I am in many places at once! Where I live now, virtually…
Here in the Falls…
And later, where I lived before.
Back garden, center, raised bed. Groundcover.
It was sunny today and some of the plants are wet because I doused them with the hose.
If you might be wondering why the images are so different from one another, I used four different lenses on these images, from extremely close prime to zoom, spanning early morning to late afternoon.
Back with Iris and Allium coming soon.
Viola on Side. Groundcover.
Many of the images were taken right at ground level like above, making very small patches of flowers seem like large expanses.
Lots of purple Allium!!
Some photos selectively isolated plants in amongst the many.
Back corner Viburnum.
Bleeding Heart below Viburnum.
Daylily greens. Massed as groundcover.
Front right corner roses in bud coming shortly.
Front, back and everywhere. Groundcover.
Lilacs in back and Red Admirals absolutely everywhere.
Not a good photo, but I did figure out this is a Mourning Cloak. See the bit of blue on the top of the wings? The butterfly is feeding on the French Lilac upside down.
Back bed, East side.
Caught in the act of feeding on Miss Kim.
I never caught the butterfly feeding so close before. I wish the shot was a bit more focused to see the long proboscis extended. This really tight focus is at the expense of getting the bokeh. I should have worried a little less about the background.
One of two Phlox patches in the front bed with lilies and Forget-Me-Nots. Groundcover.
An Artsy view (6:30 am) of the Tulips and Allium in the front bed. I have hundreds and hundreds of bulbs and rhizomes planted in amongst the perennials.
Lily, Iris, Daffodil, Monarda, Allium, Hydrangea, and much more…. in a small boxwood edged bed, which keeps the plant jungle tame.
A fence view in the back garden with a Comma basking in the sun.
Galium odoratum, same plant as Sweet Woodruff. Groundcover.
There is a large patch of Sweet Woodruff under, and around the Alberta Spruce, but the photo makes it appear so much more interesting than it is in reality. This is the dark, back corner of my tiny lot, but in late afternoon it gets its shot of sun.
Gilbert in the Pear tree looking a little startled.
You can just barely see me reflected in his eye.
The Allium will be in full bloom soon.
That is an aster patch behind and some very low growing, yellow species tulips.
Tulips are still going strong with the little red species tulips at ground level in the front bed.
Columbine in the back garden.
A few words on gardening.
I do not use traditional mulch now that the third iteration garden has become more mature. I make compost all winter from grass clippings, conifer needles, table scraps, leaves, and yard debris, and spread it generously throughout the beds in very early Spring. The compost is made in very large, black tree grower pots.
If you noticed in this post, there are many ground cover and massed perennial plants noted. I mass most plants to keep the beds full and shaded. All these plants are growing and spreading as I intended. A few more years and the beds will not be showing soil.
The plants themselves keep the ground cooler and the compost keeps the beds moist in this worm heaven. The clay soil by Summer’s end will be hard and dry no matter how the beds have been conditioned as the worms retreat to cooler depths. The heavily planted beds keep watering to a minimum in the dryer times though.
Happy GBBD, all.
And after the 16th…. I will have photos where I lived before and a little PA travel, Daniel Boone Homestead coming up if I get internet access.
These images in this post were all shot on May 4 in my NF garden at various times of the day. After, I will be traveling all over PA, then off to NC. I wish I had more time to see that area because one of my favorite all time trips was to Pigeon Forge, TN, and I know that it is close.
Word4Wednesday on May 23 is Harmony. See W4W for a colorful twist and plan to join along. It is an easy assignment if you choose.
See other GBBD posts at May Dreams Gardens.