Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

~ dwarf red lily ~
Who can ever really do a 'Wordless Wednesday' completely without words? Well, I can't...

I FINALLY got some photos of some of the things in bloom. I'm making it a morning habit to walk the gardens with my coffee in hand & to see how things are doing. If there's a weed, it gets pulled, if there's a spent flower, it gets nipped, if there's a ripe (whatever) it just might get eaten!

This morning was just such a fine morning. Here are a few of my beauties:

~ dwarf orange lily ~

~ Sweet William ~

~ Sweet William ~

~ perennial bachelor button ~

~ white peony ~

~ white foxglove ~

~ moth mullein ~

~ wall of foxgloves ~

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Visitor

~ net-winged beetle ~
Yesterday I bumped into something new in the gardens. This lovely beetle was caught in a spider web & it's the first time I've seen one in my yard.

It's quite fascinating to see new & interesting things appearing in the gardens & it seems more & more are making themselves known as the gardens start to fill in & mature.

The net-winged beetle is quite possibly a nectarivore - meaning it consumes nectar from plants. I wonder if this means it also aides in pollination as a minor side-affect. Could it possibly be consuming smaller insects too?

Either way, it's a very interesting beetle & quite large - about 15 mm long & very visible.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Flags & Beards

~ blue flag iris ~
Yesterday was my 'Iris Day'. I enjoy watching the gardens go through their changes & it seems I've gotten a bit more of a handle on having a continuous parade of blooms throughout the yard.

The first of the iris to emerge in bloom are my blue flag iris. I love the details of the petals with that extra hit of yellow. This particular patch now has the characteristic 'donut' hole in the centre, which means I'll be digging up the patch this fall, dividing & replanting. Perfect! I want to move some of them around the rest of the yard.

~ yellow bearded iris ~

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Growing Vertical

~ pea trellis ~
It's taken a while for the peas to get started - as in months! I think I started planting them way too early, possibly in February when it was warm (the ground temp this February was 5 degrees Celsius!)

But that allowed us some time to finally figure out a system to get them growing vertical & in a modestly decent fashion. (Like gardening is about fashion skills...)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Trying to Keep Up

 While I'm waiting for the grass to dry, it's a great time to catch up on some photos & notes on what's going on in the gardens. I think it's been at least 2 weeks since I've done a full manicure on the lawn & if there were more wild flowers hidden in the grass, I just might be tempted to let it go to meadow this year. Unfortunately, dandelions don't count...

The front flower bed has gone through one of its seasonal changes - the basket of gold alyssm & ajuga are now finished & since this photo have been dead-headed. Soon there will be other colours popping out - probably by the time I'm able to get back out there!