I took this photo on May 25th last year. I doubt that we will be seeing any of these lovely little blue exclamation points in the meadow at the east entrance to the garden this year because every Camassia has been nibbled to the ground by critters. Camassias are known to be relatively deer resistant so I’m wondering if the damage can be attributed to several porcupines I have seen grazing in the general vicinity. If there’s one thing gardeners learn over the years, it’s how to deal with loss and move on from it. But, it’s been a tough year for moving on. Not just because of the occasional critter but it has been the worst year we have ever seen here for winter damage to the evergreens. Many boxwoods, rhododendrons, yews, junipers, and arborvitaes have either bit the dust or look like they could at any moment. All suffered from a very bad January. Nevertheless, after we are finished with the complaining, we know we will lace up the gardening boots, grab the spade, and get on with it.
It was a long hard winter and, for many of the birds and smaller mammals the best place to be was as close to the bird feeders as possible.Read More