Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Poltrack Garden 2016

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"
Muhammed Ali

Good morning,

Yesterday I spread some straw in the garden (available at Mason Brook Nursery) to maintain the moisture and protect the soil from being compacted.I was pleased to see that the snap peas were just beginning to blossom. Won't be long till the first harvest of 2016.

The Kousa Dogwood is flowering. This is a great tree for our climate, it is very hardy

The "rain covers" have formed on this pitcher plant. I believe this variety is Sarracencia flava

Athyrium niponicum
Japanese Painted Fern really lights up shady areas. I'm trying to get it to spread out.
The Miss Kim lilac is in full bloom now. This variety is unbelievably fragrant, almost cloyingly so. I find it almost intoxicating and it is a magnet for Eastern tiger swallowtails (Papilio glaucus)

Papilo glaucus

When I moved to New Ipswich in 1974 I found an early blooming daylily on the property. This is the first flowering for 2016

Ants on the peonies. Are they harmful? They are not, Are they necessary for the flowers to emerge? They are not

A future snap pea

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