This clematis bloom is pretty, but what's up with the folded petal?
It's a spider hideout! Generally I find them to be beautiful, but the eyes on this Jumping Spider kinda freak me out.
The lupine blooms are always a welcome sight...
...as are the Showy Ladyslippers! This year there are two blooms forming-yay!
I got my first winter catalog the other day! Huh? (Actually I understand the wisdom of preparing to harvest in advance, but I was put off at the mere suggestion of winter this time of year. Heck, summer only started what, like ten minutes ago?! :)
Here's the area I'd burned off this past spring (can't you tell?)
I sure can't believe it looked like this barely a month and a half ago.
The taverns up here have a drink that's popular when the weather gets hot: lemonade mixed with vodka (the "basic" recipe, though this one sounds good too :) Anyway, the drink is called a "summer hummer", but here is my preferred variety...
See the droplet of water at the top of the image? I'd left my hose dripping over the deck railing onto a fern that's planted next to a tree and always dry. I turned around to find Mr. Hummingbird here using it as a shower! Glad to help, dude. Then I saw this "ghostly" weed orchid re-appearing, twice the size it was last year.
I had some guests over Memorial Day weekend, I think they wanted to hang out someplace quiet due to the extra ATV traffic.
My Wine Cap Stropharia bed has been producing very well this year, after a quick harvest only three months post-innoculation last year!
This gigantic amendment project needs to be repeated throughout the flowerbed areas. I began by laying down wet newspaper (I also used large paper kitty litter bags which gave me lots of coverage). Then I topped the wet paper with a 2-3" layer of composted manure....
Well, back at it then! :)