August 2021 outside cats and garden

The weather really has shifted momentarily here and it is cool. It did not rain though so I will be watering heavily today to try to make up for it. I cut the lawn yesterday and Tiglet posed in various places.

Below is Tiglet in two different views in the same seat, conveniently he turned himself to face in the opposite direction.

Above is little Minnie and Sidney –with just a tiny view of Pretty’s tail on the right. That is a pot filled with some hyacinth bulbs that I found in the basement. I had thought I was going to give up on them, but at the last moment stuck them in this pot. I don’t know if they will make it to blooming. Maybe I should put them in the front of the house so they get longer sun.

Below, all three kittens are on the steps. Minnie, Tiglet, and Martin Frobisher enjoying the sunset.

And here is a pair of funny pictures of Caramel. It is cool enough for Cara to be happy curled up here.

May 2021 More red tulips, peony tulips, and the hosta bed

I cleaned out the hosta bed and the miniature hosta to the left of the stone in the front look particularly hearty.

The peony tulips are really starting to look lovely.

Tiglet looks extra cute here; and he distracts from the dandelion I missed when I was digging them all out of the lawn.

And the tulips near the lightpost are opening more.

I don’t understand what the black marks are on these red tulips. It was very warm yesterday –92 degrees. Maybe they couldn’t handle the heat.

And finally here is a picture of a bed with many things that will be exciting….

April 2021 more tulips opening

More of the tulips are opening. I think these frilly purple ones suffered from the recent snow flurries. They look a bit more twisted than I think they are meant to.

These yellow ones are opening quite nicely and seem none the worse for the weather wear.

The ones above are new this year and I don’t quite remember what I put in last fall. The ones below are definitely a peony tulip and I believe these turn different colors as they continue to bloom.

On Sunday afternoon I mowed the back; I had mowed the front the weekend before, but this is the first cutting of the back lawn. It looks decent right now. We’ll see how it looks later in the season.

Tiglet looks quite proud of himself here, marching across the lawn.
And since I couldn’t resist and bought a few plants at the greenhouse on Saturday, I have these lovelies on my table.

April 2021 after the snow; seedlings and herb bed

It wasn’t much of a snow and it didn’t sit on the ground long, but it made the tulips look sad for a while. I think it probably put an end to my apricot dreams. The hyacinth don’t seem to care at all.

The bleeding heart looks a bit withered and tired out by the snow. This plant comes out so early that it often has trouble; I also ought to have covered it and didn’t.

The seedlings in the house don’t care about the snow and they are coming on. Some are flowers, some veg, and some basil.

The herb bed outside looks terrible and abandoned, but in the midst of all of it there are lovely signs.

The tarragon is coming (above) and so is the mint (below). I hope to spend some time over the weekend cleaning up this bed.

The peonies and the hostas seem none the worse for having had a bit of snow.

April 2021 Hyacinths and tulips and a kitty tongue

There are several clumps of hyacinth, and doing well. Two of the happiest bunches are these –one by the front fence and one in this bed where I have a new stone (boulder).

By front fence.
By the boulder (except you can’t see it here….).
Here is the boulder in a picture from a few days ago.
These are the ones near the front fence.
These are the ones in the back. I am trying to figure out if they might be different varieties. I ordered them and planted them and I have no idea if I got different ones.
Also near the front fence are these tulips —“peony style tulips” –if they perform as they did last year, they put on quite a show, with a long run. Here, below, is one that looks like it could burst.
This is a flowering almond hedge/ bush a friend gave me (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plena’).
I don’t remember the kind of these frilly tulips, but I am glad to see they might do well this year. They didn’t do much last year. The red with variegated foliage really came on this year from last. So many more plants and so many more blooms. They must really like it here.
And to round things out, here is Claribel sticking out her tongue at all of us.

April 2021 Apricot blossoms, hyacinth, tulips, and a kitty

I have actual blooms. Things are blooming. It feels like we are well into spring here, and I am still nervous about another snow.

And the tulips and hyacinths are starting. These are the very early tulips, and they are shorter than the ones that come later.

These last little darlings are the ones left in the bowl by my neighbor. I think I’ve found a good spot for them. They are happy enough this year. Next year will be the real test.

And, not to disappoint, here is a happy kitty who drooled on the keyboard.

March 2021 Saturday garden buds, green shoots, seed pods, and a cat

I have been poking around a bit in the garden, cleaning out piles of black walnuts and leaves, but not moving too much of anything because of the very real likelihood of another snowstorm. And yet…. the plants are not waiting. The hyacinth are coming.

There are some amazing leftover Love-In-a-Mist seed pods (Nigella) left over from the fall, in various stages.

And I think these are the yellow primroses coming back –evening primroses. If these are the ones I am thinking, they are: Oenothera macrocarpa. I might be wrong. I have a hard time with my evening primroses because I weed out about half of them every spring accidentally. They don’t quite look like themselves when they are sprouting. I believe these are the yellow ones –but I also have pink ones in this bed: Showy Pink Evening Primroses.

The tulips and irises are not waiting around. They were tucked in under a lot of straw, and since the winter was relatively mild I think they are especially glad to get out.

Several other plants are also showing up.

Minnie found some catnip… so that was exciting.

March 2021 Garden Stirrings and Growth

The tulips are definitely moving along.

And the hyacinths are also moving.

The yarrow is looking very fern-like.

The chives are moving along.

Strawberries are starting to send some runners and wake up leaves.
This will be a forest of Bachelor’s Buttons unless I thin them.
The oregano and parsley both have made it through; below is the sorrel returning.
The rose awakening.
Silly kitty being very happy about rolling around on her back.
And here is a surprise bowl of sprouting plants that I found when I went out to collect my laundry from the line. A lovely neighbor left them for me.