"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." ~ E. B. White. I went out early yesterday morning and found these colchicum blooms hiding beneath a giant 'Empress Wu' hosta next to a 'Praying Hands' hosta and another hosta that is one of those 'Mouse Ear' varieties. It's a wonder, isn't it, how a colchicum can lie dormant all summer—after the foliage it sends up in the spring dies back—and then know when to send up its flowers. They arrive just as the garden is starting to … [Read more...] about Always Be On The Lookout
May Dreams Gardens
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for September 2023. Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, summer started with a dry spell and appears to be ending with a dry spell. But admist the dry, drooping leaves, there are plenty of blooms. First up are colchicums, which began blooming a few weeks ago, I think. At least that's when I noticed them. My clumps of these fall flowering bulbs are growing in size. I think in the spring when the leaves appear, I'll do … [Read more...] about Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2023
Thank goodness I have 'Midnight Snack' tomatoes growing this summer because without them—and a few other cherry-type tomato varieties—I wouldn't have many homegrown tomatoes to eat. The main reason for my lack of tomatoes this summer is the raccoons have been eating all the big tomatoes, at least those they could reach, and that was most of them. They would take a bite out of almost every beefsteak tomato just as soon as it started to show color, then toss that tomato onto the ground, which, … [Read more...] about A Great Midnight Snack
Have you ever walked around your garden and thought to yourself, "I used to have fill-in-the-blank-with-missing-plant. Now where is it?" I used to have a variegated toad lily. Now where is it? Why are all the leaves so green on this toad lily, which is where I planted the variegated toad lily? I know why they are all green. This is/was my variegated toad lily! As happens, variegated plants will send up all green shoots sometimes. And those green leaves have more chlorophyll … [Read more...] about I Used to Have…
Where was I? Hints: Beavers make dams there. A heron flies overhead. The Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) was blooming just off a gravel trail. A fallen tree became a nurse log where seedlings of all kinds germinated amongst the moss and decay. There's also a prairie area, but I didn't get a good picture of it. Imagine lots of goldenrod. Where was I? I was at the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab on the campus of Marion University, walking the trails with other members … [Read more...] about Where Was I?
And once again, I am not going to taste a pawpaw fruit from my pawpaw trees this year. My two pawpaw trees, this one pictured and another one on the other side of the garden, didn't flower all that well in the spring and as I recall, there was some frost upon those flowers. If I am remembering correctly. Anyway, I looked occasionally throughout the summer for any fruit forming and never saw any. So that brings us to the philosophical question... is it better to have no pawpaws at … [Read more...] about Philosophical Pawpaw Ponderings