Veggies!

Sara has been asking about the veggies.  I’m a week late in getting this post done, but the veggie beds did get planted over Memorial Day weekend.  In the upper bed there are nine different kinds of tomatoes, sugar snap peas, cukes on a trellis, summer squash, zucchini, and pole beans.  In the lower bed, there are herbs, strawberries and a few iris I am holding over until I can find a place for them.

 

 

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View from the other side

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Memorial Day

Our town has a wonderful little Memorial Day parade and it goes right by our house on the way to the cemetery.   Some veterans ride by in vintage cars, some march.  The boy scouts, girl scouts, police dept and firemen ( and trucks) parade by as well.  There’s a Revolutionary War drum corps and people in period dress. The Minutemen have their muskets and they are fired from time to time.  Little kids ( and big ones too) cover their ears at the sharp report.   Its a great parade.   Here are some red, white and blue  flowers from the garden in honor of Memorial Day and our Veterans.

 

Peony – ‘Early Scout’

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White lilac that came with the property

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Wood hyacinths

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Solomon’s seal

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Hydrangea

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Amsonia from friend Karen H.

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White bleeding heart

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Baptisia

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Blueberry blossoms

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The red chairs – a place to sit and contemplate

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End of May

 

Such a sad phrase –  “end of May”..  but glorious June is around the corner.  As May winds down here are some scenes from the garden this past week..Allium rising above the daylily foliage

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Transplanted Hellebores amidst the Bleeding Hearts and Wild Ginger – Asarum canadense

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Euphorbia polychroma – Pincushion Spurge

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Prairie Smoke – Geum Triflorum

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Hosta ‘Marmalade’

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A primrose gift from friend Effie

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Forget me nots and an unknown yellow companion

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The slope

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Some perfect heart-shaped leaves of European Wild Ginger – Asarum europaeum

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Esther snoozing in the green stuff

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Jack in the Pulpit

These Jack in the Pulpits came from Connecticut where I grew up.   They go everywhere I go  and are really doing well here in front of the porch…..

 

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An unfolding bud…

 

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Up close

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The shape, form, and color are just magnificent.. looks like a cobra doesn’t it?

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Fairy gardens and woodland beauties

Fairy gardens are popular these days.  I have always like miniature plants in the garden and granddaughter E. likes fairies.  I made this little woodland garden last week for a centerpiece.  Some moss, wild violets, may flower, ferns, a wood anemone,  star flowers and forget- me- nots.

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May apples – Podophyllum peltatum.   I got a piece of this from friend Wendy a few years ago, and I think she got it from friend Peg… it has spread most delightfully..  here it is unfolding

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And here it is with a blossom

 

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Phlox stolonifera

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Woodland phlox  – Phlox divaricata..  this came from friend Martha

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Flowering shrubs and trees

The forsythia is still hanging on due to the cool spring.   Pear blossoms are declining and a breeze is dispersing the petals into a fluttering whiteout.  The crabapples are popping but not in full bloom yet.  Lilacs are in full glory  and of course we are supposed to get heavy rain.. it seems like we always get a rainstorm when the lilacs are at their best.. the branches are so laden with blossom that they droop very low.  Therefore, I was out in my bathrobe this morning (lilac colored, so I blend) taking some pix before the showers come.

Three different colors in the front yard

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Some old fashioned lilacs out behind old man willow – these used to reside  up in the main beds.. thank goodness we moved them when they were smaller

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This beauty was in the garden when we moved here.  It took a hit in the October storm a few years ago , but has come back nicely..

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This is a close-up of the blossom.. it has a pinkish hue and smells divine

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Sand cherry on the left, flowering almond on the right

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Sand cherry close-up

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Flowering almond: when I was in 1st and 2nd grades we lived in an old Victorian house in Keene, New Hampshire.  There was this beautiful pink shrub in the side yard  that I adored.. one of my earliest garden memories.  I always wanted one but never got around to getting one.  When we moved to this house in 2001, there was a flowering almond in the garden.   I moved it from its original site to where it now blooms..   simply spectacular.

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Eastern redbud:  my town has a group called Friends of the Trees.  They plant roadside trees where they think an area needs some beautification.  A few years ago my friend Suzanne G. asked if I would like some redbuds.   Well, yeah. Here they are in the area between my property and the neighbors.. looking over the lupine meadow (wait til you see that in bloom).  I live in a pretty great town, don’t you think?

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