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or beneficial

or ?   why doesn’t the spell checker have a yoda detector ?  why !   because it is technology not nature.  it could start with pause.  and go to ‘or beneficial’.  and then again nature does not pause.  the lupine first bloom is going to seed and there are just two flowers left at the very top.  the wisteria is a tumble – a waterfall – of bloom cascading down.  the larkspur in the shadiest corner of the garden is blooming in the middle of itself.  not bashful just very secure in itself.  and the little white weed is not a weed at all.  a weed is something gardeners want to pull out.  and if you look at the close up you will see the miniature wasp that they attract.  a wasp that keeps things in balance in the organic garden.  a beneficial plant and its beneficial insects that come along wrapped in a wonderful package.   oh and one of those oh so delicate columbines – watch my moves…



more moving

another five plants moved today.  slowly the old seedling bed is being cleared.  and soon a new crop of seeds will be planted.  a walk around the yard revealed more plants coming into bloom.  dianthus, iris, and lupine are in flower.  and flower scapes are starting to appear on other daylilies.  Paper Butterfly, Delta Force, and Isolde all have flower scapes growing.  and at the moment Delta Force seems to be in the lead.  then again i just might not be looking in the right places and some other flower scape is just waiting to surprise me.  until then another flower from last summer – from a garden in Lebanon Ohio.  a seedling.  a skinny seedling…  two images

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more other flowers

Two new plants arrived in the mail today from Minnesota.   They are planted tonight.  Three or four days bare root in the mail is long enough to wait for planting.  They can survive far longer like that, though it sure does not make the recovery any prettier or quicker.  It may seem like a strange way to treat a daylily, especially an expensive daylily.  It does work.    More flower scapes are appearing day by day.   And a couple more sorts of the seed list and I will be ready to plant this year’s daylily seeds.    Mean while other things are blooming.  Dianthus and Lupine  are blooming away. 

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The edges and patterns in the dianthus are fairly amazing.  

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Not waiting, Not panicking, it is time for more planting !

This is a no waiting, no panicking garden.   You can text if you want to.  Just don’t get any of that texting radiation on the flowers please.    The iris are blooming, and the lupine are making spikes.  The columbine have their spurs on display.    Yarrows are opening up their flat purple blooms.   And the climbing rose has decided it is a good day to bloom.  A very good day to bloom.Joseph's Coat climbing rose

Stella’s Ruffled Fingers is sending up a bloom scape, though the bloom is a week or two away.  She is not to be out done by her seedlings.   All four of the seedlings have flower scapes growing in the sun.   The bloom will come when it is time.bloom scape

Yet this is not a time of waiting.  There is plenty to do.  Two old seedling beds need to be cleared out.  They need to be prepared for seed planting.   And the final seed sorting needs to be made.   The choices need to be planted.  And the rows labeled.    When that is all done and even a few annuals are planted, then, perhaps then Stella, her of the Ruffled Fingers  and her clan will be ready to take center stage.columbine spurs