late-blooming gardener, my guest blog

I’d like to invite you to visit Rusty Spade to read the piece I wrote for Petunia’s ongoing series of gardeners’ stories. While you’re there, you might as well explore her delightful blog. For those of you who have been curious about what the BeBop Garden looked like, I managed to dig out some old photos of the before, during and after to be included in that post.

Blooming Blogs

You might also like to visit Blooming Blogs. That’s where I hooked up with Petunia, as well as many other new blogging friends. If, like me, you found Blotanical incomprehensible, this might appeal to you. It’s quite new, so you would be getting in on maybe not the ground floor, but still early on when your voice will be heard and you can influence its development.

And here are a few peeks at what that garden looks like today:



Corokia cotoneaster

That’s what a happy Corokia cotoneaster looks like.


Melianthus major

Viburnum ‘Snowflake’

16 Responses to “late-blooming gardener, my guest blog”

  1. Petunia Says:

    Hi Ricki,

    Thanks again for taking the time to write the piece. I am still amazed at how beautiful your garden came out. Truly inspirational!


  2. ricki Says:

    Petunia~Thank YOU for asking. It’s always fun to look back at before and afters.

  3. Heather Says:

    And melianthus blooms! Beautiful.

  4. Jane Scorer Says:

    Love your planting ! It must have taken a lot of thought and planning. I love that tapestry of colour and texture and form.

  5. ricki Says:

    Heather~Hummingbird magnets!

    Jane~Thanks…and thanks for stopping by.

  6. Lindacoombs Says:

    Philip always enjoys walking past your house on the way to the Library, I’ll take a walk that way next time I meet him. I love that part of town.
    Like your book …very inspiring writing…

  7. ricki Says:

    Linda~We should meet for coffee at Ristretto sometime when you are coming into town.

  8. Lindacoombs Says:

    I would LOVE that !

  9. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    Will head over to read you article. Love the garden, especially the arbor with the purple blooms on it.

  10. ricki Says:

    Janet~The archway started out with forsythia, but this Clematis is much better behaved.

  11. Grace Peterson Says:

    Beautiful photos, Ricki. Your garden is amazing. Your Melianthus, wow. Talk about blooming its fool head off. Seriously wonderful. I’ll check out Petunia and Blooming Blogs. Enjoy the sunshine.

  12. ricki Says:

    Grace~I think you’ll like Blooming Blogs. Been meaning to ask you how you like Blotanical, and if you actually use it.

  13. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    I just read your guest post on Blooming Blogs and especially after seeing the original empty lot, I’m amazed at the transformation in these photos. That first one is perfection. I’m sure there were many compelling reasons to move out where you are now, but leaving that garden behind must have been hard.

  14. ricki Says:

    Jane~What’s really hard is keeping it from reverting to weed-choked jungle.

  15. Anastasia Abboud Says:

    Wow! You have an amazing garden! Isn’t Blooming Blogs great? It’s how I discovered your blog as well as Petunia’s and others. There are some great garden bloggers out there! All the best -

  16. ricki Says:

    Anastasia~I do so appreciate you taking the time to comment here. Welcome!

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