July is the season of daylilies in my garden. They provide lots of color, require minimal maintenance and do well in drought. Which we have. July has been very hot and very dry. I spend most of my time hauling hoses around.

This is the “big picture” taken from the second floor of the house
An unknown name but very vigorous bloomer
“Techny Spider”
“Peggy Jeffcoat”
A wall of color
Magenta and pink astilbe which I just dug up and gave away much of it
Cimicifuga (white) and Thalictrum (pink)
Dad’s dahlias
Orchid cactus
A bunny lounging on the stone bench
Two spotted fawns following their mom into the woods

Hopefully the drought pattern will change in August. Between the drought, heat and varmints (voles, chipmunks, rabbits, deer and a groundhog) gardening has been a challenge this year.

Ensata Iris

I have been collecting Japanese Iris (Ensata) for many years now. As you may recall, last year I dug up some of them that had outgrown their spaces and transplanted them into a wet area where an old willow had been taken down due to rot. I had hoped that they would all blend together in June. They came up this spring and buds formed. Finally, they began to bloom. I left some of them in the main garden in case my experiment didn’t work. But it did! So I will transplant some more into the space in the fall.

The first to bloom in the main garden “Hanakaido Pink
Another view of “Hanakaido Pink”
Variegated Ensata
“Frilled Enchantment”
Unknown blue in the new garden
Another photo of Unknown blue
“Raspberry Candy”
“Ruffled Whitewater” in the center just beginning to bloom. “Raspberry Candy” on the right has gone by.
There are two more to go – “Silent Thunder” and “Warai Hotel” are budded. I hope they bloom before the others go by

I am happy with my experiment so far. I hope next year the circle will be full of Ensatas all blooming at about the same time.


What a lovely month to garden. There was so much blooming it was hard to choose what I wanted to highlight. I decided to focus on some macro shots and a few critters.

Do you see the little bunny hiding behind the variegated iris
Rose “Grandma’s Blessing”
Peonies, Penstemon “Husker Red”
Sorrel blossom
Clematis seed heads
Mama turkey and her babies
Dad’s pink dahlias blooming the end of June

More to come…..

End of May

The lupines in the meadow are blooming. The bluebirds and cardinals have fledged. The veggie garden and containers are planted. Now its weed, water, and enjoy.

Gas plant
Clematis and ferns
Bumblebee and Columbine
Indian Pink
More lupine
Hosta, Heuchera, Epimedium foliage, Amsonia
Iris, azalea, daylily “Elizabeth” a very early variety, gas plant, sorrel, and so much more
Azaleas, Siberian iris, rhododendrons, clematis, succulents

Happy Memorial Day

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