garden or jungle?

No beautiful flower portraits or pictures of that perfectly weeded and mulched spot today. Today you get to see the places where plants have taken over the path, or, less pleasing, weeds have taken over the path, and where it looks more like a jungle than a garden. Half of the front yard now is…

Pinks and reds

Lots of red shades are starting up now. Finally the front yard garden has some pink and red. The poppies that came from Eleanor,  Papaver somniferum, or “breadbox poppy”, have started blooming. Some are singles and some are wildly double. They self seed all over and I have to weed them out every spring, letting…

June 25 update

We had a heat wave for several days, and the ground was very dry, plants seemed to be just enduring, not thriving. I did a bit of emergency watering for seedlings and potted plants, but I don’t have time for anything more than that. Finally yesterday it clouded up and we got a little rain….

Nearing the summer solstice

A house wren has decided to build a nest on our front porch. I was sitting there this morning with my second cup of coffee, taking a break after two hours of serious weeding, and one of the wrens flew up with a quite large twig in its beak. It landed on the porch railing,…

June 10 garden update

The lovely, medium short, intensely colored campanula glomerata opened a few days ago.  The first daylily opened today, surprisingly early. It’s one of the new ones I ordered this Spring from Oakes Daylilies, an excellent catalog source for daylilies. Most of the many daylilies in the garden are just sending up scapes now. Delphinium are…

Grey Kitty’s message

The forecast for today calls for wind, rain, thunderstorms, and hail this afternoon. Such warnings are usually exaggerated but still, this is what really brings the peonies down. Even staked, the heavy blooms fill with rainwater and the stems break over the restraints–in my case, simple twine. I picked a sumptuous bouquet of peonies this…

encounters: with weevils, woodchucks and more

We finally got some rain this week. The pit pat of rain on our metal roof makes me very happy–my garden soil was bone dry. It’s a gentle, patient rain that can really soak in. We went to a rehearsal yesterday for the Northern Lights Orchestra we’re both in, and when we got back a…