Shades of Green

Sunny pond

A cool and wet spring/early summer means that everything is very lushly green.

The sunny bed

The sunny bed by the bittersweet (more about that later) is full of different green shades and textures.  The Proven Winners petunia from Spring Fling provides a bit of color among all the herbs.

Celandine poppies will grow anywhere!

The a/c hasn’t been turned on yet this year, so a Celandine poppy is growing in a highly unlikely position. Guess it’s shade tolerant, huh?


10 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful photos! I envy you, living in a place where the air conditioner hasn’t been turned on yet. I’m in Alabama, where we’ve had a solid week of 90-degree days.


  2. Your pond looks really good.


  3. You can’t fool me. Those fish are ORANGE! Celadine poppies will outlive insects in a nuclear war! 🙂


  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 11, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Ask me again about the weather in January – we’ve had two hard winters in a row and my patience is about up with midwestern winters.

    MBT, you’ll have to go on the pond tour this July!

    The Celandine poppies may be weeds, but they’re way prettier than cockroaches.


  5. I love celandine poppies. One person’s weed is another’s wildflower!

    The pond looks wonderful.

    I’m looking forward to what you have to say about bittersweet. It’s awfully tempting, but I’m a little afraid of it.


  6. Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    The one thing that I’ve learned about bittersweet is that you should not buy it from a mainstream nursery. Get it from a native plant specialist! Moonshine Designs is where I finally got the real thing.


  7. Native plant nurseries are also packed with knowledgeable people to help you, because they love what they do.


  8. Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 18, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I’ve found that some native nurseries are better than others. I’ve gotten native plants that arrive in wonderful condition (Stone Silo is one of the best for this) and I’ve gotten others that are withered roots wrapped in newspaper.


  9. What a gorgeous pond! Will you relocate the poppy before you turn on the a.c.? It’s so pretty.


    • Posted by lakechicagoshores on July 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

      Thank you! We had the a/c on for about a week, and it didn’t appear to affect the poppy. It’s chilly again, so I’m guessing it’ll be a cool enough summer to keep the poppy in good shape.


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