Friday, May 30, 2008

May Winds Down

As the revels of the Merrie Monthe begin to wind down, there's still plenty going on in the garden. For example, that iris in front of the house turns out to look like this!

Delightful, hmmm?

There's plenty of promise for the future, too, as just about every plant begins climbing toward the sky. A few of them now have visible flower stalks rising, like this clump of foxglove.

These are buds of an early yellow daylily, that's popped up out of clump of thistle, clover and coreopsis. Looks like we'll have a blossom to greet June pretty early on.

There's also this rudbeckia to look forward to. If I'm not mistaken, this might be the one with the rusty orange flowers. It might actually be closer to the coneflower family, in fact. But it is always a crowd-pleaser. There's a bunch of stalks coming up there.

Two different clumps of lychnis are also beginning to send stalks up in the air.

I guess that proves I'm a garden geek, when I can see those very first leaves that are just different enough from the basal leaves for me to recognize what's going on...and to get a little thrill from the sight of it.

Speaking of sights to see, I was drawn out of our yard and down the street this morning, as I realized that the wisteria which seemed so blue the other day has clearly "purpled up" after a couple of days in the sunshine.

Their scent really smacked me across the face as I got closer. It's sort of rich and sweet, a little dusty and cloying perhaps, activated no doubt by the sun's warmth. It almost gives you the impression that it means to draw you in to some sweet doom(or at least serious entanglement, knowing the enthusiasm with which wisteria winds...), like the Witch's poison poppies outside the Emerald City.

Oh, but what a way to go.

Today's weather really was terrific here, with bright sunshine that brought us up nearly to 70 degrees. Of course there's still a breeze, which keeps things comfortable...even if it does make flower photography a little more of a challenge.

Yesterday, I made a visit to the nursery and decided to try out a bottle of this "Liquid Fence", which is meant to be an all-natural deterrent to bunnies and deer. And I expect it may do quite nicely...since it's more than a little rank.

No surprise there, as the primary ingredient is "putrefacted egg solids". Supposedly the scent fades upon drying...but remains strong enough on some level to keep the Nibblers away. I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I couldn't be more pleased with the Easter cactus, which is blooming very nicely inside. I had long expected the flowers would be the same or very similar to those of the Christmas cactus, just at a different time of year. But I'm really enjoying how different these are...and the color!!


somewhere joe said...

Remember the daylilly craze a few years ago among gay gardeners? I grew several cultivars on Staten Island. The buds are edible, lightly sauteed in a stir-fry, or steamed. The light colors are said to be sweetest.

Greg said...

I must have missed that craze, Joe! But I will ask you and your frying pan to 'please step away from the daylilies'...and *don't* tell the bunnies!! : )

Butch said...

Love the purple Iris!! So the rabbits are becoming persistent. . . ;-)

Greg said...

Isn't that iris something?!

As for the rabbits, I think there's just one or two at the moment(you know that won't last long), but the one I saw the other night was at least as big as my cat (no surprise, when you think of all the crocuses and early tulips you *haven't* seen on the blog)...and the cat's not small, so I thought perhaps something a little more stern was called for, especially with tomatoes waiting to be planted!!

somewhere joe said...

I won't.

Gillian said...

Dayliles rock Joe. And hostas. I am a huge hosta fan.
Greg, I will post photos for your pending investigation...I need help determining what post-basal leaves are forming there. Some perennial, some self seeders. I humbly ask your help. Sunday or Monday it will be up.
As for now, I've just picked up a gorgeous, let me repeat that, gorgeous is in a sunny bay window, and HELP!!! How to care for it please!!!!
Your wisteria had me at hello, I am so drawn to that climber. Just love it. Yes, it draws you in, but it's a doom to love.

Greg said...

Hi Gilly! I am at your disposal for IDs, if possible!

I'm afraid I don't know nothin' 'bout no booganveeya, tho! I think we all's need to find you some southehn gahdnah feh that...fiddle dee dee!!

Love the wisteria's color, hate the vine--it's too eager. There's one trained as a tree I drive by lately that I need to get a photo of to share with you!

Greg said...

Gill, try here:

Anonymous said...

Loved the wisteria, eagerness and all. Adirondack gardening means just when flowers are at peak, eager weeds and hungry deer appear! Beware the dreaded repellent, however - has been known to sicken guests at outdoor weddings...ha ha!

The mumster