Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Flower and Plant Favorites 2011 in my Garden

I decided to do a post revisiting a few of my favorites of 2011.

Malus Purple Prince in the Spring. You can't ask for anything
more out of a tree when it presents such beauty.

The Echinacea and Daisies were so eye catching that it was
hard to see anything else during their bloom time.

And what can be more beautiful than a Monarch Butterfly.

The Daylily Austintatious. Brightened my garden over
and over with reblooming.

My Daylily Ruby Spider is one that just caught your
eye and drew you in for closer looks.

Hydrangea QuickFire. Always lovely but the bonus
of this fall color was really a plus.

Erica Mrs Donaldson is a beautiful Heath and always looks good.

Heath Erica Yellow John is one of my favorites year round.

This lovely Heath Williamsii Ken Wilson, is another
summer bloomer that always looks good.

Of course what would be the fun without my beautiful
Yorkie Pagan in there somewhere.

My Pinus Sylvestris Glauca Nana on standard with Mums on either
side of it with some mini and small Hosta in front.

Just a few lovelies that I felt deserved a second look for 2011 and
I wait patiently for their loveliness again in 2012.


FlowerLady said...

I LOVE your Malus Purple Prince. What a stunner.

Everything else is lovely too, but that one touches my heart with it's beauty.


Judy Haughton-James said...

Wow! These pictures are so beautiful! You certainly have had a wonderful garden in 2011! I look forward to seeing more of your pictures. Take care and have a good Thursday.

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Julie Marie said...

Oooh, thanks for sharing!... as much as I love Christmas, I am already missing Spring and Summer, and thinking about my garden come Spring... it is cold and yucky here today, so these brightened my day!... xoxo Julie Marie

Lona said...

Oh how pretty Cher. Looking at your beautiful lilies makes me miss the flowers even more. LOL! The Malus Purple Prince is simply gorgeous in bloom. Echinacea and Daisies are always such great butterfly magnets.Wonderful shot of the Monarch. Another soggy week here. Ugh! LOL! Have a wonderful week.

Mark and Gaz said...

Gorgeous plants Cher! And that Malus Purple Prince is stunning! And of course Pagan too :)

Katie Hertfelder said...

I like this idea - best of 2011. It was a good year, wasn't it?

dorothy said...

It's so refreshing to see the all those pretty colors again! I especially like the heaths. I wish I could grow them around here!

dorothy said...

It's so refreshing to see the all those pretty colors again! I especially like the heaths. I wish I could grow them around here!

scottweberpdx said...

The shot of the Echinacea and the Daisies is stunning!

TheGardeningBlog said...

Well Pagan steals the show, but the Malus Purple Prince is a show-stopper too :)

Happy GBBD :)

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Brilliant colours. So colourful and vibrant. I like your Malus Purple Prince. It is very eye catching.

Raffaella said...

Looking at your flowers is always a pleasure... thank you for your sweet and costant comments... they warm my heart...Hugs!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,
Oh my goodness those pictures from last summer are fabulous!! It is so mild here this year I could of still had some planters on the covered porch... In fact I still have some dusty miller that is amazing and I have been using them in flower arrangements. The first photo of the spring blossoms is beautiful.
Have a great weekend!
All the Best,

Birdwoman said...

What a creative way to deal with bloom-challenged December. Love your post!

Larry said...

Excellent! Especially the heath photos... Larry

darbycreekyorks said...

I'm gonna come back to this post this Spring before I go shopping! Lovely garden!

GirlSprout said...

It's feeling kind of chilly in Santa Fe. Thanks for warming me up with your summer blooms.

Autumn Belle said...

That's a wonderful selection of beauties. I agree with your choice and of course, Pagan included.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Hi Cher, congratulation you are one of the winner for our larkspur seeds give-away. Hope you can mail us your mailing address. Hope to hear from you soon. Have a lovely weekend.

Rebecca said...

Winter can't come and go fast enough for me! Loved seeing all the spring/flower pictures!

I need reminders like these on these dark, cold & gloomy days!

Ginger Zuck said...

My goodness, you sure had a good year. Everything is just beautiful. Your little Yorkie is adoreable too.

Malar said...

Those plants and blooms have brilliant colours! You dog look good too! ;)

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♥Kiwi e Kaki♥

Anonymous said...

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they do not feel anything?
that's cool!
♥Kiwi e Kaki♥

Anonymous said...

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♥Kiwi e Kaki♥

HolleyGarden said...

So very pretty! This makes me yearn for spring! The echinacea/daisy picture is amazing! I wish heaths would grow here. Yours are lovely. I think Pagan knows she's the star of the garden!

Hanne Bente said...

I saw your "blog" in the wild-rose, one of my blog friends.
Nice blog you have, with some great pictures.
I have added me as a probe.
Wishing you a good Tuesday.
Hugs Hanne Bente

Susanne said...

Lovely, hope that we soon will be there again enjoying all wonderful flowers.
At my place there is one day snowing and the other day raining and I´m now longing for the summer.

Have a nice week

Hugs Susanne

Sissy said...

Great lookin garden pics, Cher! The echinacea and daisy combo is stunning! Every time you post your Purple Prince it makes me think I have got to get out and prune mine. Or something!
Gorgeous Pagan, too!

Raffaella said...

Merry Christmas dear... to you and to your family... xoxo

Dewi said...

Oh, I never seen Monarch butterfly in my garden. I am envious :)

carmencreazioni said...

Congratulations for your blog is wonderful!You have beautiful plants and a fabulous little dog!
Happy holidays and a happy Christmas!Carmen

Becca's Dirt said...

You have some beauties there. I'm not familiar with Heath. Interesting and I love the blooms on them. Malus Purple Prince is stunning. I'm thinking of my gardens. I'll have my garden books out next week and commence to planning. Have a lovely holiday and enjoy your family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, they are very smart right?
♥Kiwi e Kaki♥

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiguinho fofo e lindo.
Obrigada pela visita.
Te desejo também um FELIZ NATAL e ótimo 2012, cheio de amigos, paz, amor e muita saúde.
Quero te ver muito no ano que vem, ok?
Fica com o Papai do Céu.
Aus com amor da amiga do BRASIL...


maiaT said...

How lucky I am to find excerpts of your favorite posts on my first visit here.
Your flowers and photos are wonderful.

Wishing you and yours a cheerful Merry Christmas!

Denise said...

I always enjoy the lovely photos from your beautiful garden. Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year!

KL said...

You have a beautiful, lovely garden. I hope to do something similar like yours. I am new into gardening.

Karren said...
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Karren said...

Hi Cher, what a great way to reflect on Christmas. I love the day lilys they are very healthy and pretty. I am a new follower from the Linky Where Nothing Comes Easy.
Oh! My Heartsie
Happy New Year!!

momto8 said...

great pictures! Makes me want to be outside in my garden! But its December and cold! I am a new follower from the hop..pls follow back if you can.

Babblings and More said...

I LOVE flowers! SO Pretty! We are now following you! Come check us out!
Brooke from

Susanne said...

Merry Christmas to you!

hugs Susanne

Diane said...

Hope your Christmas was wonderful and your 2012 even better!


Camille Griffiths said...

Absolutely beautiful pics!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow, what a wonderful year you had in your garden. Can't wait to see what 2012 will hold :) XOL

CameraCruise said...

Great photos!
What a beautiful garden you have, love it.

Beth said...

Hi Cher! You are making me long for spring and summer, with those gorgeous photos from your garden. Wishing you a new year that brings you everything you hope for.
Blessings, Beth

Casa Mariposa said...

Everything looks beautiful! I love your daylilies! I have lots of daylilies but always forget their names. Time to revisit the plant tags!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Your gardens are so gorgeous! I love how they surround the patio area. It gives me ideas for my own yard which does not have a patio yet!

VW said...

Yup, those daisies and coneflowers are fabulous together! All the light and warmth that come flooding out of that photo make me long for summer! It'll come soon enough, though. Have a great New Year.

bailey said...

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Raffaella said...

Happy New Year, dear friend... full of joy and happiness!

Makarimi said...

Everything beautiful to me, bt the most I like is the Malus Purple Prince. Happy New Year my dear friend. Wish you all the best for 2012 and Merry Christmas ;)

icedgurl said...

trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!


Susanne said...



kitchen flavours said...

Your Malus Purple Prince is truly beautiful!
Happy New Year! Wish you a blessed 2012!

Patsy said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!

Antonio Rubilar B. Valente said...

Vim visitar seu espaço e dizer que já estou seguindo e colocar minha amizade ao seu dispor.Que o mundo da blogosfera lhe traga sempre bons fluídos e pessoas alto astral,com muita paz de espírito.Felicidades, sucessos plenos!Fique com Deus!!!
Abraço do amigo, Rubi Valente.

Emanuela said...

I'm a new follower! I'm not good at gardening but I love Yorkies and I have a little one, my sweet Lady.
I wish you a very happy 2012!


Michael said...

Happy New Year Cher! Best Wishes to all at Sunray for 2012.


Anonymous said...

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aubrigada pelos seu votoos!!
Kiwi e Kaki

renate said...

looooooving your blog all the w<y from Norway! Now a fan and a followe, and truly looking forward to following you and your thoughts into the 2012! Big hugs from Renate

EcoCrazyMom said...

Stopping by from for the weekend blog hop! I would love for you to follow back & add your blog to my Blog Directory at You have a gorgeous garden!


zookeeper said...

Thanks for finding my blog and passing along a few tips! I love all the beautiful pics in this post. Ahh.. if only my hubby would have let me landscape our yard. He said, 'No, we're only going to live here a few years.' It's been 12 years. And my yard is still bare except for the crepe myrtles that were here when we moved in. All Things Zoo

Melynda said...

Hello! I do love that Ruby Spider Daylily, something to keep in mind for the next house. There is so much more sunshine to work with for my garden, I feel renewed about gardening!

Nancy Reinke said...

Wow! That butterfly shot is amazing. Hope you can stop by sometime and see my photos. Love to write and photograph God's beautiful Rocky Mountains, where I live. May He bless you on this beautiful day.

Erin O'Riordan said...

All very beautiful!

Grace said...

Love the Echinacea as well as the rest but Echinacea is my favorite.
I'm following you on your new follow friend widget from the hop at Closer To Lucy.


Camille Griffiths said...

Wow, your garden is so beautiful!! And I love your lil Yorkie, too cute!

Jamie said...

Oh, I haven't seen a Monarch butterfly lately… I remember seeing LOTS of them in a preserve in Mexico, though. They were overwintering and they covered the Oyamel trees. Wew, that experience was over-thrilling!

Jamie Keifer