Saturday, July 08, 2006

my garden today

So about an hour ago, I took these pictures of the garden (midday). The daisies (Becky), zagreb coreopsis, pink and red bee balm (monardia), and little of the rose campions, and the purple cornflower are in full bloom. The summer phlox is tall but mostly not blooming yet. And the Japanese anemones on the right are getting taller. They'll bloom in September.

Here's ground level shots from each end (below). I must divide more this fall, and give away extras or plant them in the backyard (which is much less formal and more natural. Franklin the dog and I wander through this garden each morning and evening. What you don't see on the left is huge clumb of forsysthia (something else I didn't catch in full bloom) and the big sweetgum tree trunk, the separation of the sunny perennial garden and the shade garden.

This has been a great year to garden in Indianapolis in terms of weather conditions. The hydrangeas are doing well.

Meanwhile, over on the shade side of the garden:

How sedate, and quiet, and calming. The medium sized green hostas are blooming their purple flowers as are the blue angels with their white flowers. The big green hostas will bloom later in the summer with champagne glass fluted white blooms.


Shelley said...

I enjoyed seeing your garden, Don. I bet walking Franklin at twilight, when the scent is strongest, is a joy.

Don said...

Shelley -- Franklin loves to smell, and at night, as long as I keep him on his leash, he stays within reach, but he desires to run with the scents, to chase down all the things that he is smelling.

My garden became something of an obsession -- to get rid of grass. My neighbors were aghast over the years as I dug up more beds. But this year they seem to see it as whole thing and aren't so scared of it. I continue to signs of people in the townlet violating the American tabu of cutting into the yard's grass with other plantings.

Shelley said...

For most homes, grass is not a natural plant and takes extra resources to maintain. If I ever own a home, which I doubt I will, I would have no lawn. Not a bit of it.

BTW, those are nasty bugs in your other pics.

Don said...

Shelley -- I agree. Grass has its place, but it doesn't deserve the amount of energy we put in it to make it the sole or lead role in our landscapes.

Those bugs are the dreaded japanese beetles for which there is no good solution on how to control them. They are getting stronger in numbers each year and have no known natural predator in North America. I hate them.

Don said...

One way to control j. beetles is to put lots of poisons out ... but even these are not that effective.

My garden is full of good bugs -- bees, moths and butterflies. Once the coneflower starts setting seed, yellow finches will come in droves. I often see hummingbirds in the garden.

The heavy poison approach would damage that, not to mention potential pollution of ground water and exposure to dangerous chemicals to my dog or any other living creatures such as people or the neighbors' pets.

They will disappear in August.

Shelley said...

Don, as serendipity would have it, there was an article in today's St. Louis Today on these beasties.

If that doesn't come out, basically Missouri Botanical recommends shaking the plants over a pail of soapy water or rubbing alcohol, which kills the beetles, without harming other critters.

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