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."


Lily bulbs are such amazing things. Each one contains everything that its resulting plant will be, down under the ground. I don’t think I realized that until I had grown some perfect, first year bulb plants…and then, after nicking a bulb with a shovel while transplanting, saw the misshapen, lopsided plant that resulted. It’s made me a very cautious digger, where lilies are concerned.

That wasn’t what caused this unusual four-petaled stargazer lily flower, though. I think this was one of the bulbs in the mixed bag I purchased way back in early spring. They’ve all been short bloomers this year, which I think is more a product of their being smaller, second-rate bulbs (Six for four dollars was a bargain, after all).

In time, I’m sure they’ll grow large and strong and tall…but meanwhile, I’m still delighted with these perfect-looking (to me) flowers and their heady fragrance!

Tomorrow is a day off and I’m looking forward to accomplishing a few assorted things with the precious time to myself. I’ve probably got in spent ten different ways with all I have in mind to possibly accomplish, but hopefully, one of the things I’ll successfully complete would be the rescuing of my fence flags from the binding tendrils of the morning glories.

They need a little tough love, I think…though it’s hard to be annoyed with such eager healthy plants. But it would be nice to see the flags flapping in the breeze once again.

That the morning glories match the magenta lychnis was unplanned, just one of those happy accidents. But then, when you welcome all the colors, some are bound to be the same.

I’m also fond of the pairing of the lychnis and the Queen Anne’s lace, but then again, Anne looks good with just about everything!

It was odd to water the garden this morning. I haven’t had to do so for about a week, with all the rain and overcast days, and I’d almost forgotten the routine it requires. But it was hot and sunny yesterday and the forecast called for more of the same today, so after an uncertain start, all went well and everything enjoyed a good drink.

I have also noticed (and added to that long list of Things To Do) that there are a number of things I do consider weeds, growing quite tall and robust, along the fence. I’ll need to extract them as carefully as Java spoke of in her recent allegory, so as not to disturb their neighbors.

Meanwhile, I have some non-garden, non-blogging things that need tending to, as well, so we’ll see what the day brings.

In another part of the forest, a pale pink bachelor’s button came into bloom today. It was a sunny part of the “forest”, though, as you can see. I didn’t get out to take pictures quite as early as I might’ve liked, so the light was a little strong and washed out the already light color. Still, very pretty.

I think this pink pretty revealed something pretty interesting to me, as well. But I’ll save that tale for another time.

These deep blue bachelor’s buttons are still my favorite.


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