Thursday, June 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - June 2017

I am so happy that I waited until this morning to write my GBBD post. I had been feeling as miserable as my garden looked prior to midnight last night when a frightful thunder storm raged through here.  This storm brought the first rain of June to the garden. I mean to tell  you the first drop of rain. I thought our poor garden was doomed. Amazing what 3/4" of rain will do for your flowers let alone One's own spirit.
The stars of the garden right now are the day lilies. Most of mine are old fashioned varieties such as the one above, Paper Butterfly.
Screech Owl
And most appropriately named June Bug. The rest of them blooming now are fairly tame looking compared to all the fancy varieties available now. Am I showing my gardening age?? I love them all anyway.
Day lilies aren't the only things blooming right now of course.
I have several tall lilies in the garden. This one is Heartstrings. The rest of them look so worn from the drought that I won't picture them.
The Coneflowers are beginning to bloom.
This Papaya Coneflower is a new introduction to my garden this year and it is gorgeous. Even with the droughty weather it has been blooming. 
The Oakleaf Hydrangeas are blooming. I don't know the names of them but they are also a plant that doesn't pay much attention to the weather. I wish I was more like them. This one has big ole blooms on it. 
This one has more blooms but smaller. 
The spiderworts are blooming up a storm.
Yuccas are blooming. I always think of them as one of my birthday flowers as it blooms near my birthday. 
These lovely Calla Lily 'Golden Nugget' is blooming now. They are such cheerful bloomers and make great cut flowers. Then you have this poka dotted leaves to accent the flower bed. Amazing that these used to be considered annuals here. Now what with the global warming they survive our winters. At least so far. 
The above Hibiscus is a tropical plant that my neighbor gave me when she was moving into a condo with no room for such a large plant/planter. I didn't really want the plant but the container came with it and I did want the container. After it started blooming I can see why she wanted it to perpetuate. It is a gorgeous bloom.
What all is blooming in your garden? You can share your blooms with me and others from all over the world at Carol's May Dreams Garden where this meme of many years has flourished. Do share...

The rest of the story...Other blooms in my garden:
Russian sage
Lambs Ears
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Geranium 'Biokovo
Hostas of all sorts, mini and tall
Balloon Flowers
Coneflower 'Magnus'
Hydrangea 'Annebelle'
Hydrangea 'Strawberry Vanilla'
Hydrangea 'Silver Blue'
Daylily 'Tetrina's Daughter'
Daylily 'Nowhere to hide'
Daylily 'Song Sparrow'
Daylily 'Ditch Lily'
Tall Lily 'Mahogany Red'
Tall lily 'Tango Blend'
Carpet Rose
Rose 'White Dawn'
The Datura bloomed last night for the first time.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Garden Right Now - Going into Summer

Michelle at Veg Plotting started a meme of My Garden Right Now back in March. At least that is when I came upon it. I enjoyed the meme so much and she has resurrected it during the Chelsea show. So I am playing along.
I tried to get the same views I showed during March. You can see the garden as it looked then by clicking here.
The following is a little wider look at the veg garden. Not much happening  here now. The tomatoes are very small, the broccoli has been eaten by the rabbits. I have tossed a few seeds in here. We will have to wait to see what pops up. 
As you can see we will have plenty of grapes for jelly and the birds.
This area has really filled in as you can see. A lot of green in my garden now.
Along this path that was lined with daffodils there is all sorts of things up.
When I see pictures of my garden I realize it would be nice to have more of the color wheel in the garden. If you look closely there is a tall yellow lily blooming and some purple iris in that background plus the tree leaves of red. I guess there is more color than I thought. Green is a great variant.
How is your garden right now?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Chipmunk Chicanery

About four years ago a Chipmunk tried to move into our garden. It wasn't here very long. I don't know if the Gray Squirrels chased it away or if Annie made it's life so miserable it decided to move on.
This little guy seems to have little fear. You can see the draw to the little rascal. All the dropped bird seed. He loves to tear through the potted plants looking for goodies.
He doesn't seem a bit intimidated by larger birds such as the female Redwing or the more to scale House Sparrow.
He fills those chops and then high tails it to his burrow.
Not so cleverly hidden right beside the hose hanging on the house. Now if I know it is there, we know that Annie knows it is there.
While Annie can look like the picture of tranquility she can and will dig a hole to China attempting to capture a burrowing creature. 
Add to that Annie's friend Jack is coming to visit this weekend. They make a formidable hunting pack. Jack doesn't know the words 'give up' or rest.  There will be excitement in the garden this weekend.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Wheelbarrow Garden

