After the early morning gardening chores are finished and a cool down has occurred inside the climate controlled house with refreshing beverage for bodily hydration and a bit of computer activity, it is time for a little quiet contemplation…
…Very little, for the view from the lazyboy in the addition is of the garden, and she sings a siren song to me every single day of the year but especially in summer when flowers and friends call us out to join them in playtime.
Like London Heathrow, there are more landings and take offs here than anyplace else in the
world Fairegarden, (well, it’s my world). The buzzing is just below a roar. Stepping into the bed for photographic attempts could be dangerous, for hornets are amongst the gentle bees and wasps. The fifty foot long green wall of Pyracantha just to the left of the shed was once being trimmed by one blissfully unaware of the basketball sized paper nest hidden within the thorny branches. It didn’t take long to realize what had happened as sharp pain shot through my ungloved hands, lucky for long sleeves! The electric trimmer was dropped, still running as we ran for the open door of the shed and closed it in record time. Out the window could be seen the hornets angrily attacking the machine. The sound of them flying kamikaze style against the shed door with countless thuds was something that will never be forgotten. But maybe it has been forgotten somewhat, for we were right there amongst the same insects, snapping hundreds of captures. All the flyboys and girls were too busy collecting nectar to bother with me, thank goodness. Still, there was no dawdling as a respectful distance was kept and the zoom feature used on the camera.
Besides the E. alpinums, E. yuccifolium has been added to the popular area. Seed starting has produced a few babies, but one blooming of the two larger nursery bought plants is luring guests already. How it is wished that there were as many butterflies as buzzers here, but even one Blue Hairstreak sends thrills of pleasure throughout our cardio system.
Another hot spot is the Mondarda plantings in the revamped heather bed. Most of these were planted last fall as small starts and have grown to maturity in one season with ample winter rains. The lack of moisture that is plaguing us at the moment has not seemed to bother these moisture lovers, yet.
All of the garden beds here have offerings to attract the winged ones. In the white/yellow bed resides the Veronica collection. Yes, I am aware that some are neither white nor yellow of this fine genus, but the color coding of beds here is merely a suggestion, not cast in hypertufa. This is V. ‘Red Fox’.
My favorite Veronica is V. ‘Sunny Border Blue’. This was brought here in the move from Texas in 2000 as part of the Noak’s Ark attempt to bring the entire garden with us. It has been divided too many times to count and been grown in every part of the yard, front and back. It seems to grow anywhere, but is happy in the well drained sunshine of the white/yellow.
Turning the camera around to show what not to wear whilst out and about the garden on a warm, sunshiney summer day, it is with hesitation that we show the site of another popular pastime with the insect population. For the daring like to investigate the mountain pass of moist shade that lies just below the enticing white ruffle. Then it is time for us to go back inside to the climate controlled addition and remove the risk takers, gently showing them the door.
To see the beginnings of the Eryngium planting in the shed bed click here-Eryngium, one of our earliest postings.