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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dianthus 'Early Bird Pinks'

Dianthus - Early Bird Pinks
Perennial
Full Sun
Blooms Spring and Summer







Pinks are especially popular as edging plants or in the rock garden.
The Early Bird series are exceptionally early and long-flowering.
This selection forms a low, grassy blue-green cushion, bearing upright stems of electric cherry-pink, double flowers, early spring through late summer.
Flowers have a spicy clove fragrance.
Drought tolerant once established.
Shear lightly after blooming.
Unlicensed propagation prohibited

Height: 15-20cm (6-8")
Spread: 20-30cm (8-12")
Hardiness: -29C (-20F)
USDA Zone: 5-9

Grows in normal or sandy/gravelly dry, well-drained soil.
Water well until established.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dinner with George



This is the first frog to come back to my pond since we've reconstructed it this spring.
He showed up during the construction faze, guess he decided he was away from home for long enough. We had just started filling the pond with water and were still placing rocks around the edges when he came home. He would watch my every move and would sit right in the construction zone and let me step beside and over top of him. For this reason I named him "Curious George"

We're for the most part finished the pond, minor details to iron out.

This is a series of shots I took a few nights ago just before sunset.
I've photographed a few frogs doing this before and really wasn't totally sure what I was seeing and photographing. 
After some research I believe that this is what is going on. Here's some what I found learned.

A frog hunts by sitting motionless, rarely even blinking. When prey walks or flies by, his mouth opens and his tongue flicks out and back, faster than we can see.
Frogs are carnivores. They eat insects, spiders, snails, worms, small fish and small land animals, such as mice. 

I also learned that frogs shed their skin once a week and read that they stretch it by opening and closing their mouths. Then they pull the skin over their heads much like a sweater and then they eat it. 

So..... I'm not to sure what was really transpiring the other night, but here are some photos.
George was already opening and closing his mouth when I noticed him. He's got something in the corner of his mouth. These shots are shown in the sequence that I shot them.




















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Black Leaved Thrift - Armeria Maritima 'Vesuvius'


Since I've revamped my pond I had to clean up my flower beds around them.
Here's one of the new perennials I just planted.
This post is a way for me to get to know my plants, and also a way to showcase my images and gardens.





Botanical Name: Armeria Maritima 'Vesuvius'
Common name: Black Leaved Thrift

Native to seaside cliffs, Thrift is a durable perennial for most any sunny location.
A low tufted mound of smoky-purple leaves, contrasting 
with deep pink pompom flowers for many weeks starting in late spring and early summer.
Trim off the spent flowers to encourage repeat blooming.
Nice for edging or rockery.
Grows in most well drained soils.
Water well until established.


Armeria maritima is the botanical name for a species of flowering plant. It is a popular garden flower, known by several common names, including thrift, sea thrift, and sea pink. The plant has been distributed worldwide as a garden and cut flower

Perennial 
Full Sun
Bloom: Spring and early summer
Height: 10-15cm ( 4 - 6" )
Spread: 15-30cm ( 6 - 12")
Soil: Normal to sandy
Soil moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Neutral, Alkaline or Acid
Hardiness: -46C (-50F)
USDA Zones 2-9


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