Oh, what lovely weather. The cool nights and pleasant low humidity days are here. I have decided to attack the “willow circle”. This is an area where we used to have a willow tree. The tree was rotting and had become a hazard, so we took it down a long time ago. The area around the stump is quite wet and there are some iris and daylilies and tons of weeds growing up around it. I thought it might be nice to remove the plants that are there now and put all my Ensata Iris there since those really like wet conditions. I began digging yesterday. Whew, hard work. I will relocate some of the plants and give away the rest.

The “willow circle”

The garden is taking on an end of the season look. There are still some things blooming though

Sedums, Lantana, Mullein
Caryopteris and bees
Cochicum “Water Lily”
Sedums, alliums, Verbena bonariensis, dahlias, asters
Mums and Orostachys
Sedum Autumn Joy, Orostachys, and ice plants
Brugmansia with a last flush of bloom
Jack in the Pulpit seeds
Anemone “September Charm”

The leaves are starting to change. The miracle of autumn begins.

End of August

This is not a time for my garden to shine. I haven’t weeded or deadheaded. I have hardly even looked at the plants. Its either been hot or rainy, or we have been away for a few days. I know the cool weather will return, and I will have ambition again. There are plans to dig out an overgrown area, divide and relocate some Japanese iris, and remove some other under performers. Whether these plans make it to fruition or not depends on my creaky old shoulders, the cooperation of the weather, and if I feel like bothering with the whole project. Some gardening years are like that. We will see.

In the meantime, I ran outside for a few pix the other day between storms. At least, I haven’t had to drag hoses around, and in the grand scheme of things I don’t have anything to complain about.

Daylily seed pods
Spider webs
Anemone ‘September Charm’
Roses after the rain storm

So that’s about it for now. The asters and mums will start blooming soon, and hopefully I’ll have some autumn garden projects to share as well.

August – It is Tropical

Its been hot and humid the last few days and feeling pretty tropical. My garden is beginning to look like a jungle since I haven’t bothered weeding or deadheading or much else lately. So although I may have retreated indoors to the AC for a bit, my plants don’t seem to mind the juicy air. In fact, some of them are pretty darn happy.

Elephant ears
Bigger elephant ears
Portulaca – hot colors
More portulaca
Hibiscus – burgundy in the foreground, white with burgundy center behind it
Rose of Sharon – not really tropical but it looks that way
Brugmansia ‘Jean Pasco’, two flavors of Agapanthus, with some coleus and cypress seedlings

The dahlias are doing fine. I still have daylilies, shasta daisies, heliopsis, and phlox blooming too. I have plenty of color, now I just need a little pleasant weather so I can get out and enjoy the garden.

July 31st

Wow – July got away from me. Gardening wasn’t the best, it rained nearly every day. And then it rained some more. At least I didn’t have to drag out the hoses all month. The daylilies were (and are still) beautiful. I picked blueberries and raspberries for weeks. The birds have been wonderful. Wrens and bluebirds are nesting again and feeding their young. Orioles are hitting the grape jelly big-time and hummingbirds are everywhere. Summertime and the livin’ is easy. I’ll weed later.

Bold Knight

And lastly, this guy. There used to be really nice little rock garden plants in this planter. Used to be……

One more grouping of daylilies. I couldn’t resist. See you in August!


Have you ever noticed how many plants have flowers that look like fireworks?

Dwarf goatsbeard
Daylily “Laughing giraffe”
Bee balm
Allium seed pods
Orchid cactus
Iris ensata “Warai Hotel”

The ensata was a stretch but it was too beautiful not to share.

End of June

Its been hot, its been chilly, its been wet, its been dry, typical New England. The robins fledged, and the first batch of wrens fledged but they are building again. The bluebirds are building again too. So we will have more entertainment. The varmints continue to do their thing. The baby rabbits are cute but oh so destructive!

Baby bunny hiding in the clover
Comfrey and salvia
Meadow grasses

I have eight different Iris Ensata. They need to be divided. I have decided that I will dig them in the fall and move to the wet spot where we used to have a willow. I have one ensata there now which is flourishing, and I think I will dig out the lilies and siberian iris that are also in that spot, and then I will put all the ensatas in that area. In the meantime, here are two that are blooming now.

