Heirloom Plants are New Again!

This past weekend, flowers began blooming all over my garden.  Our long, rainy and cool spring set us back about a month in growth time, but my one year old garden is very lush and green thanks to all the rain.  Here are some of my favourite plants.

Lamium, Corydalis and a Ninebark shrub

Parika Yarrow, chives and peonies

Pansies, Virginia Creeper and Bleeding Heart

How cool is the insect damage to
the one pansy?? 
Violets and chives

Siberian Iris, wooly thyme and dragon's blood sedum

Hosta and white & pink lamium

Peonies, Alium Christophii and purple sage

As you can see, most of my favourites are old-fashioned varieties.  They remind me of the gardens I spent time in as a child.  In fact, some of these plants are clippings from plants in my Mom's garden.  I live on the opposite side of the country from my mom and she mailed the cuttings to me wrapped in wet paper towels and put in ziploc bags!  They came through beautifully.

These old fashioned varieties are easy to find, usually inexpensive and fragrant.  They can take a beating too!  Pick up a few for your garden and relive those childhood memories of Grandma's garden.

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. love this post Anne! I have never even heard of the plants in the first photo! Only a gardener would see the beauty in insect damage- I love it, it is beautiful!!

    happy week to you!

  2. I love all your gorgeous flowers everywhere! I am still learning the art of growing flowers. Give me a tomato or a pepper any day, but flowers? Sigh... I'd love to have some!

    The insect that got a hold of that pansy must be a starving artist! (snicker snort) Sorry! I didn't sleep well last night so that was a really bad joke! I think it's funny how the eaten areas look symmetrical though.

    Take care and enjoy that garden!!

  3. Great mix of textures, type, and color to your plants. And that pansy 'damage' is pretty cool looking.

  4. The yarrow is just gorgeous in that picture, as is the rich color of the Siberian iris--love them all! I grew up in the San Juan Islands, and wish I could get back up to BC sometime! Went to school there for one summer, and just loved it!

  5. What a pretty variety of Yarrow - love the Hosta too!

  6. Gorgeous flowers in your garden! Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style.

  7. Your garden is lovely and you grow plants I cannot in our heat. Visiting from Kim's.

  8. Beautiful flowers!! I especially love the peonies, they are my favorite!

  9. Your flowers are just gorgeous. The hosta, peonies, Iris, yarrow, I love them all. The colors are so vibrant. My garden is starting to wither away already from the intense heat and no rain. Enjoy the rest of your summer garden!
    Marianne :)

  10. Beautiful! I love the special touch on the Pansy from the insect!

  11. Very lovely. I have alot of the same flowers. My Spring flowers; bleeding heart, peonies, etc. are through blooming. We had an unusually wet Spring also. Everything bloomed late, but it sure made them big. Enjoy those beautiful blooms.

  12. Yarrow is one of my favorite flowers, I have collected several different types and will run out tomorrow to see if I have the one you show, just beautiful!

  13. Lovely, just lovely! Love the Peony ( Festiva Maxima?) with Allium!


  14. I'd say your one year old garden is off to a great start... very nice! Larry

  15. I was drawn to your flowers. They are so pretty and healthy looking. We are having such extreme heat ours are struggling. The last week we have had rain so I know that will help. I enjoyed your garden.

  16. Yay for flowers! everything looks so happy and healthy! Thanks for sharing at Fishtail Cottage's Garden party this week! xoxo, tracie

  17. @glimpsesofglory-karen.blogspot.com My peony was tagged as a "Shirley Temple" but I'm thinking Festiva Maxima is what I got... I don't see any pale yellow or pale pink on this sucker!! lol

  18. Wow! Such luscious colors! I really enjoy your garden and am jealous of your lovely alium - have not been able to get it to grow.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  19. Took a minute to even see which pansy had insect damage cause they all looked perfect to me! So very pretty.

  20. Your garden blooms are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Love the bright colors. Our peonies were done around the end of May. It was a delight to see yours. They are my favorite flower. ~~Rhonda

  21. Welcome to Bloomin' Tuesday! Your garden is beautiful, especially fpor being only a year old. Love you plant combinations. Jean

  22. Beautiful garden - lovely flowers!

  23. Oh my, it is SO neat to re-live spring by looking at your flowers which are long gone here in VA. Everything is so pretty--love your very bright and clear photography.

  24. Beautiful blooms, fabulous photography! Thanks for sharing your lovely gardens. Stopped in via Jean's BT. Look forward to checking out more of your blog.

  25. I am so excited to be your newest follower! Your garden photos are gorgeous!
    I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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