Showing posts with label West Front Yard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West Front Yard. Show all posts

Monday, August 18, 2014

From the Front Porch, August 15, 2014

I looked to see what things looked like in July, when I did a post showing photos taken from the front porch.  There have been enough changes to do another post.   This post has been a few days in the making.

The Butterfly bush is now blooming, smaller than the last few years, because I kept cutting it back so it doesn't take up so much space.

Rattlesnake master looks good all season.  This is the second season for the Sweet black-eyed susans.  The pollinators and I sure like them.  The Hibiscus is kind of out of place now, but I let it do its thing, and have seen some insects on the blooms.

I love where the Kiss me over the garden gate plants seeded this year.  They sure are tall, too!

The Joe pye weed is one of the favorites of the bees and butterflies, as are the Liatris ligulistylis, which you can see in the background here.  This Joe pye is 'Gateway'.

I trimmed back the lower stems of the Joe pye weed, so they will be blooming a little later than the upper ones.

Next, come Wild quinine, Mountain mint, Allium, Liatris, and Meadow rue.

These are the same plants as above, with some volunteer Stiff goldenrod, not blooming yet, and Coneflowers.

Oh, there are also seedheads of Golden alexanders.

I sure included some repeats!  In this one, you can also see a bit of yellow from a Mexican hat plant and the leaves of the cup plant.  Birds have been eating the seeds of the Coneflowers.  It's fun to come out and see them before they fly off.

The Purple prairie clover is finished blooming.  I'll keep the cage around it because the rabbits have been doing lots of munching, and this is one of their favorites.

We'll cross the sidewalk to the west side of the front yard.

I'm thinking the grass here is Sideoats grama.  The white is Wild quinine.

Whorled milkweed is one of my favorites.  This is a Switchgrass cultivar.

This Liatris is later opening than the others.

The Cup plant sure is tall.  I love it!  Illinois bundleflower is in front of the porch, with the yellow blooms of Gray-headed coneflowers on the other side.

I love the seed pods of Illinois bundleflowers.  The blooms are in the next photo.

Back to the Cup plant, the pollinators are loving it as much as the Joe pye weed.

There are two or three Monarchs that have been flying around the yard, nectaring mostly on the Liatrises, Joe pye weed, and the Cup plant.

I keep forgetting the names of the bees, but I'm pleased there are a number of different kinds.  These lovely blooms are Sweet black-eyed susans.  This is their second season here.

That may be Stiff goldenrod almost ready to bloom in the background.

I am sad that the Wild sennas are finished blooming.

I had a number of seedlings come up this spring that I was able to share.  I hope there will be some next spring as well.

The Prairie dock is blooming this year.  The blooms look a lot like Cup plant blooms.

We've been continuing to the west.  The grass is another cultivar of Switchgrass.  The strawberries have done pretty well in this spot.

I am glad the Joe pye weed that I was able to divide from the original clump is doing OK in this dryer area next to a sidewalk.  I didn't get the Beauty berry plants cut back this year.  The yellow blooms are Helen's flower.

I forgot what kind of Helen's flowers these reddish ones are.

The Rudbeckia laciniata hortensia plants have needed to be deadheaded and tied up so they won't flop over as much.

I hope you have been enjoying the views from your porches, too!  Enjoy what's left of summer.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday Morning from the Front Porch

I am pleased that it is spring!  I'm loving all of the new growth, blooms, and the insects that visit them.  I stood on the porch Saturday morning, and took some photos.  Later n the day, I took some more, especially with the zoom, and mixed them in.

I've been doing a lot of editing in different areas of the yard, especially in the east front area.  I have removed a number of daylilies and other plants, and put in some of the same native plants as on the west side, across the front sidewalk.  Since native plants grow slowly the first several years, it will take awhile for them to reach the size as the ones across the way.

I cut back a number of plants, such as the Joe pye weed, so they would be bushier, and not flop over as much.  Next to that are a Mountain mint that I don't remember planting, Wild quinine, which I hope will bloom this year, ornamental onions, and Pussytoes all along the sidewalk.

There are two Golden alexanders in this bed, and the other one is smaller, and not yet blooming.  This one blooming is smaller than the ones across the sidewalk, but I'm pleased to see the blooms.

 I've mentioned that in each flower bed, there is at least one plant that is also in another area or more.  Amsonias are one of them, and this is hubrichtii.

I had to get a new camera last fall.  It has a pretty good zoom.  I have given away some of the irises, but am glad I still have some.  (The sedges are in the area next to the curb.)

The orange poppies will be blooming soon.  They didn't bloom for the first year or two, and so I decided to pull them out, but they did not stay pulled.  They are not my favorite plant.  The foliage looks bad after they bloom.

The Narrow leaf coneflowers bloom a little earlier than the other kinds.  The purple and white one is in the east bed.  The yellow ones are in the curb area.

Heading over to the west area, I decided that since the Heuchera richardonii are looking so good, I didn't want to divide them, so I got some at the Nebraska Statewide Arobretum plant sale.  (They also have a mail order site.)  The ones I got are small and spindly, but in a few years, they will be full like these, with the year round good looking foliage.

I look forward to the Golden alexanders across the sidewalk reaching full size like these.  Can you see the false baptisia blooming in the background on the left?

Here's a closer view of it.  I like my zoom!

I like the foliage of the Boltonia, (I think that's what that is, if not, it's Riddell's goldenrod) next to the Rigid goldenrod, which seems to have seeded around the yard a bit.

I sure am enjoying the Shell leaf penstemons.  I got some more at the arboretum Friday.

The Phlox pilosa, 'eco happy traveler' is doing quite well this year.  I have some wire around the base to protect it from the rabbits.  That's a close up of Golden alexanders on the left.

