I finally got back to PA last weekend to see my family and visit my friend Bev and her garden, which always a treat (and not just because she always sends me home with garden goodies either!) Bev is a master gardener and I am so lucky to have her for my gardening friend and mentor. I love “talking plants” with her and learning from her. Her garden never ceases to inspire me and hopefully it will inspire you too!
I have seen her garden in May and September but never at this time of year, so it was very cool to see what was happening and blooming at this time of year.
It was kind of a whirlwind tour as my bus was late and the sun was just beginning to think about setting, but I snapped as many pictures as I could, asked a gazillion questions, and just generally squealed, ooohed, and ahhhed at everything.
I don’t have any photos of her front gardens or either of the side gardens, the raspberry patch or the plants behind it – or of Bev’s fantastic, amazing compost set up and rich, black gold!
There was plenty to look at and smell just in the “main” garden out back, and that is where I took most of the photos. I hope I’ve gotten all the names right, Bev!
Without further adieu, here is Bev’s garden!… (click on any image to enlarge)
from the opposite direction looking back to the house. These bright pink flowers appeared in the previous two photos. They are Mirabilis, or Four O’ Clocks, and I don’t know which is more incredibly beautiful – the flowers or their SCENT. I could pull up a chair next to this plant, close my eyes, and just sniff….for at least an hour. It’s amazing. The flowers open in the afternoon (hence the name Four O’ Clocks) and stay open through the evening.
This is yet another intoxicating, sweet-smelling sweet pea – Lathyrus, ’April in Paris’ growing up the trellis in front of the potting shed. Bev has several plant sales each year, hence the collection of stacked pots under the window. (and if you ever get the chance to go, you’ll have your socks knocked clean off. Gorgeous, healthy plants at unbelievable prices. If you’re in /around Allentown, PA let me know and I can put you in touch!
Don’t let that beautiful, silly, smiling face fool you, though – Jasmine takes her job as garden protector VERY seriously. Any small living creature that attempts to enter / live in / cause damage to Bev’s garden in any way is usually very quickly dispatched by Jasmine, who is on guard at all times….rodents, beware!
Back to the flowers…
Tall summer phlox, magenta
Bev’s garden is a visual feast to my eyes and a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration! I hope you enjoyed the tour!