Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mid May

"What potent blood hath modest May." 
 Ralph W. Emerson

Ferns are carpeting the forest floor.
The grass is getting tall and the underbrush is filling out and making it hard to get through the woods.
The Sensitive ferns are unfurled and the violets are still blooming.
I love the way this fern is unfurling. 
Here is a Cinnamon fern opening. By next week, I'm sure they will be so full and tall they will hide the forest floor.
Canadian May Flower is starting to bloom....finally!
 A little of the woodland garden
I mulched the garden this morning.
A lovely Anemone that I purchased at the plant sale last Saturday.
 Some pictures of the big garden
For-get-me-nots are still going strong! A lovely cloud of blue....
 The Miniature Iris' have bloomed better than ever before.
Pink Campion is still blooming as well! It's been weeks. 
Cat Mint is growing up and around this little pile of rocks.
Another picture of the chair because I like it!
Wow! It's the middle of May already.....time is flying by but the weather isn't warming much. It has gotten into the 70's F but not often. It's prone to go into the high 30's F at night....brrrr. It does make for pleasant weather to work in the garden, though.
I was very excited to go down back and see what was growing by the brook. The cool weather must be slowing blooming down because there's nothing new,,,,,,I take that back.....except for a few Canadian Mayflower and the grass is taller. 
The woodland garden has plants developing blossoms that I'm not familiar with....I can hardly wait to see what they are! I'm sure they are volunteers from the time I got plants from the native plant gardener.
I've spent a lot of time thinning the big garden. It was (and still is) loaded with Campion and Forget-me-nots as well as a couple others I'm yet to identify. I have about 20 pots of Campion along with 30 more of various other plants that have spread too far. I'm giving them to the local historical society for their plant's a great way to get rid of my collection of empty pots. Admit have a collection of them, too!!

Today, I'm grateful to the Lord for flowers......they bring me so much joy!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - May 15, 2016

"God will reward you,' he said. 'You must be an angel since you care for flowers."
Victor Hugo

Creeping Phlox with the morning sun shining on it.....
Woodland Phlox and Wild Geranium
The Forget-me-nots spread insanely and they are stunning.
White Columbine 
Pink Columbine 
 Bridal Bouquet Spirea  
Coreopsis is coming into it's own.....there were lots of buds just waiting for the right weather. 
Woodland Phlox
I think the Cat mint is a little early
A little red Columbine starting to bloom.
Beautiful discount counter rescue

More Bleeding Hearts

Cordyalis is still very small. I need to move it again. There has to be a place where it will thrive. It's a bad picture because it's incredibly windy today but, I wanted to highlight it anyway.

Sea Thrift is starting to bloom

The Lilacs are blooming!

We've had some wonderful gardening weather. The sun doesn't fully hit the big garden until around 1:00 so I get lots done in the morning.
 The mornings have been pleasantly cool and warming up afternoons. Today, it's unseasonably cool with a wild wind. We're in for a couple of days of cold makes me glad I haven't planted anything that is tender.
Carolin came over on Thursday and we planted and potted more of her plants. Then, we dug up and potted Campion, which has become a thug! I'm hoping the Historical Society in town will take them for their plant sale. 
Yesterday was the much anticipated  Brockton Garden Club plant sale. It's a testimony to my compulsiveness that there weren't many plants that I didn't already have! I was, however, so happy to get Wild Ginger and Turtleheads for the woodland garden and Poppies. I planted Poppies a few years ago and they didn't come back. I'm hoping these will take.  It took no time to shop and it's amazing how fast the place sold out! The Saver came with me to do the lugging. 

