Perennial Excavation

We have a long strip of perennial beds on the south side of our garden, and while I’ve been busy focusing on the larger annual beds, those perennial beds have been getting a little overgrown. Weeding this past week was like an archeological excavation: I had to keep clearing away layers to see what was underneath. The mint era was long and flourishing. Anyway, here are a couple of plants that were somehow living amidst the ruins.

This is a honeyberry or Haskap plant. Here’s an article with more about this type of fruit-bearing shrub. We have about five of these on the border of the garden.

Honeyberry

And somewhere in there we had two surviving milkweed plants: food for monarch butterflies. This one has a caterpillar on it!

Milkweed-2

There were other surviving plants, but these were the most photogenic. You don’t want to see what the strawberry or asparagus patches look like at the moment, and I don’t want to post a photo of the mint. That might encourage it.

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