It’s overcast today and cold enough to need my coat. The plants are doing well in the yard but we need more rain and more sun to urge them into gear. Even if not blooming they are beautiful! Green is so much better than bare and grey.
This Achillea plant was brand new last year. Unreal how lush it got, full of bright purple flowers that the bees swarmed to. Look at it already! One is enough of this kind.
some of the caged Asiatic Lilies. Last year the deer mowed them down. I flipped tomato cages so prongs will poke deer if they get near. So far it’s been working. One of my newer peonies (bought on sale real cheap) is in the upper left of the picture. Update on 5/11/21: still working 🙂
Dianthus (pinks) new last year. Both of the plants survived and look good but will really get nice once it warms up and rains some. Oh do these things smell good!
One of the Korean Dwarf Lilacs. Transplanted into this spot last year, it has gone bonkers with the full sun and loose soil. Can’t wait to see this blossom.
This Lupine (thank you, Mark S!) and another are both new last year. They are thriving and have really pretty blossoms.
One of the two big willow out front. I decided to turn it greyscale and think it looks really neat this way.
heuchera (aka coral bells) that I transplanted last year into a sunnier, less crowded space than it was in. It is loving its new home.
Indoor Plant This is the MamaJade plant, the very first one. You’ll see it in the pic of Chauncey on my home page. It’s bloomed only a few times. I’ve started a LOT of plants off of MamaJade. All it takes is one leaf put in soil and left alone to sprout (not all leaves sprout but enough do. I just stick any that fall off or get knocked off into dirt and some sprout.)
more caged Asiatic Lilies
A close up of just one of the many mullein that sprout up around the yard. This is a medicinal plant that puts up a tall stalk with yellow flowers. The birds love the seeds it produces. The soft, fuzzy leaves can be used as toilet paper also (known as a fact, but not tested so far.)
Echinacea (coneflower) plant new last year or the year before. Looking healthy but may need to be transplanted to a sunnier place in the fall, not sure yet.
A not-very-well focused redbud branch with many buds on it but few opened yet. The wind on this side of the house was interfering with a good shot (this was the best of 4 pics I took.)
Sedum growing in a pot in a cool decorative plough my mom gave me many moons ago. Thanks mom.
This is another newbie from last year. It’s called Malva Zebrina and when in bloom it has pretty lavender flowers on it. It seeds itself like crazy. That bit in the middle is not part of it, and I think plant is called dead nettle (and is edible per my research.)
I love the idea that the trees in the yard are friends with each other. Here we have the healthier of the two willows in front holding hands with one of the redbud trees while a young birch watches.
This is the less healthy of the two old birch in the front yard. Notice the trunk and where a huge limb fell off of it. I got out there a month ago and clipped all of the dreaded poison ivy off at ground level that has been climbing on it. Notice in the background on the left is the wide swath the tree trimmers cut along the power lines on the neighbor’s property across the street.
Last but not least. These are the 3 Pink Brandywine heirloom tomato plants that germinated from the two-year-old saved seeds. They just got moved into bigger pots. These 3 will produce a LOT of tomatoes!
Update on 5/11/21: I realized the tomato plants are in the pots that two of the unidentified plants came from and so have names now. Achillea and Malva Zebrina! Will edit above to identify them at the photo also.