Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yard Wilderness

This is our skinny side of the yard. Follow the pathway to the raspberries while stepping through lemon balm.The lemon balm stays low because it can't send roots through the landscape fabric.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In the Rose Garden

All the roses are blooming, along with the honeysuckle and cat mint.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Brewer's Blackbird Feeding Time

The one on the right is the "baby." Daddy blackbird was bringing what looked like caterpillars for feeding.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Orange-y Red Rose

I missed getting this one's picture before it started its fade from glory. The yellow center gives it extra wow.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mini Zinnia

I have oodles of zinnias in the garden, in baskets and in containers this year. I've gone on strike against petunias and geraniums due to last year's unfortunate run in with bud worms. This is a mini variety zin.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pinky Pretty

June is certainly "loverly" for roses this year in Boise.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Incredible Rose

One of the stand-outs in the rose garden.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cat Mint

A perennial border shrub and yes, cats really do like it. So do bees.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

English Roses

A favorite rose for cutting because of its strong and slightly spicy scent.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Zinnia with One Star

One yellow star in the middle so far. They'll rim the center of the bloom as it matures.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Yellow Mini

Minis are well-behaved roses. They're easy to prune and bloom all season.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

First Mini Rose of the Season

The yellows are coming on, too. They may be small, but they carry a powerful scent.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Praying Mantis - Psyche!

I really don't have to ask how a plastic praying mantis ended up in a garden container.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fungi Crop

All the rain has helped sprout a bumper crop of fungi this year.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Snow Peas

These usually start pushing through the ground in April. It's an interesting gardening year.

Naturally Dried Hydrangea

Found this bloom from last year while doing some clean-up.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Purple Iris

I moved all the irises last fall, so I don't have a lot of blooms this year. I will next year, though.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


The cool spring delayed the potato growth. Fingers crossed we'll still be able to harvest some gems this fall.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hummingbird Sticking Out His Tongue

Male black-chinned hummingbird. There must have been tasty little bugs flying around, or a sweet mist going on, because he sat here "tasting" the air for several minutes.

Friday, June 3, 2011

House Finch: Orange Variant

House finch males are usually red...but sometimes, they're orange and can even be yellow. It's all connected to diet.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Female Cassin's Finches

It's interesting that Cassin's finches have been hanging around the neighborhood. I'm not sure I've ever seen them here before. These two ladies, by the way, were very aggressive at the feeder - chasing off house finches and house sparrows trying to get a snack.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blooming Sedum

I tucked sedum into the hanging baskets this year. I didn't realize it would bloom, though.