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beginnings….

I have a few “babies” in the garden – at least I am sure of one of them – this very adorable cucumber….

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The next photo shows what I think is the start of a fig at the branch point. I’ll know soon enough as it grows!

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garden glitter

I added several new plants to my perennial garden after digging up some I no longer wanted. It was one of those more infrequent times when I actually had open places for new plants rather than having to find room in my crowded garden.

Coincidentally and randomly enough, two of them have the word “sea” in the name – one is a sea lavender (just like the ones on the bay side of Cape Cod,) and one is a sea holly called Blue Glitter. While I have a few globe thistles that sport similarly colored flowers (purple-blue), the sea holly as a whole plant gradually “glows” with this beautiful color.

In the first photo, you can see the 2 stalks – one has started to change color, the other is, for the most part, a very pretty green.

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In the last photo, you can see how even the stem becomes the purple/blue color as well if you look closely. When the whole plant changes over, it will be quite a statement!

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But first, an update on the winter moth caterpillars….I found 3 more the morning after I captured the bag of them, and none after that (so far.)

Here are some more appetizing photos than hungry caterpillars:

wisteria amethyst falls

wisteria amethyst falls

native honeysuckle

native honeysuckle

allium bulgaricum

allium bulgaricum

iris staccato

iris staccato

poppy from multi-colored Fruit Punch plant

poppy from multi-colored Fruit Punch plant

fun in the garden

I was being sarcastic when I wrote the title of this post….today I temporarily took care of what is eating the leaves on my witch hazels….winter moth caterpillars. Not a pretty job but I am hoping to keep what’s left of the leaves on the plant! The undersides of the remaining half-skeletons of leaves were crawling with the caterpillars so I knocked them into a waiting plastic bag. The caterpillars are a noticeable yellow/lime-green color and easily detected, thank goodness. I went back out after a few hours of “collecting” them and found a few more. Walking away I spotted their almost fluorescent color on the grass – and bagged several more that were moving along the lawn towards most likely my witch hazel. I’ll be inspecting daily – in the hopes that I’ll see some fall color on some witch hazel leaves.

winter moth caterpillars don't chew through plastic

winter moth caterpillars don’t chew through plastic

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a patch of spring

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This small area is next to the driveway near the garage. Over the years I’ve added a plant randomly and now it’s filled with green (and a little white and purple.) It turns out that ginger, a hosta and iris cristata make a nice combination!

living stone plant

lithop

lithop

I was at a nursery a few weeks ago looking for a small aloe plant in the succulent department. There were only large aloe plants but right near these was a section of lithops, small succulents that look sort of like stones. Thus the name living stones. It was my impulse buy!

It’s so easy to take care of – water a little maybe once a week in the warmer season. I’m waiting for a baby “stone” – there’s a new growth so I hope that’s what it will turn into.

another little lithop?

another little lithop?

dandy daffodils

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narcissus delnashaugh

narcissus delnashaugh

narcissus candy princess

narcissus candy princess

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