Wednesday Garden: 15 June 2011

Some before and afters:
June 10, 2011
9 June 2011

into
June 12, 2011
12 June 2011 (3 days later after a few good rains!)

Green Damson Plums
5 June 2011

into

Damson Plums, ripening
12 June 2011

What a difference a good rain or two makes.

Things that are still growing:
Blueberries
Blueberries- this is all we have from our bush – only 5 blueberries. I think we killed the second bush and may need to get another. Same thing with our raspberries- one is practically bursting but the other is not doing so well.

peppers
Little peppers.

June 11, 2011
More green tomatoes. Making things neat = EPIC FAIL.

Our perennials are going crazy too.

bee balm
It is a banner year for bee balm. It’s EVERYWHERE.

Gooseneck Loosestrife
So is gooseneck loosestrife, though it’s an invasive. So far, I have orange lilies, loosestrife, and bee balm competing for the world’s tallest plant. You would think I was growing baby giraffes there.

Passion Flower
First passionflower. You can apparently make jam out of their seeds, but all I am going to say is that this plant is super-hardy. It looks like it’s dead in winter (you can barely see it at all and it looks like it’s disappeared) but when it arrives, it comes with a vengeance and it’s very good at replanting itself like winter squash (send out a vine, drop roots along the vine and hang on for dear life). So it’s a very good plant to have if you think you are prone to killing plants.

And a bug:
Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
That would be a black swallowtail caterpillar. Mr. Yum was convinced it was a hornworm, but no, hornworms are not that brightly colored- they are all green and they uh, have horns. We tried to pick it up and it whipped out a really bright orange forked tongue that we got startled. So we tried to get it to move into a piece of flat bark and take it to the land of bee balms so it could eat that instead of eating my dill plant (does this mean it’s going to be a pickled caterpillar?).

And finally, a flower identifying question for you. I have no idea what this plant is. I think I saw it somewhere then lost the name.
Who am I?
Any ideas?

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One Response to Wednesday Garden: 15 June 2011

  1. krakatoa says:

    That last one is creeping bellflower.

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