The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

What’s Blooming: Pretty Weeds


Well now, I was going to post What’s Growing “soon” as in the beginning of the month, but here we are the 15th of June – Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. What’s Growing will have to wait like these plants on the steps of my back porch – still waiting to be planted – but some, not waiting to bloom.


As you can see it is a bit of a foggy morning after night rains which I am grateful for as we were very dry not so long ago – now we are thoroughly watered.

Looking forward onto the Bird & Butterfly and Woodland Edge Gardens – the pink and purple phase with splashes of Evening Primrose, Oenothera. The field of grass in the foreground will one day become a walkway of stone or paver or crushed gravel or even boardwalk. The pond will be nestled in between these two beds.



Oenothera with Lady’s Mantle in the background in the Bird & Butterfly Garden.

I have been singling out “problem areas” in my garden – not really problems – but areas that require too much of my time that I want to rework to grow without my meddling so much. This is one of them. I had began a stone path through here, but as you can see (or not) it is now completely overgrown – I’m going to switch to large stone pavers to make a path through here. This is where bindweed reigns but overlook that and see the blooms of a pretty purple Columbine, Jacob’s Ladder in purple and white, Cranesbill Geranium, and Tradescantia. The bamboo pole marks a special plant I actually planted (novel!) that I want to be sure doesn’t become lost. The wooden framework is for continuing the construction of a wooden fence we began last year.


Flowering Raspberry never disappoints and is larger than ever. Much of my garden work is now pruning and cutting back vs. planting/weeding. It is swallowing a spicebush (another problem area) that I am going to move to a different spot (where oh where?) so I do not have to worry about it becoming eaten. The Pagoda Dogwood and Serviceberry should rise above eventually. I love to walk by this native shrub because you can hear it! – the buzzing and humming of bees.


A pot of fuchsia, Angel Earrings, in the Woodland Edge to break it up a bit. A treat for hummers. I bought two more hummingbird feeders but now I’m thinking why don’t I just hang / pot “natural hummingbird feeders” – less work.


I thought I scored at the Master Gardener plant sale some Agapanthus which I potted up in the Bird & Butterfly Garden – again for a bit of a break – but I’m thinking it looks more like an Iris bloom – we shall find out. That’s Baptisia, in the background.



In the Potager thyme, chives, and this beautiful ornamental clover (a pretty weed?), Trifolium Rubens, bloom or are about to bloom. That is my “Asparagus Forest” in the background – to think I was worried about it coming back earlier in the Spring! – ha ha.


Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood looks like blooms in Hosta Row just beyond Red Twig Dogwood in the foreground – yes, this is the one that was nearly eaten to sticks last year by Dogwood Sawfly caterpillars. Further on, hydrangea just about ready to bloom. That is native Clematis Virginiana on the left (not a tree) engulfing our workshop wall.


In the Nice Driveway Garden, these allium were planted to bloom with the poppies. The poppies are finished blooming – I never really had perfect timing.


False Sunflowers are coming in bigger and better this year – thank you Angie!


Out front the Coral Honeysuckle never disappoints though it has a bit of an aphid problem again. I know nature will balance out. Our front porch declines, this lattice will have to come down before winter. It is falling apart. We will replace it with welded wire and I think the plants will be more of the focus.


Pretty Milkweed continues to grow in my front walk along with Mugo Pine and Catmink Walkers Low – and not where I placed all its pods last year.



It’s not just pretty to me so I let it blossom.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

17 thoughts on “What’s Blooming: Pretty Weeds

  1. Wow, what abundance, Kathy! I can see why you want to cut back a bit, it looks like a lot to take care of! Yes, your ‘agapanthus’ is an iris. Aga. has a circular mound of strap-like leaves. I think hummingbirds do better with natural feeders like your fuchsia. I was gifted a feeder once and the birds ignored it in favor of all else that I offer in my garden. So the ‘experts’ agree! Glad to see you are providing milkweed for the bees and butterflies. I hope some monarchs find it. Their plight has me most anxious. 😦

    • Well Eliza that is good news because now I have a perennial and not an annual to take care of over the winter! I have lots of hummingbird favorites in my garden but they still come to the feeders which gives me a close up view. But more natural feeders are always in order! I hope some Monarchs find the Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Swamp Milkweed in my garden, too. At least they have government’s attention now!

  2. Beautiful Kathy…like you are am looking to make my “problem” areas more self-sustaining…I see little in the way of weeds and so much abundance. And I have a gorgeous stand of milkweed also that I am letting grow and removing anything that was in its path. It is so fragrant, I am drawn to it much like the bees.

    • I really do love Milkweed Donna. It does smell wonderful and it is very beautiful. I think it belongs in every garden. I am so glad you saw abundance through the weeds!

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  4. Flowering raspberry grows at the edge of our woods but didn’t bloom last year and I think it’s getting too shaded. Maybe I will limb up some trees, or maybe I will dig up some of the raspberry and plant it in my garden.

    My garden is getting away from me, too, but don’t let my family know I said that! It gives me great pleasure, weedy or not, and I just do what I can every day. Continue to add shrubs and remove high maintenance plants. Continue to have fun.

    • Kathy be careful with that Raspberry – it does like to run – but that being said, mine just seems to bush out more than spread. I cut back suckers early in the year and prune here and there. It is a great plant for the border – bushy, flowery, fruity, bird and bee worthy! I find the leaves beautiful.

  5. I have a lot of volunteer Siberian iris, tradescantia, and daisies blooming in my garden at this time of year, along with chives and several varieties of clover. I also let some of the volunteer milkweed remain — but mine has not begun to bloom yet.

    • I love Common Milkweed Jean. It’s a shame it has the name weed. To me it is like a lilac flower! It’s fragrant, pretty, and the bees love it but I have yet to see any Monarch cats. So sad. The Tradescantia Osprey you gave me is beautiful this year! I can’t wait to get out in MY garden this weekend.

  6. I just took a tour of your garden in the making and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the way you’ve presented your blog and the progression of your lovely garden, and I look forward to exploring both.


  7. Your garden is just beautiful. I especially liked the picture of the flowering raspberry. I just planted some this spring and I hope mine looks as great as yours!

    • Thank you gardeninacity! You will LOVE your raspberry shrub. The birds will, too. It is also where I spotted my first tree cricket. The bees love it, too. Yours will be super sized in no time. I planted some suckers along the other edge of my property and they are filling in nicely. You may have trouble with it spreading. I have so much that I think it keeps somewhat contained just out of competition (except for the poor spice bush).

      • Uh oh. I planted one near my spicebush. What’s the story?

      • You are probably smarter than I and provided adequate growing space for both of your shrubs. I planted too close and the Spicebush hasn’t proved as vigorous as the Raspberry and is being crowded out. I am going to move it to a better locale.

  8. Your garden is beautiful. I had to chuckle about using the bamboo to mark where a plant is so you don’t forget it-lol-that is so me! We are kindred spirits:-) Spice bush, I would like to find a place to squeeze that in but I am running out of room.:-( I often look over at my neighbors and all their large lawns…hmmm…….

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