April 17, 2014 – Becoming a Jungle

Its becoming a jungle out there in the gardens…DSC08794One lush hillside is graced with Daylillies, Trout Lillies and Surprise Lillies…???????????????????????????????Take a close look at this handsome crop of Trout Lillies.

DSC09390A big, fuzzy Lamb’s Ear prepares to shoot out its beautiful, blooming stalk in a vertical ascent towards Heaven.???????????????????????????????Feathery old Yarrow is joined by the ubiquitous Purple.DSC09155The traditional spring cast of Daffodils, Tulips and Grape Hyacinth come into their own…DSC09460DSC09018DSC09068Lilac, Queen of the spring bushes, gathers energy from the ever increasing sunshine.DSC09275The early gang of root perennials comes up and shows who survived the severe winter.

The daisy cousins, Shasta and Oxeye.  Both tried to stay out all winter.  Both failed.  The repeated plummets to 15 degrees below zero sent them scurrying for cover but they are back now, ready for an awesome season.??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????Cranesbill Geranium and Purple Coneflower appear to be on friendly terms today but they will be locked in a pitched battle for sunshine and fresh air in a few weeks.???????????????????????????????The Hostas thank their lucky stars that they are shade loving plants in a sun lovers garden.  So far, they don’t have to compete for precious resources, each specimen enjoying ample space and just enough light.DSC09397Stone Bunny has moved to be closer to the Spearmint.  She’s worried that we won’t have enough mint for the mint juleps at the big Kentucky Derby Party in a few weeks.  That is not an acceptable condition!!!  Bunny is there to encourage the mint to work really hard at growing its tasty little leaves.  Don’t worry if you can’t see the mint.  Neither can Bunny.  That’s why she’s there!DSC09102Bloodroot, typically a forest dweller, blooms in the gardens amidst the pokey leaves of the Yucca plant.DSC09127Mary oversees it all from amidst the Aunt Setta Grass, eternally optimistic, thrilled for the good energy of life and growth spreading around her.???????????????????????????????


15 thoughts on “April 17, 2014 – Becoming a Jungle

  1. Hey Jim, I shot some Yarrow in the woods yesterday but didn’t quite know what it was….thanks for the information. The Mary statue is very beautiful.

    1. You are welcome. Thanks for visiting. I can see that your blog will be most interesting and full of excellent information. If you happen to know the name of the species we call Purple, please let me know as I have yet to discover its true identity even though it blankets large swaths of our property at this time of the year.
      Cheers. Jim

    1. Thank you very much. I have great subjects – or at least subjects about whom I’m passionate. Thanks for checking out the blog. Jim

  2. What beautiful pics! I love when the tulips and daffodils bloom – it means spring is in full swing and winter is finally over. The bunny in the garden is adorable.

    1. Thanks Jill. The bunny is sweet, isn’t she? Curious too. And boy is it great to finally be cranking out some real spring weather. Check back please. The garden is going to get rowdy one of these days! Cheers.

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