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Old 07-14-2015, 12:00 PM
Location: Cape Elizabeth
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I don't have iris (we discussed that previously), but if I did, the blooms would be gone. My spirea is in full bloom now. My sedum is doing wonderfully- my small one's- the stone crop type (lime zinger, dragon blood, etc. are doing fine now. My larger one's will bloom in fall, but are big.

Our cone flowers are just starting- I have lot's and only a few popped so far- but once they come, they will stay through Sept or Oct, same for black eyed susan- none yet, but once it starts- thru late fall. Phlox are just starting- they will be good for August, maybe Sept (don't remember), painted daisy are finished, roses will rebloom, hydrangea just starting, butterfly bush still getting blossoms. But, my aster, have started to bloom (purple), coreoposis is still popping. I would say our season is from March -helioboris, crocus, April- bulbs, late June, early July- what I showed you- but in a few weeks- I will be overloaded with flowers when the rest bloom. Should be good pretty much thru October.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:12 PM
Location: Southern California
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Your gardens are gorgeous. Now living back in Southern California, where I really feel the drought,
I am very much missing that kind of garden.
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Old 07-15-2015, 04:31 PM
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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ilovemycat, I found your thread (obviously, since I'm posting in it -- I had searched for flower BEDS with your name and didn't find it -- I should have used BED instead!) ... and all I can say is WOW, it is gorgeous!! I will likely be moving to Maine in retirement (if I don't go to England instead) and it is so nice to see what is possible, with some work!

Your heucheras are GORGEOUS -- I love the ones I bought locally (I have them in pots for now and they are doing SO well -- will plant in September) and hopefully the ones I bought via mail order will end up doing as well too (although I think they will be tiny when they come). I love that they come in so many different colors -- the foliage is just so beautiful. I am still trying to figure out what to plant exactly where -- I have more ideas for flowers/plants than I have space, unless I expand the 2 beds I've laid out -- but then I think, "No Karen, slow down, you're getting carried away!" It is really fun, though -- I am enjoying going out every day and getting SOMETHING done out there. (Today it was lopping off most of the left-side foundation plantings -- it is coming along although I will have to make several trips to the Transfer Station to get rid of all the brush.)

BTW, I love the little piggy you have with the heucheras -- it made me smile!

Your house is lovely. Mine is a Colonial but I will be adding a big front porch at some point (will make it look more like a farmhouse) -- would love to build it myself (with a LOT of help) as I think it might cost as much as the kitchen at my last house and that seems nuts. I will be here until at least retirement (~15 years away) so I have time.

Oh, love your picket fence too.

Are your beds all perimeter beds? I have very tall trees all around the perimeter of my lot so I don't have (or really need) a fence, although I will be putting up a picket gate at some point with a meandering path to my front door. (Now that I have done a lot of lopping, you can actually SEE my front door!)

Thanks so much for starting this thread!
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