Stuff and Nonsense: gardening


Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts

10.16.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly enjoying the last of the summer zinnias.

9.04.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Sea Holly (Eryngium)

Love the toothed leaves and long-lasting, teasel-like blossoms of the sea holly.

8.28.2019

8.21.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Cosmos bipinnatus

White cosmos blooming in the dill and fennel bed.
Like those two herbs, cosmos also attract pollinators.

7.31.2019

7.17.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Coreopsis

Happy yellow Tickseed (Coreopsis) blooming in the afternoon shade.

7.10.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Rudbeckia hirta

Always cheerful black-eyed Susan, a low-care plant
beneficial to bees, butterflies, and birds

6.26.2019

6.19.2019

5.22.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Calibrachoa

I just love the color looks dabbed on, as if by a tiny sponge.

5.15.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Yellow Iris

If bumblebees were irises, they might look like this?

5.01.2019

4.24.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Bluets

Small and delicate-looking bluets (Houstonia caerulea) in bloom among moss & stone.

4.10.2019

#WordlessWednesday: Crocus Chrysanthus 'Dorothy'

Happy yellow Crocus chrysanthus 'Dorothy' getting ready to bloom any day now.

4.03.2019

10.03.2018

#WordlessWednesday: Sage

Love the soft, velvety texture of sage leaves.

9.09.2018

Sunday in the Garden

I planted a wee pot of pineapple sage by the hummingbird feeder in late May as I'd heard its flowers were attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Well, for the longest time the plant did nothing. Threw out the occasional red blossom, yes, but otherwise just sat there, looking gangly and unloved. I guess it was gathering energy, because the pineapple sage experienced a huge burst of growth in late July and now, in September, has completely taken over a third of the raised bed. The spiky red flowers are quite plentiful and the hummingbirds have been skipping right over the feeder to get to the flowers.


In Connecticut, pineapple sage is best treated as an annual but I am going to heavily mulch the crown when the foliage dies back and hope the plant will come back on its own. Otherwise, its back to Agway next spring for a new one!


That's a 48-inch black steel shepherd hook the hummingbird feeder is hanging off and the vegetable bed is about 18 inches deep, making the pineapple sage around 2½ feet tall!

9.05.2018