Late May – Iris

I grow lots of iris – bearded, siberian, japanese, dwarf, cristata. Here’s a sampling.

Siberian “Kiss the Girl”
Siberian “Oregon Marmalade”
Bearded “Neutron Dance”
Siberian “How Audacious”
Bearded “Beverly Sills”

The Japanese Ensatas won’t bloom til June

Mid May

This is the second post for May. The garden became fuller, the lawn greener and the wildlife more plentiful.

Hostas, forget me nots, and phlox
Iris cristata
Peony “Early Scout’
Hosta “Orange Marmelade”
Baby cardinals
Tree Peony
Geum “Prairie Smoke”
Tufa trough with alpine plants
Iris “Eleanor Roosevelt” and Camassia,
Baby cardinals getting bigger
Heucheras and Tiarella

Early May

Well this is embarrassing. No entries since early April and the garden has been lovely. I guess I have been too busy gardening to take the time to post photos. I will try to catch up with a few posts all at once.

Early May was cool and we had enough rain so the bulbs were nice for a long time. The epimediums were gorgeous and we had lots of wildlife

Epimedium “Harold Epstein”
Primrose ‘Jay jay”
Trillium luteum
Trillium erectum
Bluebird eggs
Trillium pusillum ‘Roadrunner”
Wild Columbine
Dwarf Alpine Columbine
Epimedium ‘Sunshowers”
Epimedium ‘Windfire’
Baby bluebirds


Spring has sprung. The garden is doing well. I lost some plants over the winter due to voles and deer. As always, I am moving some plants around because they have gotten too big or I want to fill a hole I created by moving other plants. The domino effect lives large in my garden. My big goal this season is to get the spreaders out and put them in the meadow where they can all fight it out for space. Mountain mint, Filapendula, Helianthus need to be dug and relocated.

Bloodroot – Pink form
Forsythia Hedge
Digging – what goes and what stays?
Red Emperor Tulips
Double bloodroot – Multiplex
Alpine Columbine in the rock garden
Primrose – note the double blossom on the right
Dutchman’s Breeches, WIld Ginger and Solomon’s Seal shoot
Forget me nots
Epimedium and rock iris
Primroses, Bloodroot, Trillium
Ahem – not a bird on the birdfeeder

The bluebirds are nesting in the houses we put up. Lilacs are budding. We have had plenty of April showers so May flowers should be beautiful.

Snowbird gardening – March 2022

I haven’t posted in awhile as you may have noticed. We are spending some time away from winter. I eagerly await the gardening season in New England but its not quite there yet. I’ve been doing a bit of gardening though. I like to grow my own cilantro and have two containers of it which are doing quite well and have already been harvested a couple times.

I also have started some Brugmansia cuttings. You may remember the big beautiful yellow cultivar “Jean Pasco” which I have been growing for at least 10 years now and the photos I post in the summer. Every winter, I cut it back so I can get it into the basement for overwintering. I had over a dozen cuttings this year and gave some away, but I brought some to Florida with me to give to my daughter-in-law and some Florida friends. The cuttings are doing great.

I also received permission from our landlord to plant a couple of cuttings here. It will be fun to see what they look like next winter.

More later

New Year’s Eve

The last few weeks have been pretty dull in the garden – except for the birds! We put out mealworms and the birds have been a delight to watch. We have had a flock of bluebirds 8-10 at a time, carolina wrens, woodpeckers, starlings (not my favorite), chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, juncos, cardinals, finches, sparrows and doves. What a treat. The feeders are just a few feet from the house so we can watch the birds up close. We had a bit of an ice storm as well and the world was all sparkly magic!

May the bluebirds of happiness visit your gardens as well in 2022.

Happy New Year

Late November – Early December

My apologies for the lapse in posting but I needed to resolve a few more computer and camera issues. I spent most of November cleaning up the garden, putting away patio and porch furniture and getting the new hot tub area ready for the tub. We decided to purchase one so that we could soak our creaky bones and achy muscles. We have had it a month and its great. I think this gardener will really enjoy the hard work of spring a lot more now. In the meantime – ahhh some R&R.

Partially cut back garden in November

The mowed meadow

Garden bench
Beaver lodge we encountered on a local walk
Ice patterns
Deer in the garden
First snow with bluebirds

We put mealworms out for the bluebirds and wow did that bring them in. We have had a flock of 7-8 of them every day for weeks now. The feeders are right outside the living room window – only about 6 feet away.

The above photo is the view at the end of my street. Some snow is expected this weekend so perhaps we will have a white Christmas. TIme will tell

End of October, early November

I think I’m back in business. I am finally able to post again after a few weeks of computer and cellphone issues. I have a few nice foliage pix to share with you, but not many flowers. We had some frost, so the dahlias are dug, dried and put away for the winter. I cut back the brugmansia and that has been brought inside. Most of the perennials are cut back now too. The meadow has been mowed, porch and patio furniture put away, and pots emptied out. We have a few more chores to do outside and then winter can come.

This was the orange sunrise on Halloween
We lost a huge willow in a nor’easter. It was obviously very rotten
Some nice reds
So many colors all on one branch
Grass is still green
Frosty morning
Last rose with hips
Front yard color
Mowed meadow in the late afternoon light
Sunset after the most recent rain storm

Soon the snows will come and the garden will rest. I can use one too!.


No, I haven’t disappeared. I have had some computer issues all month and finally picked up my new computer this morning. I can finally post again. October was lovely in Massachusetts. The foliage was a bit dull, but the weather was warm. We didn’t get frost until a couple nights ago. We had a big nor’easter and the wind blew most of the leaves off the trees, and we lost a big willow as well. I spent the month cutting back some perennials and moving some others. I was able to transplant the Japanese Iris into the old willow circle, and I hope for a beautiful display in the spring. There are still a few flowers around – dahlias were blooming a couple of days ago, but the frost finally got them. Here is a taste of October in my garden.


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.