Sunday, July 7, 2013

Things that happen while you're not looking

This is a purple coneflower. I'm so happy to see them bloom each year. I have different ages of plants this year, so I'm always anxious to see recent transplants happy enough to bloom!
 I may end up boring you with mullein, LOL
My yarrow is lying down, I don't know why. It's amongst a lot of grass, so that could be part of it.
Wild rose, a bit eaten by grasshoppers et. al. Once you [successfully] plant a wild rose, you'll have more spring up! Love to see these guys & smell them! They, and yarrow, make decent bouquet flowers.
The St. John's wort likes it by the driveway. It's like pineapple weed that way, it prefers hard, compacted soils. Well, someone has to live there, right?
I transplanted two of these plants in May (when it started to get warm here), not really knowing what it was, and they were about 2 inches tall. But they looked like flowers. I put it over near the mullein. Don't ask me how I thought I knew that, in fact I was clueless, but I tried it anyway.

But now it's nearly as tall as the mullein, both are 41/2 feet tall! So glad I didn't hoe them into oblivion.
The petals remind me of toothbrushes, So Straight! LOL. And a backdrop of big old milkweed leaves! My milkweed are EVERYwhere!
Pineapple weed! So rough, so tough, so resilient. There is a lot of this in the driveway, and I mow it. Up in front of where I park, though, I'm able to NOT mow it and I need to harvest some pretty soon! You can see it's growing here in the same place that prostrate knotweed likes.
My lovely catnip, that pops up everywhere.

You've heard the Jeff Foxworthy tip on how to tell if you're a redneck: You know you're a redneck if you've ever found a vehicle when you mow. Well, one year I had a hedge of 6-ft tall catnip, hiding a pickup we were holding for a friend. I must say, it was better-looking than the truck, so hey ...

Communities come from gardens. My co-worker gave me a big bunch of kale, and this little omelet has her kale in it. I have given her purple poppy mallow and lemon balm (which ran wild on her, sorry!), and we share garden produce. I know one of these days I'm going to find some zucchini in my truck if I don't keep it locked! LOL
This beauty is made from some fabulous brushed cotton, just feels wonderful when you touch it. It's a 25-yard skirt [the bottom hem is 25 yards], of which I now have ... seven skirts? Well, anyway, I have a few. They are perfect for tribal belly dance performances. I added the black border. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

BTW, 25 yards is 900 inches, which is a long, long distance. ... Hahahaha, yes, this is not gardening. I don't think I promised to stay on-topic!

This is not a great picture, but this is my Ceanothus americanus, or New Jersey tea, or Red Root, or Indian tea. As I don't know what folks call it around here, I usually call it "ceanothus," which elicits a blank look and a "what??" Sigh. then the paragraph-long explanation of why I don't know what to call it.

It's native to this county, so I grow it.
Okay, I love day lilies. Totally introduced.

And there's the ubiquitous prickly lettuce, which I do not love, but somewhat admire. I have a bumper crop of the lettuce ... sigh.
I kill for this plant. It's Culver's root, another prairie native. Last year I didn't get to even see it bloom because of a garden thug I had with the filthy name of forsythia. So my plan is this. I whacked the forsythia back severely last summer, and this year, as green stuff comes on it, I pull it off. We'll see.

I can't poison it, because then I'd probably kill the Culver's Root. But defoliation can work. Sometimes. Maybe.

This is blanket flower or Gallardia. Its perennial. It is not getting too tall, and doesn't get seen much. But it's pretty. This genus is indigenous to North and South America, but I don't know if it's native here in my county.

This is my guardian of the garden, known by many names, including "bunny killer." Here she is, resting up on a day she brought me two bunnies. Who knows how many she killed (Hee!)

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