GBBD – North – May 2012

I am in many places at once! Where I live now, virtually…

Here in the Falls…

Front garden

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.

Iberis. Groundcover.

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.

French Lilac

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.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at:
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22 Responses to GBBD – North – May 2012

  1. Super photos Donna. I especially love the Bleeding Hearts. Your Allium’s curvy stem is fun, I have one that is curved a little bit. It makes you wonder how it can hold the bloom upright when the stem curves so.
    See you in NC in just a few short days.

  2. Marisa says:

    These are just beautiful photos. I have just been using a little Lumix point and shoot camera since I started my blog because my big digital died when I was on holidays March 2011. I had almost convinced myself it was just as good, but the different effects that you have achieved with different lenses makes me appreciate what I have been missing.

  3. Donna, it looks like you are really enjoying your love of photography. It shows. Since going back to work my passion for detail has lulled in my compositions.

    My favorite is the the phlox photo. The dark stems contrasting with the ground cover phlox.
    Happy GBBD.

  4. Love the shots of the Tulips and Allium! Very artful! You know all the great tricks, Donna. I’m hoping to join in the next W4W.

  5. Emily Heath says:

    Hi gorgeous Gilbert! Love all the vibrant colours.

  6. Beautiful Donna and what an artistic allium stem you have! I can’t believe how many different species of butterfly you have visiting the garden already.

  7. I like your mulch recipe, and that would work well for me if my garden were smaller. I am trying to spread around lots of ground cover to reduce the amount of mulch we need. We use a lot of mulch in the spring. Your butterfly captures are wonderful. As most of us, I have seen the Red Admirals all over the garden, sometimes in pairs or threes. Your garden looks lovely, and I am particularly drawn to your allium combinations…excellent. Happy GBBD!

  8. HolleyGarden says:

    Loved Gilbert! And the artsy photo of the allium is so interesting! I enjoyed reading about the gardening part. I wish I could compost enough to cover my beds. But perhaps one day. As you say, as the plants grow, they will eventually cover the soil. I am going to try to plant more bulbs in my beds, too. And I need more groundcovers. Great photos, and a lot to think about – great post!

  9. patientgardener says:

    Fabby photos and I love the Allium with the kink in its stem

  10. Wow so many beautiful photographs in one post.. A feast for the eyes..

  11. Love your artsy allium photo – that is a prize winner if ever I saw one.

  12. I cannot believe all the lilacs and those bleeding hearts….none for me…and your garden is weeks ahead of mine….those weeks of evening freezing temps in April certainly turned my garden upside down.

  13. Great post Donna!
    I so enjoy your photography. It was fun to hear your descriptions about what you were thinking in taking your shots. All of our early lilac buds froze this year, but I am hoping that Miss Kim will still do her thing in a week or so. If these pictures where taken last week, then we might be at very similar points in our season.
    If you are near Pittsburgh, drop me a note! (wife mother gardener at g mail.) Would love to have you stop by. Pam & I were out to see Carolyn just a few weeks ago.

  14. Lea says:

    Have a blessed day!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  15. You are due at my house shortly for our trip to the fling so I thought I would get in some blog reading. I am glad you posted so many photos of lilacs since that is all you can grow in NF :-).

  16. Les says:

    Your artsy allium photos are the best. Happy GBBD to you and safe travels.

  17. atcps says:

    Your photos are always so incredible! Your garden must be doubly so! I enjoyed meeting you this evening so very much.

  18. I could move right in! Love the humble kitchen garden.

  19. Bom says:

    Your photos just keep getting better and better. Enjoy your trip.

  20. Brian Comeau says:

    The purple Allium is a marvelous image.

  21. Jennifer says:

    Love that squiggly allium amongst the straight-as-arrows ones, Donna! The butterfly shots are all wonderful. I am noting more butterflies this year than I remember last year at this time. Perhaps it is due to the early arrival of warm weather.

    • I too have been noticing many more butterflies, but additionally, different varieties than are usual for our area. Not that they are not found here ever, but just more unlikely. It is going to be a good year for photographers I think.

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