2013 Highlights

Martha O'Kennon

2013 saw several themes running in parallel. The flowers as they came and went; the Frog who came to visit for a couple of months and chatted away with everyone; raising Polyphemus moth caterpillars.
2013 Flowers

These are some of the spring flowers that showed up in 2013. Here you have pink columbines, orange poppies, forget-me-nots, and in the background raspberries just about to flower. Next is a jack-in-the-pulpit, a deep shade lover.

And here is my earliest blooming primrose and a bed of mixed hyacinths. Indoors hyacinths have an overpowering aroma but outdoors that aroma is just gorgeous.

A few days later, that little hyacinth patch has magically turned into a tulip, grape hyacinth, and forget-me-not patch.

As summer progresses, the pond comes alive with water lilies, water striders, happy fishes and tadpoles, and if you zoom in on the upper right of the second pond picture, you can catch a glimpse of Froggy!

Most of the summer the bloomers are more subdued. But here is a spectacular hardy hyacinth whose blooms are about 10 inches in diameter.

The faithful asters begin in August and stay till almost October. They are the children of a tall shocking pink New England aster and a low-growing "Purple Dome" aster. Those two hybrid asters died a couple of summers later, but by then the children had become a beautiful shade of purplish pink, and as the years passed, the colors diverged and diverged. Many shades of pink are represented. Here is a mauve one, and the next is a strange blooming purple aster with a glowing almost orange golden center.

At the end of the season, the goldenrod is the last hold-out.

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