Sep 16: chrysalises galore (and swallowtail caterpillars)

I counted at least six monarch chrysalises in the garden today and about a dozen swallowtail caterpillars on the rue.

Monarch chrysalis in Russian sage 1
Monarch chrysalis in wood pile
Monarch chrysalis in rue from above
Monarch chrysalis in rue

Jul 9: garden status

Basil is starting to fill out in the raised bed. Time for pesto!
Brown eyed Susans, coneflowers, and Russian sage are blooming
I dead-headed the roses this week so a new flush of buds could bloom
The grasses are getting large
I like the rearrangement of the back bed, but it’s going to need another year at least for everything to fill in after me moving stuff around.

Jun 27: garden status

It’s that time of year where everything is growing and lush and pretty, and I stop logging it and just enjoy it. Every once in a while I take my camera out when I walk the garden. Here’s some stuff blooming in the end of July.

Mexican feather grass in bloom

June 12: garden status

I’m still waiting for the beds to fill in — I delayed a lot of growth by moving everything around over the winter. I hope it didn’t permanently damage stuff, and I hope I have the patience this coming winter to leave everything alone so it can re-establish. Maybe things will fill in more by July and August. We’ll see. That’s one reason for posting these status updates with pictures, so I’ll have a comparison next year.

I took my coffee out and sat in my garden chair this morning; the morning was cool, and the colors inspired me to get my camera out.

Out back

My new Mexican feather grasses; they’re my favorite
Back hill and raised bed
Back hill bed

Out front

Yarrow in full bloom out front

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 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

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

Mar 23: rain and rest

I always take a lot of photos this time of year because I’m eager for every bit of new growth each day. It’s easy to see progress when everything is starting fresh; I walk the garden multiple times a day to see if anything new has emerged.

Today it rained most of the day, which is excellent for the garden, and also for me since I need a break. I took my camera out in the drizzle to record some of the stuff going on.