Friday, May 6, 2022

Nature- Volunteers and Surprises

As it says in the heading of my blog, it is a random diary of what is going on in my garden. I need to get back to documenting growth of my garden. One of my neighbors said that they thought my garden had really popped this year. Will it be even better next year? Who knows, every year has so many variables  from late frosts to rainfall factoring in to benefit or challenge each year's growth.

The volunteers in my garden are always a treat to see. The various colors of Blue-eyed Grasses pop up in the spring. The blue flowered grass is Sisyrinchium angustifolium

The yellow flowered grass is most likely Sisyrinchium rosulatum. It isn't always yellow, sometimes they are pink to lavender. Always a nice little bloom to see in the garden/yard.

Don't you love the seed pods?

A new volunteer this year is Lyreleaf sage, Salvia lyrata. It is a vigorous spreader, maybe even a thug. I am not sure how it entered my garden. There really aren't Lyreleaf sage in our wild areas. Could it have come in on a plant from a plant sale? Maybe. 

 I like the purple and lavender colors together, Sage and Iris. There is a Gladiolus byzantine planted near the Irises, so in the coming years, we will get another color combination.

Why do I have a rose in the volunteer list? Well, this gorgeous deep red rose sprouted from root stock. I had a David Austin rose, Rosa 'Olivia' in a container in this garden bed. Sadly, it was just at deer eating height. When I dug the rose out of the container there were some roots that had traveled out of the hole in the bottom of the container and into the garden. I thought I had dug up all remaining roots, but it looks as though I was wrong. This unnamed red rose is probably a rambler based on its growth habit. This coming winter I will rework this corner of the garden. The rose is fragrant and a gorgeous deep red. I love it against the yellow of the creeping St. John's Wort, Hypericum calycinum 'Brigadoon'.

Surprises in the garden come in fauna form, some with legs and some without. Below is the ladybug/ ladybeetle feasting on aphids. Balance of nature!

We have lots of turtles in our neighborhood area. Being on the lake there are many sliders, this one headed off to the woods to perhaps lay her eggs. I made sure it was well off the road before venturing on.

We also have lots of box turtles in the garden. Love seeing all the turtles.

There are also snakes in the garden, or in this case, in my hose caddy on the patio. This is a Black Rat snake, nonvenomous and beneficial to the health of the garden. Like I said with the aphids and ladybugs, balance of nature. 

Hanging out in the front yard is one of many toads and frogs we have. I believe this one to be an American Toad, Bufo [Anaxyrus] americanus. 

And finally, Bambi was visiting in the backyard garden with her mom. It is a love/hate relationship with the numerous deer. The fawns are so stinkin' cute!

Stay tuned for more observations from my garden. Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Blog- Fling- Blog- Fling- Blog

These past two years of COVID-19 have really gotten us out of the swing of things. This summer it is time to get back to what we love. We garden bloggers have been gathering together for years, going on what we call Garden Bloggers Fling. It started as a Spring Fling, but the calendar allowed for spring into summer trips, depending on the location of that year's Fling. You can read about my Fling experiences by clicking on the labels at the bottom of the post. 
This year's Fling will be in Madison Wisconsin. We will gather as gardener bloggers and leave as friends. The Fling will be June 23- 26, 2022. Our hosts Beth and Anneliese have a great line-up of gardens to visit. They have worked hard, first for the 2020 Fling, cancelled because of COVID, then moved to 2021-again COVID had other plans, and now 2022!! Registration is now open. The Garden Bloggers Fling link is here
If you are a garden blogger or Instagrammer, you are one of us! Come and join the ranks of Flingers. The details are here, on our Garden Blogger Fling page. While there you can explore some of the previous Flings, see what fun we have and all the great folks you will call friends. 
The sponsors are great supporters of our Fling. They help with costs of putting on the Fling and also share some of their products. You never know, you might come home with a new tool, a great plant, or a wonderful garden themed gift. (the rose pictured below was a donation from David Austin roses that I won!) 

Questions about the Fling? Ask me in the comments. You can also go to my Queen of Seaford Facebook page and ask there. On the fence about going? We have fun, the gardens are ALWAYS amazing, and the friendships are wonderful. Are you a garden blogger or have an Instagram page that focuses on gardening? We would love to meet you! Come and join the fun. 

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

Observations at the End of the Year

The weather has been so unusual for much of the country, ours being warmer and drier than the norms. I record and report the rainfall to CoCoRaHS, a citizen community, reporting of precipitation across the country and Canada. If you are interested is participating, please go to for all the info. Since I have been recording the rainfall for a number of years, I can gather that data and chart it. You know, if you have had rain for a week you might think it has been a wet fall (or spring or winter or summer) but if you record those rainfall amounts over time you will see highs and lows. Below is my chart for the years 2016- 2021

Our November was especially dry, so when the December rains came, some of my winter blooming plants perked up. 
Join me as I walked through my yard on December 31, 2021. It was a warm afternoon and a joy to be outside. The following plants are in the front yard- 

Unknown beautiful Camellia

Prunus mume 'Hokkai bungo' 

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Perhaps Zinnia seedlings- awakened early 

Salvia elegans- Pineapple sage, still blooming!

Earliest blooming daffodil in my garden
Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or'

I walked up to the street to my wildflower garden, many of the Gaillardia are in various stages of bloom to seedhead.
Gaillardia sp. bud and seedhead

Encore Azalea 'Autumn Twist' still putting out a few blooms

Back to the front yard- my largest Tea Olive, seen below next to the shed.

Osmanthus fragrans

close up of the tiny blooms that are quite fragrant

In the backyard there are more blooms to behold

Camellia sasanqua 'Ashley Eden'

Not quite in flower yet, but so close
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'

Edgeworthia chrysantha has started to open

Venturing into the woods in the backyard brings planned and unplanned bits of beauty.

Lichen on wood along the dry creek bed

More fungi growth on logs that line the path

Cyclamen hederifolium

Thanks for joining me on a quick walk around the yard. Besides seeing the beautiful blooms, the fragrances of three of these plants are filling the air with their delightful aromas. 1. Prunus mume 'Hokkai bungo' 2. Osmanthus fragrans 3. Edgeworthia chrysantha
Truly an enjoyment for many of the senses. 
Happy New Year, one and all!

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  Janet. All rights reserved. Content created by Janet for The Queen of Seaford. words and photos by Janet,The Queen of Seaford.