Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

I had all of the pictures of my trees, bushes and flowers taken and ready to post: that is, until I made a quick sprint over to Chanticleer on Wednesday. What can I say except that I thought all of you would appreciate what they have in bloom much more than anything I can show you from my garden. So, go ahead and enjoy!!

This first picture is of a pale blue amsonia just about ready to bloom with a wonderful deep burgundy smoke bush and peach colored azalea bush contrasting beautifully with its soft pastel color.

A container near the entrance filled with chard with a the yellow Robinia pseudocacia ‘Frisia’ as a stand out in the background.

This photo was taken in what is known as the ‘Tennis Court’ garden. Allium, iris, carex and what looks to be (perhaps) Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’, the small golden yellow, red tinged shrub in the background.  Another photo of a container in bloom near the entrance of the garden.

 And finally, a magnificent pink digitalis with lemon yellow osteospermum in a container planting. It looks like it could be Osteospermum ‘Buttermilk’.

About Fran Sorin

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender.

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10 Responses to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

  1. Gail May 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    That noise you heard, that was my sigh all the way from Tennessee! A lovely garden. The Carex is a stunning color and looks its best, IMHO, with the purples and pinks.

    Gail,
    Yes, yes, yes. That carex is divine and contrasts beautifully with the other colors, especially the vibrant purple. Fran

  2. Nancy Bond May 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    This really is an amazing garden! I love the colors in that first photo…the burgundy and peach with just a hint of blue. Lovely.

    Nancy-
    I agree. I really do think that it is the burgundy of the Cotinus coggyria contrasting against the soft blue and peach that make this photo such a standout. Burgundy is one of my favorite colors in the garden. Thanks for your comments. Fran

  3. Frances May 16, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks Fran for showing us the inspiring plantings at Chanticleer, although your garden looks lovely also, I am sure. Make that a duet of sighs from TN. ;->

    Frances-
    Thanks for your kind words. I love my garden but in NO WAY does it compare to Chanticleer! Fran

  4. Mr. McGregor's Daughter May 16, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    Those containers are so wonderful. Thanks for showing them. Someday, I must visit Chanticleer.

    Mr. McGregor’s Daughter-
    It never fails after visiting Chanticleer that I can’t believe how lucky I am to be living so close to this world class garden. Fran

  5. Lisa at Greenbow May 17, 2008 at 5:48 am #

    All is perfectly lovely at Chanticleer.

    Lisa-
    Couldn’t agree more. Will continue to post pictures as the season progresses. Fran

  6. Kim May 17, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Chanticleer is always lovely… but then, so is your garden! So c’mon, Fran, share some more pictures already–this time closer to home! ;)

    Kim-
    You’re a sweetheart for nudging me on….will begin show my garden in bloom again over the next couple of days (if this rain ever stops!!) Fran

  7. Ken from Sweden May 18, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Beautiful pictures on your garden Fran, I cant anderstand have you can get your containers so nice.
    Have a nice eekend Fran

    Ken-
    Thanks for your comments. The containers are beautiful…although they’re not mine. Wish I could take credit for them!! Fran

  8. Carol, May Dreams Gardens May 18, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    It’s nice to have a garden like that nearby that you can visit for inspiration. Thanks for showing it to us for bloom day!

    Carol-
    It would seem minimally unfair not to share the beauty of Chanticleer with all of my fellow bloggers!! Fran

  9. eliz May 19, 2008 at 12:30 am #

    What an astounding smoke bush! Lovely. Though I’d like to see your garden as well.

    Eliz-
    Not to worry! You’ll be seeing plenty of my garden over the next couple of weeks….I also love smoke bushes…can’t get enough of them!! Fran

  10. Layanee May 19, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    I will be at Chanticleer on the 21st of June. Isn’t that the first day of summer? I hope you can make another quick trip that day!

    Layanee-
    How lucky for you to be at Chanticleer the first day of Summer! Perhaps we can meet up there!! Fran