Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Accidental Beauty

1.  Dinner
Sometimes the most beautiful effects in a garden are completely unplanned.  Here's tonight's supper I collected.  All the regular vegetable-collecting buckets were in use here and there so I grabbed an empty bowl-shaped planter to fetch in these tomatoes, broccoli and beets, together with a cucumber and a few errant green beans.


2. Volunteers
Here's another accidental beauty--a Jimson weed (Devil's trumpet) in my compost pile.  The seeds have been waiting in the compost pile for at least three years, because that's the last time I grew this plant around here.  Earlier this summer, I shifted the pile to get at some of the older compost at the bottom, which must have exposed the seeds.  Within a week of being exposed, the seeds came to life and the baby plants took off.  These are perhaps eight or ten weeks old, they really exploded in the compost.  This is three plants, only.


The blooms open in the afternoon, then die by mid-morning of the next day.  However, a new crop of blooms is waiting, as you see here, to open that afternoon. This photo was taken in the early afternoon when the dead flowers are still on the plant (you can see them drooping) and the new flowers have not yet opened for the afternoon. They look and act like giant morning glories, only they don't climb and their period of blooming in the day is different. The flowers have the same elegant trumpet shapes, although the Jimson weed's are far, far bigger.

3. Nature's flower arrangement
We deadheaded the hostas and the cardinal flowers today.  Several clematis vines were trimmed back last week (It had to be done because of some construction: this is not the usual time of year to prune clematis.)  Combine these with some immortal oak leaves from last winter, and you get a perfectly beautiful composition of colors and textures--prettier than any flower arrangement I've ever made on purpose.

nature's flower arrangement


PS: Not all the beauty is accidental. Here is an autumnal composition planted on purpose--Black eyed Susans with Perennial Dusty Miller.  A few cardinal flowers show in the background, together with the daisy-like flowers of a Ligualaria. This is a view from the top of the mound which surrounds the bog-garden: the Ligularia and  Cardinal flower are down in the bog, the Black eyed Susans and Dusty Miller are on the dry upland portion.

Fall in the air

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The subtitle says it all: here's why...

gardening hands--not fit for yarn
I got started earlier on the garden than usual, worked in the cold more, got the mulch down earlier (120 bags of cocoa hulls bought and applied, 100 bags of bark mulch of which 60 have been applied so far) deadheaded last year's leftovers (we leave the seedheads on for the winter birds).  The 21 photos below show the results.  Now you know why TK is not knitting.

Click on any photo to get into full-screen mode, then use the L and R arrows on your keyboard to navigate.  Click in the black space outside the photo to escape full-screen mode.

Virginia Bluebells
hens and chicks
fern pavement
Berginia and white-stripe grass
view towards the birdbath fountain
from foreground to background: cat mint, Russian sage, climbing roses, berry bushes.  Spring bulbs to the L
Knot garden
veggie/cutting garden to L, peony/clematis border to R
Newton the apple tree with spring bulbs, berry bushes behind
view through hydrangea garden
a view of the shade garden
another view of the shade garden
young smoke bushes
a view of the circle gardens
another view of the circle garden
yet another view of the circle garden (shade garden beyond gazebo to the L)
eating-apple espalier with lipstick strawberries border the sunken garden
cutting and veggie garden
crab apple espalier--veggie/cutting garden to R
forsythia bushes with candy tuft, tree arch in background to R
hostas near house patio