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Today, this bed holds the wild dogwood I transplanted from a friend’s yard, a rice paper bush, a cloned dogwood from the National Phenology Network, some bearded irises, some white dwarf crested irises, some Asiatic lilies, a couple of Eastern columbines, 4 varieties of hellebores/Lenten roses, a small patch of cranesbill, a Bigleaf magnolia, one tea bush, a bear’s breeches, a Daphne odora, 2 kinds of ivy, a Japanese maple, a red camellia, 5 mums and I sowed seeds for 2 heights of zinnias, portulaca and impatiens today.

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I planted Jerusalem artichokes around February.  Today, I noticed that they are blooming.

I’ll add a picture later when my camera has charged.



This is what they look like blooming.  at first look, very similar to the swamp sunflowers by the shed and on the side of the house, but with different leaves and very different roots.  Also, slightly different bloom times.


This is what the sunchokes look like up close.


And this is the swamp sunflowers.  They are just starting to form buds.

Both plants are great to feed pollinators at the end of Summer and in the Fall.  Both freeze to the ground in Winter.  Both are very tall and flower heavily with yellow blossoms.

Only one will feed you.


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Day lilies

I haven’t bought any day lilies, yet.  I have been given  some, though.  And foolishly planted them out around my well.

Did you know that deer love to snack on day lily buds?   It’s true.  I don’t think there is anything in the front yard that they love better.

So this Fall, I’m moving them inside the fence.


I do know that I have orange, pink and yellow varieties.  I’m really curious to see what come up next Spring.


(I can’t find a photo of the orange ones, so that will have to wait.)

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The calla lilies are in bloom, again.

You should hear a bad Katherine Hepburn impression when you read that.

I have had callas in my flower bed since 2000 or 2001. I have always liked them and that year I found a pot of miniature pink callas for $5 at a grocery store.  When the blossoms were spent, I planted it in the flower bed.  Then, I promptly forgot about them.

The next year, something came up in the bed in a way that looked intentional, but I couldn’t remember what I had put there.  I left it alone, though, just in case it was something nice.  Which I expected it would be because, well, it did look like it was on purpose.  And when it bloomed, I  remembered!  Clever me.

I was a little surprised by the height, though.  I remembered them being smaller than that in the pot.

The next year, I expected them. To my puzzlement and surprise, they had become full sized callas.  Welcome to bonsai.  And what happens when you free them.

The next year, (or the year after, I really can’t remember) I moved.  And I transplanted my pink callas.


Since then, I have added some lavender bonsaied callas I found at another grocery, a purple “miniature” calla a friend gave from a hospital arrangement she was given, some Calypso bulbs and a white calla from another friend’s yard.

flame calla

The Calypso callas change color as the blossoms age, like Joseph’s coat roses do. Its starts sunny yellow and fades through orange and red to purple, then black before it dies.

On the other hand, the others seem to have all shifted to pink.   I don’t know if I have killed the purple and lavender through neglect, or if they are just morphing into a consistent color like the hydrangeas around here do.

I think this was originally lavender.

I think this was originally lavender.

I think this one was originally purple.

I think this one was originally purple.

I KNOW this was originally pink.

I KNOW this was originally pink.




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I have debated with myself about writing about flowers here.  But my hands get itchy in the Spring and I am more likely to plant something that blooms than something to eat.  And the 2 things aren’t mutually exclusive.

I have a row of roses down one side of our back fence and irises between the blueberry bushes on the other side.  Irises are also scattered around in some other places.

Usually, I plant plants and, occasionally, I plant seeds.  I haven’t always been successful with seeds, so I tend to prefer getting little pots of things already started.  But, zinnias and marigolds have been successful with seeds.  Cypress vine seeds a couple of years ago would have been more successful if I had remembered I’d planted them and not weeded most of them out.   However, I have put zinnia seeds over by the roses and shook marigold seeds there last Fall.  There are some Chinese Lantern seeds by the sunchoke bed and purple coneflower seeds planted at the end of the row nearest the Don Juan.

I get fretful waiting for things to bloom and made a spreadsheet to help me keep up.  Chuck thinks that a little obsessive, but it’s interesting to me to see how the weather affects my plants.  And it helps me keep from fretting when I want to see blooms a months before it’s reasonable.

That’s probably a fair warning.


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