There was some snow here in these upper plains, and then some strong wind, and then a little rain. All of which means there is no snow here right now and the garden is struggling on in its odd autumnal state. Bits of color from drying blooms still show through but the yellows and browns are starting to prevail. In the mornings, the temperature has been hovering around 38-40F (about 4C). Although it did get to about 60F one day this last week (15C): unseasonably warm for this late in November. These temperatures mean that the plants are all easing into winter.
Some of the monk’s hood (above) still has its lovely color, while some of the stalks are blackened and done. The purple cone flower heads (below) make such dramatic stalks.
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.
I am leaving to go on a road trip and I am particularly noticing the things in the garden that are very close to blooming. I won’t be gone that long, but given that things change every single day I am sure there are some moments I will miss. But I am looking forward to seeing some different landscapes and some friends I haven’t seen in a while.
This bed is changing a lot (partly because tomatoes really do change so quickly). And I expect these moss roses will be spectacular when I return.
Here are several things that are about to bloom or are just starting up.
So I will have to do a comparison when I return –or maybe I will have some updates from the garden while I am away. Meanwhile the kitties are saying, “You are doing WHAT?”
The two color stars of the garden right now are the coneflowers and the rudbeckia. And I think they are both native to this area, so it makes sense that they are dominating the back garden. I do also have a sweet little lily that opened up –it is not very tall so it is like a happy little surprise tucked into a busy bed. It is unusually overcast here this morning and it looks like it might rain more.
And look at this below —exciting things about to happen with that plant in the front.
And here is Sidney; he is the real star of the garden with his lovely self coming around the walkway. And showing off a little bit of tummy.
I am attempting to get the plants bedded in with lots of straw to try to hold the moisture we do have, and it is taking me longer than I would have imagined since we are now past the 4th of July. I did get the massive strip between the south beds and the fence taken care of early in the season. This is the place the squash are all meant to go. They are planted on the far south side of this bed. Here is a picture I took from the upstairs window.
The bed only partly showing on the left edge of this picture above has tomatoes in it. Between that and the rudbeckia are (among other things) peppers, a couple of sweet potatoes and some broccoli. There is not much edible goods to the right of the walnut tree trunk other than the squash all the way at the far back of the bed. There is some sorrel in there, but it is a rather bitter variety and I don’t eat much of it.
I put this geranium here to see from the living room window, although the walnut tree trunk is good too.
I have this other geranium below in front of the other walnut tree. But I think I will be moving this one soon.
In the front of the house, the blooms are rambling around a bit. The phlox at the far edge of this picture are just the beginning of a massive patch. These are unfortunately growing in (possibly through?) the front steps.
This bed has lots in it including russian sage, a rose bush, gay feathers (that haven’t bloomed yet), day lilies, the firecracker bee balm (I know that is not what it’s called), cone flowers, japanese iris, snow on the mountain, and some naked ladies. And there is a nice white salvia in here that you can’t see at all in this picture because it is on the other side of the malva and cone flowers. Here is a picture of the phlox, just getting started.
Yesterday it started raining and really broke the heat. And then it rained on and off all afternoon and a good part of the evening. I am very relieved. Absolutely everything in the garden looks so much better today. It is also overcast and looks like it could rain today –and fortunately much cooler than it has been. The kitties are happy.
On this first day of July, I am posting some pictures of flowers that are blooming nicely right now. There are several things that are growing nicely (red amaranth, for example) but which are not yet blooming. So here are some pictures of brightly colored flowers.
These light pink hollyhocks came from seed last year and they have returned very nicely. These are in a fairly protected spot between one of the walnut trees and the fence and I’ve not had to stake them so far. There were massive thunderstorms last night but it was thunder and lightening without any real rain. So disappointing.
The rudbeckia are still doing well –and this large clump in the bottom of the photo (below) hasn’t started to bloom.
The eggplant are blooming; the plants look very sturdy and able to handle some fruits. I have two different kinds of eggplant (aubergine) planted. And the rudbeckia are really taking off.
And the feverfew is blooming. I love these delicate little daisy-like flowers. They are a sturdy plant that handles the wind. It is a vigorous re-seeder, but also comes back from sturdy roots as a perennial. It does have medicinal uses against migraines, but I haven’t used it for that.
I have several different rudbeckia in my garden. One my garden neighbor and I dug from a field and I am very pleased it has managed. I tried to have a look at some of the names of the different kinds –but there are so many it will take me a while to figure out which ones I actually have. In any case, they are quite spectacular and should go on for a while.
I was completely convinced that I had planted a yellow rose in my front bed near the bridal wreath spirea. It is definitely not yellow, but what a lovely color and so fragrant.
Here are some more pictures of rudbeckia–amazing when they are about to burst open.
Minnie is very happy about this cool grass that she found. It has been really hot here.
This white rose is blooming so much it almost can’t climb. And the poppies are sneaking over to this side of the garden bed.