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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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).

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Foiled

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.


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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.

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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.

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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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