No, we're not being invaded by a band of miniature garden gnomes.
There are much more sinister forces
at work in our yard!
The little guy above and the red ceramic mushroom are the first
items I've purchased for a faerie garden. I temporarily stuck them in
a pot of flowers by the back door. Where they'll probably still be when autumn rolls around.
Do you remember my Redleaf May Day trees that bloomed just a few short weeks ago?
After 6 years of coaxing them to stand up straight, we finally gave up the battle.
Both trees had numerous sickly branches, so we chopped them
down before they spread the disease to our few healthy trees.
One of my favorite
shrub is covered with fragrant blossoms.
Thank goodness we planted a hearty Linden tree.
Signature bright green seed pods.
On closer inspection.........
Don't let the pretty colored design...wait a minute! I just noticed the design is
a series of skull and crossbones! Fitting.
Anywho, don't let their fuzzy soft appearance fool you.
These big eaters can wipe out an entire super-sized forest lickety split!
This year we will see a minimal amount of these obnoxious critters, but
the next 3 years,
we I will be taking cover in the house when they pass through town.
Imagine an army of gazillions of these worms covering the side of your house.
They don't crawl around anything. They march right over whatever happens to be
in their path of destruction. These worms are trained by the professionals
at Cirque du Soleil to swing from tree to tree by their sticky web.
There is no safe haven from these fuzzy forest annihilators.
Needless to say, I'm going to enjoy every worm-free moment I can this summer.
Here are a few photos of some new plants (annuals) and those (perennials) that have escaped the
numerous snackers in our yard.
Always dependable Columbine.
but it has a pineapple-like flower bud.
Now that the little shade tree is gone, this barrel of plants is adjusting to more direct sunlight.
Petunias in my clearance teacup pots from Michael's.
You can just barely see the gnome peeking out of the pot of flowers
I picked up this vintage soap holder at an antique show in Anoka, MN last weekend.
My low-maintenance shade garden. The only plant I water regularly
is the basket of double pink impatiens in the vintage urn.
A peaceful sunset.
Its hard to be a disgruntled gardener on nights like these.
Wishing you a relaxing and pest-free weekend.