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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nah nah nah nah nah nah, and other news from the garden

There were raspberries for the 4th of July when I was growing up
and  this year they're right on schedule.


Last year the bushes were newly planted and produced about fifty berries for the birds.
I believe Laura and I had one each.
There will be one or two rounds of shortcake this year,
and a pint or two of jelly next year.



I hung laundry this morning, but not until I scrubbed the deck rail.



Far more manners out here in the yard.




Meanwhile, in the garden, I have lupine,



Stella de Oro lilies,






Flanked by the anemone seed pods.
Laura thinks they look like "those fireworks on a stick."
"Sparklers?'
"Yes, sparklers."


I have no idea what I'm growing here. I do know I planted for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. 
I've only seen humming birds.


My gerbera step daises seem to have hit a happy spot.


And Piggy's impatiens keep looking like the little fairy hats they are. 

29 comments:

  1. Hey hey, goodbye. Is that Monarda or Bee balm, that is my favorite and I am planting tons of it, when you brush past it it smells like Earl Grey tea.

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  2. beautiful flowers but I'm pretty sure those aren't lupines tho I don't know what they are. lupines have different leaves. too hot for raspberries down here but we did have a banner year of dew berries. ate some every day and have about 6 cups in the freezer.

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    1. And just when I thought I'd learned more than gerbera daisy! Sigh. Someone will help me out.

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    2. They have the same shape as lupines but I would go with Pam and say it is a speedwell.
      I see there is a net over the berries - you won't have to share as much with the birds! Though this afternoon I just watch a chipmunk crawl under a similar net and leave with a strawberry!

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    3. One of the many Salvia varieties.

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  3. Your flowers are looking great. Your weather looks as if it could be sizzling like ours. And the birds are swiping all our red currants, like your raspberries just as they ripen.

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  4. Not lupines. And I am pretty certain that those are not anenome pods either. Beautiful regardless of the name.
    Love raspberries - but the rotten birds pick and scoff ours before they ripen.

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  5. Oh, raspberries!!! Love them. I may have to run to Krogers to pick some up now. BTW, if those turn out not to be lupine, they might be speedwell (veronica). Just a thought. I'm not the super gardener or anything (even though I play one on my blog :) , but they sort of look like the ones I have in my front flower bed.

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  6. Those were great pictures of the birds! Great that you get to enjoy some of the raspberries this year!

    betty

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  7. Cute birds and beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hari Om
    Oh dear Joanne - masterclass in cottage plants via the magic of the etherwebbles!!!... the blue spike I am 99% sure is a salvia; the pods I think are the dried seed heads of the alium (more lily than anemone); and the red unnamed appears to be one of the dahlia types.

    That's my dib on the garden! Of which I am mighty jealous BTW... YAM xx

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  9. I never know what I'm growing unless it's geraniums or irises. But I know what I like, and I like your plants! Looking good.

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  10. I see this is one set of nouns I may never re-master, probably because I never knew them to begin with before last summer. Except raspberry--I have that down pat.

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    1. I agree with Yamini, the seed pods do look very much like allium. Anemones are a bulb plant and would look much different. when mine flower then die, I'll take photos. of course that's a few months away yet.

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  11. Wow -- your green thumb is certainly showing! -- barbara

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  12. My one garden the most successful crop was raspberries, and I never planted them, the just grew wild. I never got more than a qt. or two, but still...

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  13. The raspberries are doing very well. I tried to gro some once, but the area wasn't cold enough.
    All the flowers are gorgeous.

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  14. I've been googling. Definitely a blue salvia, there are many different types, most with leaves like yours, some with more rounded leaves and slightly different flowers, many shades of blue too.

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  15. We had a mass of raspberry canes in the garden of my childhood home - wonderful x

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  16. Your garden looks great. We finally planted raspberries and blueberries this year. I was surprised when the blueberries produced a small handful of berries this year. I, too, look forward to the second year when we'll get enough of each to make jam and blueberry muffins.

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  17. Your reddish unknown is definitely a monarda aka bee balm...the leaves make an excellent tea. It's a member of the mint family, so expect it to spread. Btw, raspberry leaves also make a great tea, so you can two uses for the price of one!

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  18. Raspberries are my favourite berry...wish I lived closer,but then you wouldn't have any left for jelly.
    Jane x

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  19. So jealous of your bounty! We've had a monsoon Spring and my garden is not thriving. Everything, even my hardy herbs are looking waterlogged and crabby. Goes with my mood since I cant use my hands to garden and have become a task mistress over poor Bing and Liv, who are not as vigilant about weeds as I would like....

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  20. Lovely! Glad your plants benefit you as well as the birds and bees.

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  21. There is nothing, and I do mean nothing, in the world that can compare with raspberries right off the vine, warm from the sun! Enjoy!! Eat some for me :)

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  22. The garden is looking beautiful!

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