Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.............my poor tropical containers are really struggling to survive in temps like this.
It is just 3:30 in the afternoon.
I am going to have to check the low for tonight. I may have to cover those poor tropicals.
I noticed brown spots on my Purple Heart.
I suspect that unusual color is from the recent cold temperatures. Does anyone know for sure?
Although my Purple Heart is not happy, I prefer living with 48 degrees to the 100 + degree-days that many of you are having!
Despite the cold temps, I donned my long winter coat and went out and took some pictures to show you what's happening in my gardens.
I have dozens of purple iris in bud and a few in bloom. Here is the left side of arbor #3:
the right side of Arbor #3
a few feet up from the above pic, showing the chives and allium:
Way in the back I have a lot of orange poppies just beginning to flower. I am trying to keep the orange poppies way back in the wooded area where they can grow wild.
Up by the main arbor where there is more sun, I have a lot of iris in bloom:
I spotted my first spittle bug foam today on this poppy.
There is a little bug in the middle of the foam. I was not in the mood to squish spittle bugs today, so I just left it as is.
I decided this unusually cold June day called for some freshly-baked cookies. I recently bought some cookie dough from a co-worker who was peddling her young daughter's current school sale. (Don't get me started on schools sending this stuff home with 5-yr olds--have you ever seen a kindergarten kid selling this? No. It's always the parents who peddle the stuff at work) Anyway the mom told me the tub makes 48 cookies; I had a weak moment and bought two tubs of this cookie dough - $10 each. The tub actually made 24 nice-sized cookies...that's $5 a dozen--outrageous--I had to cook them and do all the clean up! (If you made them half-dollar size, you would get 48.)
On the plus side the cookies are good --very sweet, but good. These are a peanut butter/choc chip cookie.
Even though they are expensive, DH will love them on this cold spring evening.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.
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