Flower Aristocracy: Grand Dames of the Garden{22}

fragrant white lilyRegale Lily, one of my favorite flowers, beautiful, fragrant and easy to grow.

As a guest speaker at the Vashon Island Garden Tour, I’m about to grab my gardening soapbox and expound on the wonders of my favorite flowers: Roses, Peonies, Lilies and Dahlias.  I call them the Grand Dames of the Garden, but that may be too stuffy a reference. Each of these flowers brings an excitement and unbridled enthusiasm to the garden, as well as a cooperative bloom sequence, one right after the other with little overlap. Their floriferous fireworks are always lighting up the landscape, beginning with peonies, moving into roses, rounding out mid to late summer with lilies and mid-summer to the first frost with dahlias.  Below I’ve listed some helpful links for growing these dreamy bloomers, so you too can have an audience with garden royalty.

pink peony flower close-upPeony “Mrs. FDR” is the brightest smile in my spring garden.


Orienpet lilies fragrant showstoppers


colorful bouquet of summer dahlias Who can say no to a bucket full of dahlias?


David Austin roses soaking and sipping up a drink in the sinkSome of my David Austin roses taking a dip and a drink in the kitchen sink.


Check out these links and then get out into the garden! And if you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll try to answer it in a timely (and hopefully accurate) way.