A Friday Walk in the Garden: Dilly, Dilly

I remember a song from years ago that began with the words “Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly.” It made the rounds on the radio, and I never did understand the “dilly dilly” part. As I walked through my garden on this cool, rain soaked morning, I found my self humming that tune from long ago.

Could it be that I was seeing so much lavender in my garden this morning?

Let me share the various shades of lavender blue that had me humming:

Bearded Iris ‘Clarence’

This fall’s first pansies and reblooming hydrangea ‘Endless Summer,’ a bug eaten clematis ‘Ramona,’ and my heirloom chaste tree.

Society garlic has been in bloom continuously since spring.

Society Garlic

I’m delighted that you joined me and hope you are humming along…”Lavender blue, dilly dilly”

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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19 Responses to A Friday Walk in the Garden: Dilly, Dilly

  1. cwaugh212 says:

    Beautiful photos today. Thanks.


  2. Peach6972 says:

    Beautiful 😍😘bellas

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  3. I remember that song. Those colors are so pretty.


  4. arlene says:

    Wow, what lovely blooms!


  5. This is a shade not often seen in flowers; how lovely!


  6. carto says:

    Berl Ives sung it in a Disney film, 1949; Long time ago. Perfect song for your Fall garden.


  7. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks. I’m glad you liked the connection.


  8. Didn’t realize bearded iris would bloom in fall – it’s a beauty, in any case.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Jason. I have several reblooming irises in my garden. See my next post. They have been around for at least 15 years or so (I had them in my Chapel Hill garden). As far as I know they will grow anywhere the normal German bearded iris will.

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  9. bittster says:

    Sounds like you had a fun stroll 🙂
    That color looks great at this time of year, your lucky to be able to enjoy the pansies all winter, and the iris is awesome!


  10. johnvic8 says:

    Our annual pansies and violas usually do well over the winter, even after ice, etc. I’ve had the iris bloom in early December, but they do not like a frost. it killeth.


  11. Beautiful garden, John! Yes, I remember hearing that song on the radio. Probably BBC Children’s Hour, back in the 50’s.


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