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  •  The weekend in pictures ... (6+ / 0-)

    This weekend of sunshine and birdsong provided the perfect backdrop for walking the grounds, marveling at things that have been growing for decades, years, months, weeks, and in some cases, only days.

    First, Kish, the Southern Magnolia survived the winter!  Your words about the plump buds verses the long, skinny ones came back to me as i counted the possibility of two flowers on this little tree.  Maybe it will surprise me and there will be more ...


    The trees we planted in the corner several years back to hide the intersection are filling out beautifully.  Even the bright yellow road sign is now invisible ...


    The lilacs we planted on the other side of the pines to soften the green are thriving as well.  This year, no one picked them ...


    For so long, this empty trellis has been waiting for a Henryi clematis just like Welso's.  I saw a gorgeous white one of another variety at the nursery recently, but it was $30.00!  So, i wait ...


    Unlike the lilacs planted at the intersection, the ones at the back of the house have always been safe from the roving snippers of strangers.  They were planted by windows so their perfume could float into the house on the warm Spring air ...


    Beneath the lilacs, Frankie's irises thrive.  I was so worried that the blooms would be choked off this year due to my negligence in dividing them.  Not so ...


    The first of the yellow beards ...


    And speaking of the iris, here's a photograph hubby took of the native irises that i wish were more abundant along the trail.  I need to move a few clusters over from the easement so they can be better appreciated ...


    Not too much progress made in the veggie beds, sad to say.  So many seeds, so little time!


    But the peas did go in, and they're happy, it seems ...


    Lastly, hubby captured a bee hard at work.  I love this photo ...


    Now, off to walk the trail!

    Have a glorious Sunday, all (and i hope the weather improves for those of you still suffering through the death rattles of winter).

    •  Looking good. (5+ / 0-)
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      estreya, kishik, blueoasis, welso, jayden

      Your yard is enormous but I guess you know that already. :) Love the lilacs (can't be done here) and the native iris is a beauty.

      What about the climate cliff?

      by wayoutinthestix on Sun May 05, 2013 at 01:00:46 PM PDT

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    •  oooooh (5+ / 0-)

      I love everything!!!

      I'm sooo happy about your magnolia!  Sadly, my front magnolia got hit during the big winter storm we had after Sandy.  I was hoping my repair to keep the upright top branch going would take, but it's dead as dead.  I gotta clip it off - which means the tree is like 2 feet shorter than it was.  :( I don't think I'll get flowers from this one this year.  But I do think I may from the new one I planted out back (the one that locked me outta the car and I had to climb through the roof!  LOL)

      Funny - my lilacs are not yet blooming!!!  My neighbors have some just starting.  And the iris for sure are not blooming yet either.

      Been working hard in the yard.  I'll take pix.

      Oh and talk about snippers, I saw two black tulips that were blooming in the front yard this morning.

      When I got back (after working out at gym and stopping by garden center) they were GONE.  I kept thinking... huh?  Maybe I imagined it this morning?  But when I finally got to investigate, someone had snapped them towards the base... obviously flowers for the table somewhere.  :(

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Sun May 05, 2013 at 01:15:38 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, ick! (3+ / 0-)
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        Errant posy pickers are among the worst kinds of pilferers!  

        Meanwhile, i'm sorry your magnolia branch didn't heal up.  But one of the interesting aspects of your landscaping efforts is that your garden comes through its various "natural" challenges with such amazing resilience.  You just Bing Bang Boom make a decision, roll up your sleeves and make it work!  Penis aside, you're the Tim Gunn of the Garden.

    •  Oh ... (3+ / 0-)
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      if my Henryi clematis were doing better, I'd dig up a shoot and send it to you. But that was the one that got clobbered last year, and I wasn't sure it was going to come back. It is, and it'll be fine, but it's got some recovering to do this year.  

      I got some bird netting hung for it this weekend, so hopefully it will take off now.  :-) It is a late bloomer, though, so we'll have a while to wait for flowers.

      The other white clematis should bloom this month, and the dark purple one won't be far behind.

      •  That's so nice, Welso, thank you! But ... (2+ / 0-)
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        .. it's only a matter of time before my grocery store garden center will have a fairly good sized plant for 1/3 the price of the one at the nursery.  It's just a waiting game.

