This bent tree looms about 30 feet over my white garden (its roots are directly behind my white arch), and my little camera doesn't capture its full impact. But it's bent at maybe a 60-degree angle (the result of weeks of ice on its branches), and a more aesthetically-minded gardener might have taken it down. But Salix and I are somewhat reluctant to take down trees, especially the trees that survived Hurricane Isabel, and, well, this one looks like a horse. And we love horses. And so it stays and watches over us and the gardens.
Of course, horses are herd animals, and Salix thought our horse tree needed company.Salix's whimsy is inevitably practical--this horse is also a weathervane (of course, we have trees to tell us which way the wind is blowing, but I suppose it never hurts to have a second opinion). There is, by the way, no wind blowing today--this horse probably hasn't moved since the weekend--but we're hoping for a blow out tonight and the lovely rain that comes with it.
This bunch of achillea millefolium escaped from our garden crane's "wings." The deer fear him, and he stakes the floppy yarrow--he's no Ranunculus, but he does protect his little bit of turf.
It's called "Crown of Thorns"--euphorbia milii splendens. I've had it for almost ten years--it was about 6" tall when GC&C first gave it to me. It's tender, so I have to drag it in every September, but it never seems to mind the shift indoors. The little teacup in the plant was another present from Salix. A thunderstorm knocked some deck furniture on top of the plant--it survived with only one bent stem, but the teacup broke. The plant is poisonous, by the way, though I would think that the thorns would keep any animal from trying to taste it (Ranunculus won't go within five feet of it).
Sorry about the flash. I'm getting a new camera for my birthday. My friend Lisa, by the way, says blogging is a gateway drug--next thing you know, it's a better camera, photography classes, an MFA program . . .
Tomorrow, something on the Bloom Day I missed. The next one's noted in my Dayrunner.