Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Leafy Canopy

I can hide under my 'Hopi Dyeseed' sunflowers these days...

'Hopi Dyeseed' sunflower (Helianthus annuus 'Hopi Dyeseed') reaching for the sky

... and for a few peaceful moments today, I might have done just that.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guess What... Even More Flowers!

So much is blooming right now, I just cannot stop myself from continually taking pictures and posting them here.

A semi-double pink Shirley poppy (Papaver rhoeas cv.)...

... and a white one

A white-flowered form of 'red' valerian (Centranthus ruber)

The very first blossoms of Nicotiana mutabilis opening

A yellow-and-orange Asiatic lily (Lilium cv.)...

 ... and a bright red one

The first zinnia (Zinnia elegans cv.)

I overhead a neighbor yesterday saying that she did not know another garden that makes as efficient use of space as ours... I tend to think that I simply try to cram in as much as I possibly can, because there are simply always more things I want to grow. Besides, one can never have too many flowers, especially when one has to live with New England winters.

Friday, June 26, 2015


Today, as a nation, we have become a teensy bit better:

Gay Marriage Upheld by Supreme Court

And now, when I get married to the best of significant others, our marriage will have to be recognized in every corner of this country - including my home state of Michigan!

Summer Glories

The garden continues to look good, getting lusher every day.

The flowers have really filled in!

A two-tone double pot marigold (Calendula officinalis cv.)

Mignonette (Reseda odorata)

'Danish Flag' opium poppy (Papaver somniferum 'Danish Flag') - some of the flowers have the regular fringed petals typical of the variety...

... but others have whole edges; the bees love them either way

With things looking this beautiful, I cannot help but spending as much time in the garden as possible. The downstairs neighbors commented yesterday that I seem to be in the garden first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Those, incidentally, are also the times when the flowers and the light are at their loveliest.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bees and the City

Via a high school friend of mine who has been based in Norway for the last couple of years comes an article about a great initiative to make the Norwegian capital of Oslo more hospitable to bees, which are vital to gardening and agriculture but are facing a dangerous decline almost everywhere due to pesticides and environmental degradation:

Oslo creates world's first 'highway' to protect endangered bees

Ironically, my friend is rather afraid of bees, but even she recognizes that this is something positive and worthy of support.