July 24, 2013 § 3 Comments
The Caracalla Bean, also known as snail flower, is one of the most interesting beans I think I have ever encountered. It has ordinary foliage but a beautiful snail like flower, that is quite fragrant, and is a surprising late bloomer. I discovered it last year while visiting Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. While I had fully intended to plant it in my own garden this year, I never quite got around to it, but these photos are certainly making me regret that!
July 22, 2013 Comments Off on Blooming Now: Daylilies
Daylilies might as well be called “deer food”, last year I got one bloom before the deer came along and had quite a pleasant snack. As a result, I transplanted them in the fall, moving them to a more remote area of the yard, in an attempt to keep from luring the deer there. I was pleasantly surprised that the transplant went well with the deer have stayed away from the (for this year), and there are blooms a plenty!
July 20, 2013 Comments Off on Blooming Now: English Lavender, Lavandula Angustifolia, ‘Munstead’
Today we bring to a close my week long overture to Lavender. This week has brought me one step closer to planting rows of lavender in my vacant backyard, and the bees would be so happy!
I bought this English Lavender, in a bit of haste,when I thought one of my beds was a little sparse(it wasn’t), and was surprised to find little blooms popping up this week. Unlike the other two Lavender varieties I have shared this week, Munstead is compact, only growing about 1-2 ft in height and width. It has bright blooms(blooming June-August) that attract nectar loving insects and short leaf foliage that is highly aromatic.
July 15, 2013 Comments Off on Blooming Now: French Lavender
July 8, 2013 § 2 Comments
I remember entering gladiolus in the county fair when I was kid, and while I can’t remember if I won or not, I still have a soft spot for this bulb. While pink wouldn’t be my first choice ( I prefer the red), these were an inheritance from my home’s previous owner. Since I’m a sucker for the idea that our actions echo over time, I can’t seem to part with them, although I did transplant them last year so I could have a better placement in my garden.
June 19, 2013 Comments Off on Hay Field