        I checked my scribble, by the way, and the one that so struck me at the nursery is called Clematis Hyde Hall.  If the grocery gets one of those, a decision will have to be made!  Torn between two loves, i am ...

        Is your dark purple a Jackmanii?  I'm vaguely remembering that i might have gotten a Jackmanii because either you, Kish, or J linked a photo i loved ...

        •  I used to have... (2+ / 0-)
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          a jackmanii... didn't die by leaf blower, just neglect.  :(  in the front yard... just haven't been able to get to keeping that side of the yard in good order.

          But I shop at the supermarket, too!  I've found I can pick up some really good deals at times (like gorgeous hanging baskets for 9.99)

          All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

          by kishik on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:37:32 PM PDT

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        •  No, not a jackmanii. (1+ / 0-)
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          It's a 'Warszawska Nike' (a/k/a Midnight Showers or Warsaw Nike).

    •  Spectabulously awesome! (4+ / 0-)
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      It's beautiful everywhere you look and so amazingly green. The tree line is magnificent with the various heights, textures, shades, and shapes. I could stare at it for hours.

      What do you have planned for the square corner where the back sidewalk meets the patio?

      I admire the geometry of your raised beds with the barrels at the ends as counterpoints. Nicely done.

      With a little coaxing and guiding ( and some digging too! ) in a few years you'll have those stunning native irises right where you want them and in abundance. They're gorgeous!

      What are the white mounding shrubby/bushy things on the front right just behind the birdbath?

      Your house is very attractive and timeless. I love your front window!


      Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

      by jayden on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:42:58 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks so much, J! (3+ / 0-)
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        As Stix said, there's a lot of space, and it can be a bit of a challenge to figure out how to fill it in and maintain it.  Of course i didn't share the side beds, which are still a carpet of weeds at this point.  I know i'm not unique when i say the garden is a work in progress. :)

        The square corner.  There's actually a baby Wine and Roses Weigela in that spot, but the photograph failed to capture its Bacchus inspired foliage.  The "mother" plant in the center of the bed seems to be suffering this year, with over half the branches stuck in apparent dormancy.  A winter hang over?  Possibly.  I may have to wake it up with my pruners.  Beyond that, i plan to add a few more clusters of pineapple sage (one cluster came back this year but i'm greedy for more) and some Black and Blue Salvia (they didn't survive the winter).  Actually, none of the other perennials originally planted survived the winter.  The original intent of that bed was the attraction of hummingbirds and honey bees, so i'll see what strikes me at the garden center.

        Those white bushes in the front bed are pieris japonica (Welso's got one too!).  I was toying with the notion of shaping them up a bit, but as it turns out, the flower are full of Spring nectar for the honey bees (anther hubby photo below).  So, i'm going to leave them alone.  I do so love the honey bees.


        Your always so generous with your words.  It makes me feel good.

        Thanks, J.

        •  :( (3+ / 0-)
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          my black and blue didn't survive the winter either.

          sigh... now I have to be on the hunt for them... AGAIN.  They do so fabulously in the sun...

          All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

          by kishik on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:38:43 PM PDT

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        •  Bummer about the perennials. (2+ / 0-)
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          I love pineapple sage, especially the chartreuse variety.

          I thought black and blue sage was much more hardy; that stuff is tough. Last summer I ripped mine out and gave the bulby roots/tubers/corms(?) to my neighbor Ms. Hugelkultur. It spreads like a weed but it wasn't blooming very well for me so of course when she planted the roots I gave her ( after she left them lying around for more than a month ) the damned things flourished and bloomed like there's no frickin' tomorrow.


          Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

          by jayden on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:51:50 PM PDT

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          •  Maybe i just picked the wrong ones for ... (2+ / 0-)
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            ... that particular bed?  Maybe it was because i put the drip lines in so late, so they weren't properly hydrated throughout the season?  Maybe, maybe, maybe.  There's a lot of maybies in gardening.

            •  PS: What an obnoxious little sage! (1+ / 0-)
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              It's like it went "neener neener" at you from afar!    

