and a couple more thats for good measure. new seedlings have sprouted. there is hope again. it is what gardening is about. and there was a new flower open this morning. and two others opened, ones that we have already seen this year. momentum is building. and little larkspur – pink flowers, tiny pink flowers with even tinier purple freckles have found their way before the lens of perception. little things to hold the day. five images…
it is a lawn. it is not just grass. and i like it that way. we don’t use chemical additives. and we really don’t bother fertilizing either. mowing will control the lawn. and we enjoy a blend of other plants. so we do not panic at the sight of dandelions, violets, or clover. and while it is not the first it is one it is a forerunner. the season of little white and pink lawn flowers is upon us. and the bees will be happy to find them. and i will be happy to see the bees working the lawn. it should be more than a path between the flower beds.
Dianthus also know as pinks are starting to bloom. a small flower with a toothy edge, pinks brighten up the garden. even if you do have to get down there to see what they are really doing…
our columbines slowly work their way back to their natural form. the long spurs are replaced by shorter ones and they gradually abandon the hybridized form, they may be a short lived perennial, individual plants seldom last more than two or three years. and that is okay, a little change in the garden each year is a good thing. three pictures.
it is supposed to snow tonight. spring will come. it just won’t be fast and it won’t be easy. so here is a flower that i believe has not been on this page since last year this time. it did well this past summer in the garden in its second year of bloom. it is tall enough. its bloom is big enough. and its color is pink enough. pink enough to come through this snow with thoughts of the summer. Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein
Rain in the morning and rain at the end of the day, with sunshine in between. It actually worked out to be a pretty good day. Just bookends rain instead lots of rain. We are getting close to peak bloom. Somewhere in the next week or so almost everything daylily wise will be in bloom. And today was a good day to start weeding the seed beds. Keep the weeds from getting out of control and smothering the new seedlings. And the seeds planted just a few weeks ago are starting to come up. The look like tiny blades of grass right now, just sticking up a few inches from the ground. With all this rain they should grow well. And it makes the weeds easier to pull too. The rain is coming down fairly good again now. It chased us into the house a bit before sunset and it has been drizzling or raining all night so far. Now if the weather person is to be believed there is more sunshine and less rain in the forecast in the coming days. Here is one of the plants that started blooming today. It is called Skinwalker and the name comes from Native American legends. It is a graceful plant. The bloom is about 8 inches across, about the size of a dinner plate. Tomorrow if the rains cooperate I will try to get a picture of the weeded seed bed and the itsy bitsy blades of grass like seedlings.
What happens when you sneeze right as trying to say ‘romantic’ ? Right you still don’t get chromatic. Make note – proximity to the solstice does not increase nor foster good puns. So gamely we shall move on to chromatic variety. There are other colors not red and orange to hold sway against the solstice. This one is a seedling from Model in Red and it is something in pink. It is the result of a cross with Bejeweled. Both parents are included at the bottom. First the pink seedling.And now the parents.
Crested is extra tissue growing on the petal. Usually from the midrib.
Some plants crest without warning and on their own schedule. Others do it all of the time. Here are a few that like to surprise.