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."

A Week Passes


The short week following Memorial Day began with the unfurling of a wild daisy in the back garden. It was a bit of a nutty week here, so I’m only just posting the highlights this morning.

The poison ivy returned, requiring a second prescription and lots more hydrocortisone. It’s also crunch time at work, as we made the final approach to June and its very busy days. And we saw both sunny and rainy days in the seven days since I last wrote.


It was a big week for irises, with their gorgeous blooms opening nearly everywhere early in the week, and unfortunately fading in the heavy rains of the weekend.

Meanwhile, though, seen above are some of the pale blue siberian irises at work, blooming for the first time since this division came to us last year. And the German bearded irises looked pretty great, too.

At home, these yellow irises have been putting on a pretty nice show in the back garden.

There’s spiderwort blooming just about everywhere you look in our yard, which, as you can see, is pretty wonderful.

A high tide view of Boat Creek Marsh on Wednesday reveals one of our nicer days.

Not only is the spiderwort pretty on its own, but this shot, also featuring the purple globe alliums and some distant daylilies, shows that this plant does play well with others.

Here’s a happy arrangement in the back garden. After two years, this rose with its tiny red blossoms (there’s a bunch this year!) has completely taken to my little rustic trellace, and is covering it quite nicely.

There’s a lot going on in this photo, with a pair of foxglove rising in front of the trellace, an ever-climbing clump of budding peony, and some more of those yellow irises (not to mention the marigolds and allyssum in the foreground!).

Our rhododendrons have burst into bloom this week, as well, encouraged by the heavy rains the second half of the week brought our way.


Friday saw a big storm come our way late in the day, with humidity rising sharply ahead of it.

As I made my way home, I could see this one moving in over Eastham from the bay.

Thunder rumbled as the storm approached, but the light showering at its start did allow for a quick look around the garden and a bit of dead-heading.

Before long, though, the skies opened up, lightning tearing across the sky and veritable buckets of water coming down on us. The storm continued for three or four hours, actually…and I’m sure the pond was a little higher by the time it was through. The plus was not having to worry about watering the tomato plants or anything else, for that matter.


In the back garden, the white dwarf globe alliums have quietly begun their bloomtime.

In the large rhodo
dendrons outside the living room window, an industrious and tuneful catbird has moved in, weaving a very elaborate nest this past week for our entertainment.

The “lemon” daylilies have begun blooming this week, and the many dianthus (aka, pinks) I planted earlier in the spring are coming on strong.


By the weekend, our purple Siberian iris in the meadow and elsewhere had begun to bloom.

As if all that weren’t enough, on Sunday, the Eastham Historical Society hosted a plant and book sale, where I made the acquaintance of this late season yellow daylily, and a pot of canna lilies. The latter should be fun, as we’ve never played together before, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they bring to the garden!

The week ended as it began, with a cloudy and rainy evening last night, as seen here looking out over Cape Cod Bay (or trying to) from First Encounter Beach parking lot.

And the end of the week, and after so much rain, the garden is burgeoning, but you can also see it’s once more time for some grass mowing and trimming…which will have to come later in the week.

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