These are the blooms I found after returning home from a few days away.
Moonvine, Turks Cap, Rose Campion, Casablanca Lily.
Early morning in the garden checking what’s new since my last visit. The first thing that caught my eye was a defoliated bronze fennel. After further observation I found this beautiful Swallowtail caterpillar feasting on another plant.
Years ago, when I learned bronze fennel is a favorite host plant of Swallowtails, I immediately planted a dozen. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is the state butterfly of South Carolina – the bronze fennel is in the South Carolina section of my garden. An intense search did not reveal any cocoons; they are well hidden/protected.
At the end of summer, bronze fennel sends up stalks covered in yellow flowers which attracts bees. I love to see bees; without them, the garden would be bland.
Part of the iris family, the crocosmia is blooming.
The sprinklers changed zones signalling time to exit the area. Hope you had a good day in your garden.
I really do not like to cut trees down. One of the reasons I love my neighborhood so much is the many trees. When this subdivision was built, only the trees necessary for construction were allowed to be removed.
When the arboriculturist conducts an inspection and tells you two of your oaks have canker rot and one pine tree is infected with beetles, you know they have to go. Like me, Sox & Freeman does not like to remove healthy trees. I trust when they tell me I have three dead trees and recommend removal.
In the fall, I’ll plant three trees to replace the ones removed today. I will not live long enough to see them reach 100; but, I hope whoever comes after me will enjoy the shade they will provide.
We are saving a small section of one oak to make a scratching post for the cats. I’ll talk about that another time.
…and his brother. On my way to see what was new in the garden last night, I came across two rabbits. It’s not unusual to see one; two at the same time is a real treat.
Found this beautiful yellow daylily blooming today. I am blessed with wonderful neighbors who generously share their plants when it is time for them to thin out.
From Mending Wall by Robert Frost.
The original bulb was purchased from Riverbanks Botanical Garden during their plant sale. Sometimes it is difficult to “see” what the plant will look like when you are holding the bulb in your hand. I picked some beauties simply based on the verbal description.
Horticulturalists at Riverbanks tell us original crinums were originally brought here by slaves. You find crinums growing wild in unkempt cemeteries, vacant lots and in poorer sections of town. In my opinion, they get bad publicity, “I’ve sprayed ’em with Roundup, cut them down with my mower, you just can’t kill them.”. Why would you want to?
I suspect this crinum is blooming earlier than normal because of our mild winter and the protected location in the garden. The other varieties planted in the ground have a lot of green; but, no flowers yet. I’m anxious to see them bloom again. And they are invited to grow wild in my garden.
By Southern standards, we had a “harsh winter.”. None of my lantana came back. I know it is sold as an annual, but mine was a perennial. Was. Much did survive and I enjoy it every day.
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