Sunday, April 06, 2014

LONDON: BRICK LANE STREET ART

we traveled to london in march... 
more on the gardens later...
we happened upon street art in the brick lane area - i started noticing some really fine paintings, and then saw actual tour groups! so here are the best photos... the streets were slanted, and the light was not the best, as this was not planned.







 artist at work on the painting below



here's a street scene... note the pink monster at top and the car with the antlered grenade thingy... and the red car in the box. this quirky, entertaining neighborhood also had wonderful markets with food from all around the world.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

FALL FLOWERS

fall bouquet, picked yesterday
hydrangea 'limelight', mums, weed asters, mountain mint

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

COYOTE UGLY

two coyote pups are hanging around the campus at work....
they give new meaning to "coyote ugly"
poor things look pretty mangy

vegetables are still coming in this unusually warm october

Saturday, September 07, 2013

STRONG HARVEST

we've had a dry summer, but the harvest has been good

grasshopper visits brugmansia 'cypress gardens'

Sunday, August 11, 2013

THE GARDEN WAITS FOR NO (WO)MAN

"sure, hon, we can go on vacation for a week in august...."

upon our return, i was out with my headlamp to see the tomatoes decorating the potager! the garden did not let me down! time to make sauce?

two yellow crookneck squash that i picked in july...

Monday, July 22, 2013

JULY SIGHTINGS

here's the stag which figured out how to wriggle under my front garden deer fence and ate all my hostas before we could fix it... my daughter saw him within our fence at 2am... looks like he is a 6 pointer or more...

we put higher fences to keep the poodle in, and the result is actual day lilies blooming!

my husband took this clethra with the telephoto, since we were trying to photograph hummingbirds, but the light was nice

male and female gold finches enjoying marguerite daisy and sage seeds

Sunday, July 07, 2013

FLOWER FIREWORKS

july is a great time for flowers, even in the hot weather...
i planted this clematis 3 years ago and forgot about it... suddenly it is blooming; what color! anyone know its name?

hydrangea 'blue wave' took a beating when our retaining wall fell 2 years ago, but has revived...

tiny bee on a small marigold flower....

echinacea 'sundown', always dependable

i have never used my arisaema candidissimum as a cut flower before, but it lasts a week in a vase!

evergreen magnolia - this flower is dinner plate-sized...

good old rose 'heritage', cabbage-y and prolific

SALAD DAYS

the garden is both productive and beautiful in july...
squash and blossoms for dinner

the proverbial "salad days" are upon us

nasturtium 'alaska'

it's lovely to enter the potager to select dinner produce

the sugar snaps stand at attention, waiting to be picked

i'm letting the potager go wild this year... not pruning the tomatoes... let's see what happens

Monday, June 24, 2013

ALL WORK AND NO BLOG...

why have i been too busy to post?
(clematis 'kingfisher')

not because the flowers have stopped blooming...

no, because of 3 yards of sweet peet mulch! with rain the day it was delivered, i really had my work cut out for me...

above is the potager before mulch, below is after...

and the potager this evening...

vase with bi-color deutzia, allium and peonies...

rock wall before mulch....

and after...

south border before mulch...

and after...

and there's still more left! yikes!
below is vase with rose 'heritage', my favorite...