Category: The Temporary Garden

Temporary Garden Mid-June Catch-Up

Because I’ve been dilatory in my picture-taking this will just be a photographic overview in rough chronological order from mid-May to mid-June.   The evergreen azaleas were mostly underwhelming but this pink one looked quite nice with the fern snuggling up to it.   There were about a half dozen of these pink aquilegias scattered…

Return of the Fungi

alien fungus from the Planet Zork returns

Remember the weird “alien from the Planet Zork” fungi (?) shown in the the last photo in  my early May post? Well, I never did get a chance to bring a sample of it to the lab at the Cooperative Extension Service before the mulch was put down last week, but I figured oh well,…

Mulch Madness

lovely 100% cedar mulch

In order to keep from being driven insane this summer trying to maintain a beachhead against the hordes of weeds infesting the Temporary Garden, there were only two alternatives: chemicals constantly applied, or a budget-busting amount of mulch. Once the humidity and mosquitoes arrive with a vengeance in June (ours feast all day long, not…

Tree Poop

oak in early May

Well, it’s now official. Winter is finally over and done, for lo we have entered the Season of Tree Poop: yesterday I went out to my car to find it thickly encrusted with a disgusting layer of yellow. I suppose I’m grateful that my car is a gold color, because if it was black I’m…

Temporary Garden early-May Walkabout

Magnolia soulangeana

I snapped some photos during the past few days of things that have appeared in the Temporary Garden. Most of my identifications will be best-guess because everything here was planted (for good or ill) by the former owners.   The magnolia has been flowering for about almost a week, starting right after we had a…

And finally…. flowers

The crocus and eranthis have fled, but a few others have emerged to take their place. Tomorrow is predicted to be 70F which is a good ten degrees above normal; never mind that it will go back down to the 50s the next day, and probably rain all next week! It rained yesterday and this…