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."

HELIThere was a happy surprise waiting for me as I went out to water the garden this shiny June first.  A couple of surprises, actually.  In the night, our humidity vanished and it is a cool and wonderful late spring morning.

The best surprise was the blooming of the garden heliotrope, AKA, white valerian(seen above – if only you could smell it).   Among my legion of favorite plants, this may be in my Top Ten.  Heliotrope may be the tallest of the early bloomers, or at least as tall as some iris (some years, it’s been taller than me, tho!), has the most delightful fragrance, and because of that, has literary chops with a mention in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”

HELI 002It’s been a busy week here, as this time of year often is, so you’ll forgive my not writing for a bit.   The run-up to Memorial Day weekend saw an increase in traffic and an influx of purchased plants, pots and even some new hose equipment, as well as another plant swap, so the start of the long weekend found me with a long list of things.   You think that being single would mean a more realistic Honey-Do list.

The deck garden was hosting many of the perennials (great and small, numbering about 25) in need of planting and they needed to be addressed before the deck garden could be properly organized and set up for the season ahead.   But many of the plants that wintered in the living room needed to get outside as the perennials found their way into the ground.  And many of those guys needed dividing and replanting, into various planters.  And everyone was getting a supplement of aged manure as a boost for the season before us.

HELI 003Eventually, lots got accomplished and I took many photos, but had little time or energy left at the end of the days to blog about it all.   You’ll see the results in the days ahead.

Meanwhile, above is the lovely deep purple iris (above, left) in the backyard, greeting the dawn with a green lacewing photobombing.  Very pleased to see that insect, who’ll work hard to address aphids and such in the garden.

Back in the front yard, one of my newest additions for last week’s plant swap was this spiderwort, the lovely blue-purple bloom with three petals (above, right).  This was one of the first perennials I was introduced to in the Adirondacks at the start of my gardening “career”, so I was pleased to welcome some to this garden.

As you can see it’s sort of a purple day here at the Midnight Garden, not at all a bad way to welcome the month of June.  Here’s some perfectly puffy chive blossoms to wind things up for the day.

HELI 004Rogers and Hammerstein would be pleased to see that June is, indeed, busting out all over.

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