Thursday, May 29, 2008

Shooting Star, a perrenial favorite of many native gardeners, but a relatively new addition to our pond garden.

Chilly for late May. Highs in the 60's with lows in the 40's. Sprinkles this morning with the possibility of more thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

The recent wet's been good for the garden. The first Columbine burst over the weekend, and has since exploded along the edge of the pond garden in bursts of red and yellow. Shooting Star's just started to bloom around the center of the garden. May divide it in the fall and start to cluster it right around the pond shore. Eggs in the Bluebird house are still unhatched, though I see the happy couple tendiing them constantly.

Garden Report:

What's Emerging:

  • Brown-eyed Susan
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Early Meadowrue
  • False Dragonhead
  • False Indigo
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Harebell
  • Monkeyflower
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Showy Goldenrod
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • False Solomon's Seal
  • Starflower
  • Tall Boneset
  • Virgin's Bower
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Wild Grape
  • Woodland Goldenrod
  • Woodland Sunflower

What's in Bloom:

  • Aborted Buttercup
  • Columbine
  • Hooked Violet
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Mohican Viburnum
  • Rue Anemone
  • Shooting Star
  • Swamp Buttercup
  • Wild Geranium
  • Yellow Violet

Wildlife Spotted:

  • American Toad
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Chorus Frog
  • Crow, Common
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Goldfinch
  • Grackle, Common
  • Gray Catbird
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Mallard Duck
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Purple Finch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Robin, American
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Spring Peeper
  • Tree Swallow
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Virginia Opossum
  • Wild Turkey
  • Wood Duck
  • Wood Frog
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

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