A Backyard for Folks and Turtles

My identify is Melissa McClelland. I’m a full-time veterinary technician and an novice photographer, and I spend my spare time in my backyard in Winsted, Connecticut. I keep a “turtle backyard” for turtle fosters via the Turtle Rescue League, in addition to a flower backyard and a vegetable backyard.

Hens and chicks (Sempervivium sp., Zones three–eight). I really like the fragile pink recommendations on the inexperienced leaves. The quantity of pink within the leaves of hens and chicks differs by selection and the circumstances wherein they’re grown. Cool, dry, sunny circumstances promote essentially the most pink coloration; the leaves have a tendency to show greener in heat, moist, and/or shady circumstances.

An ideal white peony (Paeonia, Zones three–7), presumably the enduring selection ‘Festiva Maxima’, which is thought for its big, aromatic flowers which can be flecked with simply the barest whispers of crimson.

A purple geranium (Geranium sp.). In case you look intently, you’ll be able to see that the highest flower has seen anthers—the male components of the flower—producing plenty of pollen. Within the decrease flower, the anthers with the pollen are gone, and the stigma—the feminine a part of the flower—has opened up, able to obtain pollen. This form of flower growth, wherein the male components mature first and the feminine components second, known as protandry. It prevents a flower from self-pollinating, which promotes genetic variety within the inhabitants.

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia, Zones four–9) is a relative of rhododendrons native to japanese North America. There are lots of choices with pink or pink flowers, however that is the most typical coloration within the wild—and, I feel, the prettiest.

A bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–11). Hydrangea blooms could also be at their most lovely at this stage, after they’re simply opening and starting to paint up.


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