Friday, May 7, 2010

More flowers

I broke this stem off of my Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart) while setting up a temporary 'chicken blockade' around some of my prized hostas that the girls have been using as their salad bar.   This evening David volunteered to give me a tutorial on photography using a bellows attachment.  The detail is amazing.  

David took these pictures, as I have a lot to learn about bellows.
This morning's accomplishments were very GAD-like. ( I fear I may be getting worse!)  I took a quick photo tour of the gardens around noon and here is what I came up with:

 The Three Flower Maple is leafing out nicely in its new home.

 Malus 'Coralburst' crabs are starting to flower.  This looks to be a good year for full bloom, that is, unless they freeze completely this weekend.
The Sargent crabapple is in full bloom already, below:

Random pictures from the new Quarry berm
Horstmann's Silberlocke we moved yesterday on the new berm

Malus 'Golden Raindrops' just starting to flower by the 'cottage garden to be someday in the future'
The transplanted hostas are doing very well by the barn wall
Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
 Just starting to open
Some of the hostas are almost full-size, hope they have winter coats for the snow!

Below are several views of the tufa wall we finally finished last night.  This was the stone (and the hostas and some of the Lycoris squamigera bulbs)  we had to remove from the west side of the house before the geothermal was put in.

Hard to tell from this picture taken in the Boulder Bed, but there are two new trees here, planted on Wednesday.

Name that flower.  Give up?  Yeah, I almost did, too.  I'd been digging them all morning from the Lane Bed when I realized the dandelions numbered in the thousands, so I gave in and mixed up some herbicide.  I hope the stuff works because I am sick of digging!
I should be too ashamed to post this picture, but I don't remember dandelions in such abundance in quite some time.  If the spray doesn't work, I will have to!  I'm not much of a fan of using anything other than elbow grease to weed with, but I got outnumbered.

After weeding for several hours this morning, I took the dogs for another walk and then met Carl at work at 2:30 so we could go to Two Rivers and my endocrinologist appointment.  Everything went fine and I made an appointment for six months from now; November 4th or something.  Hard to believe November is that close already, isn't it?  Oh, well.

We stopped by a few antique stores, which were all closed, and ended up at Honeymoon Acres in New Holstein.  Bought a bunch of different coleus and a few odds and ends. 

When we came home around 8:00PM, Dale was working the field between Mom's and us.  Ann stopped in for a little while too. 

It is supposed to rain and/or snow or both this weekend, so I am going to take this opportunity to get my living room back in order, and maybe make some new curtains.  We'll see how the next few days go.
Til next time, Karen


LC said...

Looks like I'm going to have to check out all these changes for real! Larry

Karen said...

I hope to have the gardens in better shape soon, but right now, oh, dear! I'm having trouble keeping up with everything and it shows (and a bus trip is arriving on June 9?? What was I thinking....?)