Monday, May 14, 2007

This was a Pizza Hut, now it's all covered with daisies

More garden porn!

All the daffodils have come and gone (am I supposed to be doing anything with the dead ones? Does anyone know? Like cutting off something? Or something?) as well as most of the regular hyacinths. The grape hyacinths bloomed a little later and so are still hanging around:

Lots more tulips have come up. I think that's normal; they're later-blooming than the crocuses and daffodils.

The tulip bulbs I planted were called "Queen of Night" and were supposed to be tall, with a very dark maroon/purple/black color. While I did get a few of those,

most of the flowers that have come up are completely different colors.

Very pretty, but not what I thought I was buying & planting. I guess that's what I get for buying bulbs at the Home Despot.

Then there are the tulips in the back - the ones I didn't plant, that the previous owner planted oh so many years ago and that just keep coming back like the perennials they are, in the vain hope that I will know what to do with them or how to take care of them.

Pretty nice, huh?

We've got some flowering bushes in front, too, that were here when we got here. Once again, I'm not exactly sure what they are, but I think they might be azaleas.

Then, of course, to counterbalance the beauty and symmetry of the flowers, we have to have a little evil weed*:
For there is no beauty without chaos, no light without dark, no Han Solo without Darth Vader.

Yup, it's Poison Ivy. It grows rampant in New England, apparently, and we've got it bad in our backyard. As you can see, it's all over The Rock, which is no good. Even if we're only here for another four weeks, there's no way I can keep Nolan from brushing up against it on one of our trips out into the backyard. I'm going to go get some Brush-B-Gone today and eradicate the sucker.

*No, not THAT evil weed. You think I'd have that growing in my back yard? Ha. Ha, ha. It is to laugh.

So I'm trying to view this all as practice for our REAL garden that will come later.

Thanks for reading.


Erica Mulherin said...

Happy Mothers Day! Did you have a good one? Lovely flowers, I planted Queen of the Nights as well, but only like 3 of the 9 I planted came up. Go figure. That top light pink flowering bush is a rhododendren, I have got one excactly that color in the back yard. The darker pink shrub with the smaller leaves is an azalea. Beautiful flowers!

Electric Mayhem said...

Those are gorgeous!

Adams said...

Sorry I didn't get to send you a mother's day greeting in time. Here's a little Hammer to make up for it.

Zach said...

Waaah! I'm so jealous of your yard and flowers!
Those are lovely, even if some of them aren't what they're supposed to be.
A warning about the evil ivy - in late fall/winter/early spring, never clear brush without gloves unless you're 100% certain there's no poison ivy (or oak) around. I know 3 people who've ended up in the hospital that way.