Hanakaido Pink
Frilled Enchantment
Tiger Lily – the voles got all my gorgeous cream and burgundy ones.
Rose campion in the meadow

We went to our cabin in Maine for a long weekend. The orchids in the bog were all blooming – both pink and white

The daylilies have begun blooming and they will be the focus for July. Let the fireworks begin!


It been a roller coaster month. Really hot and dry then cool and rainy. Critters galore. The rabbits continue to munch on some favorites. The bluebirds fledged and the robins and wrens are about ready to go. Deer circumvent the perimeter of the meadow. Chipmunks are everywhere now. Fireflies were out the other night. The praying mantis egg cases hatched and the polliwogs turned into frogs. Life goes on.

End of May

Today it is 46 and raining. Last Wednesday it was 91 and dry. You have to love the New England weather. We gardeners are not happy that Memorial day observances are rather chilly and wet, but we are thrilled to have the rain to help ease the drought conditions. It has been a busy few weeks. The bluebirds fledged a couple of days ago.. we saw four but there may have been more. The wrens are building everywhere and momma robin has laid some beautiful blue eggs in a cedar tree right outside our breakfast table window. Hummingbirds are regular visitors to the feeder and orioles are slurping up the grape jelly and oranges. We have had other visitors too: deer in the meadow, rabbits, turkeys, a huge milk snake and raccoons. (They left their footprints in the pollen on the front porch). Ready for some flowers?

Peony ‘Early Scout’ , Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Geum ‘Prairie Smoke’, Amsonia
Tree peony
Lupine in the meadow
Lupine and bluebird house
Bearded iris
Milk snake – about 3 1/2 feet long
Daylily ‘Elizabeth’ – an early bloomer, Comfrey, Iris, Gas plant
Turkeys on the ice plants – scram!
Curved bed
Bearded Iris, Azalea, Allium and a bunny
Siberian Iris
Gas plant, Comfrey and Honey garlic
Heuchera, Columbine ‘Green apples’, Honey garlic, Comfrey
Purple campanula, Gas plant, Comfrey
Iris, Ferns, Clematis
Rhododendrons, Azalea and more

Happy Memorial Day. We will never forget those who served

Mid May

We have had a glorious spring with pleasant temps and rain when we needed it. Spring is fading though, warmer temps are on the way and there’s no rain in sight so its time to drag out the hoses again. The spring ephemerals will be disappearing soon, so I thought I would photograph them before they go

Pulmonaria, Primrose, Epimedium, Phlox stolonifera, Celandine poppy
Trillium luteum in the center
Hypertufa trough with pink Silene auculis and white Dianthus ‘Nyewood’s cream’
Primula, mini hosta, phlox
Shooting star, Epimedium, Trillium luteum
Sand cherry, epimedium, bleeding heart, hosta and more
Tiny Trillium pusillum ‘Roadrunner’, yellow Iris koreana

I hope to get out in the garden and photograph some more plants this week. Busy, busy, busy times

Late April- Early May

We have gotten a lot of rain recently, and the plants love it. The ephemerals are in their glory. This time of year is fairyland – its just magical. Of course, the critters do their best to harass me. Baby rabbits are munching and the voles really wrecked havoc over the winter so I am transplanting a lot of things to fill in the barren spots. At the end of each day I am tired and sore but happy.

Primroses and Dutchman’s breeches
Dwarf bearded iris
Japanese painted fern unfurling
Primula deschmanii
Epimedium ‘Kaguyaime’
Fritillaria and primrose
Virginia bluebells
Epimedium ‘Spine tingler’
Hens and chicks
Silene auculis (pink) and Orostachys (green)
Hillside with hosta, barren strawberry, phlox, epimedium
Soapstone sink trough surrounded by hosta, trillium, epimedium, narcissus, anemones, heuchera

This little guy has lots to nibble on

There is much more but this post is long enough. I hope you enjoy it.