The agapanthus have been so beautiful this year.
I’m never sure whether they will make it though another winter, so they are always special.
They are blooming a long time too, and look so amazing beside the coneflower.
This little redbud tree was just three twigs that I wrapped in burlap last winter.
With all the rain this summer, it has grown a lot!
Those branches have at least two feet of new growth on them.
And it’s still growing!
It has been a challenge for the lawn mower to manoeuvre around.
Let’s just say there have been incidents.
I’ve trimmed away some of the lower branches, but I don’t want to lose any more bloom for next spring.
Just wondering how I will wrap this thing to protect it from the bunnies during the winter?
Summer is flying by, as usual.
The flower boxes are looking good so far.
I’m liking the purple balanced on either side of these.
I went for the fuchsia impatiens this year, rather than the red as I’ve done most years.
These are the boxes on the side of the house, mirrored with each other.
I think the first picture are the ones that get a bit more sun.
The red spike, centre back, has been crowded out.
These are at the front of the house, mostly shade.
This begonia I bought new this spring.
This begonia I overwintered, so it took a while to fill out.
The coleus is growing differently in each of them, and I think they are poorly balanced with the ivy at one end,
and the potato vine at the other. But it’s a lovely shot of colour on the house.
And here is the brick planter box by the front step.
Only the second year for this box. Here’s last year’s plants.
Not crazy about either one. I’ll have to try something different again next year.
Every spring one of the first things I check is the agapanthus patch.
It is pretty exciting to see the little green shoots that made it through the winter.
The patch is getting bigger every year.
This year there are about 20 gorgeous blooms.
Such a beautiful blue.
I jus found a starter clump at a nursery for $24.99, so I hope I don’t lose the plants I have.
Rather costly to replace.
The namesake of our garden is a huge old willow.
Every few years it loses a big branch.
I had been in the garden for an hour when I circled around this way and saw this.
Not too much damage at this point.
A precarious perch to try and clean it up.
Soon it was a pile on the grass, and then taken away to the burn pile.
In the park, there is a large garden bed that was one of the first ones planted.
It has become a place for the extras and not so favourites and spreaders.
Although, it does look lovely now and again through the season.
This area was taken over by two large anthills, so some of the plants were removed last summer.
Other wildlife has moved in. Can you spy him?
I’m trying to get rid of the ants so I can replant.
I don’t think the ants are gone yet, but I’ll be working on this area sometime this summer.
This little guy will have to move on, too.
Oh, and I saw this as I headed back to the house.
This summer I am tackling some of the overgrown areas of the garden beds.
One of these is the bed by the pond.
Ferns are overtaking the plants and this area is full of overcrowded daffodils.
And an arabis is spreading widely, but not really blooming well.
So I dug out the whole patch.
Got quite a few daffodil bulbs.
Now the other side of the bed looks crowded too.
This is a really cool fern, if you could see it.
And the rhododendron won’t be happy like this.
Way too much Lady’s Mantle.
So I think I’ll be doing a bit more digging and dividing.
One of the pine trees in our row of pines was no longer alive.
So it was time to remove it.
There was some discussion on how to direct the landing, as in, not on the shed, the garden, the vehicle, or other trees.
Finally, a plan was in place.
The first notch.
The second notch.
Tidily between the shed and the garden.
I’m relieved. He was never worried.
All cleaned up.
We’ll keep the stump. A nice place to display something special.
On June 22nd, I had 3.5 inches of water in the rain gauge.
On June 23rd, I went out to check how much rain had fallen in the night.
At first I couldn’t find the line of the water.
Then I realized why.
It was full. From 3.5 to 8 inches of water.
There was 2-3 hours straight of lightening, thunder, and pouring rain. Then I fell asleep, and I guess there was more.
A dam in a village upriver broke, and the water rose in our town.
This is someone’s back yard.
The park beside the river.
The sun was out today, and the waters have peaked, so hopefully no more rain for a bit.