Another garden magazine inspiration. My Dearly Beloved had this old wheelbarrow way before he had me. It was given to him by someone that upgraded many years ago. It has served well over the many years and several owners. The bottom is about shot so I decided to make it into a miniature garden. Do you notice what direction my gardening is headed this spring??
The following will be little vignettes of the figures. This is the turtle family. The Mrs is getting geared up to do her garden chores. 
She has her tools all collected. What could that task be? 
Tending the Mouse Ears mini hostas or gathering water at the well? Perhaps she will choose to sit under the Japanese Maple in the side garden? 
The Mister and daughter are slowly coming into the garden on their steady steads.  
The tortoises are coming around to see that the tiny golden sedum doesn't overwhelm the mini hosta Itty Gold and all is properly cared for. 
If you could hear all the stories that my Garden Helper makes up for these gardens you would enjoy them too. 
Happy Gardening no matter what sort of plants and accoutrements you enjoy. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wood Spirits Train Garden

I was reading in a garden magazine about a well made train garden. The pictures made me long for my own train garden. I have wanted one for some time. I have put off building one due to the fact that you have to run electric and in my area I would have to take up the tracks every winter, store and them. Early spring I would have to fix the heaving of the railway beds and reinstall the train. Not that I am lazy or anything like that but that part of train gardening has put me off.
I had this area that is sort of raised and it needed some attention to say the least. My mind got into that creative state.  I could build me a little train area here. What to do about the train part?? I remembered that back in the 80's I got a wild hair and collected a what amounts to a colony of Wood Spirits carved by Tom Clark. Each Wood Spirit had a name and story, all of which are well done. I haven't had a place to display them  in the house so they were in the attic collecting dust. There was a train in that collection. YES!!
Here they are. All of these figures  have names, stories and jobs on the train. All I have to do now is to add some more plants.
So I have more plants in there now, more Wood Spirits for the train people to visit. There will be more tweaking, planting, thought and growing over summer to get it where I will be satisfied with this little world.
Of course I will have plenty of help with ideas. Between the Wood Spirits, Garden fairies and Garden Helpers it should come around.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mid May Bloom Day

Greenbow this May is about as you would imagine it would be bloom-wise. There are a some surprises in that a few flowers have bloomed a little early. The irises are about finished blooming and alliums are at that star struck stage. 
The Honeysuckles in the garden are continuing their rounds of blooms. They are a great plant to have in the garden during migration. Our first hummingbird made a bee line to them. 
A nice little surprise was a female Common Yellowthroat Warbler. She and her hubby, who I didn't get a picture of, stayed around for a few days before they passed along to their nesting area. 
Others who stopped at the nearby feeding station was this male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
and his partner. 
It seemed that the entire family stopped by on their way North. Jr was here as long as they stayed. How do I know this is a young bird? It still has some of the brown streaking on it's flanks and the black on it's head is not fully transformed. How do I know this is a family unit?  I don't know but that  doesn't stop me from telling myself this fairy tail.
Since it is Mother's Day as I type this I thought I would show you a couple of the Moms in the garden. First we have Mrs Robin on her nest that is nestled in the grape vines. There are a lot of grapes beginning to form.
Then over here in this ceramic nest box we have Mrs House Wren. She is not as trusting as Mrs Robin.
She soon jumped out of her nest to try to lure me away. I didn't dally here even though there is a bench right below the nest box.
Let's go over and have a seat on the patio and if you choose to stay with me I will show you some of the other denizens of the garden. Yes, I am still enjoying my color update on the patio. All the plants around the patio are filling in nice. If you make the photo larger you can see the Gull Wings iris, the orange begonia on top of the chimnea , the honeysuckle in the right background are all blooming. Even the succulent in the middle of the table has a bloom. 
We make blackberry and grape jelly and share with the birds and other friends. 
  We will have plenty of blackberries this year thanks in part to this fly that is a bee mimic.
The Grey Catbirds are back. They love jelly.  I haven't found their nest yet, I am not really looking for it but when Annie went to one area of the garden the Mr dive bombed her. So I  have a feeling if I looked in the area I would find it. 
It is funny that when the Catbird attacked Annie she didn't even know it was a bird that attacked. She thought it was her furry nemesis the grey squirrel that gave her a nip on her back. She looked all around for them and totally ignored the bird in the shrub scolding her. The squirrels and Annie have a love hate relationship. Annie loves to chase them and they hate her for it.
I know that the Red-bellied Woodpeckers have a nest near here too. Both the male and female stop by the seed platform to imbibe of some easy treats. This is a female. She is so agile using her stiff tail as a prop. 
So far the garter snake is keeping up with the snails and slugs. I haven't had much damage to my hostas yet thanks to this fellow.
So instead of leaving you with that vision, for those who abhor snakes I will leave you with another lovely honeysuckle, Scentsations, with my red climbing rose in the background, which is two weeks early blooming.
 I hope everyone enjoyed Mother's day and you were able to hang out in the sun and sniff flowers.
If you didn't give or get any flowers to celebrate or you just want more to look at you can pop over to Carol's at May Dreams Garden. to get your fix of blooms.