Mid – August

Its August already.  I am seeing some tinges of color in the maples, fall plants are coming into bloom, the veggies are ripening, its getting dark early, and the garden continues to show off.

Digiplexis complements the lime green leaves on the phlox

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Agapanthus and daylilies

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Daylilies and sedum

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Agapanthus in a pot helps a dull spot in the garden

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I love the blue!

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A longer view of the garden

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This guy spent all day flitting about

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Golden variegated comfrey in the midst of snapdragons and zinnias

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Lots more coming soon….

 

End of July

Well here it is July 31st.  The bountiful rains this spring and summer have certainly produced some lovely blooms and the daylilies are no exception.  Here are a few in all their glory….

Greywoods Papa Joe

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Little Women

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Apricot Ruffles

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Condilla

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Radiation Biohazard

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Lydia Bechtold (yellow) and Royal Ebony

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Peggy Jeffcoat

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Grandma’s Smile

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Mary Todd

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An unknown funky orange

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We also have a family of wrens

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Bees on the Cimicifuga

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And a new crop of bunnies…

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Finally, there are lots of buds on the Brugmansia  – August should be amazing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild and crazy stuff

I like to see how many different kinds of plants I can grow.  The abundant rain this year has brought out some spectacular blooms.

The Brugmansia ‘Jean Pasco’ (now 7 years old) emerged from dormancy and put on an early show with 12 blossoms.  There are more buds forming, so August could be amazing.

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My sister gave me an orchid cactus years ago.  It didn’t bloom last year, and I was about to give it away.  I put it out on the porch just because it looks tropical and lo and behold..it is blooming.. wowza

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The Japanese Iris didn’t bloom last year either  – too dry.  But they got a lot of water this spring and early summer and they are blooming away now

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July brings the daylilies.  Not unusual.. just gorgeous.  This one is ‘Royal Ebony’

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Here we have ‘Glistening Bouquet’, ‘Radiation Biohazard, ‘Apricot Ruffles’ and ‘Blueberry Breakfast’

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And a bunny update..

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Still munching….

 

Bunnies

You all know by now that wascally wabbits are the bane of my existence.  They eat and nibble my plants and nothing I do seems to dissuade them.  While weeding the other day I came across what at first glance looked like an old birds nest.  I looked closer and saw fur around the edges.  I gently peeled back the top layer and there they were… baby bunnies… five of them.

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What to do?  Couldn’t relocate them while momma was still around, so I just watched them grow.  You can see how small they are  – those are violet leaves nearby.

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Then one day they were out of the nest and hiding

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You can see the chicken wire cages I have made to keep the nibbling to a minimum.  They aren’t pretty, but they mostly work.

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Another little guy hiding

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Here are some close relatives on the front lawn

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The little ones seem to have hopped off… or they are just hiding out .  They sure are cute but they will grow up and do all the things bunnies do.  Sigh….

Meanwhile this family showed up

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And a spotted fawn ran across the meadow yesterday afternoon, no photo unfortunately.

Wild kingdom around here these days.

 

 

 

June is bustin’ out

June in New England has been well… June.   Cold, hot, cold, wet, hot, cold..  Some plants are happy, some rotted out.  The iris have been spectacular.

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Pink and white gas plants and more iris

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Rhodys in full glory

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Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail

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Iceplant – wowza!

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And the peonies started blooming yesterday

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Next????

 

Sometimes garden ideas work…

I move things around in the garden all the time.  Sometimes its because plants get too big, or they aren’t thriving in a particular spot, or I just don’t like them any more.  I love my daylilies but in the spring there is just a big mass of foliage in that area of the garden. It needed some “pop”.  So last fall, I planted a whole bunch of allium in between the daylilies.   The plan was two fold – one: bring some color to the area while waiting for the daylily blooms and two: hope the daylily foliage would hide the decaying and ugly allium foliage.  I think it worked!

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The tangerine colored azalea took a hit in the drought last year but it is still alive.. I love the color behind the allium

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Another combo that worked is the blue Camassia, yellow Trolius behind the red peony ‘Early Scout” with some yellow Zizia aptera in the foreground

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Tree peony from friend Olga has tons of blossoms this year

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Iris ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ and a little garter snake sticking his head out of the rocks.. can you spy his little black eye?

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This lavender hued Iberis taurica given to me by rock gardener Peter G. is gorgeous this spring and one of the few things the rabbits aren’t nibbling.

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Yellow trillium from friend Effie

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I don’t know what this is .. it looks like a wild primrose of some sort.. I found it while weeding out invasives under a pine tree at the edge of the garden. It’s quite sweet so I moved it up to the woodland garden area so I could see it better and not lose it.

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And here is a lovely white Primrose sieboldii

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We have had a lot of rain so things are quite lush.  The rabbits and voles continue to munch their way through the garden.  I had some lovely little dianthus I was going to show you but it got eaten.  I have sprayed plants and put individual chicken wire cages around most things and put out Havaharts.   The wire isn’t attractive but its about the only thing that works.  (you can see some of the wire behind the yellow trillium).  The groundhog has been sighted a few times.. I hope he was just wandering through and won’t be back.  Varmints!

 

 

Garden visitors

It has been a loooooong siege of rain, wind, cold, rain, mist, rain etc.  There is a silver lining – we are not in drought any longer and the spring flowers lasted a long time.   I haven’t been able to get out and do much gardening, but the forecast looks promising this week.    It is supposed to be 90 on Thursday… bye bye tulips.

There are many critters that visit my garden.. some welcome and some not.

Peter Cottontail  and his pals visit often – he’s cute but I wish he would just eat the violets and leave everything else alone

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A squirrel using her wiles to figure out the squirrel proof feeder

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Mr. and Mrs. Canada Goose and their goslings crossing the front lawn

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder

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Indigo Bunting (wow) at the feeder

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Dragonfly sculpture  – a Mother’s Day gift from my daughter-in law Amelia

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And since this is a garden blog  – here are some dwarf bearded iris  – yummy

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The sun and warmth will return this week.. I can’t wait to see what will pop out..