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a welcome stranger

2015-07-28 13.05.25

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!

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!

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