Monday, May 22, 2017

The Irises That Need a Shave

I gotta say the "beard" on these Irises looks a lot more like a caterpillar to me than some facial hair.

                                                      A goatee? Well, perhaps that I could see.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


When you stop and think that all of these things are green and all of these things are leaves and all of these leaves are on plants can thrive in shade or part shade, one word that comes to mind is the one that Aretha is known for singing and spelling. Another word? Awesome!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Props to the Azaleas and Rhodies This Year

It's time to give some proper props to the Azaleas and Rhodies this year. Different shrubs have been blooming for nearly a month already now and the show isn't over yet.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

White Bloom Scorcher

                The alliums appear to be dandelions going to seed which means I must be a giant.

                                 Wouldn't it be nice if ice cream scoops grew on trees?

                                      Hang on, are those snowballs on sticks I spy?

                         It's mid-May and the first scorcher of the year. Is my mind melting?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

With Silverbells, but no Cockle shells

As it turns out, that contrary Mary might not have been a gardener at all, but even if she was, it's unlikely that the silver bells of the nursery rhyme have anything to do with the Carolina Silverbell blooms I was standing under this morning. This is only the second time I have seen this native plant blooming, so bumping into these flowers at Hofstra this morning was especially sweet. Some other noteworthy spottings of the day: first yellow swallowtail butterfly of the season and a dragonfly!

"Hallelujah! Halesia!" is how I remember the genus name for this species.