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some May photos around the garden


By lauram


Well, I have not been on GoY for a while, but here are some pictures I’ve taken over the past several weeks. I regret that I didn’t get any pics of the Coreopsis – looked great for a while but it is now past its bloom.

I apologize for all the photos of Penstemons. I was so happy with them this year. They’re now done blooming.

Lady ferns and sensitive ferns (before the caterpillars ate the sensitive ferns….my dream of having a big colony of sensitive ferns has been shattered).

Spigelia marilandica, Indian pink

Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf hydrangea

I would add more photos but this took me 45 minutes, but my computer is sloooooow these days.

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Great photos Lauram...and so good to see you back !

31 May, 2011


Hi Lauram, lovely photos, despite lack of rain your plants look so refreshed.

31 May, 2011


Lauram, nice to see you blogging again :) Too bad that your ferns haven't worked out for you but on the bright side you had real success with the penstemons :)

I have never seen the oak-leaf hydrangea makes for an interesting plant.

Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

31 May, 2011


lovely - look forward to some more pictures - :):):):)

31 May, 2011


lovely pictures ~ i really like those white flowers ~ all of them and the ferns.
i know what you mean about a slow computer! mine is like that.

31 May, 2011


Beautiful Penstemons Lauram and the Spigelia...:>)

31 May, 2011


thanks everyone - after 3 years those Penstemons are finally looking fabulous, only they are much, much taller than expected! If I move them back they won't get enough sun.
Whistonlass, the oakleaf hydrangea is a native hydrangea. I also have a H. arborescens that is still quite small and young, I will have to get a photo of that. It's a common roadside shrub here.
No rain for weeks Grandmage......and it's in the 90s every day, should be 98 today. We're heading into our usual summertime drought situation and I expect the usual watering restrictions. If you're caught watering you get some hefty fines.

31 May, 2011


you certainly get the extremes in weather lauram!

31 May, 2011


Wow, Lauram, thats sure is hot!! Your poor plants dont stand a chance!

31 May, 2011


what a superb setting L, some new plants to me also, bonus shots, really nice viewing.

31 May, 2011


I guess as the oakleaf geranium is a native plant to you that will be why I've not seen it I really like the unusual leaf...thanks Lauram.

I'd never cope with your high must be like being in a sauna all the time!

31 May, 2011


Lovely photo's

31 May, 2011


I can handle the heat but I hate the cold!!! I know in a little while we'll all be whining that we're hot but this winter was so brutal that the warmth is welcome. I did pass out on my front porch the other day after coming back for a run, I was dehydrated from the get-go & the heat and humidity finally overwhelmed me & I just sort of fell down and blacked out! I am supposed to go hiking tomorrow to a place where ladyslipper orchids apparently grow, but it's going to be very very hot.

31 May, 2011


Just take plenty of water and you'll be will certainly be worth it to see the ladies slipper orchids. According to one of my wild flower books we have them growing wild over here, though I have never seen one and don't know anyone else who has, but they are extremely rare and supposedly in a secret location in Yorkshire ,but then this particular book is very old, so they may be extinct here by now..... will have to do some research !
Have a good day Lauram and hope you manage to get some photos to show us.

1 Jun, 2011


Well, we didn't go today because Sean had to go into work unexpectedly, but we'll go Friday. I hope we see orchids! I'm told there are LOTS of ferns there, also, so it should be fun!
Judy, I've only seen ladyslipper orchids growing once, along a little walking trail sandwiched between a housing development and an apartment complex. And there were dozens of them. It was really a sight to behold. I'd really love some for my garden but they're very difficult to establish and at about $80 a plant, is it worth the risk? There's a yellow species native to Kentucky that is much less expensive, oh, only $35 or so a plant (still, ouch!), and that species is apparently much more forgiving. Still, $35 would buy me 5 or 6 or 7 other native plants from my fave mail order nurseries....

1 Jun, 2011 probably best to wait to see if you can see them in the wild again ! That is expensive ! Must have been a thrill to see so many together. Do you have the Bee Orchid growing wild over there ? I have seen them here twice...both times along a disused railway line. These places are a haven for all kinds of wildlife .

2 Jun, 2011

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