Peonies and red poppies make an entrance

This peony is always the first one to bloom, and it is the most fancy variety I have in the garden. This is the peony I’ve been photographing every week– it started out at the end of March like this. I love peonies, and I think I like the buds more than the flowers. The…

Friends and birthdays

A moment to appreciate friends–and it’s kind of fun to do this here, knowing that probably you will read this and know who you are! I will intersperse friend stories with some garden photos from yesterday. My friend who is an artist and also a horse friend called on my birthday and sang me a…

Last day at 50!

Tomorrow I turn 51–starting a new decade. So far in my life each decade has been better than the last, so I am optimistic! In the garden I’ve been putting in some pretty serious rip and tear time. Here is a crater where spiderwort (tradescantia) was. It is a lovely plant, vigorous and spreading, with…

herb wheel update and a few more photos

May 15 and grades are due tomorrow at midnight, so I am still just posting photos and will write more after Thursday. Here is Jeanne’s herb wheel on May 12: Jeanne is a college teacher, too, but her semester ended a week earlier so she is done grading. I called her this morning, “Hi! What…

A few quick photos

I am on my way to give an exam, so I’ll just post a few pictures of the garden and write more later. The anemone sylvestris is blooming beautifully right now. Also in full bloom is the tallish primrose whose name I can’t remember. North Hill strain, maybe? I saw my first hummingbird moth of…

Red lily bugs

Meet the red lily bug (Lilioceris lilii), which is currently one of my biggest garden challenges. As far as I know it is not widespread in my area, so I’ve been careful to not give away any lilies or lily bulbs. The University of Rhode Island seems to be the leading center for working on…

Camera fun in the garden

But first, an update on my sister’s herb wheel: Apparently the weather there is as damp and dark as it is here–the rain is great for growing things, so no complaints. And as a bonus, she sent me this wonderful photo of her daughter’s indoor cactus “bowl” plantation. When cacti decide to bloom they don’t…

from Jeanne: “…could you post a picture of muscari? I don’t know what that flower looks like.” Here it is, not the best photo because it was after a freezing night and they got a little zapped. Jeanne’s comment and advice on tulips and red pepper: “… I would wear gloves to handle the red…