From Solstice to Sultry

I think there’s just something about a cascade of clematis which makes me think summer.  Add in 80+ degree days and you have the perfect combination for sitting on the “We” bench and sipping pink lemonade, watching bees and butterflies do their thing. We have two varieties of clematis (both purple beauties) climbing the wall and then cascading down in our upper garden. They’ve really taken hold this year.

The rose bush we planted two summers ago, is also putting forth it’s little delicate blooms.  These aren’t the bold hybrid roses, everyone expects.  This is one which doesn’t require any extra fuss in the winter, and just does the simple blooms that nature originally intended.  It’s in front of the clematis, so it is a delicate counterpoint.  Here are all the pics, remember to click the thumbnail to get a bigger version:

A Break in the Rain

I love the rain, for some reason, it has become my favorite time to walk the labyrinth. I just gear up in my raincoat and head on out there. Maybe it’s the sound of the rain falling. Maybe it’s the fact that there’s no one else out there when it rains and I’m just such a loaner. In any case, once the rain let up, I took the opportunity to capture some pictures of ‘my kids’ while they were busy drinking. As always, click on the thumbnail to get a bigger picture and more description.

Bleeding Hearts and the Dandelion Hunter

Remember those little maroon shoots coming up with the crocus? Well, they are all grown up now. We have a beautiful trio of bleeding-heart plants simply, well, bleeding their hearts out. They are right at the entrance to the labyrinth, so you can’t miss them! That is, you can’t miss them for the next week or so, don’t delay your visit to the labyrinth this spring. Click on the thumbnails for larger pics:

We’re hoping the bleeding hearts will still be in bloom for the folks coming into town for the Wendy Rule concert on the 28th, but we’re not sure how long they’ll hang around.

I spent about an hour this morning taking dandelion heads in good Celtic fashion. [Read more…]