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Dianne  All photos are of my garden taken with an iP 7+ in Portland, Oregon

It is very difficult from this photo to capture the delicate form of an orchid Gladiola. Much shorter than the standard glads. For the most part, they do not need to be staked and have a frilly appearance. #orchidgladiola #gladiola #orangewithwhitemargins #happinessinthegarden

Hearts in the garden! This huge platter of sedum is about to burst into full bloom. Five varieties of sedum all intertwined with one another. Magical! #plantmagic #sedum #succulents #heartsinthegarden #platter #fivevarieties

Another of mother nature is amazing creations. This is a very old garden flower. It is cleome; many are familiar with the spider flower name. To me it is simply whimsical and always makes me smile. Easy to grow from seed. #cleome #spiderflower #annual #sun #easytogrow #whimsical

This was one of my first fragrant well ladies I acquired after receiving a bouquet of stargazers. Many years have passed and I have acquired and amazing variety of fragrant lilies which means I have totally forgotten the name of this one. It is amazingly hearty and reproduces at a rapid rate. I have given you hundreds of these away. They are faithful, hardy, fragrant. The best! #lily #fragrant #pinkehiteandyellow #heavenly

The sedum tower is almost filled in. I can finally be content as it actually looks similar to what I envisioned. 5 varieties of sedum. #sedum #sedumtower #succulents #laboroflove❤️

Clarkia is one of my favorite old-fashioned garden annuals. And so easy to grow from seed. East o germinate and the blooms remind me of a delicate orchid. #clarkia #oldstandardforthegarden #plantmagic #easytogrowfromseed #annual

The voodoo sempervivum has exploded! It always amazes me how they put out such brilliance blossoms. #voodoosedum #amazingblooms #sedum #succulents #brilliantcolors #summerbliss

I adore quirky, rare plants, especially when they are gorgeous and thrive in my zone. I honestly thought I had lost this gem after our harsh winter, but it popped up and is blooming. I am thrilled! I found the South American perennial bulb with its complex three petalled apricot-Amber-orange flowers several years ago and I have never seen it again. At least in my area. #cypellaherbertii #southamericanbulb #threepetalledapricotorangeflowers #bluemarkings #fullsun #bloomsjunetooctober #unusual #rare #outiftheordinary #hardy #perennial #bulb #faithful #quirky #loveit❤

In the Secret Garden, there are many ornamental frogs. My martini frog is my favorite. Complete with an olive, he has an attitude. He resides under the umbrella 🌂 of a Carolina jasmine which blooms in the spring with beautiful bright yellow blossoms. The rack on the right contains six pots of succulents. Also to the right is the red Mexican hat plant (ratibida). #martinifrog #gardensculpture #umbrellatopiary #carolinajasmine #succulents #ratibida #artinthegaden #frog #rust #umbrella #fiveoclocksomewhere

This little garden gem should be in everyone's garden. It is a rock solid perennial and resembles a wild rose. I have tried various colors of helianthemum and Ben Nevis is my favorite with its orange blooms and dark center. It's common name is a sun rose. #helianthemum #bennavis #sunrise #perennial #shadesoforange #trailing #evergreen

This tri-colored yucca bright star has been in my garden for years. It really struggled with our past winter and I was afraid I had lost it. I was delighted to find it had survived, but I am not sure what happened to the tri-color. Normally, there is a layer of pink as well as the ivory and green. Perhaps when it recovers. #yucca #tricoloredyucca #evergreenfoliage #adamsneedle #lavenderflowers #droughttolerant #purpleshadesinsummer #perennial #yuccagloriosavariegata

The next stage for the globe thistle. One blossom at a time. It is such a treat to watch the bees do so much work. So glad I have so many bees! #globethistle #plantmagic #echinopsritro #greatcutflower #wellbehavedperennial #blue #attractivetobutterflies #wildlifeinthehardrn #honeybee

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