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."

Sunday in the Garden


A beautiful morning here today. Since I was feeling much better than I have most of the past week and it was a day off, I was out there early today.

First I added these recently purchased nemesia to the beds around the house(they came in assorted colors…a yellow and orange variety, as well as these white and lavendar tones), but sadly only four plants to a pack.

I also transplanted some of the buttercups where they’ll seed into the front garden bed for next year, instead of just outside of its borders, as it has been.

Next, attention was paid to the Korean grass leafing out in our middle whiskey barrel; it’s spreading nicely as it enters its third summer there. After turning over and freshening up the remaining available soil there, I added a geranium and two asparagus ferns who are all successful ‘over-winters’ from last summer. Pictures of that soon-to-be happy arrangement on some future day.

Everything got a good watering this morning, not only because of the two hot days just passed, but also because of the chartreuse cloud of dust everything lay under from the recently released pine pollens. Ack. Porches and furniture and car were cleansed, as well.

A visit to the back garden brought delight at the full-on bloom of this fantastic new Atlantic poppy. Here’s two different shots of this wonderful blossom showcased against some of its neighbors, enjoying the morning’s sunshine.

There’s a more traditional red variety in an adjacent bed, but it doesn’t appear it will offer those in time for Memorial Day.


Some mid-sized yellow snapdragons are also coming onstage for the first time this weekend.

They are part of a through-line of a variety of different yellow flowers I’ve planted on a diagonal across the back beds. Hopefully, when everything’s blooming together, it’ll create a nice bright path to draw visitors deeper into the garden. (Follow the yellow bloom road…?!)

I’ve sort of paralleled that line with a row of peonies that should soon be doing the same thing in their hot pink before long. Three out of the five peony plants have at least one bud, with the center planting boasting many more than that. A fourth plant’s foliage suggests that it, too, may have something to offer as days go by.

I was stopping for a bit of coffee just before lunchtime, and was able to watch this oriole foraging around these big yucca plants. Here it’s perched on the fence just above one of the recently added roses (pink flowering tea, “Lady Diana”).

The pink columbines are really coming into their own now, with more blossoms opening on more plants around the back garden and along the wooded path from there back to the house.

It’s nice to see the lady bugs doing more than getting to know one another. This one’s earning his keep on patrol on this milkweed plant.

The purple globe alliums are opening in the back garden, as shown here, and also in our front driveway garden.

As the afternoon wore on, the sun slipped behind encrouching crowds, as the possibility for showers overnight and tomorrow approached. Still, I was able to bring a little more order to the southern tip of this long garden bed, finally getting it edged and weeded of grass. I also attempted the ouster of such thugs as bindwind and some wild thorny rasberry-ish things. That, I know, isn’t a short late afternoon project, but a good start was made at managing them, at least.

Remaining there, are wild asters and some of those tall “carrot-y/celery-ish” looking yellow topped flowers, as well as what appear to be at least a few more verbenia boneariensis (Oh, yes, I’ll eat those words of doubt…) and three white pine seedlings, and just for good measure, I added an assortment of cosmos, star flower, and calliopsis seeds in there, too.

Since I was already hoping to take advantage of those forecasted showers, I also got two different varieties of zinnia planted in assorted sunny locations, where they will hopefully add to the mid-to-late summer season show. I also spread the required (by me) numerous packages of various allyssum seeds into a variety of locations.

As the last light of day faded, I finally got around to siting the four new solar lights I picked up this week. They didn’t have much time to charge in the sun today, but I’m sure they’ll shed some light once they’ve had time to soak up some of those full Days of Rays.

There’s a pack of morning glory seeds soaking in water tonight. If the rain isn’t too bad, perhaps they’ll be planted tomorrow.

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