Yet another volunteer has proved itself to be lovely in my garden.
Looks like some kind of daisy. If past experience is any indicator, it’s something that most people would consider a weed.
The pollinators are LOVING it, though! There are a ton of honeybees hanging around it, and I’m not really seeing them on anything else these days.
While we’re down here, check out the lovely changing trees in the background!
As I’ve mentioned, the weeds have gotten slightly out of control recently. Much to my surprise, what I had originally thought was some kind of crab grass or whatever turns out to be CORN! I first noticed it in the alleyway between our garage and the neighbor’s fence. This area doesn’t get a ton of sun, so I’m really surprised that corn was able to germinate here.
If I hadn’t noticed the ears with tassles, I probably wouldn’t have realized what it was.
Not only is there corn volunteering in that alleyway garden, there’s more in the driveway-side garden, and some in the front yard! All of the corn volunteers are really small and I doubt the ears will really develop into anything edible, but I’m going to let the ones that aren’t in the front yard keep growing to see what happens. Just when I was telling K about this weird happenstance, he noticed a squirrel running by carrying an ear of corn!
There are a few of these popping up around the front garden. It looks sort of like strawberry to me (though I haven’t grown strawberries myself), but I’m not sure. Anyone have an idea?
And it finally came out for real today! It’s been raining and/or chilly for what feels like ages so I was really happy to see the sun full-on shining today. When I went for my lunchtime walk it was 70 with 5mph winds, so it felt glorious! I actually had to keep my walk pretty short because I wasn’t wearing uberstrength SPF and didn’t want to tempt fate.
The gardens have been happy for all the rain, but they also seemed pleased at today’s warmth and rays.
The other day I went out to empty our countertop food waste bin and noticed that something is sprouting right out of the compost bin!
This looks pretty similar to some of the volunteers that have sprouted in the raised bed closest to this bin. I’m thinking maybe cucumbers, or zucchini? I’ll probably pull these out as carefully as I can and transplant them into the bed.
Some of the plants in the ornamental gardens are looking ready to bloom any day now.
Dutch Iris (Mixed) in the driveway-side bed:
Mystery plant in the garage-side bed in the back yard:
Woodland Sage AKA Salvia ‘Plumosa’:
Bellflower ‘Ivory Peach’:
Many of these are plants I put in last year after ordering them online. They were super tiny and didn’t really do much last year, so it’ll be exciting to see them actually bloom this year.
Speaking of things I haven’t seen bloom before, I got a ton of Pink Hardy Gloxinia on clearance last year, after it was past its bloom. Now it’s starting to get going:
It’s got teeth!
I’m a bit concerned about this Black Hollyhock in the front yard. It is clearly not happy, but I’m not sure what the problem is. Too much sun? Bugs? Virus?
Any suggestions will be appreciated!
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