December Notes 2018

Grey Gardens 2

My husband calls my garden Grey Gardens. I suppose he’s not far off. It was a warmer day and I got out and did some things but mostly just enjoyed being outside in the little wilderness.

Wild asters growing up through the chairs and most likely northern red oak (Quercus rubra) in background.
Late flowering thoroughwort (Eupatorium serotinum) and various odds and ends.
The shriveled leaves of pokeweed.
Common milkweed seed pods looking far from common.
More pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) with some berries left.
Swamp rose (Rosa palustris), asparagus, pokeweed and what I believe is southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) in background which grew at least four feet over the summer.
Here comes the eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) I meant to get rid of but can’t bring myself to do it. I will not make this into a Christmas tree.