Tag Archives: blooming

What’s blooming?

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It’s daylily time.

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When we bought this house there were no gardens to speak of and very little in the way of plantings but there were two bunches of oranges daylilies .

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I can’t honestly say that’s where I would have planted them, but they thrive so who am I to complain?

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Orange seems to be the hardiest and most prolific color in my part of the world.

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And honestly they’re the easiest no fuss, no care flower there is.

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I’ve planted a few others over the years….

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But it really is a shame they’re true to their name. Each bloom only lasts a day.

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They’re all heart.

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I’m not a fan of artichokes. I mean really, who has the time?

But I am a fan of the Jerusalem artichokes our farming neighbor across the road grows every year.

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Because when they blossom in the fall?

They are a seriously impressive sight.

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Human in far left corner for scale.

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When your flowers tower over the harvesting truck?

That’s a damned impressive bloom.

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Garden fluff.

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Even with the drought we’re experiencing, the Rhodies were magnificent this year.

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And the Barn Mahal porch has color coordinated pots of pretties as well. I find orange and yellow really pop against the red.

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This little petunia almost looks painted.

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Whether it will survive the woodchuck onslaughter is another matter entirely.

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Do you have a bed where all the leftovers end up?

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This is mine. A mini bed by the bulkhead doors where my first ever gay feather is getting ready to bloom…. and the neighboring hostas have launched an invasion.

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Love this combination Lantana.

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When the woodchucks decimated my gardens 2 years ago I searched for flowers they hated and planted them. Foxglove? Check!

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Astilbe? Healthy and woodchuck nibble free.

Did you know astilbe is also called False Goat’s Beard? What’s up with that… are there goats who need to travel incognito?

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Apparently, yes. Yes there are.

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What’s blooming today?

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Salvia, geraniums and New Guinea impatiens are blooming in my little stone wall garden bed, but unfortunately now and then I find a hole.

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See the empty space on the left? Thank you Mr. Woodchuck, please tip your server. 😡

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Happily my strawberry shortcake foxglove is on the list of woodchuck avoided plants.

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It’s also rhododendron time.

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And this year, they’re glorious.

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Every season I tell myself to cut them back, then they give me a riotous bloom and I cave.

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This year I planted three tick weed (coreopsis) behind the marigolds. Sadly, they must have been on the ‘favorite woodchuck snack’ list because one morning I looked out and they were munched down to nubs. Solution?

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Giant headed yellow marigolds. They’re not my favorite flower, but they’re not a woodchuck’s either … so that’s a win.

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As is this pink cosmos. Such a happy flower. I smile just looking at them.

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Country living perks.

 

We live in a rural area of Maine…. and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Peace and quiet.

Visiting wildlife.

And beautiful scenery.

Some days more than others…

 

 

Living across the road from an organic vegetable farm has it’s benefits.

 

 

And fresh veggies aren’t the half of it.

 

 

Right now, the poppies are in bloom.

 

 

Glorious, riotous bloom.

 

 

And I’m enjoying every minute of it.

 

 

I mean really….

 

 

How can you not?

 

Garden fluff.

 

Since our spring was so late and cool, things have been blooming a bit more slowly this year.

 

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But no matter when it blooms, if there’s any better smell than fresh lilacs?

 

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I’ve yet to find it.

 

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Though honeysuckle comes in a close second.

This one doesn’t look like much from far away…

 

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But up close it’s pretty sweet.

 

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These Mallow I planted a few weeks ago have quickly become my favorite new bloomer.

 

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Naturally when I went back to the nursery for more they were sold out.

Boo to that.

 

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June in Maine means rhododendrons…..

 

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As well as Lupine.

And I love these purple beauties!

 

 

I needed a holiday from the holiday.

 

Our last day of the long Memorial Day weekend meant a morning of yard work.

 

 

Tag team mowing with the husband on his new toy and me slogging along with the old push mower.

It was a gorgeous day.

 

 

The pear tree was blooming.

 

 

The mallows I’d planted were thriving.

 

 

And everything had finally turned green.

 

 

Except the baby barn which I decided to start painting that afternoon.

Let me preface this by saying I used to love to paint.

I used to.

Until I had to use an artist’s tiny brush around all the nooks, corners, flashing and crooked angles on that beast.

 

 

 

Did I wear some paint, get covered in dirt, rip my pants, tumble off a ladder and work until almost 8:00 at night?

Yes I did.

 

 

But paint was applied.

 

 

And covered a multitude of sins.

 

 

Three sides done, one to go!