I’ve been browsing through my photos on the external harddrive and come across these photos of the garden in the spring of 2006. It’s amazing how different things look now. These photos were before I got my digital camera. These were transferred by the photo center from film to cds. (click on any picture to enlarge it)
This is the Fountain Bed in a previous life. The urn fountain in the center was the predecessor to the new self contained fountain. Look how pretty my Rhododendrum looks in full bloom with those lovely lavender blossoms.
The Arbor Garden looked pretty good that spring too. I know it’s spring because the grass is green and healthy. The heat of summer hasn’t done it’s damage yet. My Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ on the right side of the arch is in full flush and looking pretty spectacular.
Here you can see the Woodland Garden minus the Crepe Myrtle. Down to the far right corner you can just make out the white top of the old TV Antenna that was removed this year and made into a trellis. The Daffodil foliage is still green under the Nandinas and the Lirope new growth has just emerged.
The Rose and Border Beds are looking fresh and showing off their late spring flowers. The Yellow Irises, Knockout Roses and Clematis ‘Niobe’ are blooming happily. When you enlarge the photo you can just make out the buds on the Peonies.
The front foundation bed looks fairly young here with the Euonymus ‘Emerald & Gold’ still quite small. They are three times this size now. Oh and I had roses growing on this pair of trellises mounted to the brick wall. They didn’t bloom this year so they will be replaced with something else that is more prolific. Well I hope you enjoyed the trip back in time to my garden of 2006.
Something is causing a massive invasion of mushrooms in my neighbor’s yard. These piles are just a small example of the fungi phenomenen growing in several areas throughout their back yard. I happened upon them when I was calling for my cat Mooch to come in this morning. He likes to lounge on their deck when it’s sunny outside. Lucky for me they are cat lovers too. They have a older male cat who gets along quite famously with mine. Which is quite unusual since neither one them gets along with any other cat in the neighborhood. Anyhow when I wandered back there to look for my cat I noticed these brown piles which I didn’t realize were mushrooms at first glance. Of course I happened to have my camera on me so I took a quick picture to share with all of you. I’ve never seen anything like this in my own yard. Have you?
I was surprised to see the Painted Ladies still enjoying the blossoms on my Buddleia yesterday morning. Especially since the daytime temps have dropped to the 50′s. I’m assuming we must be on their migration path and they were just stopping off for some refreshment. There were three of them flitting around the flowers like crazy. I had to be very patient and stand completely still since they seemed quite nervous.
Which is why this shot may be a bit fuzzy, sorry about that, but she wasn’t too keen on getting her photo taken. I don’t know why, she was pretty compared to her companions who looked a bit faded out.
Now that’s better and she gave me a nice view of her wings spreading out. My butterfly bush is still pushing out blooms like there is no tomorrow.
Look at her great sense of balance on this bloom. What a showoff! I wonder if I will still have many more lingering ladies in the days to come…
Dave over at The Home Garden is doing a Garden Blogger Fall Color Project where you can post photos of the autumn color in your area. If you would like to participate or to view other posts click here.
I posted earlier this month about the Red Oak that is planted in the median for the entrance to my neighborhood. This is the view from my kitchen window each fall. Talk about a pretty borrowed view.
To the right is the trees that act as a backdrop for my neighbor’s houses. This tapestry of reds, yellows and greens makes a pretty scene in the fall while sitting on my deck or patio. Fall color has come to Virginia!