Welcome Diplodenia

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I also added a ready-planted pot with pink diplodenia yesterday. I really like the exuberance of this one. I wonder if it can overwinter inside next to a sunny window.

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Fuschia at 7 p.m.

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Does anyone know the name of this flower?

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I wish I knew. It is a low-growing perennial. I don’t think it’s typical here in Ohio, for I have spotted it in just one garden around here, and that garden is staffed by master gardener volunteers. With that many “green thumbs” it may be possible that this is something that wouldn’t ordinarily thrive in the Great Lakes region.

Summer Photo Walk, June 1

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The solstice is still three weeks away, but summer is here, nonetheless. I like to hold onto this season for as long as possible. For me, it’s here by Memorial Day, and I let it linger until its proper end at the September equinox.

The peonies are nearly spent, and the irises have lost their blooms. Now is when hothouse-born annuals can safely sing their melodies that will be encored ceaselessly until frost silences them in the fall.

Trees and bushes are still flowering. I noticed that dogwood and spirea are in bloom. Milkweed plants are fat with buds which will host a smorgasboard for butterflies near the end of the month.

Smorgasbord . . . this term has grown archaic, hasn’t it? It brings to mind a bizarre Jerry Lewis movie¬†called Cracking Up, wherein he plays a character who tries therapeutic hypnosis. Hearing his trigger word (which happens to be smorgasbord) has unpredictable results. The guy who played Stan on The Golden Girls¬†is his therapist in the movie. This reminds that I should watch that movie again sometime.

Mammoth Russian

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Above is one of the mammoth Russian sunflowers I grew three years ago. I’m still waiting for them to germinate this year, and I’m already filled with anticipation for the their late dinner-plate gauge blooms. Mammoth Russians have what I imagine to be the greatest joy-per-penny spent ratio in gardening. For as little as 50 cents, you can have an entire flower bed of 12-foot-high yellow wonder awaiting you in August.