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In the garden: Twilight

We had a lovely hot day, or what passes for hot in Maine, 80°F, and then rain. So even though drops of rain on the flowers is a cliche, I thought that the colors at dusk would be so saturated I'd go ahead anyhow. Sorry the focus is a little soft; gotta figure out a way to get that view camera, then get the tripod, the f-64 lens...

Honestly, I don't know what I did to deserve this patch of bleeding hearts in my front garden. They just keep growing!

And more!

Here are lilies of the valley, which are invading the shady end of my front garden. Amazingly, I ripped all the grass out of this section, and reseeded with wildflowers, and even though I turned over all the soil quite thoroughly, the lilies of the valley still came up.

Solomon's seal, also invading everything (and I saw some bumblebees pollinating it today).

Lilacs by the front door, pleasant to pass my on my way out to my desk in the garden. I've always felt that Whitman's:

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,

is one of the most beautiful lines in the language, though I'm not much of a Whitman fan. Perhaps he, too, had a Grandmother's Garden, like mine, when he was growing up; masses of color.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

I would give a lot to be able to grow lilacs and lily of the valley here. They are my Wife's favorites, but our winters are just too warm for them; not enough chill hours.

Submitted by lambert on

I never thought of Maine's winter chill as having advantages -- but now I see that it does!

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Submitted by nippersdad on

We can't have tulips that last more than a year, either. They are just a waste of time better spent buying them at the grocery store in season.

It seems odd that I seem to spend winters freezing my ass off and then whining about the lack of chill hours....... :)

Submitted by lambert on

Both the Bleeding Hearts and the Solomon Seal are supposed to like partial shade, but I put them in a spot with bright sun; worse, the area gets all the salt from the plows (and I am now told the town uses salt; sigh, I thought they didn't, now).