Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eastern Gray Tree Frog

I always think of frogs being near water or near or on the ground.  Thing is, though the frog I see most often is a climbing frog, the Eastern gray tree frog.  These frogs can climb up to 30 feet into trees, or up the side of my house to hide on the window ledge, camouflaging himself by blending in with the peeling paint!  I suppose trying to hide by in the petunias (lilac) or on the side of the house (pink) would have been a bit of a push for these camouflaged experts, but great fun don't you think?



I think of these frogs as a bit like the amphibiam vampires.  They seem to get caught on the sunny side of buildings at dawn and seek cover in strange places.  The Gardening Twins and Baby Gardener found one between their window and the bird feeder.  (Bird "anything" as part of my hiding place I would also think, not a good choice.

NOTE: No frogs were spray-painted in the course of writing this blog post!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Beauty of Established Plants and Adapting My Garden

Beebalm 'Jacob Cline', blue ceramic grouper looking on.
 Grouper has been "looking on" for over ten years now.  He has seen plants come and seen plants go.  In the Long Border, a plant really has to be on the top of its game to put on any sort of show.  There is just too much competition from other plants seeking advantageous sunlight and nutrients.  This year, this has also kept the weeds from over-running the garden.

I realize this year many of the plants in my garden are over ten years old.  This is an established garden, with an experienced gardener.  I have some bare patches this years, which I also know is unusual.  And it is time to change it up, and make it an easier garden to care for.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Achillea sibirica 'Love Parade'

Achillea sibirica 'Love Parade' is a nice achillea growing just under two feet tall and about two feet wide.  It prefers full sun where it can develop strong stems and its shiny foliage, unlike other achilleas.  It has nice pastel pink flowers which are larger than achillea millefolium.  Unlike other achilleas, it is clump forming rather than sending rhizamatous roots to and fro.

It is cold hardy to at least zone 4 and prefers well-drained soils.  Bloom time is July in zone 5.