A look at the side garden

The south side of the yard is not wide, but it gives some long views. I'd like to share a few right now, starting with the back half:

Which is essentially me standing at the back corner of the house and looking to the back. All foliage right now -- hardly a bloom in sight, which is a big change for this area from just a few years back.


Late bamboo shoots

My latest-shooting bamboo is Shibatea kumasaca (also its close relative, the almost identical Shibatea chinensis).

Gets going mid-June, a full 8-10 weeks after the first species start shooting. Like most of my other bamboos it's really putting on a growth spurt this year after a mild winter.


Potting up some agaves

I've had several Agaves in plastic nursery pots for over a year. Some of them were inherited, and some I bought.

I finally put them into permanent pots, or at least pots that will hold them for a few years.


A little bit of red

These little red moths rob me of salvia blooms each year, their caterpillars feasting on the buds:

It looks great in this setting though!


Brief look at front walkway

I guess you'd have to say that my youngest part of the garden is the walkway, as I built it just a few years back. Its addition was a huge positive change not only for me as the gardener, but for the wildlife and neighbors.

Let's take a quick look at it today, as it's looking surprisingly good compared to the amount of time I've spent on it this year (very little).



I'm so happy that the Verbena bonariensis has become established in my garden, especially after a mild winter.

So many of these plants survived and are dotting the views in my garden with their lavender blooms held high on thin stems.


Just Pink: Queen of the Prairie

I've been excitedly talking about it for a while now, but the Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra) has started blooming!

I have a couple of plantings of this, but the other is tucked away somewhere that I don't see very often. I'm not even certain if it's blooming -- the deer and woodchucks may have gotten to it. This one though is babied and protected.


Hot, Forgotten, Dry

When temperatures hit 95ºF (35ºC) for several days in a row, you find yourself having to water the potted plants and those just recently put into the ground pretty regularly.

It's easy to overlook something.


Whites and Pinks

Just whites and pinks today...

...with a little bit of creative liberty on the definitions of both colors.


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