The Garden Goes On

Morning Glories on the front railing.

Many flowers have come and gone since the last post, in particular some lovely Orienpet Lilies. The Orientals are just about to open, so I'll have to get snaps of those!

Past, Present, Future

As Spring gives way to Summer, earlier week's flowers have faded while others are hitting their peak and still more are gearing up to put on a show...

The Siberian Irises have past their prime.

One of my favorite plants, Heliopsis 'Prairie Sunset'. I first saw this variety at another house in the neighborhood. It took me three years to get this mature plant. I have two more younger plants in other areas of the garden.

Waves of Moonbeam Coreopsis fill many areas of the main bed. I just planted six small pots of the pink variety, Coreopsis American Dream, in among the existing yellow plants. (This photo is the desktop picture on my new MacBook!)

My 2008 Menard's 'General Sikorski' Clematis is starting to bloom. I hope the whole trellis will be covered in flowers in the next week or so.

Asiatic Lilies are starting to bloom all over the garden. These are from

More Asiatic Lilies--planted three years ago. They've become a mass that probably should be divided.

New Asiatic Lily from the Spring NSLS sale, I don't remember what the name is, but I bought three of them.

The Hydrangeas are in full bloom, even though I never trimmed off last year's dead flowers.

There are a couple of Coneflowers blooming currently...

... but most are still working up to it.

Not all blooms are large and come in bold, bright colors, some are more subtile like this Karl Foerster grass. It seems a bit early for it to be flowering.

I haven't spent all of my time wandering around the yard with my camera. In the last two days I bagged 120 apples on the tree in the front yard. The bags are to protect the fruit from flies that lay eggs in the tiny apples. "They" say you should get them covered by July 1st-- although I'm not sure the flies have a calendar. Many apples had small specks of sticky dew on them that I suspect were the result of the flies already doing their business. There is a lot more fruit this year than last. Last year I bagged 65 apples, but once the squirrels ran out of unbagged apples from the top of the tree, they went after the bagged ones. I ended up harvesting the last nine apples early to keep them away from the tree rats. I hope this year turns out a bit better.