              •  PPS: At least the Chocolate Cosmos ... (2+ / 0-)
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                ... in the front bed came up, cause they were pricey, as you found out yourself.  How are yours doing?

                •  They're not blooming as profusely (2+ / 0-)
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                  as when I first planted them but they seem to be coming along nicely otherwise. If I see any available again I'm definitely buying more!

                  I read somewhere that black and blue sage does not like being wet in winter; that the roots rot very easily when they're dormant.


                  Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

                  by jayden on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:54:26 PM PDT

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                  •  AHHH! I'll bet that's what happened. (2+ / 0-)
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                    Even though we put a French Drain in, it can still get pretty soupy back there in the winter months.

                    •  Perhaps perennials that don't mind (3+ / 0-)
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                      moist conditions will work well in that spot?

                      I had a similar situation when I lived on the north side. My neighbor over-irrigated so much that the swale between our properties was always wet. Everything I had originally planted there died. I ended up planting elephant ears and umbrellas plants because both can withstand wet conditions and shade.  


                      Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

                      by jayden on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:23:24 AM PDT

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                      •  Well, one of the perennials i thought was ... (3+ / 0-)
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                        ... dead MAY have a touch of growth coming out from the base (i can't remember what it's called).  Plus, there used to be a carpet of wild strawberries in that bed (purposeful) but the runners got so tedious (and they were so hard to weed around), i ripped them all out in early Spring.  So that bed is just kind of a mess.  I'm going to keep trying, though, and you're right - i should buy things that don't mind dry bones in summer, wet feet in winter.

                        Speaking of early Spring, one of the forsythia twigs i saved from the little bouquet i brought home from the grocery a few weeks back has a root sprouting!  A white root popping out into the water.  I'm so excited, i could bust.

                        :)

        •  Damn it's hard to keep up with you guys. (2+ / 0-)
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          You're all as busy as bees.  :D

          There's a lot of cool pics and comments I don't see until it's too late to rec.  Oh, I know the recs aren't essential, but I hate, hate, hate not to be able to rec stuff I really like.

          The honey bees always worry me a bit until they arrive.  I like the bumblers too and their ranks were down last year.  No many so far but the insects are all late.  I haven't seen a single butterfly or moth, though surely a few have been around.

          "It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May! Those dreary vows that ev'ryone makes, Ev'ryone breaks. Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May!" - Lerner and Lowe

          by blueoasis on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:23:29 PM PDT

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          •  Have you seen J's butterfly videos? (2+ / 0-)
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            They make quite an impression.  They're so ethereal that they would seem otherworldly if not for the fact that you can almost feel yourself standing in his garden.

            •  Yes, great effects. (3+ / 0-)
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              Unfortunately, the camera and I have never achieved a close compatibility.  Lots of outstanding work in SMGB and other diaries throughout the site.

              "It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May! Those dreary vows that ev'ryone makes, Ev'ryone breaks. Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May!" - Lerner and Lowe

              by blueoasis on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:06:39 AM PDT

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              •  My cameras does all the work. (3+ / 0-)
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                I just aim and click. And click a few hundred more times in hopes that at least one will turn out well enough to share.


                Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

                by jayden on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:24:49 AM PDT

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                •  Hey, looks like you're likely to get rain (3+ / 0-)
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                  shortly.  We got three-quarters of an inch from this system.
                  Hope you get to do your rain dance.  Just try not to encounter any monster snails!!!

                  "It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May! Those dreary vows that ev'ryone makes, Ev'ryone breaks. Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May!" - Lerner and Lowe

                  by blueoasis on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:04:10 PM PDT

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                  •  I was channeling kishik today. (3+ / 0-)
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                    In between getting ready for a meeting I dashed off to the garden center to buy more "filler stuff" and then hurried home and frantically planted it all as fast as I could so that it would be in place for any rain we might get. Then I finished prepping for the meeting, jumped in the shower, and rushed out the door to my appointment.

                    We're supposed to get anywhere from 1" to 2" in the next couple of days. There's a 70% chance of rain tomorrow. Right now there's thunder and lightning south of me and we just had a brief light drizzle but that's been it so far.


                    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

                    by jayden on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:22:13 PM PDT

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