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A New Garden, Seven Years In


Today we visit Rebecca Downie.

This is my second submission to GPOD. A few years ago I had garden photos of our old house in “The Element of Surprise”. We have been based in a new home in Southington, Connecticut for nearly seven years now. There wasn’t a single plant when we moved in as this was a new neighborhood and it was slow but fun landscaping and gardens! Always in progress, of course.

These are the ‘Pinky Winky’ hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’, Zones 3-8) near my front stairs with a pot of zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) and geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, annual) in the front.

Milk thistleThis is my favorite garden photo with the milk thistle (Echinops ritro, zones 3-8) coming out, a daisy my aunts gave me and a yarrow (Achillea hybrid, zones 3-9) behind it.

Sunset hyssopThis hyssop variety (Agastache, zones 5–9) is “Sunset” and flowers later, but is very long-lived. I have different types of hyssops and they are such hummingbird attractors that I see hummingbirds every time I look out the window dozens of times a day during the summer.

clean garden bed edgeI love clean, defined garden borders because they add order to gardens when the plants look messy between seasons. I designed this garden to remedy the slope difference between two lawns.

white daisiesSimple combinations that bees and butterflies love – hydrangea ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’ (Hydrangea serrata ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’, Zones 5–9), Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9), daisy, butterfly bush.

EchinaceaMore of the same!

Monarch butterfly on a butterfly bushIn a particularly good year I saw 22 monarch butterflies at the same time on the butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, zones 5–9). It varies so much from year to year.

Annuals in plantersI like to have most of my yearbooks in planters for a happy look with perennials standing between flowers.

white peoniesOn the side and front I mainly use white roses and these lovely white peonies. Since the peonies don’t bloom for long and are so plentiful, making arrangements with gifts is fun.

A bear and a cub in our forest.

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