June 24, 2015

Summer.

Last weekend my mom politely looked the other way as we liberated some of her spiderwort and every morning since I can now look forward to seeing its beautiful purple flowers opening to face the sun.  It is well worth climbing out of bed...

Virginia Spiderwort

On Saturday Michael and Benjamin surprised me with a "Birthday Voucher," so that I may choose some flowers from two of the local nurseries holding their end of the season sales...we added lots of new color to the backyard.  I chose some tickweed to add some yellow to the trellis garden.  I love it for its 'cottage garden' appeal.

Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora)

Albeit not the best photograph, I hope you can see why I chose monkshood for our woodland garden...

Monkshood (Aconitum napelius)

We also purchased a third foxglove for the woodland garden...and some coral bells.  And I fell in love with this deep red bee balm...
  
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

We picked up another hollyhock ('Double Mix'), lavender ('Munstead'), rosemary ('Salem'), and thyme -- for planting between our pavers.  The single plant I've fallen in love with has got to be the alpine poppy (Papaver burseri).  I could have an entire garden filled with its delicate little flowers...

Alpine Poppy (Papaver burseri 'Alpinum')

There is a lot of activity around our little garden pond right now.  The anacharis is in bloom - sending its little white flowers up to the surface...

Anacharis (Elodea canadensis)

We have two frogs now...if you look in the center of the photo you'll see one!  See him?  He is floating on the anacharis, in front of the water hyacinth.

Frog

The meadow sage is in bloom...it was being choked by our stonecrop, so Michael pulled some and now our Salvia nemorosa is beginning to recover...

Meadow Sage (Salvia nemorosa)

Our hydrangeas are also beginning to bloom.  We've transplanted our hydrangeas a lot since moving here and shocked each plant at least once...but finally we are beginning to see most of them recover.  This pink one is blooming next to the pond...

Hydrangea

All of the hostas are beginning to bloom, too.  The first one grows under our Japanese maple tree and the other, next to our roses at the front garden gate.

Hosta 
Hosta

The culver's root we transplanted is doing well this year -- it used to grow on the opposite side of the yard, next to the butterfly bush...now it's in the trellis garden.

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

I guess you can see my mind is still in the flower garden!  I have really enjoyed falling in love with our backyard again.  And, reading Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life is inspiring me even more.  I saw a concrete Peter Rabbit figurine at one of the nurseries this weekend and so wanted to add it to our garden...but for $ 24.95 it seemed a bit frivolous.  Besides...we have our own real bunny.  He likes to nap all afternoon...

Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

He isn't entirely lazy.  In the evenings he nibbles clover.  And lately he has brought two companions into the yard.  We have also been visited by two baby squirrels (offspring of Squirrely, we believe).  One afternoon a baby squirrel stood on the window sill, pressed his paws on the screen and looked into our dining room!  I so wish they would let me dress them in tiny clothes.   Hee hee!