From commentor & garden devotee Japa21:
It’s been a strange year, garden wise for me and Mrs. Japa. The winter destroyed some of our boxwoods and our Rose of Sharon also had difficulty with the extremes. In addition, we have decided it is time to move on from our home of 35 years or more (I really can’t remember) so we haven’t been as emotionally invested in gardening this year as in years past. In past years I have shared with my fellow jackals our “purple” garden, our roses and our container gardens. The rose and purple gardens are doing the same as they have always done. We cut back greatly on the number of containers this year.
One thing that we have enjoyed are some of our lilies. I’ve included pictures of some of them. At the top is a joint favorite, our star lily. It is always the last to bloom, probably due to its location. As you can tell there are several buds that haven’t even started to open. Because of where it is planted you have to actually walk to it to get a good look. It isn’t that hard but it makes you step away from the busyness of the day and it is well worth it.
The Asiatic lilies are favorites of mine. They are colorful and stand out despite their small size.
My wife has always like calla lilies so this year, in one of our few pots, we did a calla lily, pairing it up with a nice grassy plant. Showing you both the lily alone and then the lily in the pot as a complete planting.
Finally, as I sometimes do, I am also sending a hummingbird picture. This was actually taken last year when we were visiting Mrs. Japa’s brother and SIL in Wyoming. They get 40-50 hummingbirds at a time. Of course, they are all varieties we don’t get in Illinois. Somehow or other, I was actually able to get a good shot as this one was going in for its feeding.
Spousal Unit & I spent some time yesterday at the Massachusetts Iris Society sale, coming home with some four dozen carefully-labelled little fan divisions. So we’ll be spending our afternoon getting those planted out, mostly into temporary rootpouches until we can dig out & dig up the bed currently overrun by badly crowded feral versions of their generic Monet-painting-style cousins.
When we first moved to Massachusetts some 30 years ago, we rented half of a duplex, with an overcrowded clump of no-longer-blooming iris leaves spiking out of a patch of dirt by the driveway; I dug it up, divided & replanted most of them, and put the excess rhizomes in a couple of plastic trough planters that came with us when we bought our house. Those ‘freebies’ have since multiplied vastly — they’d take over the entire yard if left unchecked.
So at least we know our soil is suitable for the species, and the Spousal Unit has a probably exaggerated idea of our talent for nurturing them. It’s a little terrifying how much interest he’s taking right now; on the one hand, I can really use his help with the heavy work, but on the other, when he gets seized by a new interest he displays the true ADD ‘goes to eleven’ overenthusiasm, which I find rather exhausting…
I need more garden pics, incidentally, if you’ve been thinking about sending some.
What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?