Garden Update

Well, not so much an update of the garden, as a walk around the yard this morning. Seems every day I feel okay it rains and when it’s lovely out I am either busy or not able to be outside and active. The beauty of perennials, even those that really would like a little more attention, is that they perform even when left alone.

I was too late to get a good pic of the indian plum, they are already forming green berries, but they are always a real treat.  So next year, we’ll try to get out with the camera when they’re still in bloom.  Also didn’t manage to get any good shots of  willow flowers this year, or the fat, juicy-looking buds on the big-leaf maples.  In our yard this year things seem to be happening at lightning speed!

Today in the garden…

First an establishing shot from the middle of the road looking up toward the house. You can see the plum tree still blooming, the tree in front of it (still spindly) is a pear. The bedframe marks where the tomatoes were last year. You can also see the trailing blackberries, trailing over the piles of bark chips…  You are facing west — the early morning sunlight fills my yellow living room so beautifully in the summer!

View of the yard from the road

To the left of the above pic is the area M planted his daffodils a few years back.  They are going strong, and I am considering moving more into this area, and along the whole slope of the orchard.  It’s difficult to mow in this area, and a meadow of bulbs, grasses and wildflowers would look so pretty under the trees.daffodils bent by rain

Next to the daffodils (which are among the Asian pears — five trees) is the nectarine, just coming into bloom, you can just see a few of the plum branches in the background.  You’re looking north, toward the driveway:

pink flowers on the nectarine

On the front steps of the house,  a small terracotta planter with frilly pansies and bi-color violas.  You can see I have my pitchfork and shovels ready to do battle with weeds!

pansies and violas on the steps

At the back of the house, the a red-flowering currant by the generator really brightens up the yard.  I can see it by the kitchen window when I walk in, and it always makes me smile.  This plant is also (I am sure) the source of the hummingbirds I can hear but haven’t yet seen…

red-flowering currant
Another spot of pink in the back, the salmonberries:

pink salmonberry blossoms

And last but not least, a small stand of trillium on the way to the wellhouse…  these are in my cedar grove that I jealously protected from clearing when we bought our land.trillium under a log among ferns

And that’s what’s happening in our neck of the woods.

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