Saturday, April 05, 2008


The rains continue, and you will not hear one word of complaint from these lips. It is glorious. And the long awaited water level has risen to the top of the drain pipe in the pond.

At last! That is not a snake, just a twig that got stuck at the edge. I took a three minute movie with sound of the water pouring down this pipe, but changed my mind about posting it. It is not that interesting to anyone but Dave and me. We watched it over and over. We need entertainment.

The water is diverted under the hill and dumps out at the base in our driveway turnaround. In this shot you can see our mulch mountain which got delivered just before the rains started. It will sit there for days now, waiting dryer land.

I am playing in the rain anyway. I love my pink boots which make it possible to slog around in the mud and puddles. This is the Hosui Pear blossoming in the rice paddy.

There is no digging or planting, just exploring. On the northeast side of our woods we have another new pond. And a creek and lots of good smells, green holly and great huge ferns.


Name this lovely plant. It looks like something you would buy in a florist's shop to place in a terrarium. There aren't very many of them and the first one I saw was sans camera. Finding it a second time was impossible, so this is a different patch. Or mini patch. I will try and keep an eye on it and see what develops from here.


I know these are difficult to see this small, but click and you will find a hillside of white somethings. The middle picture is an attempted closeup and the the third one is possibly trout lilies. I was alerted to look them up from a blog commenter. The leaves are speckled like trout, so maybe these are something.


  1. Is that a variety of Lungwart/pulmanaria?

  2. I don't know what your little plant is, but it's very pretty. However, your picture of your drain pipe is an awesome shot!! Does that sound too goofy??

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  4. How intriguing! One of the joys of a new garden is discovering all the plants.

    Perhaphs the far right of the group of three is an Epimidium?

  5. Try partridgeberry for the white flowers....since the flowers aren't open I am not sure and it's early for that but you ARE further south than I am. Trout lily is usually yellow.


  6. The plant second from the bottom is called 'rattlesnake plantain'. It is actually an orchid, but the flowers are not terribly attractive. When I was young I used to put rattlesnake plantains in terrariums.

  7. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Did you look at the underside of the leaves on the far right? If they are a deep beet red color, they are crane-fly orchid (Tipularia discolor, which you can goggle and read about. I have a lot of them in my woods and really only notice them in the winter, especially if the bottom leaf is showing. They send up a flower shoot in summer, but I've never seen it then. Too busy sweating in the garden! Love your blog!



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