Another new Wednesday.
One lone Wizard stands this week!
A reminder from last week ...
Here is the view of my rock garden where all the squirrels come to scamper through ( and dig). You can see last weeks mystery showing a glimmer of itself coming up along the base of the tulips. Soon pushing and filling in with ease, even the Jacob's Ladder will compete for the space, but they continue to play along with other nicely through the summer.
The answer was ...
The tulips are already done and deadheaded in this view.
When I originally planted this bed the tree it surrounds was still full of life and leaves.
We called it the squirrel tree as we were lucky
enough to see many a season of babies come out of the trees many holes and crevices to play. Going in one hole and finding a secret way to pop out of another! Up and down the tree, but not yet off, as though Mama squirrel had said "go outside and play, but stay in the yard where I can see you!"
That tree was topped by a tornado 8 years ago. Taking a good 2/3 rds of it off, hurling it across the driveway and wedging what it snapped off into the lilacs that line the driveway on the other side, pushing one back about 4 feet! Miraculously it only scrapped the garage doors and missed the house. But left a huge mess and blocked the only way out or into the garage. It was only one of the few trees the tornado took, it sheared the top off of 2 tall pines that line the dividing greens between our house and the neighbors and landed them across the driveway and into the yard. At one point both the maple tree and the largest pine were crossed over each other in a "T".
We were lucky to escape any tragedy other than the trees and clean up. The maple had one scraggly branch still attached that we left... and the name became the "spooky" tree. With no leaves or shade a few things did burn out of the space but the hostas continue to thrive, so much that I moved a dozen to the area posted above and those filled in and grew larger than the sunny siblings since this area gets some partial shade.
Onto our Wednesday Wizard for this week. Only one had the magic answer and she popped it in later in the week. A tip of the hat goes to:
Crafty Gardener in Ontario, CA , she has a delightful site one that is dedicated to her crafty inspirations, wildlife, whimsy and other out-door decor. And her Crafty Gardener Blog . Both are filled with her beautiful photography, ideas and help even with identification of plants and seeds! No wonder I was no match for her! But, I am far from being a well rounded gardener let alone have, like her, the status of Master Gardener. I muddle through just like most of us, and have tossed away I am sure many a wonderful plant at spring or fall cleaning thinking it was a weed! Truth be known some of my wildflowers are called weeds by many! It depends which side of the fence you are on (wink).
Some of my wonderful readers left comments about whether I should make a Wednesday Wizard button for our infallible wizards. And it seems that many of you like the idea! I will be working on that this week. While I work on that I leave you with a clue to wrestle with until next Wednesday.
Depending on where they are in my yard many are blooming now or starting. I found have found a few already going to seed.
For more Wordless/Wordfull Wednesday please visit the home site noted in Mr. Linky box below or visit MomDot or Seven Clown Circus for more beautiful photos, as well as anyone who leaves a link name in Mr. Linky.
I look forward to your comments, guesses or anything more you would care to share!
Until next time
I wait with dirty hands