Soon after moving into our Harlincin Court house we bought a couple of columbine plants. The people at the nursery told us they would flower a few years, and then die off.
Eleven years later we had columbines all over. Where I planted the original three plants there was a flowerbed easily 20ft by 10ft that was covered with a dense carpet of columbine plants. The only flowered briefly each year, but by the end the diversity was amazing. I typically harvested the seeds, and threw them everywhere. Even brought some here, to Colorado. They do not grow as fast, or tall, or spread as much. This is, after all, a desert area.
Click on any of the pictures to be taken to the SmugMug album. Nearly all these flowers are from the summer of 2003. A few are from the fall of 2002. I cut my photographic teeth on photographing stuff around the house, learning from trial and error.
Edited To Add: WordPress did its thing again, and all the links are gone. The SmugMug gallery for this post can be found HERE, or, if that link also goes, copy and past the following to your browser:
If you go to the gallery you will find a lot of lilies photographs. Pink, orange, yellow, but we had more than that.
We would usually buy nearly moribund plants at the end of the season, and end up with vigorous plants for the next summer. Perhaps they were grateful to be saved from certain destruction.
They were a favorite of the groundhogs that came to feast in our yard. I lost count of the number of groundhogs I trapped and relocated.
I also used to trap and relocate chipmunks, as every year they got so numerous they threatened the flowerbeds. I love the little critters, but they reproduce worse than humans.
Black Eyed Susans, roses, a variety of Dahlias, all made appearances throughout the yard.
For a while we had Hibiscus plants, but two consecutive years of Aphids attacks did them in. We opted not to replace them.
The Cone Flowers attracted butterflies, and when I would see one out there I would run out. I am sure the neighbors thought I was nuts, kneeling around the flowerbeds, snapping away like a little kid in a candy store.
We had a Morning Bells plant that grew up and around the mailbox post. They only flowered late in the season, but they were a nice diversion from the typical flowers.
So, where was all this stuff? Our House was on Harlincin Court, in Franklin, Michigan. The following pictures give you an idea of the layout, but they are not indicative of the place. I never shot the flowerbeds and home to the extent that I should have to document both the arrangements of flowers, and the amazing variety of trees I had on the property (one of the previous owners was a horticulturalist). Some of the trees on the property were valued in the thousands of dollars. Some were irreplaceable.
Click on any of the pictures to go to the gallery of the house and surroundings.
Well, that’s it for now.