How to grow an easy flower garden

How to grow an easy flower garden

It is late May and I have returned from wandering about my garden.

I am pleased to say that it has responded to my care and encouragement superlatively and I cannot help but smile a satisfied smile. My garden and I are one.

My garden is in the process of being changed from a normal English garden (although it is in Denver, Colorado) to a totally perennial garden and things are going well. The lawns are a deep rich green that show off the flowers to their best advantage.

The year began in January with snowdrops that get more numerous each time they appear. The crocuses that follow suffered a little from the attentions of a voracious rabbit, which needs my attention. Still enough yellow, blue and purple crocuses appeared to announce that winter was over.

In February daffodils, narcissi, and tulips followed in strict succession, while in March multicolored anemones lined the pathways and will continue through the summer.

Iris plants back all my beds and I estimated that the garden this year would produce some 300 flag iris blooms supplemented by water irises in the pond and a few delicate beardless blooms that appeared as illegal immigrants and were welcomed. One sloping border is replete with light-blue bearded flowers that are exactly what Van Gogh painted even to the single white bloom that invaded his painting and invaded my border as well.

My flowers wave at passers by who stop and point at something that has caught their eye. It is satisfying to have pleased someone.

Under my office window, a bed edging the lawn has been converted to lupines. One of the plants, that appeared by chance three years ago, has two dozen blue spikes while the one next to it, a new plant, is doing its best this year with eight. Next year it and the others below adjacent windows will be as large and productive as my first.

But along with the irises and lupines are the peonies, now simply swelling buds on five large old plants measuring a yard across. Within two weeks they will be in full bloom red, white and pink varieties. One plant will carry over a hundred and fifty large blooms this year and many will fill all the vases in my home and those of my friends. Peonies take a couple of years to get going but once mature they give back pleasure a hundredfold.

I could go on for as the year progress other flowers will faithfully appear, starting with the glorious red of the oriental poppies in different locations and after them sunflowers which are presently small shoots. Then the roses will take over thirty of them in three large beds, before chrysanthemums and asters enliven the fall. Those tell us that it won’t be long before the snowdrops pop up again to welcome the next year.

Johnny-jump-ups and pansies fill tiny spots and show resolute persistence to color my world even when it snows.

But now it is late May and the most glorious time of all in my garden.


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