Monday, May 23, 2011
Tom is a talented multitasker: in addition to the flute (soprano and alto), he is a highly accomplished jazz pianist. The Baldwin at Iron Post had been tuned recently (we heard Tom's quartet play there Thursday night) and the sound was wonderful!
Tom sometimes plays a chord on the piano at the same time as he's playing the flute. In the photo above, I caught him including the melodica as well, a really cool portable keyboard instrument he blows into, making a sound a little bit like an accordion. It's a unique sound and a just-right addition to many of the songs the group performs.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Then another heat wave finished off the tulips, lilacs (except for the dwarf lilacs still blooming), and the loveliest big spring blooms--the tree peonies. Fortunately, I got a few pics in before the rains came to finalize things.
All of our ferns love cool moist air, of course, and the maidenhairs are nice right now. But the ones that are spreading the most are the reliable Ostrich Ferns, upright and oh so green!
We've got a couple of these white bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis alba) in partial shade, and I really like them a lot. They are very reliable and undemanding and lovely in the spring.
Of course, I like the deep pink one as well. Even though they aren't flowers, the pink/red/marroon leaves of the Japanese maples add color to the garden now. They will turn green in summer and then deep red again in the fall.
Although it is finished blooming now, I did catch a photo this year of the Fothergillia, a very easy shrub with honey-scented bottle brush flowers.
Well, by the time I get this blog up (the Blogger program was unavailable for a while ... just when I finally found free time!) new plants are blooming. But it's too wet and cold to take photos today!
How's your garden?