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colorful “candy”

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I’m a little surprised enough of these delicious, sweet Sun Gold tomatoes made it to the strainer for a salad….usually several are eaten right off the vine!

I have had a yellow coreopsis moonbeam in my perennial garden for so many years but it really never took off, with few blooms each year. I found a lone, nice gallon size pot of pink coreopsis this spring at a nursery and the clump was big enough to separate into 3 small plants for various spots in the garden. They are ALL doing so well Рeach one is big now with lots of flowers and more to come. Happiness is a plant that finds a garden it likes a lot.

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a welcome stranger

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A month ago I noticed a lily stalk I had never planted in my garden and have been watching the progress when I remember to look. Last night at dusk I saw that the unopened flowers would be orange, and today, I was happily surprised to see what I call my “octopus” lily – a native Turks Cap lily! The flower is quite a show-stopper….

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….it’s a keeper!

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There was a lovely visitor around the lakefront in NH for a few days – an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – and she put on a nice show. Even when she was resting.

the daily hummingbird

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Changing the nectar every so many days is not always something I feel like doing, but I do change the nectar….because I just love my fast flying friends who visit all the time!

Usually the hummingbird sits on the ledge and eats except lately one has been hovering when eating and I caught it in the act, above. Versus what I would consider the more relaxing way of eating, below.

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surprise tulips

I ordered a lot of tulips last summer, and I spent quite a bit of time choosing. While I received labeled packages of everything I ordered, the blooming results show 2 unexpected varieties instead of 2 I ordered. I love my surprise tulips though – more than the 2 I ordered that never came! Now I want to order these new ones for next year!

foxtrot

foxtrot

marilyn

marilyn

(Hopefully they will come….)

up from the deep….

We had about a foot of snow melt the other day when it rained overnight and was warm (50) all day. When I looked out my kitchen window around 5pm, I saw part of one branch of my witch hazel peeking out from the snow – it was arched over with the about a foot of the tip underneath. I guess the last snowstorm was heavy enough to weigh the branches over. I put on my snow boots, held my breath and ventured into the 2 feet of snow left to see if I could carefully uncover some branches hoping they had not been broken when my husband was trekking along my garden path to roof rake per my last post.

It was a miracle really, because except for one smaller branch that was partially broken (I wrapped it to see what happens), I uncovered the whole plant. As soon as I released the branches gently from the snow, they popped right up and I had myself a beautiful vase-shaped witch hazel again!

The next time it pops, it will be the flowers which have an amazing scent. And we will still have snow which will be a nice backdrop.

back in action!

back in action!

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