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Flowers and Yogurt

3 May

Hellebores and early tulips.  All the flower photos were taken this morning before more rain began.

Hyacinths and Thalictrum

Narcissus and Primrose

Crown Imperial.  It looks like some exotic bird.  Or an exotic flower.

Plain yogurt with honey

Plain yogurt with my mother’s home-canned cherries.  What I had for breakfast this morning.  Another batch of yogurt is in the oven right now!

Spring All Sorts

20 Mar

Not liquorice, though.

On the morning’s walk there were small spider webs in odd corners of soil and vegetative matter.  Within those webs were caught snowflakes in true suspended animation.  In the woods some snowflakes were gathered in the hollows of small deeply cupped leaves.  Otherwise they had all disappeared with the sunrise.

March carrots.Sweet and wonderful raw or cooked.  Have quite a few more to dig. The variety is incredibly long–some were over a foot, though many broke off and had to dig out the rest.

Petra called and thought there might be a Fisher in their ditch.  It was a mink.The numbers that get hit this time of year must be astoundingly large since this is the fifth I have seen this month.

Yesterday saw the first big tom turkey of the year crossing from a neighbor’s lawn to the woods on the other side of the road.  Removed the first mites from myself and Hawthorne.  Jay spotted an immature bald eagle on the ground in a field with wheat test plots. Several kinds of crocus are up, but not all are open.  The moon was full and deep orange when it came up last night.

In Bloom

22 Sep

The Autumn Croci and little Fall cyclamen were a month early, appearing the third week in August instead of the third week in September.   They are all still out.

The Sweet Autumn Clematis is past its peak, though the bees are very busy there each day.

The wild Aster I let go in the flower bed near the clothesline is fabulous this year. The Anemone Japonica are also past peak, but still look fine and busy with bees.

The small Rudbeckia are great this year.  It seems the more I pull out in the spring, the better they look in the fall.  See Jay with the geese in front of one spread.

The Over-the-garden-gate and Peruvian Apple came on like the tortoise and now look wonderful.  Both these plants are garden volunteers and get ripped out profusely before just a few (one in the case of the P. apple) are allowed to keep on growing.

But my favorite just now are the very late blooming poppies:

Of course there are scads of flowers still blooming.  Too many to list.

And I counted nine–nine!–Monarch larvae on the Asclepias Monday ranging in size from 1/4 inch to ready to go to chrysalis.

Lotus

8 Aug

SIL Dawn has a pond in which she put a lone lotus root about 10-12 years ago.  Today there is less pond than loti.  They are beautiful.  She also has a market for fresh and dried pods.

We stopped by after church today to see them in their glory.  Glory.

Blooms

23 Jul

Just because I have not done so in a long time.  In case you were wondering if they burned off or something.

Perhaps this is what Nigella Lawson’s mum was thinking  of when she named her daughter.

Yes, a mess.  But a beautiful mess.  Just before the garlic was pulled.  It is quite large.  The flowers and dill in no way compromised its size.  Really.

Lots of these in the garden.

And these which I picked in the rain this morning.  Battered, but fragrant.

In Bloom Now

26 May

Viburnum: viburnum sargentii ‘Onondaga’ , I think.  I like it very much.  It is a tall, wide shrub full of blooms.  It often re-blooms in the fall.

The tree and fern leaf peonies are just about done.  With the high temps (it has been 80-90 now for nearly a week–the grass is crispy in places) many of the buds opened and the flowers almost immediately started going down hill.  I picked several in the mornings before the sun got them.  Then they stayed nice for 3-5 days.

Tiarella, Thalictrum, Dianthus, columbine,  perennial poppies, all sorts of weeds, the alliums, the first two clematis plants, and the never-ending sweet woodruff which is becoming a problem plant here.  The winter aconite is spewing seed all over.  I have some collected and set aside for you, Marie.

This bulb is blooming.  It is only its second year and I can not recall its name.  It is a native species.  Ah, Camassia–a hyacinth.   This little green bee was gathering pollen.  Just think about carrying around sticky baseball-sized wads all over you for a job.  Good for it!

And in the fields the buttercups, wild columbine, ragged robin (a lychnis), the wild phlox are just about done, the Silene has been done in by the heat–they looked so nice last week…

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