This is the Geum, Mrs. Bradshaw. A very nice
plant. I have it growing in the center garden at the front, with the burgundy
leaves of the smoke bush above it and the silver/burgundy of the saxifragia
under the shrub.
One of the Oriental poppies that grow beside the
old garage at the back. Very showy and messy when the foliage is dying. This is
shot with the white of the garage as background. I have been experimenting with
these white backgrounds. I do not want them all white, but with a bit of color
for interest. The poppies are still in bloom now.
This light pink lupine grows in the rectangular
bed next to our driveway. The light pink peony is now in bloom with this light
pink peony. The little hot pink geranium is filling in along the edge. These
plants are fronted by the honeysuckle pilea hedge and backed by the tall cedar
This is the lewisia redivia in the little
rockery at the back. Hopefully it will seed and continue to grow into a larger
clump. It had more flowers after this photo was taken.
This is the tiny lewisia pygmaea, with a
multitude of delicate white ribbed with pink flowers. It has seeded around
quite nicely in this little rockery, that I call the lewisia bed. In reading
about lewisias it seems they go dormant for the summer, after blooming, and
resume growth in the fall with green leaves that they keep over the winter. I
must devise a system to keep the rain off of them over the winter.
The female house finch
the male house finch
These male finches are much redder from the back
or sides than this one appears to be.
I have lots of birds in the garden this year, but
cannot seem to catch photos of them. The humming birds and others have been
bathing in the water fall. They mostly ignore the bird bath on the deck. The
finches and others have been grooming the trees. I do not know what they are
finding to eat but it is good to seem them on the job. There are wrens,
chickadees, titmouses, house sparrows, of course, the ones with yellow on their
feathers... might be yellow warblers.., robins on the floor of the garden,
towhees in the leaf mulch, flickers calling loudly. The crows seem to stay
higher up in the trees, and there are not too many of them. I have heard hawks,
and seen our resident eagles out hunting over the park and panama flats.
I have finished weeding the paths at the back and
around the pond and the moss garden. The moss and ferns are looking really
good. I have been adding epimediums, more hepaticas, and a new hosta to the
shade areas. The primulas are looking good and healthy, and are finished their
show for the year. The tulips are finished and I have mowed the front crocus
field as the bulbs were hardened off already. This usually takes until July.
We have had beautiful weather for the month with a thunder and lightning show
and a lovely inch of heavy downpour of rain with it. I have been digging bamboo
shoots out of the thyme circle. Hopefully that is the end of it for this year.
I am slowly thinning out the bamboo. It looks good and is worth the bother of
keeping it in check. I am slowly getting more heathers and mounding shrubs
growing. They are lower maintenance like the hedges. The yellow decorative
oregano looks good in summer, but is a bare patch over winter. The thyme stays
green, and is probably a better choice for low maintenance. The roses, irisi
and rhodos are in full bloom.
-- Posted By Blogger to My
Garden at 5/30/2015 01:11:00 AM
I have several time consuming hobbies that I enjoy. Gardening was my first passion. When I got my computer my garden suffered some neglect but for all that the garden still looks pretty good.
To those two I have more recently added photography. Photography relates to all of my hobbies, as well as to travel, and seems to tie them all together.
I have a high maintenance, wonderfull husband, who remains the primary interest.
Canon EOS Elan 7e - 35 mm - Feb 2015 - traded the camera body to Kerrisdale Cameras - Lens: Canon EF 28 - 135 mm F/3.5 - 5.6 IS Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Canon EF 28 - 90 mm F/1.4 - 5.6
Canon Powershot A50 - digital - Lens: 4.3 - 10.8 mm 1:2.6 - 4.0
Canon Powershot S3 IS - digital - Lens: 12X 6.0 - 72.0 mm 1:2 -3.5 USM - Canon 58mm Close Up lens 500D - Canon tele-converter TC-DC58B 1.5x - Canon wide converter WC-DC58A 0.75x
Canon EOS Rebel Tli or 500d - uses same lenses and filters as the Canon Elan 7e
Holga 120S - Lens: 60 mm 1:8 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W560 - Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar in camera panorama wide angle lens Canon Powershot SX60 HS traded my SX40 to upgrade to SX60 - Feb 2015 Lens: 43.8 - 247.0 mm 1:3.4 - 6.5 USM, wide angle with 60X optical zoom