More Monardas, More Butterflies, and a Troll Bridge

‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is the first of our Monardas to bloom.

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Herbs Going Wild

Across the driveway from the house, behind the Crabapple tree, there is a little sunny space that I intended to use for herbs and vegetables.

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Taking the Long View

Today I thought I’d focus on views of various parts of the garden, rather than particular plants. I was inspired to do this by a meme hosted by Cathy at Words and Herbs that she calls The Tuesday View. It’s certainly important to step back and consider a garden’s look from the perspective of a little distance.

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Lilies and Daylilies

People walking past our front garden these days will be treated to the seductive sweet fragrance of our OT hybrid ‘Conca d’Or’ Lilies.

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Conca d’Or Lilies with ‘Eye-yi-yi’ Daylilies

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Desperately Seeking Swallowtails

While doing some weeding the other day, I was pleased to see a Black Swallowtail butterfly – the first one I’ve seen in our own garden this year.

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The Lurie Garden in July

I wanted to capture the Lurie Garden while the flowers of early July, especially theĀ Echinaceas, were still blooming their hearts out. Judy was out of town, so I took the camera to work with me a couple of days ago so I could take pictures during my lunchtime walk to the garden.

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Raspberry Fields Forever

The most noticeable blooms in the front garden at this moment are those of ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). It’s really dominating the Sidewalk Border.

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A Neighbor’s Garden

There’s a remarkable garden just a few blocks away from where we live. The owner, Pat, is a garden designer and works in the landscape business. She was nice enough to let me come by and take some pictures of the front.

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Purple Milkweed is Back!

 

You don’t see a lot if Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) in gardens, not even in native plant gardens. For several years I doted on a small clump of it in the Back Garden Raised Bed. Feeling that the plant should be more widely grown, in 2014 I offered free seeds from my own plants to anyone who wanted them.

I was going to do the same in 2015, but that year the Purple Milkweed didn’t produce any seed pods. Then in 2016, the plant seemed to just disappear. Assuming it had simply faded away, I mourned its loss.

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This Monarch Butterfly Was Not Ready For Its Closeup

So yesterday I was out in the front garden when I spied a Monarch Butterfly on the Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). This was the third Monarch sighting of the year, not including some caterpillars on the Butterflyweed (A. tuberosa).

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