This is a photo driven blog. Usually. Most of the time a group of like pictures is assembled, cogitated upon and words flow through typing fingers. On rare occasion a topic is chosen and snaps are taken to illustrate the high points, like the instructions for a project. The hypertufa balls seen above were a good example to show the finished product of how to make one of these. Click here if you are interested. Photos were also taken during the making of the object next to the pepper plant for a future how to post. Does anyone at all realize that this is a gourd? It looks like a pear. With hair. This project is still in the refining stage.
But time has a way of moving forward faster than stories can get written within a relevant time period of photos being taken. The highly invasive purple Perilla fructans, banned in the state of Tennessee as having no manners, was photographed in bloom. The flowers are so tiny and so similar in color to the calyxes as to be easily overlooked. Some of these self seeders are allowed to hang around long enough to produce next years crop and then some before being yanked and tossed onto the brush pile. No compost for these guys. But a little slide show of how they add nice foliage interest would have been a noble endeavor. Not to be.
This shot seemed blog worthy in a photography tip sort of way. Something interesting about backlighting could have been imagined, probably. Or the story about the beloved pineapple metal sculpture could have been repeated. It still may, but click here if you want to hear it, the first telling in one of our earliest posts.
There are some groups of images that are filed away to be used in the dead of winter, sorted by genus. A nice little treasure trove. Salvias have had their portraits taken at peak bloom to be researched and written about. Many new ones have been added this year thanks to the wide selection at our favorite nursery Mouse Creek, enough for several posts when there is little going on outside in the garden. This shot of Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Hill’ wants to be used away from the family, showing an independent streak.
Updates of previously written about plants are enjoyed by the faithful readers. Like the little mini Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia fimbriata now sporting a seedpod. Click here to find out more.
Last year a post was written in the fall about how plants needed to die well. As before, click here. This year the title should be softened to Fading Faire. Someone actually thought that our water source, our well had dried up by the title of Dying Well. An understandable mistake with such a heading. The Monarda ssp. is a fine example of attractive aging, another possible title. This post may still get written as that trait has been the focus for choosing many of the new introductions to the Fairegarden in recent months.
Then there are the odds and ends, a couple of shots with potential that get forgotten as the garden moves ever forward. This lone butterfly shot, a buckeye most likely, could be used in a whiney-pants post about the dearth of butterflies so far this year. So far because a glimmer of hope lives in our hearts that they will come, late but welcome.
It is fun to write about late season fresh flowers that spring up after those plants have nearly gone dormant like this Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’…
…or this reblooming Lavandula ‘Hidcote’.
A post about what grew on the arbor this year was considered. A volunteer pumpkin that arose from the mush of last falls decor that was tossed into the pile of weeds as the ground at the far end needs built up to be more level for seating has been watched as it tries to scale the heights. Tendrils reach for the top crossbars but cannot hang on. A pumpkin would not grow to maturity up there anyway, cool as that would be. Several up in the air have already fallen to an early grave. Most of the climbing vines have been pulled to earth to allow for at least one nice specimen to develop to be used in an arrangement inside but this one climbing the windchime just won’t give up.
Another arbor resident, the Cobaea scandens grown from a seed started mid winter in the greenhouse/sunroom has nearly covered the entire structure and continues with flushes of flowers. The roots will be heavily mulched in hopes, a long shot but why not, of wintering over.
Sometimes a favored photo will be used just as eye candy for a bit of poem or prose with no relevance to the written words. The wildling morning glory wrapped around Hisbiscus ‘Kopper King’ would be an image so used, for what could be said about this serendipitous match?
Post ideas come and go like rain through the drains. New images supplant those unused as the garden changes daily. Like hanging onto bits of fabric for a quilt or yarn for knitting a blanket, these photos were pieced together to make a narrative. Thrifty is nifty.