Friday, May 31, 2019

Farewell to Our Moist May

The news is all about how wet our May has been. The most wettest in 10 years. The official measurement for here was 7.25" but in my home gauge I had 6.5" of rain. No matter how you look at it it was wonderful. I don't remember such a rich feeling in May before. Oh yes, May is almost always a fine month but this year it was juiced up.
As the sun goes down this evening it has an eerie glow. They say it is because of a big fire up in Canada. The smoke has spread a thin grey veil over our area. Hopefully it will be gone by tomorrow. 
At the CISMA native plant sale I found that they had an Eastern Agave. This little beauty is  a native and supposed to be hardy in our area. Of course they are supposed to have full sun and good drainage. Hmmmm  As you might remember if you read my blog often I have expressed the lack of full sun. I plan to find out if there is enough sun here for them. I wonder if they will lose their speckles of Madder Brown if they don't get enough sun.
 I bought 3 of them and planted in 3 different places.   The one below looks the best so far. It gets morning sun and is in a sandy soil.
This one gets mid morning sun and the soil is loamy.
This one gets afternoon sun. A long time but the soil is a bit heavy. I will be anxious to see which does the best in the long run. They seem a bit delicate just to look at and handle.  
I wanted to show my Multi Blue Clematis one more time. It is giving a second flush of flowers at the top of the plant. Which has grown to the top of the trellis. I don't know how far it will stretch out but I hope it will go over the top of the arch.
Last but not least the Jack-in-the Pulpits all grew so tall this year. Several have these seed heads forming. I always like to see this. May they reproduce with great vigor.
I hope your May was as pleasant and your garden has responded so well.

17 comments:

  1. Rain IS magic! I'm glad to see your garden is resplendent as a result. I hope your smoky skies clear up quickly. Large-scale wildfires this early in the season are particularly scary.

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    1. I was surprised that they said this smoke cloud is from Canada. We are far away from there so it did appear very eerie to me.

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  2. On the other hand we had a dry May. Love your clematis. We call the plant that you call Jack in the Pulpit - Lords and Ladies. It seems to have more than it's fair share of 'common' names

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  3. You are right Sue. I like all the common names for this plant. Lords and Ladies sounds so regal to me.

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  4. That blue clematis is awesome! ~ Great photos ~ It is cloudy and foggy here again today ~ June 1st ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  5. The clematis is gorgeous.
    Our May was exceptionally beautiful, and that beauty is extending right into June.

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  6. I'll look forward to updates on the Agave--how fun! That Clematis is stunning!

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  7. Your Clematis 'Multi Blue' is so gorgeous. The fancier Clems do not do well in my climate. That's a beautiful trellis it is growing on as well.

    We had a very rainy May also, 3/4" inch is a lot for us! Your over 6" is hard to imagine.

    The "Eastern Agave" looks to be a Manfreda--yes it will keep its spots--and some shade won't hurt it. They get a tall flower stem, about 6' tall here. The blooming plant dies after flowering, but it makes offsets so you have fresh new plants. Here they are evergreen but they will die back in winter where the winters are cold.

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  8. Wet May here also in New England ~ lovely moon shot ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. I have 'Multi-Blue', but it is not blooming yet. Yours looks great. As for good drainage, is it even possible on a year like this? While gardeners are exasperated, I feel bad for the farmers. Perhaps this will convince some that climate change is a real problem.

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  10. Lisa your clematis is absolutely gorgeous. Mine has not started to bloom as of yet. Yes May has been very wet here too and everything is certainly lush. Hope you are successful with the Eastern Agave. This is something I have never tried growing. Take care and have a lovely week. Hugs!

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  11. We've had a rainy, cool, windy May and it has been perfect for plants. My daffs lasted weeks and weeks. Everything is lush. The lilacs and apple trees are full of blooms. I couldn't ask for a nicer May.

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  12. I'm so glad you got rain. I seem to remember last year was super dry, wasn't it? As you know, too much rain here. Hope your agaves do well. Can't wait to see. On to June!~~Dee

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  13. Wishing you a Happy Weekend dear friend ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. Thanks for your congratulations ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. The Eastern Agave is an attractive plant. I hope it doesn't lose its spots. It will be interesting to see how each one does. May for us was exceptionally dry and very hot and humid! It felt like the middle of July or August and was tough on the garden. But now we have had rain and the air this week is cooler and less humid. Today felt like spring again, and the next few days will be even cooler. I wish it would last!

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  16. Happy Day to you ^_^ ~ enjoying your garden I hope

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