A Garden Canvas

More than half the year  a four-season garden is dominated by neutral shades

Middle Garden in WinterWinter Wisdom

Color is but a fleeting memory in the gardener’s mind’s eye

But then it begins…

Echinacea -Cone flowerin front of potting shed

The plans a  gardener has labored over throughout the winter months now are birthed

Oriental Lily

Every conceivable shade and color combine to create our garden canvas

Flowers in the foundation garden Lantana and Lobelia

Oriental lily

Marigold flowers

But our minds never rest

We are already mixing color and planning future portraits

 

A Beautiful Invasive Weed – Epipactis Helleborine or Orchids Abound

They caught my attention

Popping up under pine trees in my front yard

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine

Reminiscent of wild orchids I found as a child walking through hardwood forests of Northeast Pennsylvania

I thought I must be mistaken

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine  2

Unfortunately I was correct

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine  3

Unfortunately because these orchids are an introduced species brought to America as a medicinal plant which escaped those early gardens and now proliferate woodlands

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine  4

Careful what you wish for I’ve read they could become a gardeners worst nightmare!

Check out this link to learn more:  Homeowners Battling a Weedy Orchid

Only a Day — Daylilies in the Garden

 

Each blossom lasts but a day

Daylily

Yet their numbers mask their fleeting existence

 

Daylilies

Colors mimic the heart of the sun

Double petaled daylily

A garden completed by their presence

Lily

Asiatic lily

The Beautiful Edible Garden

Harvesting  fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden and creating amazing culinary dishes has become a daily event in our home.

Gill and thyme at entrance to potting shed

Dill, thyme and Blue lobelia at the base of sunflowers and lilies

It began with the radishes and mescaline

French Breakfast radishes

French Breakfast radishes from Burpee seeds

Mesclun mix

Mesclun Sweet Salad Mix from Burpee

And had now encompassed snow peas, cauliflower and string beans.

Snow pea blossoms with potting shed in background

Snow pea blossoms with potting shed in background

Cauliflower blossom

Cauliflower blossom

Soon the heirloom tomatoes will be bursting with flavor and peppers will be stuffed with cream and mozzarella cheese.

Heirloom tomato Blue Beauty

Heirloom tomato Blue Beauty after a morning rain

Container gardens adorn the back deck some filled with parsley, rosemary red leaf lettuce and violas!

Container garden filled with parsley, rosemary and violas

Container garden filled with parsley, rosemary and violas

My dream is to double the size of the garden next year but alas, until work hours are eliminated an expansion of two or three feet will have to suffice! 

Terraced vegetable garden

Terraced vegetable garden with red beets in front and pass-along onions behind Chili and small red stuffing peppers in the containers next to the blue lobelia

Terraced vegetable garden

An early spring view of the garden. Today the vegetable plants are so large the terraced effect disappears

Alternative Views of the Gardens

Reflections

Black Walnut tree reflection in the goldfish pond

Life Lost

Tiger Swallowtail wing amongst woodland debris

Sustenance

Red Cabbage with morning dew drops

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