Friday, June 1, 2007


We have gotten almost 4 inches of rain in the past 3 days, so the weeds should pull easy this weekend. I know one plant that I will pull out by the bucket fulls is Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory, I received these seeds years ago in a seed exchange, while it is a pretty morning glory, they are prolific to say the least. If Grandpa Ott was that prolific he has descendants in every corner of the state :). I do let a few of the vines grow, mostly around the compost pile, it is covered in dark purple morning glories by the end of summer.

We planted two new Hydrangeas this past week so all the rain will make those two happy. We planted Black Lace Elderberry Sambucus nigra 'Eva' last week, this shrub is supposed to resemble a Japanese Maple which will not survive in zone 4, I hope it lives up to this claim. I had ordered the Hydrangeas and the Elderberry last February and forgot all about the order until it arrived this past week, it was a nice surprise, but his is the second order that I had forgotten about, either I am ordering too much or I am having senior moments.

I took the picture of the baby robin last weekend. The Baltimore Orioles are now regular visitors to the grape jelly and the peony is one of my last peony bushes to bloom this season.


Jim V said...

I love the pictures of the robin..

I wanted to ask you a question - and I figured you'd probably know the answer.

Do you have any idea what type of flowers these are? :

Thanks =D

Jim V said...

Hmm.. didn't show the entire address, let me try again.

There we go. Thanks!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Jim, I think it is a lupine. Do a google image search for lupine and see what you think. Beautiful flower.

Sandy said...

Beautiful robin and that flower..just gorgeous.