Saturday, May 18, 2013

New Beginnings

Today is a photo journey through my yard of new beginnings. Like I have said before, you have to look really closely to find the magic.
Pole beans  



Watermelon
Zucchini

Pumpkin

Radish

Cantaloupe

Morning Glory

Look at my wonderful blueberries!


Broccoli

Catmint

Close up of Catmint flower



Lemon Balm

Oregano

Chamomile flower

Banana pepper

Peony

Peony

Chive blossom

Columbine Meadow Rue

Geum

Yarrow

Carpenter Bee hole under mailbox.
 Doesn't nature make great circles?

Saliva

Through the looking glass.

A wise old owl lived in an oak...
Guardian

First Purple Cone flower.
You had to get down and peer under the plant to find it!

Check out the silver maple seed dancing on a gossamer thread.

New Spruce growth

Astilbe before the magic happens. But I think it is just as cool.

Lily-of-the-valley

Coreopsis

Found a section of my columbine that the sawfly larva have completely stripped.

My favorite iris color! Magical.
Look inside a poppy

Poppy sticking its tongue out.

Yellow Jacket drinking nectar off of peony head

Aphids on rose bud

Ants on peony head, love it!

Our first strawberry harvest!

So you can see how incredible all the little things are that one can find in the garden. I love all of it!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Magical Woodlands

So today I did my biweekly trip to mom's to fill water bottles.  Why you say? Because their mountain water is like the elixir of life. It takes about 25 mins to drive there. I was in a hurry cause I was tired and it was rainy. I love the rain just didn't want to get stuck driving in it. I put in my CD to the Two Towers. I makes for a great little trip.
Well I finally pulled into my parents driveway, forcing myself to slow down. Evenstar comes on.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im5CIpMFo4Q
Time suddenly slowed down. I looked out my window and noticed tiny white stars dotting the woodland everywhere. The fog was low under the trees making a quiet magic. The spice bushes were just leafing out and they have curvy branches that make you feel like you are in a fairy tale. Gazing even more into the wood you can see May-apples and Jack-in-the-pulpit, black co-hash.  Spider webs held onto rain drops and you could see them in the branches of bushes like steps to the tops. A little world for the unworldly. I felt like I was driving through Fangorn forest. Truly this was where I was supposed to be this morning.
I got out of the car and the rain dripping from the tree tops was spattering everywhere. It held a transcendent feeling. The rain pattered on my head in large drops.
Just wish I had my camera. All these images were ones that I found online. But you would have to see it to experience the feeling that I had. Majesty in the simpleness of the world. The wood is unchanged from any evil that we as humans have to face. It was a heavenly moment. I actually don't think the camera could have caught it just right.
Mayapples
Wood rue
Black cohosh
Black cohash


spice bushes under the trees. Now imagine it all foggy. Not exactly like my parents wood, theirs is much cooler.


Monday, May 6, 2013

The best month is May

I never did get an really awesome picture of my ornamental cherry blossoms covering the front walk.  It rained on them halfway through and they turned to mush.  I just swept a bunch of them up in preparation for another rain. They sure do get messy.  Most of the pictures that I took today turned out blurry but the snow affect that it has on the garden is wonderful.  One of my beautiful flower combs, my red Azaleas and (purple) bluebells are in full glory and a new one to the mix in the front is my white sweet woodruff. It has delicate lacy foliage. I totally recommend it for shady spots.  It is a ground cover and spreads. Looks incredible in under the messy cherry tree.
I am not really fond of Azaleas as they grow really slow.  I have one that is 33 years old.  My father transplanted in from his house to mine two years back.  It is only about three feet round and two feet wide.  But when it blooms they are completely covered with blossoms.  Here it is with my purple Ajuga   Ajuga is another ground cover for the shade. Again sorry the picture is blurry.


 Now I want you all to guess what this bud is.  It is pretty incredible looking.
 And what is this one?  It will unfurl very shortly.  I have about five different colors of these.
 My broccoli is finally over a foot tall.  It is getting tiny heads finally!
 One of my columbine.  It appears they are doing well even after the sawfly larvae attack.
 A cluster of Columbine.
 Clematis is opening up.  These lovelies are on my arbor at the entrance to my side yard.  I planted them to hide the naked legs of my climbing rose.
May is one of the best months for my garden before the dry heat of the summer takes over and I stop my weeding.  Then by July it is a jungle.  So come see my garden all this month. Every spot has filled in with green foliage (I love!) and is great for meditation.
 Oh and on a sad note about the bird's nest from my last post which were actually eggs of a House Finch.  My husband told me that some had hatched yesterday and when I went to check them this morning, the nest was destroyed.  I wonder what critter found them in the night. Oh well...nature.