Here's another Penstemon and an Amsonia, this one, either illustris or tabernaemontana.  The Wild senna to the right of the grass, which is either Prairie dropseed or Little bluestem, was one of the last plants to come up, but now that it's up, it is growing quickly.  The other day, I noticed a lot of seedlings that I'm pretty sure are these.  That's exciting, because I've had two of these for 3 or 4 years, and this is the first time I've seen seedlings!

The rudbeckia maxima shoud be sending up the tall bloom stalks soon.  I don't remember what kind of penstemon this is, but it sure is full of blooms.  Just to the right of the penstemon is a clump of Purple milkweed,  I'm pretty sure there are some coming up in the curb area.  I hope so!

This is one of my favorite parts of the yard.  Can you see the strawberry plants under the bench?  We've had a few ripen so far.

Only two of three of my mother-in-law's peonies have been blooming the last few years.  I wonder why the one hasn't been.  I am working to get the area in front of the house filled in.  Larry has been talking abut putting an awning in that area to prevent the rain from getting into the basement in the corner of this bed, so I'm not sure what will grow there, then.

I wish the bloom time for peonies was a little longer.

Donna, my mother-in-law, who planted these peonies died from cancer, mutiple myaloma, in 1992.  Denzel, my father-in-law also died from that as well as melanoma in 1997.  We bought the house from the estate.  I do not get graves visited on Memorial Day, but do think about relatives and friends who have passed away.  Have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall in the Front Yard

I was going to do a post of photos taken from our front porch, but then, decided to go into the yard and take more photos.  I'll let you know when I get off the porch.  ;o)  (By the way, this post was over a week in the making.  I wanted to take more photos today, but it was very windy, and Larry wanted my help putting plants in the egress window and getting ready for winter.)

I've had trouble finding a good time to take photos, because there has either been too much or not enough light.  I'm forgetting now what time of day this was, because these were taken a few days ago, and this post has been 3 days in the making so far.  I didn't get to work on it yesterday, though.  I used my zoom for this and some of the others, so I was still on the porch here.  The tall plants are Joe pye weed, Meadow rue, and, on the right, Cup plant.

Here is a fuller view of the Cup plant, which is also in the next two photos.  I'll be showing the other plants here closer, too.

Even when the plants are finished blooming, they have a beauty all their own.

There may be a few seeds left for the birds to eat.

We'll head to the west.  I love the colors of fall, but spring and summer are still my favorite seasons.

Here we see Wild quinine, Switchgrass 'North Wind', Illinois bundleflower, and Grayhead coneflowers on the far right.

I used the zoom for this one.  The tallest plants are Rigid and Ridell's goldenrods.

Here they are even closer.  The little pink blooms are some kind of Boltonia, I'm pretty sure.

Still using the zoom:

Someone told me that deadheading Gray-head coneflowers does not extend their bloom season, but I did an experiment this summer, and the ones I did not deadhead were finished blooming several weeks before the ones I did deadhead.  I did not deadhead the Wild senna.  The seed pods are almost as cool looking as the blooms.  I like Liatris in the fall, too.

Larry took most of the garden stakes out today, and put a tarp on the bench, so the next photos will need to be taken around that.  He also took off the baskets that were protecting some plants from the rabbits.  I'll have to get those back on.  I also saw him start to pull some plants from pots.  I requested that he leave that job to me, since not all of the plants are going to get pulled.  I hope I stopped him in time.  He does know that I do not clean up the flower beds until spring, though.  There are some beneficial insects that overwinter in the stems.  Hey, I need to ask Gail what plant it is she says should be taken out in the fall, though.

The grass near the stump is Switchgrass 'Northwind'.  I am tickled that the strawberries under the bench produced this year, and are spreading.  I meant to take the plants out that are next to them, except for my mother-in-law's 3 peonies, so they have more room.  They are growing in there, though.  I'll have to be careful when I take the other plants out.

Have I mentioned that this season flew by way too quickly for me?  I retired in May, and am now subbing as a special education paraeducator, so I'm looking forward to next spring.  My plan is to work 3 or 4 days a week when it is not gardening season, and 1 or 2 days a week when I can be out gardening.  Maybe I'll be able to keep up better.

I'm still on the porch, and have turned the camera back to the east.  I don't even know what kind of shrubs these are, and am not in love with them, but Larry takes care of them.  There was a spring when a bunch of garter snakes mated in there.  Beyond that is the one butterfly bush we have.  I get it deadheaded several times during the season so it can't send seeds anywhere down stream.  I've considered taking it down.  It has gotten larger than it should for the space, but Larry has certain plants he likes, and this is one of them.

Here is where I got off of the porch.  I think I've already named most of the noticeable plants, so I'm not going to label many here.  The plant on the left next to the Liatris is one of my favorites, Whorled milkweed.  I've mentioned I dug it from an area at our church that was about to be dug up.  It was growing there on its own, so it is a regional native.

This is a few feet along the path, heading west.

The Little bluestems are quite pretty this time of year.

The Rudbeckia maxima is pretty cool looking still.  Last year, its first here, it only had 3 or 4 blooms.  Oh, I see the few blooms of the Prairie dock I planted this spring, right behind the white trellis/bench.  Maybe it will have much more next year.

We need to get the rain barrels drained.  There are some plants that could use a drink.

I walked out to the east side of the area to take this one.  I'm glad the Baptisia, which has been there 3 or 4 years is doing well.  To the right of it is one of the new Swamp milkweeds I planted this year.  On the far right, the Meadow rue has a nice golden color.

I hope fall is going well for you.  I sure am thankful for the outdoor space we have that I get to garden in.