It was a rough week with storms, torrential rains and high winds. We dodged the tornadoes and hail that were nearby.
The lightning this past week. Photo by Cassie Helms
It was a rough week for blooms to survive the storms. But here is what we have. 85° hot, humid and partly cloudy.
Peony. This one has a pretty pink edge around a creamy white.
Okay, so it is really an iris that showed up in a most unexpected place
The arborvitae in bloom.
A rose. Anyone know what kind?
My first strawberry of the season. The plant is loaded so hope to have many more!
I didn’t have many blooms to show off so I thought I would catalog some of the plants I battle on a regular basis and in some cases lose to mightily!
Bindweed or Wild Morning Glory. This stuff is ALL over our property and grows many inches per day. I don't even know if it is possible to irradicate, but at least it is easy to pull. Here it is growing in my Grape vines.
This is wild grape and wild honeysuckle taking over a rose bush (the rose garden is abandoned and scheduled for demolition so is excessively weed-ridden.)
Run-of-the-mill Poison Ivy. We have this everywhere, too. To the left of the pic is witch grass--a real enemy in the pasture.
Wild raspberry. I thought I would let a few plants fruit and see if it is edible. Maybe a useful weed?
Milkweed. I have a friend who cultivates this in a garden. It is to encourage Monarch Butterflies; apparently this is the only plant their caterpillars will eat. Unfortunately it is poisonous to farm animals so out it goes.
Well, there you have it- the good, the bad and the ugly!