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Jul 4, 2018 2:26 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
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Well the big June bloom of the season is mostly done, but on this 4th of July I still have some flowers in bloom and recent photos to share. And since we are having torrential thunderstorms here in the Hudson Valley, I thought I'd post a parade. Up first is Zephirine Drouhin. Promoted as a shade tolerant rose, I have grown it in both shade and sun, and can attest that it only profusely blooms in the sun for me. This is one of my favorite sitting spots in the garden. Whenever I sit here, our husky comes up to me, turns around, and demands a back rub.

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Golden Unicorn (which doesn't look anything like a unicorn)

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Pompon Veranda

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Cherry Parfait

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Sexy Rexy

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Champagne Cocktail

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Mother of Pearl with rock rose in background

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Rock rose

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Copper Peony

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Yellow Peony

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Medieval Courtyard Garden with Champagne Cocktail (lower left corner), Golden Celebration (left of center statue), Dr. Huey climber (right of center statue), Mother of Pearl in background with peonies, cat mint, and rock rose.

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And finally, a view from the kitchen window

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Jul 4, 2018 3:46 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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I admire the color of Champagne Cocktail - unusual. And if I had that view from the window, I might spend more time in the kitchen. Your pictures are brightening up a rainy day here, thanks.
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Jul 4, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I had family down there rubbing the rain in to us up here today. One of my aunts told them to stop bragging about the rain and cool weather. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jul 4, 2018 9:03 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
While it certainly rained hard today, it sure hasn't been cool this week in NY. It hit 100 this past Sunday and was in the mid 90's today, making the post-storm garden feel like a veritable steam bath!
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Jul 4, 2018 10:30 PM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Mike ...

90s and low 100s are the norm up here, without the humidity.

Your garden looks beautiful. Mine will never look as lush and well-groomed. Partly because of the low humidity, but mostly because my time management skills are such that I never get it all done ... Smiling
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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Jul 5, 2018 6:30 AM CST
East TN (Zone 7a)
Mike, your garden is lovely! You must spend a lot of time out there.
Your roses are gorgeous and look healthy and happy. I used to grow Golden Unicorn too, but lost it to RRv. It was double the size given in the catalog and always in bloom. I still miss it.
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Jul 5, 2018 11:09 AM CST
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Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Perfection!
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Jul 6, 2018 4:18 PM CST
Northern MO (Zone 6a)
Beautiful garden! Thank you for sharing with us!
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Jul 9, 2018 8:22 AM CST
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mike, I could just get lost in your garden for days! It is perfection! So beautiful. I have to ask, was it there when you bought your property or did you put that in yourself? If so, has it changed over the years? You have quite the knack for beautiful landscapes if you did this yourself.
I put all of the landscaping and hard scaping in myself for my yard. However, I find myself constantly changing this here or that there depending on how the plants do. Do you find yourself doing that as well? In my eyes, it is perfection as it is!
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Jul 9, 2018 11:11 AM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
Thank you for the kind words. None of the garden was there when we moved in four and a half years ago, with the exception of some creeping phlox and catmint in the mid-terraced level. The statues were scattered across the property in places that made no sense, so I brought three of them down in front of the wall, and placed another by one of the fountains. The Medieval style garden with the cross gravel path was bare dirt originally with no paths, and was used for some vegetables but was mostly uncultivated when we moved in. We moved into the house in December of 2013, so I spent our first winter coming up with a scaled garden design. I installed the design the following spring and summer. I've barely changed it since then. It's all roses and perennials, so all I do is one big spring clean-up and a smaller autumn clean-up, plus regular deadheading. Otherwise, it needs very little time or care on my part. But that is largely due to the many lessons I learned over the years that I was able to put to work in this design, namely: right plant, right location, right soil, right amount of sunlight or shade. Every plant is in its optimal place, and for that reason I don't have to do much except for occasional watering during dry spells and seasonal fertilization, or the occasional summer pruning, division or transplant when something grows out of bounds.
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Jul 9, 2018 11:43 AM CST
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche,Rio Negro, Argentina (Zone 8a)
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Hi @Mike, I was trying to figure out whether the kitchen view of the terraced garden is a present picture or more that of early/mid spring, I tried to identify the different perennials but didn't get very far. How does that same view evolve towards midsummer and later into fall? I suspect that you love that view any season of the year... Smiling So there must be more to that sight than a single shot in July. I would love to hear about it if you have time to post it. Thank You! Arturo
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Jul 9, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
Arturo, the garden is planned around the concept of continuous bloom, so that there is always something in bloom between April and October. The view from the kitchen above shows pink and lavender creeping phlox; it is one of the earliest blooming plants in that part of the garden and lasts a couple of weeks (it is sometimes preceded by Baskets-of-Gold). As the phlox begins to fade, the rock rose starts to bloom right alongside it, and resembles the creeping phlox in form but not in color (it is bright orange and red). Some years the rock rose and phlox bloom simultaneously and the color is simply outrageous. A little higher up the slope is the chartreuse foliage of spirea shrubs that will later bloom pink. But the leaves themselves give color all season long. After the rock rose is finished blooming the cat mint spreads rapidly and bursts into light purple blooms that draw hundreds of bumblebees and honey bees, which never bother me in the slightest as I walk along the garden path or reach my hands in and work alongside them. This is followed by several varieties of yellow, red, and pink yarrow. A week or two later daylily blooms appear in bright yellow and a dusty peach color. The Oriental lilies bloom about the same time, as does the lavender. This is followed by the purple aster that just went into bloom this week. Down at the base of the brick wall is lamium (aka dead nettle, both a pink variety and 'White Nancy"), comingled with purple spiderwort. The lamium will bloom all season long, but the spiderwort will eventually decline in August. That is when the caryopteris will turn out its true blue blooms, which are a magnet for pollinating bees, and is one of the latest blooming plants of the season. Of course, further down the path than you can see from the kitchen window are roses that are in continuous bloom from May until October and sometimes even November, before the garden finally goes to sleep for the winter.
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Jul 9, 2018 3:38 PM CST
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche,Rio Negro, Argentina (Zone 8a)
Dahlias Irises Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Roses
Mike, Thank you so much for your post! Thank You! You've actually have outlined the main subjects of an excellent article. Perhaps if you wish to do that and add the pics as the seasons evolve with the exact same angle, it will be immensely instructive for anyone wanting to achieve a continuous bloom perennial garden. Others can of course interchange species and add their personal preferences. I also greatly appreciate the balance and overall taste as evidenced in this one picture. Congratulations, I tip my hat to you. Arturo
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