Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stormy Weather

from the back door-

Where Gardens Grow There Might Be....

Cedar Apple Rust! Host plants being Juniper and usually Apple, but also others in the Rose family, we definitely have a nice sized guest bed for this fungal disease.

The Growing Garden

The new garden continues to grow, a little faster than we can manage! Here's a glimpse of new plantings...

tomatoes and sugar snap peas in pots

multiflora rose and houseplants (orchid cactus?)




wee lettuce



Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

We had two sections of fence built in some prime locations in the garden. One spot was behind the house where we had taken out all of the large overgrown shrubbery/vines/trees. The other spot was between the vegetable garden and the street. The fences are all cedar. They made a pretty big impact right away...

taking out the existing chainlink...

bringing in the new...6' stockade

for the front we got 5' spaced stockade

our resident catbird watches the fences go up. he's hard to see- all gray- right in the middle. though he's hard to spot, he's easy to hear.

Horseshoe Mating Season at Wollaston Beach

The smaller, lighter colored one is the male. During new and full moons the horseshoe crabs come up onto the beach to mate. More info about horseshoe crab reproduction here.

What's Blooming, May 2010

Unleashing the VIBRANT colors of spring. We discover what exactly is growing in our garden... azaleas in pink and red

flowering dogwood, Cornus florida

common lilac, Syringa vulgaris

white azalea

invasive olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis

bridal wreath spirea

more azaleas...

This goldenchain tree, Laburnum x watereri, is unfortunately not on our property, but is on the next street over.

beautybush, Kolkwitzia amabilis

red roses, pink spirea and purple irises

on the top is spirea, on the bottom, gas plant