away for the weekend: garden "friends" among the flowers

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

garden "friends" among the flowers

Summer is (usually) slow to arrive in Northern New England.
I was amazed, though, when we arrived at Away to find the flowers have gone wild!
Before taking a look, though, I'd like to introduce you to my new garden "friends".

 This guy was hiding in the hydrangeas.
He was left behind by the previous owner and although I've never had many garden ornaments before, we're growing quite fond of him. We greet him everytime we come up our driveway.
Greg calls him "Fred"
I was thinking something more like "Hans"

My youngest tells me, "No Mom, it's Fred. You can't always have what you want!"
Well, allrighty then...
Friedrich it is! (but I call him Fred)

At the other end of the garden this little guy sits among the flowers reading all day.
 I'm a little bit jealous of him...
We haven't named him yet, but I'm open to suggestions.

This is our first year at our getaway - and I'm having lots of fun watching the garden grow and bloom
 (except that I have a bad feeling I was a little overzealous in my weeding)
So now, let's take a look at the flowers blooming in my garden.

I'm going to have lots of cut flowers for my vases and pitchers
 - smile -

I think these are foxglove - I just love their color

I'm not sure what these are, but they add some nice color to the garden

And then - these tenacious flowers are growing right through the rock wall next to our driveway

I think this is the first home I've lived in where I haven't had to start my own flower gardens.
I am feeling very lucky!

I'm joining Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage

Thanks for dropping in!


  1. Hi Karen: What a great garden, and I love all the garden statues--they have great expressions on their faces. I think that your pink flower growing in the rock wall is a spirea shrub. Where I live they reach four feet tall and sometimes more, and are covered with the pink flowers. Take care--have a great getaway time!

  2. Fred and his little dog Hans. I think your gnome needs a literary name of some sort since he's obviously a bookworm.

    I just love foxgloves. Mine are all baby seedlings this year--but next year, watch out! Garden art adds just a little something. My yard seems to abound in terra cotta angels in back and bunnies in front.

  3. Thanks for sharing your Vermont garden! I have a photo of foxgloves from a nursery but I had no idea what they were. Aren't they beautiful?! Enjoy your summertime at Away!

  4. Excellent shots. Love all the variety and color. The gnome is a cutie.

  5. I love that you named him. How about Bilbo for the gnome since he's a biblio. ;)

    Pretty are lucky, indeed!


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