Good news for the shooting star hydrangea..so far, so good for recovery from the grocery store bargain basket. I have my fingers crossed and am babying it. It was pretty beat up, but new growth means I am doing something right. I would love to see it bloom this summer. The flowers look like this. It is not winter hardy here so has to come in. http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&...ndsp=31&ved=1t:429,r:17,s:0,i:142&tx=83&ty=45
grown from one leaf taken from a friend's plant, this voilet has been blooming for 3 months. My friend's died, so I told her I would grow her one from one leaf or she could have any of the 5 that are in the pot. It needs to be divided anyway. Anyone want one? IT's a nice plant.
rose in background, another bargain basket victim, one dollar, now budding all new growth. It cried "water..water..I need water", There should be a plant abuse truck. Hyia wanted a rose, so I told her she could rescue this onel
OUtside the birds are desperate. I will make sure to plant many more sunflowers this year and throw in some native food plants too.
My new neighbors. Indigo buntings. As far as I can tell I have 2 pair to go with the gold finches, strawberry finches, all the regulars, nuthatch, chickadee, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, redwing black birds, brewer blackbirds, and yellow bellied woodpecker who will be on his way to Canada soon. i have cut them way back in seed, putting out only a couple handfuls 3 times a day.
I wish they were better photos but if I try to stay outside, even being very still, they don't come like they do we watch outside. By putting the seed out at regular times, they know it will be there. I think the rest of the time they should be looking for bugs and native food. There is creek down at the bottom, but it is full of fertilizer and pesticide from the golf course, so i put out fresh clean water too.
Wet and shiny and new. Evertying is loaded with blooms so my favorite part is coming when my garden goes off like slow motion fireworks. Some should start opening today and if I have done it right, I should have flowers to fall.
Good Morning and hello from an old friend. My deceased SO dug these up for me way out in the boonies when I saw them growing in an abandoned field. So I can't help but feel he is telling me Hello when I see them bloom. I miss him dearly, he has been gone 10 years, and these flowers have moved with me three times.
soon there will be a border of primrose. Cindy told me I didn't want it..that it would take over..but I like things that take over, i just remove them from where i odn't need them, they are tuff, drought resisitant (my ultimate favorite trait) and make billowy pink borders that bloom and bloom. I didn't get to put in the natives that I wanted to, but the natives that i put in last year are doing well. I wanted some coleus but due to Pepper's vet bill, there will be none of that this year. Still hoping to trade for a pickup load of mulch.
Using pieces from what I already had, and a couple packets of seeds and I mean just a couple, not near what I would have liked to have had. EVEn so, it has a nice balance, is growing strong even for a first season new bed, has something blooming all the time, and lots to come. I can be so stressed, until I turn the sidewalk and see this and know it's still my corner of the world and I can breathe easier, its very nice to come home to. It would be boring as sin without it. No miracle grow, no pesticides, compost and some lovely hatchlings of baby mantises all over the place. Don;t think there is anything much cuter then a baby praying mantis. Loads of lady bugs, but no honey bees. despite a large population of natives and blue flowers to draw them.
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Kinda digging this one too. I am going to get a print of either the first one with the curly steam, or this one. I wish I could have both but I shouldn't even be getting one. Even so, I need to chose. The apt I live in sucks in maintence on so many levels, bad management, blah blah blah, but I made the yard MINE and I made it the way I want it to be. I have the woods, a sea of green to look out into, and the back lighting first thing in the morning is restorative to my soul. I want to leave the building, but I don't want to leave the spot on the planet for lack of better words. I saw the MR, a few weeks ago, my homely ol groundhog and I wished him well. I don't think I could leave the woods if I had to. IT is like a magnet to both Hyia and me. So fingers crossed, that we can make the inside better, if not..there is this, and it gives me peace. THat is what the photo says to me. The living in the moment that has nothing to do with cars and roads and people yelling at each other (what they do a lot around here) or tv or computers or anything. IF I do go, it is going to have to be further away, and just as close to trees. I don't know how people live without even noticing them.
those are beautiful pictures smkie--I love the first one with the curling steam! So enticing! I share your love of the garden/woods. I took a drive the other day--wound up in the hills around here and just the change in the air was comforting--really relaxing. I so wish I could have been a farm girl--think I must have been in a former life!