Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Garden

The garden I planted to honor the memory of Winnifred Wigglepants is in full bloom, thanks to the heavy rains we've had this spring. The sunflowers won't bloom for another four to six weeks, but the day lilies, geraniums, tea roses and gerbers are clamoring for the Most Colorful Flower Award.

Winnie Wiggles was my little velcro pug, and followed me everywhere. I love the picture I took of her years ago next to my red geraniums.

My husband bought this plant, although I don't know what it is called, the tiny flowers bloom only in the early morning.

I'm thrilled the hydrangeas are blooming this year despite the heat last summer. Amazing what a grocery store plant can survive if it puts its mind to it and you water it enough.

I wish the day lilies lasted longer. I found a tiny praying mantis baby lounging in these blossoms yesterday. I will try to post a picture of it later, if it turns out.

I'm not sure what kind of tree this is, the landscapers planted it three years ago. Do you? These mopheads of bright white blossoms are glorious in the spring.

I love the backlit blossoms. I got my courage up and painted some backlit hydrangea blossoms for a commission last winter and was tickled at how much fun they were to do.

I remember in grade school, I wore red pants and an orange shirt to school one day. I loved those colors together. They probably looked ridiculous on me, but my garden wears them quite well, don't you think?

The hibiscus thrives in Texas, if you remember to water it in the heat of the summer.

Purple, orange, red and yellow all thrown together. I really need to organize my palette better, don't you think? I hope you enjoyed strolling through the garden with me in memory of Winnie Wiggles this morning. Enjoy your holiday weekend, dear friends.


Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Beautiful photos and your memory garden is so nice...the little purple flower is spiderwort, a perennial...

Kim VanDerHoek said...

I can see where you get a lot of your inspiration for your paintings from Nancy. Your garden is so pretty! It looks like a perfect place to enjoy a glass of iced tea.

Before I had my son I used to love to garden. Sadly, my yard sits neglected now. Maybe when he's older he'll help me do some plating.

Unknown said...

Hi Nancy - I was going to tell you that it was called spiderwort but Becky beat me to it. I have a beautiful grouping of them growing wild in my garden - they're east to transplant and they love water. I was thinking of painting them - I've been taking photos of them like crazy.
Love your garden - what an inspiration!!

Manon said...

Boy do you have a lot to paint! Great garden!!

Angela Elledge said...

I predict we'll be seeing paintings of day lillies, hibiscus, geraniums, hydrangeas, and spiderworts from you in the very near future. Planting is on my list for this 3 day weekend, thanks for the inspiration, Nancy!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
The Memory Garden of little Winnifred Wigglepants is so beautiful. What a special remembrance and tribute to her.
Mother Nature had painted all your flowers so beautifully. All colors should go together. My mama wears all colors and looks great. When she goes swimming- people call her
Everything that you paint is so magnificent- and by the way, your camera is out of this world! It does a superb job. Mommie thinks all the pics she take is blurry. Thank you for sharring the tribute to Winnifred Wigglepants. She lives forever in your heart.

Becky said...

Loved seeing Winnie's garden. I love the daylilies, when I was a little girl, my grandmother had a large flower garden just full of them. I also love the hibiscus, I have red double and peach doubles, they are gorgeous and some hybrids that one plant only bloomed onceso far. What a lovely way to honor Winnie this way!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Nancy, your garden is looking really beautiful. This is an exciting time of the year isn't it?? Is that perhaps a Hydrangea tree you have there???


Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us. I personally enjoy a riot of color in a flower garden--if Mother Nature does it, why can't we? I am looking forward to the paintings you will create based on these amazing photos--and your backyard live models.

I think the white flowering large shrub (or tree) you picture is an Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). They grow wild here in North Florida forests and are hardy and long-lived in the right conditions.

Mary Lemmenes

marianne said...

Lovely flowers! Must be wonderful to live in the South!

Have a nice Sunday!

A New England Life said...

I don't think you need to organize anything, Nancy. It all looks wonderful mixed together. Winnie would love meandering through the pots and posing for you : )

Do you keep the Hydrangeas in the pot all year long? Wish mine would look that nice!

Hope you enjoy a little something in the mail this week ; )


Unknown said...

Winnie's waggin' her tail in doggie heaven because her garden is so beautiful. Hugs! said...

What an inspirational garden. I can't wait for my roses to bloom. Long Island has been having some cold nasty weather. Enjoy your beautiful garden.

L.Holm said...

Wow, what a garden! Winnie must be smiling. Gorgeous photos, Nancy. You've got inspiration any direction you turn.

Jean Levert Hood said...

How beautiful Winnifred's garden is! What a wealth of inspiration you have. I so enjoyed all of these beautiful photos. Glad you got some help identifying those unknowns, too.

Hugs to the Pugs!

Hank said...

Nancy, mom met the good folks of DFW Pug Rescue at the Milwaukee Pugfest last weekend. She bought one o' your cards (rainbow bridge) at their booth. She LOVES brought a tear to her eye. She thinks you're a darn good artist I tell ya what. And in lookin' at your blog pictures, I have to agree!

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
what a magical garden you created in honor of your winnie. you are both so special!
m & ep

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Pixel Star Photography said...

Love the Winnies Garden sign :) What a beautiful way to remember her.


Lisa Palombo said...

What beautiful photos! Your garden is lovely.