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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Some days...'s all about the visuals. I can understand the attraction of the "Wordless Wednesday" feature that has become so popular around the internet. By the middle of the week you get tired and you decide to let pictures do the talking. While not an official Wordless Wednesday post (being a wordy person I can't go without saying something about each photo), this is a close approximation.

Please enjoy a quick peek at what's happening in the garden today.

I never realized how delicate and lovely a chive flower was until I accidentally broke one off and brought it inside to beautify my windowsill.

The sage bed that started as a few seed-grown plants two years ago has exploded into a hedge of flowers and a paradise for bees of all kinds.

A friend gave me a sad little cutting of comfrey a couple of summers past. Her husband was going to kill it because it wandered into the lawn, but she rescued it and gave it to me. I wondered if the poor thing would survive. Guess it did because now it's four feet tall!

Comfrey flowers in variegated shades of purple create a haven for bees. Besides being an amazing herb for healing skin wounds and mending broken bones, comfrey also has beneficial qualities as a garden fertilizer when used either as a green manure (mulch), or stewed into a liquid amendment. For more about how to use comfrey to nourish your garden, see this article.

I looked out my kitchen window to see this female wild turkey perched on top of our garden arbor. Below, at the bird feeders, was the male who made the daily visit with her. After a few minutes, he wandered off towards the edge of the woods and gobbled persistently for her to follow. The female seemed to be ignoring him as she remained on the arbor, surveying the landscape. Eventually the male gave up and returned to the feeder to wait for her, at which time the female hopped down and enjoyed her afternoon meal.

Who are you calling a TURKEY?

Remember those little seedlings I showed you on April 23? They are all grown up and getting used to being outside prior to transplanting this weekend. Wish them luck.

Little drops of water pooled in the leaves of a lupine plant become exquisite jewels. I was taken aback at how much it looked like crystal beads had been attached to the plant as if by the hand of a magical garden sprite.

Have a gem of a Thursday!

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Blogger Rose said...

Great photos.. I see we have some of the same plants in our gardens.. no lupines for me tho.. and comfrey.. that stuff is so invasive:) but beautiful flowers for sure!

June 3, 2009 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger ZudaGay said...

What a lovely post!! I'm glad you didn't make it wordless. :) I just have to add...the hen showed who ruled that roost. hehe...

June 3, 2009 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger The Filigree Garden said...

Zuda, that's for sure. She was taking her sweet time and making him wait!

Rose, do you use the comfrey for mulch or fertilizer? Seems like a good way to keep it trimmed down and make use of the leaves.

June 3, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Judy Nolan said...

I pretty much can't tell the difference between weeds and herbs, and I forget to water flowers (and--big surprise here--they die). But it sure is wonderful to look at these beautiful photos from someone who really knows how to make things grow! I feel good, just looking at the pictures.

June 3, 2009 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger maryeb said...

I love seeing photos of gardens.
The lupines with the water drops are definitely magical and so is your first photo.

June 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Chauncey said...

Liv, your photos are wonderful. And I had no idea a chive plant put out such pretty flowers.

June 3, 2009 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Great photos! Love the turkey story! My husband does most of the gardening and yardwork (well all of it!) and we disagree as to what to plant. But I love what I have. Will have to share some photos on my blog. Maybe I should try to do wordless wednesdays too!

June 7, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

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