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..

May flowers

After a week of gray, cold, rainy weather, there was a brief respite and the sun came out.  I spent all weekend outside digging plants to donate to my garden club plant sale and moving a few things around.

Last night when the rains ended there was a beautiful rainbow…

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…and lovely evening glow

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Esther enjoyed the cool green grass

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Lilacs are in full bloom

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Today was a gorgeous day to work outside..a nice breeze kept the black flies away.  The little chicken wire cages I made to protect the tulips from the rabbits are working

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Bluebells

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Epimedium

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Tiarella

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Iris koreana ‘Firefly Shuffle’

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Anemones from friend Laura S. plus iris, burgundy colored Heuchera, ‘Thalia’ white narcissus and an emerging Hosta ‘Marmalade’

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Mama cardinal sitting on her nest in a cedar tree by the porch

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This is why I live in New England  .. spring is just awesome…….

 

 

 

The wee things are blooming

I love Spring in New England.. no surprise.  Who doesn’t?  Many of the blossoms are fleeting (Ephemerals) and perhaps that makes them so special.

Fritillaria

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Epimedium

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Species tulips

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Primrose

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Primrose,  Dutchman’s Breeches, Trillium, Solomon’s Seal spikes

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Double Bloodroot

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Redbud and conifer

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A visitor

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It has been rainy and cold for a couple of days,  however the warmer temps forecast will bring out a whole slew of lovelies.  Stay tuned..

 

Spring has sprung

The great unfurling has begun.  There are little buds and leaves opening everywhere.  I love all the changing shapes… often these little ephemerals will have a full bud in the morning and a lovely delicate blossom in the afternoon.

Hellebore

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Bloodroot buds

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Bloodroot blossoms

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Hepatica buds

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Hepatica blossoms

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Wild hepatica

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Blossoms

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Snowdrops and crocus

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Trillium

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Jeffersonia buds – no blossoms yet

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Forsythia in full bloom

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And my new bottle tree

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Happy Spring!

 

Three Year Anniversary

It has been three years since I began this blog on the first day of Spring.  I am surprised in some ways that I have kept it going and also surprised by how much I enjoy it.  Sometimes it’s a challenge trying to come up with a new post.  But you know gardens… like life they keep changing and throwing stuff at us.  Too much sun, too much rain, not enough of this.. too much of that.  Always too many critters to deal with!

For this gardener, the first day of Spring is like New Year’s   – its resolution time!  This year I hope to:

 

  1. put on a new deck off the back steps
  2. buy a hand truck so I can move the Brugmansia around better ( its getting big and heavy)
  3. remove the groundhog (one way or another)
  4. move the rose bushes
  5. put soaker hoses in the veggie garden
  6. find a new critter fence to put around the veggie garden
  7. figure out what to do in the spaces where the big trees used to be
  8. etc etc etc..

It would be hard to add “spend more time in the garden”  to the list because I am out there a lot already, and I definitely “live in the moment” as far as enjoying it.  My garden gives me exercise, food, beautiful flowers and the occasional fright (snake!).  Its a place to celebrate new grandbabies, birthdays, fun with friends and family events.  Its also a place to go when life is not so kind, and I can lose myself in the wonders of nature.

So welcome to my new readers, I’m glad you have come along for the ride… I’m sure it will be a doozy… Happy  3rd blog anniversary to me and Happy Spring!

P.S. I photographed these shamrocks in Ireland last June, but I thought I would pop the photo in here for now.

"Shamrocks"