Garden shed at Jello Mold Farm

Garden shed at Jello Mold Farm

Here are some more photos from my June visit to Jello Mold Farm.  Lots of gorgeous flowers in bloom.  I never tire of the beauty held in these fertile acres.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

Poppies

Poppies

Dahlias (I put my hand in the picture to give you some idea of the size of these giants)

Dahlias (I put my hand in the picture to give you some idea of the size of these giants)

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Greenhouses

Greenhouses

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

Another view

Another view

Love-in-a-mist

Love-in-a-mist

Lupine

Lupine

Inside a greenhouse

Inside a greenhouse

 

 

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Mid-July Vividness

July 13, 2014

Harvesting for market, Jello Mold Farm

Harvesting for market, Jello Mold Farm

“Mid-July comes and the palette of blossoms shifts to hotter colors, as if in their vividness they were reflecting the sun.”
— Verlyn Klinkenborg, More Scenes from the Rural Life

I saw some evidence of vibrancy in the flower fields at Jello Mold Farm this past week.  The deep reds and oranges of the crocosmia, poppies, and sneezeweed glowed in their jeweled presence.  And the sunny yellow sunflowers were starting to burst into bloom.

Poppies

Poppies

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Crocosmia with hummingbird

Crocosmia with hummingbird

Sneezeweed

Sneezeweed

 

 

Hummingbird in the crocosmia

Hummers
by Sharon Lovejoy, from Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots

A hummingbird flew past today,
circled my garden and decided to stay.
Its tiny wings made a funny sound,
like zippers going up and down.
It dipped and dived among the plants,
and snacked on spiders, gnats, and ants.
And all day long, for flying power,
it sipped the nectar tucked in flowers.

What a treat to see a hummingbird feeding in the crocosmia!

Crocosmia in bloom

Here comes a hummer!

Hummingbird with blurred wings

Sipping nectar

Hovering hummingbird

Hummingbird in the crocosmia

Watercolor sketch of crocosmia

Another watercolor sketch of crocosmia

Crocosmia

July 10, 2010

Crocosmia

Crocosmia bloom

I don’t remember seeing this flower until last year.  It’s shape does resemble the jaws of a crocodile, I think.  These Crocosmia Lucifer plants are also known as Falling Stars.

Bees

July 22, 2009

Bee on clover

Bee on clover

Bees on flower

Bees on flower

Bee on crocosmia

Bee on crocosmia

Bee on red hollyhock

Bee on red hollyhock

Bee on pink hollyhock

Bee on pink hollyhock

The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy!
     — Emily Dickinson

Bloomin’ Summer

July 16, 2009

Here’s what’s blooming on a recent neighborhood walk.

Love-in-a-mist

Love-in-a-mist

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

Purple poppy

Purple poppy

 

Spotted lily

Spotted lily

Desert candle

Desert candle

I am continually astounded by the beauty and diversity that surrounds me.

“Each time I go outside the world is different.  This has happened all my life.”
     — Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry