This is becoming a regular thing, where I use Friday to collect all of the week's tidbits and roll them into one scrumptious post. Well, I can't guarantee the scrumptious part, but this is certainly a random collection! Starting with the ducks...
...who are a mixed blessing. Yes, it's great seeing them swimming around the pond -- and on top of the house as in the case with this photo -- but they really tear things up there. It seemed like the female was feeding on fish eggs too, as they were spawning this week and she was filtering with her bill, poking it around the shallows where the fish were. I think I'll have to give them a few more months before I make a decision on whether or not I like having them here!
One thing I do love is the snake of course, and I saw him again the other day:
Almost stepped on him actually! (I don't know its sex either, but it seems like a "him")
Another thing I love are the native wildflowers I planted under the maple in the front, the virginia bluebells...
...and celandine poppy:
So nice, and so nice together (with the 'Peewee' oakleaf hydrangea between)...
...even though they haven't yet started spreading. I'm going to stay patient and not give in to the temptation to buy more of each, at least this year.
My potted Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra) is looking fantastic this year:
So happy in this spot, better than the ones that are in the clay soil and get less sun near the driveway. Also the deer have not chomped this yet, which may be due to the "temporary" screen that I leaned there:
This was the cover that kept part of my nearby cactus bed dry this winter. I've also been spraying the plant with liquid fence which may be helping. I may put up a better screen today, as I'll be so mad if they chomp the now-forming flower stalks like they did last year!
Moving on to other plants that are doing "well"...
I've forgotten how gravel is the favorite place for seedlings. Here perilla and persicaria are taking over:
I need to get the flame weeder out I think.
Finally, a switch from plants that are doing well to some that are not:
I planted two chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata) late last summer, and both of them died over the winter. The one actually had new basal foliage in March but then it died. So disappointing! I don't know if any of the seedlings around here are from this plant, as I sprinkled a few packets of poppies around here so don't really know what's happening.
Another plant that is not doing well is my cape honeysuckle:
What happened to it? I removed it! This thing was too much of a monster and would never flower in this climate so I decided it should go. I replaced it with annual hyacinth bean instead:
There are a few suckers still around...
...but the bulk of the plant has not yet returned. I'll have to stay on top of it.
That's it for this week. I don't know about you but I have so much to do in the garden it's a bit overwhelming. Too little time is the problem I think...