Happy last day of Spring / First day of Summer!!! I’ve got mixed feelings. I can’t believe Spring is over, however that means my job gets easier. The rains have finally seemed to back off a bit, as I thought I’d have to build a Plant Ark. Can’t forget about the plants when another flood wipes most of us pink apes out 😉
Syringa reticulata~ Japanese Tree Lilac
Not smelly, but pretty. Also salt tolerant. A great street tree.
Philadelphus (Mock Orange) x. ‘Buckley’s Quill’ ~ Buckley’s Quill Mockorange
These smelly little cuties are right under my window that is downwind. These have such a strong sweet smell. It’s 92F /34C out and windy. I have the window cracked ever so slightly to get the smell in without bringing in too much heat. Electric bill be dammed!!
Peonies in a backyard on Bangs Lake. Beautiful!!!
Valeriana officinalis ~ Garden valerine
Another smelly one!
Ugh. Just when you were enjoying all the smelly flowers, this stinker joins the party. Sigh. Welp. It’s time to offer them a swimming lesson, free of charge. Well, it’s not really a swimming lesson, as you will only learn to die at my pool. My fav way to trap these buggars is to use what they know as my advantage. They like to drop to the ground as a defensive tactic to avoid predators. So, I place a cup of water under them, wave my hand above them and watch them do the belly-flop into my cup. I mean, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel!!
Asparagus officinalis ~ Very small bloom || Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern
Nyssa sylvatica ~ Black tupelo || Mullberry update = Almost!
Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl