Sunday, May 29, 2011

Back in the Garden Again

Now that the weather has quieted down,
we were able to get back to work in the garden.

Campanula glomerata,
or clustered bellflower.

I like this picture.

Coreopsis, or tickseed.

Christopher Marlowe Rose.
This is an English Rose.

Golden Celebration, another English Rose.

An unknown miniature? rose.
Don't ask how I could forget what rose I planted where.
It happens.

English Perfume.
This is listed as a Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea.
So am I.
I would not call this a Hybrid Tea.

Awe, look who I found out in the garden.
It's Myrtle.

Myrtle is a juvenile Eastern box turtle.

Right after I took this picture,
Myrtle took a tumble off my hand and on to the deck.

I gingerly placed Myrtle back in the garden and after
a moment he/she ambled off.

And now back to the work.

While my husband worked on setting the pavers at the
ends of the garden paths and the concrete edgers around
the perimeter of the garden,
I worked on setting bricks in the garden to separate
the beds from the paths.
We had inherited the bricks when we bought the house
and they matched the bricks on the front of the house.

Looks better already.
I hear that Sam's Club is already open,
so I can go get more recycled rubber mulch for the paths.

And we are one edger short.
No problem.
I can pick that up this week.

And I need more cypress mulch for the beds.

I still have some weedy areas to address in the garden,
but this is already looking great.

Now some mulch and this area is just about finished
- for now.
More Storm Damage

After a long day of gardening,
my husband and I went out to eat.
We then decided to drive around and look at some
of the damage from Wednesday's storm.

This building at IU suffered some broken windows.

We decided to park and walk around the old part of campus
where the damage to the trees was particularly bad.

So that is where the Kirkwood Conservatory is.
In the woods.
Makes sense to me.
Uh huh.

The walk is blocked, but that doesn't stop this duo.

Trees are down everywhere.

This is Dunn's Woods.

This part of campus is called the Old Crescent
and is listed as a State and National Historical Place.

IU estimates that nearly 300 trees were downed or damaged
in the storm.

They believe it will take months to clear the debris.

Glass litters the grass.

It came from this street lamp.

This is what it is supposed to look like.

This tree was stripped like a banana,
a sign that it was hit by lightning.

A better look at the lightning-struck tree.

This large old tree fell near the center
of the old part of campus...

falling on the sundial and damaging it.

The Rose Well House was undamaged in the storm.
This structure was fashioned from two surviving portals
from the old College Building that had been
ravaged by fire at the Seminary Square site.

The statues of the man and woman are engulfed by
downed trees.

Look carefully - this tree was twisted.

This was definitely the work of an EF-1 tornado.

But still, we were lucky - very lucky.

And darn it all,
while out photographing the damage at
Seminary Square Park the other day,
I was caught on camera.

Now my cover is blown.

Photo credit: Chris Howell of The Herald-Times.