Archive for June, 2009

Bunny with Big Eyes

June 16, 2009
Rabbit found behind the Labyrinth Garden
Rabbit found behind the Labyrinth Garden

This rabbit was enjoying the shade behind the Labyrinth Garden until I disturbed him.  Then he hopped away into the sunshine.  He looks like he has huge eyes, but that is just white fur around his eyes.  I saw a baby rabbit this week, too. 

Prepared for Elf Visit

June 12, 2009
Elfin Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Elfin')

Elfin Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Elfin')

This is a closeup of a groundcover I have called Elfin Thyme.  It has Tiny, tight leaves on a mounding plant.  I used to keep hardwood mulch on this bed on the outside border of the Labyrinth, but I couldn’t get it timed right so that I removed the mulch in time for the bulbs and corms to push up.  Now, they come up right through the Thyme. 

This next photo gives you a perspective of the size of its tiny leaves.  It is from overhead.  The Thyme has grown right out through the bed walls, into the path.

A birds-eye view of elfin thyme crossing from outer edge of labyrinth into the path.

A birds-eye view of elfin thyme crossing from outer edge of labyrinth into the path.

Staccato Squirrel

June 11, 2009
Squirrel eating from under bird feeder.

Squirrel eating from under bird feeder.

When I was in pre-school, our church music director taught us a song about Staccato Squirrel.  Staccato musical notes are short and separated, so the song mimmicked the quick darting motion of a squirrel.  I used to stare at the squirrels in our yard trying to figure out exactly which one was “Staccato Squirrel”. 

Since I squirrel-proofed my bird feeder, this little guy has to body-slam the feeder in mid-jump, then eat off the ground. 

The little fella is alert while feeding in the Labyrinth Garden in case Alex or Elsie (my dogs) come outside.

The little fella is alert while feeding in the Labyrinth Garden in case Alex or Elsie (my dogs) come outside.

Wild Chrysanthemums

June 10, 2009
Wild chrysanthemums grown from seed.

Wild chrysanthemums grown from seed.

I vaguely remember throwing a packet of wildflower seeds in this bed that included wild chrysanthemums.  I didn’t know exactly what they were, but was told they would bloom in Autumn.  These wild chrysanthemums have just bloomed.  They are beautiful and look a lot like pincushion flowers. 

“Wildflower” is a fancy term for  flowering weeds.  Most are self-seeding, very easy to grow, and native species can tolerate drought.  Some people will recognize them as weeds, but don’t let that bother you.   Assure them that — somewhere in the world —  they are considered “exotic”.

Adding Hollyhocks to the Mix

June 9, 2009
Hollyhocks are new to the Labyrinth Garden

Hollyhocks are new to the Labyrinth Garden

These hollyhocks are a new addition to the Labyrinth Garden.  I have never grown them before.  They add height and are colorful.