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."

Mid-May Garden Report

It’s been kind of dry spring ’til recently, so we’ve been eager for some rain.   And now we’ve had lots of it.   The sun will be shining today, which our well-watered plants will be most grateful for, especially in the deck garden, where in containers the concept of “too much of a good thing” comes clearly to life.

In the gardens in the yard and throughout the neighborhood, there’s nothing but abundance.   The globe alliums are beginning to bloom this week, and after three years, are showing signs of multiplication.    Their bits of purple are a contrast to the sea of green surrounding them in the driveway garden, future daisies and mums and monarda and asters and lilies and who-knows-what-all, each of them waiting for the cue to take the stage.

After three years of growing, this garden and its residents will need some attention this summer.   But first, I’ll have to identify a bit of earth for digging a new garden so those divisions will have a home.

Upstage of the fence, on the right, you can see the tall talks of the heliotrope, climbing toward the sky.   Before long the air will be fragranced with their sweet perfume.

The irises are coming into their spotlight now, the first of their delicate blooms coming out in the rains of earlier this week.

Here’s a closer look at the first of the yellow-orange antique variety seen blooming in the background of the fence shot.  This one is a bit compressed by the rain we’ve had, but compare it against its cousin/division from the backyard (below), which seems to have a blush of purple about it.

Just trying to fit in with the neighbors, no doubt.

Despite, or more likely because of, the rains, there’s plenty going on in the deck garden.   The first morning glory seedlings and plenty of other things bursting out of the soil.   But I’ll tease you and save those for another post.

The air is scented with honeysuckle, grape flowers and other springtime delights – get out there and enjoy it!


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