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.


I’m back. We were in Florida for the winter but unfortunately returned earlier than planned. There was snow when we arrived home in late March, but that has melted. We have had some nice spring days between the cold rainy ones, and I have been able to get back out into the garden. I am so thankful that I have a garden. The world goes away for awhile when I am outside raking, weeding, and watching plants unfold and awaken as they always do in the spring.

The varmints are keeping us company – no social distancing for them. A black bear took out the bird feeders one evening. We saw him but I couldn’t grab the camera fast enough to catch him in the act.

I will try to post more often this spring in the hopes that things will get better, and the flowers will bring cheer. Be well

A loss in my garden

I wish it was spring, but not for the usual reason. Whenever I am having a tough time or experience loss, I go out in my garden and work, and I find that it helps tremendously. Our sweet 13 year old labrador died suddenly last week. Since there is still snow on the ground, and it is January, there isn’t much gardening I can do. My dog loved the garden. She rolled around in the grass or snow, chased rabbits, deer and turkeys, helped herself to their leavings (ugh), posed for pretty pictures, and kept me company. She just loved to sit on the back step and sniff the air. There is a big hole in my heart and in my garden. These are a few photos of happier times.

An interlude

I garden in New England. The weather does some some crazy things sometimes. It was in the 60’s over the weekend, and then yesterday, we had snow squalls. The little January thaw was wonderful… everyone was outside taking walks, and basking in the sunshine.

We took a walk along the Nashua River near our house

I was able to fix the deer fence, put out some mole repellent, and take down the Christmas decor… all without freezing my fingers off. The icebergs in the driveway melted away and grass was visible again. It was a treat. The bluebirds visited too. .

Of course we are expecting snow again on Saturday. Such is the weather in New England.

Winter is not done with us yet.