One big white peony enough
for a bouquet.
by Carol Purington
My tree peony blossom is pink, but it is big enough for a bouquet. Carol’s haiku are so evocative that I must include another on this Muse Day Monday.
End of the row
The child’s strawberry basket
This haiku seems to me a perfect depiction of a child’s innocent greediness and the sweetness of summer. Thank you Carolyn Gail for hosting Muse Day.
This is not only Muse Day, it is time for my Monday Report. A sad tale. My squash and cucumber plants were killed by last night’s cold temperatures. It didn’t get down to 32 degrees but the cold and wind were too much for the seedlings. Now I’ll be planting seeds, and by hurrying the planting, I have the lost the time I thought I would gain. Never hurry. How many times do I have to learn this?
Happily there is good new news in other people’s gardens. Jerry Sternstein’s 300+ rhododendrons are just coming into bloom. He had just visited the Heritage Museum and Garden, home of the Dexter rhododendron collection out on Cape Cod, but his own collection, which includes many Dexters is stupendous. Scintillation is one of Dexter’s most famous hybrids, and as you can see from Jerry’s specimen it is worthy of its popularity.
Dexter’s hybrids are known for the size of the individual blossoms that make up each flower truss.
Jerry collection has flowers of every color from deep reds to pale shades like this yellow Capistrano.
Jerry also has a large collection of deciduous azaleas, sometimes growing with the rhodies. Local nurseries have only a small variety of the rhododendrons that are available. Jerry has bought his from a number of mail order nurseries including Rare Find Nursery, and Greer Gardens.
Other friends in Charlemont, Ray and Esther Purinton, have been encouraging a lupine field along their long drive.
Lupines bloom in shades of pink, blue and purple. Right now, most of the Purinton’s flowers are blue.
There is a lupine field in Hawley that enjoys a local fame. Another friend said when he is out picking raspberries in July, before a thunderstorm, he can hear the lupine seeds exploding nearby. That explains how lupine fields grow and continue. Self seeding just before a rain.
Don’t forget you still have time to sign up for the Sundial drawing. Just leave a comment here or on the previous posting before Friday at midnight. The drawing will be Saturday morning and I’ll notify the lucky winner and Teak, Wicker and More. Good luck all.