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
my brother's davidia bloomed after an 18 year wait. my brother writes:
"1n 1995, I was given a 2 year old seedling of Davidia by
a friend. Davidia is a very rare
tree, and it is famous for taking up to 20 years to bloom. Every year for the past 18 years I've been
looking in vain for buds and flowers. I
looked just this week. It's been a
running gag that I won't let us even think about moving until the dang thing
Today I was showing another friend around the
garden, and he remarked "Oh, your Davidia is in bloom."WHAHOOOO! "
above is a long-established davidia at the arnold arboretum
my brother's tree with it's 4 flowers, above, and below...
the center of the potager a few weeks ago... since then i have removed the dwarf albert spruces and put tomatoes in... the narcissus put on a tremendous display and are done, now the clematis are blooming...
in the woodland garden, omphalodes' little faces are smiling...
epimedium 'bandit'n (imo still not big enough that i can divide)
fothergillia... doing better now that neighbor's got rid of a tree...
this purple akebia vine is trying to kill my cherry tree and take over the entire house!
the white akebia is no less vigorous! it climbs onto the deck...
1st harvest - baby lettuces
we finally had some nice rain after a bone-dry april
tree peony... so beautiful, but the flowers only last a few days
in the center you'll find a cardinal... i was so excited to see it in the redbud while i had my camera with me - but i had my macro lens!!! so that's why this photo is sub-optimal (aka crummy)...