Well here it is July 31st. The bountiful rains this spring and summer have certainly produced some lovely blooms and the daylilies are no exception. Here are a few in all their glory….
Greywoods Papa Joe
Lydia Bechtold (yellow) and Royal Ebony
An unknown funky orange
We also have a family of wrens
Bees on the Cimicifuga
And a new crop of bunnies…
Finally, there are lots of buds on the Brugmansia – August should be amazing
I like to see how many different kinds of plants I can grow. The abundant rain this year has brought out some spectacular blooms.
The Brugmansia ‘Jean Pasco’ (now 7 years old) emerged from dormancy and put on an early show with 12 blossoms. There are more buds forming, so August could be amazing.
My sister gave me an orchid cactus years ago. It didn’t bloom last year, and I was about to give it away. I put it out on the porch just because it looks tropical and lo and behold..it is blooming.. wowza
The Japanese Iris didn’t bloom last year either – too dry. But they got a lot of water this spring and early summer and they are blooming away now
July brings the daylilies. Not unusual.. just gorgeous. This one is ‘Royal Ebony’
Here we have ‘Glistening Bouquet’, ‘Radiation Biohazard, ‘Apricot Ruffles’ and ‘Blueberry Breakfast’
And a bunny update..
You all know by now that wascally wabbits are the bane of my existence. They eat and nibble my plants and nothing I do seems to dissuade them. While weeding the other day I came across what at first glance looked like an old birds nest. I looked closer and saw fur around the edges. I gently peeled back the top layer and there they were… baby bunnies… five of them.
What to do? Couldn’t relocate them while momma was still around, so I just watched them grow. You can see how small they are – those are violet leaves nearby.
Then one day they were out of the nest and hiding
You can see the chicken wire cages I have made to keep the nibbling to a minimum. They aren’t pretty, but they mostly work.
Another little guy hiding
Here are some close relatives on the front lawn
The little ones seem to have hopped off… or they are just hiding out . They sure are cute but they will grow up and do all the things bunnies do. Sigh….
Meanwhile this family showed up
And a spotted fawn ran across the meadow yesterday afternoon, no photo unfortunately.
Wild kingdom around here these days.
June in New England has been well… June. Cold, hot, cold, wet, hot, cold.. Some plants are happy, some rotted out. The iris have been spectacular.
Pink and white gas plants and more iris
Rhodys in full glory
Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail
Iceplant – wowza!
And the peonies started blooming yesterday
I move things around in the garden all the time. Sometimes its because plants get too big, or they aren’t thriving in a particular spot, or I just don’t like them any more. I love my daylilies but in the spring there is just a big mass of foliage in that area of the garden. It needed some “pop”. So last fall, I planted a whole bunch of allium in between the daylilies. The plan was two fold – one: bring some color to the area while waiting for the daylily blooms and two: hope the daylily foliage would hide the decaying and ugly allium foliage. I think it worked!
The tangerine colored azalea took a hit in the drought last year but it is still alive.. I love the color behind the allium
Another combo that worked is the blue Camassia, yellow Trolius behind the red peony ‘Early Scout” with some yellow Zizia aptera in the foreground
Tree peony from friend Olga has tons of blossoms this year
Iris ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ and a little garter snake sticking his head out of the rocks.. can you spy his little black eye?
This lavender hued Iberis taurica given to me by rock gardener Peter G. is gorgeous this spring and one of the few things the rabbits aren’t nibbling.
Yellow trillium from friend Effie
I don’t know what this is .. it looks like a wild primrose of some sort.. I found it while weeding out invasives under a pine tree at the edge of the garden. It’s quite sweet so I moved it up to the woodland garden area so I could see it better and not lose it.
And here is a lovely white Primrose sieboldii
We have had a lot of rain so things are quite lush. The rabbits and voles continue to munch their way through the garden. I had some lovely little dianthus I was going to show you but it got eaten. I have sprayed plants and put individual chicken wire cages around most things and put out Havaharts. The wire isn’t attractive but its about the only thing that works. (you can see some of the wire behind the yellow trillium). The groundhog has been sighted a few times.. I hope he was just wandering through and won’t be back. Varmints!
It has been a loooooong siege of rain, wind, cold, rain, mist, rain etc. There is a silver lining – we are not in drought any longer and the spring flowers lasted a long time. I haven’t been able to get out and do much gardening, but the forecast looks promising this week. It is supposed to be 90 on Thursday… bye bye tulips.
There are many critters that visit my garden.. some welcome and some not.
Peter Cottontail and his pals visit often – he’s cute but I wish he would just eat the violets and leave everything else alone
A squirrel using her wiles to figure out the squirrel proof feeder
Mr. and Mrs. Canada Goose and their goslings crossing the front lawn
Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder
Indigo Bunting (wow) at the feeder
Dragonfly sculpture – a Mother’s Day gift from my daughter-in law Amelia
And since this is a garden blog – here are some dwarf bearded iris – yummy
The sun and warmth will return this week.. I can’t wait to see what will pop out..
After a week of gray, cold, rainy weather, there was a brief respite and the sun came out. I spent all weekend outside digging plants to donate to my garden club plant sale and moving a few things around.
Last night when the rains ended there was a beautiful rainbow…
…and lovely evening glow
Esther enjoyed the cool green grass
Lilacs are in full bloom
Today was a gorgeous day to work outside..a nice breeze kept the black flies away. The little chicken wire cages I made to protect the tulips from the rabbits are working
Iris koreana ‘Firefly Shuffle’
Anemones from friend Laura S. plus iris, burgundy colored Heuchera, ‘Thalia’ white narcissus and an emerging Hosta ‘Marmalade’
Mama cardinal sitting on her nest in a cedar tree by the porch
This is why I live in New England .. spring is just awesome…….