Baptisia blooming

You wouldn’t know it from this blog, but the garden is looking really nice this May.  I can only blame all the planning we’re doing to make sure that Spring Fling will be fantastic!

Baptisia blooming!

The blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is finally blooming – I planted it several years ago and haven’t seen any flowers on it until now.  I’ve seen ones that were 4 feet tall and 5 feet across, so it still has some growing to do.

Grape woodbine is getting out of hand

Pruning is on the agenda for the holiday weekend. The grape woodbine isn’t the only plant that needs it, but it probably needs it the most before the whole back yard gets engulfed by it.

Hungry goldfish & corkscrew rush

The pond is looking great now that the filters are cleaned and it’s been restocked with bacteria. The pickerel rush and lizard’s tail is just emerging above the surface of the water. On an expedition to buy more shubunkins, we also snagged this corkscrew rush. I don’t believe the fish are actually interested in the rush so much as they think a person hovering around the pond ought to toss in a few food flakes.

6 responses to this post.

  1. My Baptisia (though not yet in bloom) does get about four feet tall–less wide because she’s scrunched between two shrubs. I grew her from seed and it took a long time for her to bloom. I need to move her somewhere sunnier, but heard they don’t like to be moved. Looking forward to SF!


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on May 23, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Wow – that’s a nice big baptisia! Is it blue, white, or one of the new exotic colors? I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog for pictures….


  3. At the Macy’s Flower Show you mentioned going home to clean your pond. I didn’t know it was that big. Looks really cool, and your fish are HUGE. Nice work.


  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on May 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    That’s mostly an optical illusion! The pond is only 4 feet across, and a mere 600 gallons. But it’s designed to look much larger, so I guess it’s working!


  5. The baptisia is coming along here. It should be in bloom when I get home from CSF! Thanks for all the great work you are doing to make this a memorable experience.


  6. Posted by lakechicagoshores on May 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    A blooming baptisia is a nice thing to look forward to! I sure hope you enjoy Spring Fling. Right now, the weather looks like it will cooperate.


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