Memorial Day Garden Snapshot

With plenty of rain and heat the garden is growing quickly and a lot is in bloom.

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Baptisia australis – blue false indigo.

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The blue irises that started to bloom today are close in color to the blue indigo.  These fell down due to the heavy rains today.

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This dark red iris looks nice under our red/bronze crabapple tree.

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One of the ground covers by the patio is blooming and attracting pollinators.  It is probably some sort of sedum.

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In this mostly shady spot on the north side of the house the ajuga and hostas have been at their peak this week.

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Here is another shot from farther back of the ajuga, hostas, and the aruncus dioicus goat’s beard, which is getting ready for its white blooms soon.  Just beyond the goat’s beard and only slightly in the picture is the blue muffin viburnum.  The window is my office window, where I can look out and get a little distracted….

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The other day at least two baby robins fledged and one of them ended up outside my office window, making hungry noises.

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Over the next few days I watched the babies quietly “hiding” in various places around the yard.  This baby is in the blue muffin viburnum outside my office window.  A moment later the dad arrived to deliver a grub.  I believe father robins stick with the young robins for a few weeks feeding them and teaching them to hunt, while mother robins go off to incubate some more eggs.

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Also in the blue muffin viburnum dentatum was a ladybug, a beneficial insect.

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Lily of the valley.  I picked one to enjoy the fragrance.

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Geranium ‘Max Frei’ opening up to the morning sun.

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We noticed a lot of little plums getting started on the American plum trees for the first time!

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Chive flower.  I threw some chives in an edamame and avocado salad this week.

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Romaine lettuce.  The rabbit ate the spinach and swiss chard, but has not touched the lettuce yet….

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I think this is a chipping sparrow…

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Not sure what kind of birds these are, but they looked cute sitting on their oak branch as evening approached.

13 thoughts on “Memorial Day Garden Snapshot

  1. Beautiful yard….wish I lived where hostas would grow….I live in the north bay in California and my best bet is to keep with the cactus and succulents…drought tolerant plants have been all I ever planted….sometimes I break down and get dome petunias and pansies, but they need constant care as you well know and we like to go camping…..I do have nastrutiums that were planted in the front of the house back in 1999 and have been coming back yearly since….love all your birds too….we have hummingbirds that nest in the neighbors trees so really enjoy them and they love the cactus flowers…

    • I don’t have much experience with cactus, but I love nasturtiums and sometimes have good luck with them. It is really good to stick with drought tolerant plants… Our hummingbird has been back enjoying the flowers.

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