We had quite a bit of rain at the start of the week with more forecast for next week – in between, for the weekend, it’s sunny, hot and not as humid as in recent week. In other words – it’s kinda perfect out there! A bit of this and that today. I’ll be spending most of the day at the Wellington Dragon Boat regatta so took these shots on Thursday. To see more Sixes from around the world head on over to
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1 – Last year this was a small pot of the native perennial Canada Burnet – Sanguisorba canadensis. This year it’s as large as a small shrub! I’m surprised it’s still alive, to be honest, since in the wild it grows in moist areas such as wet meadows, stream or lake shores. I’m not complaining though – I love its weird foliage and the bees love its fuzzy flowers.
2 – There’s STILL a few daylilies blooming! Including this gorgeous double orange one. These are generally the last to bloom in my garden so I guess I should expect them to hang around into August. I wrote a bit about them this past spring, here.
3 – I’ve written about the dramatic decline in bees and butterflies so far this year. The bees have definitely shown up since then, but not so much the butterflies. A sign of hope are the Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars nibbling away on the parsley I let go to seed every year.
4 – Goldenrod – Solidago – started to bloom this week. I encourage clumps of them in strategic places in garden beds but for the most part they’re at the edges of the tree lines surrounding the property. I’ll appreciate them more in a few weeks when all the Rudbeckia has finished – right now there’s a lot of yellow in the garden!
5 – We’re actually going to have corn from the garden this summer! I’ve grown it before but not very successfully. Judging by how the silk is just turning brown I’d say a few of these ears are destined for the pot tonight!
6 – Finally, the bottom end of the kitchen garden. I’m quite happy with it this year. We’ve had just the right amount of rain to help the pole beans grow high and enough, even, for this King Tut ‘ornamental grass -like plant’ (that’s how it’s described, honestly!) to grow almost as high as me. It generally likes moist soil and up here it’s an annual. Its botanical name is Cyperus papyrus – I think it’s quite exotic, although I’m seeing it everywhere this year. I’m actually doing something that’s in fashion it seems!