May 2: buds and early bloomers

The oak tree suddenly has leaves, and the salvia are blooming. The blossoms of tulips, dogwoods, and redbud begin to fade, but the yarrow, dwarf lilac, roses, rue, and scabiosa all have flower buds. The orlaya came back and its buds are opening, too. I see the beginnings of flower buds on a few echinacea, and a nepetas’ blue blossoms sprinkle the air above their silvery green leaves.

I put in a passionflower today, along with 3 blanket flowers and 2 scarlet and orange milkweeds. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the passionflower. I hope it will last.

Tulips in morning sun
Salvia in bloom
Ladybug and rose bud
Scabiosa buds
The summer bloomers are putting out leaves, and the back bed is starting to fill in

Apr 18: redbuds and dogwoods in bloom

I went for a walk around the neighborhood today. Pink and magenta redbuds contrast with the chartreuses of fresh leaves. The earth is lush and coming back to life.

Redbud blossoms on our tree
Creeping phlox on my walk
Dogwood flower on our tree
Maple seeds on my walk
Garden at the UU church around the corner
My outdoor office
The back bed; it will flower in summer.
Redbud blossoms at the site of a missing branch
This is the greenest the grass will be all year

Apr 12: Emergence

The grass is the lush, vibrant green that only appears in spring. Pears and cherries and magnolias bloom all over town. Tulips pop in bright colors in the landscaping of public places: medians, libraries, the aquatic center.

In our garden, the redbud is covered in fuchsia buds and the dogwood flowers bloom green before they brighten to white. The leaves of perennials begin to emerge from beneath the fresh mulch. The blades of ornamental grasses come in tender and emerald green. The forsythia and daffodils are done in our garden — I cut back the forsythia this weekend — but violets and periwinkles blossom at the top of the hill. The salvia forms buds that should open in a few weeks. Besides the trees, the primary flowers right now are the ones in our flower baskets; that will change soon though.

Raindrops on pansies
Dogwood flowers still green
Liatris emerging
Front bed with Karl Foerster grass
Back bed with perennials starting to fill in
Mexican feather grass coming in.

April 18: Spring beginnings

This is the time of year where I walk the garden every day to see what shoots are emerging from the ground, what’s about to blossom, and what’s already in bloom. I also like to admire the garden overall with all it’s tidy mulch I spent a week spreading.

The dogwood flowers finally opened
Tulips the deer didn’t get
Sage buds
Salvia buds
Nepeta in bloom
Snapdragons for the flower baskets
Rose bed
My front garden perch
Front of house
Back perch

July 6: Garden in Photos

I haven’t seen any caterpillars or big butterflies in a few days (or weeks?). The flowers are pretty though.

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Morning shastas

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Yellow zinnia and forget-me-nots

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Volunteer cleome and echinacea

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New Sombrero Adobe Orange Coneflower

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Butterfly watch from the hammock

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Flight of the bumblebee 🐝

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The Joe Pye weed is blushing

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I love this Mexican feather grass so much

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Echinacea

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My little prairie

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Echinacea is starting to come into bloom

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Lots going on out back; still needs to fill in

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Late afternoon out front

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Out front

May 16: Garden in photos

The roses, penstemon, perennial salvias, and yarrows are in bloom. Zinnia seeds are in the ground, echinacea buds are forming, and the summer bloomers are starting to get full in their foliage.

I always love photographing the yarrow and salvia in May when they’re fresh and peaking. This time of year makes me want to fill the garden with them, though by summer’s end, I’m always glad I haven’t. It’s nice to have the bright zinnias and black-eyed Susans to fill in the space at their peak when the indigo salvia and yarrow are past their prime.

But for now, they sure are pretty.

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Yarrow

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Yarrow and (indigo?) salvia

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More yarrow 😀

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I couldn’t resist these little zinnias at the nursery

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My perch under the dogwood tree

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Front flower beds mid-May

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Hope the muhly grass comes back

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Penstemon

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Blue fescue grass in bloom

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Chamomile