The garden is starting to grow! Remember this view from April?
Well, things have changed quite a bit in three months.
I know it's kind of hard to see from the above picture, but do you see the darkish blob in the middle of the planter? That's a rock that Joel found on a rock pile while he was out geocaching. (Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Joel's really into it. More on that in a future post.)
The rock must have just been picked out of the field because it was still covered in dirt. I gave it a bath and what a difference:
Do you see the sweet alyssum? This year I've gone off in a completely different direction and planted annuals and color mixes that I've never tried before.
The sweet alyssum may have been a mistake because our chickens love to scratch in the garden and the alyssum is completely discombobulated by the time they get done digging. Adding insult to injury, the Girls also toss pine needle mulch all over the flowers (and lawn) to boot. I love my hens and they eat all the pesty bugs and are so cute to watch, but after the trial run we had on Saturday when I let them outside their boundary for the first time since the first of June, they're back in the big chicken pen until the annuals are old enough to fend for themselves. Sassy girls.
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The only problem I have with rudbeckia is their tendency to mildew later on in the season. I lose better than 3/4 of them every year but while I have 'em, I'm gonna flaunt 'em. There are some much younger seedlings coming up at the base of the tall ones that will usually put on a second show.
Did you know the Mosquito lost out to the Robin as Wisconsin's Official State Bird? It's true. Trust me. The mosquitoes have been ticked off ever since.
Here's a better picture of it taken in the afternoon:
Whatsitsname is pretty after dark, too.
Remember I complained about the Stokes aster? (Sure, that name I can remember.) I pulled out probably twenty of these two weeks ago, but on second thought, the flower is pretty up close. Ok, so maybe I made a mistake. They still sell the seed; I can start over for next year.
Once again, no name.......but five feet tall and has an amazing bud count and a very light but wonderful scent.
Hydrangea 'Annabelle' is threatening to eat this lily named, ah.....it's..........ok, let's go with Orange. Hey, at least I get some points for knowing Annabelle's name.
I have some rudbeckias in front of the house too, along with gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' back there by the cedar..
Ok, the mosquitoes win...time to head in.
I am also linking up with Roz at la bella vita: Fresh Food Friday and Seasonal Saturday