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Thursday, June 16, 2011


This home that we moved into 4 years ago was owned by a couple who were wonderful gardeners, so I've been told.  Since we moved in, we have seen evidence of that here and there, amid the overgrowth and tired landscape that we have now renovated.  

One of the plants we noticed was on the empty lot behind our house, which was originally a part of this property.  The plant that caught our eye stayed green all winter. 

Last summer I sent Dave over the fence to dig a couple of them out.  Over he went, probably catching poison ivy in the process, and he returned with one large and one small plant, and we added them to our landscape and watched them wilt.  It was a very hot summer for transplanting, so in a last ditch effort to save them, I pulled them out of the ground, and set them in our waterfall, my journey into the world of hydro gardening.  

Well, both of those dear plants sprouted like mad, and were ready to plant well before the fall.  Here is the one we call "the mother ship,"  because we think it will eventually send out babies from it's long underground root system

As you can see, it is preparing to bloom.  We've never seen exactly what the flowers to this plant look like, as it did not bloom last summer after being planted, and when it was on the back lot, it was too overgrown with other things for us to notice.  

 Cute little curly-q's peel away from the edges of the leaves. 
Here's the baby of the mother ship.  It is doing really well and looks like it also may bloom this year.  We are anxiously awaiting the blooms, and I will post pictures when they appear, as I think they are going to be pretty dramatic.  

Now, does anyone out there know what this plant is?  It looks like a succulent, but it is not.  And, it stays green through every moment of our harsh New England winters.  These were under four feet of snow in our yard, and when the snow melted back, they emerged just as green as they were last summer.  

This next item in our yard is one that we treasure, because they are so uncommon in our area and climate. 
The tree with the lovely canopy is a Bing Cherry tree.  We did not discover that until our first summer here, when all of a sudden the birds and our Cassy dog were producing stuff that was a vivid bright red.  Then we found the source of the color all over the ground, cherries, sweet cherries, hundreds of them.  Cassy dog just about ate herself sick, as did the birds in the area.  Some day we may devise a net for under the canopy so that we can enjoy the harvest.  For now, it's all for the birds and Cassy. 

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