Saturday, August 05, 2017
Desperation to bloom, from two small shrubs that I planted last year. They are both less than two feet tall now, dwarfed by much older plants in the neighboring yards. Yet, they are producing huge and impressive flowers. Of course, after some help from me: I had to spray a very smelly deer-repellent concoction on them to protect the buds.
Pictured below are my two star performers: a blue Hydrangea and a Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus):
The Hydrangea seems to be naturally deer-resistant, though the Rose of Sharon got routinely clipped at night. I hope these grow large enough to eventually be enjoyed by both the deer and me :-)
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sunday, July 09, 2017
The daylilies are beginning to take over, adding some much-needed color to contrast the surrounding greenery and compete with the milkweed. And all glistening with the raindrops from a sudden thunderstorm.
Hemerocallis Purple de Oro:
More daylilies (The red Superlative and the yellow Happy Returns):
The Tawny (Tiger) Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva):
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Friday, July 07, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Clematis varieties are proving to be quite difficult to get going in my yard. I got one to flower well last year but it is struggling to survive this time around. I am beginning to suspect that my chipmunk epidemic is somehow responsible for this, as evidenced by numerous deep holes around the roots.
One escapee is the clematis I planted last year, somewhat far from all the chipmunk mayhem (but close to deer haven; there is no free lunch, unless you are a deer!). It produced four gorgeous blooms this spring:
There are so many varieties of clematis, and I want to try them all! Well, let's first see how far I get with the eight plants I have now!