Summer is here

Summer in the garden!

Summer has arrived in Chicago, so it’s finally time to start using the patio.  Nothing is quite as relaxing as sipping wine while listening to the waterfall.

Wild blue flag iris

The wild irises (Iris shrevei) are blooming both in the pond and out of it. The pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) is poking up above the water, and the lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus) has spread over quite a bit of the pond.

Last of the baptisia blooms

On the other side of the pond, the blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is almost done blooming. The goldfish have lost their springtime shyness, and are now begging for food every time a human wanders near the edge of the pond.

Dutchman's pipe flower

The Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) is still blooming, amazingly enough.  The vine is having a great year, and may take over the entire garage trellis.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Love the Dutchman’s pipe… water features in gardens tend to make me personally need to use the facilities, but that’s just weirdo me! 😉


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 8, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Ha! We thought the same thing when we got the pond installed – we’d be getting up all night to use the bathroom. Fortunately, we got used to the sound really quickly.


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