Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - June 2012 The Landscape as Art

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance - but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.

Bougainvillea, Daylilies and Society  Garlic - A casual bouquet of bloom
Color washes through my garden; like waves through tidal pools. That is to say, it isn't all at once or all in one place.  In June, this shaded corner just off  the back is one of my favorite spots to rest.

The baby birds mostly grown, the garden crew just came through, clearing weeds and shaping trees.

The Matilija Poppy Romneya coulteri's season of white blossoms glowing in the back canyon is beginning to give way to summer. To understand why this native in bloom causes garden hearts to flutter ~ 

this close up image by Gene Sasse  says is silently. When this bush poppy is in full bloom- it is like the constellations  landed and lit up the landscape.

The lavender is pushing through an other round of bee and butterfly enticing blooms. Tomorrow I will sheer some blooms off to flavor sugar for cookies. The orange nasturtiums will brighten luncheon salads with their peppery taste.

The yellow of 'Graham Thomas' rose keeps this spot from being a snoozer
The steep hillside out front acts like a canvas on easel to paint with flowers. Brightened in spring by the collection of English roses and iris playing in a panapoly of plants, in summer, the quiet moment brought to us by the analogous colorway of blue + yellow  = green is soft on the eyes as June gloom is on the skin. 

The stained glass globe is lit by solar at night and cuddled by a ruffle of sea lavender by day.

Achoo! Most of what you see blooming was never officially planted.  Some of it came home as seed stowaways in sneaker treads.  Others may never be known how they came to live here. 

The daylily are popping up where the borage fell down. Tomorrow I'll pull out the fallen hollow stems  of the herb now past its prime.

This bougainvillea is a welcome trespasser over the garden fence.

It links its arms through the kumquat tree, still brimming with plump tart little oblong orange fruits . I took a bag to my personal trainer this week. Why I hadn't thought of it before- I'm going to slice some to flavor-up iced tea and water.

Look closely- there are 3 bunny rabbits in this picture. 
The garden is ever-changing. Except that once you have rabbits- you will have more rabbits. Unless the rest of the food chain moves in- that is the subject for another day. 

Linking up to May Dreams Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 

Landscape quote from Brainy Quote


  1. I always enjoy a visit to your garden, Lydia. SO MUCH GOING ON! Beautiful natural bouquets of colors. And that bougainvillea just glows in the light. Bunnies are forever, huh?

  2. Whether or not bunnies are forever- the food chain is. Will probably write about that over the next 2 weeks.

  3. Lydia,

    Your yards are always so lovely. I am always amazed at the "volunteers" that pop up in our yard. John tells me more than likely it's birds dropping seeds. We have some I would like to strangle as they are very unwanted.

    I always get such a serene feeling of peace and contentment looking at your garden. I am thinking it's sll the colors with the welcoming bench and the darling birdhouses.

    Very nice!

    See you later!
    XO Trisha

  4. Good morning Trisha. Thank you for the kind words. John is right that the birds deserve credit for most of the volunteers in the garden. However, the feverfew (they look like tiny daisies in the picture)almost certainly hitched a ride on the bottom of my shoes from the South Coast Botanic Gardens where they were charming in the lawn I strolled through.

  5. I am certainly happy you and Gerry got that camera so you can share the beauty of your yard! xo

  6. Sue- You were one of my 3 big inspirations to invest in a better camera! Glad you are enjoying the results.

  7. Lydia, where as Sue's picture taking was the 'inspiration' for you to get your new digital camera, you are my inspiration to keep plugging away at my wrap around condo flowerbeds and my enclosed patio.

    I'm so looking fwd to having you for lunch on Monday and picking your brain for what else I can do to have breath taking little niches like you've created in your garden.

  8. Opps, forgot to sign the above as I always post on the annonymous button!

    Seal Beach, CA

  9. Your garden is beautiful! I love how you've created an all-seasons garden, with something new always in bloom.

  10. Thanks for checking in - I LOVE the garden you designed is going to be on TV! Save me the episode.

  11. Hi, Lydia. Lovely garden. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. If you love tree roses, check out Costco. They have them occasionaly and the ones I purchased there are thriving. Have a wonderful week.

  12. Dear Judy - Looking forward to Monday's getting to look up from the computer at something more lovely than the screen.

    Dear Maggie- How sweet of you to write in and for the suggestion.

  13. Your Garden is Sooo very Beautifuyl Lydia. So many things blooming and bringing such great color to your world and your life!

  14. Thank you for taking time during this time of grief to send such a nice note.


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