May 2008

May 2nd and I have my Olympus back! Though not terribly visible in this shot, there's ample evidence of the destruction our 'darling' Neka wrought today. She managed to get some of the Camelia flowers which are now strewn over the patio in pieces because she doesn't like the taste of them, and you can see bits and pieces of the white Bleeding Heart which she pulled with her paw through the bars of the barrier. I'd forgotten she did that last year as well and seeing as it is a recurring thing I'll put some building wire or something like that one the back of the barrier so she cannot get her paw through it any longer.

It was only the day before I said to myself how nice the white Bleeding Heart looked, the first time quite frankly since it was planted there, probably 10 years ago. It obviously likes that layer of compost it received late winter.

One of the Hosta 'Undulata' we have, shows this wonderfully strange and rather fascinating growth, referred to as a fasciated scape.

I have lost track of this cute little German Iris a couple of times now, particularly when it is in bloom. It's small and quickly gets hidden once everything around it starts pop-up, guess I'll have to move it in order to keep better track of it.

We keep our Mouseplant in a 3 gallon pot and it was just packed solid this year. That made for a great showing and brought lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs' from people at our weekend plant sales.

The month of May is when we see our Rhododendrons and Azaleas in bloom. In the strip between our and the neighbour's driveway is an old deciduous Azalea planted by the original owner of the neighbouring house and it is one of these plants that just seems to hang in there. It never gets big, looks kind of spindly as a matter of fact most of the time, but this year it actually made a nice showing when it was in flower.