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In the garden: The morning's tour

That's what my father called his daily walk; a "tour." The garden seems to be complexifying as summer, at last, begins to be summer -- although it's the high 60s and rainy today, so we're still getting April showers in late June, low 60s tomorrow, fer chrissake -- but so and there was a lot to see today.

Below is the second of the two heirloom iris from the bulbs I cannot be lazy, again, about splitting this fall:

And here is a happy accident. This feathery annual self-seeded itself in an entirely new location! And now that I've ripped out the weeds that were hiding it (there were rather a lot) it should be happy:

I say "feathery annual" because it seems to be an annual ritual that I forget this plant's name and have to ask.

Here are some cukes that may, if I am lucky, yield something before a late frost:

But as you can see, only one pathetic little seeded cohort germinated (although we'll see tomorrow). For this bed, I'd carefully cut that suspect seafood mulch, that seems to kill everything seeded in it, with soil, but apparently even that wasn't enough. MOAH FLATZ!!!!

And finally, something I'm actually proud of that's going well; the "front lawn":

I'm not a "masses of color" guy, and (obviously) not a bark mulch guy. What I like to do (as I've said) is create vistas, so when people are in motion, they see the relationships between the plants change.

In the above image, you can see that the "front lawn" (it used to be a lawn) is divided into zones horizontally; these are more or less constant as the user passed by. However, there are verticals (red line) that must change in relation to each other as the viewer's point of view changes; the bleeding hearts come into view as the peony (just one) is no longer the focus of attention. And so forth!

What I have always done, until this year, is hide little toy animals in the beds, because I imagine children having fun looking for them; unfortunately, however, I seem to have misplaced my small collection....

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Submitted by lambert on

The leaves have a different shape, and the flowers (it has not bloomed yet) are tight spheres. I know we've had this discussion before, but searching on "feathery" and "fronds" doesn't bring up relevant posts!

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Submitted by nippersdad on

V. Arnold is right, the stuff is poisonous. If you put toys in your beds to attract little kids, make sure that they cannot get at the yellow flowers.....They will put anything in their little mouths.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

That would prolly be wise.

There are lots of other things with similar foliar habits which would be less risky and still blend in with your design. I know people use it as an herb and/or make tinctures with the stuff, but the alkaloid levels appear to be so variable from one plant to another that one never knows which one would be mild enough for culinary/medicinal use.