Windy Days

The weather continues to be a challenge for yardwork.  Cool days and extra strong winds make it unpleasant to do much outside, especially to take pictures.

It’s been strange to see what has survived and what has not.  Some things even seem to have thrived since that bitter, bitter cold.  One Amaryllis bloomed but had a 3 inch stem.  This one looks really healthy.

The Catalpa tree has never looked better.  Of course, the strong sun and the wind will shred the leaves and make it look ragged by the end of summer.  It is surviving better now that its roots have gone deeper with some age.

There has been an abundance of orchid-like blossoms.

The stems of the Byzantine Gladiolus (Gladiolus communis subsp. byzanins) haven’t been as strong as usual, but flowers are still pretty.

A native of the Mediterranean area, they do well here because our climate is similar, except for crazy winters like this February.  We tend to have drought, like that area.

False Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa) looks great.  I love how the multiple trunks sway in the wind.

A unique looking tree or shrub.

Minnesota Snowflake Mockorange (Naranjo falso Philadelphus x virginiatis) has shown how apt its name is with all the fallen petals.  In spite of the name, it is native to western North America.

The branches can get leggy.

Native Square Bud Primrose (Calylophus berlandieri) has been in this spot for 14 or 15 years and has not spread.  It is native to Texas, Mexico, and some other southern states.

Most nurseries do not carry this primrose.  This year I did find another one (in front) at a Master Gardener plant sale.  Don’t know why I didn’t buy more.

This patch of Spiderwort looks like a jungle.  Weeds love to hide under their foliage and pop up full grown.

Every time I weed this bed, tiny black bugs get in my hair and sting my scalp.  Don’t think they’re fleas.  After awhile, I just have to stop and go inside to shower and wash my hair.  This sounds like an excuse but is really true.

Just look at those weeds.  Grr.

Thanks for reading my blog.  Hope your day is sunny, calm, and filled with smelling flowers.

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