Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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I took some pictures of my yard on August 2.


This is a wide view of the yard around the barrel garden.  You can see how shaggy the lawn has gotten, not being mowed for about 2 weeks.  It's calf to knee-deep in many places.  :/
This is a wide view of the barrel garden and yard.

This is the mowed path.  You can see where I've been weeding.  The walnut brush pile was around here and the grass seems to have recovered fine.
This path goes around the barrel garden.

Marigolds are blooming in the barrel garden.
This is the barrel garden.

These are yesterday-today-and-tomorrow petunias.  They open white, then get darker over the next couple of days, sort of a pinkish-lavender.  They also reseed freely so they may come back next year.
These are yesterday-today-and-tomorrow petunias.

Here is the container garden.
The container garden is on top of the picnic table.

The purple-and-white-garden has hostas blooming again.
The purple and white garden has hostas blooming.

The septic garden is a jungle.
This is the septic garden.

Zinnias are blooming here.
Zinnias are blooming in the septic garden.

This is the white garden. The yuccas have set seed.
This is the white garden.

Cypress vines are climbing the support wire.
Cypress vines are climbing the support wire.

Queen Anne's lace is blooming in the yard.
Queen Anne's lace is blooming in the yard.

These are my naked ladies.
Naked ladies are blooming.

Here's a closeup.  I love how subtle their colors are.  Also the stalks look like little alien heads before they bloom.
Here is a closeup of the naked ladies.

Here is the wildflower garden in its full summer glory.
Here is a long view of the wildflower garden.

This is a closer view.
Here is a medium view of the wildflower garden.

Black-eyed Susans are blooming.  Above them are the green seedheads of northern sea oats.
Black-eyed Susans are blooming in the wildflower garden.

Purple coneflowers, yellow coneflowers, and Queen Anne's lace are blooming her.e
Coneflowers are blooming in the wildlife garden.

This is purple penstemon.
Purple penstemon is blooming in the wildflower garden.

Official seal of approval: Two bees are busy servicing a coneflower.  They seem to be mostly black, so I think they're native bees rather than the honeybees.  If you don't actually see pollinators in your pollinator garden, you may have the wrong kinds of flowers and/or pesticide residue on them.
Two bees are on the echinacea.

This is the blackberry patch.
This is the blackberry patch.

The cup flowers are around 10-12 feet tall.
Cup plants are blooming in the prairie garden.

This is a long view of the prarie garden.  Goldenrod is head-high or taller too.
Here is a long view of prairie garden.

Official seal of approval: Monarchs love the cup plants, but hate being stalked, so I couldn't get a real closeup.
A monarch is on the cup plant.

This is the first patch of little bluestem grass.  It has lots of grass, about calf-high by now, though I don't know if any of that is bluestem.  It also has a lot of cup plants and some partridge pea.  There's at least one zinnia growing down at the far end.
This is the first little bluestem patch.

This is the second patch of little bluestem, about ankle-high by now.
This is the second patch of little bluestem.

Here is my sunchoke patch.  The tallest ones are maybe 6-7 feet now.
This is my sunchoke patch.

The flowers are very similar to cup plants.
Sunchokes are blooming in the prairie garden.

Official seal of approval: a monarch caterpillar munches on a milkweed.  There are actually 2 of them on this plant.  That's rare, because they tend to eat each other.
A monarch caterpillar is on the milkweed.

The big bluestem at the east end of the prairie garden is tall, but hasn't put up its seed stalks yet.  Elsewhere I've seen some that already opened its turkey feet.
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