Nanny’s Garden Flowers Spoiled Me

I have this theory…that many gardeners try to recreate childhood through their gardens; I try to recreate being at my grandmother’s house, Nanny’s house.

I don’t think most people think Hydrangeas have a fragrance but they do. I will always have Hydrangeas because the smell reminds me that I hid under the Hydrangea bushes when my cousins and I played hide n’seek in the summertime.

HYDRANGEA ‘AYESHA’

Nanny had a section of her yard in worn white tall pickets. I love white picket fences especially with sweet peas. This is the first year I have had success with the ‘easy to grow’ sweet peas and I have a small section of picket fence between my neighbors’ garage and ours. I have taken it over.

SWEET PEAS AND CLARKIA

IMG_4558Since Nanny was a florist she used lilies a lot. It’s the fragrance I love and when we have a normal summer and the weather is cool the Oriental lilies last a long time and make the whole backyard smell sweet.

ORIENTAL LILY ‘GOLDEN SPLENDOR’

Oriental Lily 'Golden Splendor'

I don’t remember this one in her garden but I know Nanny would have loved it. Salpiglossis comes in so many bright colors and the colorful veins make it so unusual.

SALPIGLOSSIS

IMG_4555And rounding out a few July Gma plants…some Helenium and an ornamental grass (forgot the name).

HELENIUM AND ORNAMENTAL GRASS

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