Rushing into summer

Morning, sunshine!

Foam flowers

What strange weather we're having, with thirty degree temperature changes from one day to the next! Right now we're in cold mode and the sixty degrees feel quite chilly after the tropical climate we experienced only a couple of days ago.

Chipmunk

Visitors

The chipmunks have a burrow under this little concrete bench. Every time I happen to cross paths with one of them as I walk through the garden, he retreats to it immediately. This one made an exception, so I had enough time to take a picture.

It rained a lot and the garden took on that fierce look it gets every time it is left to its own devices. More weeding, more weeding.

This is the time of the year when maples bless us with a glut of helicopter seeds that litter every flat surface, from the terrace to the garden chairs and the walkways. Usually I have to pick them out of the flower beds by hand, a task which requires the patience of Job, but not this year, this year the perennial foliage acted like a shield and didn't allow any of them to reach the ground. I'm so grateful the plants are doing my work for me!

The roses and peonies started out on an enthusiastic bloom, only to be a little taken aback by the sudden change in temperature. The summer-like warmth spoiled me, so I'm waiting for it to come back before I get out there to restore order to the chaos.

The tomato plants are knee high and in need of staking and a mass of squash foliage already asserted its rights over the garden path. It is what it is.

You'd think the plants would slow down in this uncertain weather, but they grow aggressively, covering everything under and around them with a thick green blanket. God I love spring!

I brought some lilac flowers inside and their scent fills the room. It's sunny. It's cloudy. It's sunny again. The foam flowers boast in the quick changing light. Morning, sunshine!

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Honesty

Honesty

There are some annuals you only have to plant once. They will never leave your garden, whether you like it or not, so plan your plantings accordingly. One of them, and frankly, one too pretty to pull with the weeds, is Lunaria Annua, the honesty plant.

Some call it money plant, because it displays its seeds in translucent pods that look very much like coins strewn along tall and graceful stems.

The flowers are pretty too, as you can see, and quite reliable bloomers. They thrive in bright light but don't require full sun exposure, which makes them a must have if yours is a shade garden. Blossoms usually come in purple, but there is also a white sport, the one I happened upon.

As I said, it is a relentless self-seeder, not fussy about soil types or water levels either, so it is perfect for those dry shade locations where nothing seems to prosper.

Honesty is a decorator's favorite because its dried seed pods make sophisticated and long lasting flower arrangements. They are stunning in the landscape too, as long as you are aware of the fact that when their little cellophane wrappers finally snap open, every one of those seeds will sprout.

On a completely unrelated note, old time lore gave this plant power over metals, so much so that it could be used to pull the nails out of horseshoes and pick locks. Just saying.

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