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Monday, May 31, 2010

That's My World Tuesday: My wild and crazy garden

My garden is getting wilder and crazier by the minute and by and large I like it that way.


The wildlife that lives in my garden is thriving which is a big part of why I like a somewhat wild garden.


Part of the current status of my garden is on purpose but it's also lack of energy on my part. It would certainly be better maintained if I had more energy.


But if my garden was better maintained I'd miss out on some of the pleasant surprises I get.


For example I used to have the hibiscus below in one part of my garden and through the years it has popped up all over the place.


The mulberry trees were volunteers and there are so many different birds and other animals like squirrels that love the berries.


At one point I had a few butterfly weed plants but at this point they pop up throughout my garden and the bees and butterflies love them.


I have so many different butterflies and moths as well as bees that they perform a symphony with the birds' voices chiming in.


I still have a lot of summer flowers that aren't blooming yet, such as, purple cone flower and black eyed susan. They have started forming buds but won't be in bloom till later in June.


It's not as easy to photograph the birds with so much dense cover but I listen for them and can sometimes quietly find where to aim my camera.


In the center of the shot below is the trunk and lower branches of my crepe myrtle. I always look forward to it blooming in the summer because it adds such a big splash of color to my garden. I'll start looking for the crepe myrtle's blooms in late June and July.


The yellow yarrow is beginning to add a splash of color and soon the red yarrow will be joining in too.


It's amazing how fast the perennial grasses go from a few early blades to large and bushy and even some plumes starting. I have several different ornamental grasses that die back completely in the winter but make a big comeback by mid spring.


I guess I'll end this tour of my wild side garden before an ogre jumps out and scares me.


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Sandi McBride said...

yes yes YES...that's how I love it, too...great photoshoot, girlfriend!

Cezar and Léia said...

Those little surprises in your garden are a wonderful gift, I think this place is beautiful , peaceful and blessed!
Thanks for these beautiful pictures!

Rajesh said...

Lovely shots. Very beautiful and colorful garden.

Sylvia K said...

Your garden is perfect and those little surprises are indeed a wonderful gift! Such marvelous photos, Carver! What a lovely place you have to enjoy the beauty! Have a great week!


eileeninmd said...

Carver, the natural type gardens can attract much more wildlife to your yard. Wonderful photos! We have some sections of our yard that we have just let nature take over and the birds and wildlife love it.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carver: Your garden is alive with life. Love the birds, insects and flowers.

Martha Z said...

It's a perfect garden that brings pleasue to its owner and habitat to the wild creatures.

Ebie said...

You have a huge garden, and you do not have to go to the Botanical Gardens to enjoy the treasurs you got.

Gizelle, Vienna said...

I envy your garden! :D birds, even so they are beautiful shots!

Gel said...

Hi Carver,

Loved these photos and searching with my eyes for the surprises, like birds and butterflies. I feel a kinship with you because, I too, do not have a manicured garden. My surprise birds require a zoom lens that I don't have, because the trees in my backyard woods are very tall and dense. Still, I try. Just the other day, I saw a chipmunk.

Anonymous said...

Oh your garden is like a park. I would love to explore every nook and cranny. Hoped you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Arija said...

I love your garden going feral just like mine and for the same reason. The last couple of years I have not been able to bend down to weed and pruning has been sadly neglected as well but some of my flowers still hold their own.
It is always best to enjoy what we have and you have a veritable wild paradise.

Maude Lynn said...

I think it looks lovely!

Indrani said...

Beauty in wild and craziness... beautiful life!

Ayie said...

the birds, the butterflies...they can relax a stressed soul...

Rinkly Rimes said...

It looks like your own private Paradise! Where's Adam?

Mojo said...

There's a part of my yard I call "Darwin's Garden" because I decided years ago that whatever grew there belonged there and what didn't belong there would eventually be "naturally deselected". That part of the yard would be impossible to maintain anyway, so I left it wild... *ahem*... natural.

And if I could get in there, I would probably find quite a few nice surprises like these. (Probably some not-so-nice ones too.) The hibiscus is beautiful!

Daryl said...

What a wonderful green world you inhabit!

SandyCarlson said...

Your garden is gorgeous.

NicoleB, Egypt said...

I totally love your wild garden!
It must be paradise for the wildlife :)

Unknown said...

Your garden is amazing and full of life. thanks for sharing your world.


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