Well there goes summer. We had some light frost a few days ago and now have a few days of warmth – what we called Indian Summer when we were kids. Hummingbirds have gone, but we have seen bluebirds. Cardinals, chickadees, finches, nuthatches, titmice and “ahem” chipmunks are visiting the feeders. We put them out last week, but bring them in at night since the black bears are around and fattening up for winter. The drought continues, so I have had to resort to hand watering in order to keep many plants alive.

The meadow is in full autumn glory with goldenrod and many different asters. Butterflies and bees are stocking up for the season ahead as well.

Goldenrod and asters
Asters, sedum ‘Matrona’
Verbena bonariensis
a bunch of stuff
two different phlox
Dad’s pink dahlias
Physotegia and Bugbane
Autumn blooming clematis
Waxy bells, heuchera, anemones
maple tree starting to change
last daylily – “Two Part Harmony”
Autumn blooming crocus in bud
another crocus
another crocus called “Waterlily”

And finally, it is apple season – so I baked a pie…..


It is mid-August, and we are really dry. It seems that the t-storms go north or south of us – very frustrating. The garden always looks a bit tired this time of year anyway, but it has been a challenge keeping plants alive through the heat and lack of rainfall. I have spent a lot of time hauling hoses around and trying to keep things watered. Weeding is not happening.

Brugmansia “Jean Pasco” was stunning this year
We had a second brood of wrens
Daylilies were beautiful
Color and texture
Vegetable garden harvest before the squirrels stole the rest of the tomatoes
Dad’s pink dahlias
Faith’s phlox
Zinnias do well in the heat
Geranium attracting lots of pollinators
Doe and her fawn
A mouse took up residence in the orchid cactus

Hopefully the drought will be over soon, but in the meantime, I’ll enjoy the rest of the summer and worry about the weeding and other chores in September.

Daylily time

Daylilies never disappoint. It has been a hot, dry summer so far but by dragging hoses around, I have been able to keep things looking good – and alive. I have had some of the lilies for a very long time and some are new and blooming for the first time in my garden. First the new ones:

Nubble Light

And some older favorites:

North Dakota Sunrise
Laughing Giraffe
Techny Spider
Beautiful Edgings
Radiation Biohazard
Apricot Ruffles
Rhinestone Kid

A few other things are blooming now too

Orchid Cactus
An unknown lily – birthday gift from my sister

And finally a shout-out to reader Helen who stopped by to see my garden with her daughter Lisa today. Wonderful to meet you, Helen!

Iris Ensata and other delights

The Japanese Iris Ensata began blooming in late June and some are still going strong. Some have fewer blossoms than last year which means I probably need to dig them up and thin them out. Another chore for the fall to do list.

This variegated one was the first to open
Raspberry Candy
Hanakaido Pink
Ruffled Whitewater
Warai Hotel

I also have some Asiatic lilies that have lovely color this year

A spotted visitor stopped by

And the daylily show has begun…

More later……

Happy Independence Day

I was walking about my garden yesterday and noticed how many flowers look like fireworks. Here they are strutting their stuff for the 4th of July.

Daylily “Radiation Biohazard”
Tree peony seed pod
Drumstick allium
Globe allium seedpod
Allium seedpods and yellow Centaurea macrocephala
Orchid cactus

Daylilies and Iris Ensata posts are coming soon. Happy Independence Day! I hope you are outside enjoying your gardens and our beautiful country.

Late June

We are in drought. I think I spent most of the last couple of weeks watering and trying to keep things going. Most of the thundershowers in the area missed us, but the next few days hold promise of more so we shall see. In the meantime between hauling the hoses around I have a few photos to share.

Grandma’s Blessing roses
Mullein has spiked!
Pink asiatic lilies
Catalpa tree in the meadow – it looks pink due to the sunset
Succulent “waterfall”
more succulents
Daylilies getting ready. Filipendula blooming in the background
Louisiana Iris
Hakonechloa grass and hosta
Pots by the backdoor
The meadow waiting to explode in summer color
A profusion of shape and color

The japanese iris are just starting to bloom – I will post some photos once they all come into flower.

Late May – Early June

Busy times. Weeding, watering, planting, weeding, watering. I have taken lots of photos but haven’t had a chance to post them, so there are a lot in this post. It has been a cool rainy spring but now it is becoming warm and dry. We have had bluebirds and wrens nesting this year and all kinds of birds at the feeders. Chipmunks are everywhere. The iris are beautiful and I have some blooming this year that I thought I had lost. Its always such a treat when a plant returns. Enjoy.

Tree peony with parasol
New herb and veggie garden – beans, squash, cukes, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, basil, chives, sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, marigolds
Flame azalea and allium
Lupine in the meadow
More lupine
Early daylily “Elizabeth”, Iris “Eleanor Roosevelt”, Columbine “Green Apples”
Hosta “Marmalade”, blue Hyacinthoides, yellow Alexander
White reblooming Iris
Bearded iris
Iris “Beverly Sills”
Siberian Iris “Pink Haze”
Necarspodium allium
Gas plant – Dictamus

Its really pretty right now. I really enjoy spending time out here escaping from the outside world for awhile


Its fairyland in the garden. I meant to post more photos but rain, wind, and yes, snow squalls etc. got the better of me. Here’s what’s been happening over the last couple of weeks.

Trillium pulsillum “Roadrunner”
Trillium sulcatum
Lathyrus vernus and Trillium luteum
Primula, epimedium, trillium, solomon’s seal
Epimedium “Queen Esta”
Epimedium “Domino”
Primula and Fritillaria
Columbines in the Alpine garden
Androsace primula chumbyi
Forget-me-nots and emerging hosta in the hill
Tufa trough with Silene aucaulis blooming
Dwarf bearded iris
Bluebird eggs
Baby chipmunk

I think we have had our last frost, so now I can get to planting the vegetable garden.

Bloodroots and primula

The rainy cold spring continues but as usual there are some bright lights in the garden. I have three kinds of bloodroot and they are really pretty this year. The first is the common bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

The second is the double flowered version “Multiplex”

The next group of photos are of the “Pink form”

I am reposting the following photo from last time because I had many queries about the name and because the dark purple one has now flowered

Primula marginata
Primula marginata

And now for a few more pretty things

Trough and species tulips, ranunculus, primroses, and fritillaria in the foreground
Red emperor tulips
Epimediums are starting to pop

Sunny and warmer days are forecast .. yippeeeeee!


Spring is springing in New England. It rains, it snows, gets warm, then chilly, sunny, cloudy, windy, calm, etc. Some things do continue on in their natural cycle. In my garden, the daffodils and forsythia are blooming bringing lots of cheerful yellow to the landscape. And its getting green.

My favorite part of spring are the ephemerals. Epimedium, trillium, primulas and all the little rock garden plants are waking up and unfolding.

And finally, a photo of our Easter morning kayak paddle out on the Nashua River near our house. One can’t be in the garden all the time.