sherbert colored

sherbert colored

Did you know that some honeysuckle comes in sprays of sherbert-colored blossoms all on the same branch? I certainly did not. I am not sure why it has taken me this long to see it–whole bushes of cascading branches filled with strawberry pink, raspberry red, lemon yellow, and tangerine orange blossoms. Yum.

honeysuckle, (probably Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii))

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time of rest

time of rest

Today I gave another talk to 60 members of The Lake Minnetonka Garden Club. It was well received. I so love doing these Garden Club of America talks–such engaged and enthusiastic members. Today’s talk marks the official end of my Book Launch events; for a couple of weeks anyways. And, boy oh boy, I am ready for a break. The past four weeks have been a pace I have not tried to maintain for at least two decades. I did my best. It was, by all accounts, a very successful Book Launch. We sold out the entire print run, and are going into a second printing! Woop! Woop!  Thank you all who bought the book! I may be spent, but it is a very happy fatigue. Thank you.

I think we have only one native toad in our yard: the eastern american toad. This well camouflaged not-so-little guy became visible when we started moving the terra-cotta pots around on the front stoop this afternoon. He absolutely did not want to sit still for a portrait. This was all I got before he disappeared into the tall grass.

eastern American toad (A. a. americanus)

  • Old Lady Gardener says:

    Enjoy your well earned, perhaps temporary, rest Mary Jo. I’m thrilled for you that your book launch was such a smashing success! Way to go, gal!!

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here today, gone tomorrow

here today, gone tomorrow

I have been eyeing these buds for a week. Finally pinched a few from some corporate landscaping today (my own yard is too shady for peonies). I think I caught them just in time. Tomorrow they will look totally different. Neither better nor worse, just different. Another example of the magic of dailiness.

pink peony buds (Paeonia)

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today I turn 60! I started STILL in my 40s. Time flies. The dandelion photo is apropos of nothing. It just happens to be the photo I made today. I used to think of dandelions as summer flowers, but now I realize they are more a spring flower than summer, and an incredibly important early food source for our bees. We try to practice No-Mow-May at our house. But this year I caved and mowed the grass yesterday because it had gotten so high I feared the mower wouldn’t be able to get through it in another week. I grabbed this lanky specimen before I began. He was a good 18 inches tall. It reminds me of a Giacometti sculpture :-)

dandelion flower gone to seed

  • Old Lady Gardener says:

    HBTY! I’d go back to 60 in a heartbeat :) Hope you have a delightful day.
    I’ve never seen such a long stem on a dandelion! Nice find.

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There are 310 accepted species of irises.

iris buds

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