August 2021 unfortunate garden visitors…. raccoons and some lovely blooms

I have a pair of gorgeous black walnut trees south of my house. Last night when I got home from dinner, there was a lot of rustling and I realized that there were several small raccoons scrabbling around in the garden bed and generally making a ruckus. One of the batch ended up staying in the tree.

Raccoons are adorable but they are such messy bandits. They poo everywhere and tear up the edges of the barn.

My phone battery was dead so I ended up using a proper camera to take pictures of the bandit. So…. here are some pictures of blooms taken with a camera and not a phone.

These resurrection lilies are particularly good this year –naked ladies.

June 2021 moss rose and kitties

This moss rose (portulaca) is such a brilliant color. Crazy pink. I have it in a pot on the patio and it is really cheery.

The kitties have been extra cute in the cooler weather.

Minnie has been scampering and also found a new spot to curl up.

Milton (above) has the best of both worlds with some sunshine and some shade.

Sidney and Pretty have both found good spots.

Caramel and Vladimir snoozing together.

Tiglet being extra sweet in the grass.

Martin Frobisher and Tiglet, brothers together.

May 2021 wallflower, allium, iris, and other excitements

I had planned to put up some pictures from a visit to a local greenhouse –the splendors of abundance — but the garden is so lovely in the morning light and so many things are changing right now that I couldn’t resist.

It is in this bed that the most changes are happening right now. There are the iris, allium (newly opening), a tiny orange wallflower starting up, and some lilies that have suddenly become proper plants. There are also malva, hollyhocks, and a variety of types what I think of as black eyed Susans. I should look up proper names for these– some of the varieties are ones that my gardening neighbor and I dug from a fallow field in the countryside.

With some help from SIdney.
Tiglet in all his glory.

And here are the phlox by the barn, getting more gorgeous..

Looking behind these phlox, toward the corner of the barn, the lilies are starting to come. And it looks like they have increased substantially since last year. This lily is enormous, white, and heavily scented.

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….