Friday, June 29, 2012

Slug-eye view

Does this look like an All-You-Can-Eat buffet to those soft-bellied critters?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Salade Composee

Always looking for interesting textures to combine...
lavender, stachys (lamb's ear), a yew that is hidden in this shot
 and a thorny rose that is enjoying its second bloom.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Bee Hive

A bee hive fell from the sky.
Today, it is nested in my garden...back to Earth.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Two Ladies

llustration of Alchemilla vulgaris from 1917–1926

Lady's Mantle

Botanical illustration is so rich. 
The watercolour captures the plant anatomy in an idealized light
showing  the bloom, the petals, front and back and the roots.
Something to explore further...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Red Sails

Lettuce Lactuca sativa 'Red Sails'
Does this look like an appetizing tasty lunch to a slug?
Hope to harvest before they get to it.
This leaf salad is said to have a "piquant, buttery flavour"...
taste test to follow.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Lamb's Ear (Stachys)
The tactile appeal of this fuzzy groundcover is undeniable.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Salade Composee


Plants start to weave and thread together mid-season
in my tiny urban garden.
The unexpected and surprising textures, shapes and contrasts
 are inspiring.

The blue spruce in the centre is a bonsai experiment.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Lots and lots and lots of flowerets 
make up the big pom-pom mopheads.
A sure signal that summer is here...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Delayed Gratification


On April 30, this was labelled ULF (Unidentified Life Form)

Rodgersia is distinctive with its deeply veined,
almost leather-y, foliage.

Do not be misled by the profuse undergrowth of mint...
it will come in handy for mojitos!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chinese Proverb

"If you want to be happy for an hour, 
 get drunk;

If you want to be happy for three days, 
get married;
If you want to be happy forever, 
make a garden. -Chinese Proverb

Friday, June 8, 2012

After the Storm

Ozark Sundrops (oenothera macrocarpa/Missouriensis)
The thunderstorm rolled in...
 and this Ozark Sundrop maintained its cheerful disposition
to a fault.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mad Scientist's Laboratory

You can never have enough...
As such, new additions to this Mad Scientist's Garden Laboratory
include the late-blooming clematis Ernest Markam, 
a Husker Red Smooth Beardtongue (penstemon digitalis), 
an Ozark Sundrops (oenothera macrocarpa/Missouriensis)
and finally, Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium).


A cheerful spot of colour goes a long way in
the exuberant garden...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Heaven Scent

Hall's Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Halliana')
The intoxicating perfume of this vine has the 
power to transform an ordinary moment into magic. 
It just blossomed today...the bloom and the bouquet.
Originally, it was planted to camouflage 
an unsightly chain link fence but it gets extra bonus points.

Powerful Words to Live By...

Rain or Shine 
Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces
delighted avid gardeners yesterday.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The First Bloom

Happy to see this rose bush adapting to its new home.
It was a late season adoption from last fall.
Tons of buds on will be in all its glory next week.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Approximating Genuine AWE

This leafy fruit routinely stops passersby in their tracks.
 Its ability to elicit reactions approximating genuine AWE 
eludes the peony, the rose bush or the even the 
Fantastica rhodo in my experience.

Any guess what this might be?

For the correct answer, 
see the post for April 4 and April 21.