Things are winding down now in our garden and this is when most of the hard work begins. There are still a few flowers about, although most of the plants and shrubs have been trimmed, thinned or eliminated altogether depending on how well they’ve done this year.
The rabbits have stuffed themselves to bursting point on whatever they could get hold of, including the bird seed and my best lilies.
The birds are on the move and making their way south so we are seeing some different species from the usual sparrows. This one showed up last week. It was fairly small with a distinctive yellow rump. Not sure what it is so if anyone has any ideas I’d be happy to hear from you.
The cosmos and marigold flowers are particularly colorful right now and are attracting the last few butterflies. There are still a lot of bees buzzing about too, which leads me to an ideal opportunity to give my grandson’s podcast God of Honeybees a plug. The latest episode is about the study of consciousness. Interesting stuff so I hope you’ll give it a listen.
………more showers but also May flowers. Despite moaning about the miserable weather we’ve experienced so far this spring in the Chicago area, I have to admit that our garden has never looked so lush and vibrant. Many of the plants that I thought might not do as well this year, for one reason or another, have really pulled out all the stops, especially the iris.
The peonies never disappoint and somehow the frequent downpours of rain only seem to make them smell all the sweeter.
In fact, everything in the garden is thriving, from tulips to allium and the Japanese anemone. A feast for all the senses and a promise of things to come in the summer.
And always lurking in the background, my arch nemesis, the rabbit, looking the picture of innocence. One false move, rabbit, and you’re for the high jump!
Because of ongoing health problems I missed seeing some of my most favorite things this spring including the daffodils at Morton Arboretum, tulips at Cantigny, spring blossoms at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and the lilacs in Lombard. However, the flowers in our garden provided some consolation. They seem to manage pretty well without too much help from me and hopefully I can get out there before the weeds take over. We’ve had a lot of rain recently and when the sun finally did put in an appearance I managed to get a few shots of some familiar faces.
A colorful display of tulips and some mud-spattered daffodils as well as a few other springtime flowers helped to brighten the day.
A white-crowned sparrow and my arch-nemesis the rabbit also paid us a visit.
Despite a gloomy start to Spring, the weather has improved considerably this past week, and things are finally coming back to life in the garden. In fact, life has moved at such a pace recently that the daffodils came and went before we had time to really appreciate them. The tulips, however, are just starting to show what they can do.
I spotted my arch-nemesis, the rabbit, outside the kitchen window the other day. He was evidently working on the assumption that if he couldn’t see me, I couldn’t see him. Not so, my furry friend! I’ve got my eye on you! (note to self; get out there and spray coyote widdle on the lilies.)
At least the azalea and tulipa tarda seem to be safe from this marauding muncher. Lilies appear to be his favorite snack which is why they get my special attention at this time of year.
In all the years that we’ve lived here, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chipmunk in our garden. Plenty of other things have paid us a visit; ground squirrels, raccoons, skunks, possums, squirrels and rabbits to name but a few, but never a chipmunk, until now. He may just be passing through, so I made sure to get quite a few shots of him for the picture files.
Ducks have always been regular diners here and they showed up the other day to see what was on offer. They polished off all the bird seed that was on the ground and a few crusts of bread then waddled away to see what the neighbors were serving.
When Robert Burns wrote about the best laid schemes of mice and men, how right he was! Due to circumstances beyond my control, both the garden and this blog have been much neglected of late. Owing to the fact that, for the past few weeks, I’ve been sidelined by an unpleasant and persistent bout of vertigo, my plans for the beginning of summer definitely went agley.
Not only has it played havoc with my equilibrium, thus preventing me from doing much in the way of gardening, but has also made it difficult for me to work on the computer or concentrate on anything for any length of time.
Luckily the flowers, most of which are hardy perennials, were able to take care of themselves, although the weeds have made the most of the opportunity to spring up on every available square inch of ground.
My arch-nemesis the rabbit has also taken advantage of my absence to nibble away at some of the new Asiatic lilies that had just put in an appearance.
Hopefully, with some much-needed physical therapy I’ll soon be able to see off both the weeds and the rabbits.