This weekend was full of observances in our family. Saturday was Judy’s birthday. Sunday was our wedding anniversary – the 35th. Also Father’s Day, of course.
It was a quiet weekend in the garden, more green than anything else. There were some other colors, though. Shrub rose ‘Cassie’ was full of blooms, small but sweet an plentiful.
A patch of Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) was in flower in the Left Bank Bed.
Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) is still putting out plenty of blue blooms atop its grassy foliage.
They only open for a few hours each day, but they are popular with pollinators.
Clematis ‘Betty Corning’ now has dozens of flowers, not just a handful.
Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), has its little blooms dangling. This is a plant that is understated in every way except for size and spread.
Starry Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum stellatum) is no longer in bloom, but its striped berries are turning red.
The pandemic makes observances a challenge, but we had happy ones even so, all rolled together on a Sunday. First, in the afternoon we played games on Zoom with both sons and their partners. The internet seems to have greatly expanded the number of silly but entertaining games. We played several, but the one that sticks in my mind is called A Fake Artist Goes to New York, which involves drawing, guessing, and bluffing.
Then in the evening our local offspring and his spouse (Daniel and Beckee) brought over dinner, and we ate in the back garden (while observing social distancing).
In addition to the observances, my spirits were lifted Sunday by the sight of at least 6 Black Swallowtail caterpillars on the Bronze Fennel. This was a gratifying sight as butterflies have been scarce so far this summer.
Hope that you had a happy Father’s Day, and a joyful day for whatever other observances you may have had this weekend past.