Once upon a time there was a huge and maple in our front yard with a lovely deep green blanket of pachysandra beneath it. Along cams freaky spring snowfall and our beloved maple split in two!
Now the maple’s logs have long been burned as firewood and the pachysandra??? Well… it hasn’t been happy getting bleached by the sun.
So it’s bye-bye pachysandra!
Even though I always wear gardening gloves I always manage to get my fingernails filthy. But wait… they’re clean! …not very pretty, but clean!
I have a secret weapon from my fabric dyeing days… skin barrier cream. I’d rub a teaspoon or two into my hands before dyeing and when finished any remaining color would wash off with soap and water.
Hmmmmm… would this work with garden dirt as well?
Eureka! It does!!!
Both Blue Magic’s Invisible Glove and Marvelous Marianne’s SkinSafer Barrier Cream work wonders. Just make sure to get cream under the nails so it can do its job.
Now we have a flowering crab standing where the maple used to be and soon we’ll have more sun-friendly plants in place too.
And with a layer of barrier cream my hands will clean up nicely!
Malus ‘Prairifire’… glorious rose-red blossoms followed by tiny fruit the birds adore! Highly recommended!
Not much blooming here as we roll into mid-August. I guess we’re all spent from the summer heat. All of us except for this long-legged beauty. Echinops ritro also known as Globe Thistle. You gotta’ love auto-correct. It wanted to make it “Chinos writer”… I know plenty of writers who wear chinos but they’re not in my garden!
The progression from bud to bloom.
The bees LOVE the fading blooms. You wouldn’t believe how long I spent with my camera trained on this globe to get one that wasn’t a blur!
And plenty of other flying things like them too… photobombed by this little green and yellow buzzing creature; a fly I presume, but then again, I’m no entomologist.
It has reseeded itself all over my back nursery bed. Obviously, it likes it here.
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivanti ‘Goldsturm’, most commonly known as Black-eyed Susan. Even though I pulled up two-thirds of them this spring, they’re still threatening to take over the bed between the house and the drive!
I always have a bittersweet feeling when I see them blooming since they’re really the last big hurrah in the garden… a sea of golden blooms.
Tradescantia virginiana. Isn’t that a mouthful!
They just hang out in the back border just doing they’re thing for months… only a few are still putting out blossoms, each bloom lasting only a day.
Their common name is Spiderwort. I never thought it was a lovely name but I guess it’s apropos……
Immature Crab Spider.
We’re in that betwixt and between season… only the daylilies are blooming here.
Hemerocallis ‘Catherine Woodbury’.
Hemerocallis ‘Hall’s Pink’
Originally I planned to use only peach and pink daylilies but as the years pass I see other colors sneaking in. If you look closely at the upper right you can see a yellow bloom… hmmmm… who are you?
It’s time for Photo Friday… ooops! I mean Saturday! Here’s part of what’s blooming in my garden today.
This is Hemerocallis Rosy Returns… a lovey reblooming daylily that lives just outside my front stoop. Fragrant too!I am a victim of poor record-keeping, self-inflicted of course… I think this is Hemerocallis Heidi Eidelweiss. She’s a tall girl and looks fabulous against my dark brown house!
I should have pulled this volunteer parsley plant when it first appeared but I have a weakness for their Queen Anne’s Lace-like blooms… shown here arching over the Hakonechloa.
So… I’m sorry I’m late but I was out and about yesterday, sketching and painting with two delightful artists… now friends… I met through Sketchbook Skool! More on that later!
Have a great weekend!
It’s the first Friday of JULY! Oh my… the weeks are going so fast!
Here’s my Endless Summer Hydrangea with blooms in various stages of development. I’m taking this as a sign that this’ll be a good year. Some years it turns out to be more of an “Endless Bummer” as my friend says… she’s had horrible luck with hers.
It bloomed better once I learned to prune back the dead stems only after the new growth had started… looks ugly ’till then but it pays off in the end.
The Astilbe are just starting to bloom too. I have them in a range of colors but the pinks are always the first!
Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
Dwarf Korean Lilac… aka Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin.
I’m so glad I planted it just outside my living room windows… its scent is intoxicating!
First Siberian Iris bloom of the year… Iris ‘Caesar’s Brother’. They’re tall, and as you can see, lushly purple. If only they bloomed all summer.
I came to watercolors 3 years ago when I took an online class with the fabulous Jane LaFazio. Her work is fresh and fun and she’s a marvelous teacher, generous with her time, knowledge and especially her gentle encouragement. I’m still a frequent visitor to her website and blog.
As I looked through her class offerings I saw her sketch of a Matilija Poppy blossom. Jane had captured this beauty with a minimalist line and a few splashes of watercolor… I was inspired! My garden has been calling to me… “paint me, paint me.” But where to start? I snipped and floated one of my favorite peony blooms to be my first model!
You can see I copied… yes, copied! … Jane’s sketch of her poppy. I knew that as I drew the lines she drew I would absorb the loose feeling she captured before trying to replicate that feeling in my peony. (Don’t fret, I gave her credit on my page.)
I’ve been experimenting with various pens but for this I returned to my tried and true favorites… my TWSBI fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon Black ink. To get the cool, icy pink of the petals I used multiple dilute glazes of Quinacridone Rose and deepened the shadows with Indanthrone Blue.
Since the forecasted wind and rain would doom the last of my poppies, this was my only chance. They’re so ephemeral. I stood in the driveway painting as the rain started to fall. Whew! Finished just in time!
They’re gone now, petals scattered on the ground, just a bunch of seedpods ripening for next year.