer within a weeks time. When we left the end of May to go to the Outer Banks for vacation I left a garden floundering in 50 degree temps. While we were gone Summer arrived and our yard began to flourish. Here are some photos of how our garden is progressing.

While we were gone the pots I filled with petunias that I had planted earlier in the season had taken off. Beautiful, lush petunias overflowed the rims. You can see the Star Jasmine that I potted in the background of this picture. In many climates Star Jasmine grow to impressive heights. Here in Colorado I use them as a potted annual to supplement and add variety to my potted plants...



I also use a lot of geraniums in my potted plants. Their big, colorful blossoms make my heart happy!


Along with traditional geraniums, a potted pink Martha Washington Geranium is seen below. In the background along the fence you can see the purple flowers on our Clematis beginning to blossom.



Sometimes I like to pretend I live in southern California where blooms abound and it feels like the tropics. That's why I plant Bougainvillea in pots in my garden every year. It reminds me of California. Of course, in California, the Bougainvillea grow big and beautiful and in my garden in Colorado it just pretends to flourish. Still, it adds a huge pop of color to my patio...


This year I also added some bright orange Honeysuckles to several pots. They look so exotic and tropical to me. I feel like throwing on a lei and swinging my hips when I look at these babies!


I spent hours on my knees earlier this spring planting all these little impatiens around my bird fountain. It's worth it when they begin to take off and fill in the area. They are looking for a little more heat so they can spread their wings...


My peonies are a testament to our cool spring. Usually they are long gone by now, but they are just beginning to bloom. I love these gorgeous, voluptuous blossoms...



Finally, a look at one of my hanging baskets. My husband bought me three of these baskets for Mother's Day. Million Bells are so pretty with their colorful, vibrant blossoms...


That's a look at what's happening in my garden. Go to Ms. Green Thumb Jean's to catch a glimpse of more gardens and gardening ideas.

9 comments:

annemarie said...

What a beautiful yard you have - thanks for sharing.

perennialgardener said...

Your garden is so lush & colorful this season. :)

Army Wife Quilter said...

they are lovely. i only have gladiolas and patunias. in my yard not as nice as yours yes i am jealous

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

All of your flowers look very happy, but your petunias are spectacular! Very pretty-enjoy:@)

Jenniffier said...

Lovely. I have 4 big pots to plant in but can't decide what to do with them. All I have is one with herbs right now, that really needs my attention :)

Deb said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the million bells! I've always wanted to grow the Bougainvillea but then I always opt for a perennial to save money. Yours is wonderful! Maybe it's worth it! :)

Zoey said...

You have some of the most beautiful petunias I have ever seen.

I also love that Honeysuckle.

It looks like you have worked a lot in your garden and it has really paid off!

Jean said...

Suzanne, It's nice to have you back on Bloomin' Tuesday! Your petunias and peonies are amazing! I love all your bright colors. Jean

Donna Heber said...

Suzanne,

OMG! Your petunias, peonies and geraniums are so vibrant and stunning! I enjoyed viewing your yard with the wonderful bird fountain. Have a great day!