Today, I'm grateful for The Saver. He's a keeper!
Happy Gardening, 
Flower Freak

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Gardening...the great stress reliever

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
William James

What are your stress relieving thoughts?  Mine are gardening, flowers, wildflowers, what's growing by the brook out back and aged cow manure......lots of aged cow manure. Oh, yes....and the Brockton Garden Club plant sale next Saturday morning! I can hardly wait....
The only thing that creates a bit of stress about the situation is the perennials crowding one another. Some of them have multiplied beyond what I would have thought possible and there needs to be some pretty serious potting and transferring of plants. For that, my friend, Carolin, has volunteered to help. It's a relief. She was a master gardener in another state and I'm sure she will have some good advice.
Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) is beautiful.
Here it is cascading down to the driveway.
Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata) is struggling to bloom. There are lots of unopened buds.

I divided the Leopard's Bane (Doronicum) last summer to have it in a couple of places in the garden.

Cinquifoil (Potentilla hybrid) is another plant I divided successfully last summer.
I love the color. It blooms when the garden most needs it.
Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) is beautiful in spite of it's ugly common name.

 This Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) was a prize from the Brockton Garden Club and has pale green or yellow leaves  The jury is still out about whether I actually like it or not...

Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpiodes) is a blanket of blue.

Here is a long shot of the Forget-Me-Nots.
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is blooming always. A very faithful bloomer.
I love the unusual blossoms.
Aubrieta is cousin to Rock Cress. Although it's spreading slowly, it seems to be happy where it is.
The Blue Fescue (Festuca cineria) is going to seed! I noticed a few babies around the garden but didn't see grain stalks lat summer.....

Carolin is preparing to move so I'm foster mother to some of her plants. Here are two we put in the woodland garden:
I fell in love with this little Violet and will get to keep some of it.

Beautiful yellow Violets  that Carolin brought from Illinois.
Spring is here in zone 6b Massachusetts. It's a cold spring, but, spring none the less and I'll take it! The earth is slowly bringing forth buds, blades and leaves. Spring pretty much decided to hurry up and slow down! Because of unseasonably warm weather in March, spring came early and now that everything is up, the weather is cold and slowing plant growth. It seems like winter is making a statement before it leaves us completely alone.
Today, I'm grateful for the farm where we bought that big pile of rich loamy manure behind the big garden, The first year we ordered from them they asked what it was for. When the Saver told them flowerbeds they said we needed aged manure to be sure the plants wouldn't burn! The very first time anyone who sold fertilizer showed any interest in how we would use it.

Wishing you visions of flowers dancing in your heads!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Woodland Garden

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.” 

The woodland garden was started almost two years ago. It has a long way to go and it's fun to see it progressing. Last summer, a very nice wildflower gardener was removing plants and gave me quite a few.  They have made a huge difference in filling out the space.

The next two plants I got yesterday. My neighbor isn't a gardener and her lawn is full of everything but grass! I spotted the Violets and Bluets and she was kind enough to let me dig them. 
Unnamed Violet that came from my neighbors lawn. 

White Bluets that I just dug from my neighbors lawn. 

I know, I'm way too excited about having May Apples! I can hardly wait to see them to follow!

Double Primrose and Pulmonaria
Here's another plant that I love for it's unusual characteristics. The first picture of the Twinleaf was taken earlier in the week......before we had a good rain that knocked all the petals off before they could open. The second picture I took today and you can see another bud coming up!

This is another mystery plant that no one can seem to identify. In any case, it's pretty.

The yellow leaf bleeding heart that I won at a raffle is blooming.

Solomon's Seal is opening

Here come the Hosta!

I love this Astilbe. The stems and veins are red.

Most of the Columbine are budding up.

Heuchera is sprouting.

It's been a great last couple of weeks. I've been able to cut back all the dead stems and do some weeding in all the gardens. That will be a constant battle until we get our order of composted manure. That should slow them down!
In spite of all the progress, I'm a bit overwhelmed. Some of the perennials have had so many babies I don't know what to do. I've moved some of them into clusters but the Needle leafed Coreopsis and Rose Campion are everywhere!
I'm going to add a picture of one spot that the Campion is coming up in so you can get an idea of what I'm up against.

We have rain in the forecast. By the time it clears, I should have a plan....

Today, I'm grateful for the fellow gardener who gave me all the wonderful wild flowers!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak