Monday, June 22, 2015

Don's Blog Frisky Fawns 6-22

This is the progeny of the mother deer "who's been eating my
porridge (flowers)". They are fun to watch romping around with abandon.


Flower for the Day Day Lily 6-22

There are a few day lilies that have escaped the deer.




Thursday, June 18, 2015

Flower for the Day Day Lily 6-18

It is the time of year for Day Lilies. As noted many of my Day Lilies have been eaten by the deer. I did get some deer repellant spray out so I do have some. These are some Stella d'Oro that are quite old. 

These are older. They are from a time when we had few resources and were contraband transplants that were by some un-named highway in the country.

We have been having rain every day - just sayin' not complainin'.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Flower for the Day Hot Pokers 6-17

Yellow and red hot pokers (Kniphofia) have done well in several 
areas of the garden for many years.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Flower for the Day Delphinium 6-16

We have many stands of delphinium (larkspur) in the wildflower garden.Delphinium is from the Latin for dolphin which describes the shape of the part of the flower which produces the nectar.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Flower for the Day Penstemon 6-15

I had several large stands of penstemon aka beardtongue which
lasted more than a month.



The corolla resembles an open mouth with a hairy tongue.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily 6-12

I have to make do with this oriental lily. You may remember the cute 
fawn nesting in our front yard. Its mother ate the tops off all my oriental
lilies except this one -front yard, gnome garden, side yard - all - and also 
the buds off many of my day lilies. Really tender and tasty.
I have no more comment.




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Flower for the Day Wildflower Garden 6-11

This is my dream wildflower garden. I broadcast several pounds of 
wildflowers 2 years ago and this year the garden has bloomed. I think
the excess rain has helped.

Bachelor buttons. 

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is most abundant,

and in many different colors.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Skateboarder Friends at PJ's after Andy Lenzini's Memorial Service

Chris Sessions, Joe Potthof, John Harms, Tim Jordon, Adam Gegg, and Dave Early.

FFTD Garden Infrastructure

My garden is over 37 years old. During that time the infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and for the last two years I have been in a rebuilding phase. This is the base of the gnome garden which was replaced last year.

The 'vegetable' garden was also replaced last year. It started out with squash and tomatoes. When not only the tomatoes but the whole plant was being eaten by rabbits and deer I took the fences down and switched to cut flowers. Currently it is filled with shasta daisies.

This stone path was raised last fall as the stones were sinking in too deep. Last week we added a new tie wall below and we will infill with soil this week. Next week we will raise all of the stone walks in the front garden around the berm with more soil. Then we should be able to walk around the front garden after a rain without getting our feet wet.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Flower for the Day Bluestar 6-8

Bluestar (Amsonia) is born in early spring. The plant turns golden in autumn.



Sunday, June 7, 2015


"Andy, your light will always shine. Thank you for all
your inspiration to others, and for being a presence in
my life."
                                                      Jan Sessions
                                                      June 6, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Andy R. Lenzini 1970-2015

Andy was part of our family. I'm not sure how it started - he went with us to Santa Rosa Beach Florida on summer vacations.
He skate boarded with my son Chris on Adam Gegg's Ramp performing smoothly in the vert air under the name of PASTA. He loved music -downloading, going to concerts, composing. He loved to take pictures.

He did not hang out at our house that much. He did plant several very large areas of periwinkel and ivy that are mainstays of our garden.
He went to Art School in Kansas City and his stories of his roommates were legendary.
After graduation he went to work in Cambridge living in a condominium owned by Bailey, a Harvard Professor. Somehow we got closer. He created websites for the Harvard Athletic Department. He loved to tell me about what he was planting in the small garden where he lived. As the years passed he always visited when he came through town. He was comfortable with us and we loved having him visit. He brought gifts such as a book on American Posters which featured some of the works of Russell Kraus our former neighbor. He loved taking us out for dinner at Farotto's and treating us.

He was the Quiet Man but as years passed he began to open up. Not much but some. He loved to tell me with a grin and a twinkle in his eyes how Harvard had shellacked Princeton in football. We looked forward to his visits. After many years of working he started doing his own pieces. They were
amazing three dimensional industrial paintings that were unbelievably real and professional. When he came through last fall he said he almost had enough work for a show. He knew the quality of his work.

He told us that he had played high level soccer as a youth - a real surprise. He told us about his dad and the type of person he was and how hard he had worked. I felt he was on the verge of opening up. During his last visit he worked diligently on his art in our basement. His discipline was exciting to watch. He helped me with some computer issues I was having with a book that I am writing. Andy and my wife Jan had an ongoing artistic interaction with Andy mentoring Jan concerning some technical issues about paints and painting. He got Jan into water based oil painting. Andy knew the answers through his training and experience.

Then Jan found the unspeakable on Facebook. When I got home that afternoon Jan and I went through our first experience with 'Keening' - Keening you may know is an elemental wailing in grief for the dead. A verbal lamentation seemed totally appropriate.

The fact that Andy is gone never to return has influenced us daily as we deal with our grief - we know how fortunate we are to have had Andy in our lives and our family. We just sit with it at times not really able to figure it out but certainly clear that we have been touched and our lives made better by
knowing Andy. The more we interact with Andy's friends and family we know that the ripples resulting from Any's presence touched an amazing group of people and that as time goes on we personally will be in touch with new and powerful memories that will keep Andy real in our hearts.
June 6 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Flower for the Day Bell Flower - Campanula

In the gnome garden there are two different kinds of bell flower.



Jan planted them both many years ago.


Campanula  is Latin for little bell.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Flower for the Day Wigelia

My red wigelia bush did very well this year. Wigelia bushes need 
large amounts of water and this was a very wet spring.