garden ponderings

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Live and Learn

When I was younger, I thought I knew a lot (sometimes I even thought I knew it all!).  Everyday, as I get older, I realize just how little I know.
Does this make me smart ?  Because I know that I have lots to learn.
Or does this make me stupid, because I am dumb enough to think I know anything?

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Enough rambling, I have a correction to make:
I posted this photo on June 29, 2015, and claimed it was a Monarch butterfly with a lily.  WRONG!  Monarchs are orange and black, what is in the photo is a Swallowtail butterfly dining on an Asiatic Species Lily.
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And a discovery.  Since July 4, 2015 when I posted Weed or Not, a new flower bloomed, and I recognized Coreopsis:
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Can you tell that the leaves look the same?
The specimen on the right has significantly more altitude than the shorter flower.
I am waiting for the taller one to bloom before the deer discover it and chew the buds off.

Species tulips

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Species tulips

I love the soft pink on the outside of the petals, that frames the inside white petal color. The flowers look so delicate.

This type of tulip are usually the first to bloom. Species tulips are not hybrids, they are what was/is found in the wild (as I understand). They are not long lasting blooms, and not particularly good as cut flowers. But they do come back every year, are great color in a spring garden and easy to care for. The biggest hazard is forgetting where they are planted and cutting a bulb with a shovel – instant death.

I thought I had more of this style planted around the yard, but this is all I can verify to myself. There are many varieties and colors available. My source for great bulbs is John Scheepers Bulbs in Connecticut. They also have a separate wholesale bulb company, but you have to order 50 or 100 of a particular bulb or color of bulb, so I don’t do that. The John Scheepers catalog is beautiful, and I strongly recommend it for flower bulb connoisseurs.