Monday, September 28, 2009

Antique Car Show



We got to take a short walk around an Antique Car Show held this weekend at the Pocono Race Track here. It was quite a big show, too much for us to see it all.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fall



Yes, I can tell it's coming. Acorns are falling, we hear the loud 'ping' as they hit the metal roof of the storage sheds, the propane tank, and the pergola roof. Leaves are changing and falling almost immediately. It was the summer that never was here. We had so much rain, 7 inches over our normal rainfall. I think the robins and wood thrushes left in July and we haven't seen them since.
The hummingbird female may still be here - at least she was yesterday. She's been intrigued by a small ripe tomato on the plant outside the window. I've watched her buzz around that tomato
so many times. She's sure anything that color must surely have some nectar - lol

This week, I heard some branches snapping in the woods and spotted this buck rubbing the velvet from his antlers.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Amaryllis


In July? Yep. I had a lot of bulbs leftover from the co-op last December. The bulbs were in the greenhouse all winter and about a month ago, I just started placing them on top of the soil in flower pots outside. They are now blooming their heads off.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

After the Freeze

The hosta did bounce back, although I had to trim off a lot of frozen leaves and they are much smaller this year. But I'm sure they will be fine next spring.
Lily bulbs - ouch - so many were already over a foot high. Many froze. They won't bloom this year. I will add bulb food in the fall and hope they come back next year. I still have a lot coming into bloom and I had a lot of bulbs to plant, so they is plenty of color.
The bleeding hearts went back into dormancy. They usually last until August here in the moist shade we have, but they die back immediately after the freeze. I don't think they will be damaged though.
The Rose of Sharon were just starting to leaf out. Those leaves froze. It took about a month for new foliage to emerge. No blooms yets.
From what I gathered from the local weather site, we were at 30 degrees for about 4 hours that night.

Peek a bear


I finally got a picture of a bear. They usually come around after dark and I've never got a good picture. The crows were making a real fuss in the trees and I went out to see what they were
tormenting.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Freeze

May 19th and the garden is frozen this morning. The plants with leaves of thinner substance are really shriveled and bent over right now. Monkshood, peonies and bleeding hearts look the worst.
I have more than a dozen plants of each in different areas of the yard. I don't know what damage this will do to the more than 100 lilies that are forming buds at this time. And the hostas, over a 1,000 plants. I haven't even walked around to look at them yet. It's 34 right now at 7:25 am.
The trees here have not leafed out yet, so the sun will warm the garden in a short time this morning. All I can say is, "aaaaaah, crap!!"

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hosta

Heat Wave
War Paint
Thunderbolt
Northern Exposure
Arc de Triomphe

Monday, May 4, 2009

More Daylilies

Paper Butterfly
Pandora's Box
Midnight Masquerade
Metaphor
Mark My Words
Love Those Eyes
Gentle Shepherd
Crimson Pirate
Barbara Mitchell
Prairie Blue Eyes
Jovial

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Some daylilies from last year

Daylily Chicago Apache
Bama Music
Chicago Royal Robe

More Narcissus



Things are really starting to pop now. We've had a day and a half of rain after some major heat last weekend. Above n. Pink Charm and n. Rip Van Winkle.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Narcissus

This is a double narcissus named 'Tahiti'
This is miniature narcissus 'Minnow'. I didn't realize they would be so small and so adorable when I planted them. They grow on stems about 6" tall.