Do they or don’t they?

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Ants – and peonies.

I read somewhere that the ants aren’t really licking the peonies open… but they sure do seem to be hard at work getting these blossoms ready. 

Sara says they DO.  I say they don’t.  Because I read it, but now that I see them at work, I am beginning to doubt myself.  I know they love the sticky nectar, but are they really opening the bloom?

I’m just thrilled because I transplanted these two peonies four years ago and  haven’t had anything like a satisfactory blossom on one of them yet.  They were in the shade and I figured they’d be MUCH happier in the sunshine, but so far, they have only sulked.

A few more garden glimpses, taken at dusk, so I apologize for the weird light.

The view from my bench on Shabbos and Yom Tov:

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Yes, there are tons of weeds, but I adore how lush and GREEN it all is, how overblown, with the hundreds of tiny white thyme flowers, the bright-green oregano, the giant hosta.  This is what I was dying to see back in February.

Square foot beds.  Still mostly dirt.  First thing on Sunday, I’m going to Fortino’s to buy a bunch of seedlings to fill in the many empty bits.

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Clematis “Nelly Moser” – there are two more blooms waiting to pop open, but this one was first.  Three flowers isn’t much, but it’s one more than I got last year, and hopefully, it’ll keep doubling (there was a fourth flower coming but the branch must have snapped because it faded before it could bloom).

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A new columbine!  I don’t remember planting it, but columbines will do that; they morph from generation to generation.  Now there are three colours in the front foundation bed.  Clashy, but I love the giant, forward-facing blooms on this one.

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If you look closely at the foliage, you can tell that the leaf miners are back, drilling their way through the leaves of all the columbines and making them unsightly. 

I don’t care:  it’s June and I love my garden!!!

But now, I really MUST fold laundry…


  1. Clematis and columbine are two of my favorites! BEAUTIFUL! :)

  2. You are so fortunate; peonies don't grow here. (in fact, nothing is growing at the moment because of the drought!)


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