garden ponderings


White Flowers

There are a variety of white flowers,
all blooming at the same time, now!

Sweet woodruff is still blooming.
This groundcover at its peak.
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Dutch Iris in above photo,
also, comes in yellow and purple.
Below are ‘bearded’ iris,
which come in a rainbow of solid
or 2- or 3-color blossoms.
Both types of iris seem to be deer-resistant.
Very few plants are truly deer-proof.
When deer get hungry enough,
they eat almost any plant.
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This is the first year my snowball bush has flowered.
I wanted one of these beautiful plants for so long!
The blossoms started out green
before slowly turning white.
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A couple of last tulips.
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First Calla lily bloom.
The plant struggled this year,
as the mild winter gave rise to early leafing out.
Then a later snow
knocked the new growth back to nothing.
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Lilacs and strawberries have both
been blooming for awhile.
The lilacs are fading,
but strawberries will go longer.
Cultivated ever-bearing strawberries bloom until frost.


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Germander (I’m pretty sure, but how can I be positive?)

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How can one not love a drought-resistant, deer-proof, reliable blooming plant?
This one has lived here long enough for me to move babies to other places around the house.  It makes itself at home wherever it goes.  Does not take over, may make a baby if encouraged, takes pruning at most any time of year.
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The bumble bees love these flowers.  While I am smart enough not to test them, they are so engrossed in the blossoms they barely notice people around.  Bumbles are not the only bees who savor this nectar.


Weed or Not?

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Doesn’t it really depend on your definition of what is a weed?
This garden invader (see, a negative comment by me already), is at least 4 feet tall (over a meter).  I have been letting it stay so I could see what the flower looks like.  Perhaps I will like the blossoms, and it could be a new addition to this deer-proof bed.

So far, neither bees or wasps have been attracted to this specimen.  Although, when I was photographing this morning, the bees were all over nearby plants, and I did not dawdle.
The other photo-taking challenge was getting the entire plant in one picture.  It is in the middle of a bed, and the neighboring greenery partially disguises what I am attempting to point out.

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Green Flowers?!

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From what I can determine this specimen is in the papyrus family.
It does re-seed itself, but not on an invasive level.  This medium-small plant can take lots of sun, looks unusual in the garden and I like it!
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On the other hand, this plant has shown itself to be invasive.
My plan this year, is to prune off all the ‘flowers’ so it cannot reseed itself.
I believe it is a sea holly, but, to me, it resembles a thistle.
On a positive note, the deer are not remotely interested in this greenery.

Alliums – yellow

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Alliums - yellow

These have been around here for a very long time. More recently, I’ve been dividing the bulbs and spreading them around to new places. The deer avoid all members of the allium – or onion – family.

With a lot of alliums, I have noticed the leaves are insignificant, but these have broader, more visible leaves, than other members of this family. The green is a strong contrast to the bright yellow flowers, and the leaves make a more full appearing bouquet on the ground with the flowers.

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is one of thefirst plants I bought for here at least 25 years ago.   It grew and multiplied for many years, as it did not get pruned at all.  Then one year we had a severe freeze and most of the plant died.  A number of small starts remained.  This is when I started cutting back the plant after it flowered, and noticed how it grew.  It is a very drought tolerant herb that likes the sun.  The soft greyish  color looks good in flower bed all year long.  By pruning, I can keep its growth under control.

I’ve read that plants with scented or greyish leaves are generally deer proof, and this has been shown to be true in my unfenced areas.   It is slowly getting moved around to other places around the property, as I am now striving for some artistic arrangement of plantings.

I had hoped my first post would show a flower, but not this winter. Last year, on New Year’s Day 2013, I had a yellow miniature rose bloom. But we soon got a cold snap, and the flower froze on the bush.