Rudbeckia Irish Eyes

More from my new perennial garden, Rudbeckia Irish Eyes is blooming now.  Large, brilliant yellow, they are beautiful!  Catmint herb was in the background when I took this photo a couple of days ago but I have dug up the Catmint and moved it into a pot because it was rapidly spreading and this is just the first year.

Champagne Bubbles Icelandic Poppy

This little poppy, called Champagne Bubbles, is peeking out from behind annual Cosmos.  This poppy has been quite a challenge for me to grow.  It was purchased as one of many perennials for a new garden, and was first planted this year in a different location. I was excited when it formed many flower buds but then they began to drop off, 5 in all. I wondered if they were being chewed off.   At the same time I had a new day lily which looked like it was not going to bloom so I dug up the poppy and the lily and exchanged places.  And wouldn’t you know that the poppy is now blooming and growing new buds, and the day lily is forming a flower stalk.

Providing Food for Bees

We have White Dutch Clover in our lawn.. why do I not want to remove it?  Because it provides food for bees.  This photo, taken late yesterday afternoon, is reason enough for me to keep the clover.

I wrote a longer post regarding reasons to have clover on my other blog called Directing My Steps.  Here is the link:

https://directingmysteps.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/in-praise-of-clover/

 

First and Last Flower

This little Cobweb Sempervivum succulent plant is putting forth its first and last flower on this stalk, such beauty at the end of its life.  You can see many little stalks coming forth to take its place.  After all the little flowers have bloomed this stalk will be removed to make way for the new little ones.

Goats in a Field of Daisies

Yesterday we passed by a field filled with blooming daisies and populated by a small herd of goats.  I couldn’t resist taking photos.   In the first photo you can see how tall the daisies were by the fact they reach the top of the goat’s legs.  The wire fence is barely visible by a horizontal line across the goat’s back.

Below I liked the way they walked into a line-up.

I think the goat below is a female who is either chubby or pregnant.  She would take a bite and then look at me, you can see the food in her mouth.

Just another view to show the high grass and daisies.

This field was walking distance away from the staging area for the Cowichan Valley Trail.  Yesterday we were going to ride our bicycles there but the Regional District had posted a sign warning of a cougar in the area.   I hope that if it is near to this field, the goats will not be harmed.

From My Garden..

Just a few photos of my garden.  Above is Japanese Blood Grass and that deep rich red does look like the color of blood.  I thought that this plant had died from the cold winter we had but thankfully it was merely dormant.

Below is Astrantia Major, common name is Masterwort.  This flower was in the bouquet I posted about earlier (go here).  It was a flower we had in the garden of our previous home so hearing that a local nursery was carrying it, I had to go and buy one for myself.  It was already blooming, an added bonus.  I think that it is lovely.

Below is Day Lily Stella D’Oro.  It’s bright yellow color is not dimmed in shade.  I moved it from another spot in the garden this Spring so it is not blooming as much as it can.

Lastly, below is Jacob’s Ladder, so-called because of the shape of the leaves which does resemble the rungs of a ladder.   The clusters of light blue flowers are lovely atop a rather tall plant.

A Lovely Bouquet

This lovely bouquet was purchased last Saturday from a local farm market.  The lady had picked the flowers from her garden the night before. The large flower on the right is similar to Queen Anne’s Lace but it is cultivated and not considered a  weed.  The Anemones are lovely and delicate.  There is also Masterwort (Astrantia major) and Hosta leaves for greenery.

Below is a closer look at the Anemones.  I have some growing in my garden and can only hope that they will be as lovely as these.