May 23: first caterpillar of the season

I’ve been checking the rue for swallowtail caterpillars, and I saw my first one of 2022 this morning.

Swallowtail caterpillar on rue

I’ve been checking the swamp milkweeds to see if they’d come back. I was getting nervous because they seemed to take longer this year than in previous years. Three of the five have finally re-emerged; I’ll need to replace the other two so the monarch caterpillars don’t run out of food.

The fescue and scabiosa are blooming, and as is the norm these days, I saw a bunny in the bed, nibbling away at the goldenrod.

Fescue in bloom
Hello bunny

May 22: garden status

First rose through the nepeta
Nepeta and roses in bloom
Rose bed
Salvia by mailbox is peaking
Yarrow and salvias by the bird bath bloom together
Yarrow in bloom and grasses filling in
Back hill still has some filling in to do, but flowers are blooming
Jethro Tull coreopsis
Back hill from below

May 15: Garden status

Mexican feather grass and purple salvia
I need to cut those old hydrangea flowers off
May 15 and we’re better than February, but still have a ways to go to fill in

May 8: garden status

Everything’s a lot greener than it was a month ago. The trees have leaves, and the perennials are starting to fill in.

Back hill, raised bed, and trees with leaves
Front lobe still filling in, but the dogwood and gum trees have leaves
The roses are filling in with leaves, and the lilac, nepeta, and salvia are blooming
The salvia by the mailbox is in its glory

May 6: new plantings – annuals and herbs

The forecast called for thunderstorms today, but lucky for me, since I took a day off, the rain didn’t come until late in the day. I took the chance to put some annuals in the ground (and some herbs in the raised bed) so they can get watered in naturally.

The back garden and raised bed

May 2: garden status

I got a new wide angle lens and was excited to take photos of the full garden with it today; I don’t have to go across the street anymore to get the front beds in the frame.

Rose bed
front bed
front bed in front of stairs
Most of the front beds in the evening
Back hill mid day

Apr 23: garden status

A little more green this week after a couple of nights just below freezing. The lowest temperature in the seven day forecast is 35F, and we’ve got a lot of warm days coming up. I’m eager to see how everything has grown when I return from a trip next weekend.

Tulips by the mailbox, lilac buds, and roses startin to leaf put
Green grass and dogwood
Back hill

Apr 17: garden status — blooming trees, salvia, and tulips

The grass is greening, more perennials are starting to push up leaves, and the dogwood, redbud, and first tulips and salvias are blooming.

Dogwood starting to bloom
Back hill