One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Weekend Update

Good evening and welcome to Weekend Update. I’m the Midnight Gardener, and you’re not.

It’s been a rainy couple of days around here. The pond is quite full and beginning its annual flood of the meadow now. The rains that arrived late Thursday night continued pretty steadily (and heavily) throughout Friday (I’ve heard reports of two inches or more in the area, which seems easy to believe.), only occasionally taking a break and scaling back to light showers.

This sort of balances the scales after a couple of lovely-but-dry weeks: we’ve certainly needed the rain. But it has been fairly dreary.

Fortunately, there’s been work to keep me busy in lieu of the sunshine as we hosted a number of special events these last few days.

My congratulations and best wishes for long happiness go out to Vickie and Ben Young, whose wedding we hosted yesterday. Beautiful bridal bouquet, hmmm??

Nice preview of the peonies we’ll enjoy in a few weeks.

In addition to the peony buds growing in the garden out back, I was happy to also discover that both of the larger heliotrope plants are sporting nice looking bud clusters, which will be scenting the air fairly soon.

Although today tried to be a rainy day, there was a nice chunk of the early afternoon which was relatively dry, and I took advantage of that to dig in some more annuals, adding some red petunias, dwarf cosmos and pink geraniums to the front garden bed.

I have sometimes not been a huge fan of petunias. They do require some regular deadheading, and the sticky fading blossoms can be a little icky.

But I was sort of taken by the color of these, and the way the flowers start with a strong color, but fade to a nice rich pink after a day or so.

Out in the back garden, I added a few pots of purple osteospermum, the african daisies. I haven’t played with any of these since we lived on Oakwood Road (some nice gardens that summer of 1999…), but I remember they put on a nice show in the sun there. They should be a welcome addition to the back beds.

The recent rains have certainly been encouraging for everything growing around here. The white alliums have some nice flower buds forming. Here they are seen in the company of what I believe will be a pink snapdragon.

I’m not sure if its a product of the cool spring or not, but I haven’t seen many of the lily leaf beetles here in the home gardens this year, killing only one pair up near the house. I took the time to give all our lilies a fairly serious check today and couldn’t find any.

NO complaints on that, to be sure. But I’ll remain vigilant, since they may still emerge when things get warmer again. I have, though, also heard encouraging news (check the last paragraph) recently about natural predators of the evil red beetle being released in hopes of managing their infestations.

Here’s another one of those ways to show the passing of time: a new pair of Converse sneakers for Greg this weekend…shown here alongside one of the older pair, which are still great for gardening(and with the sides ripped open, you don’t collect much sand at the beach…it just runs right out!).

The sun came out late this afternoon, and I had thought I would be out of work with plenty of time to catch a nice sunset over the bay. Mother Nature had different plans for the evening, however, as a nice thick fog bank covered the Outer Cape, seen here at Boat Marsh Creek.

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