Even the fungi are beginning to fruit in abundance.
The Filberts have pushed out their pollen producers.
So cute, don'cha think?
Another fungus, I presume. Best view for magnification control.
Same strange fungus, brighter light.
A Lenten Rose.
Plants in the Astilbe bed push up through the mulch.
Flowers on the Evergreen Huckleberry bush.
The first colors in the Primrose beds.
More primrose. The slugs will eat the colored blossoms, leaving just the yellow by the end of their season.
Pretty red and blue primrose. All doomed. We see the displays in the grocery store nursery area and know that the slug god will have his proper sacrifices again this year.
The not day lilly (night lilly) pushing forth from their bare beds.
The astilbe bed a little further along.
Lenten rose in the astilbe bed.
Another lenten rose in the astilbe bed.
Bleeding Heart shoots in the astilbe bed.
Little blue flowered bulbs at the east end of the astilbe bed.
Croci in the Astilbe bed
Another bunch of Croci.
The Honey suckle is starting.
The Southern Lenten Rose.
This years Western Red Squirrel.
I tossed out some black oil sunflower seeds for him.
Daffodils en cluster
The glorious wild plum in the background. Those dark spots on the lower left are faded pussy willow catkins, that have gone past their silver prime, from a willow tree that is much closer than the plane of focus.
Plum thicket seen across the swamp-field.
A wider-angle view of the plum thicket.
The southern border, coming forth again.
The Heir-loom Peonies. Remember that gorgous cluster of magenta blossoms, set off with glossy, dark green foliage? Here it is off to a bad start. Bad because it is too early. Each of those tender shoots contain a tender bud, which are likely to be damaged by frost durning the rest of the winter. Sigh.
A closer view of the peony shoots.
Finally, the vegetable garden put to bed for the winter.
The upper garden. And in the background are the slumping bulk of the kurly kale and the collards, which did, in fact survive the freezing weather. We have had several cuttings from the kurly kale, but the heads of the collards rotted out.
The red elderberry spreads its conical blossoms in a classic fan, forced by the fact that, weed that it is, it has sprouted between two fences, and neither home-owner can get to its roots and make a fatal trim.
A bed of Windflowers? At the east end of the Astilbe bed, under the honeysuckle vine.
I'm sure it has a name; but its pale little yellow flowers hardle hold a candle to the vibrant, golden Dandylion!
The rocks are there, just underground.
These hearts really bleed for you!
A medium sized Azalea struggles to find the light!
Windflowers? At east end of the Astilbe bed.
The King apple tree in the front yard.
The bleeding heart of spring.
The glorious lavender Rhody that wraps around the corner of the house.
The small coral red roses are beginning to appear
It is not quite the same shot, when the sky is gray. But, the poppy blooms are just as red. Rain is hard on the big petals.
The color of summer has arrived.
Eat your heart out GSK!
The main garden in July.
Rose Hill with asparagus bed.
The berry thicket.
The first four beds in the Salad Garden.
The east end of the Salad Garden.
The green onion row (along the fence) in the Salad Garden.
The Not Day Lilly in a bunch in the old Tomato House.
Douglas Squirrel feeding at the squirrel-proof bird feeder
Douglas squirrel in his special feeder.
The Astilbe bed.
East end of Astilbe bed.
Doug stuffing his face.
Doug watching me.
I remember this dragonfly to be a bright irridescent turquoise.
Another evil sleeper from the Wiley Zucchinni
Looking up Daffron Ally from the Evergreen end at our property line.
A big leaf maple seen from Daffron Alley.
Same big-leaf maple.
Moving up the alley towards the Sugar Plum Maples.
Closer and closer.
There it is! The biggest Sugar plum Maple on the alley, in full autumn sun.
Alas, the color here will never be as good as with the East Coast Sugar plum Maples in the fall.
But, it will do!
This is a plant that was given to us at Easter, but which sprouted and developed it flowers to bloom around Christmas. It probably would have been dead on if we had not had to pull it inside keep it from freezing.