garden ponderings

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Promises, Promises

If there is anything a wet spring has to offer
is the promise of blooms to come.

Even though the rhododendron bud appears dark pink,
its flower is pale pink.
Upper right corner is a yellow geum bud.
Great expectations of gorgeous (imho) white Dutch iris.
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Yarrow, Rugosa and a dwarf Ginko.
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Daylilies, foxglove and
California poppies which refuse to open in the rain.
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Droopy flower buds are a trademark of poppies.
Chives and peonies follow in the row.
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A botanical oddity:  Rudbekia trying to bloom way out of season.
Black-eye Susans are fall-bloomers, and this flower did not get the genetic message!



Asides . . .

Sometimes a thought or a photo strikes me.
Not enough for a full blog, but sticks in my head.
I think, wonder and philosophize.  So much to ponder in nature.
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Secondary Colors


Purple (foxglove), orange (California poppies) and green (leaves) are secondary colors, they are painting mixtures of the primary colors of blue, yellow and red.

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How do you photograph the scent of a particularly aromatic flower?
You cannot.
Plant and nursery catalogs, as well as winemakers,
go to great lengths to describe the smell and taste of their product.
But words can never do justice to what the nose senses and our brain feels.
Aromatics also stir memories, positive and negative.
While the lilies pictured above may bring fond memories and smiles,
Rue, pictured below, would probably more often bring on negative thoughts.
Thus, it is aptly named!

Wild Alliums

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Wild Alliums

These are wild alliums, and they pop up on their own, when and where they feel like it. Of course, they have decided to set up residence in the fenced areas, where the deer can not get to them. But they are deer-resisitant – don’t they know that?

I see these in the fields along with the wild daisies. Now that we are noticing areas that do not get mowed, and can be naturalized as flower meadows, I’m looking to expand the alliums as well as California poppies. Gotta get collecting seeds now.

If I was more computer adept, I could figure out how to post more than one photo at a time. I know it is possible, as I have seen it on other people’s blogs.

Hyacinths – again

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Hyacinths - again

Well, I just like hyacinths. Here they are on the opposite side of the house, starting to flower a couple of days after my first hyacinth posting. These are encircling a budding lilac bush (which the deer love to nibble on). The rabbits found they like the irises around the hyacinths, so I had to make the fencing around the lilac quite large.

Besides the dandelion leaves, I see California poppies and everlasting sweet peas coming up in the fencing.  A few years ago, I had the great idea that everlasting sweet peas would look great climbing up the lilacs and some other shrubs, so I planted the entire packet of seeds around the yard.  Not the best idea.  It turns out they can be very invasive and hard to dig up.

I started planting Shasta daisies around the irises, since neither deer or rabbits seem to bother the daisies. Perhaps when those plantings get completed and established, and the lilacs get large enough, the fencing can be removed. I’m always dreaming of more garden projects…