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the daily hummingbird

2015-06-17 09.16.39

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!

I don’t need a photo of my taller witch hazel (see last post) because it has been completely covered in snow for several weeks. But I’m not sure what shape it’s in under the snow…..because one weekend my husband did a bit of roof raking to remove snow from the roof and made a trail of large foot prints along the path where the outermost plants are in the backyard. I realized this a few days later and trekked out there myself to see if I could assess the damage. Since the snow is so deep, his footprints went down about a foot – and I’m hoping he stepped right in the middle of the vase shape since I couldn’t find any branches when I gently removed some snow in the area of the witch hazel. Temperatures will be going up next week so I will know soon enough as the snow melts.

Next year I know to put stakes around the outside of the garden edge as markers!

the power of color

As soon as I repotted my gerbera daisy to bring it indoors for the winter, the warmth of the house brought on a continuous stream of flowers – clearly it is very happy.

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And so are the recipients!

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

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