Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Steamy June Bloom Day

It has been most warm and quite steamy for the last week. We are having okra weather. The Lush is responding. This is what makes plants GROW. There are ever more new blooms about to go with all this expanding green biomass. Thermopsis caroliniana is showing yellow.

What is blooming in my garden on this June Bloom Day you may want to know. This is but a sampling. The weed flowers are too numerous to count. The Kousa Dogwood is now shedding petals. It has had a good showing this year.

Spirea japonica has flowers. They make seed and self sow. Quite a bit more than I like. I wouldn't mind if they were easier to pull. The seedlings go for instant tap root.

Up by the roadside

The Meidiland Rose is in full bloom. I don't like roses. They have thorns. This is a rose you can completely ignore. I like that.

Up by the roadside, the feral Parsnips are in bloom, in a vegetable garden that was assaulted by the digger last night. There was a minor loss of beet seedlings. Damn varmints! I sowed more. If the Peckerhead comes back, it will be to a snoot full of hot pepper.

This picture of flowering parsnips should help make all the others look more in focus.

The last poppy in the patch. Cool seed heads. Looks like you could milk them.

I planted a rooted stem piece of the Meidiland Rose on the other side of my driveway because you can completely ignore them and balance in the landscape is good. I hate roses. They have thorns. I had to whack a patch of Goldenrod so you could see the rose. I found a liatris in there and left it. A garden thought for this space bubbled up.

There are a variety of wild orchids that bloom in my garden.

In the hot and steamy, the shade of the forest feels a good ten degrees cooler.

A Japanese iris, the first to open.

I planted Milkweed many years ago. It promptly wandered off. Not a problem in my garden. I let it be. This is the first year it will be doing a real bloom. Nothing is eating my milkweed though. I'm not on the route.

Persicaria polymorpha frames the Great Lawn.

And the first to open Louisiana iris, 'Black Gamecock'.

And for a little of the wild side, Carrion Flower, Smilax herbacea. It stinks.

And in the deep shade of the forest, the plant that dare not speak its name. That is some of what is blooming in my garden in the steam heat of June. By the way, the fireflies are out.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Planting Of Cucumber And Squash

Could it be? Is this step one in repaving the Haywood County side of Highway 209? The last two miles, at the top and with the most curves, had all the tire ruts and long cracked depressions paved over. They have a much more level surface to work with now.

Up by the roadside the Miscanthus 'Morning Light' has pretty much claimed the entire front bed after all these years. The weed flowers like Chicory, Ironweed and Asters will join in when it is their time. The Chicory has commenced.

The Meidiland Rose at the entrance to the roadside vegetable garden is now in bloom. I had business to attend to up there.

In between rumbly thunderstorms that is keeping the garden well watered.

The planting of the cucumbers and squash was done. This is hopefully a squash department. I did not label any of the seed trays. Things cucurbit all look a lot alike as seedlings.

These are the black bean, bell and sweet banana pepper aisles. The beans got thinned.

The tomato department is looking especially nice this year. So far. The short cold snap that got down to 38 didn't seem to phase them.

The okra has germinated. The what I think are the cucumbers which looked stunted were set out. The cucurbits were all seeded, not germinated before the cold spell. As backup, fresh cucumber seeds were also planted.

About now is when a hail storm could arrive. The thunder can make me a bit jumpy. It is when a torrential downpour starts that I keep my fingers crossed and pray no hail.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Big Foliage In A Wild Garden

First up are big flowers on the Kousa dogwood. The bloom is so heavy the branches are drooping. The passing thunderstorms bend them even lower. I have been here long enough to watch a small sapling, planted when Hale Mana was officially finished, grow to a full sized tree ..... and still growing.

Thermopsis caroliniana

It takes big and bold to stand out in the Lush.

Darmera peltata, Cinnamon Fern and Aralia cordata 'Sun King'.

Persicaria polymorpha with more growing trees, Nootka Cypress, Bosnian Pine and Foster's Holly.

Mowed paths meander through the Lush.

To wander in search of what's in bloom today.

Like the iris that didn't with some that will.

Leucothoe, Persicaria polymorpha and Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'.

On the Great Lawn, a negative space in the garden that is just as important as big bold foliage.

The wild ferns are still a bit smaller than usual this year. Last spring was not kind to them.

Spikenard, Aralia racemosa


And in the world of botanical oddities, Carrion Flower, Smilax herbacea.

It wouldn't be a garden without them.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Wedding Cake For Sale

This is spring #3 for the Wedding Cake Garden. After a slow then frozen start, the cake reached a good deal of baked for June. I've been waffling a bit on if I even like this as a garden, but what are you supposed to do with stone walls that just scream wedding cake? Those stone walls were going to be featured not hidden in a planting of mine.

I think it is the yellow of the Vinca minor 'Illumination' that is the jarring note. It had that nice blue vinca bloom this spring before the flowers froze. That pale blue and yellow together was unusual and never seen before. Some plain green vinca creeped in and I have let it be thinking as the two mingle the 'Illumination' will become more like glitter on a greener backdrop.

The "Wee White' hydrangea has to grow back too. There is supposed to be white hydrangea on top of all that yellow vinca. They all sprouted from the base. The tops died back to the ground which is not normal for Hydrangea arborescens. At least nobody is eating them this year. No more fertilizer. They were too juicy, tasty and succulent on the juice.

The Wedding Cake Garden is officially for sale. It can be yours for 6.5 million. It comes with the rest of the garden of course, including the Almighty Falls.

The other ingredients of the cake are Brilliance Autumn Fern, 'Biokovo' Geranium and Hosta 'Patriot'. I'm hoping I will grow to like it more as it continues to mature and fill in. The ferns need to be bigger and fatter. Next year if there is one.

Other gardens are priceless.

I watched a sapling I saw in dreams grow into a tree.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Roadside Vegetable Garden 2021

This weekend has been making an attempt at warm and steamy. The shift to summertime afternoon showers is underway.

It is the kind of warm and rain fine produce wants.

Up by the roadside, I am ready.

This years crops are planted and ready for the warm. Feral parsnips are getting ready to bloom.

Up and growing are tomato, pepper, potato, pole beans and black beans. A second sowing of beets and carrots with slug bait added got done. Okra and more parsnips were also seeded. The squash seedlings can grow for another week in their seed trays. They will be fine. Bigger is better than freshly sprouted seedlings.

This is the tidiest garden you will see on the place.

Everything else is wild. The little hill above the roadside vegetable is packed full of daylilies. When they bloom well it is a major show. We shall see what happens. All the daylilies got smacked pretty hard by the spring freezes. I think that weakens the summer bloom.

I culled some reverting to greener, more vigorous clumps in the grass Miscanthus 'Morning Light'. Variegated plants reverting to the green type is a pretty common event. I've never seen it happen in grasses until now.

The first thunderstorm of the season is currently rolling by. My computer has no connection to the internet. Must be a big cloud. The kind that can have hail. The baby pictures of the roadside vegetable garden of 2021 show it looking mighty fine. So far.